Skip to main content

Barbershop, art gallery and cocktail den: Barber & Co arrives in the Six

From a media release:

Barber & Co arrives in the Six
Barbershop, art gallery and cocktail den on Ossington celebrates the modern man

TORONTO, ON – Steeped in a combined six generations of honest tradition, Barber & Co – a union of full-service barbershops and a grooming line for the modern man – opens its first location in Toronto today. Located on the vibrant Ossington strip, Barber & Co isn’t your average geriatric barbershop. Designed to meet the grooming needs of a contemporary man, each barbershop honours the longstanding ritual of a cut, trim or shave, merged with the cool comforts of a social club.
A haircut and a shave 
Hailing from the west coast, Barber & Co is built on a culture of traditional barbering - from the sharp expertise of the time-honoured craft to the shop chairs turned away from the mirrors to encourage social interaction – the Toronto outpost will offer men an authentic experience from generations past combined with the modernity of today. An amalgamation of old school curb appeal with a raw, modern edge, Barber & Co is the personification of the Ossington strips’ culture. Located in a building constructed in 1890, the barbershop pays homage to the character of the century-old home and the artists who previously resided in it. The original paint-splattered walls that once acted as a canvas for the artists are juxtaposed with sleek modern finishes, and complimented with baseball stitch leather barber chairs. A rotating cast of eclectic artwork and installations are bound to be conservation starters, and will also have passersby turn their heads in curiosity. This is a place where the craft of barbering thrives with a hint of the unexpected.

“Barbershops have a longstanding tradition of serving as social clubs, and our mission is to re-create the authentic barbershop experience that was established by our own fathers fathers,” says Martin Rivard, Co-Founder and Master Barber of Barber and Co. “We’re excited to bring Barber & Co to Toronto, and there’s no doubt that Ossington is the right place for barbering culture to thrive. We aim to cultivate a social space where men of all tastes can get skillfully groomed and hang out with the fellas.”
Exterior (L) and interior (R) shot of Barber & Co Ossington.Photo credit: Barber & Co
Play at the Gift Shop
An inspired addition unique to Barber & Co Ossington is Gift Shop, a dual-purpose spot in the back of the shop that encourages the guys to start (or continue) socializing pre- or post-cut or shave. The bar-shop hybrid, designed with retro tiles, dimly-lit mirrored ceilings and two working barber stations, is filled with iconic collectibles and memorabilia, from Rolex watches to vintage comic books, Hot Wheels and more, that are on display and available for purchase.

After hours, Gift Shop continues as a full-service cocktail bar, with patrons entering through the darkened barbershop, reminiscent of an old-school speakeasy.

Flip through the Gift Shop menu, loaded with cocktails skilfully curated by adventurous barman and Bartender of the Year Vancouver recipient, known as H. Skipped breakfast? Order the Breakfast of Champions ($13) for a hearty “meal” comprised of Wild Turkey bourbon, Vinzano rosso, dry curaçao marmalade, coffee and tobacco Angostura bitters and baked bread perfume. For that ravenous sweet tooth, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory ($13) is just the right amount of nostalgia and well, sweetness, with Havana Club 3 rum, clarified lemon juice, banana split and chocolate peanut syrup, edible paint, egg white, candy sprinkles and cotton candy perfume. For those with a worldlier craving, Gift Shop offers four remarkable concoctions from New Orleans, New York, London and Victoria – a nod to the legends of cocktails past and present.

Pair drinks with light, but flavourful bar snacks sure to satisfy even the most discerning of taste buds. From grana Padano Cheese Straws ($2) with spicy salt to mixed Barnuts ($5) and smoked Castelvetrano Olives ($6), Gift Shop rounds out the Barber & Co experience.

Curious fact: The bar menu itself is a vintage play on old-timey collectables with its format reflective of Popular Science Magazine – a notable science journal founded in the late 19th century.

Stay well-groomed between visits
A grooming line, manufactured in Barber & Co’s Academy + Lab space in Vancouver’s historic Yaletown neighbourhood - keeps men well-groomed between visits. Paraben, sulfate-free and environmentally friendly, Barber & Co’s range of grooming products range from matte pomade or putty to beard and shave oil. Handcrafted using sustainable practices and natural ingredients whenever possible, the Barber & Co line is a modern interpretation of traditional sensibilities created by master barbers.

• To view a full list of Barber & Co’s products, click here.

Barbershop hours:
Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Gift Shop hours
Wednesday to Sunday: 8 p.m. – Late

Instagram: barberandco
Twitter: @barberandco
Hashtag: #BarberandCoTO

About Barber & Co:
Steeped in a combined six generations of honest tradition, Barber & Co. is a union of full-service barbershops and grooming line for the modern man. The shops offer sharp expertise in the craft of barbering artfully blended with the comforts of a social club. The products are a modern interpretation of those traditional sensibilities made by barbers out of our Academy + Lab space in Vancouver’s historic Yaletown neighbourhood. Our products are crafted by hand using sustainable practices and natural ingredients whenever possible. They are paraben and sulfate free. Each product is developed in the lab and rigorously tested in our shops by our barbers before going to market.


