September 16th, 2008
“If there is the faintest glimmer of life in something, rescue it – you’re bound to be able to find use for it somewhere. Think of your home as a delicious experiment,” write Sally and Mark Bailey in their book Recycled Home.
Working on that principle, the folks at Smash have littered a 4,500-square-foot Junction space with abandoned furniture, old signage, oddball antiques and industrial bits and bobs.
Oak grain measures make great buckets for soggy umbrellas while weathered windows can be easily turned into charming chalkboards for your kitchen.
Look out for fabulous vintage kitchen utensils, fireplaces, clocks, iron works and more. And if you can think of a creative use for a 1970s candy dispenser ($3,000) let us know.
Smash, 2880 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-762-3113, www.smash.to
September 3rd, 2008
It’s been ten years since prohibition was lifted in The Junction, and now residents are set to do away with their inhibitions as the community’s Art Festival swings into effect.
Soak up juried art exhibitions peppering Dundas Street as you weave your way through shimmying belly dancers, twirling acrobats, and local artists peddling their wears.
Eat your heart out, Cabbagetown.
Junction Arts Festival, September 3–7, Dundas St. W., (between Keele and Jane), Toronto, www.junctionartsfest.com