[The poster] is a means of communication between the seller and the public - somewhat like a telegraph. The poster artist is like a telephone operator; he does not draft messages, he dispatches them. No one asks him what he thinks; all he is asked to do is to communicate clearly, powerfully and precisely.
Telegramme Prints & Custom Framing (est. 2006), with a new, second location on Lower Ossington, is a one-stop shop for all things art, framing, posters and printing. Without a doubt, it's the premier store for prints and custom framing in Toronto. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the art is original and beautiful and the framing options are varied, high quality and look great.
What sets Telegramme apart from other poster venders is that most of the pieces are either lithographs, fine art posters, screenprints, film posters and gig poster for art rental. In addition, all lithographs are numbered sequentially and each come with a certificate of authenticity. It's safe to say you won't find prints like these for sale anywhere else in Canada.
Inside their new store on Ossington, the walls display only a small selection of the art available. They've clearly chosen a careful selection for in-store that demonstrates the different options available to shoppers. Whether it be works by Shepard Ferey (the genius behind OBEY), 1960-70s Cuban film poster art or the iconic Ork Toronto prints by artist Jenny Beokram you'll be sure to find just what you're looking for.
If you're looking for something not available in the store don't fret. Luckily, Telegramme also includes the complete online catalogue in handy, readable colour print-outs making sure that you get to see exactly what they have available and you are able to select the piece that would be best for your home.
Telegramme has supplied artwork to many film and television productions, and has also outfitted a number of corporate clients (i.e. North York General Hospital, Herman Miller, Time Life / Sports Illustrated, Upcountry, etc.) with tonnes of artwork and custom framing and/or mounting services.
Their custom framing services include plaque mounting, canvas stretching, as well as custom jobs. In addition, they also provide restoration, installation and rental services. Telegramme uses conservation framing materials and methods. Plus, their top quality materials are sourced from the best frame suppliers in North America. Prices vary because they offer every type of frame and matte available, as well as custom depending on the size of the piece. They will also frame pretty much anything you bring into the store, not just their own pieces.
Purchases can be made online or in person at Telegramme's two retail locations - 1103 Queen East and 194 Ossington Ave. - but the real collection is online. There you can also order gift certificates, create a wedding registry or just browse the entire collection.