Toronto’s Tranzac Club is hosting an online art auction to support the venue’s renovation efforts

The club is hoping to raise $51,000 to renovate its two bars

Photo: Tranzac Club on Facebook

Released on January 25, 2022

Popular Toronto music and arts club Tranzac (Toronto Australia New Zealand Club) is hosting a silent online auction of fine art through its website — featuring works by more than two dozen artists –– to help with the venue’s renovation efforts.

Like other live music hubs, the long-established institution has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re eager to thrive again after reopening with their three recently soundproofed performance spaces, but bar sales made up more than half of the club’s venue before the pandemic — and the bar infrastructure is the only thing government nonprofits haven’t received funding.

Determined to stay afloat, Tranzac is hosting the art auction from January 19th to February 1st. The works can be bid on until February 1st at 5pm ET, after which successful bidders will be asked to make a donation to the GoFundMe campaign to raise their prize. As of press time, the fundraiser has reached about 40 percent of its goal of $51,000.

Curated by Bob Wiseman, the collection being auctioned spans a wide range of mediums and styles, with much of the art highlighting the depth of community and the connection between the worlds of art and music.

Contributing artists include Rae Johnson, Andrew Rucklidge, Mendelson Joe, Casey McGlynn, Riki Kuropatwa, Sharon Hunter, Logan McNeil, Al Runt, Andrew Zukerman, Donna Akrey, Elaine Wiseman, Elicser Elliott, Greg Denton, Matt James, Kurt Swinghammer, Lewis Melville, Karen Houle, Neil Gertler, Mike Hansen, Ruth Lane, Sam Ferrara, Soozi Schlanger, Shelley Savor, Daniel Wakeman and Ray Baillargeon.

You can access Tranzac’s silent auction here.

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