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Other Archival Material

On this page you will find a miscellaneous collection of materials relating to Artscape's history, to the practice of Creative Placemaking, or to the history of artist housing in the City of Toronto.

Betty Jordan – June 1, 1980
This report was completed in 1980 by The Association of National Non-Profit Artist Centres, and provides documentation and comment on the cultural and economic development of the Queen West neighbourhood as a result of its strong arts community.


Proposal to the Cultural Policy Advisory Committee
Wieland and Pugen – September 17, 1984
A proposal put forth by two artists (Joyce Wieland and Diane Pugen) to the Cultural Policy Advisory Commitee of the Toronto Arts Council for individual artist workspaces in 1984.


Proposal for an Arts Incubator
Dale Martin – February 21, 1985
A proposal for an arts incubator put forth by Alderman Dale Martin in 1985. The proposal calls for the incubator to be located in a building south of Queen Street West in the John Street area, and to include affordable studio space to visual artists selected by a jury of their peers. The proposal calls to attention the need for such space in downtown Toronto and the expected benefit to the arts community.


Arts Rally Call: March & Rally Against Federal Arts Cutbacks
Sponsored by the Artists Union – March 16, 1985
The proposed route and schedule for a march and rally against federal arts cutbacks in 1985, sponsored by the Artists Union.


Meeting Minutes of the Steering Committee for Toronto ArtSpace
City Hall – June 12, 1985
Minutes from a 1985 steering committee meeting for “Toronto ArtSpace”; a proposed arts incubator in downtown Toronto.


Building Arcadia
Robert Stacey – 1986
An article describing Toronto’s artists housing shortage from 1986.


City Property Department Memorandum: 60 Atlantic Acquisition
Simon Chamberlain – September 11, 1989
A memorandum detailing the sale of 60 Atlantic to the City of Toronto for use as their records storage facility.


Toronto Must Avoid Becoming “A Tale of Two Cities”
Labour Council of Metropolitan Toronto and York Region – November 2, 1989
A Labour Council policy paper dealing with industrial lands and housing.


Live/Work Spaces for Visual Artists in Toronto is an Election Issue
Black Creek Foundation – 1990
A newsletter released in 1990 by the Black Creek Foundation, a charitable research organization focusing on the economic issues faced by visual artists in Toronto.


Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre Groundbreaking Celebration Invite
Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre – September 1997
An invitation to the groundbreaking celebration at the Parkdale Arts and Culture Centre in 1997.

Artscape Research Publications

Advancing Toronto’s Centre for Creative Sector Entrepreneurship: Research and Sector Engagement Findings

Artscape, 2011
In February of 2011, Artscape released a report – Advancing Toronto’s Centre for Creative Sector Entrepreneurship – that presents the findings of a 12-month-long research and sector engagement study that sought to understand the macro-market challenges facing the creative and cultural sector in Toronto.

The report calls for the creation of centre that will cultivate the entrepreneurial capacity and business skills of self-employed individuals and micro-businesses across a spectrum of creative and cultural sector enterprises. The centre would support the development of a resilient, sustainable, innovative and successful sector that makes a growing contribution to the prosperity of the city.

“It is time to give creative and cultural sector workers better tools to help them thrive so that they are better able to spread their creativity across the city and make an even greater contribution to the city’s prosperity,” said Tim Jones, President and CEO of Artscape. “If the first wave of Cultural Renaissance helped put ‘creativity on display’ in our city, the second wave in contrast needs to be about putting ‘creativity to work’.”

The report recommends that GTA needs a place that acts as a portal to what is available, while at the same time clustering and coordinating the efforts of those providing services.

Work on the study was guided by an Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from the City of Toronto Economic Development Office, Cultural Careers Council Ontario, Toronto Fashion Incubator, Toronto Business Development Centre and Ontario Ministry of Culture. The study was funded in part by The Ontario Trillium Foundation Future Fund and the City of Toronto Economic Development & Culture Division.

Convergence Centres: Building Capacity for Innovation

Artscape, 2009
Toronto’s identity has been re-energized over the past five years through cultural, political and community leadership. The city’s Cultural Renaissance began with new iconic museums, galleries and training institutions then gained further momentum through Nuit Blanche, Luminato and a host of other programs and events. On the heels of this great adventure, a new wave of energy is building in the city’s cultural and creative sector. It could be said that the first wave of the Cultural Renaissance helped put “creativity on display” with greater panache than ever. The second wave, in contrast, is about putting “creativity to work” to build our city and grow our prosperity.

