WQW’ Nuit Blanche “Outdoor Art & Artist Gallery”


September 1, 2016

  Nuit Blanche 2016, Oct,1st WQW, Art & Design District, Creative Heart of Toronto, is going to celebrate its “WQW Outdoor Art & Artist Gallery” Along Queen Street West from Bathurst to Gladstone! 50 planters covered in Art by  amazing Artists LEARN A WHOLE LOT about the Artist & their work with the WQW myStreet app. PLUS, WQW […]

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Celebrating individuality at the Suits Me Fine Fashion Show


July 13, 2017

    If you haven’t already heard, this CAMH highlight event brought it once again for the 13th year running. In the words of host and fashion icon Jeanne Beker, “positive vibes” were a plenty as clients, staff and members of the community gathered in CAMH’s Sandi and Jim Treliving Gymnasium to celebrate clients proudly […]

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A Promising Treatment for Eating Disorders


July 5, 2017

People with severe treatment-resistant anorexia have new hope for recovery thanks to Dr Yuliya Knyahnytska, a clinical fellow with CAMH’s Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention. Eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental disorder, and there are no medications to treat it. People with anorexia spend much of their time serving […]

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Pollinator Paradise


March 20, 2017

Our Bee Hotels are getting BUZZ.  Toronto Star CBC Metro News   Be part of the Pollinator Paradise in West Queen West! Welcome to Toronto’s very first bee-friendly streetscape. In partnership with Restorative Landscapes, this WQW community project aims to create an edible, bee-friendly streetscape amidst our thriving urban landscape. How does a Pollinator Paradise Work? Our […]

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West Queen West Launches “FREE WQW Wi-Fi”


February 22, 2017

West Queen West Launches “FREE WQW Wi-Fi”   West Queen West (WQW), working with its partners from Besify, will be launching “Phase 1” of it’s “FREE WQW Wi-Fi” on Thursday February 22nd, 2017. WQW will be offering “FREE WQW Wi-Fi” along Queen Street West from Niagara Street to Markham Street. “I’m excited, that now when […]

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Celebrating New Year’s on an Indian Farm


January 25, 2017

          Countdown to the Reveal: How to Celebrate New Year’s on an Indian Farm                     By Rosie Kristina   Lessons Learned I’ve learned as many new things while living in India in a matter of days as I have living in a city my whole life. It might sound unreal, but living among locals teaches […]

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How does Main Street “Brick & Mortar” survive and THRIVE?


January 23, 2017

How does Main Street “Brick & Mortar” survive and THRIVE? The West Queen West (WQW) is the Art & Design District, the Creative Heart of Toronto, and one of Toronto’s amazing 82 BIAs. The WQW Board and its 400 members share the same philosophy; every day is a day to celebrate “Art & Culture”, all […]

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WQW Friend Travels to India


January 22, 2017

From Toronto to India: Day 1 in Delhi By Rosie Kristina I decided to head out to India with the end of 2016 approaching and the uneasy realization that I would soon be turning thirty. Planning a trip for India is challenging, as it should be. Nothing goes as expected and nothing can prepare you for […]

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SMALL BUSINESS ACTS LIKE BIG BUSINESS Toronto’s First Neighbourhood e-Gift Card


November 1, 2016

Toronto, ON — One of Toronto’s trendiest shopping destinations, West Queen West (WQW) between Bathurst and Gladstone, is set to launch Toronto’s first Neighbourhood e-Gift Card program on November 1st. The WQW e-Gift Card provides shoppers with a more local alternative rather than a mall gift card or big box chains. How it works: shoppers […]

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Nuit Blanche 2016


October 6, 2016

Nuit Blanche 2016 By Rosie Kristina Nuit Blanche happened this past Saturday October 1st from sundown to sunrise, or 6:58 pm to 7:00 am Sunday October 2nd to be exact. It was a smaller event this year with 90 exhibits but the crowds were as large as they’ve ever been. Having been wooed by pictures […]

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myStreet Mobile App – What’s near me?


September 29, 2016

Download myStreet Mobile App to learn the stories of WQW                    Also a chance to win one of 20 X 25$ WQW Digital Gift Cards or the Grand Prize a $500.00 WQW Digital Gift Card.  

