Volunteer Photographer

We are seeking a volunteer photographer to cover our Valentine’s day art sale.



Email info@queengallery.ca with your availability for the event, resume and some samples of your work or link to your portfolio.

If you are not available on these dates, but you are interested in volunteering with us on our next events or exhibitions, let us know on your application.


Queen Gallery is seeking a volunteer photographer to capture highlights of our upcoming event Love Transforms, Feb 9-11, 2017 at Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East. The photos will be posted on our website and used in marketing materials. Find more about the event.

Take photos of artists and public during the event, as well as detailed pictures of the jewelry and art works.

Love Transforms will happen from 3:30pm to 7:30pm on February 9, 10 and 11, 2017.
As a volunteer photographer you don’t need to be present during the whole event, but we do ask for a minimum 4 hours commitment. Please, include your availability in your application.

• Beginners and professionals are welcome.
• Must provide own equipment.
• Must be able to deliver assets within 5 working days after the event (final package should not include blurry or duplicate photos).

• All photographs may only be used by Queen Gallery and in the photographer’s portfolio.
• The photographer will receive appropriate credit with all photos used.
• We are happy to provide a letter of recommendation or community service form.



Love Transforms


February 09- February 11, 2017

Thursday to Saturday 3:30-7:30 pm

Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East


Love is the most sacred of all feelings.  In Valentine the one special person in our life will be anxiously expecting us.  What  would symbolize your “ I Love You” statement!?

In a time and age that individuality is threatened by industrial/commercial society many still avoid a mass produced cookie cut product to be representation of their affection as a gift!

Queen gallery invites you to a very unique exhibition! We guarantee that our collection of jewellery, and paintings to be One of a kind and most importantly affordable to all budgets.

This collection provides you the opportunity to materialize your affection in a style as unique as your individuality.




Call for Submission;

Love Transforms Art Sale


Click Here to print the submission form: (Submission form PDF)

Submission Deadlines:

Online deadline: January 31st, 2017

Rental Fee: between $100 and $150 (jewelry and small sculptures)

Participation Fee:
$40.00 (for first submission)
+ $5.00 (for each additional work)*

Acceptable Media:
Small sculptures
Small sized artworks;

Submitting work for consideration is easy.  Email us samples of your work (5 high res JPG files), along with a short bio and a description of the work you will be presenting, including the title, medium, and size.

Please include the following with your submission:
• Your Name (and company name if you have one)
• Contact information (Phone, Cell, Email)
• Website (if you have one)

Email submissions to: info@queengallery.ca



Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for our upcoming art sale, Love Transforms to celebrate Valentine’s day. Art sale from February 9th to February 11th.

Love is the most sacred of all feelings.  In Valentine the one special person in our life will be anxiously expecting us.  What  would symbolize your “ I Love You” statement!?
In a time and age that individuality is threatened by industrial/commercial society many still avoid a mass produced cookie cut product to be representation of their affection as a gift!

This February, Queen Gallery pays tribute to love and Saint Valentine’s day with a curated display of jewelry and small artworks.

We welcome all the artists to submit high resolution jpegs of their work for these 3 days Valentine’s art sale.
The deadline will be January 31st, 2017 when our curator will select the best work.  Artist statements along with display-ready artwork will be required by February 7th, 2017 for those pieces selected.

A rental fee or participation fee will be required of those selected artists in order to help pay for advertising.  The rental fee will be related to table space for jewelry and small sized sculptures varying between $100 and $150. For small art works like paintings, drawings, or print, … the participation fee is $40.00 (for first submission)
+ $5.00 (for each additional work). Artists are responsible for delivering and collecting their works from the gallery.

We welcome you to take part in sharing your art and love during this holiday. (more…)


Gift of design and art


December 26, 2016
Monday December 26, 11 am – 5 Pm

30-50% off the Art works ! Queen gallery and participating artists are offering Massive discounts to promote Art and help you get Gifts that are for life time. Join us in our friendly ambiant to meet friends, Artist and have a look at Art works .
Boxing Day / December 26th, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm


Women in Café

A Solo Exhibition By: Anahita Shams


December 8- December 15, 2016
Tuesday to Saturday  3-7 Pm

Other Hours & Days by Appointment ONLY.
Sundays & Mondays Closed

Opening reception:
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7-9 pm


A café is a place where you can be free from anxiety, gathering with like-minded people away from the pressures of society.

