Apply by Jan 20! Food Service Operator Opportunity at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape Youngplace has included a café space on the mezzanine level since the building’s opening in 2013. Artscape is seeking a new operator for this popular venue with an established clientele and is open to your ideas and concepts. The ideal food service operator will contribute to the programming within Artscape Youngplace and the facility’s overall vision.

With windows facing Shaw Street, the finished space accomodates 20 patrons and includes tables and chairs. An adjacent lounge area provides seating for an additional 55 people at no charge to the café operator. We plan to add an outdoor seating area on Shaw Street in Spring 2017. Leasehold improvements are at the tenant’s option. The space is outfitted with a café counter, water, drainage and electrical receptacles. The café is zoned for food service with the option to obtain a liquor sales licence from the AGCO.

Access the Call for Proposals document (PDF)


Access the Call for Proposals document (PDF)

For information on short-term or event rentals visit

OCADU’s Artscape Design Hub at Artscape Youngplace

The partnership between OCAD University’s Impact Collective and Artscape has kick-started some exciting changes here at Artscape Youngplace. Artscape Design Hub, a team of four OCAD designers from interdisciplinary backgrounds, is now offering their services exclusively to Artscape Youngplace tenants over the next few weeks. They hope that through to the end of June, they can offer their creative services and design strategies to better help the not-for-profit community within Artscape Youngplace and support general community development through social innovation.


The Impact Collective is OCAD University’s social innovation initiative and it is pillars such as the Artscape Design hub that realize the transformational changes that The Impact Collective works toward. Artscape Design Hub arose from The Impact Collective’s collaboration initiative, as the partnership between the Design Hub and Artscape Youngplace brings dual opportunities to both the talented designers and Youngplace tenants seeking creative advice.

The team of designers, compromised of 4 women all pursuing different studies at OCAD University, is multi-talented and ready to offer their services.


Angela Cheng is approaching her 4th year at OCADU studying industrial design and minoring in illustration. Angela has a background in user experience and ethnographic research and impacts.
Find out more here:

Kendra Yee has training in visual communication, curation and social media. She has also worked in various artistic mediums such as illustration, graphic design, painting, installations and sculptures.
View Kendra’s website here:

Melody Gamble has experience with business and design consultancies as well as an interest in inclusive design practices, such as strategic and participatory design.
Check out Melody’s work here:

Rachel Hurst is a multidisciplinary designer and art director who recently graduated from OCADU’s Graphic Design program. She also has a strong interest in social strategies.
Her work can be seen here:


The collective hosts drop-in hours for Youngplace tenants to stop by the Flex Studio and begin working towards efficiently streamlining their ideas.

As mentioned by Rachel, “Everyone has a different idea of design. It’s all about getting the right people together, and we as a team collectively apply our expertise to uniquely fit the tenant’s needs.” Artscape Design Hub offers services including design consultancies, branding, developing business and creative strategies and more.

They are currently working on a rebranding project with the 3rd floor tenant Typology, among a few others.

Contact the design hub at to set up a meeting during their drop-in hours and to take advantage of this rare opportunity. A huge thank you is extended to OCADU for carefully selecting these extremely talented designers and for their willingness to collaborate with the community and tenants here at Artscape Youngplace.

Artscape Youngplace’s 3rd Annual Career Launcher: In Collaboration with CEAD and OCAD University
© OCAD U Career Development Career Launchers Website

Artscape Youngplace and OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD) joined forces once again to offer the 3rd annual Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher Opportunity! Artscape Youngplace is a recurring partner working with OCAD’s career development department to help new graduates enter the professional realm after school.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient Sharene Shafie, a multi-talented artist and curator who is currently pursuing a BFA in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program at OCAD University. Sharene has been awarded the opportunity to curate a group exhibition for select graduating OCAD U students from the Criticism and Curatorial Studies program. From this exhibition, Sharene along with a jury compromised of faculty and curatorial professionals will award one artist a solo show, set for 2017.

Sharene has pursued multiple projects ranging from sculpture, installation and printmaking to participatory experiences. Her recent curatorial and artistic work has been concerned with narratives surrounding the multicultural experience in metropolitan cities such as Toronto. Click here to find out more!

