Friday, July 30, 2021

Colour explosion in RendezViews Patio

A former parking lot in downtown Toronto was transformed into a giant patio in 2020 and is within a giant graffiti mural orchestrated by RendezViews and Collective Arts Brewing of Hamilton. The patio is a joint development with restaurants The Ballroom and The Fifth and is located at 229 Richmond Street West. Of course I visited the patio on a Monday - when it is closed! However, it was worth the detour on the bike because it is spectacular.

Artists Attack and Bruno Smoky, known as Clandestinos Art, painted the asphalt surface as well as the back of The Ballroom and the overall art installation is titled "Reflections". The graffiti mural is on the wall while the old parking lot and picnic benches are painted in bright yellow, pink, green and turquoise.

From their media release, "An idea was born last November when Mayor John Tory dubbed 2021 the Year of the Arts, to transform RendezViews and inspire a greater impact as a destination. “I wanted to use the power of art to restore hope, joy, optimism and vibrancy to the city,” says Oliver Geddes (Owner, The Fifth). Hamilton-based Collective Arts Brewing, known for its colourful and creative labels (and a longtime collaborator and supporter of artists) was the perfect partner to bring this vision to life.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with RendezViews this summer. This is an exciting opportunity to create a space in the heart of downtown Toronto to safely celebrate summer with friends while enjoying incredible art, music, food and drinks,” says Matt Johnston, Co-Founder and CEO of Collective Arts.

“Times have changed and Toronto wants and deserves something that meets the moment - an evolution of a destination Toronto doesn’t have but needs right now,” says Barry Taylor (Director of Operations, The Ballroom)."

You will need to make reservations and check out the website for the hours of operations along with any scheduled musical entertainment. They seem to be closed on Mondays.

Hours for the Week of July 26th
Mon: closed
Tue: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Wed: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Thu: 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri: 4:00pm – 2:00am
Sat: 4:00pm – 2:00am
Sun: 4:00pm – 10:00pm

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