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‘Tis the season for Christmas shopping - Portobello East has something for everyone on your list
Queen Street’s favorite fashion and art market serves up some great holiday gift ideas on November 29th, and again on December 12th and 13th
By: Michelle Calvert
Held at the Burroughes Building at 639 Queen Street, from 12pm - 6pm - also showing on December 12 and13 - Portobello East is about showcasing Toronto’s new artists and designers. The market is a one-stop-shop for shoppers looking for original gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season.
“Our clients come in looking for something more original than mass produced. We have a diverse collection of artists and designers that appeal to everyone’s tastes – it’s the perfect place to pick up a one-of-a-kind piece or unique gift,” says Carlie Smith who has been successfully running Portobello West in Vancouver and Calgary since ’06 and now running Portobello East in Toronto. “The market is committed to supporting young and emerging designers, artists and artisans – it also allows customers to engage directly with the makers of the products and art work.”
As part of our VIP media preview, please enjoy delectable chocolate cakes from Toronto’s own Cocktails by Gateau who is a new breath in the pastry world. Offering modern and classic hybrid creations featuring France’s old world flavours made with artisanal liqueurs, North American inspired combinations and fresh ingredients sourced locally. The goal is to capture the essence of today’s cocktail and cupcake culture along with chocolate decadence and beautiful fruits in a mosaic of imaginative desserts.
Please join us for a VIP Media Preview on Nov. 29th from 12-1pm
Doors open: 12PM – 6PM
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Taking a cue from the latest local art and fashion trends; Carlie Smith says the coming season is about the desire and appreciation for original and unique pieces. Check out some of these artists’ must-have items:
If your style is contemporary, check out the original paintings from Anne-Marie OlczakInspired by the shores of lake Ontario, her pieces are simplistic in composition but bold in color. The Changes in Fall Sky (Original Acrylic Painting on Wood Panel) is a must have.
If you are nostalgic at heart, enjoy a one-of-a-kind collage from Girl Can Create artist Lisa PijuanNomura. Each piece uses handwritten letter, original photos, and vintage ephemera from 1881 to 1960.
For those with a wilder side, look for Sean Chappell's fine art and Illustrations. These graphic images are for those who have a macabre or dark sense of humor.
About Portobello East: Within two years of the creation of Portobello West in ‘06 in Vancouver, BC, Carlie Smith – creator – extended her market to Calgary and Toronto. After research, Carlie found there are several Art and Craft markets in Toronto, but nothing that caters to the younger generation - 20’s to 40’s. This prompted the creation of Portobello East. Both markets - East and West - are non-funded, community focused events. The markets reflect the concepts of other more established markets such as Bondi Markets, Paddington Markets and London’s Portobello Road Markets, all known throughout the world for serving as launching pads for some of the most successful young creative talents in recent years. Toronto now has a successful market where like-minded individuals and partnerships can showcase their work, network with other small business owners and most importantly sell their goods.
To RSVP, please contact: Michelle Calvert, firstname.lastname@example.org , 416.640.5675. This is on an invite basis only. Space is limited. For more information on the event, go to: www.portobelloeast.com