Last weekend I went along to La Carnita’s latest gig, the UNO art show. La Carnita bill their self as a ‘pop-up taqueria’ but this is no mere mobile Taco stall. They pair authentic, street-inspired Mexican food with street art, setting up in temporary venues to showcase amazing local and national art.
In this case, the venue was the Kilns at the Evergreen Brickworks, which as the name suggests is a huge building originally used for firing and drying clay bricks. The Brickworks are a bit tricky to get to – we took the subway and then a cab to get to the event – but its well worth the trek as it is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and the Kilns was a very cool venue for this event.
UNO started at 7pm, although we didn’t arrive until just after 9pm by which point I would guess there was at least a thousand people at the event, most of them in one of 4 lines for drinks, chicken tacos, fish tacos or churros. Unfortunately, the line for tacos was over an hour long and we abandoned the idea of getting any. This was a shame, as I’d had their tacos before at the once a month event Underground Food Market and they are delicious.
So, with a dinner consisting mostly of beer, we decided to feast instead on the music and art. The music was awesome, with DJs Mastermind and DJX dropping some great 90s hip-hop, which really took me back. The artwork was incredible as well, my favourites of the exhibition were photographer Matt Barnes and illustrator Ashley Baron (pictured below).
The whole event was really enjoyable, the vibe was electric and fun and despite some long queues for food everybody was in really good spirits and it was great to see how the combination of art, food and music brought the crowd together – everybody was talking about the art, dancing, catching up with friends and just enjoying the evening.
Keep an eye on La Carnita’s twitter for announcements for upcoming events. If you happen to be in Toronto for the next one, I’d definitely recommend checking it out for a unique experience.