Notice: Akin King will be closing at the end of May 2019 to make way for the Bjarke Ingels Group King Toronto Condo Project (pictured below).

Akin King

Akin King sits on the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

Located at 511, 525 and 527 King Street West, Akin King is our newest studio location. 511 and 527 King St W opened in the spring of 2018 and will close at the end of May 2019.

We are located on the third and fourth floors of the building. Akin King exists thanks to a unique collaboration with Allied Properties REIT who are leasing us space as the site awaits development. Thanks also to our friends at Small who have facilitated this arrangement. 

Please note that the studios are no longer available for rent.

Akin King is co-managed by Jen Pilles and Erin Candela. Jen Pilles is a freelance illustrator and has had a studio with Akin since 2013. You can view her work at and contact her by emailing Erin Candela is an interdisciplinary artist who has been a member of Akin since 2016. You can view her work at, and contact her at Please note that all Akin Staff are also practicing artists, as a result we may not be able to get back to your inquiry immediately.


511 King St West is a partially accessible facility. There is one step to enter the building and then a set of 8 steps leading to the elevator. Once you are up the elevator to the third floor the studio is level throughout. There are no automated entrances. There is one all-genders bathroom. There is no grab bar in the bathroom.

525 & 527 King St West are accessible studios. There are no steps to enter the building or throughout the space, although the doors are manual and not automated and we are sorry that barrier to access. There are three all-genders washrooms, one of which is large and barrier-free with a grab bar and a lowered toilet.

Getting There:

Akin King is a short walking distance from King and Spadina which is accessible by the 510 Spadina Streetcar. Akin King is also a short walking distance from King and Bathurst which is accessible by the 511 Bathurst Streetcar (currently replaces by a bus route). The 504 Streetcar stops near outside our studio on King Street W at Portland St.
By car:
There is no reserved onsite parking or street parking but there are paid parking locations available all around the studios. Please note the King Street Pilot Project is in effect in this neighborhood. The pilot is changing how King Street works, by not allowing through movement at most intersections for private vehicles. Click here for more information about that.