This article showcases our top picks for the best Canada based Art startups. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Art industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Canada Art Startups
Pixaria is a Canadian software company, and a leader in Digital Asset Management with two key products – Pixaria Gallery & Asset deck. Pixaria Gallery Pixaria Gallery is an affordable, web based image gallery software that makes it easy to publish, distribute and sell images and image derived products through your own website.
Key Functions include; integration with E-Commerce Platforms, a batch gallery editing tool, and automated image thumbnail generation. Pixaria Asset Deck AssetDeck is a web based digital asset management software that simplifies file sharing within any office or organization.
Key functions include; a variety of industry standard file formats, automatic IPTC/XMP metdata import, and user group based access control. Pixaria’s objective is to simplify the image gallery environment.
It provides streamlined services that help professional photographers and digital image librarians publish and sell their work online. Pixaria is used worldwide by multinational organizations, businesses and individuals from creative agencies to events and sports publishing companies..
Far & Wide Collective
At Far & Wide Collective we have a passion for discovering the beautifully unique and carefully made things one can only stumble upon in the tucked-away workshops and rural village markets on exotic travels. We have found these products â€“ and the people who make them â€“ and we are bringing them to you.
We know that if we do, we are helping to build a more sustainable infrastructure in many of these communities and countries for the future.. .
The Vancouver ArtGallery offers both historical and contemporary exhibitions of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, and video by regional, national, and international artists. Its permanent collection of about 10,000 artworks includes more than 200 major works by Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, Jeff Wall, and Marc Chagall.
The Vancouver Art Gallery was founded in 1931 and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.. .
The Media League
The Media League is a competitive creativity league in which high school Media Teams compete to produce and share original media in organized online competition. Singers, actors, writers, beatmakers, rappers, dancers, videographers, animators, comedians and poets come together online on The Media League to compete for championships, recognition and prizes.
During each season, students upload media to compete in games that have a variety of themes, including global awareness, digital citizenship, going green, athletics, etc. The League activates participation, motivation, and interest in these issues, as well as providing a framework upon which teachers may choose to develop their curricula.
The Media League is a both an online competition and pedagogical tool to engage students in inter-school collaboration and competition.. .
123Proto is Rapid Prototyping, Jewelry Model, Design, Jewelry design, 3d design, jewelry, rapid prototyping machine, precious metal casting, gold casting, 3d CAD, 3d cad model, 3d modeling and CAD. 123Proto is a one-stop service bureau that provides the jewelry industry with CAD/CAM services such as 3d jewelry design, 3d printing, rapid prototyping and milling of hard copy models, laser-technology, precious metal casting, polishing and finishing services.
We have the right solution for a jewellery designer with stringent industry requirements and we complete your project in time with efficiency and reliability.. .
Founded in 2014. Canvas Tube is a digital platform for collectible arts through opening new doors to art collecting and its promotion.
We devote ourselves to discovering masterpieces that push boundaries and meeting the artists who are changing how we live.. .
Stockbox Photo Gallery Software
Strockbox Photo Gallery Software provides an affordable solution for photographers, artists and artisans to display and sell their work online. Stockbox allows you to create your own stock photo library or online proofing system and stop paying commissions to third party providers.
The cross platform, server side software puts you back in control of your business. The software combines PHP and MySQL to produce an inherently fast and highly scalable solution..
Momentum Media Marketing
Momentum Media Marketing is a marketing and advertising agency that builds brands, creates content, and deploys business solutions which deliver the measurable results their clients demand and deserve. The agency is specialized in marketing strategy, planning and execution, branding and design, creative development, web development, content marketing, promotion and contesting, search marketing, analytics and reporting, and more.
Momentum Media Marketing was founded on February 10, 2003 and is based in British Columbia, Canada.. .
Custom Tattoo Design
Custom Tattoo Design started in January of 2012. At first it was comprised of a $100 website and two people with a dream.
