YTB Gallery

Fruit Punch - Queers In The Arts Networking Event
7:00 pm19:00

Fruit Punch - Queers In The Arts Networking Event

  • The Feminist Art Gallery

YTB Gallery is Relaunching our networking event for Queers in the Arts - FRUIT PUNCH.
Its Summer its Pride and its hot outside, cool down with some tasty Fruit Punch at The Feminist Art Gallery. We are launching our Queer networking event "Fruit Punch" organized by Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery with some peachy Queers as hosts including Brette Gabel, Oreka James, Pablo Munoz, Humboldt Magnussen, Allyson Mitchell, Dierdre Logue, and Sajdeep Soomal. This is a networking event like no other, we hope to bring an intergenerational group across all the different art disciplines together. Come enjoy the sun we will drink tasty punch, have juicy conversation, and meet eachother.

We have a bunch of fruit for our home...made sangria and more fruit to dip into our CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN.
This event is by PWYC donation (suggested five dollars but no one turned away due to lack of funds) So come meet new friends, perhaps a curator, perhaps a collaborator, or perhaps just have a great time.

This is our first Fruit Punch of 2017 and we hope to turn this into a seasonal event so please answer our survey and let us know what we can do to make this networking event beneficial.

YTB Gallery is a nomadic art gallery currently in residency at the Feminist Art Gallery in Parkdale who have been supporting our current season of programing.

Hysterical - Feminist Comedy Night
6:30 pm18:30

Hysterical - Feminist Comedy Night

  • Feminist Art Gallery

YTB Gallery presents HYSTERICAL, our first-ever stand-up comedy night
Friday, May 5th
Doors at 6pm – show starts at 6:30pm
At the Feminist Art Gallery (F.A.G.) 25 Seaforth Ave
TIX available at

How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Zero…no need for a light bulb when you have a glass ceiling!

Come laugh with the Younger Than Beyoncé crew for a side-splitting night of feminist stand-up hosted in the Feminist Art Gallery.

Hosted by Jess Beaulieu...
Featuring Natalie Norman, Hoodo Hersi, Ashley Moffatt, Brandon Ash-Mohammed… and a very special surprise guest!

Very limited seating. Please purchase your ticket in advance in order to secure your spot. Each ticket is $10 advanced or $15 at the door. YTB Gallery is a nomadic, artist-run centre dedicated to showing emerging Toronto-based artists. This is our first-ever comedy show: let’s get HYSTERICAL and shine the light on some of Toronto’s funniest feminists.

Please note the following:
This event will take place in a private residence and is a multiple-cat household.
Outside substances will not be tolerated. F.A.G. is a scent-free space. Unfortunately the space is not accessible.

Pick It Up, Put It Down - a mobile Video Screening
6:30 pm18:30

Pick It Up, Put It Down - a mobile Video Screening

Pick it up, put it down – a mobile video screening
Part of Images Festival Co-Presented in Partnership with YTB Gallery

Artists: Bonnie Tung, Tobias Williams, Alicia Mersy, Sara Graorac, Tough Guy Mountain, J.P. King, Sean Martindale

Thurs April 20, 6:30–10:30 PM
Route Schedule Posted Below

Since becoming nomadic in 2016, Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery has taken its programming beyond the gallery space, partnering with Images Festival this year to present a mobile screening traveling through Toronto on a LED advertising truck. For one night only, YTB Gallery will circle Images' venues with a LED screen truck, crossing the city with a mobile series of short films. Starting at the Royal Cinema from 6:30 to 7:00 for the Opening Night Screening of Tales of Two Who Dreamt, then we will drive downtown for a short stop at Yonge and Dundas Square from 7:30 to 7:45 then to the Opening Party from 10 - 10:30 at 182A St Helens Ave.

Bringing expanded cinema to the nomadic screen, YTB present perspectives on the promise of advertising: what is leftover after consumption, and how the conventions of advertising can be subverted by creative intervention. Bonnie Tung creates a meditative space using 3D modeling techniques commonly used in advertising, Tobias Williams adopts the same media, using it to promote the ‘No Name’ brand, and the personal associations it inspires within Canadian culture. Alicia Mersy and Sara Graorac explore the commodification of self-care imbued in lotions, serums and spa products that promise transformation rather than just hydration. The collective Tough Guy Mountain anticipates the end of capitalism through the release of a marketing campaign focusing on the glories, trials and absurdity of late capitalism. J.P King and Sean Martindale offer visual evidence of how domestic discards are managed by the City of Toronto.

