Show Off @ the Junction 2011 comes to a close

As Show off @ the Junction 2011 comes to a close, we would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who participated in creating this successful event. After hearing all the positive feedback, we are happy to announce that Show Off will now be an annual event! If you would like to get involved for the 2012 event, drop us a line or watch this space for more information.

To see photos of the street party, go to the Mason Facebook page

Show Off @ the Junction Street Party

The street party launch for Show Off @ the Junction happened on October 21, 2011 and it was a huge success! Hundreds came out to enjoy the incredible window displays and the parties thrown by each of the participating retailers. Stay tuned for photos of the event to be posted in the next few days. Thanks to all who came out – you made this an amazing evening!

Show Off @ the Junction

Toronto-based design firm Mason is hosting Show Off @ the Junction; an event where local designers and artists are let loose on Junction shop windows to create jaw-dropping installations which showcase the amazing retailers and product the community has to offer.

The event, which includes 12 retail shops and art galleries on the strip of Dundas St. W, west of Keele, unites over 20 designers and artists providing an opportunity to create conceptual spaces all the while supporting independent business owners and their unique product.

The event runs October 18th-30th, 2011 with a street party on October 21st, 2011 from 7pm to 11pm where shops and galleries will keep their doors open with unique offerings in support of the event. Owners will be on hand to chat about their unique goods alongside the artists and designers who will reveal the secrets and stories behind their installations.

Meet the Designers

Jeff Palmeter: A residential stylist and designer, Jeff also has many years experience in retail merchandising and window display marketing for an international retail corporation. He has worked on room-makeover television series’ Divine Design and Colour Confidential and also has experience with interior design photo styling for various print media (Home & Decor, Reno & Decor, Canadian Living, Chatelaine, House & Home, National Post)

Joanna Ferraro: Joanna Ferraro is a Toronto based photographer and painter. Working with designers and private clients, Joanna creates large-scale custom pieces for any space. Joanna also exhibits her only projects yearly. Recent exhibitions have been at Atelier 688 and The Department.

Julie Chapman: Julie is an interior designer with extensive experience in residential, retail and hospitality design. She is also an award winning designer who has created branded environments, event concepts and graphics for an international experiential marketing agency. Julie recently started her own design firm, Julie Chapman Design.

Christine Kim is an artist and teacher with a background in fine arts and art education. Her artwork speaks to a haunted beauty that explores themes of darkness and light, fullness and emptiness, boundaries, edges, shadows and light that are filtered through forest canopies. Her paper-cuts become airports of dust, light and shadow.

Lesley Look Hong’s diverging fascinations lie in contradiction, confusion, and the anticipation of the unexpected as much as simplicity, order and quietness. A secret crush for personal histories, foreign adventures, the prehistoric past, and post-human alike, informs her design process that highlights the texture of human interaction and experience. She draws from a background in anthropology, industrial design and yoga.

Diana Watters, Bradley Marks & Jennifer Nicevski each bring a distinct perspective and design sensibility to their work. Having met in design school, this trio are looking forward to combining their unique strengths and collaborate creatively once again.

1point0 Interior Design Consultants is a boutique design firm that launched in 2009 and takes on premiere commercial and residential projects. 1point0 is headed by two principals, Diane Paz and Warren Gyulay who’s partnership offers the perfect balance of intuitive design, international experience and project management. The studio endeavours to transform space with forward thinking design.

Nivek Remas is collaboration between two interior design partners, Kevin Chan and Samer Shaath. Meeting first at Ryerson School of Interior Design, Samer and Kevin now specialize in retail, hospitality and residential design. Having worked under some of the largest interior designers in the industry, including Yabu Pushelberg and Burdifilek, Samer and Kevin have worked on a multitude of award winning projects around the world.

