Museums are often stuffy, conventional and quite frankly, boring. MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) is none of these things.
Residing in West Queen West’s funky Art & Design District, this unassuming spot – housed behind a parking lot – showcases works that are particularly innovative and address issues relevant to our times.
Since 2005, MOCCA has featured over 800 artists in more than 80 exhibitions, which rotate on a monthly basis. The ambiance is laid back and inviting. Helpful (but never pushy) staff amidst a background of impressive modern design will make your experience all the more enjoyable. Another way MOCCA stands apart from the rest: as a means of engaging larger audiences, instead of a fixed ticket price, it’s PWYC.
Regardless of their focus, the works on display are sure to get your mind going, and help you consider the possibilities that reside beyond the confines of your own life. And judging by the museum’s many loyal supporters who drop by regularly, people are quite receptive to the whole experience – even when at times it can be uncomfortable or difficult to grasp.
If you’re craving a dose of culture free of hassles or headaches, this is the place for you. Easy to get to (accessible by the Queen St. streetcar) and open to the public Tuesday to Sunday between 11am and 6pm, pop in for a visit after brunch or on your way home from work. If your art appetite hasn’t been completely satiated after that, head next door to the Edward Day Gallery or check out the countless other indie art galleries in the area.
For info on current and upcoming exhibitions, see their website.
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art | 952 Queen Street West
Photo Courtesy of MOCCA’s Facebook page.