Every Saturday – November 3rd, 2013

 

West Queen West ART + DESIGN DISTRICT (www.WQW.TO)

Saturday November 2, 2013, 12:00 – 2:30 PM

FEE $25/person or $45/two*

*LS Voucher-holders excepted

With Betty Ann Jordan artinsite.ca/ bajordan@sympatico.ca< cell 416-453-3120

 

ITINERARY

WEST QUEEN WEST Art + Design District  extends for approx. 15 short blocks on West Queen West between Bathurst St. and Gladstone Avenue. It is Toronto’s official Art + Design District because of its  high number of art galleries and independent, arts-and-design related boutiques and studios. Historically it was a working-class, newcomers’ reception area and, to some extent, it still is. Not every block has been gentrified, but it is uniformly energized by the presence of artists in all disciplines.

 

12 NOON GLADSTONE HOTEL, 1214 QSW (at Gladstone, before Dufferin) The oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto, now innovatively restored and repurposed as a boutique hotel, and design and art show-case for local artists as well as a de facto club-house for the GTA arts community. VIEW several one-of-a-kind ROOMS designed by TO artists/designers + newest exhibitions in 2nd, 3rd + 4th floor galleries incl. A Place of Refreshment, 2nd floor, Marc O’Brien’s depiction of “an emotional vacation taken in the months following the end of the world;” + 3rd floor,Flotsam+ Jetsam, exploring odds + ends of the subconscious by Julia Neufeld.

 

DRAKE HOTEL, 1150 QSW (at Beaconsfield). A boutique hotel with upscale comfort food, live music and a second-floor SkyYard bar and patio, heated for all-year use. Drake is a cultural hub for local and visiting art & music devotees with a full-time art curator and changing and permanent art exhibitions, featuring Canadian and international artists including extraordinary sculpture by hyper-realist Evan Penny. VIEW in public areas Opticks  contemporary works exploring light by artists including James Nizam + Maryanne Casanta, whose clever geometric painting on the lobby wall appears to shimmer and pop out in relief.

 

KATHARINE MULHERIN CONTEMPORARY ART PROJECTS, 1086 QSW . Mulherin is hugely influential in Toronto + co-owns a gallery in NYC near NewMuseum. Her eponymous gallery is at 1086 and her art multiples/gallery space is next-door at 1084: she rents 4 adjoining storefront spaces:

KATHARINE M CONTEMPORARY Alika Cooper collaged wall-works using textiles

NO FOUNDATION 1084QSW art multiples + gallery showcasing installations + eclectic wall-works

REC ROOM/ ARTIST FLEA MARKET 1082- 1080 cool stuff

 

STEPHEN BULGER GALLERY, 1026 QSW Preeminent Canadian photo-gallery specializing in “information-rich” photos, current and historic+ 55-seat theatre with FREE film screening every Saturday at 3 PM of films related to current exhibitions. William Eakin photos of watch-faces and John Lucas photos of people glimpsed through tram windows in Riga, Latvia and Milan.

 

LADY MOSQUITO 1022 QSW Designer-owned; contemporary accessories from Peru + South America

 

GRAVITY POPE, 1010 QSW at Ossington. 4,000 square-foot unisex boutique + best edgy, artsy shoe and fashion (unisex) in Toronto.  Canadian-owned, founded in Edmonton, with outlets in Vancouver + Calgary. Opened in November 2012. Lushly appointed with Louis XVI furniture, 1920s’ French chandeliers and a superb 1930s’ Art Deco staircase + decorative art objects acquired from the Buenos Aires Paramount Theatre.

 

 

OSSINGTON AVENUE RESTO-BARS + ART + DESIGN

[POINT OUT] Ossington Ave is the new satellite area of West Queen, a resto-lounge strip, three-blocks long, running north from West Queen. Rents are lower, there are now more than 20 resto-bars below Dundas, plus adventurous artist-run art centres, sophisticated art galleries and collectible vintage shops

[COME BACK IN EVENING TO VISIT ] RESTAURANT/LOUNGES Union restaurant, Deluxe, Pizzeria Libretto, Sweaty Betty’s, Levack Block, The Ossington, Foxley, Deluxe, Watusi, Baby Huey’s, Bohmer, Yours Truly, Painted Lady, Reposado, Bellwoods Brewery, OddSeoul, Hawker Bar, Cote de boeuf;

