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Just four weeks ago, Kate Salter was doing what most Torontonian urbanites do best–scrolling through Bunz Trading Zone. On this particular day, a post caught her eye. It was a request for groceries–specifically a banana. So struck by the the amount of Torontonians experiencing food insecurity, Kate posted an offer on the Bunz group wall to cook and share food to anyone in need, while keeping the trade completely confidential. Her post spurred a wave of requests and GoodFood Help was born. The group aims to drop fresh fruits and vegetables, packed inside an unmarked black bag, within five days of an initial request, or in 12 hours if the recipient is currently without any food source.
(Image of Kate Salter, as originally seen on She Does the City)
There has been a huge outpouring of support on Bunz and beyond, however at four weeks old, GoodFood Help is almost entirely self-funded. That’s why the Gladstone Hotel has stepped in to present the launch and fundraiser for this incredible initiative on June 20. Stop by for an epic Launch Party and Variety Show in the Ballroom. The night will be hosted by Stephen Eyes and DJ Kaleb Robertson and will feature live music, comedy, raffle prizes and an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with the Bunz community and beyond! RSVP to the Facebook event here. We sat down with the founder Kate to learn more about this amazing initiative.
Everyone on the Gladstone loves using Bunz Trading Zone. Why do you think it’s such a useful outlet to help with food insecurity issues?
Bunz Trading Zone actually started with a request to trade for groceries. The founder needed a can of tomatoes to make a pasta sauce, but didn’t have the money to buy it. By using social media, and Bunz specifically, we have the opportunity to reach people who need the service but may not have accessed a food bank before. By meeting in a neutral place and offering a discreet service, we’re able to reach an entirely new audience.
Bunz is wonderful at connecting people and helping us overcome urban isolation.
Absolutely. Our clients have ranged from your typical student on a tight budget to a former executive of a well-known Toronto company. Food insecurity can strike you at anytime–it can happen when you get an unexpected vet bill, a missed paycheck, are in between contracts etc. I’ve experienced it–even when I was gainfully employed.
(Fresh produce from Good Food Help)
When GoodFood Help launched four weeks ago, it was instantly met with a huge demand. How are you keeping up with it all?
The recent press we’ve gotten has especially increased the demand and it’s been a challenge to meet the demand. We’re almost entirely self-funded right now and even with all the support, there is a deficiency of donations in relation to the huge need we’ve seen. To address it, we started a GoFundMe campaign and planted a garden (thanks to my former neighbour who was so inspired, she went to Canadian Tire and bought everything we needed to plant it). In the last week, the harden has reaped enough produce to feed salads to 15 people.
I read that you are working on creating a template so this model can exist in different towns and cities.
Yes! We’re trying to create a model so GoodFood Help can flourish in different chapters. In Toronto there are many food services. I grew up in a small town, and I know in rural areas, these services can be harder to find. That’s where a model like GoodFood Help can especially go a long way.
We’re really excited for the fundraiser! Through door sales/raffle prizes–how will the money raised help support GoodFood Help?
A majority of the funds will go directly back into food purchase. We’re also working on developing a sustainable donation flow and connecting further with the community. We’ve been amazed by the outpouring of support from the community. I’m in awe of the Gladstone for having your support with the launch. You guys are a cornerstone of our West End community, so having you behind us really means a lot!
THANK YOU KATE! Our pleasure!
We hope you’ll come out to the GoodFood Help’s official Launch Party and Fundraiser to help this incredible cause AND have a blast. RSVP to the Facebook page and be sure to come out on June 20!
The Get School’d Workshop Series has changed the lives of many (more or less). Here Jenn from justsayjenn.com provides some cheeky commentary on the phenomenon of making your very own plant colony, commonly known as a terrarium. As she puts it: “Friendships were forged. Beer was consumed. Extra plants were bartered for and moss was exchanged. It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done.” – The Jenn Narrative
“A few weeks ago my good pal over at Golden Pouchcakes and I attended a terrarium workshop at the Gladstone Hotel. I’ve attended many events at The Gladstone: trivia nights, a 12 Beers of Christmas ugly sweater party and karaoke and I’ve always had a blast. So when I saw that they were hosting a terrarium workshop as part of the hotel’s Get School’d Workshop Series, I asked Koshka if she’d join me. I’ll admit I was extra motivated to attend because I just got a window put in my bedroom (yup, you read that correctly – ah, Toronto apartment living) and I wanted to put something fun and plant-y and alive on my new windowsill.
With a $4 pint special in (my) hand, I grabbed my terrarium ‘bowl’ and was instructed to pick three plants (I selected two succulents and one air plant) as well as some stones and figurines (jungle animals and woodland creatures and tombstones, oh my!) and coloured moss and shells and other terrarium decorating accoutrements, if you will. We took our seats (the event was sold out and space was tight) and started to build our terrariums.
