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AUGUST 2012 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 7

COMMUNITY LOBBIES FOR SAFER ROADS Death at Sterling and Dundas intersection prompts discussion BY AMBER DAUGHERTY

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BIG ON BLOOR See page 7 for gallery BY JUSTIN MILLERSON

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On July 21 and 22 Bloor St. from Dufferin St. to Lansdowne Ave. was barricaded by a cluster of tents and hundreds of festive Torontonians. The Big on Bloor festival settled in Bloordale for the sixth time and while the festival has always been a celebration for people living in the neighbourhood, a large focus for this year’s event was to reach

people outside the community. “We talked about it being a community and city building festival, I think it started out being for the people in the neighbouhood and we very much wanted that, but we also recognized that Toronto needs help itself to reinvest Toronto with a kind of energy that brings people out on the street,” said festival organizer and Bloordale Business Improvement Area Committee member, Dyan Marie. Over 200 vendors took to the street creating a trail of exotic

foods and crafts (most of which handmade) available for sale. Several performance stages were also set up where live music took place including a lengthy set from Federal MP Andrew Cash. Cash, who has been involved in the music industry for over 20 years played a handful of songs, one of which was created less than 24 hours prior to his performance. “That’s the first time I’ve ever done something like that,” said Cash. The song, he said, was a reflec-

tion of the work the festival organizers did to make Big on Bloor possible. The event that vows to celebrate arts, culture and small businesses was deemed a huge success by Marie who has seen the event grow since its inception in 2006. “Every year it gets better, more people know about it, they come out; they are doing more interesting projects,” she said. For more information, visit http://www.bigonbloor.com/festival

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Ward 18 community members recently came together to discuss proposed changes to make the intersection of Sterling Rd. and Dundas St. W. safer for cyclists. The meeting, held on July 31, comes just months after a tragic accident at the same intersection in which a mother on a bike was killed after being pinned between a truck and the curb. The particular corner is known for being a dangerous one, as trucks from Sterling Rd. frequently make right-hand turns onto Dundas, and are unable to leave room for cyclists beside them without going into oncoming traffic. Councillor Ana Bailão has been very active in attempting to put safer infrastructure into place for the great number of cyclists her ward sees - either residents or commuters passing through. “Out of all of the cyclist infrastructure in the city this is my

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DUFFERIN STATION EXPANSION PROJECT TO BE FINNISHED IN 2014 After originally setting the completion date for next year, TCC officials reveal the project won’t actually be completed until the summer of 2014

A TTC worker stands beside the construction site outside of Dufferin Station. Photo by Samantha Emann

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Dufferin Station is currently undergoing construction both SAFER ROADS from page 1 ...priority, just because it’s not safe,” she said. “You speak to any cyclist in the west end and they’ll tell you this is the most horrible intersection to go through.” Members of the City’s Transportation Services, as well as Cycle Toronto and avid cyclists from the community attended the meeting, where posters were put up showcasing long- and short-term plans for the intersection. Councillor Bailão said she hopes to bring the community’s concerns up at the next community council meeting, so short term plans such as painting lines on the street for pedestrian crossings and putting in a traffic signal, as well as a no-right-on-red sign, can start right away. “I consider this a matter of life or death and I don’t want to have another incident happening in this ward,” she said. Ellen Rengers is an avid cyclist in the city, as well as a resident of Ward 18. She said the proposed plans

at underground and street level. Dagmar Wertheim, a TTC Project Manager, says that during the first phases of the project the completion date was set will probably make her feel safer, though she is still very much aware of the dangers involved in biking in the area. “It’s not an ideal situation, but it’s the only option we saw,” she said. She is more excited about the long-term developments, which include a bi-directional bike bridge running along Sterling Rd. all the way from Dundas to College. They also include an off-street bicycle connection cutting through the city land at the corner of Sterling and Dundas, as well as specified bike crossings beside pedestrian crossings at the intersection. “I think when we get good cycling infrastructure more people will be on bicycles, less people in cars, so the people that are in cars will actually have more space,” Rengers said. Input from the meeting will be looked over by Councillor Bailão before she takes the plans to other council members. If all goes well, changes will start being made in the near future.

