Academy of Lions General Store -
Store of the week!
Academy of Lions General Store -
OPENING LAUNCH PARTY FOR THE AoL // GENERAL STORE
‘An experiential retail location selling design work and art by Toronto’s emerging’
An ongoing project curated by Tinsel & Sawdust
Mandy Ridley | Janna Watson | Amy Markanda | Katrina Tompkins
June 15th, 2012 7pm – 11pm
64 Ossington Ave.
RSVP only – by joining the facebook event page or emailing email@example.com
Come for our first launch featuring Toronto based:
Tomas Rojcik | Victor Coelho | AS Vukovich | Fugitive Glue | Kurt Limeback | Nico Soule | C.R. Fieldhouse | Amy Keeler | Karcass | Joel Tellier | Lauren Treed | Take To The Sea
FOOD from HOT MESS HALL +
MUSIC from DJ AGAY +
DRINKS from KATIE RITCHIE
For more information on Tinsel & Sawdust and the Academy of Lions // General Store visit:
In partnership Academy of Lions and Tinsel & Sawdust have outﬁtted the General Store (64 Ossington Ave.) which retails work by Toronto based designers / makers / artists.
The General Store also functions as a cafe, healthy grocer, vintage and apparel retailer, and more to come.
This is how it works:
Visitors are invited to experience and use the design collection (including all furniture, lighting and seating) during their stay. If a visitor would like to purchase any design goods it will be ordered as a custom commission through the maker, with total customization available.
The display collection will turn over 2-3 times annually. Floor models will be sold at a discounted price at that time to make room for the new collection.
Tinsel & Sawdust accepts submissions for participation in a collection on an ongoing basis. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
He took it to the next level and studied woodworking at The North Bennet Street School in Boston.
In June of 2007 Victor and family moved to Toronto, where he immediately began his first woodworking project as a repatriated Canadian. The interiors at Delux (www.deluxrestaurant.ca), as well as all the other renovations took six months, and in January 2008 Victor and wife, Chef Corinna Mozo opened Delux Restaurant at 92 Ossington Ave. (yum)
Victor shared a few tiny woodworking shops around the city before recently setting up in the Junction, at 224 Wallace Ave.
“One of my favorite parts of working on a piece is when the basic construction process ends, and the careful fine tuning, fitting, sanding, and hand planing begins. It’s at this point that the natural figure of the wood begins to emerge, and it’s beauty begins to define the piece just as much (or more so) as the physical shape of it does.”
We say ‘Wow, Victor.’
The Tinsel and Sawdust team really dig lighting. That’s why we are super excited to have this recent addition of handcrafted lighting fixtures from Toronto based Designer Tomas Rojcik. Pendant 45 is made of ash wood, acrylic, aluminum, steel, led’s, and wire.
Pendant 45 works best in a cluster but also can be displayed individually. The Ash wood has been sandblasted and painted black to reference the most primitive source of light, fire. The LED’s used in the light are not only extremely efficient and are also rated to burn for 12 years. That’s alot of lightbulb diversion to the landfills.
Check out Tomas’ and our amazing local design talents at the new Academy of Lions General Store!!!
By Andrew Sardone
Every year a few overachievers like Katrina Tompkins take on a heap of Design Week projects. The furniture maker has a piece in Capacity (Take 5, page 30) and has already participated in Toronto Design Offsite’s PechaKucha Night and the Design Exchange’s Making It talks.
When I met up with her at her garage studio tucked behind the Dufferin Mall, though, the project that got her giddiest is an installation in collaboration with painter Janna Watson at the Gladstone for its Come Up To My Room exhibition (page 28).
“I’ve been waiting five years to do this,” she says, admitting that the anticipation has made sticking with one concept tricky. Tompkins describes the final space in room 212 as a playful and conceptual mix of elements, including a rug inspired by one of Watson’s canvases, boards that have been burned, sandblasted and painted, and curls of orange wood chips.
After CUTMR closes, she moves on to an even bigger project: opening a store and café in the new Academy of Lions gym on Ossington with her Tinsel & Sawdust partners Watson, designer Amy Markanda and foodie Mandy Ridley. She calls the concept “experiential retail” and says that rather than merchandising products in a traditional way, café customers will use pieces – chairs and tables, for example – that are for sale.
“We put out a call for products from young, local makers,” she says. “We want to show people that design is actually quite accessible.”
