Out of Site 2016: Contemporary Art & Music on Queen St. West

Out Of Site 2016


The Queen St. West B.I.A. is pleased to announce its 8th annual all-night exhibition of art and music by Canadian independent artists, happening on October 1st 2016 from 8pm to 4am during Nuit Blanche.

Out of Site 2016 will showcase projects curated by Earl Miller that consider the theme of “play”, featuring artwork by several outstanding Canadian independent artists and collectives:

1. Mike Hansen
Itch - invites the audience to play the role of DJ in an improvisational free-for-all with multiple turntables that enables a utopia of chaos and cacophony. “I am the DJ, I am what you play.”

2. Nathalie Quagliotto
Maturity Equilibrium - a playground installation with modified vintage see-saws from the 1960s. Seating four people, the see-saw game requires players coordinating balance with strangers to keep the game going.

3. Robert Hengeveld and Marcia Huyer
AMPED - a collaborative project between Marcia Huyer and Robert Hengeveld comprising a massive all-in-one garden party rock mounted on a trailer. The pounding audio is accompanied by plumes of smoke cut by disco lights.

4. Genevieve Thauvette
The End Is Nigh - ten dinosaurs warn us of an impending doom they know too well. Holding signs and carrying sandwich boards declaring “The End is Nigh,” these dinos stomp along Queen Street West to spread the word.

5. Anandam Dancetheatre (Teresa Ascencao, Alan Major and Brandy Leary)
Water Portals - a series of durational artworks activated by live dancers’ bodies beneath a veil of artificially-generated water ripples. At once nostalgic and futuristic, it hovers between illusion and sensual reality.

Art and Entertainment thrive on vibrant Queen West, the historic area that has spearheaded Toronto’s trendsetting culture, and bourgeoning subcultures, for decades. Known for its mixture of fashion shops, galleries and indie music bars, Queen West has become a major shopping district while retaining its unconventional roots, and is a world-renowned hub day and night.

Several venues along Queen St. West will also be participating with additional art and offering extended hours of service until 4 AM: Nocturne, Bovine Club, Barchef, The Hideout, Tortilla Flats, Cameron House, The Rivoli, The Horseshoe Tavern, Cube, Queen Mother Café, and Wild Wing.

Queen West Night Market


Introducing the Queen West Night Market, presented by Hubba

Join us on August 18th from 6-8 PM along Queen West between Peter and Palmerston for this unique and free event.

We’ve teamed up with some of Toronto’s independent retailers and local craft food brands to bring you a night of exploring Queen West’s trendiest retailers while snacking on treats made by some of our city’s favourite makers.

Just show up anywhere between Peter and Palmerston on Thursday night between 6 and 8pm and look for the signs.  It’s 100% free!

Participating Shops:

Goorin Bros. Hats
Feddy Pant Room
Bailey Nelson
Yo Sox
Outer Layer
Walking On a Cloud

Food Presented By:

The Spread
Walter Caesar
ShaSha Bread
One Hop Kitchen
Cucina Mauro
Healthy Genie
Raw Foodz
Mike & Mikes
Camellia Sinensis
Nerpy’s Hot Sauces
Little Big Shot
Roq Dessert Co.

and lots more…




As a member of the Queen St. West BIA, you are invited to attend the 2015 Annual General Meeting. We will share annual highlights and decide upon the 2016 budget and general program.

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West
Committee Room 3, 2nd Floor
Registration and refreshments from 6:30PM-7:30PM

The BIA’s programs are paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial/industrial property owners and businesses in the BIA. The best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved.

Proof of membership will be required.  Please bring photo ID and either a business card, utility bill showing business name and address, or property tax bill.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience.  For more information please send an email to: info@queenstwestbia.ca

#SantaPhoto @CampbellHouse

Ad-web2bLooking for the perfect place to have your family photo taken with Santa?  Look no further because the Queen St West BIA is offering FREE Santa Photos at historic Campbell House!

This special Santa Photo event will take place on three Saturdays in December 2015 (Dec 5th, 12th, 19th) from 12:00pm – 5:00pm at Campbell House Museum, located at Queen St W & University Ave (North-West corner).  Don’t miss this great opportunity to bring your family, friends, or pets for a truly memorable photo experience.

