Born in the Philippines, Wil Aballe moved to Toronto with his family when he was 10. In 2013, he launched Wil Aballe Art Projects (WAAP) as a way of providing space for artists to show challenging and often experimental work. He continues to take guest-curating roles for other venues, such as the AHVA Gallery at UBC in 2016 and for Lumiere Festival Vancouver 2017. The gallery also hosts several “off-site projects” as the art demands. In 2016, WAAP relocated to a heritage building in Strathcona, sharing space and creating dialogue with Fazakas Gallery, which specializes in Northwest Coast First Nations art. WAAP was named by Blouin ArtInfo magazine as one of the top emerging commercial galleries in Canada. During Art Toronto 2013, Wil participated in a panel discussion entitled “The Next Generation in Canadian Art”.</p.