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Tolmie Ln Night Market is Back! Featuring Liam Joyce

Join us for a serene evening of local art, food, and music!


Dear Friend,

After our two weeks break, we’re excited to have you back for our fifth Tolmie Ln Night Market! Please join us this Thursday the 17th at our one-stop-workshop at #3-676 Alpha St (Accessibly through Tolmie Ln) at 6:30pm-late for an evening sure to delight all your senses! You can RVSP on Facebook here.


We are excited to have live music from local punk and sad-cowboy singer-songwriter Jacob LaRocque-Wall, as well as a DJ set from Tuck and our own Nima of Hillsboro, who describe their sound as joy on wax!



And let's not forget about the delightful gastronomic experience awaiting you, courtesy of the Lopez family, serving up their delicacies such as their now famous Lopez salmon burgers and lemonade. Prepare to take your taste buds on a scrumptious journey!


This summer has been an absolute thrill, hosting these incredible night markets and getting to know each and every one of you has been a highly rewarding experience, from the guests, artists, musicians, vendors, and chess players. Your presence and support have made these events extra special, and we can't thank you enough for being part of this magical journey! We’re excited to share a few words about our featured artist Liam Joyce, and I hope you will agree his experiments and collaborations are fascinating:


Throughout childhood, Liam showcased a lot of talent in the fields of art and music, but it was his natural athletic talent that grabbed his community’s attention. Soon, his entire routine was centered around a number of sports such as baseball, as his art, violin, and drums came to a halt. Liam was quickly scouted and soon on a team, excelling in many high-end sports. Deep inside, however, Liam never lost his passion and his want to create beautiful things on all manner of mediums. However, due to the extreme pressures and expectations on him, Liam regrettably had to bury these passions. 




After experiencing the devastating loss of his best friend at the end of high school, however, Liam realized that he had to take advantage of his life and renounce the immense expectations over him. He began to rely more and more on his art to express himself, a process he continues to find deeply therapeutic. Realizing that this was his calling, Liam enrolled in an Audio Visual and Music Production course at the Art Institute of Vancouver. Soon, Liam was working as an Audio Visual Technician in Vancouver.




Despite excelling in his studies, Liam knew that at heart he was an artist, not a technician. Inspired by his childhood love for Pokemon, he began to study the anime style of illustration. He also self-taught himself the art of tattooing for 1.5 years and soon found himself in a shop. Today he continues his trade at his own storefront, out of which he also produces clothing design, anime, traditional painting, canvases, and his passion of music production. You can appreciate his art on Instagram and listen to his music on SoundCloud.



This Thursday, Liam will be showcasing his experiments with glow in the dark stencils (produced right here at our shop) and will also be bringing canvases, including some special saw blade canvases. These unique canvases pieces are composed of layers of solid colours with a saw blade as a focal point. Liam will also be displaying some of his framed tattoo designs, which especially show his styles with cartoon and anime characters.

End of the (Tolmie) Ln: Night Market Finale

Our season finale event is going to be on Thursday August 31st, 6:30pm-late, at our one-stop shop #3-676 Alpha St (Accessed through Tolmie Ln). You may RVSP on Facebook, or Eventbrite. For our final Night Market session, we're excited to bring things full circle by featuring our own Matthew Lopez, who was the first featured artist to kick-off the season! Matthew will be displaying a unique gallery of his illustrations, brought to life on materials such as wood, metal, and epoxy, and integrated fascinatingly with all manner of multi-media. 


As always, you can enjoy some delectable bites and drinks curated by the Lopez family, including their refreshing lemonade and mouthwatering Salmon burgers, which night after night have proven a great success. Keeping with tradition, we're also going to be displaying the work of our previous featured artists, as well as unique collaborations we've worked on with all of them, arrayed for exhibition and sale. We're thrilled to announce a stellar line-up of local musicians, including local bands CoffinHill, HOT POT, and a DJ set by Tuck & Nima of Hillsboro. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!


We're also going to be conducting a raffle for all attendees to our Night Market season, and will be giving away some prize and bespoke woodwork commissions. These works of art are sure to grace any home with added panache and beauty. If you'd like to be a part of our draws do come by to our upcoming night market sessions this on the 17th and 24th and be sure to check in! All attendees who check in are eligible to be entered into the draw.


Thank you so much for your time, Friend. We deeply appreciate your support of our friendly neighbourhood one-stop workshop! We're always glad to be of service, and on behalf of our team we wish you a very happy summer!

Kind regards,

Matthew Lopez
General Contractor
Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd
+1 (250) 885-2902


About Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd:

Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd is a local and emerging artisanal contracting company that specializes in highly custom projects, ranging from renovations to bespoke commissions such as live-edge furniture. Our one-stop shop strongly values our community, and we strive to operate within a 100% local network of partnered suppliers, sub-trades, artisans, and specialists. Our wood supply network, for example, sources largely from local ethical arborists.

We host a beautiful and diverse display of Vancouver Island’s finest lumber specimen, ready to be kilned, milled, sanded, edged, finished, or otherwise prepared right here in our shop for any discerning patron or project. Our one-stop shop offers singularly rare and unique services right here in the heart of Victoria, including one of downtown’s only kiln, lathe, and CNC services.


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