The Arts & Letters Club

A Club in downtown Toronto for creative and performing artists and arts lovers

The Club welcomes those who would like to know more about us and are interested in exploring our amazing range of activities.

We will be happy to meet you and show you around at one of our Wednesday Open Houses, from 4 to 6 pm.

We especially look forward to meeting those who live or work in the area.

WHO ARE WE?

We are a convivial Club of people who enjoy the arts.

Together we stage hundreds of events per year — concerts, art exhibitions, plays, whisky tastings, literary talks, life-drawing sessions, writing workshops, play readings and stage performances, film showings, poetry readings… Over half of us have a professional connection with the arts; the rest of us are dedicated arts lovers and supporters.

We’re very informal, there is no dress code, and we eat family-style at large tables. Many of our events involve a meal, and the bar is available whenever the Club is open — all this at very reasonable prices. Conversation flows easily and is always wide-ranging and interesting.

Members enjoy the large art and rehearsal studio, two meeting rooms and a comfortable library — and of course, our iconic Great Hall! Our lounge and library make the Club a pleasant place to hang out in the centre of town, at 14 Elm Street, a historic building near Dundas and Yonge.

What’s On this month

CLUB ARTS ONLINE
Art Gallery: OSA 150th Anniversary
Performances on YouTube
The Writers’ Circle
The Club’s Lismer Drawings

ABOUT OUR CLUB

Meet some of our artist members

Sculptor Janet Hunter and one of her works in her solo exhibition at the Club

Visual artist Andrew Sookrah and his portrait of Past President . . .

Singer and opera director Penelope Tibbles Cookson

Author and poet Molly Peacock with some of her books.
Photo: Candice Ferreira

Visual artist Zoe Braga with one of her drawings in a recent Club exhibition

Jazz cellist George Crotty in performance at the Club

The interdisciplinary nature of the arts at our Club is one of the things that makes it so interesting. You will find yourself in lively conversation with a visual artist, a poet or writer, a musician, architect, stage or film artist, or someone with a practice or an interest in other creative pursuits.

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More than a century of bringing together the professional and the enthusiast, the artist and the art lover, the traditional and the modern.

Thanks to Gord Fulton and Donald McLeod for most of the photography on this website

Sculptor Janet Hunter and one of her works in her solo exhibition at the Club

Visual artist Andrew Sookrah with his portrait of Past President . . .

Singer and opera director, Penelope Tibbles Cookson

Author and poet Molly Peacock with some of her books Photo: Candice Ferreira

Visual artist Zoe Braga with one of her drawings in a Club exhibition

 

Jazz cellist George Crotty in a solo performance at the Club

 

Sculptor Janet Hunter and one of her works in her solo exhibition at the Club

Author and poet Molly Peacock with some of her books Photo: Candice Ferreira

Visual artist Andrew Sookrah and his portrait of Past President . . .

Visual artist Zoe Braga with one of her drawings in a Club exhibition

Singer and opera director Penelope Tibbles Cookson

Jazz cellist George Crotty in a solo performance at the Club

Author and poet Molly Peacock with some of her books.
Photo: Candice Ferreira

The painting of Philippa Faulkner hangs in our Boardroom. It is by member, Bill Sherman, and as it predates her membership, she and her painting had a presence in the Club before women were admitted in 1985. She joined us in 1989 and remained a member until her death 12 years later.

This is a drawing by Arthur Lismer of member Peter Haworth, in the persona of the Marquesa Casati (1881-1957). She was the most scandalous woman of her day and a favourite subject of prominent painters and photographers. This drawing probably records a club event occasioned by the 1934 purchase by the Art Gallery of Toronto (now AGO) of Augustus John's portrait of Casati.

This is a drawing by Arthur Lismer of member Peter Haworth, in the persona of the Marquesa Casati (1881-1957). She was the most scandalous woman of her day and a favourite subject of prominent painters and photographers. This drawing probably records a club event occasioned by the 1934 purchase by the Art Gallery of Toronto (now AGO) of Augustus John's portrait of Casati.

Sculptor Janet Hunter and one of her works in her solo exhibition at the Club

Visual artist Andrew Sookrah with his portrait of singer and opera director Penelope Tibbles Cookson

Author and poet Molly Peacock with some of her books
Photo: Candice Ferreira

 

Jazz cellist George Crotty in a solo performance at the Club

 

How to Reach Us

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto
14 Elm Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5G 1G7
416 597-0223

General Inquiries: E-mail links

Club Manager: Fiona McKeown
and for inquiries about renting facilities for weddings, or for social or business occasions.

Membership enquiries: Naomi Hunter
Administrative Assistant: Cornelia Persich
Archivist: Scott James