Understanding the market, current founder “Lee Roller” knew there was a huge demand for people looking to have truly custom tattoo designs. With everyone on the internet searching up the same images and similar topics it seemed evident that millions of people were walking around with the same tattoos.
Once Custom Tattoo Design was born Lee and his one and only artist Hana Tesar started putting out amazing pieces of work. In order to solve the issue of originality they decided to sell the copyrights of their designs to the clients.
This is when the company really moved to the next level; everyone had their own custom tattoo that was truly original and unique. As the business started to grow, Lee began to build a team of highly qualified tattoo designers.
In only 6 short months the company was producing over 100 fully custom designs per month. In early 2013 Lee decided to take the business on the hit T.V show Dragons Den eager to partner with one or multiple investors to grow Custom Tattoo Design.
A successful pitch turned into a deal with Jim Treliving (Owner of Boston Pizza) and Bruce Croxon (Creator of Lavalife) as partners in the company. Currently Custom Tattoo Design has over 200 full time employees including some of the world’s best tattoo artist.
A powerful new way to experience 3D content creation. MasterpieceVR is the only tool that allows you to sculpt and paint using intuitive and dynamic features that let you easily build tangible objects, colorful environments, and high quality models.
Create with friends or coworkers in the same virtual room in real time or invite spectators to watch.. .
Mackey Fine Art
Mackey Fine Art sells paintings to its clients. The company provides its users with an online platform that enables them to purchase paintings created by Shawn Mackey.
Furthermore, it provides its users with pictures and videos of the artwork. Mackey Fine Art was founded in 2013 by Shawn Mackey and is based in Alberta..
Farmboy Fine Arts Inc.
Farmboy Fine Arts is an integrated art and design company that develops site-specific artwork and design objects for hospitality, healthcare, retail, casinos and corporate environments. Our holistic business model means we work collaboratively on every project, leveraging our substantial relationships with artists, designers and manufacturers from around the globe to deliver contemporary artwork on time, and on budget.
Think of Farmboy as your branding partner, one who understands your creative vision and works with you to develop the perfect blend of artwork and design to complete your aesthetic identity.. .
Optical Illusion Museum
Optical Illusion Museum to be located in Vancouver, B.C., is a three dimensional (3D) art gallery museum that is inspired by similar 3D art gallery museums in Asia. The artistic style utilized is called trompe l’oeil which is a French term for a visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painting or design as a 3D object.
The artwork will be created by local artists and focus on local culture and cityscape, with instructions to help visitors view and photograph the optical illusions as intended. The business is established to offer a place of entertainment for the growing Greater Vancouver area that is also a tourist city.
The slogan “be a part of the art” will entice visitors to the museum to view and photograph themselves with the creative and fun art pieces. The art themes could include the following: Adventure/Sports, Animals, Animation, Exotic and Movies.
This futuristic art gallery will also use augmented reality (AR) to further enhance the immersive art experience by animating the art. Our strategy is to service our patrons with a place to view the art but also to sell camera related products including selfie sticks, tripods, cameras, phone cases, etc.
While most art gallery museums do not allow you to interact with the exhibits (let alone take a photo of it), here at Optical Illusion Museum we not only allow you to do so but encourage it. Launched at the Founder Institute..
Draw This App
“Draw this App” improves your drawing skills using metrics to track progress. “Draw this App” turns your iPad into a virtual studio that will improve your drawing skills using metrics to track progress.
Think you can’t draw? Peterson Hamilton thinks otherwise. The Toronto based designer and developer has created an iPad app that challenges the user using similar technique to learning how to write cursive so that anyone can hone their drawing skills.
*Simplified break down of complex objects *System to track metrics of accuracy and number of attempts *Guidance system to focus the eye *4 varying modes to keep it interesting and challenging *6 units in version one, hoping to build a complete library over time. .
Showpass is a leading online ticketing platform in North America. With Showpass, event-goers can find the latest events, buy tickets and get in quickly, right from their phone.
