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November at the galleries

In At the galleries, Coming events on November 19, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Wh0 ART Thou at Ideasincorporated, 1081 Bathurst Street at Dupont, November 17 to 20 and 25 to 30.

Come see what your neighbours are creating. Curated by Monica Gupta, Who ART Thou features the work of artists who live in the Annex, Seaton Village and Christie Pits. The show runs for two weekends only. For further details see the Who Art Thou? webpage

Gallery hours from 12 to 5PM.


Blackie 1 by Kristin Ledgett

Kristin Ledgett’s Bones and Bluster at Communication Art Gallery, 209 Harbord Street, November 18 to December 3.

Intriguing and muscular knitted and mixed-medium sculpture from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design grad and Toronto craft scene local hero Kristen Ledgett, the co-creator of The Knit Cafe, Queen Street West’s community centre/craft school/retail venture/gallery/coffee house dedicated to promoting the pursuit of craft.

For further details see Kristen’s web page on the Communications site.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 12 to 8PM, Saturday and Sunday 12 to 6PM.


View Ideasincorporated and Communications Art Gallery in a larger map


This month at the galleries

In At the galleries, Coming events on May 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

By West Annex News | Another rainy weekend, perfect for checking out the new shows at the galleries in and around the West Annex. Three of the galleries are participating in or presenting shows to compliment Contact, the largest photography festival in the world, which is held annually throughout the month of May across the Greater Toronto Area.

Our local gallery district is centred around Bathurst Street, from Dupont Street south to Harbord  Street. Starting from the north end and working south, here’s what’s on:


Image credit La Parete Gallery

La Parete Gallery, 1086 Bathurst Street, gallery Hours Monday to Saturday 10AM to 6PM.

Carl Beam is one of Canada’s most important artists, and the first of native ancestry to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as contemporary art. He worked in various photographic mediums, mixed media, oil, acrylic, spontaneously scripted text on canvas, works on paper, Plexiglas, stone, cement, wood, handmade ceramic pottery, and found objects, in addition to etching, lithography, and screen process.

Beam’s Columbus Suite will be on display at La Parete, a multimedia work made to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in North America in 1992.


Ray Mead, Untitled, 1991 | Image courtesy of Barbara Edwards Contemporary

Barbara Edwards Contemporary, 1069 Bathurst Street, gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11AM to 6PM.

Ray Mead was a prominent member of the Painters 11, a group of Canadian artists formed in 1953 and dedicated to abstract art. While Mead’s work came to prominence in the 50s and 60s, this show focus on the prolific last decade of the artist’s life bringing together canvases, works on paper and drawings dating from 1985 – 1996.

The show continues to June 18, 2011.


Continuing at Ideasincorporated, 1081 Bathurst Street, Mixed Context by Max and Oliver Heinrich, gallery hours: Wednesday 12 to 3PM, Thursday to Sunday 12 to 5PM.


Photo credit Steve Sherman

Gallery 918, 918 Bathurst Street, gallery hours: Sunday noon to 5pm

Hurry to see Steve Sherman’s  “A Landscape Seen” which ends tomorrow, Sunday May 15th. Sherman works with large format sheet film cameras in traditional silver gelatin, silver chloride and the occasional platinum palladium processes to create works exclusively in black and white. He uses no digital means to enhance or otherwise produce his hand-made photographs which have been described as “absolutely breathtaking with clarity and depth indescribable”.


Images courtesy of Erin Baubacher and Communication Art Gallery

Communication Art Gallery, 209 Harbord Street, gallery hours: Monday to Friday 12 to 8PM, Saturday and Sunday 12 to 6PM.

Erin Brubacher’s Map Making arises from the artist’s homecoming after a 13-year absence from Toronto in which she lived in 10 different cities. Called “the chronicles of a decade of nomadic living” the images are positioned in relation to one another based on both formal connections and nuances of content/context to honor the artist’s personal memory of the particular time and place.

