BOOT IT UP! Party like you're arty at this fashion and arts fundraising bash to benefit Sketch, sponsored by the Australian Boot Company. Bid on a pair of arted-up Blundstones (by such artists and notables as Jean-Christian Knaff, Claude Miceli, NOW CEO Alice Klein, Dini Petty, Orest Tataryn and Sarah Richardson) while drinking and nibbling. Today (Thursday, September 27), 7 pm. $20. Steam Whistle Roundhouse, 255 Bremner. 416-488-9488, www.sketch.ca/bootitup. Rating: NNNNN
How does Boot It Up! work?
We give 40 pairs of Blundstone boots and 10 pairs of kids' Blunnies to artists and celebrities to art up so we can auction them off. For example, one of the ad agencies cut up the boot into 10 pieces and made it into a dinosaur - a Blundstonasaurus. Others just paint or decorate the boot without changing its form.
Who bids on the boots ?
I know there are people who think, "Oh, I can get a decently priced pair of Blundstones and just live with the decoration," but most people actually want to enjoy the boots as a work of art.
This is the fourth year for the event. How did it start?
It was initially conceived as a way to celebrate Blundstone's 10th anniversary. Our first store was on Queen West and was very much artist-supported, so we wanted to find a way to give back to them.
What is Sketch?
Sketch, which has a studio on King near Portland, is a charity that provides programs for street and homeless youth to develop their creative skills. They teach photography, painting, woodworking, all kinds of things.
The event also includes a boot toss. What's the key to tossing a Blundstone?
You need a high arcing shot, because there's no backboard for the bin you'll be aiming for.
Where do you like to go walking in Toronto? I love High Park for the incredible variety of things you can do there. You can play soccer, go to the zoo, go fishing in Grenadier Pond or just hike around.