Lindsay Zier-Vogel’s Brunch Maps: Helping Us Eat Our Way Through Toronto
When she’s not busy writing love letters, dancing or teaching, Toronto artist Lindsay Zier-Vogel creates beautifully-printed brunch maps. Complete with a checklist and button, you can guess what we spend our weekends doing! We sat down with Lindsay for a brief chat about her work + what she’d order for her perfect brunch.
Drake General Store: You’re involved in so many wonderful artistic endeavors; everything from the Love Letter Projects, to dancing, to visual artistic work. How did you become involved in your creative pursuits?
Lindsay Zier-Vogel: I started out as a dancer once upon a time, but felt like something was missing for me with the ephemeral quality of performance, so I took some of the writing I was doing and started making books – small run editions.
In that time, I really fell in love with book-binding and making things with paper. I love the possibilities of paper – that it can function as paper, canvas and fabric. Oh paper!!
Recently, I’ve been back in the studio writing the “scripts” for two different dance pieces. It’s such a perfect way to be working in dance without actually dancing!
The Love Lettering Project came about out of my love for wee poems, making things out of paper, and of mail. The element of hiding notes for strangers all over the city is one of my favourite parts about the project.
DGS: Your Toronto Brunch Map is quickly becoming one of our best sellers! What inspired you to create the piece? It often feels like brunch can be a competitive weekend sport in Toronto!
LZV: YAY brunch! It’s most definitely a competitive sport in Toronto. I say get there when the doors open (or in the case of Saving Grace, ten minutes before).
I made the very first brunch map in grad school, during class in fact, when I found out a friend of mine had never been out for brunch. If Toronto does one thing well, brunch is definitely up there!
A few years later, I was working on So You Think You Can Dance Canada and spent an entire summer of Saturdays backstage discussing brunch with the crew. At the end of that summer, I made the first official brunch map for Celine. It was coveted by the whole crew, and a year later, the “official” Toronto Brunch Map was born!
DGS: Would you ever create a brunch map for another city? If so, which one?
LZV: It’s my dream to do a brunch map for NYC. Every brunch I’ve had down there has been top notch. I do have a brunch hit list for every time I venture to Vancouver, though it’s not as brunch-y a town as Toronto.
DGS: What’s your perfect brunch?
LZV: Good home fries and crispy bacon are the two key ingredients for a perfect brunch for me. And an always-full coffee cup. And real maple syrup – anything else is sacrilegious.
DGS: What other brunch or non-brunch related projects can we expect from you?
LZV: I’m knee-deep in editing a novel manuscript, though that’s a while from ever being readable. In between edits, I’m dreaming up the next incarnation of The Love Lettering Project for sometime this summer (and I’m hoping to have it be even more interactive this time round!)
I’m creating a limited run of books for musician Christa Couture leading up to her new album and I’m also working with Mark Freeman on some sort of writing project. We’re in the earliest stages of figuring out what we’re making, but it’s gonna be something!
I’ve also been writing scripts for two dance pieces –BourcharDanse’s “Histoire d’Amour” and Shannon Litzenberger’s “HOMEbody.” “Histoire d’Amour” goes up in May and it’s going to be a stunner of a show.
DGS: Pick up your Toronto brunch map by Lindsay Zier-Vogel from the Drake General Store shelves. Oh- don’t forget your elastic waist pants!