We are lucky to be located on one of the coolest streets in the world (according to Vogue). Lively West Queen West is something special to everyone, but holds its place strongly in the art community. Galleries and art spaces of all shapes and sizes line Queen St., contributing to the creative and dynamic culture and overall aura of the historic street.
The Gladstone Hotel is happy to be part of the West Queen West Art Crawl, an exciting event that celebrates the exploration of these creative spaces, happening on August 8 from 6-9pm. All participating galleries will have their doors open to the public to check out current programming and learn more about the art spaces that make up the West Queen West neighbourhood.
Check out this year’s participants and the crawl map to plan your perfect artsy summer night!
1. Gladstone Hotel
Hey that’s us! With 37 artist designed hotel rooms, three floors of exhibition space and installations in our hotel lobby, Cafe and Melody Bar, the Gladstone is constantly filled with art. With a variety of exhibitions every year focusing on programming local and international emerging talent within a contemporary space, there is always something interesting to see!
Expert tip from us? Start your crawl energized with a snack or drink in the Cafe before you move on to the other great spots!
2. The Zwig Collection
Built on the dreamy memory of the Zwig couple and their adventures sailing around the world, The Zwig Collection holds all of the artworks the Toronto couple collected on their travels. From America and Europe, the South Pacific and South and Central America, works collected and displayed come from far and wide.
3. Propeller Art Gallery
Artist run centre and exhibition space, Propeller was found by a group of OCAD graduates back in 1996. With innovative programming and a focus on emerging artists, Propeller provides professional development and support to artists from start to finish of every exhibition.
4. The Freedom Factory
A gallery that was created by artists with the understanding of the challenges emerging artists face, Freedom Factory is a zero commission gallery space, meaning all proceeds go the artists exhibiting!
5. Craft Ontario
Formally known as the Ontario Craft Council, Craft Ontario supports all things craft oriented. Functioning on 4 parts (an exhibiting space, an arts-oriented service provider, a publisher and a retailer) Craft Ontario supports craft makers from all experience levels and encourages learning, understanding and creating different craft forms to engage the community.
6. Paul Petro
With an inviting window front and two floors of exhibition space, Paul Petro has been inviting Canadian and International artists to exhibit work since 1993.
7. Critical Distance
Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) is a space dedicated to supporting the growth and advancement of curatorial practice within Toronto, Canada and internationally. Small but mighty, this space is located in Artscape Youngplace and worth the trip.
8. The Koffler Gallery
Located on the main floor of Artscape Youngplace, The Koffler Gallery features a year-round program of exhibitions, publications, public programs and educational initiatives, with an emphasis on the contemporary Jewish perspective in relation to current issues and art.
9. The Hallway Galleries
Spanning over three floors of the historic 100 year old Artscape Youngplace building, 9350 sq ft of corridor and staircase space make up The Hallway Galleries.
10. Paperhouse Studios
Located inside Artscape Youngplace, Paperhouse Studios is an experimental art studio with a focus on paper as the sole medium. They offer educational programs, artist projects and outreach initiatives to the public.
Be sure to keep August 8 free to experience the perfect West Queen West artsy summer night!
Get more information about Art at the Gladstone here.