Past Meetup


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1445 Dundas St West · Toronto, ON

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Betty Ann will meet you at MKG Gallery

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Thursday October 20, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Led by Betty Ann Jordan; Max. 40 persons
RSVP via or [masked]; LATE? CALL cell[masked]

SPONSORS/ Little Portugal Business Improvement Area
Dundas West Business Improvement Area
Suzanne Manvell, Realtor, Royal LePage [masked]


BACKGROUND/ The Brockton Village section of Dundas West has new condos popping up amidst trend-forward restaurants, hip- and non-hip bars, an astonishing number of hair salons and barbershops, artsy tattoo parlours. The scene is anchored by several leading contemporary art galleries, while emerging artists are opening storefront project spaces. Tonight we will catch up with changes while also learning about the history of several extant buildings including the one that houses the Lula Lounge.
5:45 to 6:00 PM/ MEET MKG 127 GALLERY @1445 Dundas St. W (between Dufferin St. and Gladstone Ave. on the south side).
6:00 – 6:15@ MKG 127 GALLERY @1445 Dundas St. West/ VIEW Green Thumb exhibition of paintings of flowers and trees by Toronto artist Monica Tap + MEET THE ARTIST to learn more about her lush depictions of mounds of memorial bouquets piled up at sites commemorating a tragedy, such as the locus of a fatality or a site associated with a deceased celebrity. Also, see paintings of flaming and autumnal trees sourced from arborists’ manuals 6:15 – 6:30 WALKABOUT ALONG DUNDAS WEST(curbside commentary):
-FETCH 1452 DSW/A full-service dog place that provides canine boarding, daycare, “fitness,” grooming, + doggie boutique
-TKVO 1450/unisex lifestyle + clothing + “safe space”for the transgender community in the sense that most items are gender-neutral. Shop’s name is medical acronym for “to keep the veins open” alluding to the note physicians leave on patient cards instructing that their veins be left open and accessible. Owner Tate Sameshima and his life partner, graphic artist Lucy Wowk “sell Tate’s photo-works of iconic urban TO locations along with gifts, apothecary, games + KWay windbreakers + Halfwits (Toronto skatewear). Underlying themes of the shop include Sameshima’s gender transition, his experience as an artist, and his family in which both parents and brother are medical professionals
-ANTLER KITCHEN + BAR 1454/foraged produce and farmed game. Menu includes wild boar or sweet potato gyoza $11. Charcoal-grilled yakitori made from chicken thigh or wild mushroom or duck heart $9 Venison Tatare $18 +Wild boar Ragu, Rabbit pappardelle, Rainbow trout with charred kale, caramelized kohlrabi, Swiss chard, salsa verde $28. Game burgers include boar, bison or deer $15

6:30 – 6:45 @ART METROPOLE 1490 /SEE In the Night Room, by Sarah Pupo, with coloured light seeping through a pierced cut-out screen beautifully illumining the front window of this art bookstore. Inside, in AM’s redesigned, more spacious space, we’ll BROWSE + MEET Nasrin Himada, Art Metropole’s curator/shop manager to LEARN more about their newest artists’ books, multiples, magazines

6:45 to 7:00 WALKABOUT:
-ARCHIVE TATOO 1528/ David Glantz internationally renowned tattoo artist
-THE PANTYHOSE BARBER 1572/ Lady barber in patterned tights; unisex
-BEADLE 1582/ Proudly local emporium of accessories, gifts
7:00 – 7: 10 @LULA LOUNGE 1585/ LEARN about the history of the sprawling building that houses the Lula Lounge, today and essential world-music venue which was built in 1862 as the offices of a publication called The Chronicle (Trade Review + Insurance news). Next in its incarnation as the Dundas Playhouse, the first burlesque show in Toronto was presented here. In 1936, it became the Brock Theatre (706 seats), then the name was changed to The Gem Theatre in 1949. By early 1960s, the Gem was screening Italian and Polish films, but attendance waned, and in 1965 it became a banquet hall, called Club Canadiana and Continental Brothers Catering. [NEXT MONTH WE’LL RETURN TO LEARN ABOUT THE MORE RECENT HISTORY OF THIS BUILDING.]

7:10 – 7:25 WALKABOUT:
-THREE HANDS RESTAURANT+BAR 1532/ Hipster place. Deep fried brussels sprouts $8. Deep fried olives $8. Shredded Bok choy salad with peanuts, carrot,daikon radish,orange, fried shallots and sesame vinaigrette $9. Watermelon wasabi fried chicken $18. Collard green poutine with onion gravy and bacon or vegetarian option $12
-G.J. PASSION hair salon 1555 basement/new + glaringly untrendy
-THE PANTYHOSE BARBER 1572/ Lady barber in patterned tights; unisex
-BEADLE 1582/locally made gifts and accessories
-BRAVO 1588/ Cosy space with art on walls. Fresh or baked oysters, high-end burgers, chicken hush-puppies, crispy southern-seasoned calamari, margarita posset desert with tequila, lime, cream, marinated strawberry. Dolce vita dessert with biscotti crust and dolce leche, vanilla + coconut meringue and pistachio $6!! 7:25 – 7:35 ARE GALLERY 1581/ MEET proprietors James and Danielle who have lived and worked in this storefront performance and event space for 3 years. He is a painter from BC who creates colour field or stain paintings + she is a theatre avatar who facilitates rehearsals and performances in their front gallery. JUST LAUNCHED: $20 is the cost of James' new Acid Eat Acid psychedelic colouring book
-GOOD REBEL VEGAN PROVISIONS 1591/ owners Mohseen and Mercedes are life-partners and owners of this 2-week-old store which is well-stocked with delicious and essential items for tasty healthy eating
-GRATEFUL HEAD 1594/hair salon with edgy flair for rainbow-and pastel-colored hair. A Green Cycle salon that recycles everything and creates little or no garbage
-CHOSEN VINTAGE 1599/Handpicked vintage, was formerly on Queen West

7:40 – 7:45 @THE ELEPHANT IN THE ATTIC 1596/ MEET gallerist-impresario Caitlin Brubacher to learn about her pre-Christmas Queen Market vending opportunity for seven artists (do you know someone who might be interested?) to present pop-up sales installations in her storefront space 7:50 – 8:00 **COMPLIMENTARY FOOD SAMPLES @LE BARATIN 1600/THANKS to our Food Sponsor the wonderfully supportive Suzanne Manvell, Realtor, Royal LePage [masked]. Informal and cosy French bistro, serves lunch, in the former Bivy bistro; still owned by Pascal. New chef Jean Regis; deft server is Jessie; sous-chef is Jason. TBC SAMPLE (possibly) the house-specialty, farcous, a thick crepe loaded with green vegetables, especially Swiss chard

POST-TOUR NOSH @LE BARATIN 1600/ at your own expense. We have a reservation for 8 people, but there will likely room for more people. Le Baratin is offering us a prefix deal that will accommodate the hungry and not so hungry, for TBA $: includes 2 of 3 options, either a starter + main, or starter +dessert or desert + main. Recent menu: Salade Auvergrate $8 includes frisee, Belgian endive, French bleu cheese, dried figs, sunflower seeds. Mange De la Betarave is roasted beet root with pickled red onion, cumin dressing, cracked goat cheese. Also do their own duck confit + gravlax. Steak frites and ratatouille

SAVE THE DATE/ NEXT WALK in Little Portugal/ Dundas West> on THURSDAY November 17, 6 to 8 PM.
Theme: Historic Places of Worship + Artists’ Studios. RSVPs required via or inquiries >[masked]<