November 3, 2017 | Lifestyle

Toronto is full of culture and creativity, from the architecture of its buildings to the art that hangs within them. When you think of exclusive art galleries in Toronto, you might immediately think of iconic venues like the AGO or ROM, but there are so many more options to explore.

Trendy, intimate, and cutting-edge, here are 5 contemporary art galleries you should visit this month…

1. #Hashtag Gallery

Address: 830 Dundas Street West

#Hashtag Gallery focuses on giving a platform to the next generation of local contemporary artists such as Tony Taylor, installation artist Trevor Wheatley, and urban artist Anser, whose iconic art can be spotted throughout Toronto. They also host workshops and have select prints, bags, and t-shirts available for sale on their online shop.

Exhibitions & Events on This Month:

  • Nov 4-14: Trevor Twells: Stereo (Main Floor)
  • Nov 4-14: #SketchbookShow: Mystery Book (Lower Floor)


2. The Power Plant

Address: 231 Queens Quay West

Opened in 1987, The Power Plant has been a go-to creative destination for over 30 years. This month, you can attend one of their many programs and events, including kid-friendly events like DIY Camera Obscura as well as exhibition discussions and workshops lead by fellow artists. Merchandise, artwork, and publications are available on their online store.

Exhibitions & Events on This Month:

  • Until Dec 31: Amalia Pica: ears to speak of
  • Until May 2018: Michael Landy: DEMONSTRATION
  • Until December 31: Sammy Baloji and Filip De Boeck: Urban Now: City Life in Congo


3. Gallery TPW

Address: 170 St Helens Avenue

With immersive installations, performances, screenings, and photography exhibitions, Gallery TPW is a multi-media space that encourages engagement and exploration. They also host an annual fundraising exhibition, Photorama, which gives buyers a chance to purchase limited-edition pieces and support TPW’s participating artists.

Exhibitions & Events on This Month:

  • Until November 11: Jérôme Havre, Cauleen Smith, and Camille Turner: Triangle Trade
  • November 3: Conversation with Cauleen Smith
  • November 8: Conversation with Tau Lewis and Charmaine Lurch


4. Daniel Faria Gallery

Address: 188 St Helens Avenue

Located in Bloordale Village, the Daniel Faria Gallery has featured the works of many great Canadian artists, including Douglas Coupland. From installations and sculptures to photography and mixed media, you can experience a diverse collection of art here.

Exhibitions & Events on This Month:

  • Until November 4: Allyson Vieira: Re: Work Over Time
  • Opening November 2: Mark Lewis: Anniversary


5. Mercer Union

Address: 1286 Bloor Street West

Mercer Union is a non-profit, artist-run gallery featuring Canadian and international artists. They present five exhibitions a year, as well as commissioned billboards, a conversation series, workshops, seminars, artists’ talks, and offsite projects. You can also purchase publications and merchandise on their online store.

Exhibitions & Events on This Month:

  • Until November 4: Deanna Bowen: On Trial The Long Doorway
  • November 1: Public Conversation with Deanna Bowen
  • November 3: ONE HOUR MIXER: Joshua Vettivelu
  • November 14: Mercer Multiplier 2017


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