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October 1st & 2nd: Queen West Art Crawl


September 27, 2016

When: Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd from 11am-6pm Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen Street West QWAC is an established cultural and artistic hub in Toronto, allowing visitors to see art, buys art, make art and taste art. With new partnerships with TD Bank (Presenting sponsor), Steam Whistle and Indie88 Radio, 2016 promises to […]

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Matthew Varey Artist & Teacher at Etobicoke School of the Arts


Head of Visual Arts Etobicoke School of the Arts September 2007 – Present (9 years 1 month)Etobicoke School of the Arts Department Head of the World’s top High School Visual Art Department www.esava.ca Instagram: esa_visual_art & matthew_varey WQW Outdoor Art & Artist Gallery Artist Interview Question #1 : Who is Matthew Varey & Why did […]

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Zion Artist Page


WQW Outdoor Art & Artist Gallery Artist Interview Question #1 : Who is Zion and how did you get involved with Graffiti? Question #2 (pt. 1) : How, why and what is/was the “Bomb Shelter”? Question #2 (pt. 2) :  How, why and what is/was the “Bomb Shelter”? Question #3 (pt. 1) : Zion discusses the […]

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Holly-Mclachlan


September 26, 2016

Holly-McLachlan Holly Mclachlan is a visual artist living in Oakville, ON. She explores freedom, vulnerability, body image and love within her drawings and paintings. Holly’s keen perception of the human form results in work that is both playful and honest . She often incorporates poetry into her paintings and is constantly reading new books and […]

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Huffington Post readers declare WQW is number one in the Country! “


September 2, 2016

August 3rd, 2016 –       Huffington Post readers declare WQW is number one in the Country! Congratulations to all our WQW members and folks in the neighbourhood! “…cool has migrated west — to West Queen West — a continuation of the community just a bit further out of the way of the downtown strip. While […]

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West Queen West & “myStreet” The Perfect Partnership for the Times


September 1, 2016

  The City of Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America. Mexico, New York, Los Angeles & then Toronto; and yet what makes Toronto so special & so unique, is that Toron­­­­to it is still known as the “City of Neighbourhoods”. Toronto’s 82 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are at the heart of those […]

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A Bite of West Queen West to go Around


August 22, 2016

A Bite of West Queen West to go Around By Rosie Kristina Photos by MoiMeme  from Toronto Arts & Culture Betty Ann Jordan is a tour guide of the aptly called Culture and Food Walk, which she leads every second Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm of each month in the West Queen West […]

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WQW Joins Bee City, adds to the Outdoor Art Gallery and uses Tech to tell the story


August 8, 2016

By Rosie Kristina   Thursday August 4th 2016 saw a bevy of community leaders gather at Trinity Bellwoods Park for the unveiling of West Queen West’s latest green venture –bee planter pollinators –as part of their West Queen West’s Bee City and Outdoor Art Gallery initiative. With the recent headlines of bee populations dwindling, it […]

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Bricks & Clicks: How Digital Main Street Will Change & Aid Toronto Small Business


June 16, 2016

To some retailers, the switch to an online presence and adoption of digital technology is an easy transition. To many more, it seems like an impossible and time-consuming leap without a 21-year-old employee. This is why Monday morning’s breakfast at The Drake Hotel was so exciting: City of Toronto’s launch of Digital Main Street will […]

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Monday with the Mayor in West Queen West


May 12, 2016

By Rosie Kapun The morning of Monday May 9th saw an early crowd gather for the annual Mayor’s Breakfast hosted by the West Queen West BIA, in the Restaurants Canada building located at 1155 Queen Street West. The invited guests attended a breakfast reception with John Tory for the hour-and-a-half event with the spotlight squarely […]

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June 8th at The Theatre Centre: The 2016 Legal Landscape For Creatives


May 11, 2016

Heads-up Arts Workers, here is an opportunity to gain an understanding of the new copyright laws in Canada. This CAPIC Legal Clinic will be a Q&A session with Dan Pollack, an international copyright lawyer. Feel free to ask on topics of contracts, copyright for the digital age, infringement, licensing agreements, releases, and more. The clinic […]

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Enter To Win A $1000 Mother’s Day Shopping Spree!


