Recap of Toronto’s Annual Do Design Event

Dundas West’s sidewalks were filled with Torontonians for the annual Do Design event this past weekend. Between Bathurst Street and Grace Street, Do Design hosted Do West Trinity Bellwoods BIA, an all hours gallery showcasing contemporary designers’ work in various storefronts of the eclectic neighbourhood during Toronto’s annual design week. In its fifth year, the event featured In Context, a special video series on Canadian contemporary architecture. Created by Raja Moussaoui and Canadian contemporary designer Andrea Lacalamita, the video gallery was composed of seven venues along Dundas Street West, and allowed people to view projects in the surrounding area and how it impacted not only the community but our environment as well.

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Khalil Jamal – Column Side Table, Felt and aluminum

One of the reception venues, MADE Design, was hosting an exhibition by a group of artists called Untraditional featuring Liz Eeuwes, Jeremy Hatch, Andrew Reesor and Jamie Wolfond. Coming from different design backgrounds, from textiles to woodworking even to ceramics, the work of these artists explores how tradition is perceived and the idea of tradition in untraditional objects. Owner of MADE Design, Shaun Moore, discusses Hatch’s work through porcelain and the intricateness of his design used in his project. Through Hatch’s work, Moore explores the world through young Jeremy’s eyes in order to create something new and “untraditional”, such as the water fountain featured in MADE Design’s window gallery.

Do West’s twenty-five exhibit walking gallery finished up on Sunday, January 25th. Until next year!

Works Credited: Photo 1 by Matt MacDonald – White Ash Barstool, Solid white ash; Photo 2 by Jenna Stanton – Pour me, self medicating seriesPorcelain bottles with silkscreened enamel decals and underglaze; Photo 3 (cover photo) by Nathan Clarke – A PrioriEuropean beech solids and veneer; Photo 4 by Tobias Cavan – Sled BarstoolMaple, baltic birch, latex paint, water based lacquer

OCAD Student Gallery- When Functionality Meets Art

Photography: Celia Fernandez

Toronto Design Offsite festival was taking place from Jan 19th- 25th featuring almost 80 installations, talks, and events in the city. OCAD Student Gallery was part of this amazingly massive event and is featuring some outside-of-the-box furniture and decor pieces designed by students currently enrolled in the fur inure program at OCAD University.

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If you think a chair is just for sitting, a mug is for coffee or tea tea only, then this “Tables, Chairs, and Other Unrelated Subject” exhibit will definitely be an eye-opening experience.

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The exhibit is located at 52 McCaul Street and is going on till the 31st of January. Find out more here!

5 Questions With Vernon Chang

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1. What would be your theme song ?

You Don’t Know Me by T.I.

2. Fill in the Blank: I could not live without____________

HAPPINESS

3. What is your secret obsession?

Let’s be a little bit fun here, my secret obsession is when women wear stockings because I think it makes them super sexy and also bring their out their best curves.

4. What is your favourite childhood memory?

When my parents picked me up from kindergarten and we go to the beaches and have a fun afternoon day.

5. What are you most proud of?

I am proud of my brand “MoVernie” because its been growing and very successful. Also, I am proud that I build MoVernie from scratch.

Vernon Chang packed resume includes TV host for MoVernie on the MOVE, Food & Events writer, and marketing and social media influencer. To learn more about Vernon Chang, visit his website here.

CAIRO Releases Debut Album

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CAIRO, a buzz worthy indie rock band from Toronto, has released their debut LP called A History of Reasons. The band members include Nate Daniels, Matt Sullivan, Caitlin Grieve, Dante Berardi Jr. and Joel Dalton. The band’s strong chemistry shines through the record with instrumentals and vocals beautifully complimenting each other. A History of Reasons was produced by Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run, Air Marshal Landing) and released through Maple Music Recordings.

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CAIRO doesn’t limit their music to one genre. With the perfect blend of folk, rock and pop, they’ve created an album with a vibrant sound that combines hard-hitting guitars contrasted with the delicate violin strings and dreamy vocals. Not only do you get a narrative of the band’s life experiences while listening to their album but it also allows you to reminisce on some of your own life experiences with its relatable lyrics.

A History of Reasons is available for purchase on iTunes. Check out their website HERE for upcoming details.

Lyndon Wiebe’s Lost In Travels: Solitary Confinement Exhibit

The opening reception, hosted at Urban Gallery, of Lyndon Wiebe’s Lost In Travels: Solitary Confinement Photography Exhibit ignited the travel bug in all of us. The exhibit captured Wiebe’s seven years of working and travelling as a chef abroad with two of his friends while filming a travel-based web series called Without Boarders. After travelling around Canada, New Zealand and various countries in Asia and Africa, Wiebe’s discovered a whole new love and passion for photography.

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Red Right Hand – Thaipusam, Batu Caves, Near KL, Malaysia

Wiebe’s stunning photography captured not only his travels over the years, but also the way humans are isolated in the world around us. Whether we’re alone or with a group of people, we always get lost in our own thoughts. Every photo allowed viewers to get a glimpse of different people around the globe. It was impossible not to gaze into the photographs and feel a connection that managed to isolate you from the room you were in and the people around you. It’s as if you zone out and enter the photograph taking in all of its surroundings and become engaged in your own thoughts.

Lyndon Wiebe’s Lost In Travels: Solitary Confinement exhibit will run at the Urban Gallery located at 400 Queen East until February 25th 2015. For more information about the exhibit visit the Urban Gallery website.