The Al Green Gallery
The Al Green Gallery (no, not that Al Green) is a lovely commercial art gallery down a serene little laneway off Merton Street that's a true hidden gem. Toronto's Al Green is an 89-year-old real-estate developer, sculptor and philanthropist who has been honoured with the Order of Canada.
Prior to 2009, the natural-light-filled space was mainly used to showcase Green's own work, but since his daughter Lindy became director of the gallery, it's expanded its scope with one-time exhibitions from various artists. True to Green's philanthropic nature, a portion of all the gallery's sales are donated to charitable organizations chosen in collaboration with the artists.