May 2, 2016

Your mom is awesome. She’s been there every step of your life, nagged you to clean your room, and has put up with every mood swing you’ve swung at her. She’s the best. So, how would you treat your mom with a $1000 shopping spree in WQW?Tell us three places you would take her by […]

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Quiz Coconut Trivia Nights at Nunu


March 28, 2016

It’s the first part of a two part triviathon. Quiz Coconut is the new trivia host in Toronto and we’re pretty darn stoked to have them in West Queen West. Last Wednesday was a sold out hootenanny. The next trivia night in our neighbourhood will be on April 20th at Nunu, 7:30pm. To reserve a […]

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City of Toronto Discussion Paper on Small Business Taxation


March 25, 2016

    The Small Business Council Advisory Body of the City of Toronto have published a Small Business Taxation Discussion Paper. It is available to the public and is a highly recommended read for any small business owner. Last April, the Deputy Mayor of Toronto held a Small Business Roundtable directed at understanding the challenges […]

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Commercial Façade Improvement Program


February 23, 2016

Open to all members of the West Queen West BIA, this program is available to owners and tenants of buildings used for commercial purposes at street level. What’s awesome: the city will fund up to half the costs in approved improvement applications to a maximum grant of $10,000 (or $12,500 for a corner property). Good […]

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Mayor Tory to champion Toronto region as global centre of innovation


February 11, 2016

    February 11, 2016 – Toronto Mayor John Tory today launched a new city website and strategy to champion the region as a centre of startups, innovation and growth, in partnership with City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.   The two mayors will participate in a dual city mission to San Francisco and Silicon […]

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Carnovsky closing party at Nuvango


February 1, 2016

  The Nuvango flagship store on Queen and Bathurst hosted the closing party for their Carnovsky RGB exhibit in the gallery above. The exhibit used lights that cycled through strong red, green, and blue lights to alter the images that were plastered on prints, pants, dresses and even the walls. Nuvango takes local artists and applies […]

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Come Up To My Room for the Thirteenth Time


January 23, 2016

Yet again, another inspirational curation of interactive design installations have been gathered into rooms of the Gladstone Hotel. CUTMR is more than just an exhibition; it is a display of what happens when a risk is taken and “what if?” turns into a reality. For four days, the hotel transforms into a four-floor experiment. Choose […]

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Quiz Coconut Trivia Nights


January 21, 2016

Let’s shake things up in West Queen West a bit and have some fun by rewarding the trivial amounts of knowledge you managed to cram in your cranium… or should we say, coconut? Last night at H Bar, we partnered with Quiz Coconut for an evening of wit battling. The bar was packed, the food […]

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Real Santa Visits WQW


December 14, 2015

By Rob Sysak Tis the season of mall Santa’s, corner Santa’s and even a Fashion Santa, but only WQW gets visited every Saturday before Christmas by the Real Santa Claus. Santa, with assistance from his Elf and personal Caroling Duet, walked along the coolest 2 kilometre stretch in North America, (According to Fashion Bible, Vogue), […]

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Win a $1,000 Holiday Shopping Spree in WQW!


December 4, 2015

  Win a WQW Shopping Spree!More West Queen West ideas on how to spend your $1,000 WQW Holiday Shopping Spree. Enter for your chance to win at http://westqueenwest.ca/win-a-1000-west-queen-west-shopping-spree/ Posted by West Queen West Business Improvement Area on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 We just need your name, email address and postal code to enter you in […]

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Black Friday Night Time Celebrations


November 27, 2015

It’s not worth shopping-until-you-drop only to lose a good Friday night. Keep the party in tonight with this hit list: 8:00 pm THE ACORN + EVENING HYMNS at The Drake Hotel. $15. It’s going to be a Canadiana indie-folk night with The Acorn’s Rolf Klausener performing a solo set with Toronto’s Evening Hymns. Feel your roots […]

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West Queen West Holiday Fest: A Collaborative Charity Event


November 25, 2015

How can a small business help a community? It’s simple: all you have to do is care. Welcome to the Holiday Fest in West Queen West, a collaborative charity drive to support the Salvation Army Florence Booth House. Everyday from December 1st until Christmas Eve, participating businesses are offering a unique promotion in exchange for […]

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Way to Create! Phil Carter Award Winner!


