Friday, December 09, 2011

donations !!!


Sunday, December 04, 2011


collage art on the walls ! holiday cheer in the air ! friends all around !
art by :

julie doucet
kirsten mccrae
caroline beets
pierre botardo
jacob whibley
carl ruttan
marc tessier
felix morel
billy mavreas
emilie o'brien
jaynus o'donnell

Thursday, November 17, 2011


We made it onto Goddess Of The Hunt, a great Greek arts & culture site ! Read and enjoy !

Goddess of the Hunt

Sunday, November 13, 2011


dessins par/drawings by Graham Hall

13 Nov - 24 Dec 2011

Vernissage Sunday 13 nov., 2 pm !

We are totally thrilled to inaugurate our southern orangepink wallspace with this exposition of watercolour drawings made by Graham for his Montreal Topographical Drawing Society.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Candice Tarnowski - An Acre

Candice Tarnowski is an artist and art conservator based in Montréal. She holds a MFA in Sculpture from Concordia University (2007), a BFA in Fibres from the Alberta College of Art & Design (1999), and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria (2009). Candice has set up homes and participated in residencies in North Carolina, Holland, Hungary, the Maritimes, and the sub-Arctic. She makes objects, photographs, drawings, and installations that are based in concerns with the ‘orderly’ and openness/chaos. Her work is an articulation of being/living as art -cooking, eating, making, building- the deliberation of a task, an awareness of what surrounds us, and taking nothing for granted.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


we are proud to present the wicked world of BOBO BOUTIN
collage, drawing, painting, visionary humour

Thursday, September 08, 2011

gmackrr VS. whilst VS. joe meek : SUNDAY AFTERNOON MICRO-CONCERT !!

gmackrr VS. whilst VS. joe meek
free sound trio w/ art on the walls - free
..."gmackrr = a high skilled mouth feedback innovator who coaxes sharp textures from her hand made electronic instruments"...
..."whilst = a duo of quasi-quietists dwelling in the realms of free drone & cosmic dust; with static pulses & broken rhythms"...
..."joe meek = joe meek"...
...starts at to the public...
...with art by Henriette Valium up on the walls...

This is our AMAZING front window, created by window installation artist Alex Hercules, who also happens to collect vintage taxidermy. This is a show-stopper folks. We have been delighting in how many people are halting in their tracks to look, and look and look.
The neon sign is by Montreal artist Jo-Anne Balcean.

Visit our tumblr site for more images:

Monday, August 22, 2011



OPENING SEPTEMBER 2 2011, 7pm - 10pm

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Beating to a different drum: we are thrilled to have drummer and legendary local musician Jackie Gallant joining us for our Sunday Micro concerts on August 21st, from 2 pm onwards. Drop in, hang out for a while and enjoy.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Hey everyone, check out our excellent collection of photos from the shop - what can we say - Monastiraki is very photogenic.

Friday, July 22, 2011

2taiko micro-concert this sunday at 2 pm !!

2taiko are Yumi Célia and Alison Roe and 2 (or 3) taiko - large, beautiful Japanese drums.

Yumi started playing taiko growing up in Tokyo, in a local group based at the shrine of Nezu, and Alison began drumming in Scotland, touring full-time with the UK's leading taiko group. After playing for several years in different taiko groups in Montréal, they did a (very) small show together in a Mile End café in late 2010 and this was the beginning.

Yumi and Alison combined their different taiko styles to develop a varied set of original pieces, and now perform regularly in diverse venues across Montréal. They enjoy the challenge of playing as a duo and the versatility and mobility that affords, in working with other musicians and performers, and in taking their taiko to unlikely corners of the city (so far only once having the police called on them).

Taiko's an exhilarating art form, visually and musically powerful, and 2taiko have a refreshingly expressive and naturally vivacious style.

It takes 2 to taiko...

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Artist/Musician & long time friend of Monastiraki David Lafrance will be kicking off this seasons string of sunday afternoon micro-concerts !

Join him this sunday, July 3 at 2pm for some sound !

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mentioned In The Paris Review ! Thanks Joe !

Our dear friend Joe Ollmann, cartoonist, wit and gentleman, was recently asked to provide a week in culture for the Paris Review which he did with bells on, a smashing job ! he also gave Monastiraki a wonderful shout-out ! Thanks Joe !

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Romulo Cesar - The Flight Of Minisauro

We are very proud to present the thick textured world of Romulo Cesar. White paper has been subjected to Roms' continual interventions and residues.
Check out the vibrant abstraction and fragmented comic art of
The Flight of Minisauro !

