Where did you grow up?
Robin: Parkdale + Etobicoke
What brought you to Toronto? (If you aren’t from here)
R: What keeps me in Toronto are the incredible, ambitious and talented friends I’m fortunate to have. And the food. Oh goodness, the food.
What do you do for a living?
R: I live a lot of yoga. I also make & market things – ranging from doodles and design to creative community programming and outreach.
C: I design and build things: industrial design, art, furniture, renos etc.
How did you get started?
R: Yoga has been a part of my life since ‘06 when I bought myself a month pass to Downward Dog Yoga Centre for my birthday. Yoga makes me feel grateful for being able to breathe, move and be. Having the opportunity to share that feeling with others is a dream.
I’ve always had my hand in the creative pot. I like promoting people who make pretty things and I, myself, like making pretty things.
C: I started making things for myself, people seemed to like them so I kept making them.
What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?
R: It’s equally isolated from and accessible to the hustle and bustle of the city. There are some really good eats (Mmmm Lady Marmalade. Mmmm Andrea’s Bakery). And Withrow Park is awesome!
C: The isolation. It’s just far enough away from what’s “happening” to keep me out of trouble, but still in biking distance to everything else.
What’s the last treasure you found?
R: A piano that I bought for $100 from a restaurant that was closing. We precariously wheeled it on the street, atop of rickety dollies.
C: I found an old cast iron water main cap on the side of the road after a flood. I have no idea what I’ll do with it but it’s really pretty.
If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?
R: This question is too hard. But if it were truly my last: Albert’s Real Jamaican Food.
C: Foxley Bistro. Every ceviche on the menu and the sticky ribs.
If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?
R: Jean-Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir. Their loyalty to each other and their philosophies are inspiring… But I’d want to ask them so much about their open marriage and scandalous adventures.
C: I used to build wicked forts with my grandad when I was a kid. So him.
If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?
R: THIS. (I don’t even know what any of the words mean, but it doesn’t matter)
What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?
R: THE OCEAN.
C: Somewhere to sit down. More public seating.
See Robin & Craig’s work on their website – www.uncrvdblk.com – and follow them on twitter, instagram, and facebook @uncrvdblk.
Follow Robin on twitter and instagram @royolaroyola and see her work at www.royola.ca.