The show continues to June 1, 2011.


View West Annex gallery walk for May 2011 in a larger map


This month at the galleries

In Coming events on April 8, 2011 at 12:05 AM

This month at the galleries in and around the West Annex:


Mixed Context by Max and Oliver Heinrich at Ideasincorporated, 1081 Bathurst Street, opening tonight 7:00 to 9:30PM

Regular gallery hours: Wednesday 12 to 3PM, Thursday to Sunday 12 to 5PM, show


La Parete Gallery, 1086 Bathurst Street

Gallery Hours Monday to Saturday 10AM to 6PM

A continuing show of the works of La Parete’s distinguished stable of artists.

Medusa Sky by Jan Wheeler, oil on canvas


Delinear Group exhibition at Barbara Edwards Contemporary at 1069 Bathurst Street

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11AM to 6PM.

“A group exhibition examining the relationship of drawing to the artistic process. Showcasing new linear work from a select group of artists, this exhibition illustrates the use of drawing through a range of artistic intentions: the sketch or blueprint for sculpture, painting or installation; the initial tracing of a conceptual idea; the idea formally realized through the drawing medium.”

April Gornik Forest Light


Leah Rainey’s Edits at Communication Art Gallery, 209 Harbord Street

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 12 to 8PM, Saturday and Sunday 12 to 6PM.


And don’t forget Edward Burtynski’s Oil opening at the ROM on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

ROM hours:  Monday to Thursday 10AM to 5:30PM; Friday 10AM to 8:30PM; Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 5:30PM.

Fifty-three large format photographs. “With an unflinching eye, Burtynski’s images explore the hotly debated effects of oil extraction and our international dependency on the substance.”

torontoist review of Edward Burtynskis Oil


A: Ideasincorporated

B: La Parete Gallery

C: Barbara Edwards Contemporary

D: Communication Art Gallery

E: Royal Ontario Museum


John Cadiz Life Stories at Ideasincorporated, 1081 Bathurst Street, until February 20, 2011

In Coming events, Reviews on February 7, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Launching the boat (1989) by John Cadiz, at Ideasincorporated

By West Annex News | After decades of struggle, the Bathurst Street strip south of Dupont is finally taking off. With the trauma of a major fire and the seemingly endless construction on Bathurst Street and the CPR underpass finally behind it, the revolving door of shops that have come and gone over the years has finally stopped spinning. A critical mass of interesting galleries, indie coffee houses, shops and restaurants have come and stayed. Suddenly signs of gentrification are everywhere on this once perennially scuzzy strip.

Bathurst from Vermont north to Dupont is now a worthy destination to plan to spend an entire morning or afternoon, enjoyably wandering from gallery to gallery and shop to shop, fortifying yourself during breaks at the various interesting cafes and coffee shops.

We’ll be writing more in coming weeks about some of these shops, galleries and cafes which have been garnering rave reviews from the media, like Madeleines, Cherry Pie and Ice Cream, Rapido, BurnettJava Mama, Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Ewanika, and opening later this month, a new wine bar The Grape.  All these have joined with neighbourhood stalwarts like Annapurna Vegetarian, La Parette Gallery and the unspoiled vintage diners Apollo 11 and Vesta Lunch to form a vibrant new neighbourhood in the upper West Annex.

Today we’re looking in particular at Ideasincorporated, a gallery at 1081 Bathurst Street and their current show, John Cadiz Life Stories, which features the exuberant paintings of Trinidadian expatriate and Seaton Village resident John Cadiz.

Opening night of John Cadiz Life Stories at Ideasincorporated gallery, January 28, 2011

“I was born and raised in Trinidad” says Cadiz. “My French/Irish/Spanish ancestry, white skin with all its implied privileges, and a strict Catholic upbringing have perhaps afforded me a unique perspective. I emigrated to Canada in 1977 and worked as a graphic designer to support myself. During a rather stressful period about twenty years ago I started to paint. I am mainly self-taught and tend to use events in my past, religion, and Trinidad carnival as props or metaphors, some of which I put into paintings set in more recent times.”