Register online at SantaPhoto.ca!

Please note: If you require special assistance for accessibility, please let us know in advance.


HallowQueen: Experience Halloween on Queen West

Fun for the young, old, or undead!


Haunted Legend of the 501

FREE rides on a vintage streetcar

A spooky vintage streetcar will travel along Queen St. West between McCaul and Bathurst Streets from Thursday October 29th to Saturday October 31st. Onboard, a professional photographer will be available to take your picture with The Queen of Hearts! Also joining the ride will be Canadian Feed the Children, a registered charity accepting donations for their Hunger Haunts campaign that feeds children in need.

Thursday October 29th: 8pm to 11pm
Friday October 30th: 8pm to 11pm
Saturday October 31st: 1pm to 4pm, and 8pm to 11pm

Pick up points:
Queen & McCaul (Westbound)
Queen & Portland (Eastbound)

Complimentary Ticket:


Wicked Queen West – Exploring the Dark Side

FREE Walking Tour

Queen Street West is one of the most popular streets in Toronto and considered one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. Despite the shiny storefronts and the appearance of big chain stores, there are shadowy nooks and crannies and stories as dark as a raven’s beak.

This tour is an exploration of Queen Street’s dark past, with stories of the criminal underworld of gangsters and gun smugglers and the alternative underground goth culture which was based here for more than a decade beginning in the 90s. We will look at some of the influences on the goth look from pop culture and how in turn pop culture was influenced by the goth scene.

Above all, this is a chance to learn more about this famous part of Toronto and to experience it in a way most never have, walking it with a local expert tour guide!

Thursday October 29 @7pm
Friday October 30 @7pm & 11pm
Saturday October 31 @2pm & @7pm

Where to meet:
This walking tour starts at the Black Bull Tavern at 298 Queen St W, Toronto ON

Where it ends:
This tour ends near the intersection of Queen St W and Portland St.

FREE – This tour is sponsored by the Queen Street West BIA

​- Queen Street’s beginnings as Lot Street
- The emergence of Goth culture in music and fashion
- The stores and clubs (past and present) of “Little Gotham”
- A busted gun-smuggling ring
- Story of a bartender turned bank robber from the Horseshoe Tavern
- What Queen Street is all about today
- And more!

Register Online at HallowQueen.cc or TourGuys.ca


Out of Site 2015: Contemporary Art & Music on Queen St. West

October 3rd, 2015 from 8pm to 4am (during Nuit Blanche)



The Queen St. West B.I.A. in association with MuchFACT is pleased to announce its seventh annual all-night exhibition of art and music by Canadian independent artists. Out of Site 2015 features five Nuit Blanche independent projects curated by Earl Miller that consider the themes of technology and participation in public art, and proudly includes a special feature by MuchFACT entitled ON TILT: 30 AIR DANCERS IN A PARKING LOT.

Visit Queen West from University to Bathurst during Nuit Blanche for several art installations and bars open late.

Visit Queen West from University to Bathurst during Nuit Blanche for several art installations and bars open late.

Out of Site 2015 features artwork by several outstanding Canadian independent artists:

1. ON TILT: 30 AIR DANCERS IN A PARKING LOT is a collaboration betweenMuchFACT, and two of the creative minds behind WayHome Music & Arts Festival, painter Charles Bierk and designer Spencer Cathcart. Set to the sights and sounds of MuchFACT funded music videos, the installment has enlisted a troupe of 30 air dancers (more commonly known as ‘those flappy things at used car dealerships’) to bring the night to life, and set the stage for a cosmic dance party that will be funny, and beautifully weird. ON TILT: 30 AIR DANCERS IN A PARKING LOT that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. located in the Bell Media parking lot at 299 Queen St. West in downtown Toronto.

2. Matt Crookshank, Awesome Cheesecake’s Oracle is a sculptural performance piece. Loosely based on the wise trash heap from Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock, the piece encourages participants to seek advice or listen to sound art from this “sentient heap” containing the performer.

2. Catherine Heard, The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate is an artists’ multiples project that makes art affordable for all. Multiples by local artists are sold for $2 each from Northern Beaver gumball machines in five locations along Queen Street West.

