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February 25 2014

08:03

February 12 2014

10:45

This Is Not A Toy

The world famous singer Pharrell Williams become the co-curator of an exhibit in Toronto, Canada entitled This Is Not A Toy. This exhibition shows the growing market of art toys and collectibles, objects that are called toys but are not meant to be played with. Painting, action figures, furniture and many more, these awesome toys are more artworks than toys. This Is Not A Toy will clearly make you want to start a collection !

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January 27 2014

09:51

Cheer Up

How’s your Hindi? Shanti Town, from Canadian artist and illustrator Gary Taxali, plays on the contradiction of a double meaning: the Hindi word “shanti”, meaning peace or tranquillity, and the English word “shanty” describing the makeshift ghettos for the poor on the outskirts of some cities. Where these two concepts meet in the middle is where Taxali does a lot of his illustrating. His favoured style is heavily influenced by 1930s Depression era signs and posters, in which the cheeriness of the characters and their optimistic consumerist messages flew in the face, at times comically, with the economic reality of the time.

We last featured Taxali’s designs adorning some swish silk pocket squares from Harry Rosen, but this time they’re in the form of a selling exhibition of original work on vintage media, held in collaboration with auction house Waddingtons at its Toronto premises – the company’s first such show. Opening day is 30 January, and Shanti Town runs until 9 February.

@GaryTaxali

Gary Taxali — Shanti Town
Gary Taxali — Shanti Town
Gary Taxali — Shanti Town
Gary Taxali — Shanti Town
Gary Taxali — Shanti Town
Gary Taxali — Shanti Town

The post Cheer Up appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

January 07 2014

21:13

Outdoor Objects Transformed into Googly-Eyed Faces

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Ever heard of the saying; The walls have ears? Well now they seem to have eyes, googly-eyes to be precise. This funny photography series of outdoor objects was created by a Toronto artist Aiden Glenn, currently working for Pizza and Pixels, he took his love for character and design to the streets.

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16:04

Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly-Eyed Faces

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Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly Eyed Faces Toronto street art humor faces

Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly Eyed Faces Toronto street art humor faces

Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly Eyed Faces Toronto street art humor faces

Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly Eyed Faces Toronto street art humor faces

Animator and artist Aiden Glenn of Pizza and Pixels takes his love for character design to the streets of Liberty Village, Toronto where he turns outdoor objects into weird, googly-eyed faces. Glenn refers to the act as “toon bombing” and you can see plenty more of it over on his Tumblr. If you liked this, also check out the work of Tom Schneider. (via Laughing Squid)

December 12 2013

15:46

Abandoned Places by Bart Synowiec

Basé à Toronto, le photographe Bart Synowiec aime capturer et immortaliser des lieux et environnements oubliés, désaffectés et laissés à l’abandon. Avec une grande attention au détail, l’artiste propose de superbes images, jouant avec talent sur le contraste entre les traces de l’homme et son absence.

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December 02 2013

10:43

Les Mercredi piscine avec Jeannie Phan

Sans effluves de chlore, sans bambins qui braillent, Jeannie Phan, jeune illustratrice, animatrice, web designer venue de Toronto, nous emmène aujourd’hui à la piscine. Dans ce dernier projet, Swim, édité sous forme de fanzine, elle illustre la tournure poétique et...

Les Mercredi piscine avec Jeannie Phan

November 26 2013

16:17

WARNING: THIS VIDEO WILL INDUCE WANDERLUST

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Toronto is Home, a beautiful time-lapse video by Javin Lau. Check it out at Global Yodel!
Be sure to follow Global Yodel on Facebook for daily travel inspiration! Guaranteed to awaken your travel bug.


    






November 20 2013

17:30

Emoji Major No. 15: Emoji Major, Emoji Mayor Rob Ford

This week, Zoe Mendelson offers yet another revelation about The Crack Smoking Mayor Of Toronto: He is an emoji.

You can't write this stuff. You really can't. Rob Ford, now affectionately known as The Crack Smoking Mayor of Toronto, link-bait incarnate, is a gift to journalists, comics, Canada-mockers, and to the whole Internet, really.

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November 17 2013

00:39

City Spy: Toronto

City Spy: Toronto

Boasting a calendar full-to-the-brim with sporting events, arts and cultural festivities and entertainment, Toronto is a happening city. With four vibrant districts, there are more designer boutiques, quirky museums, bespoke galleries and family-friendly activities than you could poke a maple leaf at.

