Art & Cultural Exhibition at the Gladstone HotelVouge Magazine recently proclaimed West Queen West in Toronto as the Second Coolest Neighbourhood in the World. And one their reasons is the Gladstone Hotel. Come find out how the Gladstone has become such a cool and hip place in one of its newest exhibits, 125/THEN/ NOW/NEXT, a fabulous celebration of the rich cultural and architectural history of Toronto's oldest continually operating hotel.
125/THEN/NOW/NEXT is a three stage exhibition celebrating the 125th birthday of the historic (and one of my favourite places) Gladstone Hotel. The THEN portion consists of cool historical photographs and interesting artifacts sharing stories and chronicling the diverse past of the Gladstone Hotel.
|Ephemera from the hotel's past|
|Official Building Permit Issued in September 1889 for $30 000|
The NOW part is an interactive exhibit where visitors are invited to share stories and memories of the hotel and how it has impacted their lives. Anyone can submit their stories online via social media, or at the exhibition space itself. Coinciding with Nuit Blanche on October 4, 2014, NEXT will feature several artists taking over the second floor as they present their ideas and pieces for the space, "helping to predict the future of the institution while saluting its past." So make sure to drop by during Nuit Blanche to see what the future has in store! Also, check the new Heritage Plaque recently unveiled at the hotel. 125/THEN/NOW/NEXT is running until October 5, 2014. And as always: free to all!
|Local Heroes: Will Munro and Fashion Designer Jeremy Laing in a Collaborative Performance|
|Hot Nuts and Granny Boots: Peg Zilla and Mary Messhausen, 2008|
|Cultural Crossover: Academy Award Winning Filmmaker Jonathan Demme, 2010|
|Pamela Gawn: The New-Red and White Room, the First of 37 Hotel Rooms Designed by Local Artists|
|Building Stories: Visitors' Stories and Memories of the Gladstone Hotel|