3. Risa Horowitz, real-time-slow-motion (all night sun) is a mesmerizing, technically masterful video loop of the sun, which forms an ironic contrast to the surrounding event that takes place at night.

4. Marc Losier, AUTOTXT is a “printing press” programmed to print a continuous scroll of social media activity about Nuit Blanche 2015 in real time.

5. Michael Yuhasz, Mobile Camera Obscura is a mobile camera obscura designed to carry passengers who will experience the moving image entering the camera obscura through the lens while listening to sound art by Cam McKittrick.

6. Paula John, Automated (Fortune) Teller Machine looks like a normal ATM but instead of dispensing cash, it will dispense fascinating predictions about the future.

Several bars and music venues along Queen West will be serving late (until 4am). Participating venues include: Queen Mother Café, Horseshoe Tavern, Rivoli, Cameron House, BarChef, Hideout, Bovine, Nocturne, Rock Lobster, and Arepa Café.

Out of Site 2014: Contemporary Art & Music

Out of Site 2014: Contemporary Art & Music on Queen St. West

October 4th, 2014 from 8pm to 4am (during Nuit Blanche)

The Queen St. West B.I.A., in association with MuchFACT and Much, is pleased to announce its sixth annual all-night exhibition of art and music by Canadian independent artists. Out of Site 2014 features six Nuit Blanche independent projects curated by Earl Miller, which consider the theme of humour in public art, and also a large outdoor screening by MuchFACT in the Bell Media parking lot at 299 Queen St. West in downtown Toronto.

Out of Site 2014 features:




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Out of Site 2013: Neighbourhood Walks

Out of Site Postcard

The Queen St. West B.I.A. in association with MuchFACT and MuchMusic is pleased to announce Out of Site: Neighbourhood Walks, its fifth annual all-night exhibition of art and music by Canadian artists.

The date for Out of Site is October 5-6, from dusk till dawn. Exhibitions are located on Queen St. West between University and Bathurst.

Out of Site 2013 features:

Please see below for a map of the event (click to enlarge).

Out of Site Postcard



The Future Streetscape of Queen St.West

Click here to see the handout from our Jane’s Walk

Urban Toronto’s Dumitru Onceanu summarizes our Jane’s Walk and streetscape master plan ideas in the article below. Everyone is welcome to share their thoughts about the Queen St. West streetscape by emailing us at info@queenstwestbia.ca, posting on the Urban Toronto comments section or by tweeting to @queenstwestbia.


The Queen St. West BIA has hired PMA Landscape Architects (working with Chris Hardwicke of &Co and Janos Badovinac of Fugitive Glue) to create a Streetscape Master Plan. The final design will be revealed in November 2012.


Over $50,000 raised for the Starlight Foundation of Canada

Over $50,000 was raised for the Starlight Foundation of Canada during this year’s Torontoland Snowman campaign. The Queen St. West BIA was proud to take part in this initiative with Tourism Toronto. Thank you to everyone who participated! Below is a photo our our snowman, designed by artist Melinda Josie.

Giant Snowbird
Photo by Jackson Chiu

Outstanding Capital Streetscape Improvement Award

On October 26th, 2011 TABIA hosted the inaugural Toronto BIA recognition awards. We were nominated and won in the category of Outstanding Capital Streetscape Improvement Award for our custom designed bike racks by OCAD University Students Michael Pham (Halo) and Evi K. Hui and Olivier Mayrand (Speech Bubbles). BIA Chair Spencer Sutherland and Executive Director Laura Schaefer were present to accept the award from Councillor Michael Thompson, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, and TABIA President Michael Comstock.

A special thank you to our past chair Marc Glassman and the jury of the design contest–Councillor Vaughan, Lisa Rochon and Justin Garak, OCAD University, designers Michael Pham, Evi K. Hui and Olivier Mayrand, and Raj Kumar at the City of Toronto for all of their hard work on this project. It continues to put Queen St. West on the map!


Have you checked out the Shoppes at Queen West? The shopping complex at Queen and Portland offers a FREE hour of parking with a $20 purchase at Loblaws, Joe Fresh and Winners. Parking for  BMO customers is free.