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The Power Plant

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Address: 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8, Canada
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Beautiful location for a gallery

My only disappointment was that Some of the installations could make better use of the power plant's physical space. The curator ought to take a trip to MASS MoCA in North Adams... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
Steve J
Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We stumbled across this place walking along the harbour front. We loved that the gallery focuses on 2-3 exhibits at a time as to not overwhelm those walking through. We were able to learn so much about the artists and their processes because the staff were so approachable and knowledgeable. I had a much better experience here than trying to... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

My only disappointment was that Some of the installations could make better use of the power plant's physical space. The curator ought to take a trip to MASS MoCA in North Adams to get some inspiration. But other than that, this is a site well worth the visit

Thank Steve J
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Who says arts and engineering can't be mixed? Well, its in the heart ot this old power plant that they have actually immersed the works of creative artist...so naturally blended in! I'm no artist, but was pretty impressed by those exhibits on display within the power plant building and the artistict use of the build itself! ... a must see.

Thank HotEarth
Brantford, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Went on a boat ride and encountered this gallery on the way to our next destination. It's a large space that's perfect for large scale avant garde installations and video presentations. The summer exhibition features two German conceptual artists. One is captivated by cloth while the other is focused on interactions between people and spaces. Gotta say that a small... More 

Thank BrantfordMark
Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Walking in this area of town was really special. We even picked up a geocache named after the power plant itself just outside the premises.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Small but interesting modern art gallery with a strong affinity to progressive causes. Stayed for half an hour. Entrance is free!

Thank gboi77
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

I read about this online and decided to check it out as well as the other galleries in the vicinity. And I thought this one was pretty good, It's small and free but they had some really cool/pretty artwork, like the moths. And upstairs now was a political artwork that I really liked as well.

Thank Sindre H
Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

Located next to the Harbourfront Centre and close to CN Tower, this is a small but cool little gallery to visit. It's free and a couple of the exhibitions are really interesting, especially the room full of black butterflies. I think you'd struggle to spend more than 15 minutes in here without getting bored but it's a nice place to... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

I had no clue this building even existed! And its free! I took a quick peak but I honestly did not think it was all that great. There is great potential here but I don't think its being taken advantage of. I personally would not go out of my way to visit this gallery. I happened to stumble upon it... More 

Thank ilovedgreece
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

During our visit there is not any significant exhibition in the gallery except the exhibit on the upper floor. However because of the location and convenience it carries a huge potential for public.

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Downtown West
Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.
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