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A Gallery Show for the Typographically Obsessed

Letterforms become visual art at Swash & Serif, on now at the Black Cat Gallery.


Swash & Serif
The Black Cat Gallery (2186 Dundas St. West)
November 13–November 19, 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Swash & Serif is the debut gallery show by Toronto typography fanatics Ligatures, presented in conjunction with the Toronto Design Directory. If the opening-night crowd is any indication, it seems both groups have tapped a deep well of pent-up artistic desires among the graphic design community.

“We only had a handful of submissions two weeks ago,” said Margot Trudell, one of the show’s curators and a member of both Ligatures and the Design Directory. “But then it exploded.” They received more than 60 submissions before whittling those down to 40 pieces by 36 artists.

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U of T Librarian Creates a Musical Legacy

Local listening parties celebrate the diverse and expansive record collection of the late Wayne Sorge.

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Wayne Sorge. Photo by Trevor Abes. Photo pictured by Sheldon Dawe.

When former University of Toronto library technician Wayne Sorge died in 2008 due to complications from a series of strokes, he left behind objects and impressions that reveal an unrelenting curiosity. Music was Sorge’s life—he sang; taught himself to play guitar, bass, and harp; and combined his love of music with his interest in medieval history by taking up the lute. And he amassed an album collection that has been given new life through a series of public listening parties.

Sorge started collecting vinyl in the late 1960s. His crate-digging was determined by time and money rather than obsession. When he couldn’t buy a record straight away, his desire and appreciation for it would grow. “He managed to scrounge around in second-hand record stores in Toronto to find most of his music,” says his wife, Mary Lyons, a painter and social worker at CAMH, “though he stopped briefly in the 1970s when he said rock and roll died in its sleep and nobody noticed.”

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