For those of you who don’t already know, ildsjel collective closed to the public last year. If you’d like to read about it, you can check out our blog post here. However, in a cosmic turn of events, we have recently been given the opportunity to rally our community, in an effort to save the creative hub that we’ve built over the last three years. If you’re interested in helping us save our space, please keep reading or click here!
After announcing our closing, we received an outpour of support for both our space and our community. A couple of similarly-minded collectives reached out in the hopes of joining forces in a way that would make holding on to our space feasible.
After going through our space, our business plan, and hosting a town hall with our members, HubTO, a shared workspace which caters to makers and designers in Toronto, has taken the lead in this project to see if there is enough interest for them to expand into our space.
So – if you’ve ever said to yourself, “man, I wish I had a space where I could make my (insert project here), rather than taking up all my bedroom/kitchen/garage space” then WE NEED YOU.
Here’s the situation. To keep our space a creative workspace, we need to ensure around 25-30K in revenue per month, to make it feasible for HubTO to come in and put their name on our lease.
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN ...
It doesn’t matter how big or how small your budget is, if you’re a maker, designer, musician, photographer, filmmaker, event producer, or any other profession that needs a flexible workspace; if you’ve ever thought of getting out of the DIY-corner of your home to go work in a space dedicated to your craft, surrounded by likeminded people… THIS IS THE TIME!
HubTO has put together a form on their website for you to fill out so you can tell them about what you do, what you need from your creative space, and how much you might be willing to pay for that space. The more submissions and inquiries we get, the more feasible it will be for them to come in and take over our space. TheHubTO’s deadline to gauge interest is February 26th.
This is our last chance to keep 4 Carlaw a flexible communal creative hub. This is our last opportunity to keep our community in our space. Bringing in more people who want what HubTO is offering is an incredible chance to expand on what we’ve been able to accomplish so far. Please take the time to read their website, and fill out the form, if you are interested. It is now or never – otherwise, some other company will swoop in, and Toronto will lose one of the few spaces that are laid out to cater for flexible creative work.
If any of this message applies to you, please click the button, fill out the form, SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS! Let’s try to expand this community, and keep the space alive!