Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Monastiraki Gift Certificates

Available via e-transfers only !
Thank you and stay safe. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020



Hello friends of Monastiraki

Some folks have kindly asked how they can help us out during this period of lockdown.

We understand that money right now is precious for everyone and although we may not provide an essential service for the body, the soul may have something to say about that.

For those who are able, we'd like to remind everyone that Monastiraki gift certificates of any amount are available via e-transfer.
International friends, our paypal is down for the time being, sorry about that and thank you for your support in advance.

Contact us at yesmonastiraki at gmail dot calm and tell us what you're thinking. We'll whip up an artsy personalized gift card, snap a pic of it and send it to you. Bring it in when things calm down and doors reopen and we'll honour your purchase, be it an original bunny painting, local print or zine work or a delicious array of weird paper scraps.

Thanks so much,
Stay safe & stay home.

Billy & Emilie


Bonjour amis de Monastiraki

Certaines personnes ont gentiment demandé comment elles pouvaient nous aider pendant cette période de fermeture.

Nous comprenons que l'argent, en ce moment, est précieux pour tout le monde et même si nous ne fournissons pas un service essentiel pour le corps, l'âme peut avoir son mot à dire à ce sujet.

Pour ceux qui le peuvent, nous aimerions rappeler à tous que les chèques-cadeaux Monastiraki, quel que soit leur montant, sont disponibles par transfert électronique.
Amis internationaux, notre paypal est en panne pour le moment, désolé pour cela et merci d'avance pour votre soutien.

Contactez-nous à yesmonastiraki a gmail dot calme et dites-nous ce que vous en pensez. Nous vous préparerons une carte-cadeau personnalisée, nous en prendrons une photo et nous vous l'enverrons. Apportez-la quand les choses se calmeront et que les portes s'ouvriront à nouveau et nous honorerons votre achat, qu'il s'agisse d'une peinture bunny, d'une impression ou d'un zine local ou d'un délicieux ensemble de chutes de papier bizarres.

Merci beaucoup,
Restez en sécurité et restez chez vous.

Billy & Emilie

Traduit avec DeepL

Saturday, February 29, 2020

ART NOMADE chez Monastiraki

Art Nomade débarque au Monastiraki, le petit Monastère
Exposition Underwater-Undersea-Undersee

Vernissage 5 mars 2020, 6-9 pm
expo : du 5 au 29 mars

Cette exposition composée de quarante petits tableaux sur bois s'inscrit dans la mythologie du
mouvement, du déplacement et de l'espace chère au duo
L'espace aquatique comme lieu de l'imaginaire, l'eau élément du mouvement, de l'espace intuitif, du
mystère, de ce qui existe sans être directement percu par les sens coutumiés, de ce qui réside dans la
profondeur de l'onde, abordant le féminin sacré au passage

En explorant l'indécouvert, l'insondé, effleurant de l'esprit le self-care de la nature dans les étendues sous-
marines, ce qui échappe au matérialisme, sous la surface, loin des radars, portés par/issus de cette magie

blanche quotidienne les petits tableaux se révèlent
Portés par l'humour philosophe, les idéaux romantiques, et l'inclusivité, modernes et contemporains,
les tableaux sont de petites embarcations, pour le coeur et l'esprit.
Les expositions d'Art Nomade sont toujours des invitations à l'expérience poétique, au voyage de nuit, de
jour, par terre et mer, au creux de la paume/ au coeur de l'intime universel/ au rythme du vivant

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Moody Jooly Smoke Shop MTL pop-up Jan 25 !

Julia Mroczek is an artist and industrial designer based in Toronto, and the founder of Moody Jooly Smoke Shop, a ceramics project aiming to bring ritual, comfort, and charm to our smoking practises. Having studied engineering and worked on projects in publishing and craft, Julia’s pieces are as much functional tools as they are decorative talismans for a modern home. 

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Lancement NothingTo See Here de Howard Chackowicz

Thursday November 28, 2019
7-9 pm

Come on down to the official solo launch of Howard Chackowicz's new book of gag cartoons and illustrations: "NOTHING TO SEE HERE" by conundrum press !

Howard is even going to face one of his biggest fears and perform a few songs with guitar... come witness the flop sweat live!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Lancement de BD Plummet de Sherwin Tjia !

Come celebrate the launch of PLUMMET, a new graphic novel by Sherwin Tjia, published by Conundrum Press!

When Amelia “Mel” Eichenwald wakes up one
morning from a dream where she’d been falling, she finds
herself actually falling – but in endless freefall towards an
Earth that is no longer there, and surrounded by the junk of human existence. From high heels to houses, billions of random items drop alongside her like fallout from an exploded mall.

