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Eyeblink: Smash the Patriarchy

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May 17th 8:00pm to 12:00am The Gardiner Museum. 

In support of the exhibition YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED, Eyeblink is a three-part monthly screening and performance series that draws inspiration from Ono’s 1960s and 1970s filmmaking.

This co-presentation with Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery, Pleasure Dome and the Gardiner Museum is inspired by the underlying feelings of rage and empathy witnessed by the audience in Freedom and Fly.

In the Gardiner’s lobby, Pleasure Dome will screen Frances Leeming’s iconic The Orientation Express in an installation format. Her pop art animations are hitched to a feminist train of unending wit and corporate takedowns.

Upstairs, Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery has devised Smash The Patriarchy; a party engaging with enragement. Partygoers are encouraged to scream, shout, dance wildly and support each other’s righteous anger at the patriarchy. The party includes performances by Ronnie Clarke and Annie Wong which explore rage, empathy, and in the case of Wong’s We’re Winning So No Comment, multiple perspectives on intersectional feminism. Films by Kelsey Whyte depict the hellish discomfort of the model/actress in a dystopian photo shoot that invoke similar sensations of unease as in Ono’s films. These artworks spark outrage, but also encourage empathy and listening between different experiences and forms of oppression within feminism, and encourage conversation about how feminism has changed since Ono’s films were released in the 1970s.

Admission includes entry to YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED.

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Annual Fundraiser - RAVE IN THE CAVE

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Calling all cavemen, you don’t want to miss this party. On December 1st, come ravin’ and cavin’ with your friends at YTB Gallery. Climb out of your cave and join us in ours with art installations, music, dancing, food and drinks!

Its 1999, and a cave into a RAVE UNIVERSE has been discovered in downtown Toronto! Artists and DJ’s are moving in for an CAVE RAVE that will have you dancing to psychedelic beats by DJ Soft Drink and DJ Maggy.

Wear your best rave outfit, sample our crystal cocktails, browse our snack table, go wild on the dancefloor, and take your best selfies in our fantastic crystal cave creations, all while supporting young artists.

YTB Gallery is your favourite nomadic art gallery supporting young artists in Toronto. All proceeds from Rave in the Cave go towards paying young artists to make artwork in Toronto.

Cinecycle - Behind 129 Spadina Ave
Friday, December 1st
9 pm - 2 am
Tickets $10 in advance, $15 on the door.
Space is limited so buy now.

Upcoming Traveling Exhibition "From A to B isn't always linear"

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Please join us at any one of our three neighbourhood stops during our traveling exhibition "From A to B isn't Always Linear"

The experience of moving places is central to contemporary life, particularly in Toronto. What then are the effects of this restless mobility in our lives, both physically and mentally, in relation to each other and to our environment? This one week travelling exhibition (passing through Thorncliffe Park, Regent Park, and Parkdale) examines the ways in which movement, more specifically movement in the city, is tied... to space and time—at once symbolically and materially. Installed inside and outside rented moving trucks, the selected works invite the audience to pay attention to the concept of mobility, not only in regard to social status, but also as inherent to our relationship with the urban landscape as co-producers to its development. As we are always in motion, so is the city.

This exhibition features works by: Nedda Baba, Marbella Anne Carlos, Robert Cram, Christine Dewancker, Em Piro & Denise Rogers Valenzuela, jes sachse, Maxim Vlassenko,Curtia Wright

Come and find us at the following locations:
August 3–5
Northeast corner of the East York Town Centre parking lot
Thorncliffe Park, 45 Overlea Blvd, Toronto, ON M4H 1C2.
Opening reception on August 3rd, 4-7pm
Regular hours on August 4th & 5th: 2-8 pm

August 6–7
Behind the Daniel Spectrum building.
585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Regular hours on August 6th & 7th: 2-8 pm.

