CONTACT 2017 Portfolio Reviews

CONTACT is now accepting submissions from photo-based artists with well-developed projects to participate in the 2017 Portfolio Reviews program.

International curators, directors, publishers, and photo editors are brought together during CONTACT to review work by emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism, narrative or photo-based art practices. Those with projects at an advanced stage of development who are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting nationally or internationally, as well as looking for guidance on conceptual approaches or career development advice are encouraged to participate.

The Gladstone Hotel, Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8, 2017

Registration closes April 24, 2017. Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process to ensure that a high caliber of work is presented in this program.


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The Black Cat’s 2nd Year Juried Exhibition x The Gladstone Hotel


Exhibition runs from April 16th – April 26th 2015

April 2015 marks the second anniversary of The Black Cat. During which time we’ve hosted over 65 exhibitions and openings, and had over 7,000 attendees walk through our doors. To mark the occasion we are hosting a juried exhibition on the main floor gallery at The Gladstone Hotel. A space that is over twice the size of our own!

We are looking for your submissions, spanning the diverse community of photographers, painters, sculptors, drawers, printmakers, new media, interactive and all other mediums.

Submission Here:

The result will be a curated exhibition that highlights the community surrounding The Black Cat as The Best Contemporary Art Gallery for Emerging Artists in Toronto. All those who have show at the gallery in the past and who are interested in the future will be considered.

The following Jury will review submissions, with specializations in various mediums, and with a diverse background in a variety of creative fields:

Tara-Lynn Bartolini, Agent and Curator, Boondock Agency.
Devan Patel, Curator and Co-Director of Project Gallery.
Daniel Neuhaus, Director of Photography, Toronto Life Magazine.
Kara Lynne Wark, Art Director, JWT Toronto.
Graeme Luey, Graphic Designer & Co-Director/Curator at #Hashtag Gallery

Those selected for the Exhibition, will also be invited to a private dinner party in the space prior to the opening reception.


PLUS: Two artists whose work are reviewed but do not fit the overall curatorial vision of the jury, will also beawarded a one-week show at The Black Cat.


Exhibition runs from April 16th –April 26th.
Opening reception: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 7:00pm – 11:30pm
Gladstone Hotel - 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 12-7pm, Monday: Closed


You may submit a maximum of 5x works, in one submission, for three dimensional work multiple images of one piece may be submitted:

Submission fee: $50 + HST

Along with a digital submission of each of your piece(s),
Please include the following details as appropriate (not all are mandatory)

1.­ Title, medium, and date of each work submitted.
2. Artist bio, artist statement, description of project, resume or CV
3. Size of the work unframed, or framed and any specific installation criteria.
4. Suggested selling price. There will be a 35% commission on all works sold.

Technical specifications:
1.­ All submissions must be standard­ resolution jpeg files, sized at 72 dpi and a maximum of 2000 pixels in length.
2.­ All files must be named LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_IMAGETITLE.jpg


Any questions regarding submissions, do not hesitate to email:

TheBlackCat Artspace
twitter/instagram: @theblackcat_to
(416) 388-7263

2186 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON Canada
M6R 1X3

Come Up To My Room 2015 at The Gladstone Hotel : Oliver Pauk & Michael Vickers

Akin members Oliver Pauk and Michael Vickers will be featured in the upcoming Come up To My Room event at The Gladstone Hotel.

See below for a video interview with the two artists about their plans, along with this article about their plans at

Come Up To My Room opens this Friday (January 16) at 7:00pm.

For more information and tickets click HERE

Gladstone Hotel: Call for Submissions



GLADSTONE GROW OP 2015 / culture of landscape
16-26 April, 2015. The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Application Deadline: 5pm on Friday 17 October, 2014


Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Gladstone Grow Op, a ten day exhibition celebrating innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, gardens, art and place making under the theme: culture of landscapeGrow Op 2015 will facilitate a cross-disciplinary forum across a broad range of creative practices within the vibrant setting of Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood.

Grow Op 2015 seeks proposals from across North America ranging from horticultural initiatives to experimental and innovative landscape, art and community engagement projects. We seek proposals from individuals and/or new and existing collectives whose work engages with landscape, place and/or the natural world with the ultimate goal of creating an immersive exhibition that is both provocative and boundary pushing. Grow Op 2015 offers an exciting venue to engage a large audience in a dialogue about the qualities and meaning behind the designed landscape both in the private garden and in our civic spaces.

Grow Op explores new territories and seeks to uncover new ways of expression and meaning through proposals that represent a wide range of approaches from the prosaic to the poetic, the elemental to the ephemeral. The use of plant material is not a specific requirement. Submissions are encouraged from a wide variety of creative practitioners including the following: visual artists, fabricators, craftspeople, planners, historians, arborists, agriculturalists, landscape architects, cooks, ecologists, botanists, performance artists, musicians, filmmakers, scientists, sound artists, gardeners, writers, poets, designers, architects and enthusiastic urbanistsTo find out more visit our website.

September 5 to October 5, 12-5 daily, Second Floor Gallery
Plaque Presentation & Public Reception Sept 25, 7-9pm
Nuit Blanche Oct 4th Open All Night Long!