The group show is set for the 2016 summer months at Artscape Youngplace in the Hallway Galleries, beginning on June 27th. The solo show will follow in 2017 and will take place in one of our Flex Studio spaces, complimentary of Artscape Youngplace.

Here at Artscape Youngplace, we highly value both the variety of artists that we come in contact with as well as the partnerships and collaborations that foster these connections. Thank you to CEAD and the students from OCAD U’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program for making this opportunity possible! We cannot wait to see what is in store for both the group and solo shows.

Artscape Youngplace Announces Community Fund Recipients 2015

Artscape Youngplace is excited to announce the recipients of the inaugural allocation of the Artscape Youngplace Community Fund, a fund that supports community events and programs at Artscape Youngplace. This fund was made possible through the generous support of Catherine Gordon, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Limited, and by funds raised at a series of community events. Individuals, organizations and collectives were invited to submit applications seeking modest financial and in-kind support for initiatives that improve the opportunities for community members to connect, learn and create at Artscape Youngplace.  Community Funds support facilitator fees and materials and/or in-kind contributions of space at Artscape Youngplace.

We are pleased to announce the following projects, which will occur at Artscape Youngplace from April – December 2015:

Artists in Exile:Tibetans In Toronto is a week long festival showcasing local artists. Opening with an evening of live performances, traditional Tibetan foods and interactive circle dancing, the week will feature an art exhibition, workshops, demonstrations, storytelling, music and dance. This is a unique opportunity to experience artworks steeped in a distinct cultural and spiritual heritage as presented by contemporary Tibetan-born artists living in Toronto – home to one of the world’s largest Tibetan exile communities.

Fright Film School is inspired by Fright Film Academy which successfully ran a series of film workshops for low income youth in the Lansdowne and Bloor area. This project will give low income Hispanic youth in the west end of Toronto the chance to make short films and exhibit them in a cinema. The theme will be horror film and participants will use their real life experiences as inspiration for their films. The goal is to encourage under-represented youth to express themselves via filmmaking. Workshops will include acting, camera, lighting, script writing and editing.

Aiding Dramatic Change in Development is an organisation working within communities that passionately believes in using participatory theatre and art to enable adaptive development.  They run the Imaging Possibilities out of Artscape Youngplace, where they are on a creative journey with a group of adults who have Cerebral Palsy, exploring group creation and artistic expression of their stories, thoughts and perspectives. 

This workshop will engage participants in drawing and collage processes using non-traditional materials in the creation of a large-scale artistic project on the third floor of Artscape Youngplace on April 16, 2015. Inspired by the vinyl and tape-based installations on view in the AYP stairwells, the workshop will focus on concepts of colour, composition, pattern/abstraction, and site intervention using colourful stickyback materials such as duct tape and adhesive vinyl typically used for signage and advertising. A brief family-friendly tour of the exhibition preceding this hands-on workshop will contextualize the artwork and give background on the artists’ practices and motivations. TYPOLOGY is a not-for-profit project space which provides opportunities for guest curators and participating artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework. Through an inclusive and varied program of related events, TYPOLOGY seeks to enrich the exhibition experience and encourage active audience participation in our projects and programming.

SKETCH Working Arts’ Enviro-Arts program has a long history of creating beautiful, environmentally-responsible, educational and community-themed installations, including murals, outdoor woven textile sculptures and a wood oven. SKETCH’s Industrial Arts program, and in particular an emerging youth-led collective called Wooden It Be Nice, have been honing their carpentry and woodworking skills designing customized stools, and cabinetry to outfit SKETCH’s studios, along with commissioned projects for local businesses and organizations, including raised bed planters. These two programs propose to collaborate to design and install an aesthetically pleasing series of small container gardens to beautify the seating area where Shaw and Argyle Streets meet, at the north-east corner of the Artscape Youngplace building. Program participants will facilitate a series of community consultations and projects to design, create and install the new planter system, which will act as a site for rest, relaxation and community building. 

The Artscape Youngplace Community Fund will be announcing a second call for applications in fall 2015 for activities in 2016

Join us for RECESS – A Community Open House!