 

[GALLERIES: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 or 6 PM or by appointment]

ANGELL GALLERY, 12 Ossington. Outstanding large, plugged-in contemporary art gallery with a video project room. VIEW Super Abstraction: paintings by Derek Mainella, Daniel Hutchinson, Bradley Harms, Kineko Ivic, Neil Harrison, Kenneth Emig , Vessna Perunovich

O’BORN CONTEMPORARY 131 Ossington, lovely large space, focus on photo-based works, knowledgeable staff. SEE Alex Fischer, Dry Pixels + Wet Molecules

 

BACK ON QUEEN WEST

CITIZENRY, 982 QSW A romantic new café/boutique/patio cum film-screening venue created by a charming young couple to showcase contemporary Portuguese fashion design, food and culture.

 

PAUL PETRO CONTEMPORARY ART, 980 QSW. Housed in a three-storey storefront space that is so subtly integrated into the streetscape that, while large in terms of square feet, it is easy to miss; Paul is a veteran dealer in Toronto with a very strong stable of painters and sculptors especially. VIEW History Becomes You: Marlene Creates, Carol Wainio, Kent Monkman, Liverpudlians Paul Morrisson, Ged Quinn

 

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART 952 QSW VIEW David Cronenberg: Transformation, as six artists of international repute reflect Cronenberg’s preoccupation with technology’s more invidious impacts on the human body and spirit: Candice Breitz, Marcel Dzama, Laurel Woodcock. Also SEE show of BMO First Art prize-winning graduate artists from every province and territory, strong on sculpture. + MURAL in COURTYARD P.M.A. (Positive Mental Attitude  by Brooklyn-based Maya Hayuk

in collaboration with poet Jacob Bromberg and percussively scored by acclaimed DJ Joakim Bouaziz). MURAL in COURTYARD P.M.A. (Positive Mental Attitude  by Brooklyn-based Maya Hayuk

 

EDWARD DAY GALLERY, 952 QSW Large and lovely commercial gallery, with intimate viewing room at the front. VIEW Inside Insight paintings, prints from past 21 years of gallery*, with works by Frederico Lopez Castro, Leonard Brooks, Tomoyo Ihaya.

 

CLINT ROENISCH GALLERY, 950 QSW Very smartly curated contemporary commercial gallery: Marcel vanEeden; acclaimed Dutch artist’s paintings relating to his daily drawing project, imagery culled from news-media.

 

ON YOUR OWN

[WALKING EAST FROM SHAW + QUEEN TO BATHURST]

SHOPPING Amazing indie fashion and design shopping from Shaw to Bathurst (incl. 16 menswear boutiques and 20+ women’s fashion venues!), many with in-house labels and designers on the premises. We recommend FAWN (super well-considered contemporary women’s fashion), Magpie (extroverted women’s clothing and accessories designed in-house), Anne Sportun (star local jeweller), Rue Pigalle (wearable art), Gaspard (chic local Mercy label + imported French goods), A2Zane bags and accessories, Cabaret Vintage, Kol Kid (superlative children’s toys, clothing including shoes)

 

ELAINE FLECK GALLERY, 886? QSW Canadian painting and photo-art.

 

STUART JACKSON FINE JAPANESE PRINTS, 882 QSW Woodblock, ukiyo-e prints for sale, very respected dealer moved to Queen Street in early 2013 after 38 years in Yorkville

ATOMIC, 965 QSW. 20th century decorative arts, especially strong on Can. furniture. Lawrence Blair

 

2:30 TOUR OFFICIALLY ENDS

 

ART + DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE + FOOD TOURS FOR VISITORS Betty Ann (+Flavio Belli on occasion) offer a Saturday afternoon walk in the West Queen area most Saturdays, from 12 noon to 2:30 PM. Reserve spots in advance, $25/person or $45/two. Also through her company Art InSite, she leads private, on-demand cultural/shopping tours of the U of T Campus, the Distillery District, Yorkville, Harbourfront, Grange Area near Art Gallery of Ontario, Spadina and King West, Dundas West and less-well-known districts such as Dundas West, Morrow Ave., Parkdale,  Bloordale, Junction,