Art Scene – May 1, 2018

Local artists and artisans are opening the doors to their homes and workshops this weekend – May 4 to 6 – for the spring version of the Beach Studio Tour. This self-guided tour has been a popular neighbourhood fixture for over 20 years. This year, two dozen artists will be showcasing paintings, photography, weaving, jewellery, […]

Visions of Main Square

IT’S NOT an obvious source of artistic inspiration. Main Square, a concrete slab-style apartment complex on the southeast corner of Main and Danforth, isn’t something people would generally find all that beautiful, says local artist Stefan Berg. That’s kind of the point. For the past nine years, the four towers of Main Square have been […]

Book and film club back with Steinbeck

Katya Nosko, who owns The Great Escape Book Store on Kingston Road, finds John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath particularly relevant in 2018. Many issues addressed in the book and subsequent John Ford-directed film should resonate with contemporary readers, she suggests, so it was a good fit for her book store’s second annual […]

Beach Arts Scene for Feb. 20, 2018

Journeys, a group exhibition showcasing the work of over 20 artists from the Beach and surrounding area will be showing at Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E., beginning Feb. 21. The exhibition of contemporary experimental is the product of participants in the space’s weekly “Just Do It” experimental painting program, designed to guide artists […]

Meet the makers building Winter Stations

  Seven years ago when Alex Wilson and Alan Johnston founded their building company Anex, it was a more utilitarian venture than it is today. “Our main focus was furniture at first,” said Wilson. “And then that switched to custom everything.” That everything has come to include 12-foot-tall hands, the reconstruction of a full-grown tree […]

East Toronto DJ schools hopefuls in house

“It’s a music house, man,” said Erik Laar, hanging out in the two-storey home he owns on Coxwell Avenue, just south of Gerrard Street East. Laar doesn’t just mean music is played here (on this afternoon he nods along to a selection of instrumental hip-hop beats). It is the home of his venture Off Centre […]