Curated by Imani Dominique and inspired by the aesthetics of local record stores, “The Gift Shop” is an immersive art gallery and business incubator for artists. Both visual and performance artists are given space to showcase their art, develop as entrepreneurs, and build community. Through engaging in professional development workshops and creative activations hosted in the space, this program also provides emerging and mid-career artists with an opportunity to incubate their businesses and develop their entrepreneurial skills." 

“Living Room Concerts” is a weekly performance series presented by The Gift Shop that showcases 27 emerging singers, spoken word artists, rappers, and more.The series not only provides QTBIPOC artists with a space to perform to an intimate and supportive audience, but also works with them to develop their business acumen - empowering them to thrive in the industry.

The workshops include "Art Of The Sale (A Guide to Art Dealing)", "Intellectual Property and Artist Legal Rights", "Digital Marketing For Artists", "Accounting 101", "The Business of Music", “Media Training for Artists”, “Grant Writing 101”, “How To Curate Your Solo Exhibition”, "Artist Rights and Royalties" and more.

“The Gift Shop” is a space for artists to develop their business skills, build community, and celebrate their craft.

“The Gift Shop 2.0”  featured artwork by: 

Alicia Reid, Anthony Gebrehiwot, bitchfits, Camille Kiffin, Chawntay Barrett, Christiana Ceesay, Connor Tadao (Flee Normality), Destinee Cray, Delali Cofie, Ehiko Odeh, Ella’s Precision, Gerda Boateng, Imani Dominique, Hammed . A. Babatunde, Jershotyou, Jet Bailey, Joseph Catalano, Laneigh Ramirez, Leslie Zani, Kaya Joan, Kayla Pierre, Kianna Sumitani, M. Falconer, Omar Abul Ata, Percy Eriamiator, Taija Grey (Jesussister), TT, Tyler Tabobondung Rushnell, Saint Haarlem, SARA, She Killed Art, ShuGgz, Sumeya Farah, Sydney Mia Gittens, and Sylver.

Living Room Concerts featured performances by:
Erin Browne, Lenae Raye, Lisha Racquelle, Dingani, Rosabell, LOWERCASE, Marcy, kaya joan, tété, Anddre Mafra, Ssunday, Sweezyandthediscopunk, SpokenbyT, Tito, Toussaint, Angelique Dancel, TRYZTN, kaya joan, Shakkoi, Zico, Magenta, Mora, Marz, Juliet-Jones Rodney, Victory, and Osé. 

“The Gift Shop” is a space for artists to develop their business skills, build community, and celebrate their craft.

Documentary by Anushay Sheikh

Opening Day

Store Hours of Operation:
September 23, 2023 - February 28, 2024
Tuesday - Sunday
12-8 PM 

“The Gift Shop” is presented by Imani Dominique.

Thank you to our program partners: Stackt Market, TrakFve, Noha Collective, LUMAS Toronto, Artists’ Legal Advice Services, Gerda Boateng, Ross Professional Corporation, Artreach, Jrew Creations, Space Cultural Centre, Dalton Higgens, DesignTO, SOCAN, CMI, Victory Group, OfTheSaintProductions, LooseFade, Ibifiriwari, BlackPOP!, David "Click"Cox, and SpokenbyT.

Access Notes:
"The Gift Shop" is located at Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St Toronto ON Unit 5-101. This exhibition is free with the option to donate towards supporting future exhibitions. The launch party runs from 6-11 PM on September 30, 2023. Regular opening hours are from 12-8 PM EST from September 23, 2023 to February 28th, 2024. The show will be accessible both physically and digitally through a virtual space walkthrough, online store, and accessible seating. The virtual walkthrough will be available on after September 24, 2023. Workshops held in the space are free and open to the public. Visit register.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Photography by: Taylor Gale | @taylor.nkiruka and Taija Grey | @jesussister
Founder, Executive Director, Curator, Artist Management, Producer, PR, Marketing  and Social Media Director, Sponsorships and Partnerships Director, Operations Director, Creative Director
Imani Dominique Busby

Art Director
Justin Campbell

Documentary Team Co-Director, Living Room Concerts - Advisor, Operations and Tech Coordinator
Malaika Lorde

Documentary Team Co-Director
Anushay Sheikh

Clayonté Gilroy

Gallery Assistant
Rianna Jones

Living Room Concerts - Operations and Tech Coordinator
Trévohn Baker

Living Room Concerts Lead Photographer
Taija Grey

Poster designed by Matt Worthington | Pretty Cool Strangers


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