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LEGO Letterpress Club

Dates:  Sunday, June 2, 2024  

Time:  1:00PM - 4:00PM (3 hours) 

Participants will use LEGO to design, ink and create their own letterpress prints. Make a fun mosaic landscape, personalized thank you cards or cute name tags. The only goal is to spend an afternoon building with everyones favourite Danish construction toy and creating some fun prints to take home! 

Cost: $65 per participant (Ages 4-99)

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Paint-Along with Jules Monson

- Thursday May 23 *Sold out
- Monday May 27 *Sold out
- Monday June 3 * Sold out
- Monday June 10 *Sold out

Time:  6:30PM - 9:30PM (3 hours) 

Create you own drippy floral painting with guidance from artist Jules Monson. Beginner friendly with all materials provided.

Cost: $65 per participant (16+)

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Lino with Lola

Date: Friday June 14

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm (2 hours)

Learn with Lola, a local queer artist and printmaker, how to design, carve, ink, and print your own linocut prints. This guided workshop is designed for participants age 16+ at any level of artistic skill. We will go over vocabulary, techniques, materials, and safety before diving into creating your own lino block stamp!

Cost: $65 per participant (16+)

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Dog Draw: A Canine Life Drawing Event

Date: Thursday June 13

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm (2 hours)

This night of life-drawing has a twist - the models are dogs! Come draw some puppers on Thursday June 13 from 7pm - 9pm at Northern Contemporary. BYOM (bring your own materials). Open to all skill levels.

Besides the cuteness factor (which will be high) you get to practice a whole different set of textures and anatomy. We’ll have a variety of different dogs and pose styles - you get a night unlike any other and you’ll go home with a stack of personal masterpieces to frame and display.

Cost: $25 per participant (Ages 10+, participants under 14 must be accompanied by an adult)

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Featured Artists

Richard Ahnert

Toronto-based artist Richard Ahnert takes anthropomorphic painting to a new level, lacing it with a quiet, yet unmistakable animism– an abiding kinship between human and animal. He uses the relationship between animals and humans to explore themes of emotion, metaphor, and narrative with a satirical twist. Storytelling, understated humour, and deep reflection are at the heart of his practice.

Richard began exhibiting his work in 2010 and has shown in exhibitions and galleries globally.  His work has won awards and can be found in private collections and businesses around the world.

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Emily May Rose

Emily May Rose is an award-winning artist and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. Based on her own experiences, Emily’s work features a cast of recurring characters (most notably her weed-smoking, pizza-eating raccoons) to depict humorous situations that are relatable to many of us who are trying to survive in an urban environment. Her work can be found in many formats including murals, editorial illustration, apparel design, installations, and gallery settings. Her murals can be found all over the world where she's painted in street art festivals, artist residencies, and other commissions during her various travels.

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Jeff Blackburn

Jeff Blackburn is a multidisciplinary artist with over 15 years of experience producing and exhibiting projects. The thematic core of Blackburn’s work is an introspective exploration of personal connection, with individual exhibitions directed to more specific concepts such as social dynamics, isolation, and growth. 

Drawing inspiration from both sequential art and the graffiti/post-graffiti movements, his work is known for its emphasis on line and texture, and its dissection of form using interpretive contour lines. Paintings are constructed by merging illustrative pop art and aesthetics with urban art materials and techniques.

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What our Customers are saying

Nice collection of artists and good quality prints! Will be back again to see what other artists you've added to your roster. Thanks!


Thank you Northern Contemporary and Emily May Rose for the beautiful prints! Their website made it super easy to purchase and support local artists. I encourage all Torontonians to check them out and support local through the holidays! 


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