for 2013. According to Wertheim the official project completion date has now been set for the summer of 2014. “We do not currently foresee

any more delays in the completion of this project,” says Wertheim. Wertheim also stated in an email that it should be noted

that the Dufferin Station Modernization Project is being constructed in a fully-operational environment which means the station will be open for use during the length of the project. “We can’t shut a station down to do the construction and as such we need to work in stages, which invariably slows things down,” she said. The Dufferin Station Modernization Project was approved for funding in 2009 and construction began just a year later. According to http:// ww.ttc.ca the project includes canopies at both entrances, improvements to both entrances and fare concourses, new elevators, a new entrance on Russett Ave., upgrades to existing signage and a new public art installation. For information about the project, visit http://www. ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Const r uc t ion/D uf fer in_St at ion_ Modernization.jsp

Christina Bouchard from Toronto’s transportation services explains the current situation at Dundas and Sterling to community members. Photo by Amber Daugherty


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COFFEE SHOP OWNERS HOPE LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE IN BLOORDALE The Common has been serving coffee on College St. for almost a decade, now owners Edward Lau and Anna Mackay look to make their mark on Bloor St. BY JUSTIN MILLERSON

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The Common – a cozy little café on College St. just east of Dufferin – has been serving hot beverages since the mid-2000s and has proven itself as a popular choice among the coffee community. Now business owners, Anna Mackay and Edward Lau are hoping to find that same success on Bloor St.. “I live at Brock [Ave.] and Bloor [St.], this is my neighbouhood and we were just kind of taking a cue from our customers who were moving up here [on Bloor St.],” said Lau. Open for about a month, The Common’s second spot (located at 1028 Bloor St. W.) is considerably larger than the first, but it carries the same charm and coziness that has made the College St. location so popular. Lau said even familiar customers on College St. are making the trek up to Bloor St. to check out the new spot. “We are actually seeing a lot people that we had years ago,” he said. The Common can now be added to a long list of new businesses who call Bloor St. W. their home and

The Common’s second location in Bloordale is serving hot beverages just east of Dufferin on Bloor St.. Photo by Justin Millerson

Lau and Mackay both believe that can only be a testament to the positive growth in the neighbourhood. “It exciting that the neighbourhoods in Toronto expand and get bigger and to see more small businesses doing well,” said Mackay. The origins of the café’s name

came about seven years ago when Lau took the first plunge into the coffee business. “The Common” his said was meant to embody a common space in which everyone is welcome and everyone can enjoy. At first, Lau and Mackay weren’t sold on calling their sec-

ond location after the first one, but after some thought – and perhaps some encouragement from friends – they decided to stick with what worked. “I’ve heard [customers] say ‘I heard this place is supposed to be good’ and if that is a result of

branding then I feel that has been beneficial to us,” said Lau. The Common serves an assortment of teas, espressos, coffees, cappuccinos and virtually anything your caffeine heart desires and if you’re feeling up for a challenge, a foosball table is open for use.

THE HOLE IN THE WALL WITH AN ESPRESSO MACHINE IN IT BY GURPREET GHAG

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While walking past the intersection of Brock Ave. and Bloor St., you may smell some fresh almond tea or catch a whiff of a fresh espresso. You may look up and try to locate the origin of these aromas, but if you don’t look carefully ― you may miss it altogether. Haven Espresso is practically no more than a hole in the wall with an espresso machine in it, but as Helen Acraman, one of the “Haven-ites” said, “we’re going for something very small in square footage and very large in heart.” Located just North of Bloor at 615A Brock Avenue, Haven Espresso is a mere 117 square feet (132 if you include the bathroom) and used to serve as a storage space. Jason Raabe has owned it for a few years, but it was only recently turned into a cafe. He and Acraman, who both live in the immediate neighbourhood, want-

ed to create a hub for people of the surrounding streets to get together. Acraman, who was one of the founding members of The Friends of Susan Tibaldi Parkette, which is located across the street, said she and Raabe got involved heavily with the community over the past few years and had visions of complementing that community with a welcoming meeting space. Haven’s menu includes espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, mochaccinos, americanos, hot chocolate, looseleaf teas, lemonade and various gluten-free and vegan-friendly snacks. Prices range from $1.75 for a tea to $5.00 for a large mochaccino. Since Haven opened on June 28, Raabe said the spot has been getting a lot of traffic from within the ward. Plans are in place to complement this new cafe with a spot offering a larger menu two doors down, where Silva Video now sits.

