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Dog Draw II: Electric Woofaloo (A dog life-drawing event)

Date: Friday July 19, 2024 *Sold out

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm (2 hours)

Couldn’t make the first one? We’re doing it again!

This night of life-drawing has a twist - the models are dogs! Come draw some puppers on Friday July 19 from 7pm - 9pm at Northern Contemporary. BYOM (bring your own materials). Open to all skill levels.

Besides the cuteness factor (which will be high) you get to practice a whole different set of textures and anatomy. We’ll have a variety of different dogs and pose styles - you get a night unlike any other and you’ll go home with a stack of personal masterpieces to frame and display.

Cost: $25 per participant (Ages 10+, participants under 14 must be accompanied by an adult)

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Paint Along With Annie Parkes

Date: Friday August 23, 2024

Time: 6:30 - 9:30PM (3 hours) 

Discover when gouache florals meet a vintage vibe! Create your own vintage poster and learn to paint a variety of floral species using gouache with guidance from artist Annie Parkes. Experience a fun paint night and get to take home your very own framed artwork!  All materials & frames provided. No previous painting experience required

Cost: $120 per participant (Ages 19+) Previous painting experience not required 


Paint-Along With Emily May Rose

- Wednesday July 17, 2024  *Sold out
- Sunday July 21, 2024 *Sold out
- Monday Jult 22, 2024 * Sold out

Time:  6:30-9:30 (3 hours) 

Create your very own customized raccoon painting with step-by-step guidance from artist Emily May Rose! No artistic experience is necessary, the main goal is having fun! Perfect for date nights, group outings, or a solo activity to unwind and make new friends. Each participant will take home their finished 8"x10” painting on canvas board. All art supplies will be provided.

Cost: $75 per participant (Ages 14+)

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Featured Artists

Richard Ahnert

Toronto-based artist Richard Ahnert takes anthropomorphic painting to a new level, lacing it with a quiet, yet unmistakable animism– an abiding kinship between human and animal. He uses the relationship between animals and humans to explore themes of emotion, metaphor, and narrative with a satirical twist. Storytelling, understated humour, and deep reflection are at the heart of his practice.

Richard began exhibiting his work in 2010 and has shown in exhibitions and galleries globally.  His work has won awards and can be found in private collections and businesses around the world.

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Emily May Rose

Emily May Rose is an award-winning artist and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. Based on her own experiences, Emily’s work features a cast of recurring characters (most notably her weed-smoking, pizza-eating raccoons) to depict humorous situations that are relatable to many of us who are trying to survive in an urban environment. Her work can be found in many formats including murals, editorial illustration, apparel design, installations, and gallery settings. Her murals can be found all over the world where she's painted in street art festivals, artist residencies, and other commissions during her various travels.

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Jeff Blackburn

Jeff Blackburn is a multidisciplinary artist with over 15 years of experience producing and exhibiting projects. The thematic core of Blackburn’s work is an introspective exploration of personal connection, with individual exhibitions directed to more specific concepts such as social dynamics, isolation, and growth. 

Drawing inspiration from both sequential art and the graffiti/post-graffiti movements, his work is known for its emphasis on line and texture, and its dissection of form using interpretive contour lines. Paintings are constructed by merging illustrative pop art and aesthetics with urban art materials and techniques.

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What our Customers are saying

Nice collection of artists and good quality prints! Will be back again to see what other artists you've added to your roster. Thanks!


Thank you Northern Contemporary and Emily May Rose for the beautiful prints! Their website made it super easy to purchase and support local artists. I encourage all Torontonians to check them out and support local through the holidays! 


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