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PechaKucha Toronto: DesignThinkers Edition image

Last week we attended the PechaKucha Toronto event at the new MakeWorks Coworking space on College at Dufferin. Serving as the DesignThinkers pre-party, seven presenters shared their creative projects, passions, thoughts, processes, research and inspiration in the simple PechaKucha format. PechaKucha is a presentation format devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo, which consists of presenting 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and presenters must talk along to the images. Presentation topics at this particular event ranged from Space Tourism with Maryam Nabavi of Idea Couture, to research projects on pigeons and how we interact with them from Carla Gould. Tech Educator Ashley Lewis kicked things off with her rundown of ...

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Maker Spotlight: HackLab Toronto image

Tucked away behind an inconspicuous door, beside Graffiti’s Bar and Grill, in the heart of Kensington Market is a community space of hackers, designers, artists, and programmers. We got a tour of HackLab Toronto from its president Eric Boyd, a hacker and community builder at heart he is on the organizing committee of the Toronto Mini Maker Faire, was part of the founding team at StumbleUpon, and is the creator of the North Paw – a wearable device that tells the wearer which way is North. As you come up the stairs at HackLab you are instantly greeted by a row of 3D Printers, some dating back to the early days that have been modified or “hacked” to remain functional ...

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Supporting Local Makers with Brika image

Brika, the Toronto-based curated online marketplace celebrating modern craft and storytelling, has partnered with the Hudson’s Bay Company to create a pop-up shop within the Bay’s flagship store on Queen Street that showcases Canadian makers. The shop features over 40 Canadian-made designs, some of our favorites include these Kraft Notebooks by Night Jarbooks, this YYZ Pillow by Nicole Tarasick, and these Short Striped Mugs by Dahlhaus. All of the items sold in the shop can also be found online in Brika’s Made in Canada section. We love that Brika is building a bridge between independent makers and big brands like HBC, but what really gets us excited is that in addition to creating opportunities for their makers’ products to be ...

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Maker Spotlight: The Toronto Tool Library image

Have some DIY projects around the house you’ve been meaning to get to? Not sure where to begin with building that bookshelf you just pinned to your ‘For the Home’ Pinterest board?  If you live in the East-End, your days of putting off DIY projects may be numbered! Last week the Toronto Tool Library launched their new makerspace at 1803 Danforth Avenue, near Coxwell Station – unleashing a wave of maker-y goodness on the neighborhood. Only six months after the launch of their Parkdale location, the new makerspace has 1900 sq feet stocked with mitre saws, lawnmowers, hand tools, drills, painting equipment, a hammer drill and more. The best part? Almost all of the tools were donated by local community ...

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