(left to right) Owner Jason Raabe and Havenites Helen Acraman, Jess Lewis and Zane Francois in front of Haven Cafe. Photo by Gurpreet Ghag


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FROM NAPLES PICEA ARRIVES WITH LOVE BY GURPREET GHAG

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It took roughly two years, but Kris Nesbitt and her son Ty have successfully brought the tradition of authentic Neapolitan pizza to the corner of Dovercourt Rd. and Dupont St. The restaurant is called Picea. The property has been in the Nesbitts’ hands for a while, with the building serving as an insurance office for Kris’ mother, Ty’s grandmother. The site was originally built as a Standard Bank of Canada in 1910 and remnants of the vault amongst other objects were included in the new site designs and can still be seen in the restaurant. After inheriting the building, Kris and her son believed that there was not much in terms of food options near their intersec-

tion at the northwest corner of the ward and decided that pizza was the way to go. “Who doesn’t like pizza?” she asked, sitting in a restaurant that was near capacity only a month after its doors opened. Construction began in 2010 and the centerpiece (and also at the centre of their authenticity) was a ten thousand pound stone pizza oven that was flown in from Naples, Italy and put together by ovenmaster Stefano Ferrara. The stone oven can reach somewhere up to a thousand degrees and can cook one of Picea’s ten and a half inch pizzas in 90 seconds. Ferrara also trained the Picea team on how to make pizzas the way they do in his native land. On June 26, with the staff trained and the final tiles put in place, Picea 997 open its doors and started dishing out pizzas.

Kris Nesbitt pulls a margherita pizza from the oven. Photo by Gurpreet Ghag

Currently the menu has five different ten and a half inch personal pizzas to choose from. Prices range from $11 to $17. It also features two appetizers and three salads that range from $7 to $9.

Picea also carries a range of Mill Street beers on tap and is offering a $5 pint promotion (regularly $6.50) for the month of August. Picea is open Tuesdays to Fri-

days from 5 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 2 until 11 p.m. For more information you can visit www.picea997.com or call 416-538-4897.

DOG WALKING AND PET PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICE OPENS ON ST HELENS BY SAMANTHA EMANN

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Bloordale pet lovers now have a new way to show off and care for their furry family members. Sara Hines, 29, owns and runs Where We’re Going, a new dogwalking and pet-photography service in Bloordale. The business is based out of her on St. Helens Ave. home near Lansdowne and College.

“Dog walking is the predominant business activity at the moment, but my passion is for photography and just animals in general.” Hines said she and her family are new to Bloordale but love the area’s sense of community. “I am actually pretty new to this neighbourhood. My husband and I moved here from Parkdale a couple weeks ago. Not too far but definitely a new neighbourhood. We are

looking to get involved in this community. “ Hines said their lab-shepherd mix Harlow, and their experience raising her in the city, was part of the inspiration for starting Where We’re Going. Photography has been a hobby since she was a kid. Hines has also taken photography classes and has a degree in Communications. “I officially became a registered

business a few months ago but have been doing this informally for a couple of years now,” said Hines. Where We’re Going is centred around pet ownership in an urban environment. Hines said that she hopes the unique mix of services will help her grow her clientele within the community. “Torontonians love their pets and that’s abundantly clear. People want their dogs to be cared for when they

can’t, when they are at work. My husband and I had a dog walker when we got our dog so we know how valuable it is. I hope it’s a service that people will find useful.” According to the company website, Hines offers puppy training consults and boarding, dog walking and pet photography sessions. Her portfolio, services and prices can be viewed at http://www.whereweregoing.com.


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Letters from your political representatives COUNCILLOR ANA BAILÃO

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Hello Neighbours, Dundas, College, Bloor and Dufferin are great main streets that move Ward 18 residents throughout our neighbourhood and across the city every day. These streets not only transport us, they also host many other activities which are important for urban life. Along our area’s main streets thousands of people go to work or purchase daily necessities in our thriving shops, or they eat and drink in our lively bars

and restaurants. I believe that it takes a community to build a great main street and everybody plays a role. BIAs play an especially important role to enhance our commercial main streets by working with the City and guiding investment during street reconstruction. These hyper-local governing bodies pool together and help allocate resources to parkettes, trees, benches, additional lighting and other important street design elements. BIAs work closely with their local Councillor and City staff in the months leading up to planned reconstruction by making design decisions, applying for city grants and ensuring proper coordination. Recently the City carried out road resurfacing on Dundas Street West. City Staff and I worked alongside the Dundas West and Little Portugal BIA to add new parkettes with benches, green space, benches and, artistic bike rings, and decorative bronze lettering at the intersection at Dundas and Dufferin. In addition, new bumpouts were built along Dundas in order to calm traffic and emphasize the one way nature