The Convergence Centres: Building Capacity for Innovation report is intended to contribute to Toronto’s progress in generating a more sophisticated understanding and advancing a more strategic approach to growing the cultural and creative sector. The impetus for the report grew out of the Strategies for a Creative City study in 2005/06. Through this study, a group of directors from Toronto’s creative institutions realized that there was a groundswell of new infrastructure development that was happening below the radar and formed the Creative Convergence Project Consortium. It included more than a dozen major new projects that shared an interesting characteristic – they were purposefully designed to optimize creative work by providing a platform for collaboration. The Convergence Centres: Building Capacity for Innovation report reveals new ways that talent, space and collaboration are being combined and leveraged to fuel our capacity for innovation. It has already been successful in generating numerous collaborations, partnerships, and networks. We hope this work will also provide helpful insight for governments at all levels that are looking for new ways to stimulate the economy, create jobs and build infrastructure for the future.

Creative Convergence Project Consortium
Artscape / Canadian Film Centre / Evergreen / MaRS / Ontario College of Art and Design / Toronto International Film Festival Group

Project Supporters
Ontario Media Development Corporation / City of Toronto / Waterfront Toronto / TEDCO

No Vacancy

Toronto Arts Council 1988
No Vacancy was a key report driving the creation of Artscape and the first research study into workspace affordability for artists in Toronto

Imagine a Toronto…Strategies for Creative Cities


Toronto, Canada, 2007
Artscape played a leadership role in developing a strategic framework for supporting and nurturing Toronto’s creative economy.  Informed through an international best practices study, the framework profiles the city’s creative assets, highlights challenges to supporting the creative economy and identifies opportunities to strengthen four key pillars of creativity and innovation – people, enterprise, space and connectivity.

Spillover Effects of Investments in Cultural Facilities

Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity Ryerson University, Artscape and City of Vancouver Planning Department, 2004
Artscape partnered with Ryerson University and the City of Vancouver to explore the spin off effects of investing in cultural facilities at a local level. The research offers cultural institutions a means of demonstrating a range of  social, environmental and economic impacts in their communities.

Other Key Works:

Cultural and Creative Hubs in Priority Neighbourhoods: Feasibility Study for a Cultural/Creative Hub in Weston Mount Dennis
Toronto, 2011

On Wednesday, January 26, 2011, a community meeting was held to present the research and final recommendations of Artscape’s feasibility study on a cultural/creative hub in Weston Mount Dennis that was commissioned by the City of Toronto. The full report was submitted to the City in March 2011.

In July 2010, the City of Toronto issued a Request for Quotations (RFQ) for a feasibility study for a cultural/creative hub in Weston Mount Dennis. The purpose of the RFQ was to identify and retain a team of researchers who could create a model for a cultural/creative hub that could be used in Toronto’s Priority Neighbourhoods, and to apply that model to the Weston Mount Dennis area.

To ensure that the model was grounded and well researched, a survey of best practices among cultural/creative hubs in Toronto and internationally was mandated as was substantial primary and secondary research into the state of the cultural and creative sector in the study area. The public’s involvement and input was to be solicited through an information meeting with key local organizations and networks, a Community Open House and a presentation to the community of the report findings.

The report investigates the feasibility of cultural/creative hubs in socially, economically and culturally disadvantaged areas. This report hopes to offer some answers as to how cultural/creative hubs may be one tool that can be used to stimulate economic growth and the broader benefits of culture-led regeneration in Toronto’s Priority neighbourhoods.

Artscape was retained by the City of Toronto to explore the conditions for the successful development of cultural /creative hubs in Toronto’s “priority neighbourhoods”; to develop a model for sustainable cultural/creative hubs in these economically and socially challenged communities and to explore the feasibility of developing a project in the Weston Mount Dennis areas of Toronto’s west end.


A Framework for Propelling Creative Enterprise in Liberty Village
Toronto, 2009

Artscape was retained by the Toronto Economic Development Company (TEDCO) to explore the potential for the development of a “centre for creative enterprise” in Toronto’s Liberty Village. The report explored place and space based conditions for the emergence of dense creative districts and international models designed to support and grow the creative sector as a key economic driver of growth and transformation.


City of Mississauga Cultural Plan
Mississauga, 2009

Artscape was retained as part of a consultant team led by Canadian Urban Institute to develop the City of Mississauga’s first Culture Master Plan. The plan, which supports the City’s Strategic Plan, provides a framework and long term vision, and identifies key opportunities and strategies for implementation over a five year period.
To read the plan, click here


East Bayfront ICT District
Toronto, 2008

Artscape was commissioned by Waterfront Toronto to identify opportunities to attract and anchor digital media enterprises in the emerging East Bayfront. The research provided possible models that will inform the international call for proposals to develop the multi-phase waterfront site.


City of Vancouver Cultural Facilities Priorities Plan
Vancouver, Canada, 2008

Artscape was retained by the City of Vancouver to research and develop a Cultural Facilities Priorities Plan that articulated cultural space and place priorities for the City for the next 15 years along with recommendations on strategies for how the city, working with the community, government and private partners, could realize these priorities. The plan is a key aspect of the city’s Culture Plan implementation.
To read the plan, click here.