Join us for RECESS @ Artscape Youngplace
A Community Open House featuring
Art * Live Music * Creation * Conversation * Performance * Arts Market * Food & Drinks

Starting at 4:30 pm
– Drop-in, hands-on kids and family-friendly programming (until 6:30 pm)
– Informal tours of ULTRA-PARALLEL at the Koffler Gallery (until 10 pm)
– Arts market (until 9:30 pm)

Starting at 6:00 pm
– Community dinner (pay-what-you-can, until 7:30 pm)
– Exhibition Reception: TYPOLOGY’S Flights & Landings a two-part exhibition of work by three multidisciplinary artists from three different cities: Brooklyn-based Tamara Gayer, Berlin-based Christine Gedeon, and Toronto-based Janine Miedzik (until 8 pm)
– SKETCH Working Arts for our Open Studio Showcase and Exhibition with live performances and artwork by youth involved in all of SKETCH’s programs (until 9 pm)
– Artists open studios
– Live melodic techno music with Juno-award nominee, Arthur Oskan (until 10 pm)

Starting at 8:00 pm
– The Koffler Centre presents an artist talk with playwright Hannah Moscovitch and artist/architect, Philip Beesley
– Intergalactic Arts Collective presents a Double Bill of Dance: “Sara does a solo” by Sara Porter and “Experiment b” by Gerry Trentham.


~illustration by Alicia Nauta

Now Accepting Applications for Artscape Youngplace Community Fund!

Artscape Youngplace is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Artscape Youngplace Community Fund, a fund that supports community events and programs at Artscape Youngplace. This fund was made possible through the generous support of Catherine Gordon, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Limited, and by funds raised at a series of community events.

Individuals, organizations and collectives are invited to submit applications seeking modest financial and in-kind support for initiatives that improve the opportunities for community members to connect, learn and create at Artscape Youngplace.

Community Funds can be requested to support facilitator fees and materials (up to $400 of direct expenses per initiative) plus in-kind contributions of space at Artscape Youngplace.


  • To fit in with a larger slate of programming, the selected projects must have community-accessible components
  • Projects of any content, structure or type are eligible. Projects, initiatives and events can be intended for any age group, etc.
  • It is preferable that Initiatives receiving support from the Artscape Youngplace Community Fund are free-of-charge for participants/attendees; initiatives may charge a small participation fee or ticket price

Artscape Youngplace Community Funded Project Organizers are responsible for:

  • Organizing and facilitating all elements of the proposed project
  • Submitting invoices and receipts for all components reimbursed by the fund
  • Providing project descriptions as required for promotion
  • Marketing and promotion

Artscape Youngplace Community Funded Projects receive:

  • Access to 1,000 sq. ft. studios, featuring 14’ ceilings, large windows with blackout curtains, kitchenettes, linoleum floors, a basic stereo system, tables and chairs, and a/v equipment for initiative  dates and times
  • Administrative support for the distribution of allocated funds
  • Special blog posts on, and promotion to Artscape Youngplace’s social media networks and community networks
  • Access to discounted or in-kind printing, photocopying and equipment
  • Access to shared storage for materials

Applications can be submitted online through Submittable. The deadline is Monday, January 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Click here to fill out the Online Application Form. The form asks for a description of your proposed initiative, information about you, your proposed budget and ideal dates. The form takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete.

 Those submitting an application will be notified of the status of their application in February 2015.


Applications will be reviewed by members of the Artscape Youngplace Community Advisory, and will be prioritized based on:

  • The ability of initiative to offer community members a unique and exciting opportunity to connect, learn and/or create at Artscape Youngplace
  • The experience of the project leader/teacher/instructor/facilitator
  • The fit for available spaces at Artscape Youngplace
  • The compliment to other community initiatives

If you have any questions or require assistance with the submission process, please contact Ginger Scott, Program Manager, Artscape Youngplace at

Join the Artscape team: Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant, Artscape

Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Toronto – Liberty Village
Start Date: January 2015

Artscape is currently seeking a qualified individual as an Executive Assistant. The successful candidate will be an accomplished administrator who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Executive Assistant provides daily administrative support to the President and CEO, the Executive Vice President and the boards of Toronto Artscape Inc., Artscape Non-Profit Homes Inc., Toronto Artscape Foundation, the Regent Park Arts Non-Profit Development Corporation, board sub-committees and other ad-hoc committees as required.  For more information visit