MP ANDREW CASH 416-654-8048 This past July our Davenport community came together again for the annual BIG on Bloor Festival. The event was a huge success and really showcased our neighbourhood, its diversity and the amazing talent and creativity of its residents. Over the course of the festival, countless Davenport residents stopped by the booth I shared with our MPP Jonah Schein, and Jonah and I were thrilled to be able to talk to you all. It’s clear that folks in our neighbourhood are very concerned about a number of important issues – the electrification of the Air Rail Link between Union Station and Pearson Airport, the challenges faced by self-employed, freelance, and contract workers who have little or no benefits, the sudden and shocking closure of our local Service Canada centre in Dufferin Mall, and the increasing difficulty of people in our community, especially seniors and young families, to make ends meet – just to name a few. Jonah and I, along with all our NDP colleagues, will continue to stand up for the Davenport community and fight for the issues you care about. I also had the great honour of presenting a number of BIG on Bloor awards to local organizations and individuals. The unsung heroes who received these awards do amazing work in our community and make Davenport a great place to live, work and be. Thank you and congratulations to all the recipients! Finally, I’d like to thank all the organizers and volunteers who worked so hard to make this year’s BIG on Bloor Festival such a great success. The Festival is true to the roots of our community and highlights the amazing artists, vendors and folks who call Davenport home. I am deeply proud to represent this community!

MPP JONAH SCHEIN 416-535-3158 As many of you know, this is a critical time in our campaign to run clean electric trains on the new rail link to the airport. Most everyone, (except the McGuinty Government), agrees that we should start with electric trains, as they are better than diesel powered trains not just for our health, and for the health of our planet, but could also allow for more stops along the air-rail link, and let this line serve as a Downtown Relief Line for people in our communities. My Private Member’s Bill, Bill 83, is coming up for debate on September 20th. This bill would ensure that no diesel trains would run on the ARL, spewing pollutants through

of these connecting residential streets. Improvements along Dundas provide a taste of exciting things to come as we are presently working towards improvements along both Bloor and Dufferin. My office has been working very closely with the Bloorcourt and Bloordale BIAs to ensure the construction process on Bloor is well-coordinated and efficiently executed in 2013. The roadway will be resurfaced and most sidewalks will be reconstructed on Bloor Street, between Bathurst and Lansdowne. There will be an opportunity for property owners to replace old led water services. In addition, better tree pits will be built in order to trees to grow bigger and live longer. In 2013 Dufferin Street will also be reconstructed from Peel Avenue to Dundas Street. The Dundas West BIA will taking this opportunity to add additional trees at the southeast corner of Dufferin and Dundas. I am very excited for streetscape improvements in 2013 and look forward to the possibility of working with other BIAs on future streetscape projects in 2014 and beyond.

our neighbourhoods. We have a real chance to win clean, electric trains in our neighbourhoods, and the next important step is to win on September 20. Communities along the tracks have been voicing their concerns for years, but so far, the McGuinty Government has not met with our community and has refused to listen to us. We’ve been working hard to raise awareness about this issue and to build support for electrification. The medical community, including the World Health Organization, has warned that diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen, and political leaders in west Toronto and the overwhelming majority of Toronto City Council support electrification. Recently, the Clean Train Coalition, a group of concerned community members, has announced their plans for legal action against the government. I’d prefer that the government just do the right thing and commit to immediate electrification. On September 20, the Ontario Government will finally have to explain and defend their position in the Legislature. We’re working non-stop on this issue, and we need your help. We need you to talk to your neighbours about this issue; sign our petition and encourage your friends and family to sign too; show your support by taking a Clean Trains Now lawn sign; ‘like’ the Facebook page and Tweet using #CleanTrain; and call Dalton McGuinty at 416-325-1941 to share your views! And join me and your MP, Andrew Cash for a free family-friendly concert and community rally for clean trains at the Lula Lounge, on September 8. Call my office for details at 416-535-3158. I know that many of you have been fighting for clean trains for years, and thanks to your work we’re at an important juncture. Let’s make sure our voices are heard!