Hand to god you’ve never seen a group of more self-doubting, Type-A, typical Toronto perfectionists. We’d all moan and lament over the progress of our terrariums while oohing and aahing over our neighbour’s creation. Strangers turned to strangers with complete sincerity to ask: “ok, be honest: should I have used the blue sand instead of the white sand?” or “how many shells are too many shells” or “is my moss to sand ratio wrong?” Around the room you could hear whispers of “I’ve totally fucked this up” and “I used too much/not enough moss/sand/stones/soil. I’ve ruined it!” The woman in front of me turned to her friend and pleaded for guidance – with more sincerity and seriousness than I thought possible: “This is super important: elephant or panther. Or…oh my god…..skull?”
I agonized for 10 minutes over whether to make my terrarium jungle, sahara or forest-themed. At one point I went a little dark with it, adding a tombstone and elk carcass. Then, after the addition of some pine cones I leaned towards a forest theme and never looked back. Luckily I had squirreled (pun intended) away a tony deer figurine for just such a purpose.
I literally sweat.
I fell in love with my terrarium and moments later hated it again.
I put more thought and care into this terrarium than to learning how to drive.
Koshka’s took on a sci-fi Doctor Who theme (she had brought a few figurines in from home) and while initially she was disappointed with the result, the suggested addition of some dark purple (almost maroon) sand proved to be a game changer.
Friendships were forged.
Beer was consumed.
Extra plants were bartered for and moss was exchanged.
It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done.
And in the end, I brought home a super cool terrarium that adds a great visual punch to an all white closet and windowsill. I love it.”
Recently we stumbled across Cheryl’s beautiful story while browsing comments about our School’d Workshop series on social media. Cheryl was raving about her experience at our first screen printing workshop, Screen Printsies with Drinksies. After contacting her directly we learned that the workshop literally changed her life. Here’s what she had to say:
“Since the last Screen Printsies with Drinksies Workshop… like literally just a couple weeks ago… I opened my small shop called On Twenty Ninth on Etsy and will be at my first artisan fair this Thursday selling my designs on t-shirts, tote bags and buttons. My designs are targeted to residents who live in three specific areas of my South Etobicoke neighborhood. I’ve been generating a good buzz leading up to my first launch this Thursday. The people in my neighborhood tell me they’ve been waiting along time to represent our neighborhoods on a T-shirt. I’ve also got a few pop up shops lined up as part of South Etobicoke Cultural Hot Spot.”
“The workshop taught me so much. It was literally my first time even picking up a silk screen. I love the entire process. Even the little ‘mistakes’ look cool and unique. It’s such a trial by error process, but so fun. I have a day desk job and two young kids, so I just love having this new creative outlet all my own.”
Thanks for sharing your story with us Cheryl. Follow On Twenty Ninth here.
The next Silkscreen Printing Workshop is coming up soon on June 9th! Sign up here!
If you need to get inspired learn more about the School’s Worshop Series here.
1. Inside Out Film Fest (All Weekend)
Inside Out Film Fest brings Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. This year, Gladstone Hotel’s chief alchemist Christina Zeidler closes the festival with the world premiere of her film, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist.
2. CraveTO (Friday at 5:30pm)
Imagine enjoying craft drinks and street food creations to the sounds of local DJs and you can start to get a taste of CraveTo. Vendors include El Sabor de Mama, Naansense, Oyster Boy, Chimney Stacks, Mango Pinton, Junked Food Co., Bespoke Butchers, Bombay Street Food, and Foodbenders. Muddy York, Brickworks Cider, Mill Street, Amsterdam, and Nickel Brook (639 Queen St. W.).
3. Friday Night Live: Rock the Caravan (Friday at 7pm)
Quite possibly one of Toronto’s most unique social gatherings held at the Royal Ontario Museum with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, and live music. This week, FNL celebrates Middle Eastern Archeology and the exhibit A Warlord’s Stronghold: Mystery on the Silk Road. (100 Queen’s Park
4. CBCMusic.ca Festival (Saturday)
In addition to the music performances, the festival will also highlight some of CBCs exceptional talent including a special live edition of The Debaters hosted by award-winning stand-up comedian Steve Patterson. (909 Lakeshore Blvd. W)
5. TD Echo Beach Spring Market (Sunday at 10am-5pm)
There’s nothing better to do on a Sunday morning then hit the local market. Fortunately, this Sunday the Junction Flea and TD Echo Beach present their inaugural spring market with 100+ vendors. Shop vintage, craft, clothing, jewellery, specialty foods, and more on the shore of Lake Ontario. (909 Lakeshore Blvd. W)
And don’t forget to check out the Gladstone Hotel this weekend, we’re chock-full of free events! Take a tour of our historic hotel and explore the diverse culture it has to offer. We have several galleries currently featuring Canadian photographers so, don’t miss out. Afterwards, you can grab a drink in our bar and jam out to the lively tunes of The Sugar Devils and Jackets!
Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils: Friday, May 22 8pm – 10pm
Jackets: Saturday, May 23 8pm – 10pm
Shameless Karaoke: Friday, May 22 10pm – 2am and Saturday, May 23 10pm – 2am
ART AND CULTURE
Doors Open Toronto: Saturday, May 23 12pm – 5 pm and Sunday, May 24 12pm – 5 pm
Niagara Custom Lab: May 1st – 31st, 12pm – 5pm
Contact Photography Festival: May 1st – 31st, 12pm – 5pm
$20 for General / $10 for Students (with ID)
Special thanks to Toronto Botanical Garden & Jardins de Métis! A private viewing of the exhibition will follow.
Farmers, architects, designers and urbanists discuss the intersection of landscape and urban culture.
Can landscape architecture be the driving force for creating contemporary and sustainable cities? How can it contribute to the fundamental infrastructure function and poetic materiality of what cities look like and feel like for communities? What is our urban relationship we have to the natural world? This interdisciplinary discussion brings together multiple practices who are interested in giving more prominence to the design of outside spaces and how the creative process of community engagement and natural systems fit with urban needs for shelter, recreation, sustainable food and our ever growing demands on ecosystems.
Join Michaela MacLeod (Polymétis), Paula Meijerink (WANTED landscape), Ran Goel (Fresh City Farms), and Jay Wall (STUDIO JAYWALL) in conversation with After School moderator Nicola Spunt on the subject of how landscape and design influence urban culture. The interdisciplinary panel will explore how intelligently designed outdoor spaces contribute to the vitality of our cities and community engagement with natural systems can enrich our lives and diminish our untenable demands on water, air, and soil.
Prepare yourself for Future Ruins – an evening of short films and videos exploring the theme “culture of landscape” from disparate perspectives, with real and imagined architectures, traumatic collisions of past and future, all the while pondering our moment of crisis in the newly minted era of the Anthropocene.
Come and celebrate on Earth Day!
In partnership with Pleasure Dome, curated by Iris Fraser-Gudrunas, Eli Horwatt and Melanie Wilmink
$8 for Members / $5 for Students (on Student Days)
Written by Molly McCrea.
The year is 2079 and the good lady Enterprise landed herself with a wave of trekky hysteria into the historic Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar this past November 4th (May the 4th be with you!). Shit is that a Star Trek thing? Star Wars? Ok gigs up, I ain’t no trekky yo. I mean I have fond memories of sun dappled Sunday afternoons curled up on the couch in our family living room, god that was a comfy couch, watching Star Trek with my brother. I think it would have been something that I watched because he watched it and I wanted to do everything he did (big brother worship… it’s a thing). I seem to remember having a crush on Data, possibly William Riker with that… beard of his (the beard lust started early for this one). So I guess what I am getting at, is that I went into this evening with no knowledge of Star Trek except a vague recollection of being on a comfortable couch. This seems to be a running theme of my coverage of these Gladstone events. I generally have no idea what is going on. Except for the Sex and the City trivia night, I SLAYED THAT ONE. Obviously.
Ok WAY off topic here. So Gladstone had a Star Trek trivia night and it was a really good time. Whether you know the subject matter or not, the hosts can make or break the evening and this time we had a fabulous threesome of Gladstoners leading us through the intricacies of Star Trek Trivia. Kaleb, the seasoned veteran of trivia hosting kept the evening flowing with his wit and charm. Alicia was a riot, constantly demanding lighting rounds so that she could give away candy (it was really her only prerogative). Mike rounded out the trio with his vast, galactic knowledge. I learned he put together most of the questions and let me tell you, they were diverse and definitely had the audience thinking. No easy answers from this cat.
The room had a really fun vibe, packing the front end with the usual motley crowd attracted to the Gladstone. I can attest that this was a great crew of humans as I was, as per usual, serving. I found everyone was polite, friendly and drinking enough too keep my pocket book happy (that’s right, it’s 1865 and I carry a pocket book ok?). Everyone was participating and it felt like we were in the middle of someone’s living room (on a super comfy couch, I really wonder what ever happened to that couch…) experiencing the familiar comfort of Star Trek that we all grew up with in the backgrounds (or forefronts in this crowds case) of our childhoods. The prizes were classic Gladstone and ranged from pregnancy tests (every time you guys, every time), hideous nail polish (thanks to the guys that offered it to me by the way) to dollar store bacon…. Dollar store bacon, Alicia ate it once by accident in America and she’s been hooked ever since. Just joking, I made that up. Fluffing up the story you know?
