Wychwood Barns Archives


Space-seeking Artists’ Group Sets Sights on TTC Barns
The unused TTC Wychwood Barns – long considered an eyesore – could soon be transformed into a thriving community centre with a park, artists’ studios and galleries, vegetable gardens and other facilities
Christine Boyd – Globe and Mail – May 1, 2002


Ambitious Eco Project Prepares to Raise the Roof
Wychwood Carbarns set to be transformed into unique urban art eco space
Joanna Lavoie – Annex Guardian – March 25, 2005

Wychwood Barns-raising
Artscape’s $10-million fundraising goal looks easy compared with the effort to earn local goodwill for its art and green space
Christina Vardanis – Globe and Mail – April 2, 2005

Wychwood Barns Project Clears Hurdle
The final report for a project on the site now known as the Wychwood Barns was recently passed at Toronto East York community council
Carrie Brunet – Annex Guardian – May 5, 2005


Artscape Foundation The Loop Newsletter Spring/Summer 2006 – Issue 1

Artscape Foundation The Loop Newsletter Fall/Winter 2006 – Issue 2


Artscape Foundation The Loop Newsletter Spring 2007 – Issue 3


The Barns’ Door is Open
Artscape Barns ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house is on Nov.20
Patricia Marcoccia – October 2008

At Last, a Barn-raising in Wychwood
For years, five historic TTC streetcar-repair barns on Christie Street sat empty. A $21.2-million makeover has transformed the site to house 15 artist studios, 26 live/work spaces and 12 not-for-profit groups
Zosia Bielski – Globe and Mail – November 1, 2008

A Place to Farm Talent
Here’s a puzzle: What do you do with five empty brick barns on 4.3 acres of land in the middle of an urban residential area?
Diane Peters – National Post – November 1, 2008

Downtown Art Complex Opens
Like many people in the city’s downtown west end, I’ve been waiting for this new arts and environment complex to open
Diane Peters – CityParent.com – November 5, 2008

A Temple in a Streetcar Shed
The Wychwood barns have all the trappings of an artists’ eco-haven
Lisa Rochon – Globe and Mail – November 15, 2008

Creative Toronto
Toronto’s ongoing creative transformation is coming more fully into view
Richard Florida – Blog – November 16, 2008

The Next Distillery District? Artscape Wychwood Barns Opens its Doors
The official opening of the Artscape Wychwood Barns isn’t until this Thursday, but already the freshly restored TTC streetcar repair barns have been showing themselves off at some pre-launch parties
Blog TO – November 16, 2008

So That’s What I Do All Day!
This week’s diarist is Tim Jones, the president of Artscape, a Toronto-based not-for-profit enterprise dedicated to culture-led regeneration and citybuilding through the arts
Tim Jones – Financial Post – November 17, 2008

Streetcar Barns Make Long Journey to Become Artists’ Colony
A community initiative has transformed a set of 95-year-old streetcar maintenance barns into an artists’ colony and community centre in mid-town Toronto
CBC News – November 19, 2008

Artscape Lauded for Building Another Community
Liberty Village-based group restores Wychwood Barns
Justin Skinner – insidetoronto.com – November 19, 2008

Wych Will
The restored brick walls and soaring ceilings conjure marketing campaigns for pricey lofts
Paul Gallant – Eye Weekly – November 19, 2008

Raising the Bar(n)
Torontoist got a sneak peak at the newly redeveloped  Wychwood Barns earlier this week and our verdict can be pithily summarized as “yippee!”
Torontoist – November 19, 2008

Letter from Wychwood Avenue: A community success story
The Wychwood community Thursday night gave a hero’s welcome to City Councillor Joe Mihevc, with hoots, hollers and catcalls, as he opened the Artscape Wychwood Barns, a row of streetcar repair garages reborn as an arts community, greenhouse, theatre and cultural centre
Barry Hertz – National Post – November 20, 2008

Urban Revival Balances Past and Present
Rejuvenation of Wychwood Barns maintains link to the past while successfully creating perfect mix of beauty and utility
Christopher Hume – Toronto Star – November 20, 2008

Dalton Company Celebrates Completion of Historic Wychwood Barns Project
The Dalton Company Ltd. joins Artscape in unveiling its latest project, Artscape Wychwood Barns, at an official opening on November 20, 2008
Daily Commercial News – November 20, 2008

In Constant Exile, Artists Seek Next Colony
Creative types can transform down-trodden neighbourhoods into trendy new addresses, but by then, it’s time to move on…
Dave Leblanc – Globe and Mail – November 21, 2008

Barns Raising a Big Success
If there is one key lesson to be learned from the opening of the Artscape Wychwood Barns this week, it is positive things happen when Torontonians step up and take charge
Joe Mihevc – Toronto Sun – November 22, 2008

The Big Reveal
Toronto’s newest multi-use space, the Artscape Wychwood Barns, has just opened. But what are we supposed to do with it?
Vanessa Farquharson – National Post – November 22, 2008

The Big Reveal
Toronto’s newest multi-use space, the Artscape Wychwood Barns, has just opened. But what are we supposed to do with it?
Vanessa Farquharson – Canada.com – November 22, 2008

Raising the Roof
Visual artist is one of the lucky few to be included in the city’s new cultural centre
Brian Baker – Town Crier – November 27, 2008

Throwing Open the Barn Doors
Artscape Wychwood Barns are a community for artists and a haven for creativity
Corrine Aberdeen – The Varsity – December 1, 2008

Art Finds a New Home
Artscape Wychwood Barns open with a gala celebration of community’s efforts
Brian Baker – Town Crier – December 3, 2008

Green Barn Market Opens
It’s an early Saturday morning in November and it feels like I’m in an urban village, albeit one that is covered, jam-packed and well- heeled. It’s the launch of the Green Barn
Katie Rabinowicz – Taste TO – December 4, 2008


Adaptive Reuse of the Industrial Heritage Wychwood Bar Barns
Using a distinctive cultural and environmental approach to remediation, the City of Toronto partnered with the not-for-profit organization Artscape to redevelop Wychwood Barns
Federation of Canadian Municipalities – FCM Sustainability Community Awards 2010