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ROBERT KANANAJ GALLERY CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

(left) The gallery is filled with artists conversing about their work with the Bloordale public. (right) The Jordan Project also displayed some of Jordan Seal’s poetry to accompany his artwork. Photos by Khristopher Reardon

BY KHRISTOPHER REARDON

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The Robert Kananaj Gallery (1267 Bloor St. W.) puts something a little more interesting on display than most other art galleries. The small space has been tucked firmly away in the Bloordale area for a year now and on the eve of its first anniversary it celebrated with a special exhibition. “I wanted to open a space for outsider artists and make it home for almost exotic art,” said Robert Kananaj, founder of the gallery. “The gallery has actually gathered steam innocently from the start as an outsider kind of project gallery. Starting with a few artists and maintaining that low-key approach. It’s not to convince the establishment or the formal in the art scene, it’s to embrace the outsider in art.” What’s obvious about the space is its renegade feel. There’s a sense that it wants to shrug off art convention and redefine it. Kananaj seemed especially proud of snagging Jordan Seal, a young up-and-comer who has a very playful artistic style. Seal creates worlds that aim to get the viewer to experience more as they view them. “I’m creating worlds and creating bits of existence that stretch out the mind. These abstract worlds are part of my individuality I would say,” says Seal. “I want to touch down deep inside them and give them a real sense of awe and rawness, to stretch out their consciousness by touching them with something that they are not familiar with and in doing so show them new possibilities.” “Really trying to break the mundane and break whatever the mundane is and create purity; purity and weirdness maybe.” The young, wide-eyed creator was very much at ease with his sprawling work, which seems to shoot out in segments from the core. Seal paid attention to every detail in each one.

“My work is about hidden details, hidden items. Overwhelming the viewer with places they can go. I work from minutia and work from things that might not be noticed and I put my nose to the paper and I work on details in an abstract system,” he says. Seal wasn’t the only artist on display. Napoleon Brousseau, 62, had discovered art at a young age. He says he first understood the power of art in the way he could usurp his art teacher’s control through comical drawings. But he didn’t really begin in earnest as an artist until the age of 14, when he started painting. At the Kananaj gallery anniversary exhibition he was presenting two works that took him years to carefully craft. “The paintings in the exhibition, there’s two paintings there and they took like many many years to do. One of them took three years to make because the technique I use is based on randomness. I don’t know where I’m going when I begin and I don’t know when it’s completed,” says Brousseau. “It’s like an object in motion and it just finally comes to arrest at some point and that’s how the paintings come into being.” He says he likes to present at an art gallery like Kananaj because it’s humbling for him to be among his younger compatriots. He says he wants to encourage them to follow through with the work they are doing and not be dissuaded by naysayers. He is encouraging the unique voices at Kananaj Gallery to strike out on their own and shut out the inner critic. One of the presenters, Matthew Green, doesn’t even really consider himself an artist. The theology major just one day decided to start making small paper crafts and eventually it turned into a full scale paper model of Samus Aran, titular character from the video game Metroid, which now hangs in the art gallery’s window. “I honestly have no idea where it came

from. I somehow stumbled onto it on the internet someplace. I looked at it and I thought ‘that can’t be incredibly difficult,’” says Green.“I managed to get a hold of the actual models from one of the games and

was curious, can you actually make this life sized? The software worked and I thought ‘well isn’t that silly’ and I just found myself printing things out and starting to build and I have no idea why.”

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THE INTERGALATIC TRAVEL AUTHORITY TAKES FLIGHT IN BLOORDALE The Intergalactic Travel Authority opens up in hopes of creating awareness for Story Planet, a Toronto based youth programming centre BY JUSTIN MILLERSON

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Store manager, Kaleigh Wisman and Story Planet alien chieftess, Liz Haines stand outside “the portal”. Photo by Justin Millerson

When you walk into the Intergalactic Travel Authority (1165 Bloor St. W.) you are actually taking a trip into the future, and while you’re there be sure to grab a cup of coffee. Bloordale’s one and only travel authority carries a setting set beyond the year 2025 where “black hole coffee” is served and “official space travel merchandise” is sold. The purpose of this future set café is to raise funds as well as awareness for Story Planet, a Toronto based youth literacy intuitive settled in the back portion of the shop. “We wanted to provide a social enterprise component to the services we provide as well as create a gateway to the community so people are aware of us,” said Ka-

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leigh Wisman, manager of the new storefront café. Story Planet – helping youth since 2009 – is a non-profit organization that provides a number of free workshops for youth between the ages of 6-18. The workshops focus on helping with inspired communication through creative writing and a range of other art projects. These workshops take place just feet away from the travel authority’s coffee bar just past what Wisman calls a portal door that leads into Story Planet. The idea of marrying a youth literacy centre and a social enterprise location was inspired by an American organization called 826 Valencia. 826 Valencia is placed in San Francisco, California and carries a similar goal in helping children and young adult develop writing skills. Just like Story

