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401 Community Updates, Announcements and Milestones

How Toronto Theatre Companies Can Be Saved

Posted February 24, 2020

The future of Toronto theatre companies is at risk as more cultural institutions are forced to close due to the city’s condo development boom. In the past year, independent theatres such as Theatre Passe Muraille have lost their rehearsal space, administrative office and carpentry shop. “I think you’re looking at the very nature of downtown shifting if it becomes unaffordable for artists and arts institutions,” said Marjorie Chan artistic director of Theatre Passe Muraille. City Council passed a motion that …

401 – 25 Years As A Hub Of Culture

Posted November 20, 2019

The five connected buildings known as 401 Richmond once housed an immense factory that for 70 years made tin containers by the millions. But by the 1970’s industries were moving out of downtown Toronto, and the complex had fallen on hard times. There was a bid to tear it down and turn the site into a parking lot. Then in 1994 the complex was rescued and restoration began that turned it into Toronto’s best-known arts-and-culture hub, with some 800 people …

2019 Recipient of the 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize

Posted July 16, 2019

401 Richmond is pleased to announce Miles Ingrassia as the recipient of the 2019 Career Launcher Prize. Awarded annually, the prize provides an exceptional opportunity to occupy a coveted 500 square foot studio for a full year at one of Canada’s most dynamic arts facilities. The recipient is chosen from a Toronto-wide competition by a panel of visual arts professionals. The Career Launcher Prize has been presented annually since 2000 as a way of providing support for research and experimentation at a …

2019 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize

2019 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize

Posted February 20, 2019

Each year, 401 Richmond Street West welcomes an emerging artist into its community through the 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize. The Career Launcher Prize provides an exceptional opportunity to occupy a coveted 500 sq. ft. studio for one year at 401 Richmond Street West, one of Canada’s most dynamic arts facilities. The award recipient will become part of a unique community of artists, cultural producers, creative pioneers, passionate activists and social entrepreneurs. The recipient is chosen from a Toronto-wide competition by a panel of visual arts professionals. The Career Launcher Prize …

TAXED OUT Exhibit in the News

Posted September 14, 2018

TAXED OUT, the first-ever gallery exhibit of the Ryerson City Building Institute opened this past Monday in the Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond. On Wednesday, September 12th, the exhibit officially launched with a panel discussion featuring Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto City Council Candidate), LoriAnn Girvan (Chief Operating Officer, Artscape), Mark Garner (Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA), Peter Tomlinson (sessional lecturer, University of Toronto) and Rob Sysak (Executive Director, West Queen West). The evening was filled with a lively and passionate discussion …