Greetings from Toronto is excited to present our flagship art show Bike Porn, in its 4th year running. The show started as an art party in a friend’s bike shop, and as the years have gone on we’ve hosted and collaborated with some interesting artists including the Naked Me Show, Boy Pussy, #BikeRackTO and Sook Yin Lee & Adam Litovitz’s band JOOJ.
This year rather than hosting our own fete, we decided it would be twice the fun to co-host Bike Smut 8 when it rolls into Toronto for a screening of their DIY erotic bicycle films, created by cyclists for cyclists. The event will take place at Soybomb HQ (156 Bathurst). Doors at 8, Films start at 9, Live Music by Mineta at 11. Greetings from Toronto Collective will be hanging an art show on the walls of the venue for one night only, and all pieces will be for sale. Cover will be $10-$15 sliding scale, but no one will be turned away at the doors for lack of funds.
Poster art by Natascha Malta
Last August Ehab and I took a road trip out to New Brunswick for SappyFest 9. It was an exciting trip to make after listening to Ehab rave about the festival for about a year. For those of you that know, music festivals are Ehab’s #1 travel priority- and he’s traveled all over North America to go to various shows. (We actually met at Yamantaka Sonic Titan Show, although the last ALL CAPS fest was where- at least in my mind, we really solidified our friendship). Ehab’s seen so many shows he makes me look like a slacker, and yet SappyFest in little Sackville, NB seems to be the festival that comes up the most.
If I was unconvinced before leaving on our trip, I certainly came back from my first SappyFest a convert. Everything about the trip seemed idyllic. Even the drive through the foothills of Quebec seemed a treat. We rolled the the windows down, played album after album of folk music, and let the relaxing pace of vacation wash over us.
Sackville is a pretty small place, with the university accounting for much of the town. When SappyFest rolls into town, the population doubles- creating a second festival city of music fans. Since the majority of them come from out of town, it’s safe to say that the festival attracts some pretty dedicated music fans. It certainly wasn’t rare to find a fellow Torontonian in the crowd. But very unlike Toronto (or any other city existing in real rather than festival time), the crowd was very warm and people were eager to make friends even just walking down the street. And with our live music drawing routine, people seemed especially keen to meet us- including many of the bands. One of my favourite moments from the fest was getting asked to show our drawings to Aaron & Leigh from Cousins on the last night of the fest, while The Constantines played the last set on the main stage.
Ehab and I have been talking a lot about our excitement about going back for SappyFest 10 this year- and maybe even tabling some of our band drawings. Last year the fest was running in a slightly leaner form, but the big 10 will see the fest returning to a larger format to celebrate the anniversary. Tickets went on sale last week, and yesterday the festival announced their first round of line-up picks- including PUP, Doldrums, Angel Olson, Speedy Ortiz, & Frog Eyes.
Check out these drawings from last year, including some drawings of Les Breastfeeders & Muscadettes (we stopped in La Belle Province along the way for a show at Quebec City’s Le Cercle). We’ll be counting down the days til July 31.
Here are some drawings Ehab & I got from Wavelength Fest 15. This year’s fest took place Feb 13-15 at various venues across Toronto, and marked the 15th year anniversary of the music series and community.
The next Wavelength event is TONIGHT @ Ratio (283 College St) and features performances by BRIAN BORCHERDT, SEAN PAUL, SLIME, + TOBLERONE BOYS.
here are some drawings Ehab got from the most recent Feast in the East, which took place on March 7 at the Jam Factory. the line up included performances from HSY + Shrines + Retired (pictured) as well as We’re Not Who We Are.
greetings from toronto art presents;
a psychedelic art jam and social for artistic types at the Smiling Buddha.
join us for an afternoon of good company, painting and alcoholic libation.
**entry is PWYC (suggested $5), and includes some materials- acrylic paints, brushes, magazines, stencils, rubber cement, & props.
**CANVAS will be provided at an additional cost if necessary, but artists are encouraged to bring their own materials to work with if they like.
the jam goes down on Sat feb 14 from 1-5 PM.
XO~ the greetings gang
Petra Glynt as seen at the opening of the Wavelength Pop Up gallery on Jan 22. The Pop Up Gallery is themed Wavelength Past, Present, & Future- and features a show of the same name, as well as a series of free talks, and a whole slew of shows between now and WL15.
As well as playing the opening party, Alexandra MacKenzie (Petra Glynt) teams up with Derek Ma to present a series of miniatures based on Wavelength venues. The Pop Up Gallery runs through to Feb 15. Check the full schedule here.
drawing with ballpoint pens, pencil, sharpie markers, and sparkly nail polish