A nostalgic look at Mirvish Village
Here is the result of a recent commission to design and produce a three-colour silkscreen print based on two new exhibits now on display at Markham House. Tonight only, along with free hotdogs, they’re giving away 200 of these limited-editions away!
Anne Mirvish: The Artist in Her Studio
and Welcome to Yesterday:
Ephemera from Mirvish Village
Come take a look at Anne Mirvish’s art practice and her influence on the neighbourhood known as Mirvish Village. In addition check out the wonderful collection ephemera and memorabilia from the Mirvish Family archive, collected over the past 50+ years. Here you will discover the tale of the Onion Pot and the name of the first shop opened by Honest Ed Mirvish.
The shows run from May 28th to July 10th, 2016.
610 Markham St. Toronto
Open daily from 12pm – 7pm
Whenever I visit my hometown, my first stop after the airport is either Coney Island, McKellar’s Confectionery or the aptly named Thunder Bay Restaurant. You see, there’s this thing Thunder Bay has about coney sauce. Anything you order can be served with a huge helping of gravy, and yes, they pour it all over the burger too, in fact, over everything on your plate. And the burgers and hotdogs always have the most delicious coney sauce, ever! Locals love to debate which place has the best. You can even buy it in jars at the local farmers markets.
There’s nothing like it anywhere. Some of the confectioneries drawn on the map still have lunch counters and serve french fries in paper bags! The best!
Here’s a close-up of the part of town I lived in:
I’ve only included places that are still in business. The places I frequented as a kid are long gone
Inside the McKellar Conf. Note the portrait of Gus Kelos on the wall, by Thunder Bay artist Ray Swaluk. Gus would balance dogs on his arm as he readied them for customers. Legendary!
Westfort essentials: Coney Island and The Salsbury Grill. What I remember most about Coney Island is their phone number – it was almost the same as my parents. We frequently received calls!
Merla Mae is another favourite!
Thunder Bay’s cuisine is not limited to this coney stuff, either. I’ve done a lot of work based on the other local delicacy, the persian:
I have many more projects about my home town in the works!
The original sign, on the left, is disappearing from Toronto parks.
I love this old “Do Not Litter!” sign, once commonly seen around city parks in Toronto. I thought I’d have a go at redesigning it with my new style and incorporate my new, as of yet unnamed typeface. The squirrel in the new sign has obviously read the sign and isn’t making a mess.
I’m really putting my little half-pint milk bottle illustrations to work! These vintage-feeling hand-sewn tea towels, spelling out MILK three times are now available in my Etsy shop. I photographed these on a little outing to Guildwood Park in Toronto.
Lait is French, for milk
Available in French and English, from my Etsy shop.
Silver lustre decal on porcelain
I have finally starting to list my tiles on Etsy, starting with this one.
I’ve added a cork backing to prevent scratching on surfaces
I’ll be listing them one by one, so check out my store often!
Love those carnival milk bottle props!
I’ve always loved old milk bottles, have a few lying around my studio. It was about time I drew some! A few posts back I showed the milk bottle art I created for rcboisjoli’s cheese platter, and now I have released my own milk bottle print – in shiny reflective silver! and a very deep dark blue ink (almost black!). Looks nice in this old barn board frame, no? More milk bottle themed work to come! Stay tuned.
Looks easy here, but several extra steps are involved when heat setting silver foil onto a print
Visit my Etsy Store for more photos.