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The Official Opening of the New Regent Park

MAGIC CITY- v5On Saturday, June 21, Regent Park becomes THE MAGIC CITY – alive with pipes and horns, voices and drums, ice cream trucks and orchestras – all to celebrate the opening of Toronto’s newest City park.

Joining the festivities with local residents will be Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and City staff, along with event partners Toronto Community Housing and The Daniels Corporation to celebrate the opening of the new park.

Entertainment for the celebration is directed by choreographer Bill Coleman of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, musical direction by John Oswald featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Bramwell Tovey, the Regent Park School of Music, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, and performers ranging in age from 10 to 70 from the Regent Park community and beyond. Community performances are supported by Artscape and Daniels Spectrum.

The new park features a playground, splash pad, multi-purpose green space, a plaza for community events, a dog off-leash area, community gardens, a greenhouse, a bake oven, walkways and lush landscaping.

Date and Time:  Saturday, June 21,  1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Remarks – 1:45 p.m.

Location: Regent Park, 620 Dundas St. E.  


Inclement weather location: Sts. Cyril and Methody Hall, 237 Sackville St. (next to park)


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hawkins: Parks, Forestry and Recreation - 416-392-6828 /

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #MagicCityTO to share the excitement!


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Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum


Calling all Regent Park Residents! Join us for a series of FREE and FUN family-friendly, youth-friendly, senior-friendly events and activities taking place all summer long in and around Daniels Spectrum Click HERE to see what’s in store for June and stay tuned for July!




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Community-Engaged Public Art Installation for Building Exterior in Regent Park



Toronto Community Housing (TCH) in collaboration with Daniels Spectrum (operated by Artscape) invites artists or artist teams to submit a letter of interest and samples of past work in consideration for a community-engaged public art installation on the exterior of a new residential building in Regent Park (180 Sackville or “Block 22”). This building is currently under construction and slated for completion in spring 2015. This community-engaged public art installation will involve consulting members of the Regent Park community to arrive at a final concept.

There are 3 stages to the proposal process (outlined below). The selected artist or artist team will receive compensation of up to $10,000 to cover labour and materials for this project.  This work is being commissioned by TCH and managed by Artscape staff at Daniels Spectrum, Regent Park’s new cultural hub.

The final artist(s) selected will consult with TCH & Daniels Spectrum on the design and fabrication of the work.  The community-engaged public art installation will be unveiled in spring of 2015 during the opening of the building.  



180 Sackville is comprised of an 86 unit, 11 storey midrise building with both rental and affordable housing and 2 townhouse rental blocks with 16 units in each, all currently under construction.  It is the second last rental project part of Phase 2 of the Regent Park Revitalization for TCH. 180 Sackville is situated south of St. David Street between Regent Street and Sackville Street. The property is described as Block 22 of the Draft Plan of Subdivision for Regent Park.



Stage 1 – Submission Requirements

After submission requirements have been received, a selection committee comprised of local artists, Regent Park residents and community members will assess the qualifications and shortlist 3-4 artists or artist teams to proceed to the second stage of the process.


STAGE 2 – Selection Process

3-4 Shortlisted artists will engage in various public consultations with the Regent Park community to create a design for the community art wall. The above mentioned 3-4 shortlisted artist(s) or artist teams will be required to attend 3 community meetings where artist(s) will consult with Regent Park residents.  The installation should be inspired by conversations with Regent Park community members and should reflect their stories and voices.   Note: Shortlisted artist(s) or artist team will be compensated according to CARFAC’s 2014 fees schedule for the consultation and preparation work for a final proposal chosen by the selection committee. Artscape staff at Daniels Spectrum and and TCH staff will manage the process.



Stage 3 – Production

One proposal selected by the review committee will be approved by December 1, 2014. Production of the mural will commence in January 2015 and completed by May 2015 (weather permitting).   



The proposed project is a community art wall on the south façade of the Block 22 midrise, which faces Sackville Street and Nelson Mandela Public Park School yard. The Block 22 midrise was designed as a ‘fabric building’ integrated into the mixed Regent Park neighbourhood with a strong emphasis on the design of the public realm.

Please click on the following links to find copies of the:

Blueprint (Mural area highlighted in red)

Building Diagram

Regent Park Map (180 Sackville highlighted in red)



A.      A letter of interest, indicating any connection to Regent Park or rational for interest in working in this community

B.      A curriculum vitae, resume or biography of the artist(s). The CV must include your full contact information and any other supporting material you would like to include (web links, reviews, catalogues, etc…)

C.      An artist statement outlining experience in public art and community engaged practices (1 page max)

D.      6-12 images (max) of artwork examples

E.       A list of all the images submitted that includes the following information for each work: Title, Medium, Dimensions, year of completion

Candidates interested in submitting this proposal are encouraged to register their interest by clicking here and filling out the online form. The deadline for submissions is Monday June 9, 2014

For any other questions, please contact Daniels Spectrum curator, Elle Alconcel at


About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing is Canada’s largest social housing provider. We provide homes to 58,500 households with low and moderate incomes, in neighbourhoods across the city. Toronto Community Housing is working with its partners to transform some of our oldest public housing developments into vibrant, mixed-income, mixed-use communities where people can thrive. Through Revitalization, Toronto Community Housing is going beyond bricks and mortar to build better homes, better neighbourhoods, and a better Toronto for all.


