The Gladstone Hotel is a “must stop” destination for visitors who want to connect directly with Toronto’s local cultural scene. More like a gallery that never sleeps, we provide access to local contemporary art and living artist culture in Toronto 365 days per year. Think “farm to table” but with artists. Our exhibition spaces are open to the daily. Come in and explore!
The mandate for our programming is driven by the vision our Chief Alchemist (and Hotel President) Christina Zeidler who is an accomplished film and video artist in her own right and is inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs’ assertion that ‘Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings’. We produce exhibitions, partner with relevant local cultural producers and provide presentation space to artists, cultural and community organizations to host a long list of exhibitions, literary projects, performances and social change events relevant to communities across our culturally diverse city.
Four Floors of Art
Our gallery spaces stretch from top to bottom of all four floors of our hotel and are open daily for free to hotel guests always and to the public (except for a few ticketed events)
Our Lobby, Café, Ballroom and Melody Bar showcase temporary installations and live performances as well as objects and artworks that have been commissioned or purchased as part of our permanent collection. You can also check out contemporary Canadian film, photography and digital artworks by current students and alumni artist of Toronto’s Ryerson University on exhibition in the Ryerson Artspace located on our main floor adjacent to the Melody Bar.
2nd Floor: Our most dynamic art space!
Our spacious Victorian hallway Gallery and Flex Studios host temporary exhibits including our own Gladstone produced signature programs, partner exhibitions and gallery and studio rentals. Gladstone Hotel resident artist Bruno Billio lives and works in his second-floor studio and participates in our exhibition programming, hosts hotel tours and acts as an artist ambassador at large. Check out Bruno’s peep hole for a view of what he is exhibiting in his Peep Hole Gallery – the world’s smallest art gallery.
3rd and 4th Floor
The gracious Victorian corridors of our 3rd and 4th floors are also programmed with regularly changing contemporary exhibits such as Hard Twist, our annual contemporary textile exhibition, our longstanding partnership with Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival and other exhibits.
37 Artist Designed Hotel Rooms
Hotel guests get to experience sleeping in a work of contemporary art in our 37 artist-designed hotel rooms which are also located on the 3rd and 4th floors! After 5pm and until noon the next day, these galleries become private spaces for our hotel guests.
A trip up or down our historic staircase provides access to temporary and permanent art exhibits. Pause on the landings and rest your eyes on our green wall, sculptures and ever changing installations. Or take a ride through the centre of the stairwell in our restored Otis “birdcage” hand operated elevator!
Our gender neutral public washrooms feature permanent art installations and sometimes get taken over by pop-up art projects. Don’t be shy to sneak a peek!
Beyond our Heritage Building
The Gladstone is actively engaged in promoting Toronto’s creative community and protecting and preserving the creative community’s place in a neighbourhood and city that is becoming increasingly gentrified. We are proud to have incubated many innovative programs which have expanded across our city such as Toronto Design Offsite Festival and YIMBY. We also produce pop-up projects and participate in and support off-site projects and cultural events that promote and showcase Toronto artists such as our Art Hut pop-up, In Future, Queen West Arts Crawl, Art Toronto, Toronto Burlesque Festival, The Artist Project, Sunday Drive Art Project and many other cultural events in Toronto.