Festive Window Installations Animating Riverside

 

The Riverside BIA, this year’s Community-Engaged Award winner of the Main Street Art Challenge, is now using the prize money they received to ramp up for their Window Wonderland project! The selected artists, Ailsa Craigen,  Asli Alin, Enna Kim, and Vivian Rosas, developed and installed artworks in twenty (20) storefront windows throughout the Riverside BIA as part of this festive project.

 

Window Wonderland in Riverside is an annual initiative led by the Riverside BIA. From November 28 to December 15, 2020, Window Wonderland invites people to support local artists and vote for their favourite window for a chance to win prizes from participating local businesses!

Video by Selina McCallum.

Ailsa Craigen

Ailsa Craigen is an interdisciplinary illustrator and designer residing and working in Toronto, Canada. Specializing in line drawings, Ailsa’s work has been featured in spaces across Toronto including Mallo, Goldstruck and Lovt Studio. 

Asli Alin

Asli Alin is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist traversing disciplines of drawing, painting, installation and photography. She has been commissioned to create public art in Canada and Europe and her work has been featured in a number of galleries throughout Toronto and abroad.

Enna Kim

Enna Kim is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada. Enna explores the dimensions between her hyphenated Korean-Canadian identity through animation, projection mapping and large-scale murals.

Vivian Rosas

Vivian Rosas is a Toronto-based queer Mestizx/Latinx multidisciplinary artist who seeks to explore themes of feminism, empowerment, and diversity within her work. Her practices include editorial illustration, public murals, and dance. 

 

The artworks creatively respond to holiday themes of joy, community, togetherness, and warmth, but most importantly, the businesses in which the artwork will be installed. Using simple painting materials along with decorative holiday lights, Ailsa, Asli, Enna, and Vivian each created five (5) unique designs to animate Riverside’s storefront windows.

Click here to view the participating storefront locations, or check out the finished window installations below!

Album Hair

639 Queen E

 

by Asli Alin

Broadview Beauty Parlour

741 Queen E

 

by Enna Kim

Broadview Hotel

106 Broadview Ave

 

by Ailsa Craigen

Cannonball Coffee and Bar

641 Queen St E

 

by Enna Kim

Common Sort - Riverside

760 Queen E

 

by Vivian Rosas

Dirty Pawz Self-Serve Dog Wash

804 Queen St E

 

by Enna Kim

Dresden Vision | Riverside

733 Queen St E

 

by Ailsa Craigen

Eastbound Brewing Company

700 Queen St E

 

by Enna Kim

Il Ponte Cucina Italiana

625 Queen St E

 

by Vivian Rosas

Indian Spice Room

717 Queen St E

 

by Asli Alin

Korman & Company

721 Queen St E

 

by Ailsa Craigen

Nell & Natasha Real Estate Homeward Brokerage

807A Queen St E

 

by Asli Alin

Oma Chiropractic & Wellness

1 Munro St

 

by Asli Alin

Opera House Grill & Patio

737 Queen St E

 

by Vivian Rosas

Quince Flowers

660 Queen E

 

by Ailsa Craigen

Ride Away Bikes

651 Queen St E

 

by Enna Kim

Riverside Burgers

688 Queen St E

 

by Ailsa Craigen

Riverside Dental

690B Queen St E

 

by Vivian Rosas

Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine

810 Queen St E

 

by Asli Alin

Tertulia Espresso Bar

711 Queen St E

 

by Vivian Rosas

“[The challenge provided] the opportunity to creatively respond during these challenging economic times while recognizing some of the amazing local artists and leaders we have in our community.” 

 – Rosie Little Jeffares, Riverside BIA Co-Chair

Join the Riverside BIA in celebrating the creativity of Toronto-based artists, bringing more light throughout the dark winter months and encouraging people to engage with and support local businesses throughout the holiday season!

Vote for your favourite window display here! Voting ends on Monday, December 14th.

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