9 Best Art Supply Stores in Toronto

9 Best Art Supply Stores in Toronto


If you are looking for the best art supply stores in Toronto, you have a great variety to choose from!

From canvas and paint to easels and pens – you can be sure to find the resources you need for creativity and inspiration. Whether you are a novice artist or a seasoned professional, each location has something special to offer the inspired creators of our city.


Spread over 20+ locations, here are the best 9 art supply stores in Toronto:

1. ABOVE GROUND ART SUPPLIES

  • 74 McCaul St. | Downtown (OCADU/AGO)
  • 2868 Dundas St. W | The Junction
  • 1842 Queen St. E | The Beach

Serving artists for over 30 years, Above Ground Art Supplies offer 3 locations in the Beaches, Junction and OCADU areas. From painting supplies and brush pens to book binding and airbrush equipment, their staff are well-equipped to meet the needs of the average art-school student and more.

 

2. ARTICULATIONS

  • 2928 Dundas St. W | The Junction

With their own semi-enclosed gallery space, back studio and variety of educational workshops – ARTiculations has created a great platform for the Toronto Art community. Artists have the ability to network, learn and exhibit their work in a rotational fashion. Added perks? Eco-friendly materials!

 

3. CURRY’S ARTISTS’ MATERIALS

  • 1153 Queen St. W | West Queen West
  • 283 Dundas St. W | Downtown Core

From how-to-paint manuals to elaborate loyalty programs – Curry’s has become an incredible staple for artists of all skill levels. Feel free to browse their vast variety of supplies, educational materials and studio furnishings to fit your personal needs. Into gift cards and sales? GREAT – Curry’s has you covered!


4. DESERRES

  • 130 Spadina Avenue | Downtown Core
  • 124 Eglinton Avenue W | Yonge and Eglinton
  • 1556 Danforth Avenue | East York

With 3 major locations across Toronto, Deserres has a great reputation for having a wide range of creative supplies including foam core, framing and screen printing materials! Recognized for its bright red sign in the shape of a palette, Deserres offers a wide range of children’s toys and games as well.


5. DOLLARAMA

  • 20+ Locations

Although not quite an “art supply store”, do not underestimate the power of Dollarama! From craft supplies to interesting odds-and-ends, there is no way a creative mind can leave this place empty-handed. With over 20 stores in Toronto, there is a great chance you can find a convenient location nearby! You may not be able to find your favourite brand of oil pastels here, but you can certainly feed your creativity with some fun and affordable supplies.


6.
GWARTZMAN’S ART SUPPLIES

  • 448 Spadina Avenue | Kensington Market

Stacked from floor to ceiling with stationary and supplies, Gwartzman’s has been a reliable resource to artists in the city for over 60 years. With worn, hardwood floors and huge slabs of canvas, this beloved shop offers great variety and deals on their supplies.


7. MICHAELS

  • 142 John St. | Scotiabank Theatre

Michael’s has become a major brand in the Arts and Crafts world. From home decor and framing to scrapbooking and fine arts supplies – you can find just about anything you could possibly need. With this three-storey location at John and Richmond (attached to the Scotiabank Theatre), you can also find a variety of creative classes to help keep you inspired.


8. MIDOCO ART AND OFFICE SUPPLIES

  • 555 Bloor Street W | Annex
  • 146 Danforth Avenue | The Danforth
  • 1964 Queen St E | The Beaches

Serving Toronto artists since 1977, Midoco Art and Office Supplies can be found in three different locations across the city. Although this may not be the first choice for fine art supplies, Midoco holds more than it’s fair share in whimsical items such as jewelry, board games, birthday cards, stackable wine glasses and adult colouring books. With a focus on general art supplies, you can be sure to find items such as stationary, pens and pencils as well.


9. TOOSE ART SUPPLIES

  • 229 College Street

Located across the street from U of T’s bookstore on College, Toose Art Supplies offers frequent specials catering to the needs of Toronto art students. Shoppers can find everything from canvas, easels and erasers to specialized equipment for model building, film studies and media art.

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