Angela Grossmann: The Future is Female

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APRIL 4 – MAY 6, 2012

Winsor Gallery is pleased to present The Future is Female, an exhibition of new works by Angela Grossmann. Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, April 4, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The artist will be in attendance. We also welcome you to join us on Saturday, April 28, at 3:30 pm for an engaging artist talk by Angela, presented as part of Canadian Art Gallery Hop Vancouver. Winsor Gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sundays, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

"In her exhibition of new work entitled The Future is Female, Angela Grossmann investigates the female form and the ways in which girls and women are shaped by both deeply personal experiences and socially prescribed notions of female status, sexuality, femininity and conventional beauty." - Danielle Egan

Angela Grossmann graduated from Emily Carr College (now University) of Art + Design in 1985. That year she was introduced as one of the Vancouver Art Gallery's "Young Romantic" painters most likely to influence the course of painting in that decade. After earning an MFA at Concordia University and teaching at Ottawa University, Grossmann returned to Vancouver in 1997 to paint and to teach at Emily Carr. She has exhibited widely across Canada, the United States and Europe and her work is in numerous public and private collections.

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Angela Grossmann


3025 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
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Rowan and Sif

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there is nothing to obscure your view of the sky

featuring Doug Hunter, Dessa Harhay, and Stewart Evans

organized by Chala Hunter, Colleen O'Reilly and House of Commons (

April 4-27

Opening reception: Thursday, April 5 from 7-10 pm

Rowan & Sif brings together an artist from Saskatchewan, Doug Hunter, and two artists from Ontario, Dessa Harhay and Stewart Evans.

The Rowan tree grew in the front yard of Doug Hunter's house, in Saskatoon, alongside a myriad of other native trees and plants whose names and histories he knew well. He perhaps better understood the language of rocks and plants than our own.

Sif is the goddess of the earth, the goddess of the grain, and the goddess of the home.

These two, Rowan and Sif, are two parts of a whole. One of the earth practical, the other the mythological spirit and force of that earth. In the collective showing, these artists all explore the place where earth and the spirit meet, that inconclusive territory.

This show is partly a tribute to Doug, who spent his life lingering in and making art from this relationship to nature, and to himself. In 2007 he passed away, leaving a life's work to his three children, who all wish to have his work be seen, be shared.

While he is known primarily for large-scale, outdoor sculpture, Doug Hunter's wood block prints provide a window into a private world imbued with curiosity and sensitivity. His rough touch results in images that are visceral and direct, and demonstrate his understanding of his material and its unique characteristics. The explorations of spirituality and nature found in his prairie sculptures translate differently in his works on paper, into private emotional battles that read as a relatable and poetic narrative about life and love on this planet.

Dessa Harhay has become known for her rich, detailed paintings on wood panel. Like Hunter, she is drawn to nature, bodies and physicality, and arresting imagery. Her style is more classical, but embodies a similar interest in our relationship with our environment. There is a whimsicality that brings us to see the images as stories, as guides into an unknown and seductive world.

Although in a completely different format, Stewart Evans' work explores the same duality between the natural and the human, between history and technology. His lights/sculptures are built from reclaimed wood, glass, copper and metal, and he consistently transforms these familiar materials into things that are original and dynamic. He expresses a contemporary sensibility that is informed by the elemental and traditional.

The three artists are here in conversation, touching on questions about place, urban life and rural life, technology and nature and how they inform each other, humans and animals and where the lines are drawn between them. Here art is blended with design, roughness with the refined, the ancient with the elegant. Themes of nature, history, and memory emerge readily, as well as a sense of escape through fantastical re-imaginings of our physical surroundings.


Douglas Alan Hunter

Born Dorchester, Ontario 1953 – Died Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 2007

Doug Hunter creates expressive stone, steel and wood sculptures, as well as wood block prints. He works instinctively and usually with force.

Douglas Alan Hunter was born in 1953, in Dorchester, Ontario. Born into a family of dairy farmers, he spent his last year of high school at Beal Secondary (an arts high school) in London, Ontario. He then moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to pursue a career in the arts. There, he became a part of the Prairie Sculpture's Association. The group organized and participated in numerous sculpture symposia, sculpture shows, snow carving events and educational workshops. Doug had several showings of his work, in Saskatoon, London (Ontario) and Quebec City. He also participated in several sculpture symposiums across the world, including in Vermont, the former Yugoslavia, Norway and Japan. In the summer of 1989, Doug created 'Oskana' (meaning pile of bones in Cree) for Wascana park in Regina, where it remains to this day. He was also a member of Team Saskatchewan, which took part in snow sculpture competitions at Winterlude and the Carnaval de Québec. Bryan Lane (his close friend and collaborator) led Team Saskatchewan to a first place finish at Winterlude in 1999. He continued to work privately on his print-making and sculpture up until his death (after a brief battle with Lymphoma) in 2007. His sculpture collection is currently on display on the late Bill Epp's land (a renowned Saskatchewan Sculptor), just outside of Martinsville, SK.

