Do rainy days make you feel like the bottom of a Whiskas can? We think Henri cap(t)ures these sentiments and more in the most ca(t)sual way.
Designed by our artist in residency, Bruno Billio, the Billio Room, 314 features many of the original Gladstone antiques – repurposed to create an atmosphere of nostalgic grandeur that includes modern conveniences for the contemporary traveler.
In referencing historic photographs of the Gladstone Hotel rooms and in collecting original Gladstone period pieces of furniture, room 314 attempts to envelope the guest with sensations of what was the Gladstone and what the Gladstone has come to be.
Rich Italian fabrics, with floral patterns of red, gold and fuchsia drape the two large picture windows. An enlarged copy of proposed elevations to the Gladstone, by original architect George Miller, hangs on the east wall. In contemporary contrast, a string installation seems to float along the ceiling just above the classical queen size bed like a dream catcher.
After mentoring 9 teenaged Torontonians for the last year in arts management, and having them busily working toward the Lockdown event in one of our studio spaces for the past month, we are beyond excited to see the culmination of their work tonight at Dare Night Lockdown, a spooky performance art sleepover.
The Lockdown begins tonight at 7:00pm and lasts until August 11, 10:00am
Toyin Odutola‘s portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. Born in Ife, Nigeria, Odutola was largely raised in Alabama. She received her BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2008 and recently completed her MFA (2012) at the California College of the Arts in Painting and Drawing. As described by the artist “skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness, where an individual’s subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis. From there, the possibilities of portraying a fully-fledged person are endless.”
Gladstone Bartender Stephen Eyes (above), took to the stage years ago with his interactive live late night talk show Eyes on Toronto. Featuring some of Toronto’s finest comedians, musicians, actors and more, the show was a hit and regularly packed the Gladstone Ballroom with people out for a good time.
Reviving this greatly missed talk show format, Stephen appeared Aug 6th, packing the Ballroom yet again with Eyes on Queen West. Boasting an amazing guest lineup of Ennis Esmer, Joe Dinicol, Debra DiGiovanni, Fraser Young, Vag Halen with special guests JAT and Mena Von Fleisch–it was nothing short of eye opening.
And yes, Stephen Eyes was actually tattooed live on stage. Thrust us, it was a great party.