I crave brunch often. And believe you me, I have tried a lot of places for brunch. This little local neighbourhood restaurant, B Cafe, is one my favourites. It has been open for less than a year and is the chef’s first restaurant. He and his wife are Roncesvalles residents that run the place together with a few staff members. Their intent was to create a comfy, cozy neighbourhood restaurant that would serve locals homemade breakfasts and lunches. The food is definitely homemade. And it’s fantastic. The place is quite cozy with about 7 tables and big windows overlooking the bustling intersection of Roncesvalles & Dundas. Try it! But don’t tell your friends about it
The Toronto Zombie Walk is tomorrow, Sunday October 21st, starting at 3:30pm. The parade begins at Trinity Bellwoods Park and ends at Bloor Cinema. It’s time to get your ghoul on.
A new crafty community space, the workroom, is opening this week at 1340 Queen Street West. This great concept is responding to the need for a space for crafty artists to get out of their studios/homes and come together.
The visionary, Karyn, welcomes you to the opening of the workroom.
Tuesday October 16, 2007
Enjoy wine, cheese, Japanese imported fabrics and friends.
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wants to inspire you with new ideas.
wants to teach you something you didn’t know.
wants you to teach us something we didn’t know.
wants to provide you with equipment and space you don’t have.
wants to introduce you to other people who are making things.
wants to supply you with unique fabrics, notions and supplies.
more information on http://torontocraftalert.blogspot.com/
Yet another great place to hang out in Parkdale. More good news: soon this place will be an evening hangout as well as a daytime hangout. As of January Salvador Darling will be open as a funky lounge serving up beverages to thirsty Parkdaleites ’till 1:30am. Last spring the space was transformed from a full time funky vintage shop to a café that serves all the local artists mean lattes and an assortment of fantastic sandwiches. The vintage is still happening on a special event basis through a mailing list. Sign up for the mailing list while you are in the café to stay informed.
Ontario’s next provincial election and an important referendum are happening tomorrow, Wednesday Oct 10. I’m writing this to encourage you to get out and vote, especially on the referendum.
To summarize the new system (MMP) compared to the existing system I would say the following:
The old system forces you to compromise between the quality of your local candidate and the party who you believe will do the best job for the province, because you can only have one vote. Votes cast for the second best and third best riding candidates are not tallied in the electoral results for provincial leadership.
The newly proposed MMP allows you to separate those judgements by voting for a candidate and then also voting for the party you believe in. Often people interested in representation from smaller parties do not actually vote for them because they have a preference between the two frontrunning political parties and therefore vote to block the party they like least. Due to this process small parties (such as the green party) have less representation. The second ballot for political party will reflect the true proportions of peoples’ political party preferences.
MMP needs a 60% majority to pass, so high voter turnout is particularly important. BC recently had a referendum on the same topic and fell just short with 58% approval.
I was so inspired upon first glance of Suzanne Carlsen’s work that I had to photograph and write about it… and eventually own some of it. The challenge of ownership is which to choose? It’s all stunning. The subject matter is fun and quirky. Her execution is impeccable. The level of detail is divine. Suzanne makes these beautiful little pieces completely by hand. She sews the illustrations and hammers, cuts and files the metal casings by hand to cradle the work. Take a look.
Not only are these pieces beautiful to look at, they are also wearable. As can be seen in the left and center photographs the computer is a brooch that you can put back up in the framed background scene, when you are not wearing it. Brilliant. The crest in the photo on the right has a beautiful pin on top to attach it to your clothing. I love the heat lamp with the curly cord heating the food; hotdogs and banana splits anyone?
Who is this person who sews with such precision, loves colour, quirky objects and urban scenes?
Suzanne Carlsen grew up in a creative family in Kelowna, British Columbia. Her mother was a sewer, who was always working on a quilt, some clothing for the family or a costume for one of Suzanne’s dance performances. Both of Suzanne’s grandfathers were artists: a painter and a woodworker. When young Suzanne came home from school she could often be found drawing or rummaging through piles of enticing fabric scraps for her next sewing project. She was obsessed with fabrics. Her interest in sewing started early: by the time she was 10 she was cross-stitching and had sewn herself a bag with a full zipper installation.
Suzanne followed her skill and interest to Toronto’s OCAD to study textile design, metal work and ceramics. Toward the end of OCAD she began turning her drawings into stitched lines, eventually to simply stitch images freehand without drawings.
Check out some of her recent stitching skill:
For her thesis Suzanne proposed a theme of nostalgic images and stories. She decided to use heraldry and crests to fit with the theme of longing for the past. Her thesis work resulted in 10 pieces of magnificent wearable jewelry, each with a stitched drawing and a metal component. The nostalgic scenes included two amusement park scenes, teacups, food oriented images, cakes and desserts. Another nostalgic project was her telephone-themed collection of old telephones… of course there are no mobile phones in the collection as constant interruption is nothing to long for.
Here are some samples from her “Alternative Transportation” series which originally included every alternative mode of transportation you could imagine, and some that you wouldn’t. She also created cuff links and rings depicting various activities, including kite flying and a hot air balloon ride (although she had not been in a hot-air balloon herself, she always dreamed of it). The images she uses come from a desire to explore and a propensity for questioning the definition of preciousness: what is precious and how do people identify with what is precious?
Suzanne has been busy expanding her collection of enticing objects of stitching and metal and exploring broader themes within similar shapes and forms: crests, medals and medallions. She has been introducing new themes as of late, toward urban scenes and cityscapes, reflecting her thoughts about the never-ending development that surrounds her during her daily Toronto bicycle commute.
Suzanne’s pieces reflect her thoughts: some have political undertones, while all have an undertone of wit, bordering on sarcasm. On the backs of each piece Suzanne stitches a title along with the odd secret message and sometimes just her name. And sometimes the pieces have secret compartments…
Watch for this superstar in the future.
Cross posted on Irene Hoofs’ Bloesem Blog.