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LIFESTYLE: Analogue Gallery Celebrates 5 Years Strong

Lucia Graca knows how to spot a star. What hangs on the walls of Queen West’s Analogue Gallery is a testament to this fact. The second clue to tip me off to Graca’s good taste were the jovial silver balloons that adorned the gallery last week. They signified five successful years of Graca running a skillfully curated labor of love; something one could call a shrine to Rock&Roll.

Analogue Gallery’s fifth birthday party was celebrated in stylish company alongside an impressive three piece band, and infused with the spirit of entertainment royalty.


The range of moguls on the gallery’s walls makes it a place that is sure to conjure nostalgia for all who venture a glance. The unmistakable figure of gaunt and straight-faced David Bowie (as he waits to see a Warhol premiere, the story goes) was the first image to catch my eye. To it’s left, Wu Tang Clan’s unforgettable weirdo, Old Dirty Bastard, sits in a decrepit living room strewn empty forties and heaping ashtrays, riddled with laughter. To the right, a baby-faced Lauryn Hill shares an armchair with Wyclef and Pras for an impromptu shoot in the early nineties. Amy Winehouse, John and Yoko, Oasis, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Arcade Fire and Florence and the Machine – the collection spans genres and decades.


One of the most memorable parts of the gallery are the words of the photographers that accompanied each image. There’s something about reading about the moment of your idol, straight from the lips of the person who froze it in history, that brings us to a more complex understanding of the music icons we feel we know so well. Photographers the likes of Ken Regan, Barrie Wentzell, Lynn Goldsmith, Jill Furmanovsky, Neal Preston, and Don Hunstein – via the talented Lucia Graca – bring their eye for human beauty to the walls of the Queen West space.

For the grown up looking to capture the feelings of adolescent days gone by, Graca has the perfect substitutes for those old posters of your Rock & Roll favourites.

– Nicole Edwards

Photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip


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BEAUTY: Say Hello To Holika Holika

“Holika Holika was created for those who want to look good and feel great about themselves,”says Karen Yeung, Director of Holika Holika’s Canadian operations. “It’s similar to the metamorphosis of the butterfly; a few well-chosen products can be transformative.”

Earlier this week, Toronto’s Queen West strip caught a glimpse of that signature Korean style during the unveiling of the street’s newest beauty boutique, Holika Holika (pronounced ho-LEE-kah, ho-LEE-kah). The line is Korea’s number one celebrity-endorsed beauty line that features products for both men and women alike.

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Each item gives us a little glimpse into Korean pop culture. Many of the products are intriguingly inventive, like the Canadian best seller Tea Cafe Mask Sheet in Apple Mint Tea that rejuvenates the skin by tightening the pores. Another interesting must-try is the charmingly presented Smooth Skin Egg Soap. Packaged in a mini egg carton, the egg soap comes in different colours, each representing a different skin type. Charcoal Egg (black) helps control greasy skin that produces too much oil. White Egg smooths skin through pore minimization. Red Clay Egg acts as an exfoliate, helping your skin shed dead cells that leave the face looking dull or dry. Finally, the Green Tea Egg, using the long respected health booster, moistens and smooths the face.

Funky names and cheeky phrases punctuate the product descriptions in a way that takes you away from the typical Queen St. shopping experience. Located a quick jaunt from Much Music, Holika Holika is definitely worth popping into!


– Nicole Edwards

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