The Gladstone is celebrating 125 years this fall with an exhibition that reflects on the past and invites the public to contribute to the Hotel’s story, while inviting artists to propose the future. On September 25th, join us for an unveiling of our new historic plaque and join us as we look back on moments from the past 125 Years. On October 4th, for Nuit Blanche, artists take over the second floor with their propositional pieces for the space and help us interpret the future An international roster of artists who have made work that accentuate the magical qualities of the hotel, calling on the alchemy its site and recalling tales of its past.

In the BALLROOM: Sing Like No One’s Watching. Join Shameless Karaoke host Wil McLean for a special extended group sing-along karaoke. The words are on the big screen for everybody, so grab a hair brush on your way in and belt it out. Throughout the night we’ll also throw down some DJ sets if the room wants to dance. Extended liquor license means we’re serving & partying until 4am.

Nuit Blanche Featured Artists: Abstractus Collective, Adam Bialo, Andrew Choptiany, Apollonia Vanova, Ivan Buenader & Mary Dyja

Special Nuit Talk September 30, 6:30pm, Gladstone Ballroom
Walking Between Worlds - Navigating Issues of Migration and Exchange. Join A Walk Among Worlds artist Maximo Gonzalez and Stolen Portraits artist Ivan Buenader in discussion with Francisco Alvarez as they share insights on their practice.

About the Gladstone Hotel
The Gladstone Hotel is Toronto’s oldest continually operating hotel. In fact, this year, we’ll be turning 125 years young! Identifying as an art hotel since 2005, when local artists came together to transform our original 19th century hotel rooms into 37 unique rooms, and more like a gallery that never sleeps, we provide access to locally-made works 365 days per year. Our exhibitions and cultural programs host hundreds of artists, designers, craftspeople, musicians, performances, literary projects and social change events which illustrate Jane Jacobs’ assertion that ‘Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.’

Contact: Britt Welter-Nolan, MD Artistic Projects
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen St West
Toronto, ON, Canada M6J1J6



Join us for the 3rd OCAD University Alumni Exhibition! This exhibition gives viewers a glimpse into the type of work produced by OCAD University graduates spanning six decades.


1214 Queen Street West

Exhibition Runs: April 3rd to April 6th

Opening Night: April 3rd, 7-10pm.

This year’s distinguished jurors:
OCADU faculty member, Barbara Astman
Former OCA instructor, John Inglis
Writer, cultural administrator and arts advocate, David Silcox

List of Featured Artists:
Robert Anderson
Kirista Arnold
Katherine Bellman
Donna Blanco
Stella Cade
Ozzie Ciliberti
Michelle Crockett
Alea Drain
Pat Dumas-Hudecki
Sandy Fairbairn
Eric Field
Adrian Fish

Stephanie Flowers  
Natasha Gouveia
Marina Hanacek
Jill Harmer
Kate Hogg
Nicole Kagan
Jessamyn Khan
Hyun Mi Kim
Elaheh Koneshlo
Joe Han Lee
Zhan Ni Li
Erin Loree 
Joseph Medwecki
Romena Mohammadi
Alfred Ng
Stan Olthuis
Jeannie Pappas
Carol Pasternak
Michael Rachlis
Amita Sen Gupta
Jacquelyn Sloane Skilos
Elly Smallwood
Anna Snyder
Cortney Stephenson
Keijo Tapanainen
Michelle Tourikian
C.A. Way

Gladstone Hotel: Collectively Speaking

Collectively Speaking: Take Shelter
July 16, 2013. 7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel | Melody Bar
1214 Queen Street West

Toronto, like every major city, is home to a number of seemingly unsolvable problems. But as creative individuals we think, given the chance, we could be a leading force for positive change.
Collectively Speaking brings together three of Toronto’s most interesting art, and design collectives to engage in a friendly competition to offer innovative solutions to one of Toronto’s most elusive problems: housing.
The cost of living is very high, and on an average income it is difficult to afford reasonable housing in the city. This is a problem that is not unique to Toronto, and is very much the reality in a number of Canada’s major metropolitan centres.
What can be done to ease the burden of living in a major metropolitan area?

Participating Collectives:

Come to this event to take part, not only as a spectator, but also to cast your vote during this alternative town hall meeting, hosted by Kaleb Robertson. The winning collective  will have the opportunity to implement their solution on the Gladstone Hotel’s Lower Green Roof.


Play The Walk

You are invited to Play the Walk – a neighborhood project for curious citizens.

Play the Walk is a story of a neighbourhood played out and retold by those who explore it. Participants are encouraged to explore the newly shaped and coming neighbourhood of the West Queen West Triangle by means of a map and a game to navigate, discover and play. A series of signs suggest ways to interact with the environment: one invites you to listen to the sounds of trains passing by, another denotes a particular smell that a building exudes through its pipes. If you bring your lunch, you can picnic at hidden and cozy places along the way after planting a seed at your favourite spot in the Triangle. This project will be launched during Grow Op, Gladstone Hotel’s inaugural event happening April 25-28, 2013.

Starting point: The Gladstone Hotel
April 25 - 28, 2013

Plan your walk:

About us:
Play the Walk is a project of Gelareh Saadatpajouh, designer and sound artist, and Talayeh Hamidya, architectural designer. We are a Toronto-based research and experimental studio -- our work focuses on narrative environments, and experience oriented projects.