curious oddities

The Tall Ships Are Coming!
June 25, 2010, 7:52 pm
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If you’re in Toronto next weekend, you absolutely MUST head down to the waterfront to see and board the 14 majestic tall ships that will be docking for the Canada Day weekend. Friday night there will also be a showing the film The Bounty !

The ship pictured above is the visiting German brig, Roald Amundsen

For those wishing for a truly stylish outing,  join the Toronto Steampunk Society on Thursday night for a tour and group photos at the waterfront. Costumes are, as always, strongly encouraged.

For more information on the tall ships, visit the waterfront festival website.

And for those of you who can’t make it, don’t worry, I’ll take lots of pictures!

For those wishing for a truly stylish outing,  join the Toronto Steampunk Society on Thursday night for a tour and group photos. Costumes are, as always, strongly encouraged.

A window to the retro-future

If you find yourself in downtown Toronto, be sure to stop by Malabar Costumes at 14 McCaul Street, they currently have the most fabulous Steampunk window displays. Delightfully inspiring!

Malabar Steampunk window 1

Malabar steampunk window 2

Curious Oddities at the Bazaar of the Bizarre

Hello to all! It is time once again for the delightfully macabre Halloween marketplace, The Bazaar of the Bizarre.


Hope to see you there!

Wychcraft Market
June 12, 2009, 3:59 pm
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Curious Oddities at the WychCraft market on Saturday June the 20th and 27th. Fabulous vendors, music and food, and just down the street at the Wychwood Barns, a farmers market!

Stop by the Curious Oddities booth, and say hello! Even better, mention the name of your favorite pirate or privateer and receive $2 off your purchase!

WychCraft logoThe WychCraft Market operates from May 23rd to the last weekend in October, every Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, in Toronto, on the lawn of St. Michael & All Angels Church, at 611 St Clair Avenue West on the south side, at Wychwood Avenue.

Here is a google map to the area.

I look forward to seeing you there!

The Mushroom Studio

In a mushroom, on the edge of Toronto’s financial district, there works an artist.  Not just any old mushroom mind, but a glorious 20-foot-tall Amanita, constructed of steel, rubber, wood and foam. Delightfully magical and fanciful, the only thing missing is a hookah-smoking caterpillar.


Photo by Ben Tong

If you walk along King Street East (just a block and a bit past Yonge street) you can catch your first glimpse of the giant fungus through the gates. It sits nestled among the condos, stores and restaurants in the Toronto Sculpture Garden. The Mushroom Studio is a temporary installation and work space created by artist Katie Bethune-Leamen as part of an ongoing public art project, funded by the City of Toronto.

Past installations have included: a “real” UFO, a pioneer-style log cabin complete with a forest and a plexiglass and aluminum wind tunnel blowing sand dunes across industrial machinery and objects- anyone remember the opening scene for the movie Hardware??


Photo by Ben Tong

Katie has may reasons for having chosen a mushroom for her piece, but my favorite came up in an interview with she states: “The reason I like them [mushrooms] is that they can be delicious and they can be deadly. This kind of instability is at the heart of any really good piece of work.”

I have included a  video interview with Katie Bethune-Leamen speaking to Leah Sandals (on behalf of Canadian Art) about her piece, mushrooms, and the challenges of trying to work while being on exhibit.

Visit The Mushroom Studio soon! The installation will only be in place until April 15. The Toronto Sculpture Garden is located at 115 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario.