Art + Design
Carnaby Row is the latest project by Streetcar Developments Inc., coming soon to the Art & Design district of Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood. Art and design is definitely the primary focus of this neighbourhood, housing some of the most iconic and memorable artsy venues in the city.
The Gladstone & The Drake
Built in 1889, The Gladstone Hotel is the oldest operating hotel in the city. First built to cater the long-gone Parkdale railroad station, the hotel was owned and operated by a widow, who stayed at the hotel with her 13 children. Over the years the hotel has seen the key’s be placed in the hands of various owners, leading to its current owner in 2002; the Zeidler family. The space is a hot spot for many artsy events including album launches, music nights, photography exhibitions such as 10×10 and Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, a Nuit Blanche venue and much more.
The Drake by same token boasts history and charm. Opened in 1890 to serve the same railway crowd, the hotel too experienced ownership changes but feel through hard times from the 50’s all the way in the 90’s. In 2001, the hotel was purchased by Jefjf Stober and renovated with the goal of making it an art central space, which it now is. It hosts a range of art exhibitions and is well known for its nightclub, bistro and restaurant.
Residents of neighbouring condominiums, including the upcoming Carnaby Row, can take advantage of these hotels and their various events or use it as a venue to socialize in the evening hours, when the neighbourhood really comes to life.
Queen Street West Shops
Queen street is littered with various boutique stores, all accessible walking distance from Carnaby Row. The choice for shopping isn’t endless as you would see further east on Queen Street, in between Spadina Avenue and John Street. With that said, residents will get an opportunity to really visit unique stores not seen anywhere else in Toronto.
What you will find is a fusion between a trendy neighbourhoods artsy background and historical, vintage feel. This is most prominently seen in stores like 69 Vintage and The Drake’s General Store, both offering an array of neat products, vintage accessories and much more.
Queen Street is one of the busiest streets in Toronto and by the same token, the most active when it comes to Transit. Residents in the neighbourhood have access to the Queen Street TTC streetcar that runs quite frequently across the neighbourhood. Plus, you have access to the Dufferin TTC bus route, that provides speedy access to Dufferin Mall as well as the endless fun of the CNE and the Better Living Centre.
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