Whether set in his Trinidadian past or in Canada, summoned from his memory or imagination, these painting layer sweetness, sadness, and the macabre together, using humour to leaven the mix.

Venus de Kaboom (2005) by John Cadiz

The macabre is particularly strong in painting like Putting Down Sambo (2008) based on a true incident in which the artist’s father botched an attempt to euthanize a beloved pet, @#$% Gridlock (2004) where through the window of a TTC bus one sees an execution about to take place, but jaded commuters only complain about the gridlock, and Venus de Kaboom (2005) where a female suicide bomber detonates herself to a sexist commentary on her detached body parts from demons, who presumably urged her on to self-destruction.

@#$% Gridlock (2004) by John Cadiz

Others, like The Family Reunion (2007) appears tranquil enough at first glance.  The label beside this painting reads “I thought I’d have a fantasy reunion, a kind of snapshot with the picture taker trying to get everyone to take a bow at the same time with the usual fooling around. The family would be together one last time when we were all happy.”

John Cadiz: The Family Reunion (2007) by John Cadiz | click to enlarge

Not mentioned are the three guest on the porch, looking on at the family’s merriment: an angel, a top-hatted grim reaper, and a character who is perhaps Jab Molassie–a devil masquerade character in Trinidad’s Carnival. While the angel is plainly a mortal–we see the band on the headdress holding up her halo–the devil is real: he breathes fire as he exclaims in patois. The reaper leans back contentedly; he’s found a home to settle into for a while.

Fall (2006) by John Cadiz

Similarly, in the punning Fall (2006), a placid scene of traffic on a multi-lane highway returning to Toronto at the end of an autumn weekend is punctuated by a disintegrating aircraft falling from the sky overhead.

But not all the painting have a morbid twist. In Bettina’s garten (2000) we see a scene of urban Toronto bliss as Monica and her sister-in-law Poonam barbecue in the backyard of their Ossington home, surrounded by a garden planted by their German tenant Bettina.

Bettina's garten (2000) by John Cadiz | click to enlarge

And in Camping with the mon (1998), the artist’s tenderness and self-deprecating humour is evident in his autobiographic portrayal of a camping trip to Tobermory Provincial Park gone wrong. The loving couple both embrace and shield each other’s eyes as a powerful wind whips through their campsite, blowing campfire smoke into their faces.

Camping with the mon (1992) by John Cadiz

There are many other paintings, equally engaging and absorbing.  We’ve been to the show twice now, and plan to visit again before the show closes on February 2o, 2011.

Ideasincorporated began in 2007 when owner Oliver Heinrich bought 1081 Bathurst Street in 2007 and set to work renovating it into a live/work space with his family’s living quarters above and the gallery below. Heinrich’s first show was an installation of works made from materials he recycled from the building’s renovation.

The Ideasincorporated gallery at 1081 Bathurst Street, beside the empty lot left after the fire that destroyed the Children's Storefront

Devoted to showcasing the work of local artists, Heinrich had just held his first two successful shows when disaster struck in October 2009: the Children’s Storefront housed in the building to his immediate south, burned to the ground in October of 2009. In fighting the fire, Heinrich’s gallery was drenched with water, the south wall destroyed and the recently renovated ceilings, floors, and electrical wiring ruined. A struggle with his insurer–still not resolved–meant Heinrich wasn’t able to complete the restoration of the interior of the property until late summer of 2010. The exterior still awaits final repairs, so the gallery can be easily missed from the street.

But the gallery is well worth a visit, as are the neighbouring shops and cafes in the amazing, gentrifying upper West Annex.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For more on the ascendance of the upper West Annex at Bathurst and Dupont, read Karen van Hahn’s Bathurst and Dupont is the newest style mecca” in