Investing in Cultural Spaces in Toronto

From: Canadian Heritage

TORONTO, March 15, 2019

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the construction and renovation of cultural spaces to promote better access to the arts and heritage for everyone.

The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, was at the Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts today to announce $900,000 in funding for Manifesto Community Projects and close to $320,000 for The Remix Project. These two organizations will be residents at Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts.

Minister Rodriguez also announced $3 million in additional funding for Artscape Daniels Launchpad, a multi-use arts hub that functions as an entrepreneur centre, incubator and co-working facility for artists and cultural workers across a variety of disciplines. The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund contributed a total of $6.5 million in funding for its construction, of which $3.5 million was previously announced in 2017.

These new financial contributions, totalling $4.2 million, were made through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. They support the construction and renovation of facilities like Artscape Daniels Launchpad, and have helped fund the construction, renovation, and purchase of specialized equipment for The Remix Project and Manifesto Community Projects.

These new spaces will allow a diverse community of artists and creators greater access to inspiring and supportive environments in which they can create, perform and present their work.

“Investments in arts and culture help build vibrant and connected communities. They allow local economies to grow and prosper. Thanks to this funding, Manifesto Community Projects, The Remix Project and Artscape Daniels Launchpad will bring renewed energy to Toronto’s waterfront area and to the diverse and dynamic community of young creators in the city.”

—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“Since 2007, Manifesto has had the privilege of playing a role in cultivating local arts, culture and community both on and off stage, by providing platforms for local artists to grow, enriching experiences and content for young people to share, and inspiring spaces for young creatives to connect with each other. We’re extremely grateful for the support from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, which will allow us to continue serving the city we love from a new permanent home as part of the dynamic Daniels Waterfront – City of The Arts community.”

—Ryan Paterson, Co-Founder, Manifesto Community Projects

“The Remix Project is proud to have created a substantial impact in the life and careers of countless numbers of youth over the past 13-plus years. In just a few short weeks, we will welcome our 15th cohort of bright, innovative, business-minded, creative artists into our new permanent home. Remix is grateful for the generous gift from the Government of Canada and feel blessed to join the incredible arts and community-minded organizations at Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts. With this opportunity, we will be able to extend our reach across the country and at a global level as a top-notch professional training facility. We look forward to supporting the community and youth across Canada with accessible programs and facilities through this long-term growth and sustainability of The Remix Project.”

—Annalie Bonda, Executive Director, The Remix Project

“Canadian Heritage has provided invaluable support to the development of Artscape Daniels Launchpad. In its first few months in operation, we’re thrilled to see that this first-of-its-kind creative entrepreneurship hub is already empowering hundreds of artists and designers to develop their craft and entrepreneurship skills through access to programs, space, facilities and a community of support—all designed to help creatives build sustainable businesses and thrive like never before.”

—Tim Jones, CEO, Artscape

Quick facts

  • Manifesto Community Projects is a youth-powered platform that aims to elevate local artists and inspire young people through arts and culture. The organization hosts an annual festival, as well as year-round programming, which includes community events, workshops, summits, and pop-up exhibits.

  • The Remix Project offers arts, music, and digital media professional training programs. The organization serves youth who aspire to enter into the creative industries, or further their formal education through high-quality alternative arts education programs, facilitated artist development and professional training.

  • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation, including creative hubs. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

  • Budget 2017 proposed an investment of $300 million over 10 years in the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help support the development of Canadian talent, and promote entrepreneurship in the arts and cultural communities. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities and celebrate Canada’s rich cultural scene

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