Tag Archive | "Art"

Hipster Holiday in Brooklyn

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't been to New York City since the mid-1990s. I caught up with the place over Labour Day weekend when my companion and I headed to his "spiritual home," Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In case you're not up on such things, that makes my man a hipster since Brooklyn is widely regarded as the hipster capital of the world. Think Toronto's Queen West to the power of five.

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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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