Ottawa Arts Court Cultural Complex Building Program and Business Plan
Ottawa, Canada , 2007

The City of Ottawa selected Artscape and LORD Cultural Resources as part of a consultant team to develop a building program and business plan for the transformation of an existing multi-tenant arts facility.  Artscape developed a comprehensive sector engagement strategy and business plan that provided the foundation for a renewed civic role for the heritage site as a leading centre of innovative and multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts.


Shaw School Building
Toronto, Canada, 2006

Artscape was engaged by the Toronto District School Board to undertake a preliminary feasibility study of transforming the former 1915  Givins-Shaw Public School into a community-based arts and cultural centre. Artscape’s community engagement strategy established a strong vision based on the intersection of community, creativity and learning. This study provided the clients with a successful pilot process to addressing the repurposing of surplus school properties.


Downtown Arts & Culture Cluster Development Framework
Kitchener, Canada, 2006

As a key initiative of the City of Kitchener’s Downtown Strategic Plan, Artscape was selected to identify local creative assets, evaluate development opportunities for cultural infrastructure in the core area and to articulate key strategies for the municipality as a key stakeholder in the regeneration process. The framework provided a blue-print that reinforces the role of the creative sector in downtown’s emergence as the City’s civic, entertainment and cultural centre.


Cultural Crescent Development Framework
Saskatoon, Canada, 2006

Artscape was selected as part of a U.S.-based consultant team to identify and connect the cultural assets of three business improvement districts into a more cohesive strategic framework. As a key initiative of the City of Saskatoon’s Cultural Capital Program, Artscape developed an integrated strategy for the Cultural Crescent areas focused on festival programming, cultural infrastructure development, independent retail attraction initiatives and governance models.


East Bayfront Cultural and Animation Strategy
Toronto, Canada, 2006

As part of a broader master planning process, Artscape teamed with LORD Cultural Resources to develop a vision and preliminary strategy for attracting and sustaining a broad range of cultural activity throughout Toronto’s East Bayfront Precinct.  Strategies focused on affordable infrastructure provision, infusing artists in the development process, accommodating mixed-uses, and developing high-quality public spaces.


James Street Arts Cluster
St. Catharines, Canada, 2006

Artscape prepared a feasibility analysis for a downtown, multi-tenant arts facility for the St. Catharines and Area Arts Council .  Artscape’s engagement process brought together a range of public, private and non-profit interests to create a vision and implementation framework for the shared facility. The Arts Cluster model provided a new catalyst for arts activity in the downtown area and provided affordable programming space for non-profit arts organizations.


Tett Creativity Complex
Kingston, Canada, 2005 – 2010
Artscape was retained by the City of Kingston to undertake a multi-phase feasibility and business planning process for the redevelopment of a 57,000 ft2 former distillery on Kingston’s waterfront.  The proposed development model integrated plans for a Queens University concert hall and black box theatre with community-based performance, programming and office space to create a new cultural learning hub for the region. The concept and business plan provided a successful foundation for the integration of institutional expansion needs and an existing cultural community.

Artscape in the News

Evening Telegram

The lighthouse and its neighboring buildings, as seen in 1907, are shown in an illustration for John Ross Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto.
The Evening Telegram Toronto - November 17, 1948

Lively Queen St. W. a ‘Creative Hotbed’
With its unusual shops and regular influx of raw, young artistic talent, this old Toronto neighbourhood is the place to express yourself
Dana Flavelle - Toronto Star - January 14, 1985

Province Allows Flimsy Controls

Municipalities fight for moderate rents
Linda Hossie – March 20, 1985

Find Low-Cost Artists’ Studios on Queen St. W., Group Urges
The finishing touches are being put on a city plan to help artists find low-cost studios in industrial buildings near vibrant – but pricey – Queen St. W
Jim Byers - Toronto Star - July 4, 1985

Queen St. W. Soon Another Yorkville?
Uncontrolled building could destroy ‘eclectic’ community, alderman says
Chris Welner - Toronto Star - 1985

Art as Industry

Imagine New York City without rhe arts: no new plays, no concerts in the parks, no independent exhibition spaces for modern painting and sculpture
Montgomery Jr. and Jones – New York Times – September 1988

Home for the Arts
It’s still the same old story – can artists survive while waiting for politicians to act?
Christopher Hume - Toronto Star – August 18, 1990

Flights to Flesherton
A group of artists fleeing Toronto soaring rents have found plenty of space and creative energy, not to mention wild ducks, in the small town of Flesherton
Isabel Vincent - Globe and Mail – 1990

Parkdale Village BIA
Marketing and Streetscape Improvement Plan
Multiple authors - 1992

The Gibraltar Point Lesson
My experience at Gibraltar Point
Michael Rawley - Gibraltar Point - January 6, 1997

