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Spring 2012 Volume 19, Issue 1

photo by erIn mackeen

The 401 Richmond Update is a community-building initiative of Urbanspace Property Group. The newsletter began in June 1994 and over the years has documented the eclectic activities and fascinating people who make a home in our historic factory in downtown Toronto. If you would like to be added to the 401 Update mailing list please email:

401 Richmond Ltd. Staff
bob chandler, Security rosanna ciulla, administrative assistant angela Garvey, Special projects coordinator bogale Gebreyes, Security & maintenance erin mackeen, Director community Development and communications keli maksud, office administrator mike moody, property manager Greg Laberakis, maintenance pamela Lampkin, Janitorial Services rodentar paragas, Janitorial Services manager Vicki rodgers, chief executive officer robert Schwager, Security michael Siklos, Leasing administrator Greg Spooner, parking attendant & Security renato Villanueva, maintenance margaret Zeidler, Founder

erin mackeen, editor Lisa kiss Design (Studio 435) Warren’s Waterless printing published by: Urbanspace property Group 401 richmond St. W., Studio 111 toronto, on canada m5V 3a8 tel 416-595-5900 fax 416-595-5904

Jane Jacobs’ Portrait by John Scott and Deborah Waddington on the second floor landing of the main staircase

printed on rolland enviro 100.

Spring 2012 Volume 19, Issue 1

SANDER DESIGN has brought his landscape design office (and his pomeranian rambo) back to the building making a home in Studio 404. JANNA WATSON joins our community of artists setting up her painting studio in Studio 282. RAFUSE CONSULTING GROUP has moved in to Studio 244 where they will create strategic marketing and communications for baby boomers and seniors.

Janna Watson’s Sublime of Blasted Passion (detail) SUSTAIN ONTARIO is moving from Studio 282 to Studio 365 to form a collaborative work space with Meal Exchange. WORLD LITERACY OF CANADA has moved to the other side of the bridge from Studio 236 to Studio 281, a space that better fits their current needs.

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news on the cover tenant profile spotted & applauded listings press check the Back page

THE FOUNDERS’ NETWORK has closed its doors literally at Studio 281 and figuratively due to the death of Dr. Fraser mustard (see page 2).

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on november 16, 2011 we lost one of our longeststanding tenants and most loyal community members, Dr. Fraser Mustard. a renowned medical doctor and researcher he was most passionate about the importance of early childhood education to humanity. after retiring in 1996 from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (which he founded in 1982) he began the Founders’ Network at 401 richmond. Devoted to early childhood development he released three influential reports on the subject called The Early Years Study. Dr. mustard believed all workplaces should have early learning centres and was instrumental in founding our own Studio 123. he was an avid supporter of the philosophies that guide 401 and made a significant impact on the course of the building’s evolution. We will miss him terribly.
Below (left to right): Urbanspace Property Manager Mike Moody, Founders’ Network’s Dorothy McKinnon, and Dr. Fraser Mustard in the roof garden at 401 Richmond circa 2001

at 401 richmond the Images Festival (Studio 448) feels a bit like a block party. neighbouring galleries and artistrun centre’s open their doors for the Off Screen exhibition line-up, resident festivals and shops partner up for programming collaborations, and the community comes out in full force. It’s fitting then that after twenty-five years of Images, they’re celebrating their silver anniversary by spotlighting what community means…and they’re doing it right here at 401. the Urbanspace Gallery will be transformed into a festival hub from april 12 to 22 providing a place for screenings, gatherings, and talks that will compliment the programming taking place in other venues throughout the city. In the same space Images will be guest curating Toronto: Cinema City from march 22 to april 28 an exhibition that looks at the history of our city’s moving image venues. 2

Joshua Bonnelta, Strange Lines and Distances at YYZ Artists’ Outlet.

on the cover
the Centre for City Ecology (Studio 119) started off the year by launching the City Builder Book Club with their first selection: Jane Jacob’s Death and Life of Great American Cities. the book celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and the club partnered with Swipe Design Books + Objects (Studio 121) to offer a shiny gold covered edition at a discount to participants. a joint venture with Creative Urban Projects the intention of the club is to spark discussions and create a deeper understanding of how cities work. each chapter is accompanied by online commentary from an urban thinker such as former mayor John Sewell (Studio 206) and comments are encouraged. you can join in and catch up on the conversation, or keep an eye on when the next book will be announced by visiting:
Top: 50th anniversary edition of Jane Jacob’s Death and Life of Great American Cities

Former Chief City Planner Paul Bedford returns to offer his popular tour of the KingSpadina area for Jane’s Walk (May 5 and 6). Starting things off at 401 Richmond, he talks about the neighbourhood’s development history and the unprecedented growth that’s on its way. We’re also gearing up for another Doors Open Toronto weekend on May 26 and 27 — this year’s theme is 200 Years of Building the Urban City and we have some special programming up our sleeves to compliment building tours. To keep up to date with event details, visit


tenant profile

Back (left to right): Education Program Coordinator Kelly Park, Office Manager Mary Warner, Education Director Kirsten Vanstone, Executive Assistant Melissa Barbosa, SolarShare Member Relations Coordinator Julie Leach, Development Coordinator Wesley Normington. Front (left to right): Project Manager Matt Zipchen, Executive Director Judith Lipp, TREC Services Coordinator James Law.

