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Toronto Star: Dufferin and Queen Studio Spaces, lost but not found
Julien Gignac | October 31, 2017

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Queen West artists stand against demolition of studio space

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/10/29/queen-west-artists-stand-against-demolition-of-studio-space.html

From Issue No. 262 | November 3, 2017

Plans involve a residential and light manufacturing complex, near Dufferin and Queen St. W.

 
Janak K. Khendry is the artistic director of a dance studio in a warehouse that will eventually be redeveloped.
Janak K. Khendry is the artistic director of a dance studio in a warehouse that will eventually be redeveloped.  (JULIEN GIGNAC / TORONTO STAR) | ORDER THIS PHOTO  
 

Peter MacCallum, Karl Schantz and Alfred Engerer each balk at an arrangement between the city and a residential developer that will eventually lead to the demolition of the warehouse, located near Dufferin and Queen Sts.

MacCallum and Schantz have studios elsewhere in the city, but have turned up to weigh in on the discussion, which revolves around city decisions that threaten artistic environments.

“My thing is about preserving this building,” said Alfred Engerer, who is the building’s superintendent. “I love this building. I don’t want it to go. Their intent is to fully destroy it and replace it with condominiums.”

The plan for the site was given the green light by the city after a settlement was reached with the developer in 2015 to incorporate work spaces for artisans into a predominately residential design. 

Alfred Engerer, artist and superintendent, opens a door to a studio belonging to a number of wood workers.
Alfred Engerer, artist and superintendent, opens a door to a studio belonging to a number of wood workers.

Engerer said the issue is yet another example of displacing artists to make way for gentrification. 

 

Editors Notes: A city needs to be diverse, in employment, spaces, and people. At the moment intensification is transforming a vibrant place into a mono-culture.
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