The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is an annual festival that celebrates the unique diversity of Canada’s energetic design scene. TO DO provides exposure for the country’s most promising designers and introduces the public to the practice of design with events featuring great thinkers, practitioners and educators. Overlapping dates with the Interior Design Show, the not-for-profit festival attracts the international community to Toronto for one design filled week of discovery every January.
The event is a city-wide platform for the exhibition and engagement of independent design in Toronto, showcasing unexpected prototypes, immersive installations, and unique programming, and runs January 19-25, 2015. There are over 70 events, exhibitions and installations in this year's festival. http://todesignoffsite.com/
UPPER 751 began in 2012 as an experiment in multi-purpose, urban living that evolved to successfully merge residence, studio and gallery in the heart of Queen Street West.
We entered TODO 2014 for the chance to open our doors to Toronto’s design community and present not only our work, but also that of an amazing group of artists, designers and craftspeople drawn from our personal network. All involved were given the choice and freedom to create or select works that they felt best represented their talents.
Not knowing what to expect, given that we’re not in an established gallery or storefront and the ferocity of last year’s winter, we were thrilled to welcome hundreds of design enthusiasts from across the city and beyond.
We received nothing but positive feedback from guests and media, many of whom said they had no idea what to expect as they turned into an alley off Queen Street West, through a graffiti-covered door and up the staircase to our unconventional gallery.
The exhibition was an absolute success. Many pieces sold and Steve Wallin’s Oblique Desk received a Designlines Loves award from editor Tory Healy.
We’ve got several familiar faces back for this year’s presentation including Steve Wallin, CTON, Patterson Composites, GreatBeard, Chloe Gastinel-Cauvin, GIGI DEPT, DUDEMAN and hosts Kiran Thind & Rodrigo Andrade’s recently founded Parkdale Trading Company. We also have a few new ones to add to the ever-changing energy at UPPER 751 including Bernice Lum and DB Johnson.
Our gallery will be home to furniture, lighting, creative custom upholstery, painting, knitwork, hand-made art toys, textile art, illustration, printmaking and more, all created by local artists, designers and craftspeople.
Please join us for our opening reception on Thursday January 22, 7-11 pm. The exhibition hours are Friday January 23, 1-9 pm, Saturday January 24, 10 am-6 pm and Sunday January 25, 12-5 pm. 751 Queen Street West, side door.