Handlebar, courtesy of Rachel Conduit (of the east-end's Avro ), embodies the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." If you're a dedicated fan of the Avro, then there's not much about Handlebar that you don't already know.
Its motif is obvious. In a city where the bi-wheeled are often maligned and fodder for near civil warfare, Handlebar is a haven. There are bronzed bikes anchored on the wall, and for those who wear their cyclists' hearts on their sleeves, this place is almost cartoonishly perfect (hey bikers, I don't bike, but I like your zeal). It certainly made for a beautiful, cohesive space, and also lacked the smell and hard edges of a space reincarnated, providing a relaxed vibe that one typically associates with an older place.
The space itself is long and narrow, but has far more room than its east-end sibling. In a room at the back, you'll find a stage that's small enough to be more appropriate for comedic stand-up than music. The seating area is split into small tables, and there's a roomy patio littered with season-appropriate poolside chairs.
As with the Avro, Handlebar is not a space for those with fancy tastes. Beers ($6.25) and whiskies ($6.50 for a Maker's) are the focus here, which is not necessarily bad for the weary palate. Their bar menu is similarly unpretentious, serving homey favourites such as spaghetti and meatballs or tacos. The dishes vary daily, but hover around $6. I was sated.
There are places that go out of their way to push you out of your comfort zone, but that's not the case here. What I liked most about Handlebar is that intimacy is not only possible, but seems to be encouraged. Its Kensington location also proves to be an advantage; it not only works with all the other bars in the area, but answers to what they're missing. In short, if the Embassy was larger, Cold Tea lower-key, and Ronnie's more put-together, you'd have Handlebar. Having just opened last week, Handlebar may be the new kid on the block, but its potential to be a neighbourhood favourite is cinched. Cyclist or not, you'll be very welcome.
THE AMBiENT PiNG is a Toronto based creative community of
audio artists, performers, musicians and visual artists. The PiNG
presents live multimedia performances featuring ambient, electronic,
soundscape, chillout, trip hop, dream pop, downtempo, space,
darkwave, drone and experimental artists from around the world.
The 1st Sunday of each month. An intimate night of drowsy beats, loose bytes, droney feats, psychic lights. Focusing on live performances of experimental, ambient, drone, noise and electronic music and encouraging a warm, open environment with acts by people of all persuasions and backgrounds.
8:30pm | pwyc
This month at Handlebar
Live Music and Interactive Visuals presented by Subtle Blend
Videos and Lights by Kazuya Ito as Toi Whakairo
Live sets by
CY (Experimental / Lofi / Hip Hop)
∆ N Z O L ∆(Instrumental / Neosoul / Funk )
2nd Son (Electronic Hip Hop / Space Funk / Future Soul)
Join us for our monthly gathering of creative developers, designers, hackers, makers and more.
#accessibility #ux #design #hololens #mixedreality #making #installations
7:00pm Doors open! Come grab some drinks and support Handlebar.
7:30pm Alison Walden - Creating Accessible Experiences Starts with Experience Design
"It's a common misconception that web accessibility can be ignored until development is almost complete, and then we can ask the developer to step in and fix all of the accessibility issues.This is completely wrong. Accessible design starts in the design phase with the experience designer, and the specifications for the user experience that are documented in wireframes and visual design style guides. If accessibility is considered at these stages and documented for the developer, about 75% of the accessibility issues we typically see would not exist, and experiences would be designed in a way so that that they made sense for keyboard users.”
8:15pm Hugh Elliott - Being a Builder
For the past year, Hugh has been a creative technologist for wonderMakr. He’ll discuss the projects he’s worked on and the lessons that come from building real-world experiences for a mass audience.
8:45pm Dan Zen - Hololens demo
Dan will bring a Hololens for everyone to see in person and try out.
Nightwave Collective 012:
We're excited to feature for the first time a solo female artist, the talented Dana Jean Phoenix. Debut performance by our homie Become Hard. CTRL ALT ESC and Teletron back on stage with fresh new material. Wizard Of DJing all night in between live sets. See you there!!
Dana Jean Phoenix
CTRL ALT ESC
Xx Nightwave Collective
Poster Geometry by PRSMA:
Visuals by Beeple remixed by Teletron:
Save the drama for your mama, and come celebrate two of Canada's most acclaimed playwrights – Karen Hines (All the Little Animals I Have Eaten and Crawlspace) and Jill Connell (The Supine Cobbler) instead.
(member of HSY/SIGIL)
Colin Roy Gillespie
(member of Greys)
(member of Beliefs)
Sunday February 26
9:30pm | $5