Thursday, October 1, 2009

Parishil "Retrospective" and final sign off from the Barbershop

The Barbershop Gallery would like to thank everyone for all the support over the past year.

Alain and I feel as though the gallery was a great success and surpassed our expectations. We couldn't have made it happen without every single one of you. From the opening of the War Child exhibit in december to Anna Panchev, Beth Dyer, Carlos Weisz and of course, Parishil.

Thank you all kindly.


Adam and Alain

Here are some pics to recap...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

PARISHIL "Retrospective" September 25th

We'll be closing the Barbershop Gallery at the end of the month. Our last show "Parishil Retrospective" is work put together new and old from both Alain and I.

Come celebrate the space one last time.

Show starts 9:10pm and runs till we say so (late!)

Barbershop Gallery
1718 Queen st west
416 535 2157

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"HOBO FONT" created by Adam Hilborn

This is a font I made while conjuring my last show "Homeward Bound" at the barbershop gallery. It evolved from a recent intense study of 'cholo' writing created by latino gang members. You can see some similarities in my design.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

HOMEWARD BOUND stop motion. A film by Alexi Parizeau.

Over the course of two days in july Alexi Parizeau captured the process of Adam Hilborn's first solo show "HOMEWARD BOUND" at the Barbershop Gallery. The camera was capturing images every 3 seconds
with a Canon 5D Mk2 and 24mm 1.4F lens, tethered to a laptop.

The first night was a special invitation "Dinner with the Artist". The Dinner was prepared by Justine and Sara Wood of Les Louises. Friends and family we're asked to attend the private viewing. (please see previous blog "pre-viewing dinner" for more details)

The following evening "HOMEWARD BOUND" was open to the public.

This is how it went...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

"Relationship" by Elizabeth Dyer

Elizabeth Dyer’s latest body of work, Relationship, plays with illusion and reality using wallpapers and colours that make you want to linger in the rooms awhile. By carefully editing actual rooms that she has photographed in Europe, she conveys the true sense of the space.

Her training as a decorative painter has influenced the use of materials and, in combination with her various layering techniques, plays with the ambiguity between fine art and decorating. Each room within the painting overlaps one another creating an illusion as opposed to a defined space.

Elizabeth’s work has been primarily figuratively based but in this exhibition she explores the background as the primary subject. Light and shadow dramatize the room’s contours and the absence of a figure makes it quiet. There is a personal edge to the rooms she paints which allows the viewer to create her/his own relationship with the painting. The new collection illustrates a serene yet playful sense of timelessness.

Come and enjoy...

Show opens July 23rd from 6:30 to 10:30pm

Show runs until August 5th.

Pre-viewing dinner for Adam Hilborn's Homeward Bound show

Selected guest were invited to enjoy an evening dinner in the Barbershop Gallery the night before the official opening of Adam Hilborn's 'Homeward Bound' art show. Food was provided by the Les Louises chefs from Royal Canada Ballet. Guest got to dine with the artist, getting to know him and understand his approach to art and this specific series.

Stay tuned for our next Dinner with the Artist and guest Chef.

Menu was:
Hors D'oeuvres
Moroccan lamb popsicles with eggplant basil sauce
Mini crab cakes with wild mushrooms and caramelized onion triangles

Chilled tomato consommé
Arugula with red and golden terrines and hazelnut praline
Seared Halibut with a fresh tomato, pancetta and enoki mushroom ragout, spring onion mash and zucchini ribbons

Bruléed peach and vanilla bean mini pavlovas

"HOMEWARD BOUND" work by: Adam Hilborn

Adam Hilborn open's his first solo show titled "HOMEWARD BOUND". The collection of work includes all the pieces exploring a figurative and symbolic direction.

The show runs until Wednesday July 22nd. Closing show Tuesday July 21st from 5:00 pm on.

Come and enjoy!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Anna Panchev "Imagery to Your Altitude"

Opening reception Thursday June 11th 09 6:30pm–10:30pm
Show runs until June 24th 09
Barbershop Gallery 1718 Queen St. W

In her first solo show "Imagery to Your Altitude", Anna Panchev creates a split environment between the surreal and almost tangible. One can lost in the intricacies and small corners of this world. Beautiful optical and chaotic randomness somehow create a sense of serenity. Lots is left for the viewer to explore.