3rd Stop: PARKDALE
August 8–9
Regular hours on August 8th and 9th: 2-8pm
Closing reception on August 9th at 5pm onwards

This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. We are also thankful for our partnership with The Township of Billings and 4elements Living Arts.
Event Image by Marina Fathalla

Fruit Punch - Networking Event for Queers In the ARTS

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YTB Gallery is Re-launching our networking event for Queers in the Arts - FRUIT PUNCH. June 15th from 7 to 9. 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.

Upcoming Event -Hysterical - Feminist Comedy Night

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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.

Pick It Up, Put It Down. - A Mobile Video Screening April 20th

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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

Call For Submissions _U-Haul Truck Exhibition

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, April 17, 2017
Exhibition dates: July 2017
Artist’s Fee: All exhibiting artists will be paid according to the 2017 CARFAC exhibition fee schedule (Category I, group exhibition 6-10 artists).


YTB Gallery is seeking submissions of installation, sculptural, and video works from emerging artists age 33 or younger for a nomadic outdoor exhibition set within and around parked U-Haul trucks. The exhibition will travel in three locations throughout the GTA (locations TBA).

We encourage submissions that critically engage with notions of community building, the cultures of migration, multicultural narratives, intersectional feminism, gestures of decolonization, and Canada’s histories beyond 150 years. Submissions must consider the specificities of commercially available 10' to 26' rental moving trucks, the exhibition’s general public audience, and accessibility.

To submit your application: 5-10 images, CV, artist statement, project description, technical description, budget (estimation of production costs), and contact info.

Please make sure to indicate:

Preferred presentation method, either within one truck or on the surrounding street/parking lot
AV equipment and any electrical requirements, if applicable
Hanging system, if applicable (please note that the truck can't be altered in any way)
Safe local transportation method inside the truck
Production timeline and estimation of production costs
The GTA neighbourhood(s) pertinent to your work, if applicable

Join us for our second annual gala - OH SO T.O. !

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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




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..




LatinXO - a fundraiser for the victims and survivors of the pulse shooting

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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. The event will take place July 8th from 7pm to 2am at YTB Gallery 563 Dundas Street East.

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.

Future 33 Exhibition Opening May 20th at YTB

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Please Join Us on May 20th as we celebrate the artwork of 33 of our favorite Toronto artists in our largest exhibition yet.

Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery’s Artist Selection - Spring 2016

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

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.

Sing Your Art Out Karaoke Party -Friday April 29th at YTB

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AT YTB GALLERY 563 Dundas Street East Suite 201

Hello, it's me
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet
To go and sing some karaoke.

Bring on the feelings with power ballads, hip-hop classics, and childhood anthems at Karaoke taking place at YTB in Regent Park. Take on new songs you've never sung before or belt out that number that you've been timidly singing in the shower. You're among friends. The gift of music comes in all forms.

Facebook Event
Date: Friday, April 29, 8 p.m.
Admission: PWYC, $5 suggested
Cash bar



Tough As Nails Opening Reception and Art Party April 8th.

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Tough As Nails: Transgressive Queer Glamour
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.

Introducing: the Rebel Zone

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QUEEN ST. WEST 1975-1989  


Art & Activism Ignite the Culture - Tranforms A City


Tuesday, March 15 - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, March 18- 7-11 pm

YTB Gallery, 563 Dundas Street East, Toronto



Musician and Regent Park artist-in-residence Lorraine Segato curates QUEEN ST. WEST 1975-1989 THE REBEL ZONE, an exhibition that tells the story of how art and activism ignited a cultural renaissance along Queen Street West and transformed the city of Toronto. Queen St. West (QSW) 1975-1989 The Rebel Zone is apart of the first annual Myseum Intersections Festival, acollection of exhibits that explore different perspectives on the city's natural, cultural, and historical diversity. QSW 1975-1989 The Rebel Zone will be presented at YTB Gallery in Regent Park; Segato, who is currently Regent Park's first honorary artist-in-residence, is fulfilling her mandate to celebrate and raise the profile of the neighbourhood, while curating cultural events that showcase Toronto's many talented artists.


