The Gladstone’s second floor is a flux space, with the main gallery connecting several meeting rooms, a wedding suite, the Gladstone Hotel’s own offices, and several long-term rental spaces. More than just tenants, these long-term studio renters—including the West End Phoenix Newspaper and the Toronto Design Offsite Festival—are part of the fabric that makes this space a fun and exciting place to work.
With that in mind, we’re excited to announce that our newest office buddies have now taken up residence in Studio 205. Jornal De Toronto and Visit Magazine got off to a great Gladstone start, with their welcoming party taking place at the same time as the art opening for the Real Love photography show. This is the kind of collaboration we love to see!
Alex Ramos is the editor of both these exciting new publications. Jornal de Toronto is a monthly Portuguese-language newspaper with a wide-range of content. From economics to immigration issues to extensive coverage of the current election in Brazil, the paper takes on important subjects in every issue. The second is Visit Magazine, an English-language curatorial magazine whose goal is “to foster reflection and dialogue about museums’ actions, conceptualizations, and the social issues involved in the curatorial process.”
Ramos tells us “working in the Gladstone Hotel is a dream come true, as a publisher and as a curator. It’s a perfect way to combine the right place, the right neighbourhood and… culture in Toronto. I hope to be able to bring my background to the Gladstone and help to build a stronger creative community.”
Building community is exactly what Ramos’ two publications are striving towards. When asked about how Jornal De Toronto is different from other Portuguese-language publications in Canada, Ramos explains:
“Frankly, the Portuguese community newspapers here are mainly for men (65% about soccer!) and for an audience over 50 years old. The Brazilian media in Canada is very conservative too. Besides this, all publications put a lot effort into covering events and photographing people from the community or publishing bios. I know that people like to see themselves in a printed paper, but what about content? Our newspaper brings a completely different perspective, publishing thought-provoking articles. We believe that great content can strengthen our community.”
So far the focus on content has worked well for the Jornal de Toronto. As the newspaper rounds into its third fall, “4,000 hard copies are distributed in Toronto, Montreal, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Calgary, and Vancouver. Online [they] have about 4,000 readers per month as well.”
Visit Magazine is also doing well with distribution in Toronto, Montreal, and New York. Although it’s a young publication comparatively, its eye-catching graphics and in-depth interviews with curators make it a fun and exciting read.
Ramos is well positioned to take both these print features to the next level while working at the Gladstone. Asked about his background in publication in Brazil and how he finds the industry in Canada, Ramos explains “I have been working as a Publisher for about 20 years. I had an academic publishing company in Brazil, for Art and Sociology, and worked for some Art Biennials in Latin America. Here, I have been publishing the books of the Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation too. In general, the editorial industry is pretty much the same.”
The Gladstone is excited to be home to Alex Ramos and the team of writers, designers and artists behind Visit Magazine and Jornal de Toronto over the coming months. Stay tuned for new issues, ideas, and community collaborations as they unfold in our unique and creative spaces.