Artscape Gibraltar Point
A collection of news articles.
Multiple authors – 1999

Artscape Gibraltar Point
A collection of news articles.
Multiple Authors – 1999

Looking to Toronto's Artscape for Inspiration
Despite being temporarily delayed by the Millennium Committee, The Arts Project - the group proposing an arts incubator for downtown London - has not been idle.
Susan Scott - London Hill Press - June 5, 1999

Islanders Turn Condemned School into an Arts Centre
The ferry ride from the foot of Toronto’s Bay Street to Centre Island is crowded this summer morning
Deirdre Kelly – Globe and Mail – August 7, 1999

Distillery to Become a Village for Art
The 160-year-old Gooderham and Worts distillery is about to be transformed into a centre for culture and the arts
Christopher Hume – Toronto Star – February 11, 2001

Old Distillery to be Redeveloped
The Allied Domecq Pension Fund has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Cityscape Development Corporation for the sale of the former Gooderham & Worts Distillery on the Toronto waterfront
Real Estate News – November 23, 2001

Artists Get Needed Pick-Me-Up
They haven’t made booze at the old Gooderham & Worts distillery since 1990, but there’s still plenty fermenting at the perfectly preserved 19th century industrial complex
Christopher Hume – Toronto Star – March 26, 2002

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


Learning from the Distillery District
Toronto's Distillery District is a successful marriage of new contemporary design and existing heritage structures
Canadian Architect -  February 2005

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

Less Crime, Busy Streets Are Bad Things?
Yes, people hate the class-war implications of gentrification, but sometimes it's better than the alternative. Murray Whyte wrestles with one of the most polarizing words in Toronto's vocabulary
Murray Whyte - Toronto Star – December 4, 2005

Distillery Keeps Corporate Names at Bay
For most visitors, the Distillery District is a pleasant way to spend a few hours, maybe go for a meal, wander through an art gallery or watch a play at the Young Centre
Christopher Hume – Toronto Star – June 19, 2006

Pave Paradise, Put Up A Condo Tower
The converted factory at 48 abell is exactly the type of housing toronto needs for artists -- too bad they're knocking it down
Eye Weekly - July 13, 2006

Distinctive Distillery
Designers, artists and restaurateurs are remaking a piece of historical Toronto
Meaghan Clark – NOW Magazine – November 9, 2006

Queen West Triangle Settlement
Word has spread that the developers, the City, Artscape, and community advocates from Active 18 have come to a deal regarding the future development of the Queen West Triangle.
Spacing Toronto – October 30, 2007

City Forges Partnership With Developers and Arts Community at West Queen West Triangle
The City today announced a major step forward in resolving outstanding issues around the future development of the West Queen West Triangle
City of Toronto – October 30, 2007

City, Builder Reach Artful Compromise
Yorkville's artist culture was lost to glitzy hotels and trendy restaurants years ago
Jim Byers – Toronto Star – October 31, 2007

Deal Signed in Artsy Triangle
The city has reached a unique deal with a pair of developers to bring a new theatre, urban park and plenty of cheap artists' studios to the Queen West Triangle
National Post - 2007

Details Trickle out on Queen West Triangle Deal
The city has reached a unique deal with a pair of developers to bring a new theatre, urban park and plenty of cheap artists’ studios to the Queen West Triangle
Barry Hertz – National Post – October 30, 2007

Bedevilled Triangle
You can blame the developers or the OMB, but the flap over the Queen West Triangle revealed city hall’s dirty little secret: no one’s minding the Shop
Philip Preville – Toronto Life – June 2007

The Poor Man's Banff Centre
A Former School on the Island Serves as a Unique Artists' Retreat at City's Edge
John Goddard – Toronto Star - September 20, 2008

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

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

Creative Toronto
Toronto’s ongoing creative transformation is coming more fully into view
Richard Florida – Blog – 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 city-building 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

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

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

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

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

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 Barns.
Katie Rabinowicz – Taste TO – December 4, 2008

In a Brutal Market, an Unlikely Shark
It starts with a formula, for better or worse
Nicole Baute – Toronto Star – January 24, 2009
Creating Affordable Housing out of Thin Air
Vital Ideas winner Artscape Foundation is building a neighbourhood
Paul Gallant – Yonge Street Media – January 27, 2010

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

'Any colour you want' at the new Painbox
"The 26-storey Paintbox, currently under construction at Dundas St. E. and Sackville St., is being built atop the new $24-million Regent Park arts and cultural centre."
Ryan Starr - Toronto Star/Yourhomes.ca - September 9, 2011

The city's next talent incubator starts putting down its Regent Park roots
"There was a time Torontonians avoided Regent Park like the plague; now they seek it out like a breath of
fresh air."

