General Questions

Who are your preferred caterers? +

You can find our full list of preferred and recommended caterers here.

What’s the difference between preferred and recommended caterers?
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Our preferred caterers are local businesses who support Artscape’s mission as a not-for-profit organization in a number of ways, including providing support to Artscape fundraisers and community programming. Recommended caterers are businesses we have worked with before and who are familiar with our event spaces.

Preferred and Recommended Caterers are subject to different landmark fee rates. To view landmark fees on a variety of catering services click here for a PDF.

Can I use a caterer that is not on your list?
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Yes. Any outside caterers must have insurance and will be subject to a 20% landmark fee.

What is a landmark fee? +

A Landmark fee, or Commission Fee, is a percentage of the total caterer or supplier invoice that is paid to the venue for operating within that venue.  This is charged to the client on the caterer or vendor invoice, which then gets forwarded to the venue.  Between 12 and 20% is industry standard, and can apply catering and or select vendor services.

To view landmark fees on a variety of catering services click here for a PDF.

As Artscape event venues operate as a social enterprise, we rely on revenues generated through our event services to support the operating costs of our community cultural hubs.  Your event is contributing to the dynamic community programming and affordable artist studios we offer across our portfolio of Artscape buildings.  Thank you for assisting us with providing space for creativity and transforming communities!

Can I use a food truck for catering?
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Yes. Each of our venues has the ability to accommodate food trucks (though it’s a bit more challenging at Artscape Gibraltar Point). Please contact us to learn more about the specifics of hosting food trucks at each venue.

Food truck catering is subject to landmark fees. To view landmark fees on a variety of catering services click here for a PDF.

Can I serve alcohol at my event?
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Yes. One of the many benefits of hosting your events at an Artscape venue is the ability to serve alcohol under a Special Occasions Permit (SOP), minimizing costs and improving the beverage selection. 

If you plan to serve alcohol at your event, you must obtain an SOP from the LCBO. For more information about the application process and to download the application form, visit: http://www.agco.on.ca/en/whatwedo/permit_special.aspx

If your caterer has a catering endorsement, they are permitted to sell and serve beverage alcohol. The caterer must provide the venue with a copy of the catering endorsement 10 days prior to the event. In all cases, the permit must be posted at the event.

Please note that permit applications for public events must be submitted to an LCBO SOP service store at least 30 days before the event takes place.

Can I use my friends or volunteers to staff the bar?
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Yes, but they must be SmartServe certified and are not allowed to drink alcohol during the event. We will require a copy of their SmartServe certificate prior to the event.

Artscape Wychwood Barns

Can I host my event past 11:00 pm? Is there an additional fee? +

No. Artscape Wychwood Barns is located in a residential community and has artists and their families living on site; as such we adhere to a strict Good Neighbour Policy. Events may not run past 10:00 pm from Sunday–Wednesday and 11:00 pm from Thursday–Saturday. This policy is non-negotiable.

Is Artscape Wychwood Barns accessible? +

Yes, the building is fully accessible. There is barrier-free access to the building from Christie and Wychwood Streets and an elevator located near the central stairs in Barn 3. Accessible washrooms and drinking fountains can be found on the ground floor.

Is there parking at Artscape Wychwood Barns? +

There is no on-site parking at Artscape Wychwood Barns. There is limited street parking available on Christie Street and several Green P lots located nearby on St. Clair Avenue West. As a former streetcar repair facility, we encourage patrons to take public transit.

Can I use Artscape Wychwood Barns for a photo shoot? +

Yes. For Photo Shoots in Covered Street Barn, the charge is $50/hour with a four hour minimum for individuals and $100/ hour with four hour minimum for organizations. A Venue Supervisor is present during the entire booking. Your preferred date can only be confirmed within 10 days of photo shoot. Photo Shoot is defined as a small production crew (under 30), limited lighting equipment, limit to three cameras, no amplified sound during business hours.

Please contact City of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation here for permits to shoot outdoors in Wychwood Barns Park.

Do you have outdoor event space at Artscape Wychwood Barns? +

Yes, you can host events in the Christie Open-Air Courtyard, The Stop’s Courtyard or on the lawns in Wychwood Barns Park. Please contact us for more details as costs and/or permits may apply.

Can I have food trucks at my event? +

Yes! The Christie Open-Air Courtyard can accommodate for up to three food trucks. A standard 15% landmark fee applies on all food, staffing and non-alcoholic beverages.

Do you have meeting space at Artscape Wychwood Barns? +

Yes, the Peter McKendrick Community Gallery can host meetings for up to 40 people seated. The space features a small kitchenette and washroom.  

Do you have in-house AV equipment at Artscape Wychwood Barns? +

Yes. Our full AV package includes a sound board with 10 ceiling mounted speakers, a stage, 2 wireless microphones and a plexiglass podium.

