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

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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

5 Poets and a Little Bit of Wine

5 Poets and a Little Bit of Wine

Wednesday May 2 at 7pm
Monastiraki, Montreal

A night of readings and revelry a Monastiraki! 
With writers Jen Currin, Nicole Raziya Fong, Helen Guri, Kaie Kellough, and Emilie O'Brien.


Jen Currin has published four books of poetry, including The Inquisition Yours, which won the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry in 2011; and School (2014), which was a finalist for three awards. Hider/Seeker (stories) is forthcoming from Anvil Press in the spring of 2018. She lives on the unceded territories of the Qayqayt Nation (New Westminster, BC), and teaches creative writing and English on the unceded territories of Kwantlen First Nation at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey, BC).

Helen Guri is the author of Match, published by Coach House Books in 2011 and shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, as well as two chapbooks: Here Come the Waterworks and Microphone Lessons for Poets, both published by Book*hug. Her poems and essays exploring relation, ecology, sexuality, identity, and accountability have been published widely in Canada, as well as in the U.S., Australia, and Japan (in translation).

Nicole Raziya Fong lives in Montreal. Past work has appeared in publications including Cordite, Poetry is Dead and The Volta, enacted as a dance performance and compiled as a chapbook in the Poetry Will Be Made By All project. Her first book of poetry is forthcoming from Talonbooks in Spring 2019.

Kaie Kellough is a novelist, sound performer, and poet. His novel Accordéon, published in 2016, was shortlisted and written about. His work migrates between poetry and fiction, between Canada, South America, and the Caribbean, and between text and sound.

Emilie O’Brien is an artist, mother and art restorer living in Montreal. She currently uses sculpture, embroidery and text works to explore themes of connection and mutual dependence between ourselves and the world we live in.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Graham Hall - Secret Work / Travail Secret


In the course of a conversation we once had about the struggle for creative recognition, Billy Mavreas said to me “... why toil in obscurity, when you can work in secret?”. His clever reversal has stuck in my mind ever since.

This exhibition is a selection of work completed since 2016. Over the last two years or so I have squirrelled myself away in a small studio in Little Italy, and it has felt like working in secret. The building in which I have my studio is not one of those classic hives of creative endeavour, and I have often found myself the only person there. It has been isolating but in a good way. It has allowed me to retreat from the noise of the broader world, to focus on free experimentation and larger scales, and to fail from time to time.

The work on show at Monastiraki is somewhat transitional, moving between my previously exhibited paintings and those which I am currently developing. They are concerned largely with formal elements and principles like colour, shape and harmony, leavened with disruptive moves and veiled passages. There is a mystery to them and sometimes they seem to float. Their titles reflect an abiding interest in history and poetics, and through them, the canvases evoke elusive meaning in the hard reality of now.


Lors d’une conversation que Billy Mavreas et moi avons eu à propos de la difficulté de se faire connaitre dans le milieu des arts visuels, Billy m’a dit : « pourquoi œuvrer dans l’obscurité quand on peut travailler en secret? » Son revirement judicieux m'est depuis resté en tête.

Cette exposition présente une sélection d’œuvres réalisées depuis 2016. Au cours des deux dernières années, je me suis enfermé dans un petit atelier de la Petite Italie, où j’ai fréquemment eu l’impression de travailler en secret. L’immeuble dans lequel est situé mon atelier n’est pas un de ces centres bourdonnant d’activité créatrice, et je me suis souvent retrouvé à y travailler seul. Ça a eu un effet isolant, mais de façon positive. Cela m’a permis de me retirer du bruit du monde et de me concentrer sur l’expérimentation libreles grands formats, et la possibilité d’échouer de temps à autre. 

Le travail présenté à Monastiraki est le résultat d’une période de transition entre des œuvres anciennement exposées et celles que je développe actuellement. Ces tableaux explorent principalement des idées plastiquescomme la couleur, les formes et l’harmonie, égayéesd’actions perturbatrices et de passages voilés. Ils sont mystérieux et ils semblent parfois flotter. Leurs titres reflètent un intérêt constant pour l’histoire et la poésie, et à travers eux les tableaux évoquent un sens insaisissable dans la dure réalité d'aujourd'hui.

Expo runs 4 - 27 april, 2018
Vernissage 6 april , 18 - 21hr