Category: Design

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[ Picture This ] Expanding my Reality with Refinery29’s #29Rooms

 

It’s easy to dismiss Toronto’s newest pop up installation as your standard Instagram bait. However, once you step inside 29Rooms, you can easily see that it’s so much more than that. This installation is a wonderful blend of art, creativity and whimsy. It’s all about the experience, art and okay fine, also the insta factor.

This is the first Canadian stop for Refinery29’s Expand Your Reality Experience tour. It’s been touring around Chicago, New York and Atlanta, to name a few.

29 Rooms is in Toronto until October 5th at the Exhibition Place, and tickets are $34.50.

Here were my favourite experiences throughout the evening. Thanks for snapping photos with me, Neetu!

THE TRAVELLING BILLBOARD TORONTO In Collaboration with HATECOPY

I was super excited to hear that Toronto based artist, Maria Qamar aka HATECOPY had an installation in 29Rooms. I’ve been a fan of her pop art style illustrations. Her installation is “inspired by Desi sisterhood and how powerful it can be. It’s a reflection of the women who I’ve seen, the women I love, and the women who I’ve been.” Here, guests can pick up a brush and get creative with paint by numbers.

 MAKE YOUR MARK: When is the last time you picked up a paintbrush or put pencil to paper to capture what you see in front of you? Art is not just a final product meant to be seen; the beauty is as much in the process as it is in the product. Here, creativity comes to life as you work live in the space; creating, improvising and unleashing. Enter this studio bravely, ready to express yourself and make your mark. Guests will be able to get hands on with two interactions within the space – a speed round circuit training of mini art class exercises, and a collaborative sculptural color by number, designed in collaboration with HATECOPY.

DANCE BREAK

This room was so much fun! They only play R&B hits from the 2000s. You pick a song and sing while dancers start the dance party around you.

We’re throwing a dance party and everyone is invited. Behind these doors, you’ll encounter the soundtrack to your city and characters that will inspire you to make room, make moves and release. We just need your energy to kick things off, so get in there and start moving…This is your dance break! (more…)

Beat the heat with cool art at the AGO this summer

If you’re looking to beat the heat, and take in a little culture while you’re at it, I have the perfect place for you. The Art Gallery of Ontario has two exciting exhibitions for the summer.

The first exhibit is Vija Celmins:To Fix the Image in Memory. Vija was born in 1938 in Riga Latvia. and has been a working artist for over five decades. Her practice involves a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, and detailed drawings. Throughout her 50 year career, she’s taken inspiration from the environment around her such as nature, or found images. The work in the exhibition is chronologically places from the 1960s to her present work. (more…)

Get up and out the door this summer with UP! pants

I’m so excited that we’re heading into warmer weather. It really doesn’t feel like it, but I promise that it’s right around the corner! Last week we had a warm 20+ degree day, and I took the chance to wear my new UP! pants.
This Canadian brand has several pairs of stylish pants in bold prints, unique cuts and comfortable fabrics. Their new collection, Spring Romance, is available online and in stores.

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[ Picture This ] The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair

Dressed in my most ‘artsy’ top, I walked into the Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair only to discover that my top matched perfectly with the wall exhibit at the main entrance. This is an annual show that connects artists with art lovers. It’s a forum for art lovers to learn more about the artist, their story and engage in conversation with their favourite artists. I was in awe as I walked through the aisles lined with art like a kid in a candy store.

I enjoyed exploring the beautifully curated exhibits and connecting with the artists while learning what inspired their creativity. (more…)

5 Toronto festivals & events this winter you can’t miss

Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside! There are tons of great events to check out and explore in the chilly months. Here are some of my favourites.

Winterlicious January 25 to February 7

Everyone’s favourite foodie festival is back for another year. This time, there are almost 200 participating restaurants. Lunch prix fixe menus can be #23, $28 or $33. Dinner clocks in at $33, $43 or $53. See all the restaurants here.

Winter Stations Feb. 18 to April 1

Walk along the waterfront between Ashbridges Bay and Balmy Beach to see interactive waterfront art installations. This year, the theme is migration. Check out the winning designs.

Come Up to My Room, January 17-20​

All four floors of the Gladstone Hotel will become an intersection of art and design. Throughout the hotel, site specific installations will be throughout the hotel. This year, there’s a permanent installation that will be at the hotel for one year that manipulates light and reflection to create new spatial experiences.

Toronto Light Festival January 18 to March 3

This totally free festival features thousands of lights and 44 building in the Distillery District. Exhibits range from fun to interactive to just plain beautiful. Local and international artists are participants.

Interior Design Show January 17 to 20

This show celebrates and promotes designs in Canada and across the world. This year the show is bigger with more never-before-seen installations and features from 10 over design and architecture firms.

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