Last Spring, Evergreen Brick Works played host to UNO, a wild night of art, music, booze, and tacos presented by La Carnita. Thousands came out that evening to see the works of some big names in street art and one in particular that stood out to us here on the Westside. If you don’t know who we’re talking about, it’s Matt Barnes, who put together this lovely piece that was a big hit amongst its viewers.
So why are we showing you a picture that Matt created for an event that took place over a year ago? Well the boys behind UNO have been grinding hard these past months in order to yet again plaster the walls of the Brick Works with beautiful art and fill up your bellies with tasty Mexican fare. Ladies and Gents prepare yourselves, DOS is coming. We spoke with event curator Clay Rochemont about how they intend to outdo themselves and what the big night has in store.
Obviously you were happy with the response to UNO, so what kind of thought process went into taking DOS to “the next level”?
A snap of the crowd at UNO
UNO was a great experience, but now that La Carnita has a brick and mortar location, and food events have become somewhat a regular thing, we knew we’d need to bring in a huge draw on every level to make DOS very special. As far as curating the exhibition, I’ve had great relationships with fine artists all over the world, and started to put my feelers out last summer. Once the responses started coming back, we knew we’d be able to really blow this out of the water on the art side.
As far as the Big Star Chicago concept, we wanted Toronto to get that pop up feel again while really playing off the number 2. Andrew, Amin and I sat down and decided the best way to do that was to bring in one of North America’s most celebrated taquerias for 1 night only. With the DJ’s, whats better than two DJ’s partying together and battling on 4 turntables? They’re going to try and out-do one another track for track, and its going to be a great party.
Where did the idea of the artist battle come from, and was there a method behind matching artists up?
Everything about DOS is bouncing off the concept of the number 2. Most (Not all) of our artists have been street artists, graffiti artists etc at one point, and know what its like to battle, or claim their space. I wanted the rawness of the streets to play into DOS, and I didn’t want the theme to be common across the board like UNO. So, we’re here now with 40 artists paired in two’s, sharing 20 themes of their choice. Some will collaborate, some will compete.
Is there anyone special on the roster you are really proud to be bringing to Toronto?
DALeast VS FAITH74
I love every artist on this roster (Hi Matt!), and a few I’m very excited to show, both locals and international. One story that sticks out, is I contacted DALeast about the show, he agreed to exhibit and THEN told me about his wife, Faith47. I was floored by the talent in that household, and paired them up immediately. They also have a 12 year old son who is a great artist as well, he’ll be making the trip with them. Such talent.
With regards to the food, will there be veggie options for those who aren’t down to eat meat?
The menu from both La Carnita and Big Star will be revealed soon. I know there will be vegetarian options of food, but even I’m in the dark when it comes to the taco’s ingredients this time around. (Exciting!)
Sum up what you expect from the evening in 5 words (or less).
Do Not Miss This Exhibition.
A real big thanks to Clay for taking the time and giving us the lowdown on the evenings events. Tickets for DOS are on sale now at LaCarnita.com so get ‘em while you still can. TGIW!