Around the world, specific neighbourhoods are recognized as nerve centers for leading edge art, music, ideas, and activism. In Toronto, this trailblazing neighbourhood was Queen Street West (QSW). From the mid-seventies to the late-eighties QSW was an explosion of fearless creativity that reverberated throughout Toronto and beyond. "QSW The Rebel Zone 1975-1989 showcases a seminal cultural moment when art and activism met, and helped transform Toronto into the diverse city we see today," says Segato. "We're thrilled to be part of Myseum of Toronto's first annual Intersections Festival, and grateful to program partners Daniels Spectrum, The Daniels Corporation and YTB Gallery."


QSW 1975-1989 The Rebel Zone traces some of the key events that inspired the cross-pollination of art, music, and politics, and how key events influenced and nurtured the once derelict area and led to the rebirth of a new cultural scene. The exhibit features photos, posters, film, and other cultural artifacts that represent the events, activities, and people who spearheaded this renaissance including the art group General IdeaDeanne Taylor of the Hummer SistersPatti Habib of the Bamboo ClubLillian Allen, and more. 

The exhibit includes and revisits seminal events such as the Body Politic and Bathhouse Raids, The Censorship crackdown, the Hummer Sisters' Mayoralty Campaign, 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. 


The Rebel Zone is presented in conjunction with The Complete Unknown (This is Paradise II), featuring artwork by young, emerging Toronto artists, curated by Marjan Verstappen.



About YTB Gallery 

Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery is Toronto's newest 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 the age of 33. We are currently based in Regent Park, where we are supported by The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing. 

About Lorraine Segato

Artist-In-Residence, Regent Park

For the past 36 years, Lorraine Segato has fueled an impressive artistic career. Segato's extensive experience as a respected musician, songwriter, filmmaker, event producer, artistic director, lecturer and social justice activist makes her one of Canada's leading cultural commentators. As the co-founder and lead singer of The Parachute Club-one of the most critically lauded and commercially successful groups of the 1980s, Segato enjoyed an impressive career in the music industry before turning her attention to other creative endeavors such as directing and producing large cultural events. Most recently, she collaborated with award-winning documentary director Shelley Saywell The film Lowdown Tracks, a film project that told the stories of the many talented homeless individuals who perform on the streets of Toronto. The film was voted #2 audience favourite at Hot Docs Film Festival and premiered on TVO. In 2015, she released her CD Invincible Decency, and will next be producing her one-woman show Get Off My Dress.

QSW The Rebel Zone 1975-1989: A Cultural Artifact Exhibit

Tuesday, March 15 - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Opening Reception March 18 - 7:00 - 11:00 pm

YTB Gallery 563 Dundas St East, Suite 201

Gallery Hours Tues-Sat 12-6pm - Admission is Free

YTB Gallery Phone: 416-910-5213


QSW 1975-1989 The Rebel Zone is generously supported by:









Media contact:

Christine Liber, Liberty Ink Communications
416-651-4722 x

Join us for the YTB VIP Gala!

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With our first season of programming wrapping up, YTB Gallery is throwing a fabulous, extravagant masquerade party. Get your tickets here and join us for an evening of glamour, mystery, and art.

YTB Gallery is Toronto’s newest artist-run centre. A nomadic gallery, we bring the freshest art exhibitions to different neighbourhoods in the city, providing professional exhibition opportunites for Toronto artists under 33. 

On Thursday, October 29, celebrate the conclusion of our first season of programming in Regent Park at a premier benefit event. Come disguised and join us for an evening of glamour, mystery and art with the cutting edge of Toronto’s art scene. 

Support young artists: be a VIP. 

Catering by John Smith + live classical music + tarot reading + DJ + candy bar

YTB Gallery in The Toronto Star

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Marjan and Humboldt were recently interviewed by The Toronto Star 

Here is a link to the article, we have also included the text below. 

