Bazaar of the Bizarre

The Small Arts and Crafts Market Roundup – Winter 2015

‘Tis the season of bestowal, and here is a reminder to support small local artisans and businesses, while sourcing some of the most unique and impactful gifts for your friends and family.

The One of a Kind Crafts Show starts today at the Exhibition Place and runs until December 6th (thanks for the FOURTEEN email notifications, guys).  If you’ve never attended before, check it out – it’s like a real life instantiation of Etsy, with dozens and vendors and special exhibits.

OKS may be a Toronto tradition, as is the Distillery District Christmas Market but these events are hardly exclusive; December is the month for all sorts of pop-up shops, local crafts markets and art shows.

I rounded up a couple of the events I’m really excited about in the upcoming weeks – but this is an open invitation to collaborate and promote!

If you know of another small crafts show or vendor event, please share!

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Aftermath dark electronic music festival 2015

Aftermath 2015: Toronto’s dark electronic music festival

If Terminus was Industrial Summer CampAftermath felt like an ultra distance triathlon …through a minefield!

It was so intense.

Over the course of three days, no less than twenty-four amazing acts took to the stage in Phoenix Concert Theatre.

Aftermath was a rapid-fire drill of illustrious acts, spanning many dark electronic music genres: industrial, EBM, futurepop, synthwave, noise, darkwave, aggrotech.

Aftermath Festival c. Darker Side of Light 2015
Aftermath Festival c. Darker Side of Light 2015

Aftermath is the only festival of its kind in Toronto and I’m extremely grateful to Darker Side of Light Promotions for bringing all this amazing talent to our doorstep. The 2015 edition was a mind-bending bombardment of incredible performances.

The afterparty of the festival also marked the end of a long-standing Toronto venue, Velvet Underground, and there was a lot of feeling packed into this farewell.

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Kensington market, Toronto

Goth WikiTravel – Toronto during Aftermath Festival

From the smouldering remains of Kinetik sprung Aftermath, Toronto’s leading dark electronic music festival. Between August 27 to the 30th Darker Side of Light Productions bring you no less than 24 amazing acts from around the world.

Aftermath Festival c. Darker Side of Light 2015

When we visited Calgary for Terminus Festival, I was constantly amused by all the imported freaks marauding through town.

I can only hope Aftermath will likewise bring an influx of dyed & pierced weirdos into my city. I love you guys as much as I love Toronto, and I want you to have a blast during your stay.

So this one is for you, black-clad migratory droves:

c. Vik Pahwa vikpahwa.com
c. Vik Pahwa vikpahwa.com

Toronto is a wicked city

You’ll probably hear your fair share of drunken mourning over the lost virility of our alternative scene; I’ve heard that in every single city I’ve visited and really dislike that brand of self-deprecating bullshit.

I guarantee Toronto will be a vibrant and lively experience. Trust me: walking around and alternative parties are kinda my thing.

Consider this a weird-kid tourist guide: Wikitravel Toronto the Goth Edition.

Here’s something I wish every city had: a collection of neat stuff to do and see around town, catered for the alternative demographic, in a universal geotagged platform you can access on your phone.

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Walk your city: Toronto Ireland Park

I discovered Ireland Park incidentally on one of my barefoot strolls along the lakeshore.

I will never forget that warm summer night I stumbled upon this location. To recreate the surreal experience I had, skip this post and just go there, preferably after dark.

A history of pain

In case you’ve forgotten your grade 7 history, here’s a little refresher: the Great Famine displaced almost 2 million people and killed another million.

Well, this is turning out to be a cheery post.

Toronto saw an influx of Irish immigrants in 1847 which constituted one of the young city’s first major civic crises. In the summer of that year almost 40,000 migrants landed on Toronto’s shores. To put that in perspective, the city’s population that year was about 20,000.

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DIY Wool Dreads: Because fake hair is luff

dreadfulI’ve been braiding all kinds of weird stuff in my hair since I was about 16. I’ve had synthetic dreads, wool, foam strips, bits of Rexlace, heat shrink tubing, CAT5 cables and curly phone cords in more colours than Crayola can pack. So in lieu of the scores of questions I get asked about my capillary arts and crafts projects, I thought I would post a short guide to creating a common type of extensions: roving wool dreads.

Fake hair is luff *.

Oh sure.

It’s also an arduous, pain-stakingly slow and tedious process. Regardless of your experience level a few things are certain: you will burn yourself steaming dreads, they will tangle and tear, and you will waste hours trying to correct a mistake only to have it fall apart in your hands. And after all that work, you’ll have tumbleweeds of matted hair blowing around your house for weeks after.

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The post-modem city – a photo tour of Toronto latrinalia

I’m not the first to marvel at bathroom graffiti and certainly not the last.

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Java House – Queen St & Augusta Avenue

My fascination with these writings is hardly academic. Take it from someone who has a fruity liberal arts diploma, there is no shortage of literature on the matter. There are thousands of doctoral theses on gendered studies of bathroom graffiti, structural analyses of urban stall culture, the “dialogic nature of washroom tags” and so forth.

They even have a formal name for the subject: latrinalia – which proves nothing other than the fact that there is literally no bottom to the pit of scholarly mental masturbation. It amuses me to no end that universities fund research that essentially involves sitting on the can and philosophizing.

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Must’ve been the pad thai – Java House – Queen St & Augusta Ave

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