How was everyone’s weekend?

October 19th, 2009

On Friday night a once in a blue moon event occurred. We went out. Specifically three art openings and a dance party, with a side of Poutini’s.

Stop number 1: The Royal Family, collages by Aprile Elcich at …industtrees (1234 College Street) until November 12th.

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Entitled “The Royal Family”, this mixed media collage series was inspired by a pair of scrapbooks found at the St. Lawrence antique market filled with newspaper clippings of Queen Elizabeth and her family during the 1950’s and 60’s. Aprile’s collages recreate the scrapbooks, changing the composition and adding materials to give each page a deeper meaning. All of these pieces are created on the actual scrapbook pages themselves, resulting in brittle and delicate collages which further the character and feelings of nostalgia in each piece.

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This is Aprile’s first solo show, and she did an amazing job with the window displays and curating. Yes, she even painstakingly painted the windows!

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Although …industtrees is a tiny, new gallery, the work showed really well in the space. Started by three friends, Cameron Kowalchuk, Mark Di Giovanni and Patrick Guilbault, …industtrees strives to offer a gallery space to artists who are underserved by the larger established galleries in the city. Definitely check them out if you are a local artist and want to show your work!

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A close up of Ingratitude (When the Reign Comes)

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Aprile also has some of her smaller trunk show items available, like herb garden tags, notebooks, and limited run books.

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Aprile is also really into making show ribbons right now, so she made a bunch for the show too (should have grabbed one!). Silly me didn’t take a photo of the piece that we nabbed – but it’s titled Why Jackie Cheered Up. Congrats Aprile!

Stop number 2: An evening of Fashion + Art: Jessica Jensen SS10 Handbag + Women’s Collection along with Joshua Jensen-Nagle Photographic Works at Thrush Holmes Empire.


We were greeted in the entrance by this new piece by Joshua Jensen-Nagle and gasped. His artwork is so moody and evocative, and this latest venture of photos taken along the East coast are exquisite. We already have two pieces by him but boy do we wish we could get one from this series.


I love how Jessica’s handbags were treated as art. Then again, she uses luxurious materials, and the attention to detail and craftsmanship are high end.




This is also Jessica’s first foray into womenswear, debuting with a collection of day dresses. This applique dress was my favourite.



And this is where Jessica and Joshua meet in the middle, as a couple and as artists. The photographs Joshua took of Jessica’s line are indisputably his style and compliment her look book perfectly. Dreamy and timeless.

Stop number 3:  TIME IS ALL WE’VE GOT, A Collaborative Project by Braden Labonte and Neil Klassen at Board of Directors (1080 Queen Street West) until October 25.

This was an unscheduled stop and a happy one at that, as I am a fan of Braden Labonte’s work (he has eluded me for years, and everytime I am in the position to buy artwork, I miss his show or don’t have any money). As such, I didn’t take any photos, so I grabbed a few off of his website. But head over there to see more, because he is a real talent.

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We like this cross sculpture and you will see why once our store is open.


This piece is lingering in our minds…it’s titled dead bird and it is 24″ x 32″ oil on mylar.


This series of oil paintings are only 5″ x 4″ in size yet have impeccable detail. Braden is a master at light, shadow and human anatomy. This piece is titled how we do.

Stop number 4: Tuff Meat 2nd anniversary at the Gladstone Hotel, a dance party that happens 2-3 times a year.

I just wanted to share this little nugget because my best friend throws down an amazing indie dance party.




DJ Tuff Ghost, aka Jennifer Reinhardt and in the background, DJ The Meat, aka Jen O’Brien.


Tuff Meat photos by Taylor Shute.

Stop number 5: Poutini’s House of Poutine, 1112 Queen Street West.


You already know that but I wanted to say, it was 3:30am and the House was rocking. Packed with people and loud music, it was almost its own party. And the poutine was HEAVEN. I ate almost an entire container to myself, and don’t regret it one bit.


Homemade gravy, cut fries and large chunks of squeaky cheese curds. Oh lordy!

Poutini’s photos via Poutini’s House of Poutine as by then I was in no shape to be a takin’ photos.

Oh and one final thing. I was just reading this post over, and there is A LOT of amazing talent in this city.

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