To be a woman in Iran is very difficult. My friends and I needed a place where we could safely relax and I suggested The Café, a haven where
we could talk openly and  truly  be  ourselves.  Here is where  we  laugh
and cry together and speak  of  our  common  anxieties.
My concerns are not limited to the events of today and yesterday, but to recount the sufferings of countless generations. My goal is to destroy the taboos that imprison Iranian women, particularly the belief that the nude female is an object of shame.
The nude female body is very much a part of my work, but not the whole of it. Many of my paintings feature women covered in cascading hair, twined with plant and animal life and clothed in garments of varied colours and textures which both reveal and conceal our fragility.
The ultimate aim of my art is to remove the oppressing veil of ignorance, strip away the wearying layers of cover and allow the informed mother to raise an aware child.

Here in The Café, my friends and I look to you for your understanding.


A World @ Peace


We are proud to present the Preview of “A World at Peace” art exhibition at the Queen Gallery in Toronto.
A World @ Peace is a Multicultural Art Exhibition Showcasing Distinguished Expressions by extraordinary artists.

A Gay son of Holocaust survivors. A Muslim professor of Near-Eastern studies. The First Nations artist and a Founding member of the Indian Group of Seven, Jackson Beardy. Two local six-year-olds who want everyone to “stop being mean to each other.” A Persian calligrapher/painter and recent émigré from Iran. These are just some of the artists and photographers whose works will grace the walls of a Unitarian mid-town congregational building during the Jewish High Holy Days next month. But first their art, and those of many others, will be on display at Toronto’s Queen Gallery, from September 21 to September 28, 2016. Titled “A World at Peace,” the multi-media show is a joint presentation of the gallery and Congregation Shir Libeynu, a liberal, egalitarian and unaffiliated shul (synagogue) community with hundreds of queer, straight, multi-faith and traditional members who espouse diversity and inclusion.

The theme, “A World at Peace”, is illustrated by works from Canada, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, India, Iran, and the U.K, among others. In this intensely troubled time, the exhibition organizers believe that multi-cultural, multi-gifted artists can help to bring communities together. Within this concept “A World At Peace” will pay tribute to spiritual, religious and cultural traditions in a juried display of visual arts.

The 30 artists have enthusiastically embraced the idea, adding their personal statements to the exhibited pieces.

The event is curated by Mahrokh Ahankhah who will host a preview of “A World At Peace” at the Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East, September 22/28, with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. on September 21‪.

To book a viewing time, please call 416 841-9008 .

“A World At Peace” will be on public view at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, 175 St. Clair Avenue West from October 5 to 11 and October 12/14 and 17/18. The hiatus is due to the days of worship for the High Holy Days’ period. Shir LIbeynu holds its High Holy Days services at First Unitarian, and the two have been community partners for many years.

For viewing times at First Unitarian, please call Serena Shovlin: 416 824-9654 ext. 221

For further information:
Mahrokh Ahankhah 416 841-9008 ‪
Simone Brightstein 416 551-3904 ‪

The complete list of artists:


Call For Submission; A WORLD AT PEACE

Juried Group Art Exhibition

Curator: Mahrokh Ahankhah


Click Here to print the submission form: (Submission form PDF)
Submission Deadlines:
Online deadline: August 9, 2016 midnight
Onsite deadline: September 10, 2016
Online Submission Fee: Free
Participation Fee For Accepted Artworks: Free

All media are acceptable:

Drawing & Painting & Graphic Design
Music & Video
Photography & Print

To submit work for consideration:

Please email us your work (Maximum 3 high Res JPG files) with a short bio and a description of the work you will be presenting, including the title, medium, and size.

