Boots & Pine


Meichen Waxer in Parkdale


Where did you grow up?

Aurora, Ontario. Just north of Toronto in a beautiful heritage home that was the perfect setting for my childhood make-belief games.

What brought you to Toronto?

To go to OCAD U, but since I grew up so close to the city I spent many of my teen years being “cool” in Kensington Market. Which I also thought was the mecca of the city at the time.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a visual artist. I actually have a solo show opening soon, Aug 15th at Milk Glass Gallery, 1247 Dundas Street W. It runs till August 29th 2013.

How did you get started?

As long as I can remember I wanted to be creative in some capacity. My Bubbie was a weaver/ clothing designer and art collector, so she inspired me at an early age. I was very lucky to have parents that indulged my creative whims; I took dance, piano, flute, vocal and art lessons.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

I love how diverse Parkdale is. It’s full of creative types and great places to eat and have a coffee, at the same time there are so many cultures and types of people that make up the area. I also love how close it is to the lake.

What’s the last treasure you found?

“Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science” by Hans Belting. I think it’s rare to find a book directly inline with your interests.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

Medium spicy lamb roti from Mother India, but as take-out and probably at home.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

My Bubbie. Last one I remember she made me cloaks for my dolls so they could be more magical. I think she was my soul mate.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

“I’m Alive” – Celine Dion. It’s just so inspirational and perfect for those heart warming opening credit moments.

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

Amorino Gelato, they shape the gelato into flowers and its perfectly delicious!

See Meichen’s work online at and join the Facebook event for her solo show here.

© 2012 Arden Wray