November 17, 2015

Congratulations to WQW’s own Phillip Carter, Architect extraordinaire, WINNER of…. “Institutional/Commercial Wood Design Award <$10M” (Toronto Public Library, Scarborough) Institutional/Commercial Wood Design Award: < $10 M. “…Wood Design Awards honours the creators of new projects that push the limits of wood design in structures that demonstrate excellence in the use of wood. Winning projects will showcase […]

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A FAREWELL THAT ENDED TOO SOON


November 16, 2015

  By Rosie Kapun West Queen West adoption truck full of plants This past weekend saw numerous plants given away to excited owners. On Saturday November 14th, the West Queen West BIA handed out dozens of plants, marking the beginning of the winter season by reusing formerly decorative plants. These former inhabitants of the BIA’s […]

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Vogue Declares WQW the 2nd Coolest Neigbourhood in the WORLD


September 21, 2015

    WEST QUEEN WEST/ TORONTO / CANADA “…Toronto is currently enjoying newfound prominence—and desirability—amongst globe-trotting tastemakers. Queen Street West is a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden-from-view galleries—hallmarks of hipness, if ever they existed…” Vogue Article

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West Queen West Study – Wards 14, 18, and 19


September 10, 2015

In November of 2013, City Council adopted a motion which directed City staff to undertake a planning study of Queen Street West, from Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. The study will look at the following: heritage character and value of buildings in the area, built-form and height of new developments, existing policy context, transit capacity […]

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Erin Zimerman


September 9, 2015

Erin Zimerman is an interdisciplinary artist, active in both the community arts and gallery exhibitions. His experience in graffiti art led him to working with the City of Toronto’s Graffiti Transformation Project for 10+ years, as an artist, facilitator and coordinator.  Erin’s murals have been featured in the books, “My Mania,” “World Graffiti,” and in […]

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Bruno Smoky Artist Page


September 8, 2015

The artist Bruno , also known as “Smoky”, dedicated his life to visual art. Since childhood, drawing and creativity was always part of his daily routine. In 2004, he began painting on walls with spraypaint in Brasilandia where he grew up, a precarious neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Smoky has gained international and professional recognition […]

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Jay Soule Artist Page


September 7, 2015

Jay Soule aka CHIPPEWAR is a Native multimedia artist from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabeg) located twenty minutes south west of London, Ontario on the north bank of the Thames River.   Jay creates art under the name Chippewar which represents the hostile relationship that Canada’s native people’s have with […]

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Sandro Liberato Artist Page


Sandro Liberato About Sandro Liberato began painting at the age of seven and became the youngest member of Sociedade Brasileira de Belas Artes (Brazilian Society of Fine Arts) at the age of 15. The Rio de Janeiro native who resides in Toronto also graduated from the Cartooning/Illustration program at George Brown College and gained recognition […]

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Andre Castro Artist Page


September 6, 2015

Andre Castro holds a Bachelors of Graphic Design from University of La Salle, Leon, Mexico. He arrived to Toronto in 2006 to pursue his passion and career in art. Over the last eight years Andre has worked closely with Toronto Arts Community, specifically painting murals for U for Change, Developing and Designing Commission Projects for […]

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Angel Carrillo -cruz1 Artist Page


Angel Carrillo started his art journey as an urban artist, project coordinator, educator, and one of Toronto’s well-known street artist. Angel has created art for Samsung, StreetARToronto, Pemberton Group, Holt Renfrew, Athlete’s World, Bell, Telus, Campbell’s, Rogers, MTV, City of Toronto, the O.P.P., OCAD, and University of Toronto. He has been featured in Pound Magazine, […]

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Stuart Pearce Artist Page


Stuart Pearce is an interdisciplinary artist, art director and magazine founder based in Toronto, Canada. Stuart currently works in the Canadian film industry as a graphic designer and art director and has also been creating murals and public art interventions for well over a decade. In 2012, he founded Bizarre Beyond Belief Magazine, a free […]

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Moises Frank “Luvsumone”


Moisés Frank is a Toronto based graffiti artists under the alias Luvsumone. Coming from the street culture he works fast at a large scale. His preferred medium is aerosol, however is recently learning how to paint with a brush and work on canvas. Luvsumone has exhibited his work at Xspace, Gladstone, the Art Gallery of […]

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BrooklynnBar Mural by @DUROTHETHIRD


