Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MY HOT BOX WEEKEND at SCADDING COURT!

Howdee!
Yup - I made it through the weekend! It was touch and go for a while!
Lemme tell you all about it....
My friend and fellow artist Cindy Scaife rented a shipping container for the weekend.
Yes....like the ones they use for human trafficking.
BUT IT WAS NOT AT ALL LIKE THAT!
This shipping container was outside of Scadding Court Community Centre at Dundas and Bathurst.
It was kind of part of the Market 707....

We decided to call it S.P.O.T. (Summer Pop-up of Toronto):


We were thinking we may hashtag ourselves into gettin' some of that sweet sweet PanAm business.......although I am beginning to think that the only business that is benefiting from PanAm IS PanAm......
ANYWAYS, here are some photos from my hot and sweaty weekend
(which I know sounds like a porn name - BUT IT WAS NOT AT ALL LIKE THAT)!

So you start with this:

and turn it into THIS:

Here we go......I LOVE THIS VENUE. A great alternative to a tent!!!!
BAM!!! It looked great - and was such an easy load in!
I was showing off my new rack.
NICE RACK HUH??

Cindy's work looked great in the box!
On the Thursday we had a visit by Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, which was great!! 
Nice to get noticed a bit!

Rob: Duuuuuuuh
Here I am showing off my prints.........
That was the highlight of our day.....oh except our DELICIOUS COFFEE drink from http://www.cookiemartinez.com --- I was hoping to go back on Saturday for another treat....but sadly Cookie was closed.....I cried......but make sure you stop to see her........YUM!

The next day started great - I FINALLY got to ride on one of the new streetcars! I had a bit of a Sheldon from Big Bang moment with my train nerdiness!!!!!

That is a small dog - not a black cat crossing my path.......
ALTHOUGH......the cat would explain more.....
Look! Balloons.....signs......excitement!
Okay 2 outta three??
But then the RAIN CAME.......and.......
....the balloons began to deflate.....
....and my attitude did too!

Yup....Day 2...in the POURING RAIN....we are hitting the deals out of the park...
or other baseball references...you know I have NO IDEA... 

This was in the bathroom in Scadding Court.
I WAS SO UPSET!
I had brought ALL my lacy delicates to wash out!
THANK GOODNESS the rain lasted only a day....and we were pretty sheltered from it in the container.....actually in that way it was BRILLIANT!!!
THE NEXT DAY WAS SUNNY......and also....

Things still looked great in the container....until....
Then late in the day....this happened:

"Poor Rob has passed away from heat exhaustion. To honour his memory, and help support his widowed husband, you can come out to the SPOT (Summer Pop-up Of Toronto) @ 707 Dundas St W (outside Scadding Court Community Centre) TODAY until 7pm ‪#‎TooHotInTheHotTub‬ ‪#‎coolart‬ ‪#‎Market707‬"

Now, I was hoping for a HUGE social media storm to bring the people out....like:


ALAS.....it wasn't meant to be...even despite my best hashtagging:
#robisdead
#RobIsDeadNoFoolin
#RobLives
#toohotinthehottub -- which I realized many people don't remember......so I give you this:


ANWAYS. I didn't die.
Time to chill out....well...not LITERALLY.....
....and speaking of 'literally' there was a moment when 2 girls were looking at Cindy's art and having the following conversation.....

(girls run to Cindy's display of art)

GIRL 1: Oh Mah Gawd, these are, like, so great!
GIRL 2: Ya
GIRL 1: Like, I totally love these so much. I like, literally am gonna buy one.

(girls immediately exit - having bought NOTHING)

THE END

SO THAT WAS SATURDAY! OPPRESSIVELY HOT......but that kinda weather can't last....can it???
Oh I forgot to mention, our food for the day highlight......
MMMMMMM..........crêpes!

Banana, Peanut Butter, Nutella Crêpe!
 We got these from the delightfully entertaining Marc at Nom Nom Nom Crêpes
 ...and yes....I also had the poutine.....voted the best in Toronto.....

 Go by and tell him Rob and Cindy sent you......and after he says 'who?'......just say "NEVERMIND.....poutine me!" YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! NOM NOM NOM!!!

So that was day 3!!! And day 4 - the final day started like this:
 and like this:
That's right folks...both HOT and wet!!! 
It is a dream forecast!!! 


The truth is, it only rained for maybe 20 minutes, just enough to cool it down irritate me!
;-)
But what was worse - was that CP24 was saying "stay home in your air conditioning" ALL FREAKING DAY!!!! That is super helpful-- thanks for that!
OKAY...and my last complaint.......
......there was a pool LITERALLY right behind us!
TAUNTING US!!!
And what made it especially unbearable was the fact that all the young hipsters were just sitting in the sun AROUND the pool - look below:

YES! I know it is kinda Pedo-y to be taking photos of people at a pool....BUT.....
SERIOUSLY!!! WHAT GIVES!!???
There was a line up to get in, so that you could cool off....
IN THE SUN - ON THE DECK OF THE POOL!???
Explain to me how one cools off IN THE BLISTERING SUN?
I found myself screaming "GET IN THE GOD FORSAKEN POOL ALREADY!"
(Okay, maybe it was in my head - but it was LOUD!)
Rant over with.
Later I also noticed that all of Toronto looks kinda the same......just add a streetcar!


West
 PUT A STREETCAR ON IT!
East
In our downtime, I hired an OCA graduate to do artistic chalk renderings around the Pop-up
X marks the spot for DEALS DEALS DEALS!

There she is, working hard for the first time all weekend!
(That comment will get me in trouble on Facebook!)

 Thankfully all ended well.....and with watermelon!!!
TAA DAA!
So, that was the big weekend.
HOT.
WET.
FUN. FUN. FUN.
Thanks to all the great vendors at Market 707 that ruined my diet -- including:
NOM NOM NOM CREPES
COOKIE MARTINEZ
PETIT NUAGE
OH MY LARD

And thanks to the SCADDING COURT COMMUNITY CENTRE for hosting us!
Thanks also to CINDY SCAIFE for keeping me company all weekend long with her remarkable fine art and her remarkably silly stories!
Finally thanks to all of you who made it out this weekend - I REALLY appreciate it!
See you at the next show!



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