Explore Toronto's Art Neighbourhoods

Posted by Lauren Parker on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 12:44pm.

toronto art galleriesWhen it comes to personalizing the interior spaces of your home, nothing makes a home truly yours like the art and furnishing you choose to fill it with. The artwork that adorns your walls is a reflection of your personality and interests.

Toronto has long been a hotbed for new and established artists. The quality and variety of art available has helped to make the city into the vibrant and diverse cultural hub it is known as worldwide.

If you’re looking for just the right piece of artwork, these Toronto neighbourhoods each offer something uniquely their own and you’re sure to find something to uniquely represent you:

The Junction Triangle

Found just southeast of The Junction in the West End, this former industrial area is fast emerging as a mecca for modern art galleries, as the emergence of condominium developments have forced galleries away from other areas of the city. Here you’ll find fresh modern art in galleries like Daniel Faria, Clint Roeinisch, Scrap Metal and Gallery TPW, just south of Bloor Street.

These galleries exist in a fascinating range of converted garages and warehouses. This is the neighbourhood to watch as it continues to mature and develop.

West Queen West

toronto art galleriesProbably the best known and certainly the most established art district in Toronto, Queen St West is the home of the Museum of Contemporary Modern Art. The Gladstone Hotel is also mainstay of the district's art scene as it regularly hosts exhibitions and even features unique, artist-designed guest rooms you can stay in. Other prominent attractions include the Angell Gallery, Paul Petro and the well-known Stephen Bulger Gallery, focusing on photography.

The Distillery District

The Distillery District in the southeastern end of Downtown Toronto is certainly the most the pleasant neighbourhood to check out local art in. Aside from offering the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture, the attractive cobble stone streets and historic ambiance make for a pleasant stroll indeed.

The area’s most prominent galleries boast internationally prominent artists like Barbara Astman and David Urban. As a popular tourist destination, the district also boasts a pleasing array of artist studios and artisan shops just waiting to be explored.


Similar to the Distillery District, the high-end Yorkville neighbourhood carries a certain historic cachet. This district’s array of galleries and shops tend to appeal more to serious collectors but are housed in a number of charming, converted heritage homes.

Once a hotbed for the bohemian movement of the 1960s, some of that spirit still remains. Aside from well-known fine art galleries like Loch Gallery and Mayberry Fine Art, there is also the Liss Gallery, featuring pop art from the likes of John Lennon and Dr. Seuss, and the Craft Ontario Shop, featuring fun, functional artwork and Inuit pieces.

area Real EstateArt as Gifts:

"The NO Foundation on Queen West sells all kinds of jewelry, sculpture, artwork and gifts at surprisingly reasonably prices. Plus, all proceeds go toward helping run the exhibition itself and support the artists involved!"

area Real Estate Agent Lauren ParkerThese neighbourhoods aren't the only places in Toronto you can explore for contemporary or fine art. Discover other communities by talking to Lauren about specific neighbourhood listings or insider's tips and advice on Toronto real estate. You can introduce yourself to Lauren Parker via e-mail or reach her at 416-441-2888 ext. 634.

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