How many people can really fit into the Covered Street Barn? +

Sit down dinners can accommodate 350 people including an 8×8 stage and a bar.

Can I hang stuff from the ceiling in the Covered Street Barn? +

Absolutely! You can hang anything up to 200 lbs. from the 17’ high ceiling beams, as long as you hire an in-house lift operator. Options include lights, lanterns, aerialists, etc.

Can we project in the Covered Street Barn? +

Yes. During the day, visibility is limited as we have a 196’ skylight that runs the length of the space. Tarping is available.

Can I bring in a band for a concert at Artscape Wychwood Barns? +

Yes. As we are situated in a residential neighbourhood, and as part of our Good Neighbour Policy, amplified sound cannot exceed 85 decibels indoors and outdoors and must be run through Artscape in-house speakers. Amplified sound during business hours is restricted to background music only and amplification is limited as to not impact the daily operations in the offices and studios of the building. An Artscape AV technician is required for all system operations and monitoring of sound levels and must be arranged by Artscape.

Can I bring a vehicle inside the Covered Street Barn? +

Yes, check it out. Vehicles can be pushed into the space with the ignition turned off. Vehicles may not be driven in and plates or supports (metal/ wood) must be provided at client’s expense in order to distribute the weight from tires and protect the concrete floors from cracking.  Please contact us for more details.

Can I have a petting zoo at Artscape Wychwood Barns? +

No, we’re not that kind of barn! :)

Daniels Spectrum

When is Daniels Spectrum open? +

Daniels Spectrum is open to the public daily, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays. The centre is closed on statutory holidays. The venue can accommodate events 24 hours a day.

Is Daniels Spectrum accessible? +

Yes. There is barrier-free access to the building from Dundas Street East and there are two elevators located in the South Lobby. All floors have accessible washrooms and stalls, as well as accessible drinking fountains. Signage throughout the building is written in Braille. A hearing enhancement system is available in Ada Slaight Hall; please speak to your event supervisor for more details.

How do I get to Daniels Spectrum via public transit? +

Daniels Spectrum can be accessed via TTC by taking the 505 Dundas Streetcar to Sackville Street. You can also take the 95 Parliament Bus to Dundas Street and walk 500m east.

Is there parking available on site? +

Paid public parking is available in the underground lot beneath Daniels Spectrum. The vehicle entrance is off the laneway to the south of the centre, accessible via Sackville Street just south of Dundas Street East.  Parking costs a flat rate of $8 for every 8 hours of parking time. Additional paid public parking can be found in an underground lot beneath the RBC Royal Bank, just north of Dundas Street East off Regent Street.

Which organizations are based out of Daniels Spectrum? +

To learn more about the organizations that are based out of Daniels Spectrum, visit regentparkarts.ca/tenants/

How much does it cost to rent event space at Daniels Spectrum? +

It varies depending on the capacity of the person or organization applying. We are proud to offer a sliding scale of subsidized rates to non-profit organizations and independent collectives. Additionally, Regent Park-based organizations receive a significant subsidy compared to non-Regent Park users. We also have some completely subsidized rental opportunities for arts, cultural or community events.

Are there other spaces available for rent at Daniels Spectrum? +

Yes, some of our tenants rent out their spaces when they are not in use. You can find out more information here (coming soon).

What are the environmental features of Daniels Spectrum? +

The building has been constructed to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. Environmental and energy-efficient features include:

  • Green roof with native plant species
  • Bicycle parking and showers for staff who cycle to work
  • Car-share vehicle available in the commercial parking lot
  • Fuel-efficient hybrid car-share vehicle
  • Storm water treatment system to reduce pollutants
  • Low-maintenance landscape and low-flow fixtures to reduce water use
  • High-efficiency HVAC system that contains no hydrofluorocarbons
  • Recycled construction materials, including reclaimed wood from Regent Park
  • Low VOC paint, carpeting and cabinetry used throughout the building
  • Controllable lights and thermostats
Why is the building called Daniels Spectrum? +

Daniels Spectrum was named thanks to a $4-million lead gift from the Daniels Corporation and The John and Myrna Daniels Charitable Foundation. The word Spectrum was used to reflect Regent Park’s rich history of diverse cultural expression and the incredible range of programming the centre has to offer.

Who owns Daniels Spectrum? +

Daniels Spectrum is owned by a joint venture called Regent Park Arts Development (RPAD). RPAD is a non-profit corporation, governed by a Board of Directors with representation from Artscape, The Daniels Corporation, Toronto Community Housing and members of the Regent Park community. RPAD has engaged Artscape to be the operator of Daniels Spectrum.

What is the history of the Daniels Spectrum project? +

For more information about the development of an arts and cultural centre in Regent Park, read the Daniels Spectrum Case Study on Artscape D.I.Y.

