BRIKA first met Toronto-based artist LeeAndra Cianci earlier this year when we came across her pop culture-infused illustrations depicting everything from Beyoncé and basketball stars to pizza and pugs. Embedded in her drawings is a decidedly heady dose of Canadiana: be it Ryan Gosling quotes, Raptors wins or Drake lyrics, there’s an undeniable Canuck quality to many of her doodles, making her a perfect candidate to illustrate BRIKA’s Toronto Creativity Crawl map.
Devised of the need for a centralized resource in which to reference the city’s workshops, cultural hubs, beautiful shops and cafes for independent creatives, the Crawl is both a handy guide and a work of art in itself, perfect for both Toronto residents and visitors alike. As the map’s legend is divided into four categories, we’ve listed one of our top picks for each, and why it warranted a coveted spot on the map.
Café: Fika – A brightly lit, Scandinavian-inspired café in the heart of Kensington Market that serves up frothy cardamom lattes, and even has a hammock to take a much-needed break when writer’s block hits.
Creative shop: Hanji – Owned by a husband and wife duo, Hanji offers up a beautiful and colorful selection of handmade, paper goods by Korean artisans.
Cultural hub: TIFF Lightbox – When not functioning as ground zero during the TIFF every September, the Lightbox has a wide variety of films on show, from Jean Luc Godard and David Lynch classics to contemporary foreign and indie flicks.
Workshop/class: The Devil’s Workshop – A jewelry store in the trendy Queen West neighborhood that also offers tutorials ranging from enamel making, silversmithing and the very popular wedding band workshop.