“My background is art, but I started in Med School. Actually, it’s kind of funny. I needed something to do other than writing papers all the time, so I literally Googled ‘part-time jobs that make the most amount of money with the least amount of time.’ One of the jobs that popped up was social painting, so I did a couple of events and then decided to start a business called ‘Paint Party.’ I did about three to four events a month. I did that for a few years before I saw the space here on Kensington Road, so I decided to bring the concept into a retail space.

We’ll have raw food making education classes, paint nights (painting and drinking), board games on Sundays and Mondays… yeah! We have lots of events booked!

Ooh, the neighbourhood. That’s a good one. I love the community feel. I don’t know how to word it, but you know it’s back like the in olden days, everyone knows each other, people pop by to check up and see how everyone is doing. It’s very neighbourly. It reminds of home. It reminds me of Vancouver.” Chrisann Bodi, Principle, Raw Canvas, 200 1130 Kensington Road NW.