Artscape Gibraltar Point

Your website says that the building is also an artist residency Centre. What does that mean?
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Artscape Gibraltar Point offers short-term residency space for up to twenty visual artists, writers, dancers and musicians. Residencies include studio and living space for visits as short as a week to as long as three months. We also have ten long-term residents; these are artists whose non-residential studio space is located at the facility. Our venue spaces are located at the opposite end of the building from the residency facilities.

How do I get to Artscape Gibraltar Point?
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Artscape Gibraltar Point is located on the southernmost tip of the Toronto Islands, which are only accessible by boat. You can get to the island by public ferry, private ferry or water taxi. Cars and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the island without a special permit.

Many events at Artscape Gibraltar Point will opt to hire a private ferry called the St. Marie (capacity: 100 people) which docks right across the street from our facility beside the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. For example, weddings will often choose to offer two boat rides from the city and two boat rides back to the city at the end of the evening. Anyone who misses these boats can take the public ferry or water taxi to and from the island. This is hands down the most convenient option for larger events! Contact Captain Brian at 416-837-2725 to plan your voyage.

Public ferries operate year-round from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal near Bay Street and Queens Quay Boulevard (map). Please check the Ferry Schedule & Fares for more info. Artscape Gibraltar Point is a 20-minute walk from the Centre Island ferry dock and a 25-minute walk from the Hanlan’s Point ferry dock. Bikes make everything a lot quicker.

How will our guests get to Gibraltar Point? +

Artscape Gibraltar Point is located at 443 Lakeshore Ave.on the southernmost tip of the Toronto Islands. To get your guests to our facility, you have the following option:

OPTION #1 – TORONTO PUBLIC FERRY:

  • Take the public ferry from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (located at the Southern end of Bay street and Queens Quay) to either Hanlan’s Point or Centre Island and you and your group can enjoy a 15 minute walk on the Toronto Islands to our facility. If certain members of your party require a lift, we are happy to pick them up in our Artscape Van (6 person capacity)
  • Artscape Bus Rental: Take the Public Ferry to Hanlan’s Point and our Bus will be there waiting to bring you and your guests directly to our venue. This bus can accommodate up to 40 persons at a time.

OPTION #2 – PRIVATE CHARTER TO GIBRALTAR

  • You can arrange a private Chartered boat to conveniently drop your guest off at the base of the lighthouse across from the venue. You can schedule your own drop off and pick up time. It’s a lovely way to start and end your day, traveling through the inner channels of the island. Please inquire for more information.

OPTION #3 – TORONTO WATER TAXI

  • Order a Water Taxi which can take up to 12 people directly to our dock at Gibraltar Point, a less than 2 minute walk to our facility.
How late can my event run?
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Artscape Gibraltar Point is a residential facility; as such we adhere to a strict Good Neighbour Policy. Events may not run past midnight, meaning that all music is finished and guests have started to depart the venue. This policy in non-negotiable.

What is the capacity of Artscape Gibraltar Point? +

Our two indoor event spaces, the Fireplace Room and the Beacon Room, each have a capacity of 150 seated guests. These rooms open onto the South Lawn and provide stunning views of the Island’s natural flora and fauna. For more information on the capacity of these rooms visit our venue page.

Our outdoor event space, the West Lawn can accommodate up to 1,500 persons, and our South Lawn 300 persons.

I would like to host my event outside. What happens if it rains?
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If you are planning your event outside but the forecast is calling for inclement weather, you have two options: move the event indoors or set up an event tent. We have two large indoor spaces, the Fireplace Room and the Beacon Room, and the West Lawn is also able to accommodate large event tents.

Do I have to rent dishware, tables or tablecloths?
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We have in-house tables, chairs, dishware and cutlery that can be provided for a flat fee of $300. Additional items, such as white outdoor chairs, a portable dance floor and a fire pit can be rented from us at an extra cost. Table linens and additional table décor can be rented through your caterer.

Do I have to choose from your list of preferred or recommended caterers?
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We highly recommend choosing from our list of preferred or recommended caterers, as they are familiar with the space and are fully-aware of the transportation challenges that come with working on the Toronto Islands.

Can I rent the beach?
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The Gibraltar Point Beach is located just south of our property and we have hosted many beautiful wedding ceremonies, small concerts and outdoor performances there. There is no additional cost associated with using the beach, but we do offer furniture and fire pit rentals to make it snazzier. Because it is public property, the beach will be open to the public during your event and is not covered under a Special Occasions Permit. Basically, you cannot consume alcohol on the beach and may encounter a sunbather or two.

