Support Local Artists this Holiday Season
November 19, 2020
Announcing our new Holiday Curated Collections! TOAF paired up with local Toronto Shops and entrepenuers to curate a selection of beatiful finds, that will make a thoughtful and meaningful gift for a loved one. We hope you consider supporting artist entrepreneurs and small businesses this Holiday season. Discover the collections below, or browse there are still hundreds of artworks available from our talented roster of artists.
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Brooke Manning, Likely General
(Photo by Viktor Čahoj)
“I am drawn to mystery and that which may reveal hidden magic.”
Brooke Manning is an artist who studied Art History at Queens University before transferring to OCAD in 2008 to complete her BFA. Inspired by a deep love of community, transparency, ethical consumerism, and empathy, she created the artist-focused space Likely General in 2013 with its first priority being that of providing a home for the work and expressions of women, marginalized, queer, and non-binary folks. Likely General’s storefront regularly houses the work of over 300 artists and offers a new exhibition in its community gallery space monthly. In her personal life, Brooke is an active published poet, writes music under the moniker Loom, and is studying to be a Death Doula.
Follow the shop at @likelygeneral and learn more about Brooke’s works at milkportrait.com
Christie Pinese, Rose City Goods
After years of working in fashion retail, Christie decided to merge her experience with her love of design and venture off on her own. Rose City Goods opened in July, 2019 and stems from her love of ceramics, textiles, vintage and handmade objects. Each vendor was thoughtfully selected and Christie strives to support independent artists and makers. Currently, over 70% of Rose City's vendors are Canadian and approximately 80% of their product comes from female artists and entrepreneurs. Rose City is a merging of Christie's love for the planet with her passion for art, decor and thoughtful design. Rose City Goods hopes to bring a unique assortment of handmade, artisanal goods that stand out from the crowd.
Follow @rosecity.goods on Instagram
Alexandra Gater, Youtube Star, Make My Space Work
Before starting her Youtube Channel, Alexandra was the Home Editor for Canada’s iconic women’s lifestyle magazine Chatelaine, where she created the YouTube series The Home Primp. Alexandra is passionate about showing millennials it’s possible to live in a home that feels stylish and beautiful (even if you rent!) without spending a lot of time or money. In just a year, she’s gained over 200k viewers who tune in every week to receive easy decor tips and fun, budget DIY inspiration. When she isn’t producing content for her own channel, she is a host for the HGTV digital series Buy or DIY and hosts and produces Shopify’s Make My Space Work. She is also a regular guest expert on Cityline and The Global Morning Show. Alexandra graduated on the Dean’s List with High Distinction for an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Journalism at The University of Toronto.
Follow @alexandragater on Instagram