The Best New Art Galleries in Toronto, 2008
The 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.
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 »
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 »