Until December 24, the whimsical WINTER SHED EVENT will grace the grounds of Quartier DIX30, shining the spotlight on artists and artisans renowned for their talent, passion and innovation – makers of the distinctive, the delicious and the daring.
Celebrated by his peers here and abroad, critically acclaimed and a favourite with the public, Denis Gagnon is one of the most important Quebec designers of his generation. A key figure in the fashion world (among other things, he’s been invited to work with Lancôme), Gagnon is the first Canadian designer to be exhibited in a museum (specifically, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). Known for his innovative and avant-garde stylistic sense, Gagnon produces moving sculptures. An ingenuous artist, Gagnon’s creations testify to a teeming imagination and combine high quality, oneirism and audacity. In 2016, he turned heads with his fall/winter collection and his muse, Louise Latraverse, as well as his MIDGMYAL 17 line of handbags, the result of a collaborative effort with Parisian designer Jérôme Bocchio.
Dick Walsh brings his uncommonly instinctive, jack-of-all-trades approach to the WINTER SHED EVENT. Straddling the worlds of art, fashion and design, both here and abroad, he is the event’s humorously self-proclaimed “winter shed curator.” Nicknamed the “Wow Master,” he has collaborated with such big names as Dior, Valentino, Shiseido, MAC, Gaultier, Bergdorf Goodman, Céline Dion, Grammy’s, OSM and Guggenheim. The featured selection at this year’s event includes his personal favourites and one-of-a-kind discoveries, including creations by Rémi Racine, Joffrey Dumas (FRIGID) and Olicorno. Welcome to a world of passion and inspiration!
Joffrey Dumas, aka FRIGID, is a multidisciplinary artist who has been working in the field of beauty for over 20 years. A renowned head makeup artist as well as a musician, DJ and producer with several albums to his credit, Dumas started exploring the idea of launching a line of exhilarating, stylized luxury soaps in 2014, taking a “haute couture” approach to skincare. His commitment to raising environmental awareness was the impetus behind the creation of the 7 Deadly Soaps. Handcrafted using organic ingredients, the distinctly branded soaps are a blessing for the soul and a sensual invitation to indulge in the finer things.
Artist and designer Rémi Racine is the master of his art, in every sense. After expressing his creative vision through fashion and clothing for many years, he is now tapping into his expert knowledge of fabrics and interior/event design to reinvent the look of everyday items. His ingenuity, dexterity and free spirit lend themselves to practically any material. Every one of his creations is unique and an ode to the beauty of the ephemeral.
Self-taught performance artist and contemporary painter Olicorno expresses himself through paintings, artistic installations and art performances. In creating the brand Coquilles, he gave himself the mission of embellishing and giving life to objects that have a protective role, turning them into works of art. Phone and tablet cases, as well as caps are the first to be transformed. Each Coquilles item is created alongside Olicorno’s paintings, in his studio.
Based in Saint-Chrysostome, in the Montérégie area, AlpagAdore’s singular creations are made of 100% natural, on-trend alpaca wool from their own farm, with no chemicals or synthetic dyes. The undertaking is a passion project for two former IT execs, Luc Pinet and Elisabeth Fortin. Fortin is the founder of Jobboom.com and Micasa.ca. From fashion to home décor, AlpagAdore products are a striking combination of artistic excellence and technical expertise. Alpaca wool is the fabric of the future, known around the world for its superior quality, softness, warmth, durability and hypoallergenic features.
Henri et Victoria
Henri et Victoria
HENRI ET VICTORIA
Everyday elegance. That is what Henri et Victoria is all about. Co-founded by two friends and aficionados of the finer things in life – namely Claude Pilon (who hails from a background in law and biochemistry) and Jean-Mathieu Leblanc (a health research professional), Henri et Victoria revels in the time-honoured art of shaving. Their scientifically developed and locally made products stand out for their quality, sophistication and unique olfactory experiences, which range from Cognac & Cuban Cigars and Absinthe to Bergamot Vetiver, Fougère and other intriguing sensory delights. Henri et Victoria regularly tops the list of best men’s grooming products and its growing fan base extends as far as Western Canada and the U.S. Its co-founders are also committed to giving back to the community, earmarking a portion of their sales to charitable causes.
