OUR STORY

Family Portrait

Ode was started by a family who fell in love with a street: Dundas St. West.

We dreamt of creating a place that celebrates the best of what the neighbourhood is becoming and what it once was. So we made Ode for people like us.

That means we’re not the Hyatt, the Marriott, or any of the Four Seasons. We cater only to our guests and answer only to our mother. This business is our baby, so we are dedicated to creating the best experience for everyone who walks through our front door.

Dundas Street West

Dundas West also known as “Little Portugal” is neither Little, nor is it Portugal. It’s a neighbourhood where old world romance meets modern life: you'll find Portuguese bakeries selling juicy pastel de nata’s, hole in the wall galleries featuring local art, thrift shops where you can find the perfect ill advised chapeau, and restaurants whose cuisine can only be described as unruly.

Ode is a reflection of our neighbourhood and the people in it. No beige carpets, no black and white photos of three pebbles in a pile. Instead, modern rooms each with their own individual personality brought to life by local Toronto based artists, designers and manufacturers that we are proud to call our friends.

Ode Hostel

Staying at interesting places should be within reach of those without a corporate credit card, and leave you with money in your pocket to explore.

By stripping back the things that you don’t need (think bathroom telephones, branded water, sewing kits), we are able to provide you with more of the things you do need, at an affordable price.

Collect happy memories, not loyalty points.

ROOMS + BOOK

Each room in Ode has its own thing going for it: its own theme, its own furniture, and its own custom art, all commissioned from local artists, designers and manufacturers.


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Dundas Street West

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Dundas West is like that friend who “knows a guy” that can “get you anything, from anywhere, at any time of the night”. Whether you like secret parties masquerading as storefronts, crazy good food from all over the world, cute artisanal stores, colourful houses and streets with shiny personalities, or just a quiet day reading in the park, this is the neighbourhood for you.

How it manages all that is a hard thing to explain. Luckily, we’ve put together a guide to help you discover it all:


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THE ART

There’s no quicker way to fall in love with a place than to see it through the eyes of somebody who already does. That is why we commissioned Toronto artists to create a unique piece for each of our rooms, so that each experience at Ode is its own thing — a unique variation on a familiar theme. All linked together by the city we love.

GILLIAN TOLIVER

ROOM

Global

NAME OF ARTWORK

Gillian Toliver

WEBSITE

IG

@gilliantoliver

FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT / GET DRUNK / HANG OUT IN THE AREA

Honey’s Ice Cream!

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR DRAWING?

On my bedroom floor I created hundreds of paintings in quick succession. I was painting as if washing the floor with ink, there was no thought or hesitation in my actions. This drawing is of a small section of one of those paintings. This slow translation of paint to graphite is to honour and witness moments of true freedom and creation.

MARRY, FUCK, KILL: PICASSO, DALI, HILMA AF KLINT?

Marry Hilma Af Klint, Fuck Hilma Af Klint, Kill Picasso and Dali

JUSTIN BROADBENT

ROOM

Rooted

NAME OF ARTWORK

Full

WEBSITE

IG

@keithdungeon

FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT / GET DRUNK / HANG OUT IN THE AREA

Han Moto / Black Dice / Loveless Cafe

WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON A SUNDAY MORNING

Dovercourt park, wrangling my 2 kids.

WHAT DOES DUNDAS STREET WEST MEAN TO YOU?

Best spot in Toronto. Everyone is goodlooking.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR DRAWING?

Cats, perseverance, sleep, the word YES.

MARRY, FUCK, KILL: PICASSO, DALI, HILMA AF KLINT?

Marry Hilma, Fuck Picasso (also fuck Picasso), Kill Dali.

LAUREN PIRIE

NAME OF ARTWORK

Salt In The Shadows (facade mural)

WEBSITE

IG

@lapirie

WHAT DOES DUNDAS STREET WEST MEAN TO YOU?

A neighbourhood among neighbourhoods.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR DRAWING?

I talked with Ode about embracing intimacy and interconnection between humans — to each other and environment, about contrasting the downtown surroundings with softness, and pointing to Ode’s focus on community and connection. Tiffany encouraging the bum crack on the door really emphasized how aligned a collaboration it was.

MARRY, FUCK, KILL: PICASSO, DALI, HILMA AF KLINT?

I wouldn’t mind getting to know Hilma better. Dali and Picasso can stay right where they are.

THE TORONTO INK COMPANY

ROOM

Blues

NAME OF ARTWORK

Jason S. Logan

WEBSITE

IG

@torontoinkcompany

FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT / GET DRUNK / HANG OUT IN THE AREA

The Common

WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON A SUNDAY MORNING

West End Railpath scrounging

WHAT DOES DUNDAS STREET WEST MEAN TO YOU?

Home palette

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR DRAWING?

Childhood + Alchemy

WHEN DID YOU START CREATING ART AND WHY?

Because I got curious.

JAH GREY

ROOM

Modernist

NAME OF ARTWORK

Untitled

WEBSITE

IG

@jahgrey

FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT / GET DRUNK / HANG OUT IN THE AREA

I love hanging out at Loveless Cafe

WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON A SUNDAY MORNING

At home in a bath

WHAT DOES DUNDAS STREET WEST MEAN TO YOU?

Community

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR DRAWING?

Expanding our ideas of masculinity. When friendship between men is discussed, it is often described at surface level. Deep, emotional, nuanced, support and connection are rarely a part of the narrative. It needs to be.

FAQ

YOU GUYS GOT STRONG Wi-Fi? I HAVE WIFI NEEDS.
We know fewer things in life are more important than strong wifi. Not to worry - we got you.   

IS CEREAL SOUP?
Cereal is a salad. Look it up. Some of you will say, I did look it up. You are wrong. Well that’s because you looked it up in a book. Look it up in your gut next time.   

DO YOU HAVE PHONES & CABLE IN THE ROOM?
We don’t have in-room phones or cable TV.
For your viewing pleasure, we have Smart TV's in every room so that you can use your favourite streaming platform.

DO GUESTS HAVE ACCESS TO THE ROOFTOP?
Yes! We made it just for you. Sometimes we have private events up there but other than that it’s all yours.

DO PENGUINS HAVE KNEES?
Penguins have the strongest knees in the animal kingdom and this is why they make good lovers (to other penguins).  

CAN I BOOK THE ENTIRE ODE PROPERTY?
Yes, you can rent the entire place for a wedding, divorce party, girls/guys/non gender specific trip, family reunion, political rally - possibilities abound! Ask us all about it.  

ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
We are located on a happening street, so this may not be the place for you if you are a light sleeper or don't enjoy the sounds of the city.  We have no room service, but we have partnered with some of our favourite restaurants in the neighbourhood to offer delivery.

Ode Dundas
1417 DUNDAS STREET W.
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