Studio 1:1 Kira Varvanina and Edward Lin received their Master of Architecture degree from Carleton University in 2007. Since then they both pursued the career in architecture and installation art and founded a multi-disciplinary Studio 1:1 workshop. Although young, Kira and Edward have already established themselves as innovative thinkers who are not afraid of technological challenges and full scale construction. Their recent projects were exhibited at the Come Up To My Room, Artist Project in Toronto and Le Festival Mode & Design in Montreal.

archiTEXT is a multi-disciplinary design consultancy and creativity think tank comprise of a team of eclectic, dynamic and creative young people who use design and creativity as tools for discourse, impact and to engage the public. Things we value include: art – any art, making something out of nothing, blank surfaces and open minds. We focus on designing environments that can engage, cultivate and encourage conversation. We support idea and creativity incubation, innovation in design thinking, communities and design. Our work uses conceptual art, film, advertising, installations, publishing, policy, charrettes and other forms of media to engage the most diverse audience we can through creative and thought-provoking endeavours. We research, think, explore, create, design and play.

Julie McNicol graduated an Interior Design program with high honours at the International Academy of Design and Technology after completing a four year economics degree at McGill University. She began her career at Gluckstein Design Planning Inc. in 2004 where she worked on residential and commercial design projects including the Four Seasons Toronto Sales Office. She continued her career at Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. Julie currently continues her dynamic design career as a proprietor of her own company completing projects in Yorkville, The Beach and Bloor West Village.

Amanda McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and installation. Since graduating in 2007, she has participated in national and international exhibitions and has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto and at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. This fall, McCavour will be participating in the Toronto International Art Fair this fall with Lonsdale Gallery and will be showing an installation in the fair’s Open Space Installation section.

McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations by sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water. She is interested in the vulnerability of thread, it’s ability to unravel and its strength when sewn together. Using thread as a drawing tool, her recent work has been informed by scribbles, spirograph drawings and cut paper snowflakes.


As a child, Micah Adams enjoyed creating maps while exploring local forests. Originally from Nova Scotia, Adams began his formal art training at John Abbott College Cegep in Montréal and later received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in Halifax. Since moving to Toronto in 2008, he has completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s metal studio and in the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture’s Macaulay house.

As an artist Adams is a collector of objects as much a maker of objects. His practice engages a playful balance between: humour and formal issues; size and perception of scale; and longevity versus ephemerality; and how these relationships inform value of work.


With a focus on Studio Art and Art History, Julia Vandepolder earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Guelph in 2009. She recently won the Founding Chairman’s Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE) and completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Centre. Vandepolder has been continuously exhibiting at public and private galleries across Ontario and her work is featured in several private collections. Julia Vandepolder maintains a full-time studio in Caledon.

Initially pursuing digital media and animation at Seneca College, Brian Harvey continued his studies in painting and drawing at Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, The Art Centre – Central Technical School and he is currently pursuing a degree at OCAD University, Toronto. He has been exhibiting extensively for over a decade and has devoted himself to painting full-time since 2007. Brian Harvey lives and works in Toronto.


Jenn Hannotte is an interior stylist collaborating with Micah Lenahan at Russet and Empire where she runs her design studio . She has a BA in Multimedia Studies, and an MA in Museum Studies. Her aesthetic stems from the Everyday, and the ideas of place, home, and the narratives we create with objects we love. She sides with craft and concept, and works to cultivate personality and honesty in her work, which has been featured in Design Lines Magazine, and on several blogs, including Remodelista, Apartment Therapy, and the Marion House Book to name a few. She lives with her two daughters in the West-End of Toronto.


Meet the Retailers

Eclectic Revival offers some of the finest period antique lighting available anywhere. They also make their own original lighting designs often created from reclaimed or re-purposed objects which are transformed into functional pieces of art. The showroom offers an array of chandeliers, wall scones, outdoor lighting, floor and table lamps as well as repair services. Styles offered include Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Victorian, and Industrial designs from the early 1900’s to present.

3075 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON
M6P 1Z7
(416) 766-5500

Discover the IZ Collection. An adaptive clothing line created by Canadian Fashion Designer, Izzy Camilleri. This new and revolutionary line of fashion has been specifically designed for a seated clientele. Much time, research and innovative thinking has gone into each and every piece – created with both function and fashion in mind. The transformed cuts of the collection have been developed for the sitting position of a disabled person, which not only follows the line of the body, but also eliminates fabric bulk from front, sides and back. The design features of this contemporary yet classic collection make dressing effortless for both wearer and assistant. These must-have modern basics are ready-to-wear.