Movie Night

The Barbershop Gallery hosted the first of many $4 Movie Night yesterday. The casual and intimate evening featured four shorts and one feature by local film makers. The night aims to showcase local directors and offer budge friendly entertainment for the neighborhood. The night was a success with a full house. See program below and stay tuned for our next Movie Night.

The Long Haul by Sylvain Dumain
Hot Tw*t by Benjamin Young
Urban Trenches by Calum deHartog
Hogtown Blues by Hugh Gibson
Everthing is Love and Fear by Charles Officer
Monkey Warfare by Reginal Harkema

Photos by Alexi Parizeau

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

50 Artists 50 Photos

Last week Barbershop Gallery presented 50 artists 50 photos with Blog TO for the Contact film festival. The portraits are of 50 local promising artists that are also featured on Blog TO's website. The opening went on until the wee hours of the morning and featured an amazing line up of Dj's ( ie: Dave Binette from Shit La Merde and Andy Capp from Bang the Party) projections courtesy of Kineticform, as well as some amazing baked treats courtesy of Sugar Baking. The show is up during the entire duration of the Contact festival and all are available for purchase with proceeds going to Sketch, a local non profit that fosters arts based learning for street youth. Photos are courtesy of Carlos Weisz from

Monday, May 4, 2009


Barbershop gallery is proud to be one of the official hosts at this years Contact photography festival. 50 Artists, 50 Photos showcases 50 photos of 50 Toronto-based emerging artists. The exhibit is an extension of the Artist Gallery unveiled recently at Curated by award-winning photobloggers Sam Javanrouh, Rannie Turingan and Istoica and presented by Opening night is May 7th (7pm - midnight) and will feature a line-up of DJs, visuals and a cash bar. Exhibit opens May 7th and runs until May 31st, 2009.

DJ Line-up for May 7th launch party:

7 pm - 8pm Dave Binette (Shit La Merde)
8 pm - 9pm Jaime Sin (7th Heaven)
9 pm - 10pm Todd-Rod (Bang The Party)
10 pm - 11pm Andy Capp (Bang The Party)
11 pm - end Collaboration

Custom cupcakes by Sugar Baking

All prints will be for sale with all proceeds benefiting SKETCH, a local non profit that creates opportunities for street involved and homeless people ages 15-29, to engage in the arts in a cross-discipline studio environment or in the community

We are going to use an auction format, with all prints starting at the very accessible price of $20.

PS: Check out a review of Adam Hilborn's haircutting skills and our space here

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wandering Portraitists Last Chance!!!!

The Superlative Order of Wandering Portraitists is up for one more week at the Barbershop Gallery. Everyone planning on spending this supposedly July like weather this weekend out and about should definitely come see the show. We have been getting a great reception from the public and heaps of good press on this particular show. Below is a link from who recently reviewed our show and participant Elizabeth Dyer's work, you can check it out here

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wandering Portraitists Review on Blog TO

Our good friends over at blog to put up a review of the wandering portraitist opening held last week at the Barbershop Gallery
the show is up for the rest of April before we get ready to host a show as part of the Contact photography festival. The review is available here

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Northern Superlative Order of Wandering Portraitists April Show


A group exhibition featuring portraits from three different perspectives:

Adam Hilborn

Elizabeth Dyer

Courtney Wotherspoon

Opening – Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 6-9:30 p m Barbershop Gallery 1718 Queen St West.

THE SUPERLATIVE ORDER consists of internationally shown artists, Adam Hilborn, Elizabeth Dyer, and Courtney Wotherspoon. Each artist’s individual approach to portraiture reflects a contemporary alternative to the traditional form. THE SUPERLATIVE ORDER examines the human condition by returning to conventional methods of drawing and painting, and in doing so, transcends the historically established aesthetic value of portraiture. The final product reflects the actions, emotions and environment that surround the subjects. Using fragments of contemporary life, THE SUPERLATIVE ORDER explores the narrative component creating a balance between composition and portrayal.

Simon Blackfoot Prints Available

London Warrior


The Barge

Special limited edition prints from the Simon Blackfoot March art show at Barbershop Gallery are now available for purchase. All original prints (12.5x16) are handmade and numbered and signed by the artist, quantities are limited so get em while you can. Each print is available for 45.00 CAN plus shipping and handling and applicable taxes. Contact Email me