Located in the vibrant Queen West neighbourhood in Toronto, The Gladstone Hotel uniquely blends historical Victorian architecture with contemporary luxury, downtown culture and art making it the perfect destination for any visitor looking for something different during their next visit to Toronto. This boutique art hotel supports 37 artists designed rooms and over 70 art exhibitions a year in an all inclusive space that with four diverse event venue spaces and two restaurants that supports the city’s creative economy mixing public and private spaced all under one roof.
First opened in 1889, the landmark building of The Gladstone Hotel is Toronto’s oldest operational hotel. After a large restoration project led by Hotel President Christina Zeidler in 2005, the hotel was transformed into a new hub of art, culture and community while preserving both the Victorian architecture and original fixtures of the building and in a open community environment. The vintage aesthetic of the exposed brick, high ceilings and Victorian windows provide the perfect backdrop for rotating exhibitions while the functional event spaces have held a variety of live events, conferences, performances, private events, weddings and more.
Committed to being a leader in environmental sustainability, The Gladstone Hotel has developed their practices around using environmentally sustainable products, dramatically reducing consumption, recycling and composting waste. The hotel is also dedicated to their environmental accountability initiatives by installing green roofs on the upper win and lower south east wing of hotel as well as a green wall in the main stairwell, using 90% non-toxic in-house cleaners, and donating all gently used soaps and locations produced by a local farmer for hotel rooms to the nearby Good Shepperd Centre.
Every room at The Gladstone Hotel is different, as each room represents a different artist’s vision. Equipped with a double or queen bed, 300 thread count linens, flat screen T.V., Samsung Galaxy Tablet with a digital concierge system, free WIFI, all natural bath amenities, a dry bar featuring locally sourced snacks and beverages and more. These rooms are much more than just a hotel, but a functional art space where you can stay over.
The creativity and diversity of The Gladstone Hotel is rooted in the community-focused environment. They are committed to supporting the local economy and by hosting a wide array of events and exhibitions for artists to show their work. Hundreds of artists, designers, craftspeople, musicians, performances, literary project and social change events are held at The Gladstone Hotel every year held by the diverse communities all across Toronto making it the perfect hub for this cities creative class.All images provided by The Gladstone Hotel
Why the @#&! Do You Paint?
Thick & Juicy
The Gladstone Hotel’s Annual Group Painting Show
October 19 – December 7th 2015 (12-5 daily)
Opening Reception: October 22nd 7-10pm
“Why the @#&! do you paint? is the 1st annual group painting exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel which explores why so many of us paint. The first year subtitled Thick and Juicy looks at the act of moving wet materials across a variety of supports to create illusions, affect surfaces, and open up discourses. The work in this exhibition begins to explore what can be accomplished with paint that other materials are less capable of achieving.”
Julie Burdett, Stella Cade, Elizabeth Chan, Jordan Clayton, Kristen D’Aquila, Diego de la Rosa, Justin de Lima, Jordan Dunlop, Irit Epstein, Juan David Gaviria, Destiny Grimm, Paul Guzman, Tamara Kwapich, Kenny Lee, Zhan Ni Li, Jean-Luc Lindsay, Bogdan Luca, Wendy Lisa Nichol, Sophia Oppel, Ara Osterweil, Chris Perez, Trudy Perks, Diogo Pinheiro, Malinda Prud’homme, Mike Rachlis, Michael Rennick, Izaak Sacrebleu, Cortney Stephenson, Marina Stojkovic, Claire Tatangelo, Marwa Tawfiq, Tamara Thompson, Jennifer Wigmore, Curtia Wright
Curated by: Spencer J Harrison and Lukus Toane
All images provided by The Gladstone Hotel