As we’re sure you’ve heard, IDS14 is this weekend. Cool, right? Yeah… but we’ve gone there so many times we’re in desperate need of something a li’l less consumer and li’l more cutting-edge but still totally design focused. Enter Come Up to My Room, the Gladstone Hotel’s largest self-produced event which kicks off today and runs through Sunday the 26th. Toronto’s biggest alternative design event, Come Up to My Room (#CUTMR for the social folk out there) sees a slew of amazing artists/creators/craftsmen/designers transforming the historic Queen West hotel with 25 uber-swish installations. Here are three reasons you simply must git yer ass down to WQW to check it out…
Alternative Doesn’t Mean What it Used To
Yeah, back in the 90s alternative pretty much meant grunge. That’s an alternative band. He has alternative hygiene habits. That motel’s an alternative. (OK… the latter might have just been for our tryst last Tuesday.) In any case, nowadays alternative often translates to: without big corporate backing dollars. This means that you’re seeing art at altruism’s best – simply for the love of creation and showcase. Works for us!
We Like to pARTy
Come Up to My Room has a few noteworthy sub-events as part of the massive exhibition. Tonight there’s Eyes on Design with Stephen Eyes, there are Collage Parties hosted by the Collage Collective, a grand reception on Saturday evening, and a Love Design danceathon on Saturday night. Happening? Nah… she be happanen!
Canada is Cutting-Edge
We’ve been assured that one or none of the exhibits use maple syrup. Know why? Because Canada’s not just about maple syrup! We can be cool, too, okay ‘mericans? We can create with the best of ’em, and the Gladstone’s Come Up to My Room is the perfect showcase of that bold fact. Twenty-five installations by some of Canada’s top talent will be on display… many of which will likely bend the mind and eff up our perceptions of what constitutes design + culture. Take that, Kanye! That leather skirt doesn’t seem so hip now, does it?