Since February 1, Queen and Sherbourne has been home to Qlix Studioz, a bright spot in an admittedly shady patch of Toronto. Since its opening, Qlix has quickly established itself as a cultural hub that focuses on creating a space where the community can not only see but interact with art. Despite still being in its infancy, the once Singular Studio has already begun expanding and has quickly taken over its neighbouring space.
Qlix hosted its photography studio expansion’s grand opening on June 20th to help officially kick off World Pride by showcasing a queer art installation produced by a number of local, queer artists. The evening was appropriately titled “Opening New Doors,” and along with a variety of art pieces to check out, the night featured access to both the gallery and studio spaces, live music, a cash bar, and the opportunity to meet Mr. Gay World, Christopher Olwage and Mr. Gay Canada, Obed Urquilla.
Owner Brian Lawrence and his staff stress that they want to give the community the opportunity to experience art in different forms, and as such, in the past Qlix has been host to art exhibitions ranging from art in a classic sense with paintings and sculptures, to a long board, live art installation. To help promote community involvement, Qlix also holds weekly classes where every Tuesday people have the opportunity to take a yoga class ($15), or a two hour art class with the option to choose between a painting class or live body painting class ($45), which includes all supplies and a glass of wine. Billy Filippakis, Qlix’s program developer, explained the importance of the classes saying, “we want people to know that you don’t need to necessarily be a great artist to experience great art. It’s for everyone.”
In addition to a gallery, photography studio and classroom, Qlix also doubles as an event space and offers equipment rentals as well. Be sure to head to www.qlixstudioz.com for more information on their services and to stay up-to-date on all its upcoming events.