Stewart John Evans

Born Kitchener, Ontario, 1984

Stewart's career in light building/design began in 2007 with the Electrical Apprenticeship Program at Conestoga College in Kitchener.

After being taken on in the field, Stewart quickly began consulting on lighting for new homes and businesses. As an avid illustrator, his own ideas for lighting emerged and by combining his carpentry and metal working skills he began designing and building unique light fixtures. His Toronto commissions can be found in various homes and restaurants, notably the feature fixture at the House of Commons, an old Victorian house on Dundas Street that doubles as an underground restaurant, and MARBEN on Wellington West, a 5,ooo sq foot restaurant/bar that showcases six of his designs. His recycled balloon whisk lights, copper champagne flute chandelier and antique mason jar lights from this project were featured in Toronto's Design Lines Magazine, as well as the Toronto Star.

Stewart uses a mix of reclaimed and new materials, often what he finds lying around machine shops, at antique markets or his mother's backyard. Self-taught, Stewart's innovative wood working techniques and distinctive metalwork lead to both rustic and streamlined creations. His large and georgic designs demonstrate a palpable sense of integrity and a brave use of space.

Dessa Harhay

Born Toronto, Ontario, 1981

Dessa Harhay grew up in Toronto but moved to Montreal to attend Concordia University. There she remained for some years, meeting the people with whom she would eventually form The YPF, a Canadian-based art collective. The YPF would go on to create a body of group works, which were exhibited locally and internationally. They still continue to exhibit and create art together. Also while in Montreal, Dessa was a primary curator for Galerie Accidentelle, a Montreal-based gallery featuring exhibitions from a wide array of contemporary artists. In 2007, Dessa spent the year traveling the United States, eventually finding a home in Chicago, where she lived in a large warehouse with a group of artists. She gained much influence from the creative atmosphere there. After some time, she decided to return to her home city of Toronto, where she currently works as an artist.

With a BFA double major in Communication and Cultural Studies and Studio Art from Concordia University (Montreal, QC, Canada), Dessa is endowed with a strong anthropological sensibility, and a sensitive cultural radar. She also works as an illustrator and graphic designer under the design company { + = - } (plus equals minus). Her commercial works have appeared internationally for companies including Joe Fresh, Intr-Version Records, Itsus International, Industry Clothing, Howick Brand, Dose Magazine, Warrior Magazine, Worn Fashion Journal and others. Her artwork has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at venues such as Jeff's Electric Gallery (Los Angeles, CA, USA), the cruise ship Queen Mary I and Open Gallery (Long Beach, CA, USA), The Drake Hotel (Toronto, ON, Canada), and Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery and an exhibit in association with Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (Montreal, QC, Canada).


1172 Queen St West
Toronto Ontario

For programming and general inquiries please contact:

Evan Tyler

Owner and Program Director

For all media/pr inquiries please contact:

Kathryn Kyte

Press Coordinator | gallerywest


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now draw ing n ow source

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now draw ing n ow source
Jodi Altman Tracey Bowen Phyllis Gordon Cathy Jones Betty Kaser

Triangle Gallery, 38 Abell St. Toronto
April 4 to 15, 2012

These five artists make mutual opportunities, creating a collective field of critique and support. Humming to each other, a call and response about their art in their worlds.

In their second exhibit, this group of independents continues to look for that moment of apprehension of image and idea in art practice. Hoping to make a success of the fugitive gestures of response to their very individual sources.

Opening reception: Thursday April 5, 6-8 p.m.
Meet the artists: Saturday April 14, 2-4 p.m.

The Triangle Gallery is located in the Triangle Loft, 38 Abell St. Toronto.
Gallery Hours: Wed. to Sat. 12-6, Sun. April 8th & Sun. April 15, 1-5 p.m.

Gallery closed Monday and Tuesday.
For more information please contact:
Cathy Jones, or Tracey Bowen,

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Working World: Diversity and Employment in Metro Vancouver

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Please join us for the launch of Working World: Diversity and Employment in Metro Vancouver, a photography exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver on April 4!

