Category Archives: Exhibits & Events

Open Them There Doors, Toronto

Once again, Doors Open Toronto is just around the corner, and once again, we here at Swipe are thankful to be part of the extraordinary arts and culture complex at 401 Richmond Street West. A prime destination during the festival, 401 is expecting a surge of visitors over the weekend of May 26 and 27. Accordingly, Swipe will also open its doors all weekend: on Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

In celebration of this celebration of our city’s cultural, social and architectural heritage, we’ll be updating our blog with a rundown of current Torontoniana, beginning with a brand-new release from Toronto’s own Coach House Books that documents the changing facades of this city’s streets. Featuring the photographic work of Patrick Cummins, with text by Toronto flâneur Shawn Micallef, Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular chronicles thirty years of local shift and change. (2012: Coach House Books; ISBN 9781551098913)

The book is available at Swipe for $24.95, and until May 31, you can also visit the Urbanspace Gallery’s free Full Frontal T.O. exhibition, with large-scale versions of many of the photographs on display.

Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular
2012: Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef

Swipe at the Images Festival

At last year’s Images Festival, we held a shared pop-up store with Pages, in the Art Bar at the Gladstone Hotel. This year, we’re on our own turf in the 401 Richmond building, with a great selection of film-based books, DVDs and artists’ catalogues available for sale (including a number of imported and really-quite-hard-to-find titles). They’re here for a limited time only, so come and get them while you can.

Find us in the Images Festival “hub” in the Urbanspace Gallery, Suite 119, right next to Swipe headquarters. The pop-up store is open 12pm to 6pm daily throughout the festival, April 12 to 21. (Swipe itself, of course, is open regular Swipe hours, plus Sunday 15 April just for fun.)

Toronto’s second oldest film festival, the Images Festival had its beginnings in 1987 and is now the largest of its kind in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture. This is its 25th year. Visit the Images Festival website for more information, a listing of this year’s events, or to explore their exhibition archive.

A Frolicking Good Time

Spring and Summer may now be fading memories, and the leaves of Fall all but off the trees and clogging up the gutters, but doesn’t the thought of impending snow simply make you want to frolic?

It’s certainly had that effect here at 401 Richmond, where plans are firmly in place for the first official Frolic – the building’s inaugural annual open house, and a celebration of the art, culture and community that make this place so inspiring to visit, and such an enviable spot to work.

From Thursday, December 8 to Sunday, December 11, there’ll be more artisans, artworks and amazingly creative gift ideas than you can poke a finely whittled stick at. The 401 Artisans Marketplace (now in its 19th year) runs across all four days, with late-shopping hours on Thursday and Friday, and Swipe in attendance with a collection of sale-priced goodies.


Of course, we’ll also have a delightfully tempting array of books and objects in store, including design books on everything from unventions to urbanism, the entire Lego Architecture series, new Aalto vase colours, quirky Takumi tea sets, recent additions to our children’s section from Kid-O, HaPe and Seedling, and instantly essential stocking stuffers. (Tried out the Tapi tap squeeze drink fountain yet?)

We’ll also be open every day from December 1 to 24 (except Sunday 18).

So come and frolic. Or just come and see us at Swipe.

Celebrate the World Premiere of Gary Hustwit's New Design Documentary

On September 9th, we will be celebrating the world premiere of Urbanized as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Gary Hustwit (Helvetica/Objectified) returns with the final documentary in his design film trilogy.  Urbanized focuses on the design of cities and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers, including Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Jan Gehl, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Enrique Peñalosa, Alejandro Aravena, Eduardo Paes, Rahul Mehrotra, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Ricky Burdett, James Corner, Michael Sorkin, Bruce Katz, Candy Chang, Edgar Pieterse, and many more, including extraordinary citizens who have affected change in their cities.

Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? And how does the design of our cities affect our lives? By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects in dozens of cities around the world, from massive infrastructure initiatives to temporary interventions, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

Check out the TIFF schedule here!