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Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON  M5A 2B7

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647-659-6952 Ext. 1009

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Public Hours
Monday to Friday – 9am to 9pm
Saturday to Sunday – 9am to 6pm

About

Overview

Daniels Spectrum is a community cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. It opened to the public in September 2012.

“Rooted in Regent Park, Open to the World,” Daniels Spectrum is home to many outstanding arts-based and community-focused organizations that make Daniels Spectrum a special place to work, play, study and get creative. The facility’s event, performance and exhibition spaces include Ada Slaight Hall, the  Community Living Room on the main floor, a network of hallway galleries and the Courtyard. Each year, Daniels Spectrum hosts tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of arts and cultural events.

Daniels Spectrum is named in recognition of a generous lead gift from The Daniels Corporation and The John and Myrna Daniels Charitable Foundation. It is a joint venture between ArtHubs, Toronto Community Housing, The Daniels Corporation and the Regent Park community.

Daniels Spectrum…

  • is fully accessible by Ontario standards
  • is LEED Silver TM certified
  • was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • is 60,000 square feet in area

Awards

  • Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence, 2016
  • Great Place Award, EDRA (USA), 2015
  • Civic Trust Award, Community Impact and Engagement (UK), 2015
  • Good Design is Good Business | Architectural Record, 2014
  • Best New Venue for Meetings and Events in Canada | BizBash Magazine, 2013

Building Accessibility

  • All washrooms and drinking fountains are accessible
  • Barrier-free access to the building via the Dundas Street entrance
  • Elevators (to all floors) located in the South Lobby
  • Signage throughout the building in braille
  • Hearing assist devices are available upon request

The Community Living Room

The Community Living Room is a social zone to meet friends, have informal meetings, do homework, read…in other words it’s a place to hang out. You’ll find the Community Living Room inside the main doors of the building, near the corner of Dundas Street East and Regent Park Boulevard. Free WiFi.

It’s a Community Cultural Hub

Daniels Spectrum is a community cultural hub. What does that mean? It’s what you make it, and what the organizations based here make it.

Daniels Spectrum is open to the community, and it is made for a variety of cultural uses. Within these walls you’ll find dancing, art-making, singing, music playing, learning, socializing, community building, mentoring, collaborating… Daniels Spectrum is alive with the spirit and creativity of the community every day.

Come and make this your place. Take part in activities, special events and programs, and use the facility for your own gatherings.

Experience, Learning & Innovation

Daniels Spectrum is all about adding creative experience to people’s lives, and fostering creative learning and innovation through accessible, immersive activities. The three floors of the building were designed to make this happen. In our event spaces and studios, you can experience amazing performances, exhibitions and more. With the organizations here, you can enrich your understanding of the arts and learn from others. And by following your inspiration, you may find innovative ways of expressing your creativity.

About ArtHubs

ArtHubs is a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto that operates a portfolio of community cultural hubs, including Daniels Spectrum, Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, Wychwood Barns and Youngplace. ArtHubs projects, programs and services are designed to support artists and creatives thrive while enhancing the broader communities they serve.

Ownership

Daniels Spectrum is owned by the Regent Park Arts Non-Profit Development Corporation (RPAD), a non-profit joint venture between subsidiary corporations of Toronto Community Housing, The Daniels Corporation and ArtHubs Toronto Inc. RPAD is governed by a Board of Directors with representation from ArtHubs, The Daniels Corporation, Toronto Community Housing, Daniels Spectrum and the Regent Park community at-large. RPAD was created to develop and own Daniels Spectrum and to lease the facility to ArtHubs as the building operator.

Development Story

Daniels Spectrum is part of the larger redevelopment and revitalization of Regent Park that began in the mid-2000s. Through community consultation, the Regent Park community identified the aspiration and the need for a dedicated cultural space in the neighbourhood. After a major effort on the part of multiple community and corporate partners, this dream became a reality. The seven founding organizations at Daniels Spectrum were: ArtHeart Community Art Centre; Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park; COBA Collective of Black Artists; Native Earth Performing Arts; Regent Park Film Festival; Regent Park School of Music; Pathways to Education.

Environmental Features

Daniels Spectrum is LEED Silver certified. Environmental and energy-efficient features include:

  • Green roof with native plant species
  • Bicycle parking and showers for staff who cycle to work
  • 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

Land Acknowledgment

ArtHubs acknowledges Toronto as a sacred gathering place for many Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. We recognize the long history of First Nations and Métis Peoples in Ontario, and show respect today to the Mississaugas of New Credit.

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