Catch the truck cruising the streets of Toronto on Image’s opening night of April 20th.
Co-presented by Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery and Images Festival
If you spot the TRUCK take a photo and tag us @ytbgallery and @imagesfestival #ytbtruck

OH SO T.O. Gala and Silent Auction
Nov 13

OH SO T.O. Gala and Silent Auction

OH SO T.O. - A Toronto-themed Gala in Support of YTB Gallery

Gala and Silent Auction

Saturday, November 12th @ Katzman Contemporary

6:30-8pm - VIP advance viewing

8pm-2am - general admission


  • General Admission - $33 - entrance + small plates + live music + door prizes
  • VIP Admission - $100 - above + advance viewing of silent auction work + luxury spa goodie bag + YTB merchandise + open bar + complimentary tarot reading + more!

Tickets available at

YTB Gallery crossover with Katzman Contemporary - 86 Miller Street, Toronto

It’s cutting-edge… it’s divergent… it’s OH SO T.O.! We’re proud to announce our silent auction including works by:

Shary Boyle

Patrick Cruz

Jay Issac

Jon Sasaki

Bridget Moser

and more...

OH SO T.O. @ Katzman Contemporary - YTB Gallery is Toronto’s DIY artist-run centre. A nomadic gallery, we bring the freshest art exhibitions to different neighbourhoods in the city, providing professional exhibition opportunities for Toronto artists under 33. On Saturday, November 12th, join us for our second annual premier benefit event with our partners at Katzman Contemporary.

For more information, contact Marjan Verstappen at



LatinXO - A Fundraiser For The Victimes and Survivors of the Pulse Shooting
Jul 9

LatinXO - A Fundraiser For The Victimes and Survivors of the Pulse Shooting

The recent events in Orlando's Pulse Night Club was a targeted attack against the Latinx, Black, POC and Queer community that has left many still shaking. It was a loss of a safe space where many people came together to dance, heal and explore who they are.

Many of the victims/survivors, undocumented folks, are currently racking up incoprehensible hospital bills or indebted with funerary services.

LATINXO is a fundraiser, celebration of queer Latinx identity and healing dancefloor for those hurting.

Daniel Morales

Felipe Nadeau

More TBA

Visual art on display by:
Sebastián Benítez
Karen Campos Castillo
Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea
Alisson Escobar
Francisco-Fernando Granados
Rita Camacho Lomeli
Pablo Muñoz
Alejandro Santiago

Tickets can be purchase online through Eventbrite for $10.
A portion of the tickets will be saved for the door for sliding scale prices. Noone will be turned away for lack of funds.


***Latinx is a growing Latin American movement of trans*, gender non-conforming and queer and two-spirit Latinx people pushing social and political boundaries.

Organized by Younger than Beyoncé Art Gallery and OCAD Student Union

The space is accesible through an elevator that goes to our second floor space. Washrooms are accessbile and marked gender neutral.

Luminato & YTB Gallery's Post Apopcalypse Dance & Art Party
Jun 19

Luminato & YTB Gallery's Post Apopcalypse Dance & Art Party

Luminato and Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) Gallery Present: Post Apopcalypse Dance & Art Party
June 18th, the world as you know it is over. Seek shelter at the Hearn Generating Sation for the final countdown. The best of POP/DANCE music has survived the end of the world and we are here to dance, shake and work it to a set by DJ Marilyn Mansion, a.k.a Cameron Lee. We are survivors we are not going to give up, we will work harder. 

Performance: Alex Beriault
Tarot Readings: Mary Grisey
Tickets: $16.95 Buy Online

Learn about your uncertain future, experience some art, and dance until dawn at Toronto's latest, greatest warehouse party. 
Get your tickets now before it's too late. 

YTB Gallery is Toronto’s newest artist-run centre. A nomadic gallery, they bring the freshest art exhibitions to the city, providing professional exhibition opportunities for Toronto artists under the age of 33.

Luminato is one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America, having commissioned close to 100 new works of art, with more than 3,000 performances featuring 11,000 artists from over 40 countries.

Doom's Day, A Survival Guide
6:00 pm18:00

Doom's Day, A Survival Guide

Doom’s Day, A Survival Guide
Part of the 10th Anniversary Luminato Festival
Curated By Geneviéve Wallen

As an ancient power generating station, the Hearn is the ideal site to explore post- apocalyptic/dystopian fantasies and its steampunk/DIY aesthetics. Whether the end of the world occurs due to global warming, bacteriological or nuclear war, there will be a few survivors coming together to start anew, to devise innovative survival tactics, and build a sanctuary from external chaos. Dooms Day, A Survival Guide examines the ways in which the materiality of survivorship can take shape through mimicking scientific gestures. Sampling, observing, surveying, mapping, and creating new protective technologies are established strategies enabling a sense of knowing.The chosen sites on which a new community settles- , namely an abandoned building, a farm, a house, or a vacant lot - has already been marked by past and present life forms which can be acknowledged or silenced by new occupants. 