About the Regent Park Revitalization

Toronto Community Housing is going beyond bricks and mortar to build clean, safe homes for our residents while creating vibrant communities where people can thrive.

By working together with the City of Toronto, our residents, our neighbours, and our private development partners, we are transforming aging housing infrastructure to build better homes, better neighbourhoods, and a better Toronto for all.

Regent Park is the ground-breaking example of how Toronto Community Housing’s approach to city building can transform a community into a successful, mixed-income, mixed-use neighbourhood, with rental buildings, market condominium buildings, townhomes, commercial space, community facilities, active parks and open space.


About Daniels Spectrum

Operated by Artscape, Daniels Spectrum is a 60,000-square foot community cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood.  Daniels Spectrum is a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration, with programming rooted in Regent Park and open to the world. It is a place where people come to be inspired, to learn, to share, and to create. It showcases artistic talent, acts as an incubator for creativity and a workshop for social and cultural innovation. This facility buzzes with energy from community members, artists, social entrepreneurs and the general public and features several performance, event spaces and hallway galleries.


About Artscape

Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.  Artscape develops and manages unique multi-tenant facilities that deliver sustainable and below-market production, rehearsal, exhibition and living space for artists, creative practitioners, entrepreneurs and cultural organizations. Since 1986, we have helped to stimulate some of Toronto’s most creative and vibrant neighbourhoods with dynamic community assets and cultural hubs such as Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Artscape Distillery Studios, Artscape Gibraltar Point and multiple projects in West Queen West and Parkdale.








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Call for Interior Designer – For Cultural Hub in Regent Park

Artscape is looking for an interior designer to acquire and refurnish the Artscape Lounge, First and Second Floor Hallways and Green Room (5,325 square feet in total) at Daniels Spectrum, a cultural hub in Regent Park. This cultural hub is deeply rooted in Regent Park – a vibrant community with residents representing over 60 countries. Visitors to Daniels Spectrum include local community members – especially children and youth, participants and staff of organizations in the building, members of Toronto’s arts community, social innovators and event organizers and attendees. Daniels Spectrum hosted over 200 events in its inaugural year, which included film festivals, live musical and dance performances, community and cultural celebrations, conferences, weddings and private functions.

Please click here to download a copy of the Call for Submission. The deadline for qualifications submissions is April 10, 2014. Interested applicants can forward questions to Farid Jalil at or 416-238-2453 x 103.

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Calling Regent Park Youth Artists: Arts Mentorship Program 2014 Starting Soon

The Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program at Daniels Spectrum offers aspiring youth artists in the Regent Park community an amazing opportunity to learn about a career in the arts and tap into their creativity, through access to arts and cultural experiences, educational workshops and arts career mentorships. Participants also showcase their talents in a popular summer community event at Daniels Spectrum. Our 2013 program was a great success thanks to the youth participants and the mentors. Watch our wrap-up video and learn more about how the program works and what youth can gain through taking part.

We are looking for youth passionate about their art to participate in the 2014 program, which will run from mid-February to mid-August. Ten to twelve participants will be chosen from a pool of applicants. Do you want to understand what’s involved in a career in the arts? Would you like to get better connected to the Toronto art community at large? Come to Daniels Spectrum to develop your craft and enhance your knowledge.

Youth interested in the program can contact Daniels Spectrum staff member Lisa Smart ASAP by email (lisas @ or in person at the Artscape office at Daniels Spectrum, 2nd floor between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. 

The selection process is starting very soon–let us know if you have any questions about this, as we would be happy to provide more information. We will select 10-12 dedicated youth from the pool of applicants. 

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Black History Art Shows at Daniels Spectrum

Curator Elle Alconcel has programmed ten 2014 shows for the galleries at Daniels Spectrum, located in the first and second floor hallways and main stairwell of 585 Dundas Street East. To kick off the series, Daniels Spectrum is celebrating Black History Month with three shows that explore past, present and future narratives of black consciousness in the African Diaspora.

Join us for the opening reception for Building BlackBLK Ken and Barbie: The Dis-Identification Performance and Black Future Month 3014 at Daniels Spectrum on February 1 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. or drop by during opening hours from February 1 to 28.

Check our What’s On page for additional information about talks, events and more!

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Community-Minded Entrepreneur Needed


Artscape, the facility operator of Daniels Spectrum, is looking to partner with an Entrepreneur to develop a food and/ or culture business on the ground floor of Daniels Spectrum. Our goal is to support a vibrant and sustainable business that is welcoming and relevant to the local community. Since opening in September of 2012, Daniels Spectrum has become a destination for culturally-diverse performances, celebrations, community and public events and a platform for community development. While the core audience of Daniels Spectrum is the local community and users of our tenant organization programs, we also host audiences from across the city for a variety of public events that celebrate Toronto’s culture and diversity.

