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Posted by Staff / Posted on September 7, 2013

Paintlounge TorontoPaintlounge is unlike any other Toronto lounge. Instead of bar stools, there are easels. Instead of cocktail attire, there are smocks. And instead of splashing drinks, you're splashing paint. The studio/lounge is located at 784 College Street and provides you with all you need to get your paint on.

Paintlounge TorontoThat includes sponges, knives and even toothbrushes. And no, they're not for you to aimlessly jab at your canvas and hope for the best. The staff teach you simple painting techniques, including how to use the toothbrush in order to get an evenly paint-splattered effect.

Paintlounge TorontoThe lounge launched when an engineer-turned-banker turned painter. Samantha Chan is the owner, operator and, as she calls herself, the chief paintlounger. She opened the first Paintlounge in Markham two years ago when she realized she wanted to pursue her passion for art.

Paintlounge TorontoLast month, the Toronto location had its launch party. Both spots have a laid back atmosphere. "It's meant to be a place to express yourself, relieve stress and have fun," said Chan. Along with encouraging artistic stress release, Paintlounge sells a variety of gourmet mix-and-match teas. And so, the creative process (and unwinding) continues.

Paintlounge TorontoIf the mellow art scene isn't for you, don't rule out the space just yet. The bright room with high ceilings transforms to host bachelorette parties, kids hours and date nights.

Paintlounge TorontoOn a regular day, all materials are supplied with the purchase of a canvas. Prices range from $20 to $55, depending on the size. Each canvas can be shared by up to three people. But painting on your own isn't tough. I had to pry myself away from my personal creation an hour past my planned departure. And at this lounge, you will never be leaving alone.

Paintlounge TorontoWriting by Amanda Cupido / Photos by Irina No



Laura / September 7, 2013 at 06:50 am
I think this is such a neat idea, and I've been curious to check it out since I saw it opened. Looks like a good way to unwind after a day of staring at a computer screen at work. Thanks for the article!
Sean / September 7, 2013 at 08:15 am
2 thumbs up!!
Shawn / September 7, 2013 at 11:36 am
I didn't think an idea like this would be successful, but every evening I walk past, the place is always full.
mike angeloh / September 7, 2013 at 07:08 pm
cool! i'll be dropping by with my date. girls love artsy guys.
teresa / September 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm
What is the brand name of the paint?
Sam C / September 9, 2013 at 10:57 am
All of our paints are non-toxic water-based acrylics. Currently, we're using paints by Chromacryl.
Irina No / September 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm
Very interesting idea and very nice people) Good luck, Sam!
Sarah / February 3, 2015 at 01:20 pm
Gallery Hi Art recently opened a new location at 101 Spadina Avenue. The paintings are of exceptional quality and extremely affordable! The service was very friendly and provided helpful advice on my painting selection. I purchased an abstract piece for my living room and I absolutely love it! Highly recommend this commercial gallery. For more information see

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