Meet the Team
Meet the people behind the scenes! Each Arts Market location has its own Manager to assist you in your set up and to process your sales. We’re here to help your business grow!
Daniel Cohen started the Arts Market to provide economical retail space to ‘Artistic Entrepreneurs’. He wanted to have a space that was centered on providing a service to artists, instead of a store that artists are serving. Over the past 6 years Daniel has had the privilege of working with some amazing people who have helped shape him into a great business owner, friend and father!
Before opening the Arts Market Daniel traveled for 6 years selling his own art at various markets around the world. His longest stay was in Sydney, Australia. Whilst living in Sydney Daniel did an outdoor market called Glebe Market for almost 3 years (he was also a scooter mechanic on the side)!
When Daniel isn’t working he spends time with his wife and young daughter!
Stephanie has lived in Toronto since 2010 having moved to Canada upon completion of school and graduating with a degree in Multimedia Technology from the New University for the West of Scotland in 2009. What started out as a ‘fun year abroad’ quickly escalated–6 years later she’s still here working as Operations Manager at Arts Market and living in The Junction with her beau and rescue hound, BobSnow.
Steph enjoys working at Arts Market due to the inspiring nature and the purpose of her role. ‘It’s a great position to be in, offering local artisans and vintage vendors economical space in a low risk environment.’ At the Market, her job consists of negotiating the moving in of new artisans, Traveling Arts Market events and fundraisers for local charities and not-for-profits. She has been happily involved in the Arts Market community for over 4 years now.
In her spare time, Stephanie makes jewelry, plans adventures out of the city (she’s a country girl at heart) and does DIY projects around the house – much to her partners chagrin.
I guess you can call Robbie Lawrence a Vintage Veteran.
Starting his own vintage store in 1984, Robbie opened “Silverstreak” on Queen St. E. in the soon to be discovered Toronto area called Leslieville.
As his store started gaining momentum, similar stores started opening around him and Leslieville soon became known as Toronto’s antique row.
With a passion for buying and an eye for current trends, he filled his store with unique, functional, and sometimes quirky retro and antique treasures, and offered affordable alternatives to buying new.
After 10 + years he made the decision to close up shop and focus on doing antique shows including the weekly Sunday Antique Market, which he still does every Sunday at the St. Lawrence Market.
When the first Arts Market opened in Leslieville he jumped at the chance to rent a small booth to sell his vintage collectibles. That soon grew into booths in all Arts Market locations.
Robbie and Arts Market owner and founder Daniel Cohen found they shared a similar passion for vintage and started “Larry’s Picks” on the lower level of the College St. Arts Market location. Weekly they scoured auctions and estates to continue bringing customers cool and reasonable vintage.
Sensing a strong need in the antique and vintage community to have more places to sell, they decided to convert “Larry’s Picks” into rentable vendor booths and Vintage B. was born.
Managing Vintage B. and now in it’s third year, Robbie continues to curate the space with some of Toronto’s best antique and vintage vendors, blending his years of experience with his love of vintage retail.
Megan moved to Toronto from Sarnia, ON to attend Humber College’s journalism program. After completing three gruelling, busy, coffee-fuelled years, Megan graduated from the program. A mere half-hour after walking across the stage, Megan made her way to the refreshments table where she immediately went for a coffee. As fate would have it, Megan poured coffee on her brand-new Journalism diploma, and Megan has found the humour and the irony in this event ever since.
Since bringing the coffee-stained diploma home, Megan has been a writer and photographer for the local and independent Music Vice Magazine. Currently Megan is social media coordinator for Toronto podcast Satellite Commanders, comedy sketch writer and co-founder of up-and-coming comedy group Young People, and an avid book-reader/TV show-watcher, all while consuming way too much coffee.
In February of 2016, Megan found out about a managerial position at Arts Market and knew she needed to jump at the opportunity. Procuring an interview with fearless leaders, Daniel and Stephanie, Megan likes to think it was her striking personality and whimsical sense of humour that charmed them into letting her become the manager at Arts Market’s Leslieville location.
What Megan loves most about her job with Arts Market is the fantastic community, the amount of inspiration she feels seeing all of the amazing work, and the opportunity to always go above and beyond.
Taking her love of stationary to a whole new level, Megan has begun book-binding in her off-time. Megan is acutely aware that the concept of “off-time” is quickly dwindling.
David is the manager of Riverside, the newest of the three Arts Market locations. David joined Arts Market because he is passionate about cultivating communities and supporting local artists and vendors. He sees value in collaboration and enjoys working with people in order to create avenues for creative action. He brings several years of experience to the Arts Market, having worked with local artists and vendors in Montreal prior to moving to Toronto in 2015. As he continues at Riverside, he strives to continue making Arts Market a vital part of the Riverside and Toronto communities.
When not at the Arts Market, David runs the administrative side of a small printing company, The Secret Door Print Co., with his partner. They specialize in small to large format pigment prints for artists (as you may have gathered, he loves working with creative people).
On the creative side of things, David is a musician who has been playing the bagpipes and saxophone for over twenty years. Over the past year, he has been learning piano and loves composing music in his spare time. His love of music has given him the opportunity to train, compete, and perform in Canada, the U.S., and overseas.
Creatively, David also enjoys making cards, small prints (mostly illustrations and screen prints) and magnets. He loves that these mediums/formats are accessible and that they allow him to explore ideas and short narratives in a playful way. He gathers inspiration for his work on his evening walks though the city with friends and family—he loves finding the hidden and obscured stories that places hold. Keep a lookout for his cards, prints, and magnets coming soon to an Arts Market near you!
Emma began her days in this world in a small town, watching too many movies and quoting lines no eight year old should be quoting. She rode horses and walked her dogs and yelled at her younger siblings at every chance she got.
In between the time from graduating high school and now, Emma has been living in British Columbia, living in The UK, studying film, backpacking around Europe, and teaching her dog Gilly how to play dead (quite unsuccessfully).
Emma’s journey with the Arts Market has only just begun but this is what she has learned so far: The Arts Market is kind of a big deal. This is the kind of place that draws people to it. Passersby see a cute gift shop, but once they step in they see that this is a place that welcomes artisans of all kinds to display their wonderful products. It provides them a rare opportunity in the city to physically present their work, in a way that is accessible to everyone. She is always proud when she hears customers complementing the vendors’ hard work.
You can find Emma dancing along to the oldies playlist at the College St. Arts Market, or on her days off, eating a panzerotti and watching Seinfeld.