Known for being a clever mix of local and international artists, the programming at Mercer runs the gamut from the über-conceptual to the highly interactive. The artist-run centre has gone through a lot of changes and reinventions since its start in 1979, as all worthwhile artist-run centres aiming to define art outside of the commercial market should. Mercer is set to make another move, leaving its off-the-beaten-path location on the west side of town for some new digs further north on Bloor Street West. The new address is hardly known for art-seeking strollers; it’s more of a blue-collar strip defined by roti shops, second-hand clothing stores, and mom-and-pop grocery stores, but its art quotient is rapidly increasing. The new space, housed in a grand old building that was once a theatre, is proof that Mercer is again following the beat of a different drummer.