The week’s news, views and tips
MMPI, organizer of the One Of A Kind and Interior Design Shows, is moving in on the emerging art market. The Artist Project Toronto previews tonight (Thursday, March 6) at the Liberty Grand (Exhibition Place) and will expose the work of over 100 indie artists, through Sunday (March 9). Local names to look out for include Joy Broadbent, Greg Angus and Team Macho. Admission to tonight’s launch is $20 and general admission over the weekend is $10 for adults.
Also on the show circuit, Canada Blooms springs up at the Metro Convention Centre (255 Front West) from Wednesday (March 12) to March 16. The annual celebration of gardening life focuses on landscaping design and ecology. You can also brush up on container gardening techniques, scout out a new bird feeder and plant your March-breaking kids in a flowery play space. Or you can just hide out in the mock gardens and imagine winter has actually melted away.
Back to the art beat, creative-type gathering space and retailer Art Metropole (788 King West, 416-703-4400, www.artmetropole.com) has issued a new publication highlighting the work of 13 artists and illustrators. ABC… With Love (Too Cool For School), curated by Jill Henderson, compiles two images by each talent into an alphabet of boxed letterpress prints. Only 52 copies have been printed, which explains the swish $465 price tag.
Back in the day, when most Toronto fashion fans expressed their local loyalty by sporting gold lamé Alfred Sung blazers, Sanghun Oh turned the city on to emerging talents like Joeffer Caoc, Comrags and Crystal Siemens from her 290 ION boutique. After a 12-year hiatus, Oh has reopened the shop at a new address (380 Queen East, 647-283-5321), and her Canadian brand loyalty lives on. Caoc, along with Marie Saint Pierre and Rosa Costanzo are mixed with international lines including ABS and Cynthia Steffe.