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Want something a little different than your typical meet up spot or lounge downtown, here’s an option – PaintLounge. Paintlounge is located around the Highway 7 and Warden area in Markham. Samantha the Chief Paintlounger or aka, the brains behind it all didn’t graduate with an art degree or something, in fact it was far from that. She’s coming from an engineering background and even worked as a banker. But before becoming ‘responsible’, she has always loved painting. In fact, she started when she was 3 and once she got hold of a paintbrush, she couldn’t put it down.
118 Main Street N
Markham, ON L3P 1Y1
(416) 900-2633

When asked to put into seven words or less for how she would describe Paintlounge, Sam answers,

“A space for everyone to create art.”

That was the inspiration behind it all. She found that space and supplies was always a problem in Toronto and art studios tended to be primarily for artists. There wasn’t really a space for “non-artist” to simply come in and paint without worrying about the hassle of supplies. Sam found art to be a good way to relax during her free time, a little break from it all.

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How it works at Paintlounge is everything is supplied. All you have to do is pick your canvas size and all the paint and paintbrushes are provided. The cost does increase as bigger canvas sizes are selected, but you can always have a few friends help you create your masterpiece (max 3 people per canvas). As well, there are some light snacks like cookies and cupcakes that are supplied by awesomeinabox. Your usual suspects like coffee, lattes and tea found at a coffeshop are also available. In fact, I would recommend the Fiz Tea which is nice and light. It’s a little drink that’s actually made completely in house. If you find yourself coming back more often, then becoming an Elite member would be a good option. For $30 a year you get perks like a XS Canvas that’s 16×20″ (Valued at $30) on your birthday, priority waitlist for events and discount on all snacks and drinks.

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If you’re a little less gifted in art like I am, there are talented staff on hand to even help someone like me create something memorable. Adult and kid workshops are also available if you want a more dedicated and focused program to hone in your skills. In addition to these workshops, Paintlounge host a number of events each month. They have an event called, Espressions which focuses on painting and music. People can come in and share their thoughts and mingle with a live band that plays right on site. This happens every last Saturday of the month. IHeartArt is another event that happens once every quarter where they mix speed dating with art. It’s an interesting concept that’s been really well received. They’ve already had 3 events so far with the next one slotted in for November.

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Overall, I enjoyed Paintlounge. I mean, I wish there was a location downtown but I got a feeling that will come in time. And Samantha really embodies the spirit of Paintlounge… “a space for anyone to paint, just for a few hours, with supplies included and helpful staff to give you advice if you need some.” I hope you all get a chance to drop by. Maybe even bring a date to show your artsy side. =P. Here’s a little something to our readers. The first 5 comments to be added on this post on what painting means to you will get a $10 Discount off on your next visit to Paintlounge. We’ll email you a special discount that’s been given just to us. So check out Paintlounge, it’s a place to paint that masterpiece of yours that’s always been in your head. A place to let loose and get away from it all, even if it’s only for a few hours.

The Damage: starting at $30 for a XS Canvas (More prices here: Canvas Prices)

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best possible description of Brian: Works wayy too hard, but enjoys the simple things in life with a passion to give back to the community. He's interested in how things are started up and believes there are a ton of hidden gems within and just outside the city. Last but not least, continually grateful for all that has happened... the good and the bad. Cause honestly, we're more than blessed.


  1. Melissa
    October 7, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I went to PaintLounge recently and it was such a charming experience! The last time I picked up a paint brush was a good 6 years ago, but with the direction of the the staff I was able to create something wonderful! It’s a great way to hang out with a friend instead of just sitting at another coffee shop. I will definitely be going back soon!

    • Brian
      October 8, 2012 at 12:59 am

      Glad you had a great time. Look for a little something in your email from us and Paintlounge for your next visit. =)

  2. Wing-Yin
    October 17, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I’ve been reading up on Paintlounge for some time now, and been wanting to try it out. I haven’t painted since I finished HS school, which is a long time ago. I always loved painting and been wanting to get back into it. From what I heard/read I think paintlounge will be the perfect place to start again!

    • Brian
      October 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Wing-Yin, it definitely is. The staff’s great and I personally just stopped by last weekend. Look for an email from us with a little something for your visit at Paint Lounge.

  3. Kat
    November 15, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Painting is very therapeutic for me, and makes me happy :) It’s relaxing and fun at the same time.

    I haven’t painted in several years, and want to start again. I’m planning on taking some of my friends to Paint Lounge soon. They haven’t really painted before, so it’ll be nice to share this experience with them!

    Btw, nice post – it’s always interesting to learn how businesses begin.

    • Brian
      November 16, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Thanks for the comment Kat. We hope you and your friends have a great time at Paintlounge. Check your email and let them know we say hi. =)

  4. Asha
    December 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I was looking around for late night spots in Markham and stumbled upon your helpful post. Painting for me is a fun thing to do, like most visual art related things. I’m really excited to see what Paintlounge is all about!

    • Brian
      December 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

      It’s definitely a great spot to hit up and we hope you enjoy your first time there. Check your email and let us know how it goes.

  5. Angela
    January 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I love art – I wish I had the talent to paint. This sounds like a very cool experience and am so glad the idea became a reality!

    • Brian
      January 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks for the comment Angela. You’ll be receiving our last voucher to continue that love of art at Paintlounge. Enjoy! =)

  6. James
    May 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I was looking for a “different” type of date. With a surprise offer of babysitting, my wife and I have an unexpected day off to go on a day-long date without bringing our little girl with us. Sharing a canvas sounds like the perfect way go!

    • Brian
      May 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      It’s a great spot uptown and maybe… even downtown in the near future. =P

      Thanks for the comment James.

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