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Blood and Bandages

Posted by Staff / Posted on December 27, 2008

Blood and BandagesIn business for only a year, this 97-square foot parlour is an attitude-free alternative to crowded salons. The brainchild of Roger Janes - who bought vintage barber chairs on eBay and kept a collection of stuff in the basement to one day open his own shop - this newest addition to the scene already feels like it has a storied past.

Writing and photos by Christos Tsirbas

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30 Comments

kate / December 28, 2008 at 07:55 pm
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AWWW Roger!!!! This is bar none the coolest barber shop in toronto!
mick / December 28, 2008 at 10:27 pm
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Roger is AWESOME; his shop even moreso! Word has it he's going to add Barbasol jars filled with Twizzlers and Cadbury chocolates to thank his loyal patrons. (n.b. i may have made that last part up in a desperate ploy for barbershop treats).
Chris Fyvie / December 30, 2008 at 11:41 am
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I've known Roger since grade school... attitude-free alternative is the perfect description. Congrats Roger!
Maxine Alexander / December 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm
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Way to go Roger,nice story.
Cyril Jnaes / January 1, 2009 at 10:44 pm
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Roger it looks good! I am so pleased with the hair cuts and wwould highly recommend. Keep going.
/ January 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm
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hours of opperation?
chris / January 15, 2009 at 02:36 pm
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BEST SHOP IN TOWN!!!! KEEP IT UP!!!
JAS / January 15, 2009 at 05:04 pm
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Went by today at 3:30 for a haircut. No one was there, and there was no sign explaining why. Needless to say, I won't be going back.
/ February 4, 2009 at 06:13 pm
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Cool place, nice guy, weak haircut.

Went there on the advice of this blog. The place is interesting, small obviously, but full of character. Has a definite hipster appeal.

Roger is a nice guy, really laid back. Since it's just him you may have to wait a while, and there are only two chairs. Prices are very reasonable ($17 cut), especially for Toronto.

The actual haircut was underwhelming. To be fair, it's hard to rate haircuts since you never know if you caught him on an off day or if you just didn't articulate what you wanted exactly, but the cut was a little sloppy. Tolerable, but not enough to keep me coming back.
Jay / February 5, 2009 at 04:27 pm
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It's best to phone him if you plan on going in as the hours are firm but flexible (like Jello, kinda). Number is listed on the chalkboard with the hours or you can find it online (don't want to repost here without Roger's permission as it's his cell :).

I've had my haircut three times and had great cuts the first and last and a slightly too long cut the middle time. He was happy to hear the feedback when I was in yesterday and gave me exactly what I was looking for. You might have to wait a while if you show up without an appointment, but call in advance and he'll add you to the chalkboard (though be prepared for the time he tells you to be off by about 30 minutes). Not the place for someone who wants in and out and no chatter, but you'll totally dig it if you're in the vibe and want don't mind hanging out a bit.
gervais / June 25, 2009 at 11:17 am
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the prices are up to 22 dolla.
great place though, i wont hvae my hair cut anywhere else!
lebowski / July 9, 2009 at 09:45 am
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I can't sing the praises of this place enough. Laid back, no pretensions and Roger never disappoints with his skills. Easily the best barber I have found in my entire life - he could charge 2X as much and it would still be a bargain for the quality. If your one of those people who are worried about waiting when it gets busy, relax a bit - just put your name on the board and head next door for a pint (it's part of the whole experience).
Lyle / January 22, 2010 at 10:14 am
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Roger is an excellent barber, with a great personality and customer service. I had been going to a "stylist" who was charging me $45 and never did tame my cow lick. Roger was able to solve it by cutting my hair to the proper length. Even though he charges $22, I think that his skills are worth it and I will be a customer here for a long time.
melvin / January 31, 2010 at 09:36 am
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picking up where pop janes lifted off way to go rodger
ddc / June 10, 2010 at 09:36 am
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Warning: this is not the place to go if you are used to going to a stylist who attends to subtleties, and to the particular shape of your face/head. Here, they just pull out the scissors and cut, and cut fast, and hold to very generic cuts that are not necessarily suited to your particular look. Frankly, I'd rather go to a less "hip" place, and pay $10 or $15, if I wanted this kind of cut.
Black DUDE / July 17, 2010 at 02:52 pm
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I went in asked for a shave a.k.a line up. I usually wont even walk in the shop unless I see anyone of colour. Just because honestly, I didn t know if he could cut my hair. Spoke to the guy and was told they dont do shaves. and went back on his computer. Its too bad...I really needed one. But...I wont be going back. Didnt like the "vibe".
Luke C. Bowden / August 6, 2010 at 10:45 am
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I can say hands down - having been one of Roger's first customers that he truly is one of the best barbers I've ever met. In the past I've gone to black barbers because they have a totally different approach to taking their time doing a men's haircut properly. Roger I believe worked in a black barbershop, has very high level skills, a gnarly Newfoundland by way of Little Portugal attitude that just works on so many levels.
morley b. / September 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm
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cool place, like the retro shop, but what a hack job.
as the guy says above, zero subtleties are taken in to account, like, ones hair. was the worst job i've had in quite a while.
unfortunately with barber, it's synonymous with butcher.
they're great if you have short hair, the guy slaps on a clip and shears your head, easy peasy. but if you have slightly longer hair that requires any care at all, i've found, you have to go t a stylist.
le_jenk / December 9, 2010 at 01:27 pm
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I booked an appointment and when I showed up I was told Roger was sick and I'd have to re-book or wait 45mins. The least you could've done is phone your client about the cancellation.

