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Daniels Spectrum, Toronto, Canada

Monday 23 Mar 2015

A top performance from Daniels Spectrum

Daniels Spectrum by Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. in Toronto, Canada
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Daniels Spectrum by Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. in Toronto, Canada
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Daniels Spectrum, performance space in Toronto, Canada, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects recognised with a Civic Trust Award 

Daniels Spectrum, a performance and cultural arts centre in the heart of downtown Toronto has been awarded a Civic Trust Award at a ceremony at the The Globe Theatre in London. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the space provides professional performance, rehearsal, learning and social enterprise space for community-based arts and cultural groups. 

Donald Schmitt of Diamond Schmitt Architects said: “It is an honour to be recognised with a Civic Trust Award. The design objective was to facilitate interaction among the tenants, students and the public and to make the centre a vibrant and welcoming crossroads for the community.”

The vibrant and colourful facility is LEED Silver certified, and built with the audiences, performers and resident groups in mind. Seema Jethalal, Managing Director of Daniels Spectrum explains: “Native Earth Performing Arts has a unique ventilation system, ArtHeart Community Art Centre has a built-in kitchen so they can provide free meals for drop-in participants, and COBA Collective of Black Artists’ drumming and dance studios have sound isolated performance space and a separate box office and entrance.”

This is not the first time that Daniels Spectrum has won an award. In 2014 it was granted the Good Design is Good Business Award from Architectural Record Magazine, and in 2013 it was awarded Best New Venue in Canada for Meetings and Events from the BizBash Event Style Awards. 

View the six-minute video, ‘The Making of Daniels Spectrum’. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyMioOQElk)

The WAN Performing Spaces Award is now open for entries. 


Kerry Boettcher

News Editor

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