Telegramme Prints (Ossington)
Telegramme Prints, with their new, second location on Lower Ossington, is a one-stop shop for all things art, framing, posters and printing. Without a doubt, it's the premier store for prints and custom framing in Toronto. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the art is original and beautiful and the framing options are varied, high quality and look great.
What puts Telegramme Prints head and shoulders above the crowd is the fact that the store is nothing like the poster sales you remember from your University days. Rather, most of the pieces are either lithographs or screen prints and the lithographs in their collections are numbered sequentially and each come with a certificate of authenticity.
Inside their new store on Ossington, the walls display only a small selection of the art available. So, they've clearly chosen a careful selection for in-store that demonstrates the different options available to shoppers. I particularly liked the playful and vibrant pieces by artist Shinzi Katoh. His two child-style prints on display are beautiful - both the Blowing Bubbles (35 ½ x 24 for $49 unframed) and Hide and Seek (23 1/2 x 53 for $48 unframed or $229 framed) are incredibly whimsical and playful, without being cheesy.
I was also really impressed with the Birdfeeders (12 x 20, $65 unframed, $205 framed) and Springer Spaniel (10 ½ x 15, $248 unframed, $456 framed) by wildlife artist Charley Harper. These minimalist prints are adult and mature, but also colourful and attractive.
The in-store display also included some fun Cuban movie posters, some beautiful nature prints and the nearly iconic Ork Toronto prints by artist Jenny Beokram in four different styles, ranging from $25-$30 in a variety of colours. But, the real collection is online at their web site. Online you can order gift certificates, create a wedding registry, or just browse the entire collection.
Luckily, the store also includes the complete online catalogue in handy, readable colour print-outs making sure that you get to see exactly what they have available and letting you chose exactly the piece that would be best for your home.
In terms of framing, their services vary widely, but are also incredibly professional and high quality. They strongly recommend that you frame every print in order to preserve the piece and prevent damage. Prices vary because they offer every type of frame and matte available, plus are obviously custom depending on the size of the piece. They will also frame pretty much anything you bring into the store - not just their own pieces. If you have a hockey sweater or a wedding invitation, they will find the perfect frame for those too.
Writing by James Buttivant. Photos by Dennis Marciniak.