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Five Ways to Stay at the Gladstone Hotel

September 23, 2019
23 Sep 2019

Over the next few months we’ll be featuring all the different ways to stay at the Gladstone Hotel! To kick things off we’re going to show you how to experience Toronto’s vibrant art scene.

The Art Stay

Attention gallery goers! Staying at the Gladstone is the perfect way to experience Toronto’s art scene. Whether you’re staying for a day or a week, this list of local galleries will have more than enough to keep you fascinated. 

Choose an artist-designed hotel room

With 37 artist-designed hotel rooms, we’ve got a room for every artistic taste. Whether your style is modernist, surrealist, minimalist or contemporary, our rooms are as varied and unique as the artists who created them!

Explore the Gladstone Hotel’s Galleries

Pictured above: Images from the Trinity Series by Mary Kavanagh. Photo by Gabby Frank

Start by browsing three floors of curated local exhibitions right outside your hotel room door! We have rotating exhibitions every day of the year featuring local and international talent.

Discover local galleries as part of our curated Art Crawl

Click here to download the map.

Participate in a Get School’d Workshop

Feeling inspired to create? Art travellers will love the chance to make some work of their own at one of our Get School’d workshops! Instructors cover everything from henna to wreath making to garment mending. Make sure to ask us for insider hotel-guest perks.

Don’t forget to check out our Special Events

Every month brings an exciting new art exhibition or festival to the city, From the expansive Toronto Biennial of Art (Sep 21 – Dec 1) to Nuit Blanche (Oct 5), make sure to ask our staff what’s happening around town during your stay. 

Top banner image of Tommy Smythe, designer of Room 303, Lucky Stryke.
Photo by Ryan Bolton.

Healing Your Gut with Dee Buryk

May 19, 2016
19 May 2016
Winter has a tendency to breed bad habits. Who wants to go for a run or grab healthy groceries when you can’t feel your face? With summer coming up fast, we’ve invited certified nutritional practitioner Dee Buryk to come back and lead her popular Get School’d Workshop ‘Healing Your Gut’. Why? Because good health begins in the gut. By focusing on this one common location, you can get results such as; mental clarity, regular digestion, a healthy body weight, improved energy, glowing hair and skin and much more.
Dee is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, yoga instructor and Founder of Growing Goddesses. She’s also a super rad lady. We sat down with the health guru to discuss her background and upcoming workshop on June 1. Tickets are available on Eventbrite here.

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Tell us about your background. How did you get involved in health and wellness and what are you working on now?  
I spent many years in the fashion industry coaching young models. The more I taught, the more I realized that these beautiful young women didn’t need to learn how to prepare for castings in order to feel good about themselves, they needed to learn to take care of themselves. I began studying yoga and nutrition. As I incorporated positive activities into the classes, I began to see each girl transform in this incredible way. I started to expand my practice to the public but my major focus is on empowering young females through a program I founded called Growing Goddesses.

Dee leading her program Growing Goddesses
With spring coming, a lot of people are eager to break out of a winter hibernation and embrace a healthier season. I read that 60-80% of our immune system is located in our gut. Why is the gut described as the gateway to the health?
You are absolutely right. Without a healthy gut, our digestive system, our immune system, our metabolism, our skin, even our brain begins to be compromised. There are 10 times as many microbes in our body then there are human cells. These microbes live in communities in symbiosis (what we call microbiomes). The health of these communities determine our overall health. Essentially, you are more then what you eat; you are what you absorb, assimilate, and eliminate. This is the job of the gut and the epicentre of our health.
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Everyone is different but for you personally, how did your health and well-being start to improve when you embraced natural bacterias and gut-healthy foods in your diet?
This may sound wild but as soon as I got back into nature and stopped worrying about getting dirty, I found my immune system, my skin, and my energy improved vastly. As for digestion, probiotics! I often have sauerkraut but when needed, I will take probiotics. They are like little miracle workers in a bottle.

