I suppose it’s kind of fitting that a photo show celebrating Canada’s other winter pastime – working on motorbikes – would be accompanied by one last sneaky cold weather suckerpunch from ol’ Jack Frost, the most ruthless and diabolical hater of them all.
As the temperature dipped and then dropped, a handful of Fast Times’ allies and accomplices assembled to turn Academy of Lions, a Toronto crossfit gym, into a sort of dream garage filled with art, bikes, beers, and a whole bunch of like-minded folks looking for a good time. While Steamwhistle wheeled in a couple dozen cases of pilsner, we set about clearing out all the kettle bells and free weights and chalk buckets so the walls could be hung with photographs and paintings from a diverse range of artists who seek to capture the essence of these machines we all dig so much.
Harley Canada filled the back room with a selection of 2016 bikes and parked their sweet new Low Rider S in the front window to reassure anyone wandering the Ossington strip that, yes, this is where the party’s at. Flat Track Canada brought in a racy XR750 and Jason Parker delivered his gorgeous ’56 Panhead chopper to sit in the front room and make everyone all lusty. Harley Canada also generously donated two tanks that local artists, Alex Snelgrove and Paul Jackson, custom painted with some seriously stunning designs – all done live while people watched and mingled.
Of course, in addition to gathering a bunch of bikes and fine art, we were beyond stoked to finally get to share the first issue of Fast Times Magazine. It’s been a long process and a lot of work and we’re really proud of how everything turned out so it was gratifying to see the excitement of everyone that came out to celebrate with us.
On behalf of everyone at Fast Times, a heartfelt thank you to all of the artists, contributors, sponsors, and, most importantly, everyone who snagged a copy of the mag – your support has been positively overwhelming.
Words by Ryan Johansen
Photos courtesy of Eric Moran and Honrio Cham