What I Missed This Week (part 1)
Forthwith comes a confession. I’m getting old. I can’t keep up with the Bright Young Things anymore, at least when it comes to getting to all the hip-type events that happen around town. For one thing, these youngsters all run everywhere. Frequently in heels. And, mirable dictu, while I too was once was a gay young butterfly, I am no more, and often need to rest a while of an evening. Rather than pretend, I’m confronting that reality with a brand new weekly blog entry called What I Missed This Week. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. So here’s what the cool kids in and around Toronto did last week:
Talked design and sized each other up at the opening of retail space Domison at 35 Jarvis Street. I wanted to go in part because the 3,500 sq. ft showroom was designed by Alexandre Blazys and Benoit Gérard of Blazysgerard and I remembered that I met these fellows a few years ago at an appliance event — Jenn-Air, perhaps? They were young, talented, smart as whips and extremely cute, if I maybe permitted to say. The other reason to check it out is the fact that behind the store are Thien and My Ta Trung, also the creators of Periphere, already well-established as a design presence in Montreal .The brother and sister team were also part of the Sibling Revelry exhibit at the Interior Design Show. The vision is laudable and worth supporting: a line of Canadian-designed furniture, and work from independent design studios from Canada and abroad. I’ll go one evening next week, for sure. Unless TCM is running a Marlon Brando tribute, of course. Or my bursitis is acting up.
Food. Pro party people. And art. Whoa - what more could you ask for? Other than few bottles of Veuve, of course. It’s a question posed by Manny Neubacher and Anya Shor, recently in the news for launching The Art Stylists, a sort of an art procurer service (and I mean that in a good way – see pic of work from Adrian Williams above). They’ve just opened the Neubacher Shor Contemporary (NSC) — 3,000 square feet of gallery space at 5 Brock Avenue. By day, it will function as a gallery, but they think the high moveable walls, good lighting and a brill sound system will also establish it as a bitchin’ event space. Hopefully they’ll have a liquor license as well (see Veuve ref. above.) But as party guy Sebastien Centner (Eatertainment), will take care of all that, we should be in good hands.
And in the when the darn-heck did this happen department? What?! I can only think I was out cold on a park bench when Elte opened an outlet store with discounted stuff not too far from my burb-esque neck of the woods. It’s at 31 Jevlan Drive in Woodbridge (905) 856-0800. Hhhm, I wonder if that means I could afford one of those over-dyed carpets (in red and/or tangerine, natch)?
And of course, one of my fave places to get great used building and décor material, Habitat for Humanity’s Restore , has opened a new location at 3 Carlaw Ave.
Phew, I’m exhausted. Missing all those events has really taken it out of me. Better go put my feet up with a cup of warm milk.