Women's Art Association of Canada

Inspiring and Promoting the Arts since 1887

 The Women’s Art Association of Canada

Due to COVID-19, the Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) will be closed, and all its activities suspended until April 20. During this period the WAAC Board of Directors will monitor health developments and governmental guidelines and react accordingly.

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Located in Toronto’s beautiful Annex neighbourhood, Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) is a not-for-profit, member-supported, charitable organization dedicated to assisting and encouraging Canadian artists. (Membership). 

Over its 132-year history WAAC has served as a haven for visual artists, musicians, writers and devotees of the arts — a place where like-minded people can meet in a welcoming environment.

The mandate at WAAC is to advance education in the visual, musical and performance arts through the funding of scholarships, offering arts education to the public, and the provision of space for artists to present their artistic work.

Since 1948 WAAC has offered a scholarship program to students in the arts. Currently WAAC funds 14 scholarships at six leading arts organizations that include OCADU, U of T Faculty of Music, Royal Conservatory’s GGS, Sheridan College, George Brown College, Ryerson U, Canada’s National Ballet. (Scholarships).

The heart of WAAC is a charming 19th century house that backs onto a lovely formal garden. The main entrance opens up into the Mary Dignam Gallery, a large, attractive room that hosts openings, receptions and, of course, members’ art exhibitions. It is also the venue for our lectures on the arts and concerts. Many of these events are open to the public.

Interested in booking our galleries, rooms, garden, for an exhibition, event or wedding, please see Rentals and we look forward to seeing you around the house.

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January 2020

Mozart’s Menu

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

Celebrate Wolfie's 252nd birthday with his beautiful music and some of his favourite treats!

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February 2020

Creative Spirit member exhibition

February 3 @ 8:00 am - March 2 @ 5:00 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

DIGNAM GALLERY PRESENTS
CREATIVE SPIRIT
Opening Reception February 6, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Also Open Saturday, February 22, 12:00 - 4:00 PM

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‘Familia Threads’ a portraiture Exhibit by Karen Buck-Mackintosh

February 10 - March 2
Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4
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RECEPTION Saturday, February 22, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
'Familia Threads' a portraiture exhibit with a thematic focus, this exhibit explores the multi-layered relationships between family members

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Pink Hat Lifelong Learning

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on January 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm

DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

Pink Hat Lifelong Learning is the meeting place of expert speakers and the intellectually curious to learn, discuss and discover.

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The Story Behind Major Art Prizes: Julian Brown

February 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

Judgement of the quality of a piece of art is based on its beauty, emotional effects on audiences, skill in execution, and insight into the human experience. Julian Brown will discuss some of the effects of important art prizes, with special reference to the visual arts in Canada, and particularly to the national portrait competition he and his wife Kaaren began.

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Painting the Yorkville Hippies Luncheon and Lecture

February 26 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

Lecture by Joan Chiarandini Tadier on the work of Albert Chiarandini O.SA, FIAL. $30 inclusive for luncheon and lecture. RSVP by February 20.

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Celebrating the life of legendary actress Anilarla Yildiz Kenter

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

Join friends for a celebration of the great Yildiz Kenter. Jass vocals by Fuat Tuaç, accompanied by Peter Hill on piano and Chris Banks on double bass.

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March 2020

Colour Play : a member exhibition

March 2 - March 23
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

COLOUR PLAY: Public Openings
Saturday, March 7, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturday, March 14, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 21, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

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I Want a Beehive Hairdo and Other Desires by Stella Walker

March 3 - March 14
Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

Opening Party March 5, 5:30-7:30. Artist also in attendance:
March 7, 1-4 pm, March 9, 1-4 pm and March 14, 5-8 pm

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The Missing Millionaire: The true story of Ambrose Small and the Toronto obsessed with finding him

March 11
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

$30 includes luncheon and lecture. Please reserve your pre-paid ticket by March 5, 2020

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