Franco Arcieri
Tsēma Tamara Skubovius
Marina Fathalla
Nicole Clouston

Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) Gallery is Toronto’s newest artist-run centre. A nomadic gallery, they bring the freshest art exhibitions to the city, providing professional exhibition opportunities for Toronto artists under the age of 33. This summer, they are delving into Toronto’s underground art scene and moving into the Hearn to present an exhibition Doom's Day A Survival Guide and Apopcalyptic themed Dance Party on June 18th.
This exhibition is free to attend

Future 33
Jun 11

Future 33

Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery’s Artist Selection - Spring 2016

May 20th – June 11th, 2016
Opening Reception: May 20th, 7 pm - 11 pm

YTB Gallery
563 Dundas Street East, Suite 201

FUTURE 33 presents the work of 33 Toronto artists who are currently producing compelling, relevant artwork. By bringing together a unique selection of acclaimed Toronto-based artists, the exhibition acts, as lookbook of those whom we believe will redefine the landscape of both the local and international art scene.

The curatorial premise of this exhibition was to have YTB Gallery’s two co-directors and six board members select a total of 33 artists amongst them. The non-hierarchical approach allows for a unique selection of artists, which resonates each board member’s individual practice, and allows for a much wider scope of disciplines and perspectives. Here we see well-established names alongside emerging artists from all over The Greater Toronto Area. By hosting FUTURE 33, we are showcasing work by our generation with a familiar curatorial voice.

As major Toronto art institutions such as MOCA and the AGO redefine their relationship to the city through future large-scale exhibitions about Toronto, YTB gallery is adding the voice of Toronto's largest generation of artists yet. Our goal is to influence these institutions to discover and support a new brand of artists.

Featuring work by:
Rajni Perera
Lido Pimienta
Aubyn O’Grady (League of Lady Wrestlers)
Rouzbeh Akhbari
Maya Ben David
Diana Hosseini
Nyssa Komorowski
Tau Lewis
Tsēma Tamara Skubovius
Aman Sandhu
Daniele Dennis
Sarah D’angelo
jes sachse
Dorica Manuel
Sonali Menezes
Oreka James
Curtia Wright
Franco Arcieri
Rebecca Noone
Pablo Muñoz
Alvis Parsley
Jeff Bierk
Gillian Dykeman
Annyen Lam
jj Chau
Whitney Wong
Shanna Van Maurik
Meryl Macmaster
Sean Martindale
Stefan Herda
Robert Anthony O’Halloran
Jesi the Younger

Curated by YTB Gallery: Sebastián Benítez, Brette Gabel, Anjuli Rahaman, Humboldt Magnussen, Marsya Maharani, Marjan Verstappen, Geneviève Wallen, Joan Lillian Wilson

YTB Gallery is a nomadic, D.I.Y. gallery for emergent and experimental art practices. YTB provides discursive space for critical conversations and risk-taking through new configurations of audience, artists, and community. YTB Gallery has been made possible by the generous support of The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing.

*Props* Presents A Screening of Sally Potter’s Orlando Hosted by Vincent Chevalier
7:00 pm19:00

*Props* Presents A Screening of Sally Potter’s Orlando Hosted by Vincent Chevalier

  • YTB Gallery

April 13th, 2016 – 7:00pm to 9:30pm [NB: DATE CHANGE]
PWYC – $5 suggested

Screening of 'Orlando' : 7:15pm

Props is a participatory screening and discussion series investigating “theatrical properties” in queer film and video. Theatrical properties (props) are an essential part of storytelling on screen. Good props are hidden in plain sight, supporting action, conveying narrative and symbolic meaning for the characters who wield them: a pack of smokes, a can of coke, a baseball bat, a cell phone, a gun. While bad props destroy the illusion of cinematic realism (think Bradley Cooper’s fake baby in American Sniper) sometimes a prop is so bad it is good; used by the filmmaker to produce a powerful irruption of the Real for the viewer (Divine in Pink Flamingos eating dog shit). Props asks the question, how do we look at a film differently if we investigate it through the objects portrayed on screen?

For the inaugural screening and discussion, we will be showing Sally Potter’s ORLANDO, starring Tilda Swinton.

