The Bay Queen Street Store : “Photo Backdrop Installation”

me with butterflies

I'd read about and seen some pictures taken on the 7th floor of Hudson's Bay Queen Street location, in an temporary installation called "The7TO - PopUp Exhibition".

In a nutshell, they've taken part of their 7th floor and turned it into a space specifically meant for taking fun photographs. There are 8 different areas/backdrops, some that you physically get into and some that you stand in front of.

They don't say, however, since you pass through it to get from the elevator to the store's bridal boutique, Kleinfeld, I imagine that the idea began as a way to enhance the experience of shopping for wedding and bridesmaids' dresses, but morphed into something that anyone would enjoy.

And enjoy it they have -- the person I spoke to about it told me that, when it first went up, there were long line-ups and they had to put time limits on people.

It was originally meant to be on for a few months during the winter/early spring but due to popularity, they extended its run until next Thursday, May 9th. It's open during store hours and is free of charge.

It wasn't overly crowded when I went on Wednesday, and it was quite fun and interesting, so I encourage you to grab a friend and head on over. I was by myself which made taking good pictures a challenge as I'm terrible at taking selfies. I had my selfie-stick with me, but even so, I only got a few clear shots. Thankfully, a couple of people offered to take a picture for me, and I did the same for a few others.

And, I was told that there were plans to replace it with a whole new set of backdrops in a second installation of its kind, which will open sometime in the summer! (I'll update this post when I get exact dates.)

bay street and richmond street signs downtown toronto
hudsons bay department store queen street west toronto seen from south western side
hudsons bay store queen street west toronto seen from south western side
on bay street toronto beside the bay department store looking north to old city hall
hudsons bay sign and crest downtown toronto
manequins at the bay queen street toronto
take elevator to seventh floor for kleinfeld bridal boutique the bay queen street store
elevator in the bay queen street west store
sign for kleinfeld bridal department hudsons bay queen street store seventh floor wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses
butterfly photo backdrops at the bay queen street west temporary installation
dinosaur backdrop photo taking installation at the bay department store queen street west toronto
flamingo backdrop
flowers and ball pit backdrops for photos at installation at the bay queen street west toronto
one of the photo backdrops at the bay queen street store pop up exhibiton the7to
me with coloured back drop
at the7to pop up exhibition of photo backdrops at the bay queen street west toronto
the7to pop up exhibition of photo backdrops at the bay queen street west toronto
me and statue

(My vintage scarf, which I'd quickly hung on my purse, was thrifted and previously described in this post. My coat is from Lorne's Coats at Spadina and Adelaide, written about in this post.)

As mentioned in the previous post, I'd received some money from my parents recently to spend on a birthday gift, so after checking out the photo taking installation, I did a bit of shopping.

Here's what I found ...

new top from the bay inc brand

↑ A black and white floral print tunic with flowy sleeves by I.N.C ↑

parkhurst sunhat panama from the bay queen street west toronto

↑ A sunhat by Parkhurst, in the style "Panama". ↑

I have some birthday money leftover which I plan to put towards a pre-loved Coach bag I've spied on ebay. It's red and will go perfectly with the top and hat! Who me? stray from my favourite colour pallate? haha, I try, but evidently don't succeed.

Thanks for checking out my story and wishing you a very good weekend! xo loulou

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4 Responses to The Bay Queen Street Store : “Photo Backdrop Installation”

  1. henatayeb says:

    Oh that look so fun!

  2. Julie says:

    oh wow, those rooms are so fun!! As soon as I saw that top photo of you with the butterflies, I thought you looked stunning! Loves these rooms, I need to check them out.

    • Loulou says:

      Thank you, Julie! These particular rooms are over now, however I was told they were installing another set, which will open during the summer. I’ll let you know when I find out when.

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