DANIELS SPECTRUM shows what can happen when the City of Toronto, a major developer (Daniels Development Corporation) and an arts umbrella organization (Artscape) put their heads together. As part of the redevelopment of Regent Park, the Spectrum provides 60,000 square feet of stage, rehearsal, community and tenant space for seven organizations dedicated to the arts, culture, social innovation and youth programming.
Tenant groups include the Aki Studio Theatre for Native Earth Performing Arts; two rehearsal rooms for COBA – Collective of Black Artists. On the second floor: space for the Regent Park School of Music, ArtHeart Community Art Centre, Pathways to Education and the Regent Park Film Festival. Third floor: the Centre for Social Innovation provides collaborative office space for social and arts entrepreneurs.
The glass-enclosed café, overlooking a forthcoming 6-acre Regent Park, is a meeting place for the community. Very wide corridors act as a gallery, impromptu performance space and there’s also a public piazza. Daniels Spectrum is part of a major makeover of the entire neighbourhood now underway. Architects: Diamond Schmitt