Last night renowned violinist/math wiz Jim Stewart opened the doors of his elegant Toronto estate to an eager audience. The Integral House, as the estate has been dubbed, was created by Shim Sutcliffe Architects in 2008. It is truly an architectural wonder that has inspired the making of a new documentary film entitled ‘The Integral Man’ by Joseph Clement. Guests had the pleasure of taking in an art show specially curated for the house by respected gallerist Clint Roenisch. The show was interactive with a focus on the musicality and nature of the house. Pianist and composer Matt Poon and soprano Measha Bruggergosman performed beautifully showing off the stellar sound of the space. You can get more information on the film, the house, and the artists at http://www.auraticmedia.com/. You can keep up to date with Clint’s happenings about town at http://www.clintroenisch.com/. Thanks for another beautiful night! xo
Last night, under a waxing moon, Toronto’s favourite gallery owner, Clint Roenisch, opened the doors to his much anticipated new space at 190 Saint Helens Ave at Bloor and Landsdowne. The new gallery is elegantly minimal with starkly white walls, high ceilings, and concrete floors. It filled up with the entirety of Toronto’s art scene last night which made it the best-dressed and best-looking crowd I’ve ever laid eyes on. The vibe was one of excitement as champagne got popped, motorcycles peeled out, babes on babes on babes and the art was revered. Minimal post-postmodern pieces were shown by artists Stefan Bruggemann, Aleksander Hardashnakov, Johnathan Monk, Gabriel Orozco, David Shrigley and Gedi Sibony. Be sure to pop by the new space and say “hi.” And share this link with your pals if they’re pictured here. xo #firstthepleasue
Madonna officially launched the opening of her first Hard Candy gym in North America in Toronto this past Tuesday. There was the expected media frenzy as Madge arrived to strut the red carpet, give a couple of interviews and teach her newly invented workout class “Addicted to Sweat.” The new style of workout Madonna developed with her energetic personal trainer Nicole Winhoffer is heavy on dance moves and attitude. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to get swept up in the energy and flow. In the auditions to be a part of Madonna’s class the contestants were twerking it out with confidence in record time. Mr. Brainwash was also in attendance installing a mural of the queen herself on a wall of the gym. It was a pleasure to be able to take part in this event. I hope you enjoy the photos. xo
In this growing city of ours, it can at times be difficult to catch a vibe at a party that transcends Torontonians’ characteristic apathy and just lets loose. I had the pleasure of experiencing Toronto at its finest during the David Bowie AGO exhibit opening and the Mick Rock photo exhibit / after party at the Templar Hotel on Sept. 24th. Mick Rock, Bowie’s photographer on the road during the Ziggy Stardust era, was the guest of honour. His particular blend of rock and roll mixed with that edge only seasoned veterans of the 70’s can muster set the tone of the evening. Darling astronaut Chris Hadfield, who has the voice of an angel, performed a moving rendition of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” to an enraptured crowd. Other stars studding the crowd included David Sutcliffe of TV series “Cracked”, Emily Haines of Metric, Brenden Canning of Broken Social Scene and CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi. I hope you enjoy the pics and I also hope to attend a party as fun as this one in the very near future. x
Special thanks to Arthouse.
“Mick Rock—the legendary lensman responsible for the most iconic photos of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed—touches down in Toronto to talk about… well, yoga, kidney surgery, and James Taylor, naturally.” – Stuart Berman
See my photo of Mick published last week in The Grid’s interview with the legend himself in More Talk, More Rock.
Northbound’s annual fashion show, which is widely considered to be the world’s largest fetish event, is fast approaching us. This year’s theme focuses on how new age technology has given rise to an online sexual revolution. Online dating, sexting, internet porn and more will be made explicit at this year’s show, aptly entitled “ikink.” The show is on Oct. 19th at Polson Pier. We will be launching the new catalogue and website at the event as well. Click HERE for tickets. Click HERE to view the full spread on Northbound’s Facebook page.
Shot on location @ LeVack Block.