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Goodfellas Gallery

Posted by Staff / Posted on December 21, 2011

Goodfellas GalleryGoodfellas Gallery opened in Parkdale last month, featuring mostly large-scale abstract works well-suited for commercial spaces. The owners, however, don't want to get too niche. "We enjoy participating in things like the Contact Festival and Nuit Blanche, so we don't want to pigeonhole ourselves to one specific form of art," says Joshua James, one of the founders. "It will always be new, fresh and contemporary. You can hold us to that."

Goodfellas GalleryThis is not James' first foray into the gallery world. Formerly of Sleeping Giant Gallery, he joined forces with Tyler Tilley of the Next Level Art collective to start Goodfellas, which represents a departure from the last gallery, which focused more on works that could be described as lowbrow. Here the idea is to do something more sophisticated.

Goodfellas GalleryMoving up in the art world meant changing locales. While Sleeping Giant was perhaps a bit too far east on Dundas West to attract gallery-going foot traffic, Goodfellas location on the eastern edge of Parkdale ensures close proximity to gallery-rich West Queen West and to a number of other newer galleries that have made their home on the other side of the railway overpass at Dufferin. For his part, James isn't worried about competing with his neighbours. "I've heard people say many times that a neighborhood is 'over saturated' with galleries, but anyone involved in the arts knows there is no such thing. In order to create a gallery district you need to 'over saturate' and give people from outside the area a reason to make their way over."

Goodfellas GalleryPlus, he and Tyler both live nearby. They love the neighbourhood and want to see it blossom, says James. Having more art galleries around is a good start. "We both think it's what the Parkdale area needs to get over its hump and to light a fire under the city's ass to start rejuvenating and putting money into a community that's been held down long enough."

Goodfellas GalleryThough they're in the midst of an artistic community, they might not benefit from sidewalk traffic as much as nearby galleries because the entrance to the gallery faces the north toward Noble St. rather than Queen. Nevertheless, it's a bright, open space, suited to big, statement pieces. As they renovated the space, James, Tilley and the other members of Next Level put together the collection for the grand opening. This allowed them to create the pieces, curate and design the space all at once, explains James. The result is cohesiveness. "The scale of the work was very important to us, and the pieces fill the space beautifully."

Goodfellas GalleryThough their own work is currently on display, they'll soon feature other artists, starting with a solo exhibit from Eugene Paunil called Civil Servant Tactics, which opens January 12th at 7pm. They are also looking around for fresh faces to exhibit next year. "All in all, we are pretty excited about what we have to offer come 2012," says James.

Writing by Emily Burke / Photos by Morris Lum



dr.Func / December 21, 2011 at 03:25 pm
Yaaaaa boyyyysssssssssss!!!!

Next Level and Goodfellas for life!
patrick / December 21, 2011 at 05:07 pm
love this space! here are some more photos
vince / December 21, 2011 at 05:23 pm
Here are the photos from the goodfellas photo shoot on the opening night!!

Greg / December 21, 2011 at 05:56 pm
Such a great addition to the queen west art scene ! Very classy.
hugo / December 21, 2011 at 07:23 pm
the space is great. i know great things will come from this.
laura Warburton / December 21, 2011 at 07:42 pm
love the look of the space , best wishes in 2012
next level / December 21, 2011 at 08:38 pm
love this article. great job Emily. thank you.

to the moon!

next level replying to a comment from next level / December 21, 2011 at 09:57 pm
And great images Morris!
Zed / December 22, 2011 at 01:06 pm
Where is it located exactly? BlotTO never includes addresses, phone or websites in their reviews
use your eyes replying to a comment from Zed / December 24, 2011 at 12:19 am
Top right, dumbass. Right under the 'Information
Location and Contact Details' bit.
johann / December 29, 2011 at 03:49 am
some refreshing art on queen west!
ADC / December 29, 2011 at 02:30 pm
If you build it they will come..
Jill / December 29, 2011 at 04:55 pm
Nice place. Looks high-end. When's the next show?
- J Hill
Joshua James / December 29, 2011 at 05:06 pm
"Civil Servant Tactics" a solo exhibit by Eugene Paunil
Thursday January 12th
Guest list only. RSVP to
lorraine replying to a comment from patrick / December 29, 2011 at 05:08 pm
WOW!!All your dedication and hardwork will pay off Goodfellas to the moon. I love "if you build it they will come",b/c that is exactly what you have done. Love you guys!
tiffany Huta / December 29, 2011 at 06:12 pm
good fellows behind goodfellas
Evan / December 29, 2011 at 07:14 pm
This gallery and attached studio are some of most interesting places ive been in toronto, and i've lived here for the past 5 years! They always have amazing art, and the best people.
Hitoshi Murakami / December 29, 2011 at 09:31 pm
What an amazing opening! I can't wait for Eugene's show on Jan 12th!
Nga Dinh / December 30, 2011 at 02:32 pm
What a lovely opening... All months of hard work renovating part of the 36 Chambers Studio space really paid off... Gallery looks clean and polished even with the pizza embedded into the wooden floor... Great crowd and an amazing group of Goodfellas...
roddy sandwiches replying to a comment from asd / April 7, 2012 at 05:02 pm

and... you sir, smoke skin pipes. (irish accent)
roddy sandwiches replying to a comment from asd / April 7, 2012 at 05:02 pm
as the saying goes, "i've been known to eat the wild fox hair from time to time and i wear the skin of turtles." during my multiple adventurous road trips to the maritimes, i have yet to see such an outstanding gally-lee. i want to thank these fine saps for bring life to a lifeless city.
TYLER ARMSTRONG / April 7, 2012 at 05:06 pm
GUILLOTINE DREAMS: Goodfellas Gallery. July 5 2012. first solo show. BLOODBATH. LOVE.

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