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Magic Pony

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on February 27, 2011

Magic PonyMagic Pony has moved down the street, but co-owner Kristin Weckworth assures me it's the same Magic Pony that has brought funky toys, original prints, books and other art to West Queen West for years. "Except we're not carrying t-shirts anymore," she tells me. "There are so many places to buy great clothes around here, we figured we weren't going to compete."

OK, other than the t-shirts, Magic Pony is pretty much the same after moving to 680 Queen Street, closer to Bathurst than its previous spot at 694.

Magic Pony"We're expanding," she tells me. "Here we have more room. Plus, Narwhal and Magic Pony are now under the same roof, which makes getting things done easier."

Magic PonyNarwhal Art Projects was a dedicated, expanded gallery space opened by Magic Pony in 2008 and used exclusively for exhibitions. Many Pony started as a little shop in Kensington in 2003 before moving to a second-floor retail space on Queen St. the next year. Then, it was onto the street-front property at 694, and now (and finally?) here at 680.

Magic Pony"So really, this is our fourth spot," Weckworth says of the business she started with partner Steve Cober. "And we've been working with some of the same artists throughout it all." Those Kozyndan "Seasons of the Bunny" prints on the wall by the front entrance ($30 unframed, $140 framed), for example, have been with Magic Pony since its Kensington days. "While we do change products, we stay pretty loyal to artists."

Magic PonyAnd since Magic Pony works with artists serving as publishers, promoters, and printers, everything in the store is connected. The Hansel and Gretel gone-horror-anime book by Junko Mizuno, titled simply, "Hansel & Gretel," ($20) was published by Magic Pony, and pairs with her Ectoplasm Birds Archival print ($200) also displayed in the store. Magic Pony has also run her exhibits, and works with both local and international artists.

Magic PonyOf course, it's not just books and prints. There's a whole assortment of Kidrobot toys ($12), Ugly Dolls ($10-$30), and other stuffed friends and figurines. In the glass cabinet are accessories, such as the Doppelganger Face Brooches by Julie Moon ($36), a dinner plate-sized ashtray that reads "Too Young to Die" by Yoshitomo Nara ($80), and, my favourite, little plush knitted anatomical hearts by Shannon Gerard ($20).

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Discussion

11 Comments

adam / December 1, 2007 at 05:27 pm
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its good
/ January 11, 2008 at 04:51 am
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This store is fun! :) Love the back gallery they have, and the artist's range from former students from OCAD (right down the road to your left) to artist's from Japan! Lot's of cute little toys and stationary.
disgruntled / April 15, 2008 at 03:10 pm
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check out their unannounced no refund policy!!! no warning, no sign, nothing on the receipt to tell you that when you want to return an item, they'll simply tell you 'no'.

and also be on the alert for all the stuff they buy from China. just remember: if you want to boycott chinese products (e.g. concerns over toxicity, Tibet, etc) and inadvertently pick up an item that was made in China, don't expect any sympathy, let alone refund from the cheerless store staff when you point out your concern.
kristin / December 5, 2010 at 09:13 pm
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I just noticed the Disgruntled comment from 2 years ago, oh dear! To clarify, Magic Pony has final sales on the highly collectible blind boxed toys and original art products. With anything else exchanges are always possible, just ask when buying. There is a sign behind the counter and on the receipt stating the return policy.

Any toy that is mass produced is most likely made overseas, these are the realities of our world. However Magic Pony offers a great selection of locally made treasures which the staff is more than happy to direct you to if you are looking to support local art, which is always a great idea!
hellebelle / February 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm
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i love those kozyndan prints. going to pick some of those up some time soon.
goddamn bravo to you sir / February 28, 2011 at 09:27 am
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Magic Pony = wonderful awesome example of chasing your dream
ct / February 28, 2011 at 10:55 am
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Disgruntled: there is no law that makes a business have to accept a return/exchange item (unless they are defective)
Big box store companies like Wally World can afford to accept returns but small independent places like Magic Pony often can't.
Steve Keys / February 28, 2011 at 11:11 am
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I'll miss the old storefront.
J replying to a comment from disgruntled / February 28, 2011 at 02:38 pm
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you do realize that everything is made in china.. also that incident has long past.
Sean replying to a comment from J / March 1, 2011 at 05:37 am
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"April 15, 2008 at 3:10 PM"
Louise Lupo / September 2, 2012 at 06:25 pm
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I began my import wholesale business, Mana Kawala in 2011, with the sole purpose of contributing to the economic development of Nepal and its beautiful and unwaveringly determined people. Nepal is an underdeveloped country that shares its western, southern and eastern border with India, and its northern border with occupied Tibet. Despite their day to day challenges, the Nepalese are remarkable artisans creating beautiful quality finished goods from raw products which grow wild or are produced in Nepal. One such category of product is the Lokta hand-made paper assortment. The journals and stationery sets are a piece of art. I invite you to please visit my facebook business page at www.facebook.com/handmadeinnepal and take a look. I hope you like what you see and agree to have some on hand for your customers. All my goods are sold wholesale to retailers. I can be reached at manakawala@gmail.com to answer your questions. Thank you.

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