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Ossington Business Profile #23: Les Enfants Terribles

Today we profile Les Enfants Terribles, an art space at 130 Foxley Place, the alleyway behind Ossington. The student gallery doesn’t have a website, but fittingly, an instagram and a Facebook page.  The students that showcase at this space, which will reopen in September, are as young as high school age. Maybe younger! So when they are back in September, go check out the next generation of Toronto art talent!

Les Enfants Terribles entrance

Les Enfants Terribles Entrance on Foxley Place

We spoke with Jaiden at Les Enfants Terribles for this Ossington business profile.

What’s your business?

It’s not really a business, it’s a free space.  Les Enfants Terribles is a space for Visual Art, Photography and Film students from Etobicoke School of the Arts to show their work in a small gallery like atmosphere.  The students learn how to curate and prepare for their show, host an opening and are available to art fans on weekends following that opening to discuss their work.  

How is your business unique?

There is no commerce, it’s really about being able to get student work out there in the real world and prepare them for what’s ahead.  

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Vector Festival is Back for it’s 5th Year on Ossington

Vector Festival OssingtonVector Festival returns to Toronto and InterAccess on Ossington this week with it’s 5th edition. The new media festival showcases experiments in digital gaming and interactive and experimental new media. This year is the 5th year, which is a milestone for an art festival! It begins tomorrow, July 13th, and runs through this weekend until Sunday, July 16th. Vector Festival events range from exhibits and lectures to performances, screenings and workshops. Vector takes over several venues, including Artscape Youngplace on Shaw, and the Vector Festival headquarters at InterAccess at 9 Ossington Avenue, so you will have ample opportunities to experience it!

 

Local Vector Festival Highlights

There is a lot going on at Vector Festival in the next few days/this weekend, which is why we’ve highlighted some events in Ossington Village.

Launch Party, July 13 at InterAccess, 7-10pm

July 13 is the first day of Vector Festival, starting with an opening reception at InterAccess. Celebrate the launch of the 5th Vector Festival and see the opening exhibition, Pattern Recognition. The exhibit features virtual reality, video, and interactive installations exploring humans and machines and it is free, so drop in and explore!

Signal/Space: Performance, July 15 at Artscape Youngplace, 8-11pm

This Saturday night you can check out Vector’s merging of music and technology at this showcase at Artscape Youngplace. For $15, you’ll experience three different performances from NYC and Toronto artists. The audio-visual shows feature a variety of technology and should be interesting and entertaining.

Performer’s Panel, July 16 at InterAccess, 2-4pm

Here’s your chance to listen to the performers talk about the convergence of games, performance and computation. This is a free panel discussion at InterAccess on Sunday afternoon, so if you’re in the area, pop by and listen and learn from the artists themselves.

As always, refer to our calendar for these and all local events. Vector’s full schedule is online.

Dundas West Fest 2017 In Photos

The weather was fabulous for the 5th annual Dundas West Fest, and so was everything else.

Crowds of people hit the street from morning to midnight, and there was something for everyone on Dundas West: food, drinks, music, comedy, activities for kids, a big gay patio, sports, a Harry Potter themed patio, a mural painted in a day, and more.  A recap in photos below.

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Rally Ossington is Closed

Rally Ossington logoRally Ossington, the hybrid gallery/event space at 12 Ossington, is closed. I received an email this morning detailing the news.

A unique place

Rally was created by Hermann & Audrey, a media agency representing fashion brands and artists. Rally Ossington was a unique “experiment” formed in late 2015 by the agency with support from Hullmark Development. According to today’s release from Hermann & Audrey, the experiment was a success! Their goal of nourishing a creative identity and community in Toronto and the Ossington Village neighborhood was achieved through more than 62 events including pop-up sales, mural projects and art exhibitions.

12 Ossington

Now that Rally is closed, there is no word on what will take over the space which has been an art gallery for years. Before Rally, Angell Gallery filled the room. Probably Hullmark already has a tenant in mind. As soon as we know, we’ll post here!

CONTACT Photography Festival In Ossington Village

The CONTACT Photography Festival officially launches April 28th and runs through the month of May throughout Toronto. While the theme this year is Canada’s 150, there are a lot of different subjects confronted in the works on display around Toronto. Here’s where you can enjoy the CONTACT Festival in and around Ossington Village.

 

 

Photographers Without Borders presents – Sumatra: Conservation is our Future

CONTACT Festival Ossington

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Boehmer Restaurant, Reception:

Boehmer Restaurant is a beautiful space for exhibiting art, and for the duration of CONTACT, it will host the photographs of 4 females with the focus on the Sumatran rain forest. Photos of the animals and people living in that rapidly depleting environment are mean to raise awareness of the endangered animals in Sumatra. Stop by Boehmer at 93 Ossington to see the photos.

