Local art

Guitar Lessons at Bloor and Symington

Hello, my name is Greg Ryan and I'm a guitar teacher specializing in all styles and playing levels. I've performed actively around the country, have been teaching lessons for over 5 years to people of all ages - both independently and through Long & McQuade.


I teach out of my home studio at Bloor and Symington. It is an inspiring environment filled with great learning resources - a collection of instructional books, photocopier/scanner, and the ability to record.

If you'd like to learn more, call me today at (416) 455-4407 or email


Junction Triangle resident wins Canada Writes Short Story Contest

Junction Triangle resident Becky Blake has just won the Canada Writes Short Story Contest on CBC. Becky's story was selected for the top prize from more than 2400 entries. Congratulations to Becky!

Details at

SHINE Cabaret: Comedy/Theatre

Event info via Carolyn Bennett:

SHINE Cabaret

Music, dance, theatre, comedy with

Perth Avenue Public School - Home-style Craft and Gift Show

Click image to download a PDF file of the flyer.

Event details from Sharon:

CALLING ALL ARTISANS! Perth Avenue Public School is hosting the Junction Triangle’s second annual Home-style Craft and Gift Show on December 1st. Rent a table to sell your wares for only $20 and a donation to the raffle table! The proceeds from the table rentals will go back into the school council fund to support arts programming like visiting authors and dance workshops, musical instruments and art supplies. Please contact Sharon Colwell at ASAP for more information or to book your table. Space is limited!

Local Puppet Shop in the News

Check out the March 8 2012 article in The Grid about the Junction Triangle's very own puppet shop, Open Door Designs.

While those involved in puppet-making and performance are no doubt aware of how to find the shop, the stretch of Dupont where Open Door is located is a bit off the beaten path. “Foot traffic is a challenge on this strip,” says Bigham. However, this was not always the case. “Evidently, in the early ’50s this was a very commercial street,” Bigham says. “People would get on the train and come down from North Toronto—it was quite a vital neighbourhood.” And, in some ways, with the current influx of young families to the area, Bigham sees it making something of a return to its former self, saying, “the neighbourhood is changing—it’s stroller city!”
In addition to doorway theatres, Bigham also produces larger theatres for schools and libraries—”the first one was commissioned by a grade 10 teacher; now, we’re five years on and we’ve shipped to Italy and all over the states”—and sells a wide assortment of puppets both new, many of her own design and “museum quality vintage,” with the oldest dating back to the ’30s.
She’s currently working on a proposal to take over a building just down the street from her shop to open what would be the city’s only full-time puppet theatre. “I’m hoping it’ll start in October,” she says, “There’s going to be seven performances, once a month on a Sunday. We’ve got this beautiful little venue over here. Five all-ages performances, one adult and one ‘puppet slam’—an open mic for people that are serious.”

You can read the entire article online here, and be sure to look at the gallery of puppet pics.

The Junction Triangle Honey Badger Gay Club presents: The Many Slides of Rob Ford

Roy Mitchell sent the following event information. More details are available on the Facebook events page.

When: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 9:30PM to 12:30AM
Where: Boo Radley's Bar, 1482 Dupont St.

Honey Badgers and those that love us!

The Junction Triangle Honey Badger Gay Club presents

Dundas West Arts Crawl

Hello west-enders!
The Dundas West folks have another event to let you know about if you can make it out this Saturday. The residents group (Brockton Triangle Neighbours) and the DuWest BIA are co-hosting the 1st Annual DuWest Art Gallery Crawl. Come for a FREE, guided tour of the art galleries and other exhibit spaces on Dundas West.
Three (3) tours are scheduled, to begin at 12 noon, 1pm or 2pm, at Full of Beans Coffeehouse & Roastery (1348 Dundas Street West).

Joel Richardson's Mural Launch

Joel Richardson has completed his new (replacement) mural on the south side of Dupont St. between Campbell and Lansdowne Avenues. He's having an official launch celebration on Sunday October 23, 5-6PM at the mural. Here are the details from the Facebook events page:

  • Time: Sunday, October 23 · 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Location: Dupont Street Mural - Dupont West of Lansdowne
  • More Info: Wear a suit and bring a camera and help me celebrate the finishing of my mural. I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this happen, I will be giving away free limited edition commemorative buttons to everyone who attends.

Joel Richardson begins replacement mural


Joel Richardson has begun to paint his new mural on Dupont Street West of Lansdowne. You can follow the whole process on his blog @ as the artist, dressed in a tuxedo, paints a replacement to his mural erased by the City of Toronto earlier this year. The current mural was unanimously endorsed at a community meeting in August.

The artist will be keeping bankers hours at the wall for the next three weeks. Please feel free to drop by and see the progress.

Please Contact: Joel Richardson -

Green 13 hosts - Bending the Rails

Here's another opportunity to see local filmmaker Jeff Winch's documentary about the diesel train expansion around our neighbourhood.

Green 13 hosts - Bending the Rails
Sponsored by the Annette Library
Located at: 145 Annette Street
Date: Monday, September 19, 2011
Time: 6:30 pm
Running time: 45 minutes
Q & A with filmmaker Jeff Winch after the screening

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