Check out
A rival to iconic Cannes, Toronto boasts its own star-studded International Film Festival during September, with public venues and custom screenings designed specifically for children. Adrenalin junkies looking for an experience to test their gumption can get their thrills from Toronto’s tallest structure, EdgeWalk at the CN Tower.
. Hovering 356m above the ground, this hands-free walk around the ledge encircling the Tower’s main pod is not for the queasy or faint of heart – just remember to not look down. A day trip out of the city brings you to the ultimate in watery wonders – Niagara Falls.

Buy up
Graze food samples and wander leisurely through St Lawrence Market, at 92–95 Front Street East, where bottles of lip-smacking maple syrup mysteriously find their way into the shopping bag. A piece of China in Canada, Toronto has several distinct Chinatowns – the largest on Spadina Avenue – with traditional lion dances and stalls selling aromatic herbs, delicious dim sum and cultural crafts. Eaton Centre on Yonge Street, between Queen and Dundas Street West, is the largest mall in downtown Toronto. You could lose a day here, thanks to the 300 stores and restaurants.

Dine out
With multicultural cuisines and gourmet offerings to satiate all culinary cravings, Toronto does fine-dining restaurants and relaxed eateries equally well. Amber at 119 Yorkville Avenue has an incredible patio, making it the prime position to sip champagne and watch the fash pack swap air-kisses and gossip. A hop, skip and a jump down the street is the just-as-swanky One Restaurant inside the handsome Hazelton Hotel at 116 Yorkville Avenue. Mark McEwan’s contemporary hotspot is open for breakfast through to dinner (and post-dinner dessert).

Drink up
Stylish without being stuffy, the Lounge at The Drake resembles a living room, with its blazing fireplace, a roaring tiger mural over the mezzanine and flickering movies playing in gilded frames. Pick at a charcuterie board from your perch at the bar, washing it down with an expertly crafted cocktail – our choice is the Huntress in Celebration: a delicious concoction of scotch, amaretto and brandied cherries. Charlie’s Gallery at 112 Harbord Street has candles flickering intimately on tables and a martini menu so inventive it would knock the socks off Bond.

Crash out
Humming with life, The Drake is an effortlessly elegant haunt with every entertainment whim and gastronomic requirement at your fingertips. After dark, delve into the Underground, a cutting-edge basement club that has seen the Killers through to MIA perform. Alternatively, ascend the stairs to the Sky Yard for cocktails overlooking Toronto’s lit-up cityscape. To revivify your senses after a night of liquid indulgence, the glassed-in showers in the Crash Pads and Dens are invigorating and the home-baked scones in the adjoining café are something of a local legend, sure to put fuel in the tank for another day of exploration.

If you want to wake up in Smith hotels instead of just reading about them, visit Mr & Mrs Smith’s collection of boutique hotels, or call the expert Travel Team on 1300-89-66-27.

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The post City Spy: Toronto appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

October 28 2013

16:19

In The Picture

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24 August, 2013

You know how people put disposable cameras on the tables at their wedding so all the drunk guests take incriminating photos of themselves without the need for employing an expensive professional photographer? The Disposable Camera Project is almost nothing like that – instead, the cameras are placed in interesting outdoor locations worldwide, and hardly anyone in the pictures looks drunk, but they do both produce pictures with a authentically personal quality.

The idea was hatched by Michaelangelo Yambao and Cliff Davidson of the Toronto Urban Photography Festival and came from a desire to engage the subjects of street photography – the people in the pictures – in the creative process. Cameras were placed around Toronto for the public to pick up, take a picture and put back, with full cameras taken for development and replaced with new ones. The idea snowballed, a couple of friends from Vancouver joined, and the project got organised, expanding the scope of their locations and displaying the pictures in a constantly updated online exhibition rather than a one-off gallery show. To get involved check out the camera locations on the DCP website or via Twitter.

@findDCP

Disposable Camera Project

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28 August, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

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Disposable Camera Project

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24 July, 2013

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23 July, 2013

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Disposable Camera Project

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Disposable Camera Project

Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles
23 July, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles
23 July, 2013

The post In The Picture appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

October 21 2013

10:46

A Bold Statement

Toronto is a city very much on the up. High-rise development is booming, famous names in hospitality are heading there to take on new projects, and hipster favourite The Drake Hotel‘s parent company recognised it was no time for half measures when launching its first standalone restaurant, bringing in a big noise in North American interiors to spearhead the design of Drake One Fifty.