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Toronto Offsite Design Festival in Ossington Village

Toronto Design Offsite Festival logoThe annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) brings design to untraditional spaces across the city, including places right here in Ossington Village. The festival runs from January 16-22 with events and exhibitions. Here’s what to do at TO DO Ossington Village.

Local events are detailed below.

 

 


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Dundas West Portuguese design shop Saudade gets involved in TO DO with authentic handmade needlepoint in the Portuguese historic style. The wall coverings will decorate Saudade as of Tuesday, January 17 through the end of the festival, Sunday the 22nd.

Information: Saudade, 1191 Dundas Street West. Opening Reception: January 17 at 7pm, RSVP here

 

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2016 In Review: Openings and Closings in Ossington Village

2016 is almost over, and we look back at all the new businesses we welcomed to the neighbourhood this year, and the ones that closed. Here is our 2016 in Review of the changes in Ossington Village this past year.


Ufficio Restaurant opened January 2016

At the very start of the new year, we welcomed new Italian fish focused restaurant Ufficio. Still serving dinner most nights, Ufficio is located at 1234 Dundas West.


Bridge + Bardot closed January 2016

Women’s fashion boutique Bridge + Bardot was open on Dundas West for 3 1/2 years. The shop closed in January to focus on their online store, which is still operating.


Rock Lobster Closed, Baby Huey Moved Into the Space, March 2016

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Barber & Co Now Open on Ossington

Barber Ossington exteriorBarber & Co has been renovating the space at 89 Ossington for the last month and is now open and ready to groom! The renovations are not 100% complete, but they are taking appointments and serving men’s hair needs, with high quality cocktails to go along.

About Barber & Co

Barber & Co is a Canadian business, like many on Ossington, originally from Vancouver.  You’ll learn that the concept is bigger than a barber shop.

  • For one, each Barber & Co location (there are 6:  5 in Vancouver, plus this new one) offers  enough amenities to make men want to spend time there aside from just getting a hair cut and/or shave. For example, drinks and/or games, so men will go with a friend and stay and hang out after their service.
  • On top of that, they make a lot of their own products, after careful testing, which they use in-house and sell from the shop. These products cover men’s heads, beards and moustaches.
  • In one of the Vancouver locations, they offer workshops and more comprehensive barbering training

Barber & Co Ossington

Barber Ossington is located on the east side of Ossington, south of Crywolf and north of the alleyway next to House of Horvath, The Ossington location is inspired by the art studio it replaced, so the decor includes paint spatters to mimic that vibe. At this time, you can already book appointments and buy product. The team also plans to implement a high-end cocktail bar, bringing in mixologists from around the city to make some killer drinks for pre- or post- haircut.

Ossington is bringing more and more men to the strip, with new additions of clothing stores like Reigning Champ and Peace Collective, and a men’s grooming salon – with drinks –  seems to be a suitable complement. The owners are back and forth between here and Vancouver to get the place up and running and happy to welcome clients.

Below are a few of our photos of the space, but feel free to check it out for yourself!

 

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The Golden Girls Are Putting On A Show At the LOT

thankyoufriendpromoThe Golden Girls are at Lower Ossington Theatre (LOT)!

Not the real Golden Girls, but puppets that sure look like them, and actors that sure sound like them! If you were a fan of the 80s sitcom when it originally aired, or became a fan over the succeeding years through reruns, this modern day incarnation, Thank You For Being a Friend, should amuse you and your friends.

I went with a group of friends last night and can tell you all about it!

It’s like watching new episodes of The Golden Girls

The 2 hour show at Lower Ossington Theatre, really less than 2 hours with an intermission, is like watching episodes of the show only in the theatre with live people and puppets. The characters and setting are the same, but the scripts are updated with modern-day references. The storylines are all familiar from the series itself and you’ll watch scenes in both their living room and their kitchen. They even have some cheesecake! Did you know that The Golden Girls ran from 1985-1992 and had 180 episodes!? Consider this a 183 episodes and sit back and enjoy. Continue reading The Golden Girls Are Putting On A Show At the LOT

Ossington Village Galleries Make Some Changes

There is news in our local gallery scene that you should know.

 

Wil Kucey Gallery

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The Dundas West art gallery formerly called  LE Gallery is now named after it’s founder and director Wil Kucey. LE opened in 2003 and has seen the area change, and now the gallery has changed it’s brand. The space at 1183 Dundas West showcases contemporary Canadian artists and will continue to be at the forefront of Toronto’s art scene, now as the Wil Kucey Gallery, with exhibitions planned through the end of the year.

 

CMC Exhibitions

Christian McLeod has announced he is closing his studio and gallery at Ossington. His CMC Gallery, mostly open by appointment only, was at 89 Ossington for over 10 years. An email blast from the artist reveals he is being forced to move due to the sale of the building. You will be able to find him at 1537 Queen Street West, in Parkdale, just east of Roncesvalles.