The Best Art Supply Stores in Toronto
The best art supply stores in Toronto will have whatever you need to get your next project from your brain to the page. The city's cheapest and best-stocked options are mostly clustered around OCAD, kept on their toes by one another's presence (and throngs of art school students ready to burn through gallons of paint).
Still there are plenty of decent options spread across town. Some go way past supplies, offering art classes so you can learn how to use those new goodies and framing services for the finished product.
Here are the best art supply stores in Toronto.
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Curry's scores big on convenience - there are locations scattered around the downtown core, including one across from OCAD, one at Yonge and College, and a massive one at Queen and Beaconsfield where Woolfitt's once stood. The chain claims to stock over 200,000 products, so they'll likely have whatever you need.
Located just south of OCAD, the original Above Ground tends to cater mostly to the needs of the art-school student body. Additional locations have since brought the same huge selection (and tightly-packed atmosphere) to the Junction and the Beaches. Service is friendly and helpful, and if an item's out of stock at one store they can ship it in from another for you.
This College and Spadina institution may be a little rougher around the edges than some of its competitors, but the lack of frills at the mom-and-pop shop often translates into major savings, especially for large canvases. You may need a hand finding what you're looking for, but the staff are happy to lend a hand.
This Junction art store aims to be a community hub for creative minds, with rotating exhibitions by local artists in a standalone gallery space and art classes for youth and adults in their studio. The selection isn't as comprehensive as some, but the founders say they chose to keep things limited, with a focus on Canadian-made and eco-friendly supplies.
Midoco sets itself apart through its store locations, eschewing competitive areas like OCAD for the Beach and the Annex. They see themselves as a one-stop shop for creative types, with a stronger focus on novelty gifts, office supplies (both quirky and straight-up) and other lifestyle items.
Toose caters mostly to U of T students. It's located just across from the university bookstore on College. But though the selection is small, they don't rest on their laurels. Toose carries some unusual brands and painters and architects have raved about the quality of their drafting materials, paints, and brushes.
Located far from downtown's glut of art supply stores, Markham's Studio Six offers a little bit of everything - supplies, painting classes, and even custom framing. The selection isn't huge compared to some of the downtown chains, but if you're in the neighbourhood, there's no better place.
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