11 August

Watch out for Rustica Canteen, a new CBD eatery from Rustica Sourdough


Fitzroy bakery Rustica Sourdough is about to get its first sister venue in the city with Rustica Canteen. Set to take up a warehouse space in 33 Guildford Lane (the former Utopian Slumps gallery location), Rustica Canteen will be a move away from Rustica’s bakery beginnings and instead offer city office workers freshly made breakfast and lunch options.

For his newest venture, Rustica founder and master baker Brenton Lang is collaborating with Touchwood and Ladro head chef Tristan White and Matt Vero, co-owner of Tall Timber, Touchwood and Marquis of Lorne.

“Although we’ll be open all week, the canteen is built for quick service to cater to the city work crowds,” Lang says. “It’s a move away from the cafe model we have in Fitzroy… there are plenty of great cafes already in the city.”

Rustica Sourdough’s namesake sourdough loaves will be delivered from the Fitzroy bakery each morning.… Read more

10 August

Third Drawer Down wants to give you free stuff

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Here’s how you can get the ultimate freebie from gift shop Third Drawer Down. Simply buy a prepaid postage satchel and send it in an envelope to: 39 George Street, Fitzroy 3065.

All those who send their empty satchels this August will receive a bag full of gifts from Third Drawer Down. You can expect a mix of Third Drawer Down samples, Third Drawer Down Studio products made for top museums around the world and whatever else the staff decide to give away that day. If you’re a fan of Third Drawer Down’s quirky gifts and knick-knacks, this is the lucky dip for you.

Third Drawer Down is known for their out of the ordinary objects, homewares, books and jewellery, created by their in-house studio and sourced from all over the world – think cute tea towels, locally made ceramics and furniture shaped like corn on the cob and giant toothbrushes.… Read more

10 August

Here’s your chance to show your work at White Night Melbourne 2016

Posted by in Arts, News


The city lights are going to get a little brighter on February 20, 2016 with the return of our favourite all-nighter White Night Melbourne. The city’s biggest party after New Year’s Eve is calling on creatives to submit their work – visual artists, musicians, filmmakers and performers are being invited to showcase their artistic pursuits throughout Melbourne CBD for the all-night party. Too left-of-field to fit in the existing categories? There’s room for you too with the opportunity to apply for White Night’s Out Of the Box funding, a celebration of the weird and wonderful artistic visionaries.

As the only city in Australia to be part of the Nuit Blanche movement, Melbourne will once again join 23 other countries in hosting a night of bright lights, late night arts,  live performances and special dining experiences lasting 12 hours. From 7pm to 7am, thousands of eager city-dwellers will gather in Melbourne CBD for the biggest all-night of the year.… Read more

10 August

Sugar Mountain making a return in 2016

Sugar Mountain

Happily, Sugar Mountain – staged at the Victorian College of the Arts for the first time last year, after taking a year off – just announced that it’s returning for its fifth year. The line-up’s still under wraps, but, based on past experience, you can expect a progressive and surprising mix of music and arts – last year’s highlights included everything from NAS’s start-to-finish run through of Illmatic, enfant terrible Ariel Pink giving it his electro-brat best and dirty-rock monsters King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard ripping it up.

We’ll keep you posted as further details drop.

Sugar Mountain Victorian College of the Arts. Sat Jan 23, 2016.Read more

10 August

Uniqlo coming to Eastland late 2015


If you grew up in the eastern suburbs, chances are you spent some time at Eastland as a kid – not because it was cool, but rather as a matter of necessity. Times have changed though and Eastland’s come a long, long way, baby.

The fact that Eastland’s investing $665 mill in its refurb goes to show that it’s taking the facelift super seriously. As does the fact that they’re attracting retailers the likes of H&M and Uniqlo – who has just announced that it’ll be joining the retail stable and bringing its high quality, modest cost, wardrobe staples with it (where else can you get a cotton-cashmere sweater for just shy of $50?).

The other neat development is the addition of a ritzy food court – can you even call it a food court when you’re getting George Calombaris on board? Look forward to Jimmy Grants (Calombaris’ souvlaki with style shop), Pacos Tacos and Huxtaburger setting up shop, as well as concept venues like the Cellar Door, which is slated to have a rooftop garden and bar, and Hunter and Barrel – basically a celebration of meat, craft beers and curiosity-piquing barrel-aged cocktails.… Read more