Please include the following with your submission:

Your Name (and company name if you have one)
Contact information (Phone, Cell, Email)
Website (if you have one)
Art Statemnet (text format)
Email submissions to: info@queengallery.ca

There are two stages to the submission process. Following acceptance via email submission, we will request an on-site viewing of your work. Please bring your artwork to: 382 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A1T1

Thursday, Sep 8, 2016, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Saturday, Sep 10, 2016, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We are seeking submissions for the upcoming group exhibition “A World At Peace”

“A World At Peace” is the theme for our first multi-cultural art exhibition to be held by Congregation Shir Libeynu during the 2016 /( 5776/5777) High Holy Day period and  will be exhibited at “The First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Avenue West”.

In this intensely troubled time, the exhibition organizers believe that the multi-cultural, multi-gifted artists of Toronto can do much to bring our communities together.

People are seeking outlets to experience peace, harmony and a sense of community. “A World At Peace” which will pay tribute to spiritual, religious and cultural traditions in a juried display of visual arts, can be another healing initiative.

Artists are asked to submit high resolution jpegs of their work focused on illustrating peace around the world together with their Art Statement. The online deadline will be midnight August 9th, 2016 when the jury will select the chosen works. Display-ready original artwork will be required by September 10, 2016 to be seen by jury for their last decision. We will return those pieces are not selected to be at the exhibition by September 20th, 2016 and the rest will be on display through out the exhibition.

Artists are responsible for delivering their own works to and from Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A1T1

We welcome you to take part in sharing your interpretations of world peace.

Terms and Conditions:
A World At Peace is a juried art exhibition and  will be exhibited at “The First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Avenue West”.

Artists must drop off their artwork on the specified date, along with a signed copy of this contract.
All artworks must have the name, date, title, and medium clearly printed on the back.
Each artwork exhibited can be offered for sale if the artist so wishes.

Congregation Shir Libeynu will take a 20% commission from all work sold at the exhibition.
Artists must pick up their work (or arrange to have their work picked up) on Wednesday October 19 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m from “The First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Avenue West”, if later than that pick up will be from Queen Gallery, and there will be a storage charge of $10 per day. After 2 weeks the art becomes the property of Shir Libeynu. Please inform us if someone else is going to be picking up your work.
The Artist hereby certifies that the object of art submitted to the gallery is his or her own creation. Should he or she be acting on behalf of a third party, he or she has the adequate authority to do so and possesses the unrestricted ownership of the artwork and hence, has the authority to lend or sell the submitted artwork.


One Thousand and One Nights

August 12- August 30, 2014
Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am–6:30 pm
Thursday 1:30-8:30 pm
Saturday 3:30-6:30 pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment only

Opening reception:
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 6:30-9:00 pm

Queen Gallery, 373 Queen Street East, Toronto M5A 1T2

Cost: Free






Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Queen Gallery along with artists and collectors and friends of Queen Gallery.
Solo exhibition of beautiful artworks by Maryam Hafizirad.
Witness the Birth of Rumi Café as one of the highlights of the event along with live music by talented Iranian musicians Sara Ahmadieh and Nima Ahmadieh and Siavash Sadr Mahdavi (Rhythm & Vibes).

 Maryam Hafizirad Says:
Every great achievement began in the mind of those who dared to dream and to believe that it was possible. I have been outstandingly lucky to find and nurture my talent with the help of my parents who have always believed in me and encouraged me to achieve my best. Their sacrifices and support have helped me to see myself as a fully capable person, “a whole being” who strongly believes that everyone is able to go beyond any limitations by perseverance and handwork.
In Iran, my home country, there are numerous obstacles for people with disabilities. Those hinders motivated me to use/apply rather dull and dark colors in my works.

feel the RHYTHM feel the VIBES
Rhythm and Vibes was formed by two talented Persian musicians in Toronto. Nima (guitar, back vocal, composer) and his sister Sara (vocals, harmonica, piano, lyrics) started to play some of their favorite songs together. After a while Siavash, Nima’s childhood friend, joined them to add the element of RHYTHM to the band. Later they began to write their original songs and to create a unique style.
The sounds of these three talented musicians creates a VIBE that only you can discover for yourself.