Planet a shop is connected where the tutoring takes place. This shop is called the Pirate Supply Store which sells an assortment of pirate supplies. “We really wanted to take that model, we are not an 826 centre ourselves, but they mentored us through the whole process in opening this space and have been really helpful and involved,” said Wisman. Wisman who works alongside Liz Haines, Alien Chieftess of Story Planet, said it was important to maintain a space-like theme in the shop portion of the space. “[The idea] was to create a departure lounge, but going to different parts in the galaxy, so there is a departure board at the entrance so you can check your flight, get your coffee and your reading material, everything you need for your long journey,” she said.

a food processor (or blender on low setting) pulse the remaining cucumber, 1/2 cup yoghurt, mint, and remaining lime juice and cilantro to purée. Season generously with freshly-ground black pepper and sea salt, then set to blend until smooth while drizzling olive oil through the top of the food processor. Serve chilled. Top with salsa and a dollop of yoghurt. Nutrition (per 1 cup gazpacho + 2 tbsp salsa): 96 Calories, 4.5 g fat,

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Art Gallery Guide

Daniel Faria Gallery

JULY 25 -SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 The Daniel Faria Gallery is proud to present “New Meditations”. This exhibition brings together four artists who, through contemporary investigations, seek to continue the conversation Russian avant-garde painter Kazimir Mal-

evich began, and minimalist artists such as Josef Albers and Sol LeWitt developed further. The artists featured in the two month long exhibition are: Jose Davila, Jessica Eaton, Derek Liddington and Elizabeth Zvonar.

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ROBERT KANANAJ GALLERY

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JULY 26 - SEPTEMBER 01, 2012

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Featuring artists Jordan Seal and Sibylle Schwarz, along with Clara Bacou, Stephan Berg, Claude Breeze, Gon Bregu, Napoleon Brousseau, Matthew Green, Karen Grosman, Robert Kananaj, Ivana Kalezic, Lula Motra, Juan Carlos Noria, Mike Parsons, David Van Drunen, Luca Reffo, Mikel Temo, Stefan Thompson, Szonja

Vucsetics, and Wing Yee Tong. The Robert Kananaj Gallery is proud to celebrate its one-year anniversary with an exhibition featuring an exciting range of work from both new artists and those represented by the gallery. This exhibit promotes the diverse scope of the gallery and its fusion of Canadian and International artists.

the continuity of a theoretical and practical discussion initiated in 2006 amongst the curators and a constellation of artist peers. Their collaborations to date have taken the form of exhibitions, publications, conferences and performances. This exhibition will gather fragments of these past collaborations, traces and souvenirs of past exhibitions along with new productions. Hapax Legomena — designating a form occurring only once — will trace the index of this continued collaboration, balancing between past history and future possibilities.

p|m Gallery is pleased to present two new bodies of work from two fantastic painters. Anda Kubis In her newest body of work Kubis merges synthetic brushstrokes with real, full-bodied, painterly mark making. The source of either is no longer readily apparent. The digital and handmade become symbiotic where the process of making shifts through various scales and the actual painting attempts to capture the luminosity of

the screen. Kubis employs strong colour, coaxing the viewer to slow down and contemplate perceptual relationships. Meghan McKnight McKnight’s paintings lure the viewer into their teeming sculptural layers, offering inviting depth and movement. Elaborate sculptural tangles of the surfaces elicit intimate exploration. Their stylized tactile vocabulary builds tension between control and turmoil, the familiar and the undiscovered.

MERCER UNION

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 - OCTOBER 20 2012 Hapax Legomena Isabelle Cornaro, Julien Crépieux, Aurélien Froment, Mark Geffriaud, Cyrille Maillot, Benoît Maire, Benoît-Marie Moriceau, Bruno Persat, Chloé Quenum, Raphaël Zarka Curated by Yoann Gourmel and Élodie Royer Hapax Legomena gathers the work of ten artists of the same generation together for the first time in Canada. The exhibition draws its starting point from the process and narrative proposed by the artist and theoretician Hollis Frampton in his most celebrated film Hapax Legomena 1: (nostalgia). In the film, Frampton proposes a re-reading of his own work within an analytical framework that mixes reminiscences, scripted narration and iconographic exercises. Similarly, this exhibition will be inscribed within

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