Events & Classes

NOOK & Kid Icarus: Handmade Holiday 

In just a week and a half, on the same day of our Holiday Sale here at nook, Kid Icarus will also be hosting a sale of their own, featuring some fantastic artists and artisans...

Time: Saturday December 3rd 2011 (one day only)
Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Location: St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Ave (College and Bellevue)

“A Handmade Holiday” is a one day gift show where Torontonians have the opportunity to buy directly from local creators of high-quality handcrafted goods, such as paper products, poster art, soft toys, children’s clothes, knitwear, jewellery and more. Crafters flock from all parts of the city for a day of selling and swapping goods. Shoppers visiting the event are treated to mystery loot bags at the door, raffles throughout the day, and of course, a piece of artistry with every purchase they make.

General Admission $2.00
or $5.00 with a mystery bag (Limited Quantity)
Kids 12 and under free

Both nook and Kid Icarus are located in Kensington Market, so make sure to do the rounds on Saturday December 3rd!

Note: Admission to the nook Holiday Sale is free and artists are accepting cash only.


Mecanismos by Carl Wiens

It's still a week and a day away, but the opening of the Mecanismos show by illustrator and all around great guy Carl Wiens promises to be amazing. Comprised of an impressive 100 unique screenprints, the idea for the collection began as a series of experimental digital collages based on Carl's collection of old textbooks and catalogs. Channeling his inner Dr. Frankenstein, he remixed 16 heads, 16 bodies, 45 background elements and 7 colours to create the charming robotic characters, "animating the inanimate" to use his own words. Domo arigato Mr. Mecanismo! The show opens on November 26 at Oeno Gallery in Prince Edward County. More info here



Trio Magnus at Beatbox Canada 2011

I'm not sure how you spent the evening on Saturday, November 12, but along with my mates Steve Wilson and CTON, I spent it doing live drawing at the 2nd Annual Canadian Beatbox Championships. We were there representin' as our collective Trio Magnus and doing a 5 x 9 ft live drawing with red and black Snowman™ markers while the contestants onstage used only a microphone to churn out sounds and beats I didn't think humanly possible. Check out the final showdown here, and thanks to Gary for the opportunity!


Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi

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We love this! The Celebrated Filmmaker and Designer Olympia Le-Tan Co-create a Tale to Pierce the Heart... Check out the interview here!


Draw like a kid

This Thursday will be part two of my Subconscious Sketchbook class, and if last week's class was any indication, it's going to be fun. Donuts were eaten, sketchbooks were started and an important point arose: it's way more important to simply do something in a sketchbook than worry about what to do.

If you want a perfect example of this approach, watch a kid draw. All kids can draw because no one has told them they can't, and from the moment they grab the pencil it's full steam ahead. Then it's on to the next drawing, without any worry or need for reference material. Of course, we can all still draw with such reckless abandon – we just have to give ourselves permission to do so. For inspiration, here are a few drawings courtesy of Harper (five) and Edie (three), daughters of one of my class members. Look and learn!