<Daniels Spectrum performance space. PHOTO – Chris Tyler/Wikimedia> 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
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.”