Born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies and maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. With a self described genre of “contemplative folk”, Noah’s introspective nature is immediately apparent, felt through honest and poetic lyricism alongside aesthetic musical arrangements.
Hosted by Toronto's First Post Office, and booked by Side Door.
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.
Join us for a day of paper fun! In this easy bookbinding class, students will learn the tools of the trade and 3 easy, softcover bookbinding techniques. Everyone will leave with 3 finished notebooks using these newly acquired techniques. Suitable for beginners.
- This workshop is adult only.
- Sharp tools are used in this class.
- If you require glasses to see small details, be sure to bring them!
Our facilitator, Carolyn Eady, is owner/artist of Sprouts Press and holds a BFA from OCAD. With the intention of studying drawing and painting, she fell in love with papermaking, printmaking and book arts. After winning student awards for her art books and studying fine art overseas, she followed her dreams: Sprouts Press was born!
Currently, Carolyn is a full time bookbinder/book artist and printmaker, teaching bookbinding workshops in Ontario. She also sells her work online, at various shows and select shops. For more, follow her blog: sproutspress.com.
Join us for an evening of fright at Toronto’s First Post Office!
Discover the old town’s haunted history and hear creepy stories guaranteed to get you into the Halloween spirit. Warm yourself with hot cocoa and snack on treats by candlelight as you learn about Halloween traditions in the town of York during the 1830s. Then, brave the darkness as we head into the city to explore ghostly haunts, and hear tales of dread and mystery from those who walked Toronto's streets before us.
October can be chilly so please make sure to bundle up and dress according to the weather!
In this workshop artist Jennifer Fryer will teach you step by step to create a beautiful watercolour galaxy painting. In the process of making your painting, you will learn how to use concentrated watercolours, masking fluid, as well as how to highlight and finish off your masterpiece.
You’ll end the day with a beautiful painting you can take home, as well as a good filling of watercolour knowledge you can use to experiment and play with your newly mastered medium!
Watercolour is a wild and unpredictable medium, but don’t be shy, come pick up a brush and try it out!
What will we cover?
Step by step, artist Jennifer Fryer will guide you through creating a beautiful watercolour painting. In the process of making your painting, you will learn how to use and control watercolours with a “wet-on-wet” technique and masking fluid, concentrated watercolours, as well as how to use a variety of salts in your work.
Who will be teaching?
Jennifer Fryer is a freelance artist and educator based in Toronto with a degree in Illustration. She studied at OCAD U (Toronto) and ESADSE (France), and she has collaborated with the ROM, RBC, National Post, and has been featured in the Toronto Star, and on Breakfast Television Toronto. Her hobbies include listening to podcasts, coffee, and sketching people on the subway.
You can find her work on instagram @jvfryer and at www.jvfryer.com
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.