Event organizers choose showpass.com so they can sell more tickets, merchandise and manage everything from sales, check ins, guest lists, stats and more from the palm of their hand. Headquartered in Canada, Showpass serves an ever expanding variety of organizers including festivals, venues, university and trade show clients.
To find out more, visit showpass.com.. .
ConceptShare is a software company that focuses exclusively on the review and approval process for creative teams in large companies. By integrating online proofing with workflow automation, ConceptShare helps shorten the review cycle: needing fewer iterations, less time, and delivering better output.
Without Conceptshare companies use manual checklists and rely on email to request reviews and gather feedback. Unlike competitors, Conceptshare integrates proofing and workflow automation to measure and improve creative approval processes.
Our customers include global brands like Sony and Microsoft.. .
Rainmaker Entertainment is a CG animation studio creating unique CG animation styles using artist friendly tools. It has over 200 artists, directors, and technical staff to support its operations.
The studio provides a full-service environment for clients and creative partners. Its service portfolio includes design, casting, recording, modeling, layout, animation, motion capture, lighting, and post production.
Rainmaker partners with some of the well-recognized brands in entertainment, including Mattel, The Weinstein Company, Hasbro, Lionsgate, and Sony. Rainmaker Entertainment was established in 1993 and is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C..
Northern Circuits Inc.
Northern Circuits is a STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math) product design firm specializing in kinetic art. With over 10 years of experience in the technical fields, it combines that with its love for the arts to create wonderful products that demonstrate various principles of science while also creating settings that function as decor.
The company’s first product, Aquarius Fountain Lamp, campaigned on Kickstarter on November 7, 2017, for 30 days and successfully raised over $53 000 Canadian. It has launched its second product, String of Pisces, on Kickstarter on August 27, 2019, for 33 days and successfully raised over $50 000 Canadian and promoted it to Indiegogo afterward to reach $60 000 Candian..
Tattoo Hero is the platform for tattoo artists and shops to operate and grow their business – designed specifically for them. Our customer facing site TattooHero.com is the OpenTable for tattoos.
40% of americans have spent well over $3.4 billion on tattoos from over 200,000 shops in the US in 2014. You’re more likely to have one tattoo than own an iPhone today.
Tattoo Hero is the best app for artists to manage their shops operations, CRM, and marketing via books.tattoohero.com. Our customer facing website helps clients find the best artists for them, then our app helps those artists manage getting them into their shop and through the entire process of getting a tattoo.
Allowing us to monetize on both the shop and end clients. In an industry worth billions Tattoo Hero is leading the tech revolution in this vertical with great design and product..
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a museum that houses an encyclopedic collection of paintings, sculptures, graphic works, photographs, and decorative arts under four pavilions: Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion (International Art), Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion (World Cultures) Pavilion Liliane and David M. Stewart (decorative arts and design), and Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion (Quebec and Canadian art).
The museum also offers a concert hall of 444 seats – Bourgie Hall- which is a rare collection of Tiffany stained glass. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was established in 1860 and is based in Montreal, Quebec..
Fulhaus is an interior design company offering comprehensive interior design and furnishings packages that grow rental businesses. The company also provides custom services for furnished short-term vacation rentals apartments and Airbnb listings for hotels and hospitality accommodations.
It explores the removal of barriers, focusing on design quality, economics, and delivery systems to create an interior design as a product, rather than simply a service. The company sources, furnishes, installs, stages, and professionally photographs every Haus-in-a-Box in as little as 3 weeks.
Its range of Haus-in-a-box packages aims to leave an impression on guests, while its rapid delivery cadence, customizable add-ons, and flexible pricing options are designed to help grow rental businesses. Fulhaus was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada..
QR Artist makes you a professional QR code designer. With QR branding platform, Businesses can create, manage and measure the success of their mobile transactions.
We plan to add NFC, Bluetooth Low energy (BLE) and RFID tags to make the most comprehensive platform for branding the offline-2-online bridge technologies.. .
