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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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Now Available: Give a Gift Get a Song to support Daniels Spectrum

Composed by Mitchell Cohen, President of The Daniels Corporation, Regent Park: The Journey tells the story of some of the major milestones in the Regent Park Revitalization Project.

Featuring musical collaborations with Canadian musical artists Jackie Richardson, Joe Sealy, Sterling Jarvis, the Tynes Family Singers, Gideon Akufuna Sifuba and youth from Regent Park School of Music Choir, Nelson Mandela Park Public School Singers, and the Regent Park Duke of York Lunchtime Chorus.

Support programming at Daniels Spectrum today (minimum suggested donation $10) and download this trilogy as part of the Daniels Corporation’s

Donate Now Through!


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Photos: Over $350,000 raised at Under One Roof

On the evening of Thursday, November 29, the Artscape Foundation together with Presenting Sponsor The Daniels Corporation hosted Under One Roof, an event to raise funds for Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park. Over $350,000 net was raised for capital and programming needs, successfully capping off the $10 million campaign goal for the centre.

The Daniels Corporation took a leadership role in reaching out to building industry colleagues to lend their support for the centre, such as InnoconToro AluminumC.I.P. Group4-Star Drywall,Speedy ElectricUniversity Plumbing and Heating Ltd. Over 300 people gathered for an evening of dinner and performances at the city’s newest cultural hub.

Daniels Corporation’s President, Mitchell Cohen welcomes guests to Under One Roof

The Daniels Corporations’ President, Mitchell Cohen, welcomed guests to Under One Roof and introduced the performers, which included Juno-nominated performers Jackie Richardson andSterling Jarvis, multidisciplinary artist Anne-Marie Woods (aka. Amani), local talent from 16-year-old spoken word artist Mustafa and pianist Cecilia NguyenTran, and Daniels Spectrum tenantsCOBA Collective of Black Artists and Regent Park School of Music.

Mustafa, a 16-year-old spoken word artist from Regent Park, kicked off the evening with a new poem composed especially for Under One Roof. It was preceded by a screening of a 2009 performance of “A Single Rose”, a poem Mustafa wrote when he was only 12 years old.

Guests enjoyed a seated dinner in Ada Slaight Hall, the centre’s main performance and event venue. The event was catered by the neighbouring PaintBox Bistro.

Classical pianist and former Regent Park resident Cecilia NguyenTran performed solo throughout the first course. Cecilia was one of the youth featured in our Regent Park Arts video series that was filmed this past summer.

Jackie Richardson and Sterling Jarvis performed two songs, “My Piece of the City” and “Dancing Down the Avenue”, with the Regent Park School of Music Choir.

Both songs were composed by Mitchell Cohen as part of a trilogy of songs that tell a story of some of the significant milestones that have taken place throughout the Regent Park revitalization. Daniels’ Give A Gift Get A Song initiative will soon enable individuals to purchase the trilogy with proceeds supporting future programming at Daniels Spectrum through the Artscape Foundation.

Artscape President & CEO Tim Jones thanked attendees for their generous contributions which helped raise over $350,000 for the Artscape Foundation. These funds will be used to complete the capital investment in Daniels Spectrum and ensure it is sustainable over the long term.

Dancers from COBA Collective of Black Artists performed a contemporary piece.

Tom Dutton, Senior Vice President of The Daniels Corporation, thanked everyone for coming and for their incredible contribution towards Daniels Spectrum.

Anne-Marie Woods (aka. Amani) led students from the Regent Park School of Music on the song “Under One Roof”, which pays tribute to people of diverse cultures who have made their own journeys from around the world coming together ‘under one roof’ at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.

After dinner, Executive Chef Chris Klugman of PaintBox Bistro dazzled guests by transforming the Artscape Lounge and lobby into a dessert buffet.

Under One Roof was made possible by the tremendous support of the following sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: The Daniels Corporation; Learning Sponsor: Innocon; Experience Sponsors: Toro Aluminum, C.I.P. Group, 4-Star Drywall, Speedy Electric, University Plumbing and Heating Ltd.; Innovation Sponsors: Coreydale Contracting, Sherrard Kuzz LLP, WJ Properties.

All Photos by Paul Casselman | Courtesy of The Daniels Corporation

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