‘The Citadel’ – modern dance, yoga and the renewal of REGENT PARK

The CITADEL, 304 Parliament Street (south of Dundas Street East), is the latest sign of Regent Park’s evolution.  Formerly the site of a Salvation Army soup kitchen, the 1912-era brick building, has been taken over and renovated.  It’s now home to the Coleman Lemieux Dance Company and the YogaBeat community yoga studio.  http://www.citadeltoronto.com

<ABOVE – THE CITADEL>  TORONTO Star columnist, Christopher Hume:  “Down at the corner of Dundas and Parliament, you can feel the love at every turn.  Coleman Lemieux and Company (CLC) have opened their freshly renovated studio/theatre in a part of town not normally associated with high culture let alone contemporary Canadian dance.  Though long shunned by the rest of the city, Regent Park suddenly finds itself a burgeoning arts hub, not the new Bohemia exactly, but definitely a place where things are happening. . . . CLC has transformed a handsome century-old Salvation Army Citadel into a modest but efficient amenity that will in turn help transform the larger neighbourhood. The redbrick building, which originally included a soup kitchen and a second-floor sermon hall, now houses a dance studio with seating for 60, an all-purpose room for yoga classes and an apartment above for a family of four and their frequent guests.”

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