DOS Game Mini Canvas Collection 2.0

Looks like the nostalgia force is strong in the DOS gaming generation – the last batch of DOS Game tiny canvases sold out in the first half of the day at the last Bazaar of the Bizarre.

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The Spring edition of the Bazaar of the Bizarre: Circus Sideshow 2017 takes place on
Sunday, April 16 in its established home at the Pia Bouman School of Ballet and I’m back with a whole new set of itty-bitty-pixely-screens, featuring beloved characters like DopeFish, Stan S. Stanman and Purple Tentacle.


Check out a preview of the new collection here:

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MS DOS Gamer Nostalgia Series

Some of the greatest adventures of my childhood started with the C drive prompt impatiently blinking for input.

The 90s were the golden age of graphic adventures for LucasArts, Westwood Studios, Sierra and many more. These were games written by playful geeks for geeks – entertainment for the emergent technocracy that was daring, quirky and intelligent.

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To commemorate early PC gaming heroes and heroines, I’ve created this series of tiny paintings of some of my favourite DOS games.

All these will be available at the upcoming Plastik Wrap Frost Bite: Bazaar of the Bizarre on December 14th at the Pia Bouman School of Ballet and Creative Movement – 6 Noble Street, Toronto.

Preview the collection here!

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Hair adventures continued: micro-ring extensions

After years of DIY yarn dreads, LED augmented wigs, 26 different hair colours and every kind of batty hair extensions you can imagine, it occurred to me the only thing I haven’t tried is something that approximates normalcy.

What can I tell ya: I’m just not wired for vanilla.

So I decided to start last year looking like the Little Mermaid.

That seems reasonable, right?

I ended up getting wefts attached with micro rings; they were flawless after four months of wear and I had a really great experience with the Toronto pros who helped out.

If you’re contemplating getting your first hair extensions, take a look at this guide to the common materials used in the process.

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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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