Chosen for its lavish art direction and queer themes, “Orlando is a bold, unsentimental re-working of Virgina Woolf’s classic novel in which an innocent aristocrat journeys through 400 years of English history - first as a man, then as a woman. Orlando is a story of the quest for love, and it is also an ironic dance through English history. Addressing contemporary concerns about gender and identity, the film is remarkably true to the spirit of Virgina Woolf, but it also skilfully adapts the original story to give it a striking, cinematic form.”

This event will include a screening and discussion of the film. Participants will be invited to create a list of props seen on screen and engage in a guided discussion of the film using this collectively sourced inventory as a starting point.

Who’s invited?
Artists. Film buffs. Set designers. Collectors. Queers. Theorists. Aesthetes. Basically anyone interested in understanding both the style and substance of things.

7:00pm – Doors
7:15pm – ORLANDO
8:45pm – Discussion

Tough As Nails: Transgressive Queer Glamour
Apr 23

Tough As Nails: Transgressive Queer Glamour

  • YTB Gallery

Curator Genevieve Flavelle

Artwork By: Maddie Alexander, Kim Ninkuru, Beck Gilmer Osborne, Danny Welsh, Shellie Zhang,

Tuesday, April 5th - Saturday, April 23rd
Opening reception, Friday April 8, 7 - 11 pm

Alchemy, drag, flash, haunting, shade, wild, glitter, shame, sex, violence, trash, fame.

Tough as Nails brings five emerging Toronto based artists together to flaunt the glamorous side of queer resistance. Seeking to complicate ideas of marginality, Tough as Nails explores the relationship between glamour and agency. Drawing on the long tradition of self-fashioned glamour as a practice of survival and world making for non-normative people, these five artists take up queer glamour as a defiant expression of marginalized identity.

The artists in Tough as Nails refuse, parody, challenge, and complicate conventional notions of what is considered alluring, and valuable. The artists exploit selfies, porn, fashion, interior decorating, and costuming as avenues to manipulate representation. Positioning queer as dodgy, erratic, and always in an unstable state of becoming, yet also as lived experience and historically defiant politic; queer glamour becomes a site of dynamic slippage, undermining, renegotiation, overstatement, and reinstatement. Tough as Nails investigates the idea of queer glamour as site of glittering transgression.

Season II of YTB Gallery is proudly supported by the Toronto Arts Council, The Daniels Corporation, and Toronto Community Housing.

QSW Rebel Zone 1975 -1989
Mar 31

QSW Rebel Zone 1975 -1989

QSW The Rebel Zone 1975-1989: A Cultural Artifact Exhibit
Opening Reception March 18 - 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Exhibition Dates March 15 – Thursday, March 31, 2016
YTB Gallery - 563 Dundas St East, Suite 201
Gallery Hours Tues-Sat 12-6pm - Admission is Free

QSW The Rebel Zone 1975 -1989
Musician and Regent Park artist-in-residence Lorraine Segato has created a point of view exhibition, QUEEN ST. WEST 1975-1989 THE REBEL ZONE, that tells the story of how art and activism ignited a cultural renaissance along Queen Street West and transformed the city of Toronto.The Rebels & Rascals music event will take place on Tuesday, March 29 at Daniels Spectrum at 8pm.
QSW 1975-1989 The Rebel Zone traces key events that inspired the cross-pollination of art, music, and politics, and how these events influenced and nurtured the once derelict area and led to the rebirth of a new cultural scene.
The exhibit features cultural artifacts that represent the events, activities, and people who spearheaded this renaissance including the art group General Idea, the Hummer Sisters, Patti Habib of the BamBoo Club, and Lillian Allen; it revisits seminal events such as the Body Politic and bathhouse raids, the censorship crackdown, the rise of feminism, and the first wave of a new disease called AIDS. QSW The Rebel Zone 1975-1989 recounts a time when art and activism met, merged, and exploded into an expression of radical creativity that changed Toronto forever.
Queen St. West (QSW) 1975-1989 The Rebel Zone is a part of the first annual Myseum Intersections Festival, a collection of exhibits that explore different perspectives on the city’s natural, cultural, and historical diversity.

The Complete Unknown
Mar 31

The Complete Unknown

The Complete Unknown.
Artwork by:
Britta B.
Topher Kong
Sofy Mesa
William Andrew Finlay Stewart

With a critical essay by: Ekow Stone

Curated by Marjan Verstappen

Situated in Regent Park - a renewed neighbourhood, busily adapting much of its identity, Topher Kong, William Andrew Finlay Stewart, Britta B., Ekow Stone, Sofy Mesa, and the Bonerkill collective explore the experience of living amongst all this renewal. They have grown up in, currently live, or work in Regent Park, and have witnessed its recent facelift. Although they approach this site through a multiplicity of material approaches and critical lenses, the strongest connections are the questions posed: “how do we live here?” "how do we be become artists here?"

