Events & Classes

Thursday April 18th: Rivers Remembered

An evening of exploration and notes from the underground with Jeremy Kai, in conversation with Aaron Leighton.

Kai has been exploring the hidden networks of tunnels and passages beneath the city’s surface since 2006. Many of these spaces are subterranean forms of rivers and creeks that once defined natural landscapes. In 2011, Koyama Press released “Rivers Forgotten”, a photographic journey through the sewers and storm drains of Toronto and the GTA.

Join Jeremy Kai as he unearths a bizarre subculture that has sprouted from modern underground exploration, known as “draining”. Learn how rivers have influenced urban development in cities like Toronto, and take a virtual tour under the streets to the where lost rivers dwell today.

Jeremy will share some of his most memorable adventures, discoveries, and the near run-ins with the law while exploring the world beneath our feet.

Thursday April 18th, 7:30pm, 156 Augusta Avenue

Pay what you can at the door - please RSVP


Sunday April 28th: Repeat Pattern Workshop


Sunday March 24th 2013: Concept Camp with Julia Breckenreid

Illustrators solve visual problems differently, but perhaps your pencil could use some sharpening! Push your work beyond rendering ability and stand out from the crowd.
This class is constructed with illustrators in mind, but any creative pros are welcome to join.
Julia Breckenreid is an award winning illustrator as well as instructor, teaching at Sheridan College in the Illustration department. Passionate about idea-making, she'd like to help you transform the way you and others see your work.

Noon to 1pm

Have your lunch and listen: Find your lunch in the market and have a seat while Julia leads a slideshow and discussion.

1 to 4pm

Julia will work with artists in attendance individually and facilitate group exercises.


This class is limited to 10 participants.




Saturday, March 23rd 2013: Sketchbook DIY with Rob Collinet

DIY sketchbooks are great and they don't have to be expensive!

You can make them yourself, quickly, easily and with materials most of us already have. Together we'll be making simple, unique and fun sketchbooks from reclaimed and salvaged materials. Let's make something for ourselves... together!

You are guaranteed to leave the workshop with three sketchbooks made by Rob himself plus any you make while there.

Saturday March 23, 2013
1pm - 3pm
35$ (25$ + 10$ equipment and materials fee) per person

This workshop is DIY, but materials and equipment will be provided. The sketchbooks we make will be staple bound. However, feel free to bring along any paper you'd like to have in your sketchbooks and any heavier paperboard or salvaged packaging for use as the jackets.

FYI: Final sketchbooks will not be perfect, but as Rob likes to say, "You can't spell imperfection without perfection."

Please feel free to email with any questions.

Purchase a spot in this workshop!

About Rob Collinet:

Rob has been drawing since as early as he can remember and has been making his own sketchbooks for over 20 years.
Professionally, he has illustrated many children's books and done editorial illustration. He is also co-founder of one of Canada's leading online and mobile  game developers, Inc., creating games for Nickelodeon, Hasbro and Mattel among others. In his personal time, he has recently turned his attention back to drawing, doodling, sketching and creating artworks, and of course making sketchbooks. If you care to see any of his work, visit his website or friend him up on facebook.


February 23rd, 2013: Practice Run, A Comedy Night - 8pm

It'll be here before you know it - RSVP for you spot on the Facebook event page or through the contact page here!

Stand-up comedy night with Hyein Lee.
About internet dating, Korean families, urban isolation... things that happen to everyone, but too embarrassed to share. Hyein kind of has a thick skin. There's a rumour that illustrator Aaron Leighton may be singing a tune or two as well.

From Hyein:

"Hello friends,
I never told you, but to my shame, I always wanted to be a comedian. I buried that shit under the rug. My friend and life mentor, Aaron Leighton finds me funny, and told me I should try stand-up. Divorced from reality, I jumped at the chance. This is my only second stand-up ever (the first one back in 2006), so make a careful discretion. And please, be kind and don't throw stuff at me."

Saturday, February 23
156 Augusta Avenue (Nook Collective)
Toronto Ontario
M5T 2L4