By: Diane Peters Special to the Star, Published on Sun Aug 23 2015

Beyoncé is 33 (but she’ll be 34 in September). A bit of pop-music trivia, sure, but the pop superstar’s age is suddenly relevant to Toronto’s visual arts scene.

Why? A new studio cheekily tagging itself Younger Than Beyoncé nurtures artists below that age via a collective, nomadic organization.

It began this way: Humboldt Magnussen and Marjan Verstappen met while doing MFAs at OCAD, and ruminated together about the future. What gallery would show their work? Would they have to give up on fine arts careers?

They asked a veteran of the industry what they should do. “I don’t know, it changes,” she replied. The seasoned artist suggested they look to their own peers for a solution.

They did, and saw themselves surrounded by talent with no place to show it off. “There’s a lot of people with art stuffed away in the basement near the kitty litter,” says Magnussen.

So they decided to create a gallery — but with a twist.

They’d operate as an artists’ collective — with themselves as co-directors — but one that shows in pop-up spaces. That will keep overheads low and allow themselves time in between operating hours to do their own creative (or just-pay-the-bills) work.

Inspired by the exhibit held at the New Museum in New York called Younger Than Jesus, Magnussen thought up the name Younger than Beyoncé (and these young artists are indeed big fans).

The gallery kicked off with a fundraising dance party last December in which every second song was a Beyoncé tune. That, coupled with an Ingiegogo campaign, raised enough money for rent and to pay the artists for the first round of shows.

The launch also landed the duo on CBC. After that airing, they got a call from Mitchell Cohen, president of Daniels Corp. He liked their concept and offered them a deal on space in Regent Park.

They moved into a spacious concrete-and-glass gallery space in July. They’ll be there until Oct. 31, and will show 33 artists over that relatively short period. (These are the best of the best: the gallery got 250 submissions when they put out a call to artists). Shows turn over every two weeks and in between openings there are events, live performances and workshops.

Of course, the original concept for the gallery involved co-directors showing off their own work. So far, they haven’t had time to do that, and worry just how that would look now that they’re at the helm. Currently, they run the non-profit as volunteers — they also hope to pay themselves some day.

Having already secured funding for the next pop-up, which will be in Parkdale, the gallery’s concept clearly has legs. Big success and infamy, like those of its namesake, surely will follow.

Closing Reception for "In the dust of this world" and "Show Room" Sept17th

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“In the dust of this world”

Featuring works by:

Patrick Cruz

Ella Dawn McGeough

Dustin Wilson

“Show Room”

Installation by:

Luke Siemens

September 6th - 19th, 2015

Closing Reception: Friday September 17th, 19:00 — 24:00

563 Dundas Street East, Suite 201, Toronto


YTB Gallery is pleased to present two exhibitions by four emerging Toronto artists that explore material in relation to both the neighbourhood of Regent Park and the development of Toronto’s built environment.

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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.

“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.


Grand Opening and Scratching Where It's Itching

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Join us for the Grand Opening of Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery and Reception for our first exhibition curated by Geneviève Wallen: 

Scratching Where It's Itching
Featuring work by eight emerging Toronto Artists:

Rouzbeh Akhbari
Sebastián Benítez
Diana Hosseini
Esmaa Mohamoud 
Dainesha Nugent-Palache
Lido Pimienta
Allanah Vokes
Curtia Wright

YTB Gallery is a nomadic artist run center that is opening it's doors to our Regent Park Space located on the second floor of 563 Dundas Street West.The mandate of the gallery is to support the professional practice of young artists by creating opportunities to exhibit artwork and make leaps towards art stardom. Many thanks to all our crowd-fundees, dance parties goers, and the Daniels Corporation for making this happen. We are very excited to welcome you to our first home in Regent Park!

