Grolsch Open House

Grolsch Open House | The Shop

Friends since Kindergarten, Marissa Maislin and Michelle Organ have always had a passion for art and crafting. At a certain point the two realized they needed a space that would allow them, and others, access to tools, equipment and materials to work on creative projects.

Grolsch Open House | Brendan Canning

We here at ION hope you all had an amazing Bill Murray Day yesterday and that you got a chance to see some amazing screenings and our Creative Differences event at the Grolsch Open House. But what’s on the menu for today you might ask? Tonight from 6pm to 8pm, Brendan Canning kicks off the party with a DJ set, along with a live, public silk screening experience. 

Grolsch Open House | Justin Peroff

Justin Peroff is perhaps best known as the drummer for Toronto-based indie rock group Broken Social Scene, though he’s also a DJ, one third of the band Eight and a Half, a film lover and actor, and a whole slew of other things as well. He’s been a fan and participant of TIFF for the past twenty years.

Grolsch Open House | Lowell

Lowell is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Her music, an odyssey from electro-pop to indie rock, from fierce to sultry, is coupled with honest and empowering lyrics that aim to challenge and inform, on subjects ranging from sexuality to abuse to women’s rights. And while her lyrical content is intelligent and heartfelt, it doesn’t mean it isn’t undeniably catchy and danceable. Her newest album, We Loved Her Dearly, is due out on Arts and Crafts on September 16th.

Grolsch Open House | Reuben and the Dark

Calgary's Reuben and the Dark is a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists led by Reuben Bullock. The group, known for its haunting folk anthems and introspective lyrics, explores the duality of human emotion—from dark and brooding to positively euphoric. Their soaring vocal harmonies, whether experienced on record or live, always have a lasting effect on their audiences.

Grolsch Open House | Akin Collective

Oliver Pauk and Michael Vickers are visual artists who collaborate on management of the Akin Collective studios and also on multiple fine art projects. Oliver’s work mainly involves photographic, installation, and video-based elements, and has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Michael’s addresses the seductive and poetic qualities of form. Recent exhibitions include Push and Pull at Mercer Union (2014) and That Same Small War Within You at Truck Contemporary (2013).

Grolsch Open House | River Tiber

Looking for something to do to kick off TIFF 2014? Tonight, from 7pm to 11pm, AGO First Thursdays will be hosting a Grolsch Open House teaser at Galleria Italia. Check out the live artistic renderings of some of Toronto’s top illustrators while enjoying some amazing live musical performances—notably including River Tiber


Today’s the day! TIFF has officially begun, folks. Torontonians and visitors alike will be flocking downtown to partake in all this great festival has to offer. The hub of activity will be stretched along King Street W., which has been transformed into a pedestrian promenade featuring curated art works, pop-up performances, food trucks and, yes, the Grolsch Open House.  


Ladies and gentlemen, it’s back! Grolsch Open House, one of the most talked about destinations at TIFF 2013, is raising the bar this year by spreading the creative spirit all along King Street West! To kick things off, this Thursday, from 6pm to 8pm, the Open House will be featuring live illustrations from a variety of emerging Toronto artists, including the fabulous Zara Diniz.

Grolsch Open House | Drew Shannon

It’s that time of year! Everyone’s getting excited for TIFF Opening Weekend, but why wait till the actual weekend to get in the spirit? This Thursday, Grolsch Open House will be kicking off the TIFF 2014 festivities with live illustrations from some of the best Toronto artists, including one of the greats, Drew Shannon. Come on down to see him in action from 6pm to 8pm.


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