Martin Brudnizki has a series of high-profile New York and London projects under his belt and more coming up in Miami and Chicago. Under his direction, Drake One Fifty (named after its address at 150 York Street) has announced itself on the city with a retro look led by some noteworthy statement features. Colourful stools and banquette booths seating catch the eye, while at the subtler end of the spectrum 60 feet of marble forms the circular bar top. A wooden pergola by Brothers Dressler, a handmade tile floor, vintage light fittings and a restored photo booth all contribute to the atmosphere. You can take a little retro home with you too, as there are various bits and bobs on sale at the Drake General Store – a 30ft bespoke display case dominating one wall. This being Drake, there’s a strong focus on art and culture too; a permanent art collection is joined by a revolving door of site-specific works, performances, video art and DJ sets. Spiffing.

@thedrakehotel
@MBDS_News
@BrosDressler

Drake One Fifty — Toronto
Drake One Fifty — Toronto
Drake One Fifty — Toronto
Drake One Fifty — Toronto
Drake One Fifty — Toronto
Drake One Fifty — Toronto
Drake One Fifty — Toronto
Drake One Fifty — Toronto
Drake One Fifty — Toronto

Interior photography, Jimmy Limit
Food photography, Connie Tsang

The post A Bold Statement appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

October 18 2013

09:47

A Cool Draught

Photo courtesy Mill Street Brewery, Toronto

Cool beer on a hot day? Yes please. With their typical September Indian summers, Torontonians were revelling in patio weather until the very last second when we dropped by recently. Beer Hall is the latest but perhaps greatest in the patio and craft beer arenas. With 75 craft beers, female friendly beer schnapps – in the form of a Frambozen Martini – plus an exclusive seasonal Chardonnay beer brewed locally, Toronto’s Beer Hall is ticking a lot of boxes. There are also lots of shiny things to look at, mainly stainless steel vats, pipes, and taps.

Attached to their popular big sister, the Mill Street Brewery, this 300+ seat hall boasts a classy set up in the city’s popular Distillery District (fun fact about this area: it helped Al Capone with his booze business throughout prohibition). Speaking with Vera behind the bar – who is an encyclopaedia of hops, yeast, and brewing knowledge – I would never have guessed I’d be interested in asking so many beer related questions, whilst enjoying that Chardonnay beer. And of course she naturally pulls a mean pint.

Beer Hall is casual and welcoming with their environment, but serious about their beer (of course, they quite literally have a brewery in their backyard), and it’s that combination that makes them a great spot to enjoy casual encounters for all types of beer enthusiasts.

@MillStreetBrew

Mill Street Brewery — Toronto
Mill Street Brewery — Toronto
Mill Street Brewery — Toronto
Mill Street Brewery — Toronto
Mill Street Brewery — Toronto
Mill Street Brewery — Toronto

Photography © Jason Lee,
unless otherwise stated.

The post A Cool Draught appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

October 15 2013

05:16

Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles sculpture in Toronto

Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles sculpture in Toronto

Ai Weiwei, China’s most prominent contemporary artist, recently brought a recreated version of his Forever Bicycles sculpture to Toronto’s Nuit Blanche festival. The size of the new sculpture has grown exponentially, and the once 1,000 bicycle installation now exceeds 3,144.

The bicycles are layered to create a sense of motion, even though the installation itself is completely static. It’s quite an awe-inspiring visual experience.

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The post Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles sculpture in Toronto appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

October 09 2013

13:22

Bicycles Installation in Toronto

Déjà auteur de l’installation « Forever Bicycles » diffusée sur Fubiz en début d’année, l’artiste chinois Ai Wei Wei a exposé une nouvelle version de celle-ci à Toronto. De superbes images de cette installation et de cette sculpture géante composée de plus de 3144 vélos, sont à découvrir dans la suite de l’article.

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12:46

FOREVER BICYCLES

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This incredible installation entitled “Forever Bicycles” was created by artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Presented for the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto Canada, this amazing installation used 3,144 bikes… Check out more here.