"These images are a small selection of my work produced during the past six years… scattered years far from home and without solid roots. Some of the works have been juxtaposed and reorganized over these years, avoiding the establishment of statements or narratives, allowing them to reveal their peculiar subjects .

- Romulo Cesar

About Romulo:
Romulo Cesar was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has been living in Canada for the last few years. He briefly attended art school in Rio, dropping out to do his own research and development. He has recently moved to Montreal from Vancouver. His work is developed through small and portable formats, mainly hand made books, and papers.

Vernissage Friday June 3, 7pm - 10 pm
Exhibit runs until June 30, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Billy's Personal Collections in Boston Art Show !

I'm very pleased to announce that some of my collections will be exhibited in a group show at the Mills Gallery of The Boston Center for the Arts.

Curator Rebecca Greene has been great, visiting our shop twice to discuss the exhibit. Wish we were there to celebrate the opening.

The show runs from May 20 to June 26, 2011

Here's the copy:

Bits + Pieces explores the collections of outsider, emerging and established artists with the purpose of illuminating the reasons and importance behind their collection and ideas of collecting, while gaining insight into their lives and often hidden compulsions.

Curated by Rebecca Rose Greene

Jane Blood
Nance Davies
Billy Mavreas
Lissa Rivera
Dana Sherwood
Isaac White

Opening Reception Friday, May 20 | 6 – 8pm
Families Connect Saturday, June 4 | 1 – 2:30pm, repeats 3 – 4:30pm
Curator Talk Wednesday, June 15 | 6 – 7pm

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Billy Mavreas-Inside The Face-New Pencil Drawings

New pencil drawings by Monastiraki denizen Billy Mavreas.
Exhibit runs from May 13 - May 29, 2011

"I based these drawings on the idea that what we really look like includes every expression we've ever made, every age we've passed through or will pass through and every possible pathway we may take through out life. When all these facets are presented simultaneously, It's an inclusive vision that often borders on the horrific"
- Billy Mavreas

Thursday, April 21, 2011

No Kings Multi-Book Launch

Artist James Whitman
will be launching his new publishing imprint
No Kings chez nous
April 29 from 7 to 9.

Books By
Jo Cook
Mark Dahl
Megan Hepburn
Collin Johanson
Alisdair Macrae
Nathan Matthews

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Immediate Productions

Immediate productions is a Montreal based film company specializing in artist profiles. The driving force behind this initiative is Jen MacIntyre, Monastiraki friend and ally, along with her partner Jesse Bochner. They have produced several films of artists we have had the pleasure of working with at Monastiraki. Here they are !

Here is their official bio :
Immediate Productions is the video production company of Jen MacIntyre and Jesse Bochner. Jen is a Montreal videographer that studied at Concordia and currently makes artsy documentaries. She's worked as a docent at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, as a freelance curator for Galerie Monastiraki and the Osheaga Arts and Music festival. Jesse is an artist and video editor who has 18 years of experience in the film Industry including working as a stage hand on the Mr. Dress up Show for the CBC! Our current project is the Postage Stamp Video series featuring short biographies of artists.

Check out their youtube channel !

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


We are pleased to now offer crafty birthday parties for children on Saturdays and Sundays.
Projects in drawing, book-making and collage will be tailored to suit the children's ages, with time for cake and treats at the end.
Cost is $140 for a party of up to 8 children. The times available are Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 - 12:30 or 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Email or give us a call for more information, and view our online document here:


We look forward to making some art with you!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Best of Montreal 2011 Poll - go vote !

The Montreal Mirror is conducting their yearly readers poll to determine who sells the best french fries in our sweet little town.

Over at the Drawn & Quarterly blog some suggestions are made ...including Monastiraki (that's us) for the best gallery category !
A fine suggestion indeed !
Thanks D&Q !

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Donna Akrey - 'phew'

Donna Akrey is an artist and educator living in Montreal. She is also one of our favorite people and we are very pleased to present her work here at Monastiraki. She will be exhibiting video work, photography, sculpture and installation. We are also happy that she is the first artist we've hosted to seriously interact with all the doodads and thingamabobs that litter our space !



an exclamation of relief used to express fatigue, surprise, disgust, disbelief, weariness, tiredness, etc.

I am interested in the parts that make up a 'whole'. I see my job as somewhat of a 'wrangler', aware of the futility of the 'ultimate' and the contradictions and idiosyncrasies therein. I use an interdisciplinary approach to articulate ideas to create large installations and sculptural objects, single channel video, video installation and book works.