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Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies (MARZ) is a tech company and VFX studio that focuses exclusively on premium TV. Some of their past projects include Watchmen, The Umbrella Academy, Siren, What We Do in the Shadows and The Expanse.
MARZ was recognized at the 2020 Visual Effects Society (VES) awards with nominations for work on Netflix’s Living With Yourself and HBO’s Watchmen.. .
Romeo’s gin is one of the only spirits selected by the SAQ to create a special edition of the 375 years of Montreal. The choice of Marc Gosselin was obvious: this artist, famous for his architectural views of Montreal, forges links between the history of the city and its resolutely modern side, with an industrial, authentic and colorful aspect of its own.
Five Roses Flour, seen from Nazareth (Montreal, 2012) represents the iconic silo of the city. Their interpretation of the work, realized with the artist’s contribution, is a nod to Montreal’s romeo’s origin.
Montreal Dry Gin is an appellation that reflects its unprecedented and crazy side and positions Montreal as a creative and unique city in the world. This special and limited edition will be sold to SAQs and duty-free space at Montréal Airport.
It will be available until spring 2018.. .
Founded in 1997, icollector.com was one of the pioneers in bringing auctioneers together with interested buyers. Today, we have over 1000 auction house clients worldwide, among them the top auction houses and licensed dealers in their respective categories.
We specialize and excel in coin auctions, vintage collectibles, gaming memorabilia, collectible firearms, movie props and original set costumes. Furthermore, our clients excel in placing native memorabilia, original prints and paintings as well as vintage and one of a kind jewellery and diamonds.
Our main service offering is pay per use access to our platform icollector.com on which we list our client’s items for sale in a catalogue order to coincide with the physical auction at the location and date they chose. Our software tools and reporting suite let interested bidders register for a free account online, place bids raise or alter bids on as many items they like and ultimately bid live in real time against hundreds of other bidders on the auction floor or around the world.
Having run over 10,000 auctions since our inception, we can draw from a deep and well structured database of past bidders, auction item stats, sold prices and other useful information for bidders and dealers alike. Coupled with innovative marketing using a combination of email marketing, social media and traditional vehicles to reach bidders, we are a full service firm focused on doing the best things to help our customers grow in their business.
Before, during and after each auction, we offer full auction house support. This ranges from reporting functions such as geo targeting of bidders and marketing efforts to credit approval payment and shipping integration to facilitate and automate as many functions of our client’s operations as possible.
Icollector.com also has shared functions with its sister platform www.liveauctionworld.com which is mainly used to promote industrial and commercial sales at auction. Icollector.com also belongs to the same group of brands that operates www.liveauctiongroup.com, which is a custom software builder for the auction industry, lending a client a unique and powerfully branded platform while giving them full access to all the major tools and reports the auction industry relies on for its success..
Adappcity Inc. is a Blockchain Decentralized Application Development Company.
Our first project is an online marketplace for original artwork where art lovers can buy art from independent artists and resell it whenever they want, with all transactions and art provenance securely and publicly recorded using blockchain technology and a resale commission paid to the original artist when their artwork resells on the secondary market. www.uppstart.io.
Playwho is a members-only shopping + shop-marking service based in Montreal, Canada. It features hand-picked design products and sales at up to 70% off retail.
Members receive exclusive access to daily curated design sales featuring the worldwide leading designers and manufacturers. Joining Playwho lets you; search, discover, share, and shop great design products.
It is social shopping website for people who love design!. .
ArtSocket is an online photography exhibit & poster store. Our customers love us for the small, refined image collection, immaculate print quality and a 100-year warranty.
Our artists enjoy fair royalties and bragging rights for being a part of this exclusive collection.. .
Sometimes your pictures won’t speak a thousand words; for those times, I’m Write will speak for you. We are a freelance writing company and we provide writing services of all kinds.