    






October 08 2013

20:24

Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto

Ai Weiweis Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto Toronto installation bicycles
Photo via Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Ai Weiweis Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto Toronto installation bicycles
Photo via Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Ai Weiweis Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto Toronto installation bicycles
Photo courtesy Ryan Davey

Ai Weiweis Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto Toronto installation bicycles
Photo courtesy Ryan Davey

Ai Weiweis Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto Toronto installation bicycles
Photo courtesy Ryan Davey

Ai Weiweis Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto Toronto installation bicycles
Photo courtesy Ryan Davey

Ai Weiweis Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto Toronto installation bicycles
Photo courtesy Ryan Davey

Ai Weiweis Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto Toronto installation bicycles
Photo courtesy Ryan Davey

Ai Weiweis Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto Toronto installation bicycles
Photo courtesy Ryan Davey

Ai Weiweis Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto Toronto installation bicycles
Photo via Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

As part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto this weekend, an enormous reconfiguration of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles (previously here and here) was unveiled in the center of Nathan Phillips Square. The installation dominates the outdoor space, measuring 100 feet long by 30 feet wide and consists of some 3,144 bicycles, resulting in so much depth and volume the piece almost appears blurred. Via Scotiabank Nuit Blanche:

World-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will exhibit a new edition of his Forever Bicycles sculpture in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. 3,144 interconnected bicycles will form a three-dimensional structure creating an incredible visual effect.

Yong Jiu, literally translated as “forever,” is the foremost bicycle brand in China; Ai re-interprets such everyday found objects in an abstract and symbolic way.

The sheer quantity of bikes and the diverse perceptions of viewing points create a colossal labyrinth-like, visually moving space, which represents the changing social environment in China and around the globe.

If you happen to be in Toronto the piece will be up through October 27, 2013. Many of the photos above courtesy Ryan Davey. (via My Modern Met)

September 26 2013

21:54

Abstract landscapes by Toronto artist Kate Taylor

Abstract landscapes by Toronto artist Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor is a fine artist based in Toronto specializing in abstract landscapes. Her work, with its delicate paint strokes, creates an air of whimsy and energy. She takes creative influences from Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, the Group of Seven, and Jean Paul Riopelle – the Montreal-based artist who captured raw energy in his large canvases, using multiple colours simultaneously on his palette knife.

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The post Abstract landscapes by Toronto artist Kate Taylor appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

September 24 2013

12:54

Out of Your Skull

Depending on your geographical locale, it’s safe to say you are either well acquainted with Day of the Dead-inspired Mexican food and restaurants, or Day of the Dead-inspired Mexican restaurants seem to be popping up all around you. And with any worthwhile trend, Toronto will be on that quicker than you can say Tequila! El Catrin Destileria is the latest Mexican place to open in Toronto, and by far the biggest. Located in the Distillery District – in the famed and former Boiler House premises – the team of John Rosenblatt, John Berman and partners have revamped their priceless Distillery location, offering a unique Mexican fiesta. It’s no surprise that these restaurateurs and Toronto in general could create an authentic Glam-Mex experience for the hipster crowd.

A visually stunning restaurant created by top Toronto design firm Munge Leung, with the help of Mexican street artist Oscar Flores, the walls are adorned with one hell of a mural – on an opposite wall the spirit of choice takes pride of place. With 120 variations of Tequila and its smokey sister Mescal on offer, there’s no shortage of fun to sample or fun to be had – plus, with a 190-seater patio complete with fire pit, good times should flow freely. The food offering matches everything else – AKA fantastic – with one of Mexico City’s top chefs leading the way, the newly relocated Olivier Le Calvez has delivered a wide range of exciting tapas for your sharing pleasure.

A sensory overload of the best kind, El Catrin will surely be the place of many memories, or at least the cause of a few happy hangovers.

@elcatrinca
@MungeLeung

El Catrin Destileria — Toronto
El Catrin Destileria — Toronto
El Catrin Destileria — Toronto
El Catrin Destileria — Toronto
El Catrin Destileria — Toronto
El Catrin Destileria — Toronto
El Catrin Destileria — Toronto
El Catrin Destileria — Toronto
El Catrin Destileria — Toronto
El Catrin Destileria — Toronto

Photography, Jason Lee

The post Out of Your Skull appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

September 19 2013

18:56

Toronto Mini Maker Faire: Robots, Fire, 3D Printing, and More

MagicCubesImage_0While World Maker Faire is happening Sept, 21-22 in New York City, Toronto, Canada’s largest city is once again playing host to a mini maker faire of its own. Artists, hackers, and tinkerers from the greater Toronto Area will be leaving their garages to show off homemade technology and projects.

Read more on MAKE

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