the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative (trec, Studio 405) bears a fitting acronym. trec has had to trek through its share of uncharted territory in ontario to establish the foundations for community-owned power. the organization started things off with a single mandate: Windshare, which erected a turbine on the Exhibition Place grounds in 2002 and was the first communityowned wind project in canada. Since then, trec has been advocating for policy changes reflected in the Green Energy Act and implementation of Feed-in-tariffs, they are close to starting the blades spinning at Lakewind a twenty megawatt wind farm outside kincardine, and have a four million dollar portfolio of solar power generators feeding the grid through SolarShare. mapping the relationship between the solar, wind, and education arms of trec is no simple task. Judith shared a venn diagram that we didn’t have the space to include so we’ll try to explain it like this: the cooperative is the entrepreneurial arm of a family of organizations. trec is an incubator, developer, and capacity builder for the other organizations (both not-for-profit and charitable). they contract services and share resources (such as board members and expertise) and the strength of each organization compliments and contributes to the whole. they also all have a shared goal. as executive Director Judith Lipp explains, “the overall purpose is really about enabling ontarians to participate in the green energy economy in a concrete way. Whether it’s as an investor 4 on the generation side or by engaging families with renewable energy concepts on the education side — those are the two pillars.” Whether its wind or solar, direct participation is central to trec’s initiatives. Judith believes that a participatory model is often what really engages people: “a whole community power sector was developed out of this one idea: if individuals can invest their money in local projects and keep the profits local, people start to get comfortable with renewable energy and there’s a snowball effect.” In order to build the sector trec is looking strategically at how to provide consultation services to new coops starting their own community ownership projects and to deliver education and outreach programs for developers, who often have to deal with hostile communities. one of the ways to become a community power participant by purchasing a SolarShare bond. trec has been running information sessions in our meeting room (Studio 408) with the next one planned for april, or you can visit them in Studio 405 or online at It’s a great way to find out what investing in renewable energy looks like and how you can get involved. SolarShare’s plan is to have 750 members by the end of the year and expand their solar portfolio to ten million dollars. “people want to invest in something that’s doing good and there aren’t many of those that provide a 5% return on investment.”

spotted & applauded

December 8 to 11, 2011 Top Left Musideum’s Donald Quan Above Artisans Marketplace participant and Contemporary Textile Studio Cooperative member Roohi Qureshi Left Artisans Marketplace shoppers in the Urbanspace Gallery

ALISON ROSE of Inigo Films (Studio 213) was honoured with the order of ontario on January 26. among twenty-seven appointees, rose was recognized for her documentary film and reporting work and her time spent volunteering to serve people in need through St. Andrew’s Out of the Cold, and the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

GARETH BATE received more news coverage than we could fit in press check for his recent installation at the Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up to My Room. So we’re applauding him for making a splash with The Jewel Net of Indra.



March to May 2012
MARCH 22 – APRIL 28 Urbanspace Gallery Toronto: Cinema City
part oF the 25th annIVerSary ceLebr atIonS oF the ImaGeS FILm FeStIVaL

The Listings Board is your opportunity to communicate with other tenants and keep them informed about what is happening in your organization. If you are having a sale, exhibition, or event you would like advertised, email details to Listings are open to all tenants. DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE: Friday April 20, 2012

MARCH 27 – APRIL 21 YYZ Artists’ Outlet Joshua bonnetta
part oF the ImaGeS FeStIVaL oFF-Screen proGr am

A Space Gallery (Studio 110) contact 416-979-9633 Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Studio 120) contact 416-979-3941 Open Studio (Studio 104) contact 416-504-8238 Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (Studio 124) contact 416-591-0357 The Red Head Gallery (Studio 115) contact 416-504-5654 Trinity Square Video (Studio 376) contact 416-593-1332 Urbanspace Gallery (Studio 117) contact 416-595-5900 Vtape Video Gallery (Studio 452) contact 416-351-1317 WARC Gallery/Women’s Art Resource Centre (Studio 122) contact 416-977-0097 Wynick/Tuck Gallery (Studio 128) contact 416-504-8716 YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Studio 140) contact 416-598-4546

MARCH 28 – APRIL 21 The Red Head Gallery Zev Farber: Greg McRoberts opening: Saturday march 31, 2–5 pm APRIL 5 – 21 Gallery 44 Deanna bowen: The Paul Good Papers opening: thursday april 5, 6–9 pm
part oF the ImaGeS FeStIVaL oFF-Screen proGr am