Thx for nothing.
S / December 9, 2010 at 05:11 pm
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I sat there once wile this DOUCHE BAG "barber" Roger argued with his girlfriend. REALLY professional... wait no, then he continued to give me the worst hack job haircut I've ever had. I remember another guy there once, I think his name was Jon, and he gave me a great cut, and actually had a personality. I won't go back to this asshole's closet. I'd rather give my 6 year old daughter a pair of scissors and have her cut my hair wile my shitty ex wife yells at me.
Ryan L. / December 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm
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I got a great cut from Summer. She took her time and obviously knows what she's doing. Met Roger too. Nice guy. If you have to sit in a chair while someone qualified chops your locks I'd recommend B&B.

Good reading material will help you pass the time while you're waiting if you show up a little early. And you can't argue with the decor -- vintage artwork all the way up the walls and cool miscellaneous objects placed everywhere else.

Reasonable prices too.
Vernon replying to a comment from S / January 11, 2011 at 11:28 pm
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I hoped to get a decent cut at this shop and my hair looks better than I expected. Thank you Roger, your shop is relaxed, price is right and cuts are amazing!

joe / March 25, 2011 at 12:31 am
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just came back from here and i had to review this shop. it was a bit out of my way coming all the way from scarborough, but my friend recommended it to me and i needed a new place to try. i think one of the first things that this place does right is the guy that owns it (i assuming it's roger since i see his name here a lot, also because i just met him) is a relaxed and chill fellow to talk to. when it comes to hair, i think it's important to develop a small relationship with the barber. but that's just me. besides that, i had stephanie as my barber. she was just as chill as roger. i showed her a photo of a look i was trying to go for and she nailed it down. and once i get someone like that, it'll be tough for me to try roger or the other lady i didn't get to meet at that shop. stephanie, you're awesome.
thomas / December 22, 2011 at 11:35 am
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selling brand new oster classic clipper 76. Price - $135 Original price - 199 + TAX. ------------------------------------ * Barbers' favorite hair clipper! Barber supply necessity!! * Powerful Universal Motor Clipper has maximum power for cutting through thick, thin, or coarse wet, damp or dry hair * Detachable Cryogen-x clipper blade system allows for a quick blade change * Operates quiet and cool * 12 Cryogen-x clipper blade sizes available * This kit includes: - classic 76 clipper - size 1 (76918-086) and size 000 (76918-026) detachable clipper blades - clipper blade guard - clipper blade oil - clipper grease - cleaning brush - instruction sheet email -soccer_alexis@hotmail.com great present for Christmas!!
Dennis / February 6, 2012 at 05:21 pm
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How good are they on fauxhawks?
John / October 4, 2012 at 10:25 am
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Went there for a haircut the other day, did an average job, and was charged $26 for a trim! I have very short hair, and not a difficult cut to say the least...
Won't be going back there again. It still bugs me to pay $26 for a mediocre trim.....
They should post their prices on the wall like other places do, not just pull them out of thin air.
In hindsight, I should have asked prior the cut as well....
At the most, that should have costed $12 - $17 like many other shops I have been to.
I read the review on BlogTo, and thought I would give them a try?
Eric Plaskacz / July 9, 2013 at 07:22 pm
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Rogers shop is a beaut. My old barber shop burned down in Ottawa and I've been hesitant in choosing a spot. The feel of the place is awesome and all the barbers are very skilled. $26 is a small price to pay to know that you're going to look good.

I've casually gotten my hair cut there when roger posted a comment on steph's Facebook announcing she was pregnant. Just a bunch of laughs.
jay / April 19, 2014 at 06:55 pm
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Love this place Mattia is the best barber I know!! Great cut and fade every time
Andrew / June 14, 2014 at 09:00 am
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i went there once for a beard trim. i new nothing about growing a beard or how to maintain it. the place is too small. i just didn't find that the barber was able to focus or hear my concerns and i left dissatisfied. i never plan on going back, even for a cut. the one thing someone who cuts your hair needs to be able to do is listen to their customer.
john / September 4, 2014 at 08:58 am
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Was there yesterday had a cut with Mattia came all the way from Oshawa let me tell you it was worth it. Did exactly as I asked and then just let his creative vibe take over. High recommendations for this place

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