SPARC BC and the Museum of Vancouver have partnered to present an exhibit of local photography that examines the intersection of cultural diversity and employment in Metro Vancouver. Photographers were invited to submit a photo and write-up for the opportunity to present a series of photographic works at the Museum of Vancouver's community display area. The results are in and the photos are going up. Artists on display include Simonida Jocic, Ted Nodwell and Ian Snow, as well as Gary Fiegehan, Louise Francis-Smith, Jugoslav Kitanovic and Aaron Zenga. Please join us in this celebration of local talent and cultural inquiry!

The launch is preceded by a short dialogue from 4:30 to 5:30, led by two speakers who will engage the topic of cultural production, employment and art. Remarks will follow at 5:30 with open talk, music and light refreshments until 7:00. Join us for both dialogue and launch – or one or the other – your choice!

Museum of Vancouver is located at 1100 Chestnut Street.
The exhibit will be up from April 4 to May 30, 2012.
The April 4 launch starts at 5:30, preceded by a 1 hour dialogue at 4:30.

If you can't make it, please feel free to send others in your place. RSVP for the dialogue to or 604.718.8502 by March 30.


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Diane Borsato

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"My actions and performances are about experiencing things in an actively engaged manner. They're about ways of knowing that aren't solely based on reading texts or seeing. They're also about the ways we relate – to objects, places, and to each other."
– Diane Borsato


Learning to be out there?

Touch, taste, or feel your way out there to the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) this spring for an unconventional relation with the work of Diane Borsato in Terrestrial/Celestial – opening Wednesday April 4 from 6-9 pm.

In this solo exhibition, Diane Borsato shows several recent relational projects and interventions. On the one hand, her work is concerned with being in the city and in nature and, on the other hand, with ways of learning and exchanging knowledge. In The Chinatown Foray, the artist hosted a naturalist expedition in an urban marketplace. In Italian Lessons, Borsato attempted to learn Italian by learning salsa, physics, first aid, and bee-keeping by way of Italian instruction. In Terrestrial/Celestial, Borsato coordinated an unconventional exchange of observational practices from opposite ends of the scale between amateur mycologists and amateur astronomers. In a new work, Walking Studio, Borsato proposes a different space for research, collection, and reflection with her mobile field study lab. Comprised of a study centre and fully functional sauna, Walking Studio frames and supports artistic practices that are site-responsive, peripatetic, and relational. A launch of the first monograph on Diane Borsato, featuring texts by Emelie Chhangur, Darren O'Donnell, Stephanie Springgay, and Scott Watson coincides with the opening.

The exhibition continues until June 10, 2012.

Getting out there?

Admittedly there is a bit of confusion around AGYU's spring Performance Bus. Normally we'd say "Ride The Performance Bus with Life of a Craphead, the duo of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley, to the opening reception of Diane Borsato's exhibition." However, it seems that Life of a Craphead have been scheduled to concurrently transport two of the world's most dangerous psychopaths from Pearson Airport to a unique correctional facility in Kingston, Ontario. So... we're not exactly sure what will take place though there definitely will be a bus. Worse case scenario: The Performance Bus will take you to Kingston and bring the psychopaths to AGYU (sorry Diane).

The free Performance Bus departs OCADU (100 McCaul St.) at 6 pm sharp on Wednesday April
4 en route to Diane Borsato's exhibition opening at AGYU. The bus returns downtown at 9 pm. That is, if it's not hijacked by a pair of dangerously insane psychopaths.

Buzzing out there?

On Saturday May 5, 2- 5 pm at Art Metropole (788 King Street West, Toronto) join us for How to Keep Bees in Italian, an instructional slide lecture performed by Diane Borsato in Italian (with English subtitles). The specialized vocabulary of queens, drones, workers, and swarms, leads to an expansive discussion that draws upon diverse references from history, philosophy, popular culture, and natural science. This informative lecture will be followed by a launch of Diane Borsato's monograph, published by the AGYU. Come for the lecture, leave with the book. Try not to get stung.

The Art Gallery of York University is a university-affiliated public non-profit contemporary art gallery supported by York University, The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and our membership.

The AGYU is located in the Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street Toronto. Gallery hours are: Monday to Friday, 10 am–4 pm; Wednesday, 10am–8 pm; Sunday from noon–5 pm; and closed Saturday.

AGYU: always engaging.


Do you have questions or require further information or images? Please contact Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director/Curator, AGYU, +1.416.736.5169 or

Image: Diane Borsato, from Terrestrial/Celestial, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.

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Pearl Van Geest | Fiona Kinsella

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Pearl Van Geest / Fiona Kinsella
April solo exhibitions at transit gallery
April 3 to 28

Reception: THURSDAY, April 5, 2012
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Pearl Van Geest

Above: Mount Rundle, 2011. Oil and silkscreen on canvas. 72" x 72".