What Else Is Hot This Week?

FACTORY presents World Premiere ACTS OF FAITH November 19 to 28 2020 - Free Livestream

 From a media release: World Premiere FACTORY presents  ACTS OF FAITH by David Yee Directed by Nina Lee Aquino Starring Natasha Mumba November 19 – 28, 2020 @ 7:30PM Streamed live for 6 performances Free of charge TORONTO (October 19, 2020) - To kick off its groundbreaking 2020/21 season, Factory presents the world premiere of acts of faith, by multi-award winning Asian Canadian playwright David Yee, directed by Nina Lee Aquino, and starring Natasha Mumba. Written specifically to be performed for a digital platform, acts of faith will stream live to audiences at home for six performances, November 19-28, 2020.  Thanks to the generous support of the TD Bank Group, admission is being offered entirely free of charge to audiences across the country and beyond. acts of faith tells a story about the power of faith, the inescapable persistence of our online identities, and the nature of truth in a digital age. The story follows Faith, a young woman who gets mistaken for a prophet. When a ques

Blues Single | Bushwick Blooze Band: Waiting (Independent / 20 October 2020)

Blues Single Bushwick Blooze Band: Waiting (Independent / 20 October 2020) Stream It From Your Fave Service Waiting is the latest in a string of singles released by Bushwick Blooze Band. The Brooklyn-based blues trio have been performing and recording the blues around the NYC area since 2018. Their first album "Cryin' for the L Train" was released in January 2019, and included covers of famous songs composed by their greatest influencers such as Little Richard, The Allman Brothers Band, Freddie King, and Eddie Vinson.  Bushwick Blooze Band is finishing up the production of their second album "Yes Dear" and unlike the previous cover record, this new album will be their first original contribution to the genres they love. Waiting is an upbeat blues track with a party kind of veneer over solid musicianship. What begins with a classic blues feel transforms into an extended psychadelic flavoured trip. Inventive guitar licks almost make you forget about the virtuosity

Blaise La Bamba & Kotakoli November 7th 2020 Online - PWYC

 From a media release: Batuki Music Society and Alliance Francaise Toronto present A virtual concert featuring Blaise La Bamba & Kotakoli November 7th 2020 at 8:00 PM Enjoy the concert from home! K inshasa’s vibrant nightlife has long been world-famous. It is home to the subculture known informally as the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People (SAPEUR), which has spread its influence through artists such as Papa Wemba. Blaise La Bamba is part of this scene. He has worked with some of the top names of Congolese music, in particular General Defao. I n 2018, Blaise La Bamba founded Kotakoli , an all-star collective of musicians that perform an energetic mix of Congolese rumba and soukous . In the company of Kotakoli, this veteran musician brings Congolese popular music back to the forefront, with spellbinding dances. The Details Date: Saturday November 7th, 2021  Blaise La Bamba and Kotakoli Virtual Concert Time: 8:00 PM Tickets: Pay what you can This concert is offered to you

CD Release: TriBeCaStan's New Deli Breaks the Time/Space Continuum in New Deli (Feb 7)

From a media release: New Release from Little Known Government of TriBeCaStan : Capital New Deli Found to Have Irregular Time-Space Continuum EverGreene Music - February 7, 2012 TriBeCaStan: News Alert. This morning Aljazzeera reported that the questionable nation of TriBeCaStan ( ) has made scientific breakthroughs in time travel. The unrecognized republic of nomads has broken the code of the time/space continuum. And by broken we mean: it no longer works. Applying sonic techniques once only known to a small group of punk rock shamans, the nation's most prestigious scientific entity, the TriBeCaStani FolkLorkEstra, uses sound alone to simultaneously place listeners in eras separated by decades and terrains separated by oceans. The breakthrough is outlined in an auditory compendium titled New Deli (distributed by the state-run EverGreene Music, set for release February 7, 2012 ), a recording that allows the world to experience a type of soulful networking mor

Jazzy Pop: Shihori - Soul Trip (Independent / 4 September 2020)

Jazzy Pop: Shihori - Soul Trip (Independent / 4 September 2020) New York City based singer and songwriter Shihori's new single Soul Trip is atmospheric and ambient. Interesting rhythms and interwoven melodic vocal lines showcase jazzy harmonic progressions in a slow groove mode.  As a songwriter, she uses electronic effects with impeccable musical taste. As a singer, her flexible vocals range from a sweet soprano to a strong mid-range. A veteran of the Japanese pop scene, Shihori moved to New York City in 2018, a move she talks about in a media release. "I was so surprised when I came to NY for the first time. Independent and strong women are respected and there are lots of different preferences in music and style. I thought, 'oh my God! This place really accepts uniqueness and freedom! I didn't know there is a place like this totally different world that allows you to be yourself. Everybody looks so different. So many races, colors, cultures, fashion, ideas...I am so