Artist Nicholas Di Genova (mediumphobic.com) will be launching his new book, Die Young: 005, tonight (Thursday, August 7) at Magic Pony (694 Queen West, 416-861-1684, magic-pony.com). Toronto-based Di Genova's hyper-detailed sketches merge flora and fauna forms into playful-to-monstrous figures. The artist signs books between 6 and 8 pm. Purchasers of the first 50 copies also receive a limited Di Genova print.
Lot o' labels
This is the final weekend to catch the Monkey's Paw's (1229 Dundas West, 416-531-2123, monkeyspaw.com) Section Label Project group art show. Thirteen Toronto artists (including the aforementioned Nicholas Di Genova) have created labels for the bookshop's subject areas that will be on display (and available for purchase at $150 each) until Sunday (August 10). If you were really craving that "History" tag but some other bookworm already claimed it, a show catalogue is also available to help you remember the sign that got away.
Last Thursday, July 31, the Plastik Wrap gallery and boutique (2235 Dundas West, 416-778-4967, plastikwrap.com) hosted its first international artist show opening, featuring Los Angeles-based painter and photographer Zoetica Ebb. Ebb, the fashion columnist at SuicideGirls.com and co-founder of Coilhouse magazine (coilhouse.net) creates dreamy, futuristic, Cronenberg- and Lynch-inspired illustrations on display until August 31.
Sweet deal bites
Listen up, hot-weather hermits. Stick close to your laptops and surf over to Fleurtje's online summer sale, extended to August 31 at fleurtjebags.com. As an additional shopping incentive, all 10-per-cent-discounted bag purchases include free delivery. If you'd rather leave the house, visit Commesse (412 Roncesvalles, 416-533-2258), where selected size-14-to-24 pieces by Nine West, Point Zero, Togs and Size Appeal start at 40 per cent off. Sherway Gardens (25 West Mall, 416-621-1070, sherwaygardens.ca) is hosting the 37th annual Summer Antiques Sale until Sunday (August 10). Over 10,000 vintage clothing and furniture pieces are up for grabs. Secrets from Your Sister (560 Bloor West, 416-538-1234, secretsfromyoursister.com) is in the middle of its summer sale, where you'll find underthings and PJs marked down by up to 75 per cent.