I believe knowledge is relative and fallible rather than absolute and certain and I endeavor to discover the richness in between intention and result. Utilizing common, surplus and discarded materials such as foam, concrete, found objects, junk mail, wood, rubber and household products etc., I create both large installations and sculptural objects. I think of some of my sculptures and installations as gigantic understatements, ruminations on the spectacle of the unspectacular.

-Donna Akrey

Vernissage Friday, April 1st, 7pm - 10 pm
Exhibit runs to April 30, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

Elisabeth Belliveau - Entre Chien et Loup

Some shots from Elisabeth Belliveau's exhibition Entre Chien et Loup. There is a lovely little animation in the window too. If you walk by in the evening you may catch it on it's random loop. Look for a small figure with an armful of flowers. As well as the drawings, Elisabeth is selling one of her beautiful hand-printed artist books, as well as single prints from the series.

Sunday, February 27, 2011



Instructor: Candice Tarnowski

Dates: Tues. & Thurs. March 22 & 24, 2011

Time: 7 - 9pm (4 hours)

Location: Monastiraki 5478 Blvd. St-Laurent

Fee: $45 (some materials included)

Ages: All ages, everyone welcome


- British Proverb


- Make Do and Mend, 1943

It is a practical thing to renovate clothes and household linens and to practice proper storage, cleaning and pressing methods to extend their lives. This course will present techniques intended to help participants get the last possible ounce of wear out of their clothes and household things. Darning, patching, storage and laundering techniques will be covered through discussion, demonstrations and examining finished examples. As Hugh Dalton said, “No doubt there are as many ways of patching or darning as there are of cooking potatoes”. With this in mind we will experiment, innovate and interact with one-another toward taking great delight in the process of mending.

Please bring at least 2 (textile) mending projects to work on, a pair of sharp sewing and/or embroidery scissors, straight pins, a few needles and a pin-cushion. Some materials will be provided. If you have specific complimentary or contrasting fabrics, threads, yarns, flosses, etc. you would like to use to mend your items, please bring them as well. Basic hand-sewing skills are an asset.

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About the Instructor:

Candice Tarnowski is an artist who works with drawing, sculpture, photo and textile processes to produce objects and installations. Her work concerns itself with repetitive gestures located in handwork and domesticity and the experience of being as a process of layering and folding. Her work has been shown and produced in residencies throughout North America and Europe. She holds a BFA in Fibres and MFA in Sculpture and has taught at Concordia University, Penland School of Crafts and the Alberta College of Art & Design. Candice lives in Montréal and is a member of the PALS artist collective.


Instructor: Emilie O’Brien

Dates: Tuesdays, April 18 – May 28, 2011

Time: 7 - 9pm

Location: Monastiraki 5478 Blvd. St-Laurent

Fee: $265 (all materials included)

Ages: 15 – 18 years

Led by artist Emilie O’Brien, co-owner and resident of Monastiraki, this workshop is for young women who are passionate about making art and learning to express themselves. The main goal of this project is to facilitate a creative, open learning space where girls can come to talk, listen and learn together towards fun and confident expression.

Several prominent women artists from Montreal will participate as guest animators throughout the workshop, providing examples of the wide variety of ‘making art’ that is possible. Through this exciting opportunity to meet and learn from these artists, and by talking about and experimenting with different techniques, we will learn how to work from our guts, our hearts, our hands and our heads. Meeting once a week for six weeks, the project will be followed by a small exhibit of the artwork on the walls of Monastiraki.

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About the Instructor:

A collector of textiles and words, Emilie O’Brien’s art practice includes painting, sculpture, video and embroidery. Through these fabric scraps and slow processes of making, she investigates the physicality we live in as more than mere substance. How we exist against a city, the processes we use to find time and space, our need for each other, how words can carry and hold – these are the ideas that guide her. Emilie has created and given many workshops for teen girls, as well as for children and adults.

With Billy Mavreas, she runs Monastiraki, an art & curiosity shop in Mile-End.

