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New Annex store way more than just a pawn shop

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / April 14, 2014

annex pawn torontoIn the market for some vintage furniture, a pair of glittery lace-up shoes, or maybe a couple of animal skulls? This everything-but-the-kitchen sink secondhand store on Bathurst (near Dupont will have you covered. Nearly every piece, from the clothing to the housewares to the furniture, is a treasure of sorts - the prices reflect that careful selection, but that'll be less of an issue once you uncover the antique-store find of your dreams.

Read my profile of Annex Pawn in the design section.
Fashion & Style

TBC Vegan brings a flea market to Bloordale

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / April 10, 2014

Through Being Cool Bakery Flea MarketThrough Being Cool is bringing a flea to a neighbourhood formerly devoid of fleas. The Bloor and Lansdowne bakery will throw its first flea full of local treats on Sunday, April 13.

Owner Amanda Somerville says there will be about nine vendors at the bakery that Sunday. Perrin and Rose will be selling fresh flowers, and Larkspur will be selling lovely vintage clothing. There's a focus on media and art as well, with local artist Matt Darling selling his stuff, as well as Explorer's Press, Blood of the Young, and Permanent Sleep Press (who have a permanent zine rack in the shop).

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu makes Toronto cute for a night

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / March 10, 2014

Kyary Pamyu PamyuJapanese pop princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu brought out a seldom-seen side of Toronto Saturday. The Little Bo Peep-on-acid, bunny suit wearing, excited, adorable side.

The Sound Academy was as packed as I've ever seen it, but everybody, and I mean everybody, danced. People wore tiny backpacks, pink hair, ruffles, and various animal hats. In short, on Kyary's first trip to Canada, she threw an amazing Harajuku party. Honestly, I think Toronto could do with a little more wow wow wow yay yay yay in its life. And maybe a few more acid trips.

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Life drawing classes in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / February 27, 2014

Life drawing TorontoLife drawing classes in Toronto are fun for everyone. Models have the joy of remaining stock-still in a rotation of odd poses for three hours at a time, and aspiring rogues on sinking ships can sketch them like one of their French girls. It's a win-win for everyone.

One of the most important steps of becoming a good artist, some say, is learning how to realistically render the human form. You will be aided in this endeavour, hopefully, by paying painstakingly close attention to the knobbly knees of a strange man. Also drinking seems to be a prerequisite in Toronto, so there's that.

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Theatre Centre revamps former Carnegie Library

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / January 26, 2014

Theatre Centre TorontoThe Theatre Centre is another charming heritage conversion soon to open on West Queen West. The property used to be home to book lovers as the Queen and Lisgar Carnegie library (and a Canada Post office), but now 1115 Queen St. West will attract patrons of the arts and stage.

In what will soon be its upstairs theatre (the building will be home to two), construction is still far from complete. There are exposed beams that never meant to be exposed. There are plaster walls not quite built. But all of this will be covered up in time, the seats will go in, and, if the neighbourhood's character is any indication, they will fill up.

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Inside Artscape's new Shaw Street School development

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / January 6, 2014

Artscape Youngplace Shaw StreetArtscape Youngplace in Toronto is home to ghosts of tiny children who wander adrift through the corridors of 180 Shaw St - or so it seems. It used to be their school, and now it's Artscape's newest property. Built in 1914, the building is still dotted with remnants of the past, despite its recent overhaul. Trophies won by students in decades gone by are displayed in glass cases on the first floor.

Check out this photo gallery for a visual tour of the building.

Further down the long, echoey hallway, clocks are mounted on the wall, each one stopped at 8:32 - the time (either in the morning or the evening) when the school officially stopped being a school.

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