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PAST Art + Design + Food Tour


Art + Design + Food on West Queen West

March 14, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Organized with West Queen West Business Improvement Area

Max. 50 RSVPs

SPONSORS Suzanne Manvell, Realtor, Royal LePage


RSVP via or; LATE? Call cell 416-453-3120




5:45 – 6:00 PM GATHER at SUSAN HOBBS GALLERY,137 Tecumseth Street, just south ofQueen St. West. (Tecumseth is the first stoplight west ofBathurst). Gallery is very narrow with solid wooden door and no windows, so look sharp.


6:00 – 6:20 @ SUSAN HOBBS GALLERY VIEW + DISCUSS Simple Present, Future Anterior, an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of this important contemporary gallery, noted for its idea-oriented artists and challenging, museum-quality exhibitions. We’ll meet gallery associate Renee van der Avoird + consider how works by Arnaud Maggs (winner of the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prize), Liz Magor and 13 other gallery artists relate to Walter Benjamin’s insight that The work of memory collapses time.”

ADVANCE PREP: Check out the excellent website images forHobbsartists to better appreciate the breadth of their output (since each will be represented by only one piece in this overview show which tends towards the conceptual.)


6:25 – 6:45 GEORGIA SCHERMAN GALLERY 133 Tecumseth. VIEW exciting, large-scale abstract paintings by Ottawa-based artist Melanie Authier in a sold-out show by rising star. Her bewitching neo-romantic paintings have epic sweep and gravitas and are executed in executed in complex slightly-off colours. (Imagine the light + ambiance of Delacroix’s storm-tossed Raft of the Medusa sans capsizing raft + drowning people.)


6:50 – 7:10 BIRCH LIBRALATO GALLERY, 129 Tecumseth, VIEW exhibitions of new paintings by thoughtful and reveredTorontoartist Andy Patton + photo-based works by Toni Hafkenshied. MEET Patton + dynamic gallerist, artist and indie curator Cory for stimulating discussion.


710 – 7:45 SHOPPING + FOOD WALKABOUT: BAJ will highlight a number of unique businesses in the vicinity, including TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES, 709 QSW an exemplary non-profit organization with 60+-year history of enabling, commissioning, selling and promoting lovely fair -rade handcrafted objects, including jewellery, gifts, rugs, bags, foodstuffs, from cottage-industry collectives in places like India, Nicaragua, Palestine, Nepal.


7:45 – 8:00 PM 7CZEHOSKI’S, 678 QSW. SAMPLE food characteristic of the middle-European menu at this 3-storey, hip but heritage-inspired restaurant and lounge named after the Polish/Czech family (pronounced ‘Cha-hos-key’) that formerly made this 1880s building its home and business and future for more than 75 years. There’s a fireplace and lots of warm, wood-beamed character to the space.


8:00  TOUR officially ENDS. [OPTIONAL] POST-TOUR FOOD + DRINK + DEBRIEF at CZEHOSKI’S: Some of us will stay on at Czehoski’s for more substantial fare. You’re invited! Pay for your own food and drinks


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