WISHLIST Holiday Market

WISHLIST Holiday Market

In partnership with thisopenspace, our December programming was a genuine 'rally' in the truest sense. Curating a group of four different brands with individually creative build-outs to construct an unmissable, one-of-a-kind holiday gift pop-up market. BlogTO identified us as one of the top 10 can't miss markets and pop-ups in Toronto for holiday shopping:

The mix of participating brands complimented each other so well while remaining unique in their individual presence. We had a blast working with all of them, thank-you Frank + Oak, Bobbies, Mary Young and Chance & Fate. 

    

STARBOY

STARBOY

In celebration of his fourth full-length album, The Weeknd brought his limited edition Starboy collection to his hometown pop-up shop at Rally. It was the only location in Canada, as well as the only location worldwide where the Starboy himself made an appearance to sign autographs and show his fans some love.   

The gallery was red, the fans were out in masses and the Starboy left a blazing trail.   

XO.

KOTN

KOTN

Closing out the phenomenal pop-ups that were hosted at Rally in 2016, this holiday season we welcomed local brand KOTN into our space. Specializing in essential goods made from authentic and sustainably sourced Egyptian cotton, KOTN designed a beautiful shop with beautiful products. Collaborating with local furniture designers KROFT to furnish and design the space, the shop looked amazing and felt as warm, cozy and welcoming as one of KOTN's t-shirts. 

The Borders in Between

The Borders in Between

The refugee crisis has been one of the most pressing global issues in recent years. Last fall, photojournalist Cody Punter spent three months following the migrant route from Turkey to Germany. Upon returning, Cody exhibited 34 of his most compelling photographs under the title The Borders In Between.

A group of friends and local bravehearts, working with Lifeline Syria sponsored a family of four to immigrate to Canada in July 2016. Continuing their support, they invited Cody and his exhibition as part of their fundraiser to raise additional support. This special presentation of Borders In Between exhibition at Rally was the first time the collection of images had been shown in Toronto. 

Cody spoke about his experience, and there was a silent auction of his most gripping photographs with proceeds going to the family. This event provided an opportunity to learn more about the crisis and to directly support those who have been affected by it.

The World's Best Tuque

The World's Best Tuque

Frontier, a local magazine, design studio and ventures group, believe that to feed the powerful engine that is creative development, you need a combination of content, consulting and entrepreneurship. The Frontier Ventures program consists of one internal venture and one partner venture every year and their first internal venture was The Frontier Tuque. 

The crew from Frontier transformed Rally into a unique, experiential pop-up shop with an informative display, telling the story of the Frontier Tuque from conception to delivery. If you didn't get your hands on one of these exclusive lids, the shop also had a variety of goods from pins to patches to the second issue of their terrific magazine.  

Opening Night of Contortions

Opening Night of Contortions

Contortions

Lush gardens, creatures and idols compose a world in decay. Beautiful but poisonous for any familiar life forms, man is absorbed until there is no trace left but his own spirit and concept. Conquered by curious plants and beasts he is now the servant of his own myths and part of the past. 

Contortions features six large paintings, a mixed media sculpture and twenty illustrations for an intimate invitation into the artist’s fascination with enigmatic variations of perception and reality. 

"Olivier Bonnard is a surrealist painter who creates his own mythology, twisted deities, rulers and underdogs, inviting the viewer to wander around and discover an unlimited imagination and his unique oneiric world; half realistic, half fictional, surrounded by his traditional mastery with the paint brush." (Juxtapoz)

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The Contortions exhibition is at Rally from November 8th to November 19th. 

Atelier New Regime

Atelier New Regime

October brought the gentlemen of Atelier New Regime, the Montreal streetwear line to Rally, not once but twice! A three day pop-up shop both times featured their new collection of goods, "École Buissonnière" consisting of stripped long sleeve shirts, varsity jackets, sweatsuits and graphics playing on the themes of school and institutions.

Toronto loves these talented designers, come back soon,

Scott Campbell x Hennessy

Scott Campbell x Hennessy

When Hennessy Very Special announced the latest edition and Toronto launch of its Limited Edition series with a new bottle design created by American tattoo artist Scott Campbell, we were ecstatic.  We are big fans of his work and thought it so fortunate that while he'd be in Toronto, he'd be here at Rally. In continuing a legacy of artistic collaboration that spans centuries, the new bottle illustrates the brand's dedication to the art of blending by overlapping two very different, very old traditions: tattoo artistry & Cognac making.

The Limited Edition release is the sixth in an ongoing series between Hennessy V.S and internationally renowned artists, including Ryan McGinness, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemêos, Futura, and KAWS.

For a day in October we welcomed Mr. Scott Campbell, the illustrious Hennessy team and their wonderful guests here to Rally to shake down in celebration. From a pop-up tattoo shop in the front, through a photo exhibition of Scott's process led you over two-levels to the late night music showcase in the lower space.

All photos by Yannick Anton

Cabinet Éphémère

Cabinet Éphémère

Montreal and Cabinet Éphémère brought to Rally their 7th edition of the travelling group pop up store. This three day long store front featured a wealth of Montreal and Toronto based designers and jewelry designers, ranging in a wide assortment of styles and aesthetics. Designers like Christopher Bates, WRKDEPT, Cara Cheung, and Anne Marie Chagnon displayed their latest offering to the eager shoppers of the city. 

FORMS Summit

FORMS Summit

The FORMS Summit was held at Rally and took place on September 28th to 30th. The Summit invited creative communities, personalities, artists and professionals from Toronto, New York and Amsterdam to talk about their respective experiences. Panel discussions took place and the invitees spoke on the future and boundary pushing ideas spanning the realms of architecture, music, technology, urban design and new media. 

Conversations about the impact of convergence on the future of work and creativity, the shifting role of public art and public space as well as an introduction to human experience design and biomimicry, were some of the topics discussed during the two day summit.  

Summit featured leading minds from New York's New Museum, Artscape, Centre for Social Innovation, OCAD, and Design Exchange.

Summit featured leading minds from New York's New Museum, Artscape, Centre for Social Innovation, OCAD, and Design Exchange.

NEW AFRICA

NEW AFRICA

September 23rd had l'âme Inconnue the Toronto/Ghana based creative management firm produced New Africa. A fashion presentation introducing North America to the Ghanaian designer Barkers-Woode and showcasing Toronto's own Wild Moon Jewelry. New Africa, a creative collaboration sought out to re-define the notion of African and African inspired fashion and it's means of presentation. Bringing the models out in monochromatic outfits coupled with brass and sterling silver accessories to a room of viewers witnessing the new Africa.

 

RENT VHS

In July 2016 the last ‘new’ VCR was manufactured in Japan. The true end of a decades long era and film culture , now sealed inside an obsolete form. Our technological triumphs and world-unifying formats rise and fall and get disposed, burying memory within their plastic pieces. The reign of the VHS tape shaped a generation’s consumption of culture and collective experience, binding us in a shared pop language culture.

Created for Toronto by Justin BroadbentJordan Soderberg Millsthe Doody’sFred Caron and Hermann & Audrey.

See more photos HERE