Scott Dagostino - Yonge Street Media - February 1, 2012

Regent Park dance studio heralds culture of change
"Arts to be at heart of redevelopment of troubled neighbourhood"
Margo Kelly - CBC News - February 14, 2012

Art fights stereotypes in Regent Park
Covering the release of five mini-documentaries about Regent Park youth created to celebrate the opening of the centre.
Carys Mills - The Globe and Mail - August 15, 2012

New cultural centre breathes life and colour into Regent Park
"There was a time Torontonians avoided Regent Park like the plague; now they seek it out like a breath of
fresh air."

Christopher Hume - Toronto Star - September 17, 2012

Regent Park's Arts and Cultural Centre prepares to open its doors
"The new Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre takes art out of church basements and school cafeterias and into a
custom-built space."

Sarah-Joyce Battersby - The Torontoist Cityscape - September 17, 2012

Integrating Art Space and Development: Renewing Queen West
An article exploring the preservation of creative affordable space in the Queen West neighbourhood.
John Michael McGrath - Novae Res Urbis - March 22, 2013

Artscape Archives

Artscape has a 25-year history of Creative Placemaking in Toronto. In this collection of Artscape archives, you will find a collection of materials documenting Artscape's evolving practice. News articles, archival newsletters, and other material provides a glimpse into the story of many of Artscape's properties, and the collection of original publications documents some of the organization's most prominent contributions to creative placemaking policy and research. 

Artscape in the News
Print and online media articles about Artscape's people and projects.

Artscape Newsletters
A collection of Artscape newsletter publications spanning 25-years of Artscape's work in Toronto.

Artscape Research Publications
In addition to its development activity, Artscape has a mandate to promote thought leadership and produce groundbreaking research in the field of Creative Placemaking. In this section, you'll find links to Artscape's original research publications. For more information on research and development and the Creative Placemaking Lab at Artscape, please click here.

External reports and other materials documenting Artscape's history.

Funding Resources

In addition to municipal, provincial, and Canada-wide funding programs, arts organizations may also find resources available from private organizations and foundations. Some funders have longstanding programs to meet a certain need, while others are developing new programs to respond to current issues in community building, economic development, or facing the creative sector at large. Each funder will have specific eligibility criteria related to things such as project or operating costs with requirements that also designate the exact type of cultural, community-based, creative, or artistic programming that is supported.
Funding for Capital Projects- Canadian Capital Funding Resources for Cultural Facilities
Canadian Capital Funding Resources for Cultural Facilities provides detailed information on both government and private funding programs found across Canada for cultural facilities and infrastructure.
https://www.artscapediy.org/Creative-Placemaking-Toolbox/How-Do-I-Pay-for-My-Project/Canadian-Capital-Funding-Sources-for-Cultural-Proj.aspxToronto Arts Council
The Toronto Arts Council provides both project and operational funding to professional arts organizations and community arts groups. Their Neighbourhood Arts Network lists several corporate and public sector funders that provide financial resources to arts organizations.

Ontario Arts Council
The Ontario Arts Council has numerous programs that provide both project and operating grants to arts organizations and professional artists of many disciplines.

Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts provides numerous grants to artists and professional arts organizations across the country. Specifically related to placemaking, The Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP) supports diverse artistic activities that bring together professional artists and the broader community.

Canadian Heritage
Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada's civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians.

Ontario Arts Foundation
The Ontario Arts Foundation manages over 300 endowment funds with a market value of $74 million. In 2015, the Ontario Arts Foundation paid out $3.0 million in support of the arts in Ontario. While each fund is dedicated to a specific purpose, funds are pooled for investment purposes.

Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture
This Ministry provides leadership within the arts and culture community to support a strong and stable culture sector that will help to build vibrant and liveable communities and a creative and innovative knowledge-based economy in Ontario.

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development
The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development encourages innovation and growth that benefits Ontario's economy. It has several programs to encourage the innovation, entrepreneurship and the prosperity of small and medium sized businesses.

Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is a provincial granting agency that helps build "healthy vibrant communities in Ontario". The new Community Capital Fund (CCF) will support infrastructure projects that help Ontario's not-for-profit organizations deliver important public services to diverse cultural communities.

City of Toronto Cultural Services
Cultural Services provides detailed information and numerous programs to supports arts and culture across the City of Toronto. Information on Cultural Planning, Cultural Mapping, and Public Art are of particular relevance to creative placemaking.

Martin Prosperity Institute
The University of Toronto's Martin Prosperity Institute is a leader in creative economy research and current thinking related to cultural industries, and creative clusters.

ArtsBuild Ontario
ArtsBuild Ontario is currently developing a Facilities Portal to share knowledge and resources around arts facilities.

Creative Trust
"Creative Trust is a collaborative capacity building organization that helps Toronto’s mid-size and small performing arts companies develop skills and achieve financial health and balance."

Business for the Arts
"Business for the Arts is dedicated to increasing the quantity and quality of partnerships between business and the arts through a cohesive set of programs that foster and promote business leadership in the arts, facilitate funding relationships, and connect businesses to the arts for funding, volunteering, and workshops."