Arturo “Duro The Third” Parada. was born in Toronto, Ontario, 1976, to Chilean and Italian parents who immediately identified an incredibly talented son.  He was only six years old when he joined the Lego Club and built a 4-foot working windmill demonstrating his name in lights that glowed nothing but artistic talent.  His parents quickly […]

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BLAZEWORKS At Brookfield


Blaze Wiradharma is an OCADU Graduate with a BDES in Illustration. He is currently freelancing as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer in Toronto. In his early beginnings, his interest in visual communication was sparked by graffiti and street art. These influenced him heavily, and his style reflects the vibrant and often bold nature of urban art. […]

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Flight Centre Mural


Designed & Painted By: Christiano De Araiujo Assisted by:  Nick Sweetman Visual Artist Christiano De Araujo is a self-taught artist who was born in Anápolis, Goiás, Brazil. His earliest memory as a child is the moment when he discovered his love of art. As a toddler, he remembers picking up a crayon that his older sister […]

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“Japantown”


https://vimeo.com/89521390 Ken Galloway,Timothy Fukakusa, Mitsuo Kimura, Takashi Iwasaki, Darcy Obokata, and Shogo Okada—used the mural project as an opportunity to provide a physical presence for the community in a city without a Japantown. WQW MURALS

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“Loiterers” Muralist Kellen Hatanaka


Title: Loiterers Concept: Conceptually, the mural was designed to reflect everyday life in the Queen West area. I wanted the subject matter to mirror it’s surroundings while acknowledging the presence of gentrification and how it affects and changes the community.  Bio:Kellen Hatanaka is an artist and designer from Toronto, Canada. He works in a variety of disciplines […]

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De Anne Lamirande


Artist Bio: De Anne Lamirande  De Anne started painting at a very young age. In her home there is an oil painting of Black Beauty painted when she was only seven. As a child she would go to work with her Mom on PA days at ‘Bell Canada’ Graphics Department, there she learned how to […]

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Joel Richardson


In Joel’s own words JOEL RICHARDSON Joel Richardson is a contemporary artist whose work spans over twenty years. His extensive body of art includes large scale instillation, performance, re-workings of digital technology, video projections, portrait and mural painting. He rose to national attention in 2011 when then Toronto mayor Rob Ford erased his 150 meter […]

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Kristina Falcomer


September 4, 2015

About K Kristina Falcomer is a raw and influential pop artist living and working in Toronto Canada. Never one to settle for the mundane dystopian ideology that society burdens us with, Kristina’s work embodies youthful curiosity, subversive context and wonderment. An avid traveller and musician has seasoned Kristina into a prolific professional with ability that […]

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Angela Porter


Angela Porter Angela is a Toronto based artist who works primarily in acrylic and watercolour, and in an illustrative style. She has had amazing success in private commissions and commercial works since her graduation from York University where she received a BFA Honours degree. In her illustrative, immediate style she seeks to arouse and challenge […]

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Edward Gajdel


Edward Gajdel “I have been creating editorial portraits for several decades, and have been blessed to have met and photographed many amazing people along the way. The transformation from analogue to digital has become the fertile soil upon which the nonlinear-portrait© took root. This evolution of The Portrait is my evolution as an artist, and […]

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The Big Launch Day Approaches!


August 24, 2015

The launch of the new, official West Queen West BIA website is upon us! Stay tuned for more information and local business deals, as well as featured festivals and events. Also, come back to learn more about the people that make this place so great! We’re talking about you! Do you or anyone you know […]

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Stephen Bulger Gallery celebrates 20 years in West Queen West


August 21, 2015

Inside Toronto talks to Stephen Bulger about his 20 years in WQW.. “….The Stephen Bulger Gallery has been in the Queen West area for the past 20 years. Initially, the gallery lasted nine years at 700 Queen St. W. before it moved to its current, larger home at 1026 Queen St. W. where it’s been […]

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Queen-4-a-Day with West Queen West


August 13, 2015

For Mother’s Day, the West Queen West Business Improvement Area association held a contest to win a shopping spree! I was fortunate enough to be the grand prize winner of $1000 to spend at some of Toronto’s finest shops with my mom! For those that aren’t aware, West Queen West is a 2km stretch that runs […]

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