Tag Archive | "Art"

A Fresh Take on Taxidermy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Walking past the newly re-opened Peter Pan Bistro on Toronto's Queen Street West (No. 373), I was stopped in my tracks by this art/decor installation from UK artist Debbie Lawson. The restaurant has installed three large would-be taxidermy animal heads, each created out of Persian carpet. The pieces are beyond striking.

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1/Hundred Prints: Great Art, Great Cause

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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If you've got wall space to fill I strongly encourage you to consider a ticket to Open Studio's annual fundraiser 1/Hundred Prints happening May 15 at Toronto's Palais Royale. Open Studio is the city's biggest and best printmaking studio supporting some of Toronto's most talented artists. Here's how it works, 100 prints will be available to 100 patrons for $385 each. Tickets are drawn in random order: when your number comes up, you have one minute to choose your print from those remaining.

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Washington Wrap Up

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


The photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building perfectly illustrates my assertion that Washington is as tourist friendly as it's possible for a city to be; the Court is undergoing renovation and is covered with scaffolding but a scrim bearing the image of the building has been installed to keep up appearances and give visitors a taste of what they're missing. Talk about going the extra mile! The Washington Monument is similarly scaffolded at the moment but the apparatus has been perfectly fitted so as not to unduly mar this national and civic landmark.

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Resurrecting Ritchies

Friday, November 16, 2012


A newly reborn Ritchies has been easing back into business in recent months and last night the once-great auction house threw itself a party to christen its brand new showroom at 777 Richmond Street West and to celebrate its biggest sale since declaring bankruptcy in fall 2009. With new owners and a new auction team headed by veteran Dirk Heinze, left, Ritchies is slowly rebuilding a reputation that was trampled by debt and disgrace.

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Paris: A Few of My Favorite Things

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Well, that was a whirlwind! Four days on the ground in Paris and suddenly I'm back in Toronto feeling like a drunk after an open-bar party. I hardly know what hit me. Although time was tight we were careful not to over-schedule, yet somehow we managed to set foot in fully half of the city’s 20 arrondissements (neighbourhoods). I gasped at the postcard perfection of Place des Voges, above, as we made our way to the Bastille antiques market. With four identical fountains and crisscrossing footpaths, the square oozes charm and sophistication. A waiter in our hotel bar observed that addresses on this square are among the most expensive in the city and it’s no mystery why.

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