The Power Plant

At Harbourfront Centre

The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West, Toronto ON M5J 2G8
Summer hours: Tues & Wed 10-5, Thur 10-8, Fri-Sun 10-6. Open holiday Mondays. Regular hours: Tues-Sun 10-5, Thur 10-8. Open holiday Mondays.
admission: FREE. Wheelchair accessible.
T: 416 973 4949
[email protected]


The Power Plant is Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art.

TAG: American, Asian, Canadian, Contemporary, Drawings / Ink / Pastels, European, Financial District and Harbourfront, Latin & South American, Middle Eastern, Mixed Media / Collage, Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), Paintings (oil, acrylic, encaustic, egg tempera, w/c, pastel), Performance Art / Music, Photography / Lens-based, Public Galleries / Museums, Sculpture / Assemblage / Installation Art, Video / Film / Sound


23 Jun -- 3 Sep 2018 | Circle of Supporters exhibition preview Fri 22 Jun, 6-8pm | public opening party 8-11pm:

Nu-Nile is Ellen Gallagher's first solo exhibition in Canada. It encompasses paintings, drawings and film, taking its starting point from her and Edgar Cleijne's most recent film installation Highway Gothic (2017).

23 Jun -- 3 Sep 2018 | Circle of Supporters exhibition preview Fri 22 Jun, 6-8pm | public opening party 8-11pm:

Secrets to Tell is Grada Kilomba's first solo exhibition in North America. It addresses issues of gender and race, trauma and memory, in the context of the current debates on colonialism and post-colonialism.

23 Jun -- 30 Dec 2018 | Circle of Supporters exhibition preview Fri 22 Jun, 6-8pm | public opening party 8-11pm:

Abbas Akhavan's site-specific installation variations on a landscape uses a round fountain to alter the gallery space, recalling the grid so prevalent in all North American cities and giving way to a circular point for gathering, o ... more


Thur 31 May 2018, 7pm:

Power Ball XX: Carousal. The Power Plant's annual major fundraiser celebrates 20 years as Toronto's most notorious art party:

Every Saturday 3pm & every Thursday 6:30pm, 23 Jun -- 1 Sep 2018:

Power Tours. Join a FREE guided tour of the exhibitions and engage in dialogue about art and ideas.

Sundays 2pm, 8, 15 & 29 Jul 2018:

Talks. Sunday Scene. FREE. Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions.

Sat 23 Jun 2018, 1pm:

Curator-Led Tour. Inês Grosso, Curator at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, and the curator of Grada Kilomba's exhibition, Secrets to Tell, will lead a tour of the exhibition. FREE.

Sat 23 Jun 2018, 2pm:

Artist Talk. Grada Kilomba will engage in lively conversation with The Power Plant's Director, Gaëtane Verna, about her career as a writer and artist and her exhbition Secrets to Tell.

Sun 24 Jun 2018, 1pm:

In Conversation. Ellen Gallagher will engage in lively conversation with two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey about her career as an artist and her exhibition Nu Nile. FREE.

Thur 26 Jul 2018, 7pm:

Film. Wan Pipel, a Surinamese / Dutch film directed by Pim de la Parra which follows a young Surinam man named Roy as he returns to his native country from the Netherlands.

(See Community Courses for info on Power Kids programs 15 & 22 Jul 2018, and Power Youth Summer Camp 23 – 27 Jul 2018 – click here).