Design and graphic arts aficionados will be carried away by the poster art of Anne-Sophie Perreault. She shares her lifelong passion for design with Toffie Affichiste, her singular line of posters. The purity and pastels of her creations radiate from 50’s abstract art and Scandinavian design inspirations. Want a room that captures a look while accentuating the décor? The finesse and lightness of Perrault’s poster designs are sure to lift the spirit.
Fun is the game plan at Randolph boutiques, pubs and animation. Randolph, founded by comedian Normand D'Amour and his chairmen of the board, Justin Bazoge, Joël Gagnon and Benoît Gascon, is a nod to prolific games designer Alex Randolph. Come, discover the joy of playing games from Quebec and beyond, in all sorts of genres, plus well-known original Randolph games such as L'Osti D'Jeu. Whether you’re a novice or connoisseur, Randolph is the place for great finds.
Experimentation and uniqueness, these are Justine Cloutier’s operative words when creating in her workshop. An artistic director and graphic designer by day, Justine also paints with passion, playing with colours, textures and various techniques as she lets it all out on a canvas. Spurred by the need to express herself, this art lover creates vivid paintings, vibrant with emotions. Deftly mixing simplified graphic elements with intricate designs, her compelling creations capture the eye.
String Theory is contemporary textile design made to meet the traditional standards of the craft. Long-time friends Lysanne Latulippe and Meghan Price combine their expertise in knitting and weaving to make a line of beautiful scarves using fabrics produced in small batches. They work with the math and physics of fibres – alpaca, merino, cashmere and other top-quality yarns – to develop structures, patterns and textures inspired by natural and man-made sources. The name “String Theory” is borrowed from a concept in physics that says the world is made of vibrating strings.
Craftsmen at Atelier LaGrange indulge in their passion for all things wood by transforming this gift of nature into exclusive creations for the home and even the wardrobe. Everyday basics and singular caps and bowties… every item that comes out of their workshop bears the unique Atelier LaGrange touch. Love at first sight.
Velvet Moustache is the culmination of the fertile imagination and entrepreneurial spirit of Majorie Labrèque-Lepage. Their veritable menagerie of adorable and contemporarily designed cushions, soft toys and other fanciful curiosities is the epitome of irresistible charm, as their growing ranks of fans can attest, and a tasteful blend of ecology, ethics, fun and creativity. Velvet Moustache stands out for their original designs, meticulous quality control and local-based manufacturing process, thus contributing to the rise of the “slow couture” movement. The result is a world that blurs the distinction between adults and children – and indoor living and nature.
Entre Pierre & Terre
Entre Pierre & Terre
ENTRE PIERRE & TERRE
This Montérégie-based cidermaker offers a delicious range of sparkling ciders made using the time-honoured champagne method. Equally worthy of savouring are their ice cider and their cherry, black currant and blueberry wines – not to mention the pure “pear-fection” of their sparkling pear cider and ice pear cider. The latest addition to the lineup is a palate-pleasing vermouth from co-owner and oenologist Loïc Chanut, which is winning over fans at an impressive rate. Made from a carefully macerated blend of fine herbs, this new spin on a classic beverage is particularly enjoyable served neat.
Halte du Terroir
Halte du Terroir
HALTE DU TERROIR
A top destination for local bounty, Halte du terroir’s organic products embrace a natural, full-cycle ethos: flavourful fruit and vegetables, goat and goat milk products, homemade preserves (including fabulous marinades) and other ready-to-eat items, as well as an impressive variety of locally sourced and artisanal products, which speak to the collaborative philosophy of the store’s founder. Raised and prepared with care by Halte du terroir, goat meat (the most widely consumed meat in the world), also has many unknown benefits. It’s an excellent source of lean protein and iron, while its carbon footprint is lower.