SEO Copywriting? Check. Funny articles for your magazine? Check.
Creative writing for your website? Check. We have writers specializing in each of these and more.
Our SEO copywriters are particularly good at writing with difficult keywords. Our non-SEO writers have written for several publications in different industries.
The content you receive from us will be well-researched, well-written and engaging for your readers. And if you’ve already written something and you’re just looking for an editor, well, our editing services are excellent too.
To check out a few samples of writing and to hire us, visit http://www.imwrite.ca/. To see what our clients have to say about us, check out our Testimonials page at http://www.imwrite.ca/testimonials/..
Articho is an online art marketplace that offers a selection of paintings, photographs and prints from emerging and professional artists. They provide a complete range of tools for artists to manage and develop their careers as well as offering new incentives for art buyers to purchase online and experiencing art collection.
They identified that art buyers are caring about the economic value of a piece. When you acquire an artwork with Articho, its potential value can fluctuate following the new prices of artworks listed by the artist.
Being able to extract an authentic and legit quotation from any artist is a perspective that would allow our customers to re-sale on Articho and provide retro-commission to artists.. .
Suede Lane is redefining how we discover and buy original design. We use human and artificial intelligence to curate and sell unique goods from emerging artists and designers worldwide.
We do this through an interface that enables people to cultivate their taste without needing to know any art/design industry jargon.. .
Tunezy, Inc., a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based startup company featuring an innovative social platform for the recorded music industry. Led by CEO Derrick Fung, Tunezy is a direct musician-to-fan “social record label” where individuals can closely follow and help promote their favorite independent musicians.
Set to launch the private beta this summer, the site will provide a social platform where emerging musicians can grow their careers.-. .
SpikeBee for companies: • List your camps and classes • Companies can list their activities 365 days a year at any time. • No need to wait for quarterly publications or large upfront costs • SpikeBee offers an integrated online registration system that will offer early bird and late registrations discounts, multi sibling discounts and membership discounts to help fill your camps and classes • Reduce admin and overhead costs • Pro and Premium plans will be offered for additional benefits • International exposure to camps throughout Canada, USA and abroad SpikeBee for you: • SpikeBee is a great tool to find, select & manage your family’s activities online at any time.
• Whether you are searching for Summer camps for your kids, fitness classes for your nearest boot camp, sports activities during spring break, business classes through work; SpikeBee is the place to go. • Being able to preview and register for activities at any time and share/review feedback with fellow moms, friend’s and colleagues.
• You can search for any camp or class based on the following criteria: i) Age ii) Location iii) Cost iv) Category • It is free to sign up and have access to any activities and company listings.. .
Weech Photography – Edmonton Intimate Portraiture
Weech Photography is a boutique portrait photographer specializing in intimate boudoir portraiture. My journey into intimate boudoir photography started with confidence.
As a plus sized woman , I took a look back at my life when reflecting about how much everything had changed and noticed something. When I was strong and fit, I had the same negative voice in my head.
That’s when I realized that confidence isn’t a matter of the number on the scale but rather the voice in your head. I want to help women feel gorgeous as they are and do so through the lens of my camera..
Stranger Collective is an all-encompassing writing agency that gathers and nurtures the very best talents and ideas to create intelligent, crafted, playful words that count. A cluster of partners, associates, freelancers and staff writers with decades of combined experience under their belt, they work differently.
they’ve drawn together the top creative minds they could find to do things better; collectively pooling their talents, ideas, skills and knowledge to offer more to their clients, to reach higher and to produce great work. They keep their thinking fresh by feeding their creativity.
Everyone they work with benefits from the space to create outside of client work. It’s about continually nourishing the parts of their brains that deliver those lightbulb moments so that they stay original, vibrant and ahead of the curve.
Find out more about how they Feed. It’s their commitment to encouraging creative space that drew us together and continues to pull the best writers, thinkers and makers to join the team.
Find out more about some of the people who make up Stranger Collective.. .
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