The exodus actually began over five years ago when Mercer Union moved to Bloor and Lansdowne, but was further solidified when Jessica Bradley opened up near Davenport and Old Weston Rd. in 2012. She has since closed her gallery, but not before ushering in a migratory wave that witnessed the rise of the Junction Triangle as destination number one for contemporary commercial art spaces in Toronto.
Rcade Wizard, or Andrew Kidder, is a full-time sign painter. He uses a variety of techniques including hand-lettering and water-gilding (gold-leafing) on signs and menus across the city. "The good thing about sign painting is that it's out there to be seen," says Kidder who doesn't do much marketing.
Artscape Sandbox, as it's called, is located right beside Montecito at the base of the Daniels Cinema Tower on Adelaide. Event and sales manager Jason Chellew describes the 6,000 square-foot, fully-accessible space as a blank canvas.
Here's where to get your gifts this year if you're not up for the crowds at the Eaton Centre.
Enter Global Meet, a movement founded by Pittsburgh-based Adam King (behind the account A Game of Tones) that brings together Instagram photographers in cities around the world. The first "meet" happened on July 26 and yesterday brought its second iteration. The event unfolded in numerous urban centres including New York, Sydney, Jakarta, Austin, Detroit and of course Toronto.
Here's where to go to get your photos printed in Toronto.
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