50/50 4th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Queen Gallery 4th Anniversary Celebration

August 22- September 5, 2013
Tuesday – Wednesday 11:30 am–6:30 pm
Thursday 1:30-8:30 pm
Saturday 3:30-6:30 pm
Sunday & Monday & Friday by appointment only
Please call 416 361 6045

Opening reception:
Thursday Aug 22, 2013, 6:30-9:00 pm

382 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A1T1






I am delighted to invite you to celebrate Queen Gallery’s fourth anniversary with opening of our 50/50 4th Annual Juried Art Exhibition with more than 20 artists. All the artworks are in the square format and the show runs for a week. Despite Queen Gallery’s slower pace in the past year it was your support and encouragement that motivated us to work harder to achieve our goals. We are honoured to have friends and patrons like you in this journey.

The complete list of exhibiters includes:

Adino Ano Vomisesca, Arezoo Amili (Amy), Atefeh Farzindar, Bahar Pourpezeshk, Banafsheh Erfanian, Bianca Cubric, Davood Mantegh, David Kempton, Diane Fine, Farideh Esfandi, Firoozeh Tangestanian, Hamid Kouchak, Jamak Hadiyan, Jamshid Tajdolat, Kamelia Pezeshki, Mafalda Silva, Marjan Mazaheri, Maryam Hafizirad, Mehdi Mansouri Dana, Mina Mahmoudi, Sepideh Ghahremani, Shirin Aghdaie,  Shirin Shahbazi, Tania Iskiw,

Along with:

Live Music:

Piano by Arash Behzadi
Playing the piano, has been one of the biggest passions of Arash Behzadi since his early childhood, during which he developed a self-taught style and unique touch, with influences from other masters of music and pianists, over the past 25 years of playing, composing and re-arranging many songs in different genres. Arash shares his passion of music, with a series of albums, called “Aram-e Del” meaning “Serenity of the Heart” in Farsi, which includes new arrangements and his personal interpretations towards memorable melodies of the past. The second Aram-e Del album also includes two of Arash’s original compositions, having joyful and happy themes. Arash feels a special connection to Aram-e Del II as each composition and arrangement comes from his heart and mirrors the excitement and emotional moments he experienced, and the journey he travelled within the 2 years between his albums.

Tombak by Hiva Bagheri
She was born on june 2004, In tehran. She started learning music at age 3, she has playing TOMBAK for the past 3 years.
Tombak or Donbak is a goblet drum from Persia. It is considered the principal percussion instrument of persian music .

Story Telling By Ariel Balevi
he is going to tell one of his stories from Mawlana. It is a story from Book III of the Masnavi.
Here is a brief description; Masnavi-I Ma’navi is the great work of the 13th century mystical poet of love, Rumi. The title of the work means literally “Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning.” The Masnavi is a poetic collection of stories, emphasizing a personal inward interpretation for each listener. As one commentator explains, the stories are “aimed at anyone who has time to sit down and ponder the meaning of life and existence”


Persian NewYear

We will be closed for Spring Break Wednesday MAR 20 to Wednesday MAR 27.


Nowrūz (Persian: نوروز‎, IPA: [nouˈɾuːz], meaning “[The] New Day”) is the name of the Iranian/Persian New Year  in Iranian calendars and the corresponding traditional celebrations. Nowruz is also widely referred to as the “Persian New Year”.

Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranian peoples and the related cultural continent and has spread in many other parts of the world, including parts of Central AsiaCaucasusSouth AsiaNorthwestern China, the Crimea and some groups in the Balkans.

Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical Northward equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. As well as being a Zoroastrian holiday and having significance amongst the Zoroastrian ancestors of modern Iranians, it is also celebrated in parts of the South Asian sub-continent as the new year. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and Iranian families gather together to observe the rituals.