2955B Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
M6P 1Z2

Metropolis Living is a home décor store devoted to industrial loft-style living. Located in The Junction neighborhood of Toronto, we collect salvaged materials, recondition them for sale, or repurpose them into signature pieces.

2989 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6P 1Z4

Mrs. Huizenga is not your traditional design shop. Era’s, textures and lines compete for your attention in a rush of color and pattern. Not as much a design shop as where the designers shop. Roncesvalles Village and now open in the Junction at Keele and Dundas.

387 Keele St
Toronto, ON M6P 2K9
(416) 604-4286

As a forum for creative living, Narwhal fosters a commonwealth between awareness, interaction and appreciation. They established their first gallery in 2004 as part of Magic Pony and expanded to open Narwhal as an independent project space in 2008. Working as cultural mediators, Narwhal builds engaging relationships between artists, collectors, and the community. Informed by an entrepreneurial spirit, Narwhal combines a commercial gallery paradigm with a focus on innovative curatorial projects.

2988 Dundas Street W.
Toronto, ON
M6P 1Z4

Building on 15 years of expertise in Toronto’s high-end optical industry, local optician and vintage frame aficionado Jordan Paul has opened an independent optical boutique in Toronto’s historic Junction neighborhood.
Opticianado specializes in iconic unused vintage eyewear and contemporary independent designers. With an artisanal approach to eyewear, Opticianado features a state-of-the-art edging lab and expert contact lens fittings on-site.

2919 Dundas Street West
M6P 1Z1 Toronto ON

This store sells a great curated collection of used books, CDs, DVDs, Bluray discs, vinyl records, and even the occasional piece of music memorabilia at great prices. They also buy used books, CDs, LPs and DVDs. This jewel of the Junction has been serving customers from all over Toronto since 2000. In December 2009 the store renovated and expanded to their record selection.

2862 Dundas St West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M6P 1Y8
(416) 769-5257

The showroom features period Georgian to Post Modern architectural salvage and garden statuary.
The inventory includes architectural salvage alongside reclaimed antique curiosities.

Vintage Wall Maps on wood rollers (1940 to 1970). Garden Statuary and reliquary from diverse eras.
Architectural detail salvaged from commercial buildings, houses of worship and residences including leaded glass windows, corbels, vintage hardware, fireplace mantels, lighting and decoration.

2869 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON M6P 1Y9
(416) 913-4243

Purveyors of fine goods of this great nation and abroad

390 Keele St
Toronto, ON
M6P 2K8
(416) 649-0042 ‎

SMASH is a Toronto-based business founded in 2008. It operates from a 4300 square-foot showroom in the city’s west end. Owner Paul Mercer is an art history graduate with a long background in antiques, art, and salvage. The business is a well-regarded and inspiring source of high quality vintage materials, furnishings, and fixtures.

2880 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8
(416) 762-3113

After a decade and a half working as a Network Producer at CBC and Global Television, in 1995, Kim Gertler launched his venture, Radar Media Company. His writing and production clients include: The Economist, Time Out London, Appleton Jamaica Rum, Discovery Channel, BRAVO!, High Times, Outpost Magazine, CTV Travel, The Globe and Mail and Constellation Wines & Spirits. Kim also helmed two of Canada’s top digital media festivals: nextMEDIA and ICE.

Kim is currently writing and producing a multi-platform wine education program and is a frequent contributor to the Shelf Life column in The National Post.
Together with Sharlene Rankin at Telephone Booth Gallery, Kim Gertler will curate the window installation at Radar Media Company.

3122 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
M6P 2A1

Telephone Booth Gallery exhibits contemporary Canadian art and fine craft with a focus on emerging artists working within a critical art practice.

3148 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
M6P 2A1
(647) 270-7903