Will anything else be booked on the day of our event?
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If you are booking a wedding, you will be the only one client with use of our event spaces on the day of your wedding. If you are booking a meeting, staff retreat or seminar, you may be one of two clients in our events spaces, each using one of the event rooms. At all times, we have artists-in-residence whose studio space and temporary residence is on site at the opposite end of the building from our venue space.

Do Artscape Gibraltar Point staff live in the island? 
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One of our staff members is a Toronto Island Resident but the majority of the staff live on the mainland and maintain regular daytime office hours at Artscape Gibraltar Point.

Can I rent bikes?
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One of our long-term tenants is able to rent bikes to artists-in-residence and has two quadricycles which can be rented to groups for use during events. We are happy to help you arrange bike rentals.

Does Gibraltar Point have any audio/visual equipment on site? +

At a cost of $200.00 plus HST you can rent our on site Microphone and Speakers Package. This includes a 16 channel mixer, two powered speakers, 3 wired mics and 1 wireless mic, with mic stands and speaker stands. Please note we provide the equipment but it is your DJ/sound person’s responsibility to set up and tear down.

How will I get the equipment I need for my event to the island? +

As bringing tables and chairs over to the island can be costly and time consuming, we have developed an extensive in-house inventory which includes items such as tables, chairs, dishware, cutlery, décor, etc. that can be provided for you at a cost of $10.00 plus HST per guest. Additional items, such as white outdoor chairs, a portable dance floor and a fire pit can be rented from us at an extra cost. Table linens and additional table décor can be rented through your caterer.

Artscape Youngplace

Is Artscape Youngplace accessible? +

Yes, Artscape Youngplace is fully accessible. There is a wheelchair ramp located at the front of the building with stroller parking located directly behind the ramp. All floors of the building have accessible washrooms and there is a central elevator that provides access to all floors. 

What types of event spaces are available to rent at Artscape Youngplace? +

There are five types of space available to rent for events at Artscape Youngplace:

  • Flex Studios: full studios for private work or private and public events
  • Flex Workspaces: Dynamic co-working space
  • Flex Workspace Premium: Semi-private workspace
  • Flex Meeting Room: Small, private meeting space for up to 4 people
  • Common Areas: These include our first, second, and third floor hallway galleries, as well as the first floor mezzanine
Who can rent space at Artscape Youngplace? +

Anyone can rent space at Artscape Youngplace! Our rental rates are tiered to accommodate practicing artists, artistic and not-for-profit organizations, private companies and individuals.

We have a Flex Studios Membership Program available for individual artists and arts organizations who intend to use the studios for creative practice. For more information on membership and to determine whether you or your organization qualifies for a membership, click here

Is there parking at Artscape Youngplace? +

There is one-hour street parking available on the side streets surrounding Artscape Youngplace. Should you need to park for longer than one hour, there is a Green P lot located just a few blocks north of the facility on Dundas St. just east of Ossington Ave. We also have onsite bicycle parking, and are easily accessible via the TTC

Artscape Youngplace has a small driveway that is available to use for load-in and load-out purposes. However, cars cannot be left in the driveway for long periods of time and all load-in and load-out activities must be discussed with the Program Coordinator. 

Can I host a party with alcoholic beverages and food at Artscape Youngplace? +

Yes. If you wish to serve alcohol at your event, we require a minimum of 30 days’ notice so that you, or a member of the Artscape Youngplace administrative staff, can obtain the appropriate Special Occasion Permit (SOP) to serve alcohol.

You are welcome to bring in food from an off-site caterer, or explore the catering options available through our on-site Youngplace Coffee Pub (contact: hello@coffeepubs.ca). There is a landmark fee of 20% for off-site catering and a fee of 10% for catering ordered through the Coffee Pub.

Can I host my event past 11:00 pm? Is there an additional fee? +

No. Artscape Youngplace is located in a residential community and as such we adhere to a strict Good Neighbour Policy. Events may not run past 11:00 pm. This policy is non-negotiable.

What is the capacity of Artscape Youngplace’s Flex Studios? +

The Flex Studios are each approximately 1,000 square feet, and can accommodate a maximum of 100 people standing or 75 seated.

Can I rent AV equipment and other items for my event at Artscape Youngplace? +

Yes. We have a selection of AV equipment, tables, chairs, etc. available for rent at Artscape Youngplace. Please discuss your requirements with the Program Coordinator when making your booking. 

Can I host loud events at Artscape Youngplace, such as a concert or a flamenco dancing recital? +

Artscape Youngplace abides by a “quiet enjoyment” policy, meaning that all tenants of the building, whether short or long term, respect each other’s individual space and make all efforts necessary to ensure that their practice does not disturb others in the building via excessive noise or odour. As such, all “loud” events are assessed by a member of the Artscape Youngplace administrative staff on a case-by-case basis to determine whether or not they are suitable to take place at Artscape Youngplace. Absolutely no drumming-based events are permitted. 



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