Our bed and breakfast in Toronto was housed in an art gallery. We had our breakfasts in the downstairs gallery surrounded by the unique art on exhibit. We slept in one of the five clean and minimilastic rooms upstairs each with its own ensuite and decorated with great artwork.
There was even artwork in the stairwells and around the front door.
We discovered to our delight that Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing the art gallery and bed and breakfast owners were from Hong Kong and had moved to Toronto in 1997. We compared notes about Hong Kong where we also lived for six years. Holly and Lee bought the Index Art Gallery in 2006 when it was a convenience store and turned it into a popular gallery space and bed and breafast.
There were all kinds of interesting art pieces on display but the gallery specializes in these tiny minature canvases.
At breakfast we chatted with the set designer of a play orginally produced in Belgium which was just about to open at a Toronto theatre. The play was the autobiography of a young Iranian woman and we met her one morning too. Unfortunately their play Reason to Talk was opening after we left Toronto.
I found a book called Forty Poems in our room. It was created by our host Lee and had many photo poems about China and Hong Kong that were fascinating.
This one was titled The Hero Playing With a Red Rubber Band.
Our room was named The Genki which is a Japanese word for friendly and lively. The Index Art Gallery was in a lively neighbourhood and both our hosts and fellow guests were very friendly.
We will definitely stay at the Index again on future trips to Toronto.