Metcalf Foundation
"The goal of the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation is to enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to help Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society."

Placemaking Resources

These resources include reports, information and research relevant to creative placemaking, cultural policy, social innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship, social wellbeing, public space, artist live/work space and affordable housing.
Advancing Toronto's Centre for Creative Sector Entrepreneurship: Research and Sector Engagement Findings
Findings of a 12-month-long research and sector engagement study that sought to understand the macro-market challenges facing the creative and cultural sector in Toronto.
www.artscapediy.org/Resources/Artscape-Archives/Artscape-Research-Publications.aspxArtist Link
Artist Link shares a wide variety of guides and toolkits for artists, developers, and municipalities.

A collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and various federal agencies, the mission and goal of ArtPlace is to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.

Artreach Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Toolkits
Downloadable toolkits on event planning, arts based evaluation, community-based participatory research, fundraising, grant writing, managing and financing non-profit projects, resources for challenging homophobia, and models of youth work.

ArtsBuild Ontario
ArtsBuild Ontario supports the health of Ontario's arts organizations by creating and realizing long-term solutions for their facility challenges.

Resources include presentations, reports, and articles to "create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations".

Broken City Lab
Artist –led organization exploring creative engagement with civic change in Windsor, Ontario.

CARS - Community Arts Resources
With 25 years of experience, Community Arts Resources (CARS) creates opportunities to engage with culture and community. Dubbed by the New York Times as "Los Angeles' preeminent festival producer," CARS designs, installs and oversees festivals and other events for the Getty, the City of Santa Monica, Disney Theme Parks, the Natural History Museum, and the California Endowment; consults for city governments, private developers, and nonprofits on the uses of public space for cultural and artistic purposes; arranges artist-in-residence programs at local schools; books cutting-edge performers for celebrated concert series; and develops unique marketing and outreach strategies for cultural organizations and community groups.

Canadian Urban Institute
The CUI is a not-for-profit engaged in urban planning and policy research, networking, leadership development.

Centre for an Urban Future
New York based think tank addressing urban issues.

Centre for Social Innovation
Toronto's Centre for Social Innovation hosts programming and shares resources to "catalyze social innovation in Toronto and around the world".

Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Community, Simon Fraser University
The CPRCC promotes "teaching, research, and community engagement with cultural politics, policy and planning" including research on cultural labour, the creative workforce, and cultural infrastructure in Canadian cities.

Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto
E-library and other resources.

Cities Centre, University of Toronto
Publications and resources.

City Culture Institute, Gdańsk, Poland
A dedicated website to a unique placemaking project in the largest city square in Gdańsk.

City of Toronto Cultural Services
Information related to programs, policy, and services for Toronto's cultural sector, including resources on cultural planning and mapping.

Cooltown Studios
The “official blog for creative placemaking”.

Colorado Creative Industries
An organization created to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado's economy, grow jobs and enhance quality of life.

Convergence Centres: Building Capacity for Innovation (Artscape, 2009)
Discusses the Place and Space Characteristics of the Creative and Cultural Sector.

Create Denver
Create Denver is a program of Arts and Venues Denver that seeks to strengthen the overall health and vitality of Denver by supporting the growth and development of the creative sector.

Creative City Network of Canada
Tools and resources relevant to creative place making, cultural planning, and cultural asset mapping.

Cultural Economy Lab, University of Toronto
Reports, research, and bibliographic information related to the cultural economy and creative industries.

Directory of Artist Residency Programs
Artscape DIY has researched and compiled a list of artist residency databases and resources from around the world. If you are an artist searching for a residency, explore this list for links to relevant programs.
Directory of Artist Residency Programs

Hill Strategies
Hill Strategies shares a wide range of research, articles and studies relevant to current issues facing artists and creative professionals in Canada.

Imagine a Toronto (Gertler et al, 2006)
Imagine a Toronto produced a strategy to address the current needs of Toronto's creative economy.

Entrepreneurship events, toolkits and workbooks for starting a business or organization.

Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto
Research and publications oriented around three main themes: economic performance, place, and creativity.

Mayor’s Institute on City Design
A US organization that works to transform city mayors into advocates for good urban design.

Monieson Centre, Queens University
Queen's University's Monieson Centre shares white papers related to cultural planning and the creative economy.

National Endowment for the Arts
Mandated by the US government to fund and support the arts the NEA has recently taken a leadership role in promoting creative placemaking.

National Federation of Artist Studio Providers
Case studies, toolkits, guidance, and resources related to artist studios and residencies in the U.K.

Neighbourhood Arts Network, Reading Room
Available to NAN members (free), the Neighbourhood Arts Network Reading room shares articles and reports relevant to cultural planning and issues facing the arts community at large.

Non-Profit Centres
The Non-profit Centers Network is a US based program of Tides Shared Spaces, which operates and promotes sustainable workspace for nonprofits and strengthens nonprofit capacity in the real estate arena.