Fiona Kinsella
Adoration (shroud)

Above: Detail - (40lbs) cake (flos/memoria). Oil on canvas, 2011-12.

Fiona Kinsella would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

CLOSED for Easter weekend (April 6 - 9)

Media contact:
Priti Kohli
905. 522. 1299


transit gallery
230 Locke Street South
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8P 4B7

Tuesday to Friday: 11 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
CLOSED for Easter weekend (April 6 - 9)

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Generation Dissemination

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Génération Dissémination // Generation Dissemination

3-20 avril 2012 - Réception de Clôture : jeudi le 19 avril, 18h30-21h

April 3-20, 2012 - Closing Reception: Thursday April 19, 6:30pm-9pm

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

Joanna Lai

Mélanie Myers

Aditi Ohri & Zoe Koke

Commissaire // Curator: Maggie Flynn

Exposition réalisée dans le cadre du programme de mentorat du LABO sous la tutelle d'Alissa Firth-Eagland.
Part of Le Labo's curatorial mentorship program under the guidance of Alissa Firth-Eagland.

Horaires d'ouverture : mar-ven. 10h-18h, sam. 14h-18h // Gallery hours: Tue-Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat. 2pm-6pm
55 rue Mill, Studio 317, Edifice Cannery, No. 58, Toronto // 55 Mill St, Studio 317, Cannery Building, No. 58, Toronto -

Pour la publication en ligne, les détails sur les phases du projet, ou pour plus d'information concernant les
horaires de programmation, veuillez consulter :

For the online publication, details on the phases of the project, or program scheduling, please see:

Programmation spéciale // Special programming :

Mélanie Myers

Mardi, le 3 avril, 19h // Tuesday April 3, 7pm
Casino Nova Scotia Parkade, 1983 Upper Water St, Halifax

Aditi Ohri & Zoe Koke

Jeudi 19 avril, 19h // Thursday April 19, 7pm
Le Labo

Joanna Lai,

Accès en ligne (à partir du 3 avril) // Remote access (as of April 3rd) :,,
Lieux d'accès physique // Physical access sites :
Site 3 (Toronto), FARR (Montréal), Studio XX (Montréal)

Les artistes de Génération Dissémination engagent des dialogues basés sur le discours public. Ils impliquent des personnes, lieux, technologies, ou idées qui existent ou sont accessibles au public. Pour initier ces dialogues, chaque artiste fait un geste dans un espace : une structure de stationnement à Halifax, le Ministère des Affaires Civiques et de L'immigration à Toronto, BC Stadium à Vancouver, l'Internet. Ces gestes génèrent un contenu. Afin de montrer ce contenu à un large public, cette exposition présentera aussi les seconds gestes issus du premier : documentation, rédaction, archives, ou encadrement. Joanna Lai écrira une dissertation et permettra au public de la modifier et de l'enregistrer. Il en résultera des archives excessives et redondantes. Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte utilisera la vidéo pour réaliser une présentation documentaire du quotidien de différents lieux historiques. Elle assemblera ensuite les bandes sonores afin de perturber les perceptions spatiales et temporelle de ces lieux. Mélanie Myers représentera sa performance par un dessin glorificateur, et un texte accusateur. La performance d'Aditi Ohri sera documentée par une vidéo dans l'intention de la redéfinir lors d'une deuxième performance de Zoe Koke qui dépeindra les relations entre l'immigrante et le colon.

Leurs stratégies et sujets engagent directement les méthodes conventionnelles et contemporaines de l'enregistrement et du reportage d'histoire. Chaque artiste contrôle la trajectoire de sa production à travers des distances temporelles et géographiques, déterminant son entrée dans le discours public. Le point de réception des représentations obtenues sera l'espace de la galerie. De cette trajectoire limitée découle un public restreint. Cependant, cette limitation dessine un cadre dans lequel les gestes sont autant symboliques que stratégiques.

The artists in Generation Dissemination take up dialogues based in public discourse. They involve people, places, technologies or ideas that exist in or are accessible to the public. To initiate these dialogues, each artist makes a gesture into a space: a parking structure in Halifax, the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration in Toronto, the BC Stadium in Vancouver, the internet. These gestures generate content. In order to represent this content to a broader audience, the artists subject it to secondary gestures of documenting, archiving, editing, or reframing. Joanna Lai writes a dissertation that is repeatedly edited and saved by the public, resulting in excessive and redundant archives. Mélanie Myers depicts her own performance through idealized drawing and revealing text. Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte uses video to document moments in the day-to-day existence of historical sites, then edits the footage to complicate the idea of a projected chronology. Aditi Ohri's performance is documented on video, to be redefined later through a secondary performance by Zoe Koke, portraying a relationship of immigrant and colonizer.

