by Jini Stolk
It’s always wonderful to hear capital project success stories from Creative Trust members.
Check out 80 Winchester Street! It’s looking beautiful. Toronto Dance Theatre and the School of TDT have been working with heritage architect Philip Goldsmith to restore their historic Cabbagetown home. Phase one of this project is now complete, and included: replacing the flat roof and HVAC units; stabilizing the heritage south-facing stained-glass windows and restoring their wooden frames; reinforcing the building foundation; re-pointing the brick-work and replacing all windows on the south wall; repairing damaged parts of the slate roof (a full replacement of the roof will be part of the next phase of improvements); and re-pointing and repairing the chimneys.
Over the next five TDT and the School plan to make the building physically accessible, and to make much-anticipated lobby and theatre upgrades.
In Mississauga, Sampradaya Dance has just opened their wonderful new multi-purpose state-of-the-art theatre space, which is sure to become an important community hub for South Asian arts. The Samprdaya Dance Centre, whose expansion was led by project contractor Urlando Management, with lighting and sound infrastructure by 3L Sound and Lighting Productions Limited, has retractable seating for 100.
The Company is planning to launch their own programming series showcasing performances by local emerging South Asian dance artists in September of 2012, and will also be renting the space.