Our Story

Led by the successful team behind 33 1/3 Coffee Roasters, Craft Services provides a hub to fuel our creative communities.

With fresh, quality ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible, our café is a link between the producers, the work of farmers, and the work of artistic people coming together to produce something inspired.

Opened in November 2018, Craft Services has quickly become a staple for MAG visitors and the surrounding community. With fresh baking daily, as well as a robust selection of breakfast and lunch items, and weekly dinner specials every Thursday, the café has exactly what you need to nourish your body after feasting on the incredible artwork on view upstairs in the Galleries. Nestled amid Bill Burns’ art installation, Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge, Craft Services is a place to engage the senses, a place to meet, exchange, discuss and build our communities.

“Craft services” is the centre of a film set’s social scene. The area is the great equalizer. The quality of the spread can make or break the crew’s experience. A good craft services crew is responsible for the physical and mental well-being of the entire set.

Craft Services is the creative engine for the creative industries, where visual art, food, music, poetry, film, movement and more will intermingle and create transformative experiences.

Bill Burns

 

Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge consists of a set of jerry-rigged bird calls, a radio transmitter, a microphone, a series of drawings, blueprints, photographs, as well as Barcode of Life wallpaper.

Bill Burns was born into a book-selling family in Regina, Saskatchewan. He received an MA from Goldsmiths College in London where he worked with Gerard Hemsworth and John Latham.  Since that time his work about nature and civil society has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul.

He has published more than a dozen artist books and audio recordings with publishers such as Walther Konig in Cologne and Space Poetry in Copenhagen. He has been Artistic Director of the Dogs and Boats and Airplanes choir since 2010. His most recent book, Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us (2015), is published by YYZ BOOKS, Toronto, and Black Dog Publishing, London. He lives in Toronto, Canada.