No Vacancy (Toronto Arts Council 1988)
No Vacancy was a key report driving the creation of Artscape and the first research study into workspace affordability for artists in Toronto.

Ontario Municipal Cultural Planning Inc.
Ontario Municipal Cultural Planning shares documents related to cultural planning and cultural resource mapping.
http://www.ontariomcp.ca/Ontario Non-Profit Homes
Housing resources and information for tenants and landlords of non-profit developments.

Project for Public Spaces
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a not-for-profit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Resources include articles and reports relevant to creative placemaking.

Public Art Network (Americans for the Arts)
PAN is America’s only professional network for people working in the field of Public Art.

Res Artis
Information and listings on artist residencies around the world.

Social Innovation Generation
Information and resources on social innovation and finance.

The Urban blog network and city-based magazine.

Square Feet (Artscape, 2011)
A resource manual for artists, arts organizations and collectives looking to rent or buy work space.

Sunshine Coast Council's CommunityHub
The CommunityHub is an online interactive directory designed to enable easy sharing of information and publicise the work of community groups and the local arts community. With a strong focus on accessibility, the CommunityHub allows groups to create and edit their own listing, add new content, share event information and receive feedback.

Toronto Arts Council
Reports and Publications related to arts funding and the culture sector.

The Partnership Handbook
Designed to "support the most current understanding and development of partnerships. It recognizes that partnerships are an important vehicle for building community capacity and undertaking community development activities."

The Partnerships Resource Centre
"The Partnerships Resource Centre is an open centre where researchers, practitioners and students can create, retrieve and share knowledge on cross sector partnerships for sustainable development."

Toronto Community Foundation - Arts on Track
Information on city building, grant programs, and collaboration relevant to arts, culture, and the non-profit sector at large.

Toronto Cultural Policy and Plans 1974-2008, York University
Historical archive of major documents relevant to cultural policy in Toronto from 1974 to today.

Urban Institute
The Urban Institute shares a wide variety of research including many documents related to arts, culture, and communities by Rosario Jackson and other leading experts.

Urban Land Institute
A membership based multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.

Urban Land Institute Toronto
ULI Toronto is Canada’s first ULI District Council.

Wellbeing Toronto
This web app allows you to look at and combine various indicators about neighbourhood wellbeing in the City of Toronto.

Planning Resources


There are many ways that government planning tools, incentives, and programs can play a role in your project. These resources cover government legislation, programs, and policy; planning and development; development frameworks; brownfield redevelopment; grants and rebates, and more.


Government Legislation, Programs, Policy
Overarching legislative documents govern urban space, including policies, plans, statements, and acts. While some are broad visions, others explain concrete rules and regulations for the use, rehabilitation, maintenance, conversion, construction, and conservation of the places in which we live.

Provincial Policy Statement
The Provincial Policy Statement provides direction for the Ontario Planning Act for all issues regarding land-use and development. Sections relevant to cultural development include: 1.0 Building Strong Communities, 1.4 Housing, 1.5 Public Space, and 2.6 Cultural Heritage and Archaeology.

Places to Grow
Places to grow designates employment, transportation, environmental, and land use policies to address the challenges imposed by population growth in Ontario, and includes the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

Ontario Commercial Tenancies Act
Ontario’s Commercial Tenancies Act outlines the relationship, rights and obligations between commercial landlords and tenants.

Ontario Residential Tenancies Act
The Ontario Residential Tenancies Act gives the government the authority to enact regulations related to rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants.

Ontario Social Housing Reform Act
The Ontario Social Housing Reform Act mandates regulations for social housing service providers.

Ontario Heritage Act
The Ontario Heritage Act gives municipalities and the provincial government powers to preserve the heritage of Ontario.

Ontario Municipal Act
The Ontario Municipal Act designates responsibilities for municipalities and the province. Sections relevant to creative placemaking include: 106 Economic Development Services, 110 Municipal Capital Facilities, 204 Business Improvement Areas and 365.2 Tax Reduction for Heritage properties.

Ontario Development Charges Act
In Ontario municipalities, developers are required to pay development charges which help recover growth-related infrastructure costs from servicing new projects as designated by the Ontario Development Charges Act.

Ontario Assessment Act
The Ontario Assessment acts regulates how the value of property is assessed across Ontario.

Ontario Planning Act
The Ontario Planning Act sets the rules for setting land use planning policy in Ontario and gives authority to municipalities to prepare official plans and zoning bylaws. Section 28 explains Community Improvement Plans.

Ontario Environmental Protection Act
The Environmental Protection Act is Ontario's key legislation for environmental protection.

Ontario Building Code
The Ontario Building Code describes regulations for building residential and commercial space including requirements for design, ventilation, sewage, heating, and occupancy.