Soon she discovers that she’s not alone. Others have been similarly plucked out of their lives and dropped off in mid-air. But why? For what purpose? And more importantly, and more pressing – what is she going to eat? Where can she safely sleep?
Plummet follows Mel as she attempts to survive and thrive, find allies, and negotiate being predator or prey. What makes
us human and what keeps us human? How do you take a
stand when there’s literally no place to sit? What happens
when the end of the world removes it entirely?

With Plummet, Montreal-based writer and artist Sherwin
Sullivan Tjia explores a stunning new dimension in a graphic novel that’s part fable, part post-apocalypse. After the success
of their graphic novel debut, The Hipless Boy, nominated
for a Doug Wright Award and four Ignatz Awards, Plummet will plunge you into a high-flying and hypnotic blend of
Heaven, Hell and high water.


Thursday, October 24, 2019
5478 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec
(just south of St-Viateur, on the west side)
7 - 9 PM


There will be mingling, a little powerpoint presentation about the creation of the book, signings, and also some assorted refreshments. All this ensconced in the most charming curiousity shop in the city.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

Jon Estwards - Polaroid Show

Jon Estwards - Polaroid Show

Jon Estwards is a multidisciplinary artist who creates an alternate reality on Polaroids and 35mm film that merges the natural world with otherworldy imagery. By incorporating original creations and found objects, he uses experimental photography techniques and stages scenes featuring ethereal characters, ambiguous objects and surreal environments.

Hundreds of Polaroids will be on display as well as prints and originals for sale

Vernissage, Thursday July 18, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibit continues throughout July 2019



Thursday, May 23, 2019

New Drawing Billy Mavreas

I have made 12 new drawings, larger than usual, 20 x 26 inches. Mixed media.

You know when you go to a friend or relatives house and they have this jar full of pens and pencils and markers and half of them are dead and you test each one out to see if they work and then you make a drawing out of those tests? Well this is like that.

Thursday 30 May, from 6 until 9 pm

Monday, April 29, 2019

CHICKEN RISING Graphic Novel Book Launch!!

D.Boyd launches her new Conundrum Press graphic novel, Chicken Rising! 
Wednesday May 1, 2019, 7-9 pm

A bittersweet, darkly funny graphic
memoir of a social misfit

D. Boyd takes an unflinching look back at a 1970s childhood plagued by insecurity, bullying, and family dysfunction.

About D. Boyd
First-time author D. Boyd is a self-taught cartoonist originally from Saint John, New Brunswick. After working in advertising for twenty years in Nova Scotia, and pursuing filmmaking, she moved to Montreal and reignited her love of illustrating, writing, and especially, comics. Her earlier work is posted on http://www.pastureoflove.com


Saturday, April 06, 2019

Thursday, November 29, 2018


Monastiraki was planning a series of events and celebrations for our 20th anniversary, scheduled for autumn 2018.

Sadly we were struck with the unexpected and everything ground to a halt.

Micheal Mavreas, founder of the shop and my father, died suddenly on  September 23, 2018.

Needless to say, no one was in any mood to throw a party or to embark on new creative projects.

We hope to have a smaller, more casual celebration of this shops tenacity in the spring of 2019.

Thanks for your continued support,
Billy Mavreas

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Monastiraki 20th Anniv Limited Edition Print by Raymond Biesinger

To help commemorate Monastiraki's 20th anniversary we asked award-winning illustrator, designer and all-around charming rocknroller Raymond Biesinger to design a poster for us!

This is what he came up with and we are thrilled beyond measure to make it available to our clients!

Please note all the fun details RB inserted into his interpretation of our shop of wonders!

Also, just to take the fun over the edge, this limited edition beauty is available in many assorted colours!


Friday, June 01, 2018


our 20th anniv sandwich board !


Friday, May 04, 2018


Asma A Khan / Clara Congdon

Vernissage Thursday May 10, 6 - 9pm
Exhibit runs May 3 - 27, 2018

Asma A Khan

I am a Pakistani Canadian artist/ sculptor. I grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and after finishing my Bachelors in Fine Arts, I moved to Europe before settling down in Montreal. Montreal has now been my home for the last two decades.

I attempt to create "thought forms" using a visual vocabulary that comes from observing plant life, bugs, crustaceans, human anatomy and the microscopic world. These thought forms are meant to express complex emotions in something other than words since we live in a time where language is overused, abused and the true, authentic meaning of a word can sometimes be lost. These thoughts forms are also meant to convey the incredible complexity of what the human mind considers simple in contrast to itself, in order to challenge the human ego with something like the complexity of form and structure found in a humble potato.

Clara Congdon - Possessions

Possessions is a series of hand-embroidered fabric collages created in response to a 19th-century medical reference book called Physician's Anatomical Aid. Each vital organ and major bone group was stitched as an exercise in valuing my body on my own terms. 

Clara Congdon works in Montreal and holds a BFA in Textiles from NSCAD University. She has recently exhibited in Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, and Iowa City.