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Corwyn Lund: Word Count – Editorial

Surrounding the construction site of the property formally known as 48 Abell St is an installation by Artist Corwyn Lund entitled “Word Count”

Demolished in winter 2012, this former three-story warehouse had served for decades as studios and unsanctioned affordable housing for artists, its redevelopment is supposed to mark a new era in live/work spaces for Toronto artists, given what is occurring at Phase 1 of this project it’s doubtful the vision for the future will match the reality.

The exhibit was supposed to have run April 25th to June 30, a few short days after it’s installation piece of the hoarding containing sections of this project were removed to make way for construction, but there’s a beauty in that because it speaks to the reality of the fate of artists in this once thriving artistic community.

There’s a section on the south-side wall that speaks with great optimism and gratefulness for his new home at 180 Sudbury St with a nod toward Section 37 agreements that made it all possible.  It’s unfortunate the same agreement that made live/work units possible and provided a home was not fully realized as workshop space in the building has not been provided, leaving the potential for a thriving artist community at 180 Sudbury just out of grasp.

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The full text full text of Word Count is available here.

St. Clare’s Workshop Space Letter – Dated August 20, 2013

On August 20, 2013 Live/Work Tenants received an email from Kim Hinton outlining an offer for workshop space at 180 Sudbury St, the offer contained within does not comply with the Section 37 Agreement and does not indicate St. Clare’s is willing to work with tenants or the city towards implementing the community benefits as outlined.

In addition to the email correspondence all Live/Work Tenants had a written letter delivered to their Mailboxes, this letter was also posted in common area bulletin boards.  Too see the full letter click here:  St. Clares Workshop Letter dated August 20th, 2013 – Please note the meeting mentioned to be occurring on August 28, 2013 was postponed as Councillor Ana Bailao was no longer available.  The meeting was to be rescheduled to occur on either September 4, 2013 or September 13, 2013 – at the time of this posting that meeting has not been rescheduled or announced.

Here’s Ms. Hinton’s aforementioned email to tenants on August 20, 2013:


Here are the details of the offer of space as requested.

The offer of space is as follows:

The space being offered is the space currently occupied by Sketch. They have another location that they will be moving to in the fall. We are sorry to see them go, but pleased to have the opportunity to offer this visible above ground space with windows to the artists of 180 Sudbury.

We will invite the artists in the building to meet and will send out details in advance. We will prepare the terms of a space use agreement for them to review, which will be provided at the meeting.  This agreement will be similar to the one we currently have with Sketch, with the same “at cost” contribution for the space($2,000/month) and the same requirement for insurance.  It will have a minimum term of one year. St. Clare’s will need to be satisfied that artists signing the agreement are able to meet the obligations of such an agreement.

We will give the artists 30 days to consider the agreement and have right of first refusal. After this time we will need to offer the space to another compatible organization for the same terms, because it is not an option for the space not to produce an income.

If, after we have offered this space and there is no uptake, we will consider our obligation to offer this space fulfilled until the space is available again, at which time we will once again give the artists right of first refusal.

Regardless of whether artists decide to enter into an agreement with us for the space currently used by Sketch, the offer of the free concourse level space will remain until further notice.  We will still encourage other organizations who have space agreements with us to share the space when they are not using it, but we will not require it.

Thank you,

Kim Hinton
Director, Community Development
St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society
Office 416-961-2444 ext. 7226
Cell 647-382-0439
Fax 416-323-0164

180 Sudbury St. Floor Plan – Art Space and Community Space


48 Abell Ground Floor Plan-1 (downloadable pdf)

Art Room – Lower Level – Currently known at the Gabriella Room
Community Space – Currently known as the Carmena Room
Both are currently under a commercial lease, held by The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, these spaces are available for rent, through them,  for $25 – $30 an hour.

Upper Art Room – Currently under commercial lease by the organisation, Sketch
In August of 2013 Live/Work Artists received an offer from St. Clares to lease the space “at cost”, an offer that was roundly rejected as it did not meet the requirements of the Section 37 Agreement to see the details of this offer click here.