City of Toronto Act
The City of Toronto Act is a legislative framework that provides a series of bylaws for how the City will fulfill both provincial and municipal responsibilities. Section 74 references culture, parks, recreation and heritage.

Toronto Zoning Bylaw
The Toronto zoning bylaw lays out the rules for how land in the city can be used and what can be built when lands are redeveloped.

Toronto Official Plan
See section 4.7 Regeneration Areas. The City of Toronto is currently undertaking a statutory 5 Year Review of its Official Plan. For more information, click here.


Planning and Development
The City of Toronto provides many resources relevant to the planning of new development activity including information on site plan approval, development charges, heritage preservation, permitting, urban design, permitting, zoning, and other development standards.

City of Toronto: Committee of Adjustment

City of Toronto: Project Review Programs

City of Toronto: Development Application Forms

City of Toronto: Development Charge Bylaw

City of Toronto: Development Charges Information

Heritage Preservation Services

Construction Permit Information

City of Toronto: Tree Removal

City of Toronto: Sign Bylaw Unit

City of Toronto: Green Development Standard

City of Toronto: Building Division - Permit Applications

City of Toronto: Zoning Bylaw


Cities can direct growth and investment by creating targeted plans for employment, regeneration, and other improvements. The following resources are guiding frameworks with information related to programs, policy, assistance and incentives relevant to targeting areas for creative placemaking.

Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto

Community Improvement Planning Handbook, 2009

City of Toronto: Long-Term Employment Land Strategy

City of Toronto: Employment Districts Profile 2010

City of Toronto: Incentives

City of Vancouver: Metropolitan Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan


Brownfield Redevelopment
Brownfields exist in many cities where vacant lands remain unused due to contaminated former industrial sites and the high cost of clean-up. The following resources are useful to organizations undertaking brownfield redevelopment in Canada.

Brownfield Financial Tax Incentive

Canada Green Building Council (CGBC), What is Leed?

Brownfield Remediation Tax Assistance

The Toronto Community Improvement Plan for Brownfield Remediation and Development

Financing a Brownfield Redevelopment

Ontario Municipalities with Brownfield Policies

British Columbia Brownfield Renewal

City of Ottawa: Brownfields Redevelopment Program

City of Calgary: Brownfield Strategy


Rebates and Grants
Cultural facilities and creative places help contribute to the overall character of a city and many governments have established tax rebates, grants, and incentives to encourage this type of development. See Arts Funding Sources for additional information on grants available to the creative sector.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing: Section 37

City of Toronto, List of Grants

Ontario Heritage Property Tax Relief

City of Toronto: Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program

City of Toronto: Heritage Preservation Services

City of Toronto: Heritage Grant Program

City of Toronto: Property Tax Rebate Program

City of Greater Sudbury: Registered Charity Rebate

York Region: Rebates, Reductions and Relief Programs

Peel Region: Property Tax Rebate for Eligible Charities

Niagara Region: Property Tax Relief Programs

City of Toronto: Incentives-TIEGs

Norfolk County: Tax Increment Grant program


Additional Links

City of Toronto: Committee of Adjustment

City of Toronto: Project Review Programs

City of Toronto: Development Charge bylaw

City of Toronto: Development Charges Information

Heritage Preservation Services

Construction Permit Information

City of Toronto: Tree Removal

City of Toronto: Sign Bylaw Unit

City of Toronto: Green Development Standard

City of Toronto: Building Division - Permit Applications

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Council: Sustainable Community Planning and Development: Design Charrette Planning Guide

National Charrette Institute

Canada Green Building Council (CGBC), What is Leed?

Information on Acoustic Consultants

Ontario Environmental Assessments

Choosing an Architect

Canadian Construction Documents Committee

How to Hire a Construction Management Firm

Construction Management vs. General Contractor Method of Contracting

Merx, Canadian Public Tenders
e-procurement portal for public and private opportunities that connects suppliers providing various goods and services to buyers from a complete range of public and private sectors

e-procurement portal for public and private opportunities that connects suppliers providing various goods and services to buyers from a complete range of public and private sectors

Royal Architecture Institute of Canada

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

This section provides an extensive listing of external resources related to planning, placemaking, and funding.

There are many ways that government planning tools, incentives, and programs can play a role in your project. These resources cover government legislation, programs, and policy; planning and development; development frameworks; brownfield redevelopment; grants and rebates, and more.

These resources include reports, information and research relevant to creative placemaking, cultural policy, social innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship, social wellbeing, public space, artist live/work space and affordable housing

In addition to municipal, provincial, and Canada-wide funding programs, arts organizations may also find resources available from private organizations and foundations. Some funders have longstanding programs to meet a certain need, while others are developing new programs to respond to current issues in community building, economic development, or facing the creative sector at large. Each funder will have specific eligibility criteria related to things such as project or operating costs with requirements that also designate the exact type of cultural, community-based, creative, or artistic programming that is supported.