DIYDAY ripped it up at Chainsaw

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DIYDAY kicked ass yesterday, and I hope more events like this are on the way.  Instantiated by Marc Lecompte and billed as a “mixed-media event showcasing the hard-working folks putting forth an effort to make the culture of our city as vibrant as possible”, it certainly delivered.  Marc, who owns and operates the Princess Café and Espresso Bar as well as Cheeses Murphy, is someone I’ve not yet met, but based on this meetup, I sure want to (facebook tells me we have common friends like Jon Johnson, Hilary Abel and Matthew Reynolds).  I met Jon, of Bearface Design fame, a couple years ago at a printing press party at Matthew’s garage, and have just been going to a lot of the same gigs since then.

In addition to wanting to pick up some BFRC merch, I saw that Branko Vranic was going and I definitely wanted to get some of his prints.  Been kicking myself for not buying out this entire stock at the show Chérie Fawcett put together at the Silicon W Gallery last year.  Branko’s work shown above.  I bought the middle one.

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Jen van Overbeeke and Danielle Hyde of In Paper Dreams.  These two were positively brimming with good energy, and…

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The man himself, Mr. Jon “Bearface” Johnson.  They say a business owner wears a lot of hats, and I’ve illustrated that here as Jon wears a smart looking toque, straightens the sign with one hand and t-shirts with the other, all while balancing a precariously piled mountain of Chainsaw burger and fries on his lap.

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This is wicked.  Bought.  Brohemus, I picked up one for you, too.

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Bought that shirt, too.

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Hold on!  That’s a familiar face from Friday’s Dreamscapes show at WalterFedy

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Kate Cox and I didn’t meet on Friday, but here I am sitting down with her for…

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my very own unflattering portrait, which I think turned out very…


well.  Thanks Kate.

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Robert Dayton’s winking cards and more.  I loved the hand-written everything…

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at this event.  Orange Monkey brought out the vinyl!

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These are great.  Who did these?

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Trevor Waurechen prints.  Check out his comics at

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My good friend Anna Beard representin’ at The Cord Community table.  Met Anna while working on The Grand Porch Party back in the spring.

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Nice to meet the guys from The Mano A Mano Radio show…

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who are also putting out comics, and…

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had this handsome guitar as a donation jar.

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Who was doing these matchboxes?  They are awesome.

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Cara Vandermey had these great stickers of one-off figures.

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Jeff Woods and Mike Arnott had laid out this book of photos from the PEOPLE.OF.KITCHENER tumblr feed.  There was a code in the back to download some music from Hinindar (Jeff and Steve Sloane’s outfit).  I bought.

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Another cool cat from the Dreamscape show is Melanie Sarazin.  You can check out more of her work at her tumblr feed.  She had done up these pieces with porcelain paint.  I bought a mug.

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Ellie Anglin, delivering The Golden Bat zine.  I bought.

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You know who loves buttons besides Caroline Wesley?

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Elton John, that’s who.

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Chris Austin brought out the bears.

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Thanks to all the crew who showed up.  Introduced me to a whole different crowd of makers.


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8 Responses to DIYDAY ripped it up at Chainsaw

  1. Agnes says:

    I’m sad I missed this! But Hacky Halloween was sufficiently awesome…so I guess that is consolation.

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  3. matthew reynolds says:

    Great write up of a super fun event Darin! I think we must have missed you by mere minutes… but I’m glad to see I left some merch for you; ha!

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