What do you get when you cross hand-drawn organic material, such as wild and domestic farm animals, interbred and placed on canvas as if pages were pulled straight out of Darwin’s Galapagos species sketches drawn during an intense peyote journey? You get the phenomenal display of artistic endeavor supplied to the world by Toronto’s own Nicholas Di Genova.
History was made on November 27 when 14 countries, six continents, 18,000 people, 50 DJs and 200+ bartenders joined forces for a never-before-seen, omnipresent, one-night only global affair across 10 time zones. And if you weren’t at one of Smirnoff’s ravishing Nightlife Exchange Project parties, then where the bloody hell were you?
This is Jessica Fortner’s latest installment of her ongoing My Woodland, My Nightmare series titled Deadly Sins: Sloth Meets Greed. Fortner is a sculptural illustrator who lives and works in Toronto. Her site has tons of process work, showing you step by step how she creates her wonderful illustrations.
Nothing is hotter these days than charcuterie, which is why Marben Restaurant in downtown Toronto is rocking a farmhouse-chic dining experience for all those who find cured meats and home canning totally sexy. With an interior of brick and birch decorated with mason jars and balloon whisks, Marben Restaurant is bringing agriculture to the big city.
Aaron Leighton’s Spirit City Toronto isn’t unique in concept (we’ve posted before about Monsters in Real Places), but Leighton’s take is really well done, with the creatures he adds to photographs taking on the textures and colors of their surroundings.
There is something irresistible about a beautifully designed coffee shop. And Balzac’s Coffee in Toronto’s Distillery District is just such a place. Located in an antiquated warehouse, the ambience exudes an industrial-chic meets French bistro aesthetic with its worn brick walls, pressed tin coffee bar, checkerboard tiled flooring, and 20ft ceiling adorned with exposed pipes.
These promotional, limited-edition movie posters, designed by Justin Erickson for Toronto-based marketing firm Phantom City Creative, are pure rulage, especially the one for Let The Right One In.
Drawing from her experience as a printmaker (she was one half of Scotland-based printmaking duo Whitehaus), Cody Cochrane, now residing in her hometown of Toronto, makes amazingly layered and ornate paintings and murals that often incorporate Native American motifs with bizarre sexual humor.
Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have brought their experimental art to the masses with an installation housed in a salvaged, thirty-foot Chinese junk ship in Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Over the years chocolate has evolved from mass-produced baking tablets in kitchens where dark chocolate was virtually unheard of, to a distinguished product coveted for its incredible complexity. However, today’s attitude towards chocolate has not so much evolved as it has returned to its pagan roots when it was revered as a wondrous, even medicinal, ingredient. Enter Soma Chocolatemaker in Toronto’s uber-hip Distillery District where you can ‘eat, drink and worship chocolate’.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Beer Scream? At Toronto-based Beerbistro, ice cream is being turned into something to really scream about. Specializing in what they call ‘fresh market beer cuisine’, Beerbistro is a beer lover’s dream, with twenty beers on tap, 140 plus bottles, and a menu entirely comprised of beer flavored dishes — including dessert.
Demolition Derby, a print by Toronto photographer Finn O’Hara, reflects his fascination with environmental portraits, which play off the experiences and the personalities of those who live or inhabit the space itself. Our friends over at Feature Shoot have the print available for purchase for $50.
isn’t this the fantasy bedroom you’ve always wanted but never knew how to get out of your head and into reality? Well, Toronto interior decorator Holly Dyment has been doing just the opposite. For more than twenty-five years, she’s been taking rooms from the gritty truth of reality deep into the fantastical realm of her […]
Toronto-based Solvent’s latest full-length album, Subject to Shift, is out soon on Ghostly International and is another glitchy, robotic masterpiece of pop surrealism, ‘a mix of dystopian, acid-tinged futurism and bittersweet romantic ache’, bowing gently to the beautiful template he set earlier with his radio-friendly hummer, My Radio. Check out the Mitgang Audio Remix of […]