The Complete Unknown was curated in response to The Rebel Zone, a collection of posters, film, photographs and audio documenting how a previous generation answered the question of how to be an artist. It involved moving to a crumbing, neglected area of downtown Toronto, starting a series of businesses supporting the artistic community, eating in dirt-cheap restaurants, and watching as property values rose, and the downtown as colonized by the middle class.

The questions are not new, though time, geography and economics change how they will be answered. This exhibition celebrates the heritage of Toronto’s artist-run culture, and seeks strategies for it to blossom in the new street plan of Regent Park.

YTB Gallery is generously supported by The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing. YTB would also like to thank The Toronto Arts Council for funding which made The Complete Unknown possible

Oct 10


(Or, Every Image is a Gushing Sack of Ideas)

Opening Reception: September 25, 7pm-midnight
Curatorial Tour: October 8, 7:30pm

Featuring works by:
Ben Compton
Naomi Dodds
naakita feldman-kiss
Phuong Nguyen
Laura Simon
Jessica Vallentin
Curated by Alison Cooley

Exhibition runs September 23-October 10, 2015

Tuesday-Sunday 12-6

YTB Gallery
563 Dundas Street East, Suite 201

THOUGHTBAGS (Or, Every Image is a Gushing Sack of Ideas) brings together the work of six Toronto artists, taking the life of knowledge as its starting point. Borrowing a term from Kurt Johannessen’s performative lecture practice, THOUGHTBAGS queries ideas and their transmission through collective experience.

Show Room
7:00 pm19:00

Show Room

Closing Reception September 17th from 7 - 12 pm

Installation by:

Luke Siemens

September 6th - 19th, 2015

The Gallery is Open from 12 - 6 Everyday Except Monday

563 Dundas Street East, Suite 201, Toronto

“Show Room” investigates the idealized living spaces created in condo presentations centres, designed devoid of the textures of everyday living. There is no dirt, grime, wear or tear— presentation centres stretch just enough reality around a simple structure to make it feel plausible. They are made for cut-out version of people rather than actual bodies. Everyday living becomes concealed. Housing market machinations and construction processes are camouflaged by the artifice of images of imagined living. “Show Room” uses a mix of familiar forms, skewed renderings, and semi-concealed materials to play with camouflage, artifice and superficiality, investigating the prepackaged visions of “lifestyle” and “home” that come to the surface in condo marketing.

In the Dust of this World
Sep 19

In the Dust of this World

Closing Reception September 17th from 7 - 12 pm

Featuring works by:

Patrick Cruz

Ella Dawn McGeough

Dustin Wilson

September 6th - 19th, 2015

563 Dundas Street East, Suite 201, Toronto

In the dust of this world (change is swift and offers both disaster and opportunity)” is a material exploration into the economic and social issues surrounding YTB’s temporary home in Regent Park; its past and ongoing transition, and the shifts in urban design that accompany these changes. Alongside the gallery installation of sculptural works constructed from ubiquitous construction materials, the exhibition also features two interactive live role playing games organized by “Friends of Ogden Park” – an association founded by Dustin Wilson and Ella Dawn McGeough in the spring of 2014 whose purpose is to organize games and activities that function as a form of research.


Scratching Where It's Itching
Aug 8

Scratching Where It's Itching

  • YTB Gallery

This exhibition is a small survey of the social conditions and intellectual ethoses within which emerging artists from Toronto are creating. Scratching Where It’s Itching asks: what are the politics informing the materiality of the work displayed? What are the disruptions and conversations allowed in group shows that sample Toronto’s diversity? What are the personal and shared preoccupations resulting from the cultural flattening of Canadian multiculturalism and neoliberal sexual politics?  Scratching Where It’s Itching departs from the wish to unite and recognize the multiple stances contributing to both the present and future of Toronto’s creative scene.

Truth Be Told: Live Performance and Video at the Intersection of Fact and Fiction
9:30 pm21:30

Truth Be Told: Live Performance and Video at the Intersection of Fact and Fiction

  • Revue Cinema

YTB Gallery brings together a night of performances and screenings entitled Truth Be Told, June 11th at the Revue Cinema co-presented with Art For Eternity. A selection of six young, Toronto-based artists present film, video, and performance work telling histories, jokes, deep truths and canny untruths. Mingling performative disruptions and flowing narratives, these artists play with stories and their dual power— conjuring telling as an insistence on erased histories, or as a method of bending the truth to unsettle and delight. Somewhere in the act of telling, these artists build rich and sumptuous new worlds: cautionary, wish-fulfilling, or utopian.