Thu, 30 Mar 2023 09:36:00 GMT
HomeCourt, a new, much-needed arts and culture space, has opened its doors in the heart of downtown Toronto. The multifunctional venue, which is located by the iconic Ossington Strip, is ideal for discussions, workshops, photography and videography, events, pop ups, and more. It’s a blank canvas, filled with all the gear, amenities, and open spaces for anyone to create and make it home.
The open-concept, accessible hard loft space has high ceilings and lots of natural light to encourage and support creative production. A stocked kitchen, in-house audio and visual system, breakout meeting rooms, and a customisable LED light display allow for fully bespoke experiences within the space. HomeCourt was developed and designed by the creative minds and tastemakers at Mint, a Toronto-based creative agency.
“As urban space has become increasingly scarce and difficult to access for creatives in this city, we have seen the need for spaces and programmes that support shared experiences, community building, and creative work ” said Kim Tarlo, HomeCourt co-founder and creative director at Mint. “HomeCourt was created to make space for the next generation of artists, brands, and creators to show the world what they do best.”
To further support this mission, HomeCourt has also announced the first edition of HomeCourt Artist’s Residency, a bi-annual programme that aims to support and provide resources for the next generation of artists and creatives. Toronto-based photographer, director, and visual thinker William Ukoh—whose work is to be featured at the space’s launch—will act as the lead mentor for the first round, which will open for applications this spring. “I think programmes like the HomeCourt Artist's Residency are essential because they strengthen the community by giving independent artists access to necessary information and access to industry professionals who can provide guidance that will help them advance in their craft,” said William. “Information sharing is how we grow as individuals, and as a community. So, for me I'm excited about the opportunity to hopefully create a domino effect where the entire community benefits in the long run."
In addition to monthly hands-on mentorship sessions with William, the selected resident will receive peer-to-peer guidance from a team of professional advisors from across the arts industry, as well as access to industry tools, and use of the HomeCourt space for creation and exhibition.
This community-led programme is indicative of the ethos behind HomeCourt, and reflects the vibrant community and neighbourhood in which it lives. “For us, it was a no-brainer to open HomeCourt around Ossington,” said co-founder Jordan Fogle. “It’s literally been named one of the coolest streets in the world, and this stretch truly offers something for everyone. It’s a place for connection and collaboration. As creators ourselves, we know that the inspiration and vibe on Ossington is palpable and fills the alleys that surround it.”
HomeCourt is now open for bookings, to help inspire and provide support to Toronto’s creative community. Visit here to learn more, and to visit or book the space.view more - CreativeMint, Thu, 30 Mar 2023 09:36:00 GMT