Creative Collaborative Workshop with Billy Mavreas

Instructor: Billy Mavreas

Dates: Wednesdays of the month, beginning April 2011

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Location: Monastiraki 5478 Blvd. St-Laurent

Fee: $120/ month (all materials included)

Ages: Adults

During this 4-week course, work with Billy Mavreas in a collaborative round table process of art creation. Mavreas will guide a small group of adults through a journey that will investigate the accidental, challenge personal and creative boundaries and explore concepts that art is only for artists. Sessions will involve drawing, looking and re-looking using the most basic of materials. Collage, mixed media and experiments with text & sequence will also be employed. With Mavreas as a creative, engaging and accessible guide, find yourself opening up to the possibilities of your own inner creative talents. Non-artists and those who have given up on making stuff (but always secretly loved doing so) are especially encouraged to sign up.

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About the Instructor:

Billy Mavreas is a Canadian artist living in Montreal, Quebec, whose work revolves around the themes of language and spirituality. He is a co-founder of Expozine, one of Canada's largest and most well respected Small Press & Zine Fairs, as well as a resident-at-large of Monastiraki, a shop and gallery of wonders in Mile End, where the workshops will take place. Mavreas' passionate, childlike sense of wonder and play has positioned him as a community conduit within many arenas for years now. His creative enthusiasm and relaxed, open nature make him the perfect person to help unlock the artistic potential in others.

Pre-registration required for all workshops!
Register by dropping by, calling Monastiraki at 514-278-4879, or by emailing us at

Friday, February 18, 2011

Elisabeth Belliveau - Entre Chien et Loup

Elisabeth Belliveau will be bringing her beautiful art makings
to our space for the month of March. A prolific drawer, writer, book-maker
animator, embroiderer, Elizabeth is an artist whose works we have
followed and loved for many years.

Join us for the vernissage on March 4th, 7 - 10pm
Show runs March 4th - 31st, 2011

Nuit Blanche @ Monastiraki : Discipline X

This year Brian Damage will bring his four hour ambient musical experience, Discipline X, to our hallowed halls !

Discipline X is the solo project of Brian Damage, ex-Phycus, ex-Unireverse. The projet was started in 2000 as Phycus was ending. One CDr was released at that time.

Discipline X was revived in 2009. A new download, “Futuric”, was released, based on the live set of the fall of 2009.

An excerpt from Brian's statement about this project :

"When Sun Ra met John Cage, the one thing they agreed upon was that the most important musician trait was discipline. No matter what style of music a musician performs, successful musicians must be devoted to their craft. Sun Ra planned a series of 100 “Discipline” recordings, and eventually recorded far more than 100 of them.

John Cage often composed based on a set or rules, or disciplines. I am also using a set of disciplines to create this music. For the first CD, for example, the rules included that each track must be comprised of several loops running out of phase with each other, there must be minimal human intervention in the creation of the loops, and that each track needed to be exactly 10 minutes long."

Come, look and listen !


We will also provide a table laden with collage materials for folks to make some art while the tunes are going down !

nuit blanche

February 26, 2011
10pm - 2 am

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

!!COCOBEURRE Lancement d'album!!

Monastiraki is pleased to host a free music show to launch the limited edition Cocobeurre album!!

***Performance at 9pm.***

Come early enough to peruse our extraordinary collection of wondrous things AND for the limited-edition Cocobeurre cd (10$) that comes with a set five of silkscreened postcards and a chance at winning a rare out-of-print Cocobeurre 7" split single on Goodbye Boozy Records!

"Cocobeurre is electric pianist Coco Khan from the Del-Gators and Milky Ways with accompaniment by Johnboyadonis from The Shrines, Viola McGowan, Choyce of Red Mass, and Oily Chi, King Khan and Dan Pedro of the Spaceshits. Marked by Coco’s unparalleled layering of vintage keyboards blasting boogie woogie beats into abstract aquatic galaxies and a psychotropic lyricism delivered in melancholic reverie, the resulting effect is a groundbreaking minimalist electro-pop."

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Distroboto 10th Anniversary Art Show

DISTROBOTO 10th Anniversary Art Show

Vernissage Vendredi 4 Fev 19 hr - 22hr
4 Fev - 27 Fev, 2011

It's an honour for us to host this wonderful event, celebrating what is now a Montreal cultural institution - the Distroboto. For those of you who don't know what a Distroboto is, you're missing out on a fantastic and fun way of getting affordable art by some great Montreal artists. With selections for $2 a pop, these are cigarette machines that have been turned into small galleries, with choices ranging from new music to little screen-printed, editioned books.

A collection of artworks from several long-participating artists will fill this exhibition, which runs until Feb 27th.

Friday, January 28, 2011

nature loves courage

This beautiful little bench has found a home....
or a little cabin way way up North to be more specific,
and apparently it takes a few hours in a skidoo to get there!

I love when something special finds an equally special home.