Musicians Housing Co-op Represents A ‘Utopian Vision”

Some Toronto musicians have weighed in on what they would like their ideal housing solution to include, as a Toronto not-for-profit aims to build it. A quote from the June 2017 Toronto Star Article: “…the building also includes a performance area, 10,000 square feet of soundproofed recording and rehearsal space, offices for the music industry and the not-for-profit community, “hot-desk space” for emerging companies and ready access to professional-development programming and educational opportunities within the same complex for artists looking to better their craft and their business savvy. Tenants would be able to avail themselves of all of it simply by virtue of living there.” The concept comes from a not-for-profit corporation, Toronto Music City, which was recently formed by Toronto entertainment lawyer Andreas Kalogiannides. The idea has been fleshed out with advice from several high-profile music industry advisors. George Stromboulopoulos, one of the advisors, commented, “I thought ‘Why not give it our best and see what happens?’ I’m very optimistic that if it gets built it’s going to be a very good place that a lot of people will want to be in.” Says Simone Schmidt, who performs solo as Fiver and fronts local psych-rock ensemble the Highest Order, “I ride my bike with an amp in one hand and a guitar on my back because the TTC is so expensive. All the musicians who are parents that I...

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