Originally being a Zoroastrian festival, and the holiest of them all, Nowruz is believed to have been invented by Zoroaster himself, although there is no clear date of origin. Since the Achaemenid era the official year has begun with the New Day when the Sun leaves the zodiac of Pisces and enters the zodiacal sign of Aries, signifying the Spring Equinox. Nowruz is also a holy day for SufisIsmailis,AlawitesAlevisBabis and adherents of the Bahá’í Faith.

The term Nowruz in writing first appeared in Persian records in the 2nd century AD, but it was also an important day during the time of theAchaemenids c. 548–330 BC), where kings from different nations under the Persian empire used to bring gifts to the Emperor, also called King of Kings (Shahanshah), of Persia on Nowruz. The significance of Nowruz in the Achaemenid empire was such that the great Persian king Cambyses II‘s appointment as the king of Babylon was legitimized only after his participation in the New Year festival (Nowruz).

The UN’s General Assembly in 2010 recognized the International Day of Nowruz, describing it a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. During the meeting of The Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage of the United Nations, held between 28 September – 2 October 2009 in Abu Dhabi, Nowrūz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Haft-Seen (Persian: هفت‌سین‎) or the seven ‘S’s is a traditional table setting of Nowruz, the traditional Iranian spring celebration. The haft seen table includes seven items all starting with the letter seen (س) in the Persian alphabet. Haft-Seen was originally called Haftchin (Haftĉin) derived from the words Chin (چین), meaning “to place” and Haft (هفت), the number 7. The Haft Chin table includes the following items which symbolize Zoroastrian yazatas or divinities such as ātar and asmān.

The “Haft Chin” items are:
  1. Mirror – symbolizing Sky
  2. Apple – symbolizing Earth
  3. Candles – symbolizing Fire
  4. Golab – rose water symbolizing Water
  5. Sabzeh – wheat, or barley sprouts symbolizing Plants
  6. Goldfish – symbolizing Animals
  7. Painted Eggs – symbolizing Humans and Fertility

The term and therefore the original custom was changed due to the digraph Ch (چ) not being present in the Arabic language leading to its replacement by the letter S (س). The invasion of Sassanid Persia by the Umayyad Caliphate in 650 brought acculturation and cultural transformation to the local Persians. This subsequently forced the local population to adapt and replace many Zoroastrian customs and words with Arabic and Islamic concepts. “Zoroastrianism was replaced by Islam as the religion of the rulers of Iran” The Arabic language was heavily enforced upon the conquered from the local Persians and other Iranian speaking populations throughout Greater Iran and the surrounding areas. The Arab conquests dramatically changed the Middle East and North Africa in respect to language, culture, and religion. The digraph Ch (چ) is not present in the Arabic language leading to its replacement by the letter S (س) in the word Sin. The Arabic assimilation of the Persians and other Iranian groups continued under the Abbasid Empire until the revival of the Persian language and culture by the Samanid Empire in 819 although the term and custom of Haft Chin had evolved into Haft Sin after nearly two centuries of Arab rule.

The Haft Seen items are:

  1. Sabzeh – (Persian: سبزه‎)
    wheatbarleymung bean or lentil sprouts
    growing in a dish
    symbolising rebirth
  2. Samanu – (Persian: سمنو‎)
    sweet pudding made from wheat germ
    symbolising affluence
  3. Senjed – (Persian: سنجد‎) dried oleaster fruit
    symbolising love
  4. Sir – (Persian: سیر‎) garlic
    symbolising medicine
  5. Sib – (Persian: سیب‎)  apples
    symbolising beauty and health
  6. Somāq – (Persian: سماق‎) sumac fruit
    symbolising (the color of) sunrise
  7. Serkeh – (Persian: سرکه‎) vinegar
    symbolising old-age and patience


Norouz 2013 Show

March 09- March 19, 2013

Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am–6:30 pm
Thursday 1:30-8:30 pm
Saturday 3:30-6:30 pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment only
Please call 416 361 6045

Opening reception:
Saturday March 09, 2013, 4:00-7:00 pm

Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East, Toronto M5A 1T1

Cost: Free


New years exhibition with Two sisters:

Maryam HafiziRad is a beloved popular artist represented by Queen Gallery. Her works are signified by vibrant colors and full of energy of life. Her pleasant personality magnifies what she represent in her Art.
This exhibition she is offering all the works she has created inspired by Famous Persian stories relevant to period of Persian Valentine (.sepandarmazgan.) to Ancient Persian New year.
Maryam is this time accompanied by her photographer sister Leily  and we invited all of you to celebrate with us, our Persian new year as well as Maryam and Leily HafiziRad, The Persian Artists !

other important Highlights of the Evening:

Live music Santoor by gifted artist and musician Marjan Mazaheri & Accordion by musician Farbod Tooryani


Queen Gallery will be closed today Saturday, December 8, 2012!

We apologize for any inconvenience! Gallery hours will resume on Tuesday, December 11.


Fire & Renewal

Juried Group Art Exhibition
Curator: Oscar Wolfman (RIP) / Mahrokh Ahankhah

Dec 06- Dec 21, 2012
Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am–6:30 pm
Thursday 1:30-8:30 pm
Saturday 3:30-6:30 pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment only
Please call 416 361 6045

Opening reception:
Thursday Dec 06, 2012, 6:30-9:00 pm

Closing reception:
Friday Dec 21, 2012, 6:30-9:00 pm

Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East, Toronto M5A 1T1

Cost: Free






In remembrance of Oscar Wolfman, Queen Gallery is hosting an event to follow through with another curatorial project of his. We proudly hosted his first two solo exhibitions and would like to fulfill his wish for another event, as his memory is very much alive with us. He was the curator of our creation show, which we were hoping to repeat every year.

We would like to invite you, to be part of his memorial event along with this juried group exhibition.

We are featuring some of his work as well as artwork that he too would have chosen and admired. The show will take place until 21st of December on the longest night of the year, just as he requested.

This is a tribute to Oscar, an artist that accented our lives and memories with his life and artwork.

Come join us for this three-week exhibit that starts with a group exhibition on Thursday, December 6th, and ends with our second Poetry Gallery event celebrating Yalda, the longest night of the year and winter solstice, on Friday, December 21st.

Opening remarks by Aviva Goldberg, who has been conducting scholarly research on Oscar’s artistry.  Dr. Goldberg is a professor at York University and the spiritual leader of Congregation Shir Libeynu, Toronto.

The complete list of exhibiters includes:

Oscar Wolfman (RIP)
Afsaneh Safari; Amin Nasr; Andrew Ogus; Annette Seip; Brian David Johnston; David Townsend; Firoozeh Tangestanian; Ian Alter; Khosro Berahmandi; Mahnaz Piroozfar; Maryam Hafizirad; Meetra Sofia; Melissa Eluik; Reza Ta; Sedigheh Saleki, Steve McCabe; Taraneh Azadi;

Featuring Eden Nameri which is going to tell a story in memory of Oscar. She proposes telling an adapted version of “The Soul of a Menorah,” which is taken from Eric Kimmel’s collection  Jar of Fools. It is a story about the transformation of a pitchfork into a beautiful menorah (the candelabra used during Chanukah). The story takes place in Chelm, which is a legendary Jewish village full of foolish people. Her version will also include the origin story of Chelm and a few examples of the foolish behaviour found among the village’s inhabitants.This story has a lot of humour, which is something Oscar Wolfman appreciated, but also, it is about creating light in a time of darkness (Chanukah is, after all, the festival of lights and takes place around the time of the winter solstice. As well, the people of Chelm create something beautiful out of an object that originally had little value, which seems like a fitting tribute to an amazing artist like Oscar.

On December 21st, we are also celebrating the eve of winter solstice (December 20th), Yaldä night, with a storyteller who is going to take us back in time with creation stories from Iran, and with divination by the dïvän of Häfez (fäl-e Häfez).
Any style of poetry and music in any language is welcome. If you write or perform in a language other than English, you might offer translations or an explanation in English, but you don’t have to!
We are extremely excited to announce our second feature, Ariel Balevi, a wizard of a storyteller.

