Tapestry Opera and Nightwood Theatre request for Toronto residents to consider contacting their city counsellors to help address the ongoing venue crisis in Toronto. 

Email your councillor

You can find the email address for your local councillor here. We’ve created an email template which you’re welcome to use. 

Dear Councillor Name,

I’m disturbed by recent news of arts organizations and artists being asked to leave the Distillery Historic District, as cited in Blog TO and on Tapestry Opera and Nightwood Theatre’s websites.

Tapestry Opera and Nightwood Theatre are founding tenants of Artscape in the Distillery, along with Dancemakers. Their presence contributed to establishing the Distillery as a destination for artists and audiences, and as a space to create vital Canadian works, including  dozens of Canadian world premieres, Juno nominations, and award-winning productions that have toured nationally and internationally. Both organizations have also supported numerous independent projects through space, resource residencies and subsidized rent. 

I’m concerned about the broader issue of a distinct loss of cultural presence downtown; small independent companies and venues with the most limited resources are most affected. The city has lost Dancemakers, Lower Ossington and countless other spaces. Here’s a list of media articles covering this matter, and a Facebook group also raising awareness:

I’m a passionate believer in the value of Toronto’s arts and culture sector. I’m calling on you to take action in supporting better protection for these communities. 

Sincerely, 

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