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A Local's Guide to West Queen West

Experience West Queen West like a local by visiting these amazing spots.



Stop in at this cool record and coffee shop to warm up on a cold fall day. You can browse the old records, sip on warm drinks, or just sit and get some work done in the industrial feeling atmosphere. They even have a vintage motorcycle parked in the cafe! 


Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl

Take a blanket and picnic at the top of the dog bowl. It’s full of energetic dogs playing together. Need we say more?



Hidden in the alleyways behind Queen Street is some amazing street art, varying from murals to portrait work to typography style art. Toronto is full of incredible street art and West Queen West has some of the best of it.


The Funhouse

A new addition to the neighbourhood, The Funhouse is an immersive art experience. Each room is designed by a different artist, and as you walk through it feels as though you have stepped into a piece of artwork. 


The Theatre Centre

Located in the Carnegie Library Building, The Theatre Centre is a little known gem of West Queen West. It’s a live-art incubator with a preference for showing experimental art that tests the limits of what is considered “normal”.


Curry’s Flagship Shop

In need of art supplies? The flagship Curry’s Art Supplies is located on West Queen West and it is MASSIVE. 


Twist Gallery

There can’t be a guide to West Queen West without mentioning the stunning galleries that call the neighborhood home. Twist is located in a loft space designed to feel cozy and comfortable, whether you want to look at the local art or sit at the windows and gaze onto the streets below.

Meet Elena Dinissuk!

Elena Dinissuk is a painter who works out of her home studio in Mississauga, ON. Elena has always felt like an artistic soul; she took to painting later in life, and is constantly working on perfecting her technique. Elena’s main medium is acrylic. She likes acrylic due to its vibrancy and versatility. She started by painting landscapes inspired by Ontario’s outdoors, and has since branched out to abstract works. This has taken her to a new direction. 

“Sunlight Through a Foggy Forest” acrylic on wood, (12”x 16”) $220

“Sunlight Through a Foggy Forest” acrylic on wood, (12”x 16”) $220

Elena uses acrylic gels and modeling paste to add opaque and transparent layers, as well as texture, to her work. Her style is distinct and memorable, with paintings containing movement, flow and positive energy. Elena enjoys painting by palette knife (pictured below), and teaches her technique to art schools when invited.

A palette knife (source: Pexels)

A palette knife (source: Pexels)

Elena is proud to say that she’s been participating in art shows and exhibits since 2017. Both her landscapes and abstract works have been featured in juried exhibitions. Elena has twice participated in the prestigious Paint Ontario, at the Lambton Heritage Museum. She later went on to be included in the Impact 2018 Juried Show and Overzealous 2018, both at Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke. Elena has also been included in group gallery shows in Propeller Gallery, and Artusiasm Gallery. She has also participated in art shows in Mississauga, and in Riverdale Artwalk 2019.

Elena with her work. You can follow her @lenadv_ art and #lenadv_ art

Elena with her work. You can follow her @lenadv_art and #lenadv_art

Elena strives to promote joy and peace through her work, while making people think and feel.

Dinissuk’s latest collection at Twist!

It highlights air, water, and earth elemental energy! The earth energy is warm and grounding, the water energy is rejuvenating, and the air energy is clean and fresh. 

“My paintings are inspired by landscapes. Sometimes I incorporate all three of these elements, sometimes I concentrate on only one.”

-Elena Dinissuk

Energy at Twist

Don’t miss this fantastic exhibition! Be sure to visit us at 1100 Queen Street West and check out our newest artists featured. Our doors are open every Tuesday to Saturday from 11am till 6pm.

You can call us at (416) 588 - 2222 or email your questions and inquiries to


And since you’re here, why not browse the Twist Artist Showcase? CLICK HERE.


To see what’s Upcoming at Twist Gallery CLICK HERE.


Follow us @Twistgalleryand @TwistGallery!