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22 Sep. 2018

Announcing - AM x MOCA

Sept 2018
Art Metropole x MOCA Toronto

Now entering its 45th year, Art Metropole is excited to announce it is undertaking a unique new operating model, beginning with a 2-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA Toronto). Part pop-up project, part bookstore, part programming centre, this accessible and experimental new space will offer a renewed vision for the distribution of artist’s books and multiples—in Toronto, in Canada and internationally.

Following seven years in its current location at 1490 Dundas St. West, Art Metropole is expanding its activities across two new sites. At the free, publicly-accessible floor level of the newly renovated MOCA building at 158 Sterling Road, Art Metropole will operate a retail space, offering new publications by Canadian and international artists, works by artists participating in MOCA’s exhibitions and programs, rare titles from Art Metropole’s back catalogue and a range of collectible editions, prints, multiples and artists’ books. The open-concept space will host a range of public programs, launch events and artist talks, all related to artist-led publishing.

Art Metropole is also committed to expanding its distribution capacities and will operate an offsite office and distribution centre, allowing AM to increase its digital presence and fulfilment while expanding its services to artists by introducing their work to new communities and collectors. Throughout this period AM will continue to build new partnerships with local institutions and community groups, in order to bring artist publishing and related programming directly to new audiences.

Please join Art Metropole during the free, grand opening weekend of the new MOCA on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, 10 am to 5 pm.

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Help us move!

This is a big move for us, and we’d love your help! Your donation will help us make a beautiful new space at the MOCA, while also assisting our team as we work to reimagine and expand our distribution services to artists—through our website, our publishing activities and our educational programs. Every dollar helps, and every donation over $10 CAD is tax deductible. Click the link below to make a donation via PayPal:

Or visit our donation page at Canada Helps to make a contribution. OR contact one of our board members at to find out how you can contribute your time, energy, or enthusiastic support to help us transition into our new space.

About Art Metropole

Art Metropole is a not-for-profit organization with a focus on the production, dissemination and contextualization of artist-initiated publication in any media, especially those formats and practices predisposed to sharing and circulation. Art Metropole was founded in 1974 by the artists’ collective General Idea as an artist-run centre. Art Metropole is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the province of Ontario and a registered charitable organization.

LOCATION: 158 Sterling Rd, Toronto, ON M6R 2B2

HOURS: 10-5pm Mondays, 10am-5pm Wednesdays-Sundays, 10am-9pm Fridays, closed Tuesdays. Visit us online 24/7 at

About MOCA Toronto

MOCA Toronto reopens in its new, 55,000 square foot home in the Junction Triangle on September 22, 2018. Under the leadership of Executive Director and CEO, Heidi Reitmaier, the new MOCA Toronto is a place of conversation, exchange and exploration where visitors of all ages and backgrounds can be part of a global creative moment. MOCA welcomes visitors to three phases of exhibitions a year featuring work from Canadian and world-recognized artists that explores the themes of our time. Located on Sterling Road, in the culturally rich Junction Triangle community, the museum is housed on the first five floors of the historic Tower Automotive Building, a former aluminium factory known for its unique architecture. The evolution of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada is made possible through a unique alliance with Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc., public sector funders, private donors, members, sponsors and a network of cross-sectoral partners. For more information on MOCA Toronto, visit

To learn more about this new partnership, please contact:

Kathleen McLean
President, Board of Directors

Jayne Wilkinson
Acting Secretary, Board of Directors

Rachel Hilton
Director of Communications & Visitor Engagement


View from inside AM’s new residence on the first floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto. Photo credit Ben Rahn/A-Frame, 2018.

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