Matthew Barber at the P.O.

Matthew Barber at Toronto's First Post Office, Saturday, February 2, 8:00pm - 11:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), $20, tickets available via Side Door

Join Toronto singer-songwriter Matthew Barber for an intimate evening of song at Toronto's First Post Office in Toronto, ON.

More about the event:
Matthew Barber is a singer-songwriter from Toronto who has released eight studio albums and toured extensively across Canada with inroads into Europe, the US, Australia and China. Equally at home as a solo performer or with a band, Barber’s music is inspired largely by the great songwriters of the 20th century North American folk/blues/rock’n’roll and country tradition. Following his Gary Louris-produced Big Romance (2014) and Juno-nominated collaboration with sister Jill on The Family Album (2016), his new album marks Barber’s confident return to producing himself, with veteran Ken Friesen handling the engineering duties.

The introspective, first person narrative voice that has become a hallmark of Barber’s writing is further developed and refined on this new collection of songs that explore themes of love, commitment, purpose, fulfillment and meaning. Throughout, Barber’s delivery is honest and direct in a style that tips its hat to the golden era of 70’s singer-songwriters, yet remains uniquely his own. His new album Phase Of The Moon came out earlier this year.

Soap Making Workshop

Introduction to Soap Making Workshop, Thursday, February 7, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), Town of York Historical Society Members: $30, Non-members: $35, Register at Eventbrite.

During this Introduction to Soap Making workshop, you'll learn to make soap from scratch and create naturally luxurious handcrafted soaps for your family and friends.

Over the course of an hour, you will get hands on experience, recipes, and the confidence to attempt to make soap on your own at home. We'll discuss how to develop recipes, properly use lye, mixing lye and water, different types of oils for soap making, fragrance oils and essential oils use, super fatting, colouring, molding and curing.

As an added bonus, students will take home approximately 3 oz. of the soap you made in class!

Please Bring With You:
Please dress for a mess (bring an apron if you'd like!), long sleeves, pants and closed shoes
Small towel to insulate/cover your soap
Your enthusiasm for making handcrafted soap!

Who will be Teaching?
Jessica Manger is the sole owner of Wildwoods and Lace, a small Toronto based soap company. Never in her wildest dreams did Jessica think she would be a business owner, never mind a soap maker but alas, she fell in love with making cold process soap in 2017. Jessica became so passionate about making soap that she ended up making more than she could use or give away and decided to start an Etsy account while aslso navigating retail options and teaching workshops. Jessica is a proud dog mom to a boxer named Lacy who is the inspiration (and logo!) for her business as well as her unofficial supervisor!

You can follow Jessica's work on Instagram @WildwoodsandLace.

Post-a-Letter Sunday

Post-a-Letter Sunday, Sunday, February 10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free admission - please drop in!

A free, monthly drop-in for letter-writers, bullet journallers, and all those who would like DEDICATED WRITING TIME in good company!

Hosted by our lovely stationery-smitten gals:
Jessica Lewis (The Paper Trail Diary)
Forever doomed to boasting multiple paper cuts at any given time, Jessica Lewis shares her love of books, snail mail, zines and crafts on her blog The Paper Trail Diary. The blog also features a shop, such as the zines ‘The Chain Letter Short Story Project’ and ‘This is What It’s Like to be a Stationery Nerd.’ She loves writing to her pen pals all over the world, finding new things to make out of scrapbook paper, and reading as much as she can.

Andrea-Raymond Wong (Q&A Letterbox)
Andrea Raymond loves snail mail and stationery, so much, that she wrote a letter everyday in 2014 and 2015. Co-founder of the stationery subscription Q&A Letterbox, Andrea is always on the lookout for pretty paper. She also collaborates on Pretty Postal, organizing themed snail mail swaps.

Unless otherwise noted:
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for all workshops and ticketed events. There are no refunds within forty-eight hours of events. Please note that not all events are suited for children.

Bonus: on the day of workshops at Toronto's First Post Office, participants will get 10% off all regularly-priced merchandise in our gift shop.