YTB Gallery is pleased to present its first group exhibition featuring eight emerging artists based in Toronto. Scratching Where It’s Itching is a small survey of the social conditions and intellectual ethoses within which these young practitioners are creating. 

Works by Rouzbeh Akhbari, Sebastían Benítez, Diana Hosseini, Esmaa Adam Mohamoud, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Lido Pimienta, Allanah Vokes, and Curtia Wright present the ways in which desires, dualities, and social myths inform both art discourse and personal points of reference. Like an itch, concerns regarding identity, positionality, and intersectionality cause a desire to scratch, which in this case becomes the need to produce art. For this exhibition, the itch is not only an annoyance or an observation originating from the artists’ socio-political awareness, but a catalyst for the dissemination of a range of conversations, like a contagious itch that is induced through visual stimuli. 

In the event that scratching becomes a relief to a preoccupation, it has also the power to aggravate the irritation.

For more information on please contact: Geneviève Wallen, ytbgallery [at]

Truth Be Told

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Neil LaPierre, Baby's Night 1/2 (one half). Photo: Joan Lillian Wilson

Neil LaPierre, Baby's Night 1/2 (one half). Photo: Joan Lillian Wilson

Thanks to all who came out to Truth be Told at the Revue Cinema! We were so pleased with our first event and excited to keep up the momentum with our first suite of exhibitions in Regent Park, opening this summer. 

For those who weren't able to make the event, there are photos from the show available here, and you can download the program for the evening here

Truth Be Told

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Alvis Parsley, Alien in Residence: Parallel Life, 2014. Photo: Tony Wei-Han Chen.

Alvis Parsley, Alien in Residence: Parallel Life, 2014. Photo: Tony Wei-Han Chen.

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.

Sharlene Bamboat
Jessica Kichoncho Karuhanga
Alvis Parsley
Christopher Lacroix and afallenhorse 
Neil Lapierre
Rebecca Fin Simonetti

Curated by Alison Cooley and Humboldt Magnussen

Doors open at 9:00pm, event starts at 9:30pm.

This is a liscensed event; Beer/ Wine/ popcorn/ snacks will be available. 
$8 - advanced , student, senior, or starcard
$11 - general night of

to purchase advance tickets

Art For Eternity

Revue Cinema's Art for Eternity program, 2nd Thursday of every month : Bringing classics and future classics to the big screen on Roncesvalles. presenting a mix of art house cinema, creative documentary, and performance : a variety of artistic subjects whose aesthetic and creative influences we believe will last the test of time.

YTB Gallery

Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery is a nomadic artist run centre that will open its doors in Regent Park this summer. The mandate of the gallery is to support the professional practice of young artists by creating opportunities to exhibit artwork while engaging in the art community.

Download the Poster here.

Panel Discussion: Inclusivity and Art

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As part of YTB's programming and beginnings, we are holding a roundtable discussion at UrbanArts on the theme of inclusivity and intersectionality in artist run centres. 

We are inviting you to join the conversation moderated by curator and YTB Board Member Geneviève Wallen.

Speakers on the panel will be Robin Fraser, artist, activist and student advocate at OCAD University; Adrienne Crossman - artist, curator, educator and programming coordinator at Xpace Cultural Centre; and Emily Gove, artist, educator and director at Xpace Cultural Centre; Rohan Ramsay, rapper, wardrobe stylist and gallery supervisor at MOCCA. 

As we build a new kind of gallery space that differentiates itself from the current Toronto art scene, our goal is to learn more about what it means to have cultural representation in a multicultural environment such as Toronto, and what it means to be a good ally to different marginalized demographics.

Topics discussed will be:
• Strategies to foster inclusiveness in art spaces
• How to establish sustainable and fair partnerships with ethnocultural arts organizations
• Observations about the Toronto art scene and representation

Join us on the Thursday the 26th of March at 6:30 pm.

Co-directors Marjan Verstappen and Humboldt Magnussen will be there with the board of YTB Gallery

There will also be pizza!