Their strategies and topics directly engage with both conventional and contemporary methods in which history is recorded and reported. In each of their processes, the artists take agency over the trajectory of their production across temporal and geographic distances, shaping the way it enters into a public discourse. The point of reception for the resulting representations is the gallery space. This trajectory is limited; its public is narrow. This limitation however, offers a frame for the artists' gestures to become as symbolic as they are strategic.


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Shelly Grimson: How beautiful we all were...

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April 3-30, 2012

How beautiful we all were... portraits of sixteen Canadian poets by Shelly Grimson

Included in this exhibition are portraits of: Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Milton Acorn, Leonard Cohen, Irving Layton, George Bowering, Pat Lane, Victor Coleman, Doug Jones, Al Purdy, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Earl Birney, Raymond Souster, Margaret Avison, John Newlove and Eli Mandel.

Opening Reception April 3, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Gallery Hours
M-F 9am to 9pm
S-S 9am to 7pm

The Gallery at the J
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

750 Spadina Ave. at Bloor St.
Info: Deanna Di Lello
(416) 924-6211 x 250


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Daniel Dubois

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Daniel Dubois at the University of Toronto Faculty Club

Opening Reception April 11th
Exhibition dates: April 3rd – April 30th, 2012

In April the Art Connection Group is pleased to present recent works by Daniel Dubois at the University of Toronto Faculty Club. Dan's new collection includes his renowned Toronto cityscapes along with new regional landscapes from Algonquin, Kingston, Lake Huron and areas of southwestern and eastern Ontario. Born in Montreal, Dan is a representational painter who brings a unique eye and an impressionist interpretation of his subject. His paintings capture the magnificence of the natural landscape, its ever changing light, big skies and serenity. His interpretive streetscapes are colourful, sometimes edgy, moody, reflecting the energy of the city.

You are invited to an entertaining night of Art & Jazz at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, April 11th, 6 – 9 pm, in the Main Lounge & Pub, University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St. Toronto M5S 1C7 (east of Spadina, 2 north of College). You may meet the artist, listen to the Fraser Melvin Jazz Trio, enjoy wine and cheese and dinner in the Pub if you have not had a chance to eat before the show. Dinner is served until 8 pm and non-member prices are waived.

Please note: Dan's larger works will only be on exhibit on April 11th in the Main Lounge.

Prior to the Opening you may view several of the paintings in the Faculty Club Pub beginning April 3rd. The Pub is open Monday to Friday, 8 am. – 10 pm. The Exhibition continues in the Pub until April 30th.

For an online preview of many of the paintings in the show, a brief profile of the artist as well as directions and parking information go to the Exhibitions page at There are 4 levels of underground parking at the 213 Huron St. lot nearby and meter parking on Spadina after 6 pm.

We hope to see you on April 11th! Feel free to pass this on to others who might be interested in attending.

For any questions about the show please contact Jackie Baker, Art Connection Group at 416-482-1768 or


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Maximum Exposure Presents: Outliers

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Maximum Exposure Presents: Outliers
April 3rd – April 29th

The Gladstone Hotel: Floor 3 & 4
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1J6

Opening Reception:
Friday April 27th, 2012, 7 – 10pm

Forest, Marisa Tratnik, 2011, from series Before I Was Born, Photography 4th Year

TORONTO...For the first year, Maximum Exposure will occupy The Gladstone Hotel's third and fourth floors for the entire month of April. Outliers presents the photography of six emerging artists as selected by a distinguished panel of industry representatives. The Outliers exhibition offers an in-depth view into a body of work from these distinguished artists and acts as a precursor to the work exhibited in Fourth Year Thesis Show on the second floor at the Gladstone, opening April 27th.

Outliers will display work by Chris Dale, Elaine Chan-Dow, Monica Emme, Gio Foschino, Fraser McCallum, and Marisa Tratnik. Outliers was curated by Alice Dixon, Exhibition Coordinator of Gallery 44, and Persilia Caton, Artistic Project Manager of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.


The Gladstone Hotel, located in the heart of one of Toronto's most vibrant neighbourhoods, is dedicated to offering an immersive and authentic experience to its guests. It is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto. The Gladstone acts as a social and cultural incubator facilitating sustainable and accessible ways of experiencing art, culture, community, and local cuisine. With each of their thirty-seven rooms designed by local Toronto artists, The Gladstone is an ideal location to launch the careers of emerging artists.

Media Contact:
Nicole Kim


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