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 – – 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 – – 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 – – 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/ – 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