Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

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Museum of Contemporary
Canadian Art
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Established 1999; 18 years ago (1999)
Location 952 Queen Street West in downtown Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°38′41″N 79°25′01″W / 43.644697°N 79.416996°W / 43.644697; -79.416996Coordinates: 43°38′41″N 79°25′01″W / 43.644697°N 79.416996°W / 43.644697; -79.416996
Type Art museum

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is a Toronto, Ontario museum and art gallery. It is an independent, registered charitable organization[1] which has the mandate to promote works by Canadian and international artists which address modern societal themes and innovative techniques. The museum is affiliated with the Canadian Museums Association, the Ontario Museum Association and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.


MOCCA was founded from the former Art Gallery of North York in 1999.[1] In 2005, MOCCA relocated to a repurposed textile factory in the West Queen West Art + Design District in downtown Toronto.[2] The City of Toronto funded the half-million dollar renovation of the building.[1]

In 2015, with its building about to be demolished and replaced by condominiums,[3] MOCCA hosted an interactive exhibit by Dean Baldwin entitled Queen West Yacht Club. Preparations began for a move to a new location.[4][5]

In 2016, the museum is undergoing a change to a new name, "Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto". It is in the process of moving to a new location on Sterling Road in the former Tower Automotive Building in west Toronto.[6]


Each year the museum presents the MOCCA Award in Contemporary Art. In 2010 the award was given to Edward Burtynsky.[7]


MOCCA's Queen Street location features two large exhibition spaces, a 5,000 sq ft (460 m2) Main Space and a 1,000 sq ft (93 m2) Project Room. More than 80 exhibits and projects have been presented in this space, involving about 800 artists, including Suzy Lakey and Kris Knight.[8] MOCCA also mounts group exhibitions of work by non-Canadian artists. Since 2001, MOCCA has also presented exhibitions and projects in the United States, China, Taiwan, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Permanent collection[edit]

The museum maintains a permanent collection; in 2009 this consisted of about 400 works of art by more than 150 Canadian artists. Notable artists represented are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c " Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is on the move". James Adams, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 02, 2012
  2. ^ "MOCA delays launch to fall, puts house in order". Toronto Star, Murray Whyte, Nov. 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Is Toronto's West Queen West neighbourhood turning into the next Yorkville?". Metro, Jessica Smith Cross 2016/01/17
  4. ^ Whyte, Murray. "Artist Dean Baldwin turns soon-to-be-demolished building into Queen West Yacht Club"'. Toronto Star, 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Soaring rent threatens Sterling Road’s creative vibe". Toronto Star, Murray Whyte Jan. 31, 2016
  6. ^ " Toronto’s MoCCA gets new name, location and vision". James Adams, The Globe and Mail, Mar. 29, 2016
  7. ^ "Edward Burtynsky gifts photos to Vancouver Art Gallery". CBC News, Feb 18, 2014
  8. ^ "Dean Baldwin and MOCCA turned a museum into a yacht club". Lise Hosein · CBC Arts July 24, 2015

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