After the success of this Trekky Trivia I can hardly wait for the next one on December 2nd, which will be Fresh Prince of Bel Air Trivia. AWESOME. I can almost guarantee if you need a free pregnancy test, this will be the place to be. In West Philadelphia, born and raised…
And now you’re singing. Mission accomplished.
Well it seems as though Mother Nature has no respect for a heritage building. Yesterday a pipe burst causing a huge amount of damage to our Melody Bar and basement. Luckily no one was hurt, everyone was evacuated, and the fire department was here right away to help us assess the situation and make sure it was safe for people to return. We have a restoration team helping us but right now do not know how long it will be until the room can be re-opened.
Our hotel, Café, and Ballroom spaces are all open!
For now please keep an eye on our events page or Facebook for information about events. Acoustic Family Brunch will still be on but moved to the Ballroom for the next 2 Sundays. All other Melody Bar programming this weekend has been cancelled.
Thanks for everyone’s support and kind words on social media. We appreciate the love! 125 years young and this will not bring us down!
As we move into 2014, we can’t help but take the time to reflect and celebrate all the Gladstone goodness of 2013. And what better way than with a Top 10 list right?
That’s right, 2013 marked the 10th year of our annual alternative design event CUTMR. As always, CUTMR10 was a great success. Full of inspiring design and of course, all of you! Just thinking about it gets us beyond excited for this year’s CUTMR11 exhibition (Jan 23-26, 2014).
For the first time, we packed 10 days with 14 specially programed, pride-centric events. The results were sexy, political and proud. With World Pride on the horizon for 2014, things are only about to get gayer.
As a nod to Toronto’s short film community, we were very excited to usher in this first time jurried film fest. Offering a platform for emerging filmmakers to connect with the growing Toronto film community while gaining recognition and exposure, we’re excited to see what next year will bring to the short film screen.
Opening up 2 floors of the hotel, we creepily ushered in a REDRUM themed Halloween Party this year. For the first time, amidst tons of costumes, Daft Punk Tribute performing the best Daft Punk songs live, a hedge maze recreation, DJs, dancing and lots of other haunted happenings, we celebrated a truly spooky Halloween this year.
It was so fun last year, we decided to do it again in 2013. 12 of our favorite craft breweries and lots of friends with ugly Christmas sweaters, sampling beer and making merry. Stay tuned next year, this is definitely an annual thing.
Yup, our friends at Gallant Bikes helped us out big time this year, and hooked us up with these 2 beautiful custom bikes for our hotel guests to ride around the city. Made locally in Toronto, we are happy to have cruised through 2013 in lots of style.
This year we also welcomed in Chef Mario Paz and his exciting new menus. With tons of creativity and a lot of love for the Gladstone, Paz’s menus and culinary energy are setting us up for a very delicious 2014.
It’s not every day that one of our 37 artist designed hotel rooms gets a design overhaul. In fact, this is the first time it’s happened since the original artist designed rooms were launched in 2005! Under the vision and handywork of celebrity chef and hyper creative artist, Bob Blumer, we are still not sure if we’re dreaming when it comes to the Surreal Gourmet room.
Truly one of our biggest accomplishments yet, this year we were ranked amongst the best hotels in the world by Fodor’s in the category Home Suite Home. Recognized as an “outstanding hotel that offers a one-of-a kind stay for guests, excellent service and style”–we’ll be working extra hard in 2014 to make sure this is always true for our guests.
1. Made Lots of New Friends + Continued to Share with Longtime Community and Cultural Supporters
Like: Patty Smith, Sandra Bernhard, Scott Speedman, Chuck Klosterman, Oliva Chow, David Cronenberg, Jiggly Caliente, Danko Jones, Sean Cullen,
Rob Ford, Chris Locke, Katie Boland, Balint Zsako, Jonathan Hobin, Juliana Neufeld, Beth Lesser, Wedge Curatorial Projects, TINARS, Skin Tight Outta Sight, Great Canadian Burlesque, Pinky’s Nails, Toronto Blues Society, Shedoesthecity, Arhitext, Mammalians, Department of Unusual Certainties, Toronto Design Offsite, Akimbo, Gladstone Flea and of course–YOU!
In surmise, we feel so lucky to have spent such an exciting 2013 with you all! We are always humbled by the support and love from West Queen West and beyond and hope that 2014 will be just as happy and healthy as 2013.
See you in the New Year!