APRIL 12 – MAY 19 Open Studio mark Franchino: Proof brenda Joy Lem: Longing and Belonging kurt pammer: Lakeland Drive opening: thursday april 12, 6:30–8:30 pm APRIL 25 – MAY 19 The Red Head Gallery Joan kaufman: In Between opening: Saturday april 28, 2–5 pm MAY 1 – 31 Urbanspace Gallery coach house books presents patrick cummins: Full Frontal T.O.
part oF the ScotIabank contact photoGr aphy FeStIVaL

continues to MARCH 10, 31 & JULY 21 YYZ Artists’ Outlet Julie Lequin, keith Langergraber, Jacob horwood continues to MARCH 20 Urbanspace Gallery Mind the Gap: Inequality in Toronto and What to Do About It continues to MARCH 31 Open Studio erik Waterkotte: Invocation Susan collett, Sadko hadzihasanovic & elena roginsky: The Print Process–Monotypes on Paper Jennifer Linton: An Account of Some Strange Disturbances MARCH 2 – 24 The Red Head Gallery Xiaojing yan: A Grasp of Shadows opening: Friday march 2, 6–9 pm MARCH 2 – 31 Gallery 44 Laura St. pierre, Immony men: Constructing Space Vitrines: maria raponi: From Above opening: Friday march 2, 6–9 pm

MAY 1 – JULY 31 Roastery Coffee House barry prophet: Dwellings & Incursions: Photographs opening (artist present): Saturday may 5, 1–4 pm
part oF the ScotIabank contact photoGr aphy FeStIVaL

MAY 4 – JUNE 9 Gallery 44 Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography Featuring: Samira eskandarfar, amirali Ghasemi, abbas kowsari, Zeinab Salarvand, arman Stepanian, Sadegh tirafkan curated by andrea Fitzpatrick opening: Saturday may 5

Catherine Lane at Open Studio (May 25 to June 23)


Clockwise from top: Barry Prophet at The Roastery Coffee House (May 1 – July 31), Amirali Ghasemi at Gallery 44 (May 4 – June 9), Xiaojing Yan at The Red Head Gallery (March 2 – 24).

MAY 5 – JULY 21 YYZ Artists’ Outlet Libby hague, Jamie angelopoulos MAY 25 – JUNE 23 Open Studio Visiting Artist Exhibition: mark crofton bell & catherine Lane amber albrecht: The Summer House Daryl Vocat & peter kingstone: Sissies and Psychopaths opening: thursday may 25, 7–9 pm artist talks: Friday may 25, 6–7 pm

MAY 3 Prefix ICA Spring Exhibition Opening Reception & Prefix Photo Launch Party time: 7–10 pm celebrate the release of issue 25 of prefix photo magazine and the opening reception of the Spring exhibition curated by Scott mcLeod MAY 17 Open Studio 100 Prints open Studio’s annual fundraising event where only 100 art draw tickets are sold guaranteeing each ticket holder an original fine art print offsite: palais royale time: 6:30 pm MAY 17 – 27 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival the international leader in the presentation of queer film celebrates their 22nd annual festival at the tIFF bell Lightbox

MARCH 1 – MAY 27 Musideum Coffeehouse Concert Series featuring: Lara Solnicki and George koller, medicine Wheel, mark Sepic, conrad Gayle, charles cozens and Lance elbeck, Louis Simão and carlos bernardo, cairdeas, Susan cogan and bob cohen, alex Leggett, Steve koven, Gary Diggins, rita DiGhent, pat clemence For various dates, times, and ticket prices visit APRIL 19 – 22 Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Celebrating 30 Years offsite: harbourfront centre, Fleck Dance theatre times: thursday to Saturday 8 pm Sunday 3 pm

APRIL & MAY Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative Workshops: Screen Printing Workshop (april – may), Creative Mixed Media Design (thursdays from april 5 – may 10) Repeat Textile Pattern Design (Sundays april 22 – may 13), Embroidered Potentiometers: Crafting Fabric Sensors Using Conductive Yarns (april 15), and Create a Skirt Workshop (Wednesdays april 4 – may 23). contact to register or visit:


press check

was spotted in his own house…in the pages of Design Lines Magazine. the artist shared how he made his “ramshackle home into something picture perfect.”

received praise from the Globe and Mail’s architecture columnist John Bentley Mays for the design of their Regent Park housing complex, 40 Oaks.

and Murray Whyte talked about oppression and despair in the Toronto Star’s review of Scott’s show at Nicholas Metivier Gallery last fall.

appeared in a Live with Culture post about artist Michael’s Snow’s show in new york earlier this year. the creators of touchDesigner collaborated with Snow to create The Viewing of Six New Works.


THE BACK PAGE Patrick Cummins at the Urbanspace Gallery this May
Garages and Dead Stores from Full Frontal T.O.

If you’d like to be on the back paGe, please submit your drawing, painting, illustration, photograph or architectural plans at 300 dpi as a photoshop or illustrator file on cd or dvd disk. please include a word file with your name, the title of the project, your website, your studio address and a brief description of 50 words (maximum) on the disk. the best entry will be chosen for each issue. Disks will not be returned. this space is to showcase the talent in the building. It is not for advertising an event or sale.


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