The food and/or culture business will be located within the Artscape Lounge, the social heart of the building and a destination for diverse community members (especially youth), event attendees, general public, staff who work in the building, and participants of the organizations to meet, eat, connect, collaborate, hang out, and take advantage of the WiFi. On occasion, the space is also used for private events. On any given day, there are 80-300 people working and using programs in the building (this number excludes event attendees). In its first year, Daniels Spectrum welcomed 40,000 event attendees. 


Artscape is seeking partnership with an individual, organization or collective to bring a shared vision to life and to develop a unique business model. We are looking for a leader(s) who is/are:

  •  Passion-driven
  •  Entrepreneurial
  •  Collaborative
  •  Embodies community values including, but not limited to, inclusion, equity and opportunity
  •  Has demonstrated social values

Priority will be given to individuals and groups from Regent Park. We are open to new ideas and concepts. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who would like to start their own business with limited capital investment.

 Please download the full opportunity outline for all the details and to learn how to respond. 

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The Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program 2013

The Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program is an outstanding program at Daniels Spectrum made possible thanks to a multi-year contribution from The Slaight Family Foundation that offers aspiring youth artists an unparalleled opportunity to learn about a career in the arts and tap into their creativity.

More than 1,000 Regent Park and area youth took part in the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship in 2013, enjoying the program’s three major components:

  1. ACCESS Tickets, whereby we distributed 600+ free tickets to over two dozen arts and cultural events across Toronto to Regent Park and area youth and their chaperones
  2. Workshops and Conversation Series: a set of capacity-building and knowledge-sharing sessions that attracted over 300 attendees, who met a wide range of professional artists including rising stars Joey Bada$$ from Brooklyn, USA, Donisha Prendergast from Jamaica and Warsan Shire from the U.K.
  3. Mentorship Program: an in-depth, five-month Artist Development Workshop Series for 10 mentees. Guest artists included Motion, Ravi Jain, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Ryan Paterson, Che Kothari and many others. As the final part of this phase, youth mentees were paired with industry mentors in their fields for one-on-one learning about the realities of working as a professional artist.

This video, released January 2014, focuses on component #3 (with a peek into other components) and the stories of the youth involved in the Artist Development Workshop Series. Artscape sincerely thanks everyone who took part in 2013 for sharing their passion for creativity and learning.

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Give a Gift, Get a Song

Artscape is delighted to introduce Give a Gift, Get a Song, a campaign in support of ARTSPARK youth arts programming at Daniels Spectrum, thanks to our friends at The Daniels Corporation. For a limited time, donors to the ARTSPARK program will be given the opportunity to download the original soundtrack to The Journey in recognition for their generosity.


The Journey is a theatrical production that tells the struggles and triumphs of Regent Park, marking milestones in the revitalization of the neighbourhood. This compelling story is brought to life by Canadian music industry stars like Jackie Richardson, Canada’s first lady of Jazz, and actor and singer Sterling Jarvis, plus a group of extraordinary talents from the Regent Park community. The Journey features nine original songs written by The Daniels Corporation President Mitchell Cohen in collaboration with members of the Regent Park community. Special thanks to Musical Director Henry Heillig and Creative Director Anne-Marie Woods.

ARTSPARK is a program that engages Regent Park and area youth aged 14 to 29 in the conception and production of arts and cultural events, exhibitions, festivals and other projects, with guidance from a talented team of leading industry mentors from the local community and beyond. These hands-on educational initiatives allow participants to explore non-traditional learning opportunities, develop transferable skills and increase their exposure to career opportunities in the arts. ARTSPARK is administered by Artscape, and your generous donations empower our team to expand program offerings and reach more young talent from the neighbourhoods surrounding Daniels Spectrum.

For more information, please contact Dan Daley – Development Associate, Annual Giving and Administration at Artscape – at or 416 392 1038 x32.

Please note, The Journey soundtrack is exclusively available to Give a Give, Get a Song donors and is not for sale.

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Daniels Spectrum Outdoor Arts Program

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Artscape is pleased to introduce the Daniels Spectrum Outdoor Arts Program, a grant pilot program intended to support the cost of producing free outdoor arts and cultural programming in Regent Park. Not-for-profit and community organizations can apply for grants of up to $2,500 to produce a single event or series of events for youth and families in and around Regent Park between June 17 and August 30, 2013. This initiative has been make possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor to Artscape Foundation. The deadline for submissions is May 2, 2013.

Please see the Grant Guidelines below and download the Application Form. (Please note the application form is in Word format. Contact if you have difficulties with the file.)

You can also download the Grant Guidelines in PDF.

We encourage you to attend an Information Session on either April 18 at 1:00 pm, or April 23 at 5:30 pm in the Artscape Lounge at Daniels Spectrum. Please email or mail/drop-off your submission consisting of your completed application form (five pages maximum) and supporting documents to:
Daniels Spectrum, Suite 260 (Artscape Office, 2nd floor)
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON, M5A 2B7
Email: Erin Breau-Barkley, Executive Assistant,

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