I would be remiss not to mention the opening and re-christening of the gallery space of my friends at Magic Pony on Queen Street, which, just a few days ago, they re-introduced to the world as Narwhal Art Projects (a single-horned aquatic mammal signifying, of course ... something) . Same vibe, different place (Narwhal is a block east of the shope) and name, from what I can figure: The inaugural exhibition, called Life Drawings included work from gallery favourites Lauchie Reid (of Team Macho; that's his work above), Tara Azzopardi and Marc Bell, to name a few, all in that familiarly cuddly-absurd tone that has become their hallamark.
What's a little different, I guess, is that the mission has been made explicit: " Distinguished by an earnest belief that art should be accessible to all, Narwhal seeks to find an avenue for art and life to coexist on a broader level, for a wider audience." Or in other words, can we just find a way to enjoy creative expression without saddling it with analysis? So I won't, but to say: Amen to that.