Sunday, July 29, 2007

Trip to Toronto: 401 Richmond

Friday we poked around the 401 Richmond building, as recommended by our two tourist guides, the little new Wallpaper City Guide to Toronto and the Design*Sponge Toronto Design Guide:

401 RICHMOND BUILDING

As the name suggests, this meticulously maintained former warehouse is located on Richmond St West, in the fashion district. Home to a wide variety of artists, galleries, indie media companies, theatre companies, collectives and more, the 401 is an absolute buzz of creative activity. Regular tours, sample sales, shows and gallery openings, mean it should be on every Torontonian's radar. Take a break and sip a tea on the green roof with its fantastic view of the downtown skyline.


We didn't drink any tea, but I did indulge in some fresh watermelon juice.

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I was intrigued by the VendaVision, but I suspected that it wouldn't work.

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Now I know what it was all about:

Torontonians will soon be able to enjoy a cold soda and indie art flick simultaneously through the magic of VendaVision. The vending machines, which will be stationed in several Toronto locations, dispense pop and art for a dollar--25% of which goes directly to the contributing artist. Who says you can't support Canadian film and rot your teeth at the same time? Local yokel Leif Harmsen is responsible for this madness, and is seeking not only film contributions but donations of pop machines, monitors, and DVD players.


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Gwendolyne of Gwendolyne Hats recommended we visit the building's rooftop garden, which I had forgotten about.

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Bye, 401 Richmond!

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