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 centred on providing a service to artists, instead of a store that artists are serving. Over the past 11 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 family and friends!
Dafna is one of the new managers at our Danforth location with over 20 years of experience in retail and customer service. If Dafna’s name sounds familiar to you, it’s because she has been a vendor with the Arts Market for over 3 years. Starting out at our Leslieville location, and now at Riverside. When Dafna isn’t working at the market, you can find her knotting away making jewellery for her own business Knot You Knot Me that she has been running for the last 4 years in her home studio in the east end.
Daniella moved to Toronto in 2011 and was quick to fall into customer service, believing that the smallest gesture can make someone’s day better. She’s been privileged to work in various retail environments for more than a decade, but was looking for something more when a friend let her know that Arts Market was hiring. The timing worked out perfectly, and she’s thrilled to be at The Junction Arts Market alongside David. Not only is she happy to meet local artists and vendors but also to have the opportunity to work for a company whose values and concept she truly believes in.
While away from the Market, you can find Daniella haunting local bookstores and libraries looking for her next good read. A devotee of the written word, she loves kicking back with crossword puzzles or challenging her partner to a game of Scrabble. She finds incredible catharsis in painting and embroidery, and loves trying new mediums too. You can find her embroidery and stickers in her space in The Junction market under the moniker ‘the dreaming hare’.
Starting his own vintage store in 1984, Robbie opened his first store 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
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 Arts Market Vintage B. was born.
During Covid, Robbie did a big pivot, spending his lockdown time learning the art of candle making. He has launched a soy candle business called Robbie Lawrence At Home, and his line is currently available at our Riverside location.
Taking a leap from the 9 to 5 to helping artists in ways they truly value. Chase became deeply familiar with the boutique online marketing needs for various artists after merging his boutique booking company for emerging artists into a partnership position.
As senior partner Chase continued to help build, influence and support artists of all kinds with marketing, promotions, and online conversions with an overall goal of helping artists become artistic entrepreneurs.
In his spare time, you can find Chase spending a ridiculous amount of time improving his pool game, boat cruise parties when Jack Frost finally leaves The six and he is looking forward to travelling to places he can’t wait to visit.
Having worked in a variety of retail positions over the years, Rosie is excited to be a part of the Arts Market team! She has been doodling since she can remember, (on paper and on walls), and loves to be surrounded by art in any form. Connecting with other artists and vendors makes her day.
In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her dog and two cats, sing karaoke, and creating new merch for her business, Bathbunny Art, which you can find at the Danforth Location!