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The Best Places to Buy Art in Toronto

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of art galleries, collections and fairs as a guide for buying art in Toronto so that you can find the right pieces to fit your preferred aesthetic.
By · March 22, 2024
The Best Places to Buy Art in Toronto

Once you are moved in and settled in your new home, it’s time to start thinking about decor. Maybe your walls are looking a little empty or your rooms need an extra splash of colour. One of the best ways to add flair to your new home is to decorate the walls with beautiful pieces of art.

Toronto is a huge city and can be daunting figuring out where to start when looking to buy art for your home. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of art galleries, collections and fairs as a guide for buying art in Toronto so that you can find the right pieces to fit your preferred aesthetic.

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With a focus on connecting artists with patrons and giving local artists more exposure, the following list of Toronto hot spots for buying art includes galleries featuring Canadian, Indigenous and black artists.

Here is our list of optimal places to peruse and buy art in Toronto:

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Canada’s largest and longest-running annual contemporary art fair. TOAF nurtures the city’s arts and culture sector by showcasing over 400 visual artists and makers annually. The carefully curated selection art features unique pieces from local and international artists. Participants can enjoy a variety of art talks and tours, installations, exhibitions and performances.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N1

July 12-14, 2024

Craft Ontario Shop and Gallery

The Craft Ontario Gallery features over 200 artists and designers. COSG is a non-profit organisation that donates proceeds to supporting the careers of individual artists, and is one of the first establishments to represent Inuit and First Nations art in Toronto.

When you buy art from the COSG, you can feel good knowing that you are supporting an organisation that exists for the betterment of local and Indigenous artists.

Craft Ontario Shop and Gallery — 1106 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, Canada M6J 1H9

Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tel: 416-921-1721

Pacha Indigenous Art Collection

The Pacha Indigenous Art Collection is an Indigenous family-owned and operated business offering authentic contemporary indigenous art from North and South America. The business empowers artists and has reignited the tradition of self-governed indigenous trade.

Beautiful works of Indigenous art can be accessed online through Pacha at Toronto-area markets, pop-ups and various retail locations. If you want to spend a while pouring over handcrafted Indigenous art from around the world, the entire Pacha selection can be viewed by arranging a visit to the collective’s home studio, located near St. Clair and Dufferin Ave.

Pacha Indigenous Art Collection

Viewings available by appointment

Tel: 647 525 7731

McMicheals Canadian Art Collection

The McMicheal is the largest publicly funded gallery in Canada and features Canadian and Indigenous art. MCAC’s permanent collection consists of over 7000 works of art. The gallery is the custodian of the Kinngait Archive which houses nearly 100,00 Inuit works of art on paper from the Kinngait region.

The grounds of McMicheal Gallery appeals to nature lovers as well. Overlooking the Humber River Valley, the McMicheal’s thirteen exhibition galleries, restaurant and walking trails are spread out over 100 acres of forested land.

McMicheals Canadian Art Collection - 10365 Islington Ave. Kleinburg, ON, Canada, L0J 1C0

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday & holiday Mondays 10 am to 5 pm

Tel: 905 893 1121 or 1 888 213 1121

Band Gallery

The Black Artist’s Network in Dialogue supports, documents and showcases artistic and cultural contributions of Black artists and cultural workers from Canada and around the world. BAND is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to connecting black culture with communities in the name of inspiration and education through artistic expression.

BAND offers both visual and performance art exhibits and hosts unique culture series intended to encourage dialogues on current events among Black artists, cultural workers and larger society.

Band Gallery and Cultural Centre

Temporary Address: 401 Richmond St. W, Suite LL108, Toronto, ON

Permanent Address closed for renovations: 19 Brock Ave, Toronto, ON

Open during exhibitions, Wednesday-Saturday

Tel: 647 701 4323

Liss Gallery

Founded by acclaimed curator Brian Liss, the Liss Gallery in Toronto exhibits exceptional talent and offers custom framing services as well. Known for his integrity and commitment to nurturing artistic talent, Liss continues to contribute to the global art community through his ability to connect with artists and produce diverse and unforgettable exhibitions.

Liss Gallery — 112 Cumberland Street Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1A6

Monday - Open by appointment

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday - Closed 

Tel: 416-787-9872

Art Toronto Canada’s Art Fair

Art Toronto Canada’s Art Fair hosts over 100 national and international galleries, installations and project spaces. Tours of the fair are led by artists, curators and collectors. Art Canada is focused on supporting creative processes that reflect Canada’s diversity.

Participants can feel good knowing the Art Fair has our planet’s best interests in mind. The entire event is powered by renewable energy, and Art Canada collaborates with partners, suppliers and exhibitors to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible throughout the fair.

Canada’s Art Fair - Metro Toronto Convention Centre 255 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6,

October 24-27, 2024

Artist Project

The Artist Project event showcases original artwork from over 200 Canadian artists, providing a place where you can meet the artists and purchase directly from them. Artist Project creates an environment that fosters a more personal experience with art by igniting conversation between artists and patrons. AP is a place that connects art lovers with artists where everyone can appreciate art as a reflection of shared human experiences.

Artist Project - Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place 195 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Thursday, April 11, 6 – 10 PM

Friday, April 12, 12 – 8 PM

Saturday, April 13, 12 – 8 PM

Sunday, April 14, 12 – 6 PM

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Bay of Spirits Gallery

Bay of Spirits Gallery has been showcasing Indigenous art from across Canada for over 25 years. The gallery’s selection is composed of exceptional paintings and carvings from acclaimed Canadian First Nations artists. If you need some guidance during your shopping experience, the experts at Bay of Spirits Gallery can assist in purchasing art, facilitating personal museum donations and framing.

Bay of Spirits Gallery 334 Dundas St West Lower Level. Toronto, On. M5T 1G5

Viewings available by appointment

Tel: 416-971-5190

If you’ve decided to take the leap in buying an art piece, Top Move can coordinate the safe and secure transportation of your art piece or pieces right to your home at the lowest cost available. Contact Top Move today for added peace of mind.

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