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Healing your gut is not about deprivation or uncomfortable detoxes. How does this tie into your approach/philosophy towards wellness as a nutritional practitioner? 

In the past, when working with clients, I have found that detoxes can only ever work as a restart button but when used incorrectly they can become a form of deprivation. This is something that isn’t sustainable and in the long run confusing for the mind as well as our bodies. Instead, when we focus on healing the gut, we can easily remove a few toxins, replace them with healthy habits, and introduce more good bacteria into our system without feeling like we have to turn our lives upside down in order to feel balanced and healthy.
You led this workshop to rave reviews in January! What are some things people will learn and take away from the class on June 1?
Oh, thank you! The workshop is developed to learn more about how our gut works but also is catered to the individuals needs/concerns. I have designed a workshop that teaches you to read signs about your own gut, ways to rebalance using a customized support plan (diet, lifestyle, herbs), a hands on sauerkraut lesson – all packaged in a fun interactive way!
Limited tickets are available on for Dee’s workshop on Eventbrite here. Get ’em before they’re gone!

Local Blogger ‘Gets School’d’ At Terrarium Workshop

July 24, 2015
24 Jul 2015

The Get School’d Workshop Series has changed the lives of many (more or less). Here Jenn from provides some cheeky commentary on the phenomenon of making your very own plant colony, commonly known as a terrarium. As she puts it: “Friendships were forged. Beer was consumed. Extra plants were bartered for and moss was exchanged. It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done.” – The Jenn Narrative

“A few weeks ago my good pal over at Golden Pouchcakes and I attended a terrarium workshop at the Gladstone Hotel. I’ve attended many events at The Gladstone: trivia nights, a 12 Beers of Christmas ugly sweater party and karaoke and I’ve always had a blast. So when I saw that they were hosting a terrarium workshop as part of the hotel’s Get School’d Workshop Series, I asked Koshka if she’d join me. I’ll admit I was extra motivated to attend because I just got a window put in my bedroom (yup, you read that correctly – ah, Toronto apartment living) and I wanted to put something fun and plant-y and alive on my new windowsill.getschool'd-terrarium01

With a $4 pint special in (my) hand, I grabbed my terrarium ‘bowl’ and was instructed to pick three plants (I selected two succulents and one air plant) as well as some stones and figurines (jungle animals and woodland creatures and tombstones, oh my!) and coloured moss and shells and other terrarium decorating accoutrements, if you will. We took our seats (the event was sold out and space was tight) and started to build our terrariums.

Hand to god you’ve never seen a group of more self-doubting, Type-A, typical Toronto perfectionists. We’d all moan and lament over the progress of our terrariums while oohing and aahing over our neighbour’s creation. Strangers turned to strangers with complete sincerity to ask: “ok, be honest: should I have used the blue sand instead of the white sand?” or “how many shells are too many shells” or “is my moss to sand ratio wrong?” Around the room you could hear whispers of “I’ve totally fucked this up” and “I used too much/not enough moss/sand/stones/soil. I’ve ruined it!” The woman in front of me turned to her friend and pleaded for guidance – with more sincerity and seriousness than I thought possible: “This is super important: elephant or panther. Or…oh my god…..skull?”

I agonized for 10 minutes over whether to make my terrarium jungle, sahara or forest-themed. At one point I went a little dark with it, adding a tombstone and elk carcass. Then, after the addition of some pine cones I leaned towards a forest theme and never looked back. Luckily I had squirreled (pun intended) away a tony deer figurine for just such a purpose.

I literally sweat.

I fell in love with my terrarium and moments later hated it again.

I put more thought and care into this terrarium than to learning how to drive.

Koshka’s took on a sci-fi Doctor Who theme (she had brought a few figurines in from home) and while initially she was disappointed with the result, the suggested addition of some dark purple (almost maroon) sand proved to be a game changer.

Friendships were forged.

Beer was consumed.

Extra plants were bartered for and moss was exchanged.

It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done.

And in the end, I brought home a super cool terrarium that adds a great visual punch to an all white closet and windowsill. I love it.”