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The Best New Art Galleries in Toronto, 2008

Posted by Tim / January 12, 2009

New Art Galleries TorontoThe number and quality of art galleries that have opened in Toronto during the past 12 months is pretty astounding. With a few exceptions, we've seen new spaces to showcase contemporary art migrate west and north. galleryDK, Baitshop and Barbershop moved into Parkdale; and the venerable Mercer Union and the much-loved Toronto Free have brought instant credibility to the burgeoning art scene in Bloordale.

(Unfortunately the latter two's roots in Toronto predate 2008 and therefore didn't qualify to make this list)

Elsewhere, Kensington has re-emerged on the gallery map. No longer just a playground for performance-based art and graffiti, the neighbourhood's south Augusta stretch saw new-media oriented Pixel Gallery rejuvenate a dilapidated space back in November of 2007. A number of months later Hotshot (a combo gallery and cafe) unveiled its inaugural exhibition across the street.

From the Annex to the Distillery District, other areas of the city also got in on the action. Here's a rundown of 12 of the best galleries to open their doors in 2008.

Hotshot

Hotshot

Part cafe and retail space but all gallery, Hotshot is the vision of five artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs who have their fingerprints all over the local art scene. The exhibitions here tend to be more unconventional than most and in the past year have ranged from Posterchild's first solo show to a live play about religion, art and getting dumped on the phone. More »

The Baitshop

The Baitshop

Part recreational hub, part gallery space, The Baitshop is housed in a warehouse south of Queen on Dufferin. Now one year strong, the gallery features exhibits about the skate and extreme sports culture, and is also a full service screenprint and promotional products production facility. More »

Oliver Gordon Gallery

Oliver Gordon Gallery

Found on the 5th floor of the 80 Spadina building, Oliver Gordon is a new photography gallery that grew out of a successful stock photography house. The gallery showcases both local and international contemporary artists. More »

Discussion

12 Comments

Andrea / January 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm
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Way to go GalleryDK!
Jiles / January 12, 2009 at 11:59 pm
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Tinku Gallery kicks ass!
Fotograf.416 / January 13, 2009 at 08:49 am
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A well deserved win for GalleryDK. I was in there recently and I was very impressed! I loved the density of art.
bumdarts / January 13, 2009 at 09:00 am
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Where's Jerome Jenner?
Tim replying to a comment from bumdarts / January 13, 2009 at 09:13 am
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Aah...Good point. But don't worry, Smash will be getting some love very soon.
Emmanuel / February 10, 2009 at 08:43 am
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Sadly missed from this list and a great place high on my list is the Thrush Holmes Empire!
TIm replying to a comment from Emmanuel / February 10, 2009 at 09:18 am
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It wasn't included b/c it opened in 2007
shimmer lord / March 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm
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magic pony
Payday Loans / April 30, 2009 at 05:44 pm
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Thanks for the interesting information. The post was professionally written and I feel like the author has extensive knowledge in the subject. Keep it that way.
yvonne mora / January 7, 2010 at 09:51 am
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Hi, My name is Yvonne Mora, I´m an impressionist artist.
I have seen your website and I´m interesting in being part of the collection of artists that you have.
Please visit my webpage to look at my artwork.
http://www.yvonnemora.com
Thank you!
-Yvonne Mora
yvonne mora / January 7, 2010 at 09:51 am
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Hi, My name is Yvonne Mora, I´m an impressionist artist.
I have seen your website and I´m interesting in being part of the collection of artists that you have.
Please visit my webpage to look at my artwork.
http://www.yvonnemora.com
Thank you!
-Yvonne Mora
Edgardo / July 31, 2011 at 01:49 pm
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Looking to exhibit in To...all my works are small. ANy suggestions?

www.flickr.com/photos/montrealartist

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