Since Twist opened back in February of 2010, Nadia, the young and dynamic owner and director of Twist Gallery has watched her space blossom into one of Queen West’s prime locations for art shows and events. She says her favourite part about her job is meeting new people, and the rush she gets in anticipation of what tomorrow will bring.
Nadia also says that coming up with a name for her gallery was surprisingly one of the harder things she has ever had to do. People gave her all kinds of suggestions, but she did not want to settle for just anything. Like all things in life, coming up with the name “Twist” took time. It came to her out of nowhere, and she knew it was right.
The primary use of Twist Gallery’s space is for Art Exhibitions, but it is available for rent for special events outside of gallery hours.
She believes in the importance of meeting new people, and feels comfortable in any social setting. It is this same sense of ease and relaxedness that she trusts her visitors will appreciate upon entering her gallery. Instead of feeling intimidated and uninvited like some places, she wants her guests to feel welcomed and at home.
An ideal spot for fashion shows, corporate functions and photo shoots, Twist also offers a great alternative space for a wedding reception.
The Gallery can accommodate approximately 250 guests for a standing reception, and 160 seated.
Twist Gallery transcends the stereotypical idea of an art gallery and is a space where anybody can walk in and feel comfortable.
Whether an art enthusiast or someone who knows little of art, the space gives a sense of ease and relaxedness to guests.
Venue Capacity: 250, reception/160, sit down
Outdoor Facilities: No
Access/Parking: No wheelchair access/No onsite parking
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm
1100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9
Telephone: (416) 588-2222
More info: www.twistgallery.ca
B.INSPIRED - TWIST GALLERY REVIEW
Thanks to Beloved Events for the following article!
January 29, 2014
Last week, I had the opportunity to check out the open house at Twist Gallery. I’ve passed by this location many times strolling across Queen St West but never checked it out until now.
Located in downtown Toronto, Twist Gallery is an open space loft-style gallery that can be transformed into anything you want for your event/wedding -depending on your style or theme. During the open house, the gallery was set-up to showcase a potential wedding. Though its primary use is for art display exhibitions, the gallery is a great alternative for a smaller urban space for a wedding ceremony or reception.
I was drawn to the large French Arch windows that gave you a perfect view of the streets of Toronto. Are you a newly engaged couple looking for something different and unique? Then this might be a great reception space for you.
Twist gallery can accommodate approximately 250 guests for a standing reception and 160 seated.
Check out some of the photos I took at the open house last week. There were 4 different table settings, a ceremony set-up, lounge space and DJ set-up – lots of options for a potential wedding or event! I would love to plan a wedding or event there.
DAVID KAUFMAN’S EARLY SUNDAY MORNING SHOWS A BYGONE TORONTO
Thanks to Martin Knelman of the Toronto Star for the mention!
PHOTOGRAPHER KAUFMAN HOPES HISTORIC BRICK BUILDINGS OF QUEEN ST. EAST AND WEST CAN BE SAVED
Queen Street West east of Spadina b David Kaufman. It's part of the Early Sunday Morning exhibit at Twist Gallery until May 26.
By: Martin Knelman Entertainment, Published on Fri May 03 2013
Early Sunday Morning, David Kaufman’s current photo exhibition, is a love letter to Toronto’s historic streetscapes. The stars of the show are three-storey brick buildings that line both Queen St. W. and E., many dating back to the 1880s.
Even as downtown Toronto becomes more dominated every year by new condo towers, Kaufman find himself increasingly drawn to these modest historic buildings of a bygone era, which exude warmth, human scale, beautiful masonry and what he calls “the character of age.”
Kaufman, who moved to Toronto from Montreal in 1971, has long had a passion for taking pictures of old buildings and has turned his camera on streets of both cities. But he says Toronto has always had fewer heritage buildings than Montreal and those that we do have enjoyed less protection. Even more problematic, in his view, is that the pace of redevelopment here seems to be constantly accelerating.
The upshot: over the past 20 years or so, many of the industrial buildings Kaufman photographed have disappeared.
“The city I moved to four decades ago barely exists today in many locales,” he says, despairing over the vast swaths of look-alike condo towers.
Besides celebrating smaller, older buildings with more character, which he depicts bathed in sunlight, Kaufman has an agenda: saving both Queen St. W. and E.
Given the radical changes that have occurred on Yonge St., King St., Richmond, Adelaide, Jarvis and even Spadina, Kaufman argues that Toronto is left with Queen St., both east and west, as the only remaining commercial districts that still boast stretches of historic buildings offering a sense of the city’s past.
If you visit the Twist Gallery and see two dozen of Kaufman’s gleaming large-scale images assembled in one large space, you’ll appreciate what he means when he talks about the documentary function of photography.
“Photography enables us to see and fix for all time what is before us with greater clarity and more vividness than what we see with our own eyes,” he claims.
The purpose of his images, Kaufman explains, is to help people remember these places, because he fears that eventually all that will remain of these buildings and streetscapes are these photographs.
And if that happens, he would like to think that his images can help Torontonians remember a distinctive era of the city’s architecture, when its streets featured buildings on a smaller scale created with a kind of craftsmanship that is no longer possible.
Kaufman says his images of buildings near Queen St. east of Sherbourne represent, more than any others, the downtown Toronto of years gone by. Even if these buildings survive, their appearance is likely to change through gentrification, which is what usually happens to old buildings that escape the more drastic fate of demolition.
It would be a great shame, as he says, if Toronto fails to save at least some of these buildings and streetscapes. But there is reason for hope.
If a street is doing well commercially, it is more likely to be preserved and protected. That certainly seems to be the case on Queen West. But Queen East is more vulnerable, because for decades it has been one of the city’s most impoverished areas, the tone set by proximity to the Salvation Army and a mission around the corner..
Kaufman offers a solution.
“Much of Queen St., perhaps from Roncesvalles all the way to Carlaw, should be given a heritage designation and its appearance protected for decades to come.”
But is Toronto City Council likely to make that happen?