Sitting in the shadow of Toronto’s fine arts school (OCAD) is the flagship location of Above Ground, my one-stop shop for all of my art supplies. Because of an as of yet unfulfilled aspiration to be a truly awesome painter, paired with other creative avocations, I end up running through my fair share of brushes, paint, canvas and the like. Visiting here as a kid with my also artistically driven mother was always exciting for me. Nowadays, I normally go to the more recently opened location closer to my place in the Junction, although there is one in The Beaches as well.
Really knowledgeable staff, moderate prices, and (until lately for me) a student discount have given me quite a fierce brand loyalty to Above Ground. They really just have such a great selection of anything you could need and it’s rare that I would have to make a second stop elsewhere. Needless to say, they have a wide range of sketch books… Which I always seem to need more of, especially while travelling.