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Front Row, Left To Right: Don Pugh, Vice President Of The Daniels Corporation; Tim Jones, Artscape CEO; LoriAnn Girvan, Artscape COO; Adam Vaughan, Member Of Parliament For Spadina–Fort York; John Campbell, Artscape Board Vice Chair. Back Row, Left To Right: Sonja Smits, Toronto Artscape Foundation Board Chair; Sharon Avery, President And CEO, Toronto Foundation; Michael Trent, Performing Arts Program Director, The Metcalf Foundation; Karim Rahemtulla, Managing Director, Artscape Daniels Launchpad; Karen Thorne-Stone, President And CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation; Cynthia Good, Member Of Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Toronto Grant Review Team. Not Pictured: Diaene Vernile, Parliamentary Assistant To The Minister Of Research, Innovation And Science.

Announcing Artscape Daniels Launchpad

On April 21, we held an event to proudly present Artscape Daniels Launchpad, our one-stop art and design entrepreneurship hub opening in 2018 that will provide affordable access to technology and tools of the trade, reframe entrepreneurship for creative people through innovative programming, and offer a gateway to services, funding, business opportunities and more. You can read more about this amazing facility on our dedicated website at

And (as previously announced) Artscape’s head office will be moving there in 2018!

Funding Partners

At our April 21st event, we announced $21.4 million in capital and program funding contributed to Launchpad, and that the facility will be named Artscape Daniels Launchpad in recognition of the outstanding financial support of The Daniels Corporation and the John and Myrna Daniels Foundation.

Artscape Daniels Launchpad has also been made possible in part by the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, TD Bank and a network of generous philanthropic donors and investors. The programming of Artscape Daniels Launchpad is supported by: FedDev Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Media Development Corporation, the City of Toronto through Start Up Here Toronto, the Metcalf Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Please read all about our funding partners in the official press release below.

FEATURE PHOTO: Front row, left to right: Don Pugh, Vice President of The Daniels Corporation; Tim Jones, Artscape CEO; LoriAnn Girvan, Artscape COO; Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina–Fort York; John Campbell, Artscape Board Vice Chair. Back row, left to right: Sonja Smits, Toronto Artscape Foundation Board Chair; Sharon Avery, President and CEO, Toronto Foundation; Michael Trent, Performing Arts Program Director, The Metcalf Foundation; Karim Rahemtulla, Managing Director, Artscape Daniels Launchpad; Karen Thorne-Stone, President and CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation; Cynthia Good, member of Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Toronto Grant Review Team. Not pictured: Diaene Vernile, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Research, Innovation and Science.

Interior Spaces

In addition to recognizing our funding partners, we revealed more about this upcoming facility that will help artists and designers build thriving careers, organizations and businesses. Our just-released renderings show the unique spaces where member creatives will access a multi-disciplinary environment full of tools, equipment and technology, entrepreneurship programs and activities, and a marketplace of services, resources and opportunities. Spaces include:

  • Fully equipped production studios for digital design, audio-visual recording, textiles, prototyping, photography, jewellery, electronics and woodworking
  • Members’ collaboration commons
  • State of the art, flexible meeting and presentation spaces

Artscape Daniels Launchpad will be a colourful, comfortable series of spaces with a lively character, and a natural place to make meaningful work.

Too see all interior renderings, see our Portfolio item.

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