Opening in 2018

Artscape is proud to present Artscape Daniels Launchpad, a 30,000 square foot, one-stop art and design entrepreneurship hub opening in 2018 that provides affordable access to technology and tools of the trade, reframes entrepreneurship for creative people through innovative programming, and offers a gateway to services, funding, business opportunities and more. A new model of creative space, Artscape Daniels Launchpad supports creative production, collaboration, experimentation, invention and idea exchange, and provides the ideal environment for creatives to fully explore and realize their potential.

Artscape Daniels Launchpad will develop a new culture of entrepreneurship aligned with the values and aspirations of creative people. It will become the go-to place for artists and designers to plug into programs, services, collaboration, funding and business opportunities. Members will learn through peer-to-peer exchange, a digital learning platform, formal mentorship and coaching, project-based opportunities and a suite of programs and services. Artscape Daniels Launchpad will also offer facilitated networking and collaboration opportunities and provide a gateway to market access, business and industry partnerships, trade and service organizations, and funding and financing pathways.

Today, nearly 700,000 Canadians are employed in the creative and cultural sector, with Ontario being home to more than twice the number of cultural and creative workers than any other province. Artscape Launchpad will empower these creators through access to facilities, training and resources that help them build resilient, sustainable and rewarding careers, organizations and businesses.

Entrepreneurship Programs and Activities

A year-round calendar of workshops, events, short and long programs to support emerging and established creative entrepreneurs.

Multi-Disciplinary Creative Production Studios

Fully-equipped, state of the art production studios for audio recording to xylophone crafting and everything in between.

Marketplace of Services and Resources

A suite of membership-based services will connect creative small businesses to myriad industry opportunities.

Artscape Launchpad is located within the Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts complex currently under construction in Toronto's East Bayfront district, with interior design by Quadrangle.

Artscape Daniels Launchpad is named in recognition of the outstanding financial support of The Daniels Corporation and the John and Myrna Daniels Foundation, whose leadership gift of $5.75 million includes a gift of $625,000 made by ‘City of the Arts’ Development Partner WJ Properties. Artscape Daniels Launchpad project has also been made possible in part by the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, TD Bank and a network of generous philanthropic donors and investors. The programming of Artscape Daniels Launchpad is supported by: FedDev Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Media Development Corporation, the City of Toronto through Start Up Here Toronto, the Metcalf Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.

Artscape acknowledges Toronto as a sacred gathering place for many Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. We recognize the long history of First Nations and Métis Peoples in Ontario, and show respect today to the Mississaugas of New Credit.

"Launchpad is a tremendous opportunity to apply the principles of company incubation to the creative industries sector."

– DR. SARA DIAMOND, President and Vice Chancellor, OCAD University

"Launchpad has identified  a crucial gap in how we create artists  and will be instrumental in building bridges between craft, artistry and business acumen."

– JEFF ZABUDSKY, President, Sheridan College

"Launchpad is a brilliant response to a major gap in the entrepreneurial infrastructure of the Toronto region."

– MERIC GERTLER, President, University of Toronto