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Toose Art Supplies

Posted by Tim / Posted on September 11, 2008

TooseFor lazy UofT students, Toose Art Supplies is the ideal location to stock up on paints, pastels, paper and other art, architectural and graphic supplies. Yep, it's located right across the street from the university's bookstore on College. It may not be the biggest store, or have the best prices but it stocks some stuff that can't be found at Gwartzman's and is at least a few blocks closer than all the stores that surround OCAD.

Unfortunately, during a recent visit, Manager Wael Ayyub was less than thrilled at the prospect of me taking photos of the store. He told me he didn't want anyone to be able to see any prices on any of the products. But he did allow me a few quick, broad snaps that can be seen in all their glory above and below.

Wael is also a man of few words. Here's a response to our recent email Q&A.

What would you say is different or unique about Toose compared to some of the other art supply stores in Toronto?

We have the knowledge and experience of all our products,so we can provide the correct information to the customer, and due to our size and location we provide unique and personal services to all our customers.

What are some of the most popular products you sell?

Oil and Acrylic paint, canvases and architecture material (model building,all drafting material)

How do you feel Toose competes on price compared to most other art supply stores?

We are very competitive in the market

Are there any items you carry that are unique to Toose?

No response given

How advantageous is it to be located across the street from UofT? Do UofT students represent the majority of your business?

Uof T students are some of our customers but we are known by having good quality and brand names and stock availability at competitive prices.

Toose Art Supplies

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10 Comments

maya / April 18, 2009 at 11:07 am
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Toose art supplies is geared more towards quality, rather than variety. They don't sell miscellaneous paints and brushes, sparkles and glues like other 'art and craft' stores in Toronto. It is the best art store for an experienced painter in this city, period. I have been buying art supplies almost exclusively from Toose for the past 15 years, since I was a student. They have always had everything I need in quality painting supplies, and if they didn't, they special-ordered it for me, and very fast. Also, they guarantee the best prices in town, and if you find a better price, they will match it. They are knowledgeable, kind, organized and extremely helpful, especially the manager Wael. Just my experience.
brendan / April 22, 2009 at 01:04 pm
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I've also found Toose has the best prices in Toronto... Paint is always cheaper here then anywhere else, and as a professional artist you spend enough on paint that a few extra dollars per tube make a huge difference.
bass / November 8, 2009 at 08:49 pm
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Toose is like any other ordinary art store, unless if it is drafting supplies. In that category, they are simply the best, especially in quality, quantity and price for students not only for UofT arch students, but also for OCAD as well. While Aboveground and Curry's may carry more in stock, Toose offers the better deal. I recommend Toose to any designers and students as first store to look for architectural selections.
Sari Grove / January 9, 2010 at 11:24 pm
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As a professional artist, I have been buying from Toose since 1993...What is significant is the complex advice I have gotten over the years to solve creative & technical obstacles...This intellectual depth is unsurpassed in the Canadian market & is unique to Toose Art Supply...Also, the sensitive holding back from competition if there is somewhere else to get a more appropriate product, distinguishes this retailer from all others...
The newest addition to Toose is a Siberian Husky puppy named Sky...If you are lucky enough to meet Sky while at Toose, you have just met the nicest dog in the city...
p.s. It is a delight to work with a soft spoken owner- "brevity is the soul of wit", & Wael is a refreshing change in a world of gab...
ALD / March 1, 2010 at 06:33 pm
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Toose is convenient. Just don't count on the best service.

For friendlier waters opt for Gwartzmans or Above Ground.
Joe S. / July 6, 2011 at 01:17 am
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Tooseart has a real website for 2 years now. Please update your info www.tooseart.ca
Vato / August 17, 2011 at 11:20 am
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I have been buying my oil paints at the Toose since 1995... The price for oils and their service is great. Exceptionally friendly staff! They could easily become a no# 1 arts supplies store around these parts if they'd extended their oil paint selection a little bit. I had to go to the Above Ground folks to get me some Williamsburg oil paints. But otherwise - TOOSE IS MY NO.1 STORE.
AMUU / November 24, 2011 at 05:14 am
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VERE GOOD
mold remediation in murrieta / April 10, 2013 at 01:14 pm
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hi!,I love your writing so so much! proportion we be in contact extra about your article on AOL?

I need a specialist on this space to unravel my problem. May be that's you! Having a look forward to peer you.
gea / October 27, 2013 at 09:52 pm
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i want know if this store sell pantographs

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