NOW | January 26-February 2, 2012 | VOL 31 NO 22
Art – Design – Furniture – Ceramics – Textiles – Lighting – Glass – Toys – Jewelry – Objects – Oddities
Tinsel & Sawdust AND Academy of Lions are teaming up to create:
ACADEMY OF LIONS // GENERAL STORE
at Ossington Avenue and Queen St. W, Toronto
“a hybrid ʻCafe Shopʼ showing works by local Designer / Makers”
The ACADEMY OF LIONS // GENERAL STORE is a retail/exhibition opportunity for
Designer/Makers working in all mediums, offering a wide range of products. The
GENERAL STORE will function as a cafe and hub to the expansive community that
occupies the 9000 sq.f. building.
The concept: Objects are integrated into the daily function of the cafe, creating an
experiential retail environment. Cafe patrons can ʻlive withʼ the staged objects on
display during their time at the cafe and can then opt to either purchase objects off the
floor or commission the designer/maker for a remake. There will also be shelving in the
cafe for display of light duty objects like cards, jewelry, etc.
Designer/Makers are invited to submit finished works or create new work to meet the
demands of the space.
Designer/Makers are encouraged to use locally sourced materials, local services,
Canadian made equipment and recycled goods to create their work, with a clear intent
of natural and honest design. Since the work will be ʻtestedʼ by users on a daily basis,
we encourage you to create works that can age well, that are strong and sturdy.
KEY IDEAS: reclaimed wood, metal, thickness, strength, utility, rustic charm, vintage
mountaineering, communal, industrial, winter boots, Toronto.
A collection of new works will be selected seasonally and launched with quarterly
Exhibition Openings, meaning the space will be constantly evolving with works coming,
going, and selling.
[ Examples of how contributors’ works will be used:
a potter submits 20 mugs, 10 of the mugs are in cafe circulation and 10 are on
display. a metalworker makes a coat rack that a customer purchases right off the
floor. a textile artist makes 6 pillows, 2 are on the sofa, 4 are on display. a furniture
maker shows their prototype and makes custom orders on demand]
All works will be on consignment. As with gallery representation, a portion of the profits
will fund and advertise the project. Details of the terms and a contract will follow.
dates, contact and important information:
please send up to 5 images of finished work or proposals and a brief about yourself/
team by December 20th for consideration in the Winter 12 Collection. We will confirm
your participation by December 23rd and send a contract of terms and agreements.
Keep in mind works will have to be delivered onsite January 10th and 11th.
If you would like direction with required items please include this request in your email.
High demand items include seating, tables, lighting.
please send information to: email@example.com with a subject that
describes your submission(s), ie: Rug, or Desk Lamp
about The Academy of Lions:
The Academy Of Lions was founded in 2008 by life-long friends Dhani Oks and Sohail
Bastani who saw a need in our community for more traditional values in approaches to
lifestyle, health and design.
The goal of the Academy is to offer the highest quality services and goods for a thriving
metropolitan community. Our focus is on providing fitness through traditional
athletics; nutrition through local and sustainable sources; lifestyle goods from
local artisans and designers.
The Academy is a staple of the west end community and will further grow in 2012 with a
move into a new 3 story, 9000sf home at Ossington and Queen. This new location will
reflect the values and aesthetics of the neighbourhood. It will feature a street level
“General Store” that will operate as a cafe/social space and offer foods, furniture,
fashions and artisan lifestyle goods. 200-300 people will come through the space on a
daily basis and everything in the space can be interacted with and purchased; making it
a “Functional Gallery” for artisan goods.
The Academy Of Lions fitness and health space is devoted to high quality athletics that
is suited to every lifestyle and pursuit. The space is reminiscent of old-fashion
gymnasiums, and the raw, natural feel makes it a unique environment to train in. Also,
The Academy of Lions facilitates various youth and community focused projects.
about Tinsel & Sawdust:
A multidisciplinary collective of people who are interested in work which improves the
quality of life of both maker and user. Focused on locality, good design and integrity,
Tinsel & Sawdust is MADE IN TORONTO.
The LIONS // GENERAL STORE project will be co-curated by Katrina Tompkins
(furniture/wood), Janna Watson (art, sculpture, textiles), Amy Markanda (design and
fabrication) and Mandy Ridley (food and culture).
Thank you for your submissions. We look forward to showcasing
what you (Toronto’s wildly talented creatives) can do.