This coming weekend, buildings of architectural, historical & cultural significance across the city open their doors to the public, including RPFF!
Come explore our festival office in Daniels Spectrum as a part of Doors Open Toronto on Saturday May 27 from 11:30AM – 5:00PM! Visit us at 585 Dundas St. E. #240, Toronto ON, to learn more about RPFF, all our wonderful programming, grab some popcorn and watch some short films.
Saturday May 27, 2023 from 11:30AM to 5:00PM.
Regent Park Film Festival Office
585 Dundas St. East
Suite 240, second floor (elevators or stairs)
- Watch short films!
- Grab a bag of FREE popcorn
- Check out what we have lined up for our 2023 programming.
- Pick up some RPFF merch
- Support us through donating today!
- Add to our RPFF under the stars chalk mural
ARCHITECTURE: ABOUT THE DANIELS SPECTRUM
Daniels Spectrum is a community cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. It opened to the public in September 2012.
Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, provides 60,000 square feet of stage, rehearsal, community and tenant space for seven grassroots organizations dedicated to artistic, cultural and social innovation and youth programming.
The three-storey facility anchors the corner of Dundas St. E. and the new Regent Park Boulevard and announces itself as an open and accessible community space with a transparent entry court and café on the street. Multi-coloured accent panels inspired by the flags of the world are set against custom-formed white metal siding and a syncopated rhythm of recessed windows.
The main 6000-square-foot AdaSlaight Hall is a flexible performance/event space with state-of-the-art theatre equipment, a lighting grid, catwalks, A/V booth, projection facilities and retractable seating for 310, with additional floor seating that brings capacity to 400 spectators. An adjoining courtyard adds 4000 square feet for outdoor community activity. Additional ground floor studio and performance space for tenant groups includes the Aki Studio Theatre for Native Earth Performing Arts and a performance space with two rehearsal rooms for COBA – Collective of Black Artists. Diamond and Schmitt worked with Jaffe Holden Acoustics and Fisher Dachs Associates for theatre design.
The second floor has arts-based learning program space for the Regent Park School of Music, ArtHeart Community Art Centre, Pathways to Education and the Regent Park Film Festival. On the third floor, the Centre for Social Innovation provides collaborative office space for social and arts entrepreneurs.
“It was our objective to facilitate interaction among the tenants, students and the public and to make the centre a vibrant crossroads for the community”, said Donald Schmitt, Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects. “The glass-enclosed café overlooking the new 6-acre Regent Park across Dundas St. is a meeting place for the community. Very wide corridors act as a gallery, impromptu performance space and a public piazza that facilitates connection among users.”
The facility is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include a green roof, bicycle parking and showers, storm water treatment, high-efficiency HVAC system, heat recovery, occupancy sensors, recycled construction materials, including reclaimed wood from Regent Park, low VOC paint, carpeting and cabinetry and controllable lights and thermostats.
Daniels Spectrum is named for The Daniels Corporation, the developer in partnership with Toronto Community Housing Corporation revitalizing the 69-acre downtown site with 5,115 rent-geared-to-income and market rate residential units. The billion-dollar undertaking reconnects Regent Park to Toronto’s grid of streets and brings new commercial spaces and community facilities. The non-profit Artscape organization operates Daniels Spectrum.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is among the world’s top ten design firms for the cultural building sector. An award-winning portfolio of opera houses, concert halls, libraries, academic, research and residential buildings includes La MaisonSymphonique de Montréal and the New Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The firm is shortlisted for the Xiqu Centre, a performing arts complex in Hong Kong.
- Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence, 2016
- Great Place Award, EDRA (USA), 2015
- Civic Trust Award, Community Impact and Engagement (UK), 2015
- Good Design is Good Business | Architectural Record, 2014
- Best New Venue for Meetings and Events in Canada | BizBash Magazine, 2013
- All washrooms and drinking fountains are accessible
- Barrier-free access to the building via the Dundas Street entrance
- Elevators (to all floors) located in the South Lobby
- Signage throughout the building in braille
- Hearing assist devices are available upon request