Art, Drinks and Food on Bloor Street : Mercer Union Gallery and The Emerson

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mercer union centre for contemporary art bloor street toronto

Julie, Meghan and I went to the opening night party for the new installation at The Mercer Union Contemporary Art Centre, (located on the north side of Bloor, just east of Lansdowne), last Friday evening.

The exhibition, guest curated by Denise Ryner, is called Common Cause: before and beyond the global, and runs until March 24, 2018. Described as "Installations by Fayçal Baghriche, Sandra Brewster, David Hartt and Jeneen Frei Njootli consider historical, present and speculative expansions on the global, as a permanently unfixed, interdependent but disordered whole."

artwork by faycal baghriche at mercer union centre for contemporary art toronto

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↑ Mural "Elective Purification, 2009" by Fayçal Baghriche ↑

enveloppements by faycal baghriche at mercer union gallery toronto

↑ "Enveloppements, 2010" by Fayçal Baghriche ↑

sound installation by jeneen frei njootli snow crust and sinew at mercer union toronto

↑ Hmmm, how to photograph a sound installation? "Snow Crust and Sinew, 2018" by Jeneen Frei Njootli ↑

film projection adrift by david hartt at mercer union gallery toronto

↑ Film projection, found carpet, and speakers by Havid Hartt, "Adrift, 2015" ↑

heirloom by sandra brewster jar of fruit rum wine at mercer union gallery toronto

↑ Ingredients for Black Cake: my sister's jar of fruit, currents soaked in rum and wine, by Sandra Brewster, called "Heirloom, 2017"

mixed media by sandra brewster a trace at mercer union gallery toronto common cause exhibition

↑ Meghan and friends in front of "A Trace, 2017" - Mixed Media, by Sandra Brewster. ↑


↑ Life imitating art ↑


↑ They had really good snacks! Based on proximity to the gallery and what I've seen on Yelp photos, I believe they came from South Indian Dosa Mahal Restaurant. Nom. ↑

the emerson bloor street toronto

After, at Julie's recommendation, we crossed the street and went to The Emerson. It was an excellent choice -- the drinks, drinks, server and atmosphere were just right.

To drink I had the "Value Village" : Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, lime, thyme syrup", Julie had the "Strip Club Spritz" : Elderflower liqueur, Cava, lemon, and Meghan had red wine.

They offer a selection of their side dishes, served in tapas style. We had the butternut squash gratin, shaved brussels sprouts, asiago roasted cauliflower, and french fries served with roasted garlic aioli. It was all good but my favourite was the cauliflower.

at the emerson toronto

photo wall

m and j



window seat

us 1

us in the mirror

All in all, a great night out with friends.

Thanks for reading,
xo loulou

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3 Responses to Art, Drinks and Food on Bloor Street : Mercer Union Gallery and The Emerson

  1. I loved this night, we all had such a great time, and your photos are fantastic!

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