Ariel Balevi is a storyteller whose repertoire derives from the literary and folklore traditions of Iran, Turkey, and Central Asia: Firdowsi’s Book of Kings (Shahnameh), Attar’s Conference of the Birds (Manteq oTayir), Nizami’s Seven Pavilions of Love (Haft Paykar), Rumi’s Masnavi as well as the Thousand and One Nights (Hezar o yek Shab). Ariel performs these stories in English, using verse or proverb from the language of origin of the story. Ariel has performed in various venues in Toronto, Washington DC, Montreal and Ottawa, sometimes with Western or traditional Persian musicians. In his performances Ariel strives to present the universality of these narratives, unfamiliar to some audiences, and in doing so bring about mutual respect and understanding among different cultures and traditions.


Mitra Ghavamian’s Fashion Fusion

Queen Gallery presents: 

Please join us for the reception on November 23, 2012 – Time: 6:30-9:00

“Beautiful, mystical looks evoking ancient nomads and fierce warrior women, colourful and also at times feminine the MITRA show at |FAT| 2012 was a tour de force. MITRA’s runway was one of elegance and mystique.”

Glowing Doll – Toronto Fashion blogAt this event Queen Gallery will showcase Mitra Ghavamian’s long term achievements as a film costume designer and a fashion designer. Mitra Ghavamian has designed costumes for numerous theatre, TV, and film productions in Iran (1985-1994). She has also worked in Canadian theatrical productions such as The Lion King in Toronto, and American film productions such as X-Men, Resident Evil, Bulletproof Monk, and Wrong Turn. Recently, she launched a fashion line simply named MITRA. In the last four years Mitra has showcased her collections at Fashion Art Toronto, Toronto Arts and Fashion Week, and The Clothing show.

Flying Colours

The Juried Group Exhibit

October 19, 2012 6:00 PM – November 02, 2012 9:00 PM

Tuesday – Wednesday 11:30 am–6:30 pm
Friday 1:30 pm–6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30-6:30 pm
Monday & Thursday ClosedG

Please call 416 361 6045

Opening reception:
Friday Oct 19, 2012, 6:30 pm-9:00pm

Address: Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East, Toronto M5A 1T1

Cost: Free






The last exhibit in the 2012 festival showcases the works selected for special recognition by a seven person jury composed of art critics, Julie Oakes and Marcel Jerou together with the five founding artists. The scope of the competition covers visual art, documentary and film. This year, out of 256 artists, and more than 1260 artworks, so far only 38 Artists were chosen for the exhibition.

Complete list of participated artists:
Mahsa Karimizadeh; Ali Soltani; Khosro Berahmandi; Amir Alizadeh, Soudabeh Zolfaghari; Alireza Bahrani; Elham Fatemi; Nasim Taghipour; Elaheh Moosavi Farjad; Leila Rezvani; Davood Mantegh; Arman Babayee Sedaghat; Parisa Shaa; Golnaz Moghadam; Bahman Nakhjavani; Shima Faridani; Fakhrolmolook Fayaz; Mina Hamidi; Shiva Sadegh Asadi; Mahboobeh Hosseini Moosa; Amin Nasr;

Slide Show:
Pooyan Shadpour; Mehdi Fazlollahi; Mostafa Bazri; Amir Honarmand; Hamidreza Bazargan; Abas Haji Mohamadi; Hadi Dehghanpour; Ghazaleh Ghazanfari; Mehdi Mesbahi; Amin Shafiee; Morteza Teimouri; Aytay Shakibafar; Ali Saadatmand; Amir Mahmoudian; Emad Anoushirvani; Erfan Ghiyasi; Farhad Soleimani; Farid Sani; Hoofar Haghighi; Kaveh Baghdadchi; Mehdi Vosooghi nia; Mohammad Amin Nadi; Nader Khorami rad; Saman Aghvami; Semco Salehi; Soroosh Kiayee; Soroosh Javadian