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Artscape Daniels Launchpad Opens at 130 QQE





Roughly three and a half years since the Guvernment/Koolhaus complex was torn down to make way for a mixed-use community at Toronto’s Lower Jarvis and Queens Quay intersection, the first phase of the Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts development is open for business. Known as 130 QQE, the RAW and Rafael + Bigauskas Architects-designed office condominium building has been the territory of trades doing interior fit-outs for a few months now. Yesterday, the opening of one of its marquee spaces, the Artscape Daniels Launchpad, was celebrated.

Daniels Waterfront, 130 QQE, RAW, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, Toronto130 QQE at Daniels Waterfront, image by Forum contributor ProjectEnd

Operating as a not-for-profit social enterprise, Launchpad offers state-of-the-art creative learning, experimentation & collaboration space to Artscape members. Housed on the fifth floor of the building, the 30,000 ft² creative hub features a number of spaces for artists, designers, and creators. Featuring interior design by Quadrangle, the facility has been crafted “to create a welcoming and inspiring environment”. A statement issued by Caroline Robbie, Principal and Interior Design Director of Quadrangle, reads “A great new interior isn’t something that artists and designers expect when they think about where they create. We wanted to change that perception by making a polished interior that balances creativity and professionalism in equal measure. Launchpad is the first creative co-working space of its kind in Canada.” 

Daniels Waterfront, 130 QQE, RAW, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, TorontoArtscape Daniels Launchpad floorplan, image courtesy of Artscape Daniels Launchpad

Among these spaces, Sugar Hall offers 6,200 ft² of rentable premium event, meeting & performance space. The dividable space—capable of hosting multiple events at once—includes a multipurpose room home to Launchpad’s Creative Entrepreneurship Programs and Workshops. Other features include a modular lighting grid that can be altered to add theatrical lighting or props.

Daniels Waterfront, 130 QQE, RAW, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, TorontoRendering of event space at Artscape Daniels Launchpad, image courtesy of Artscape Daniels Launchpad

A 2,510 ft² Digital Media Lab features space for visual effects or sound recording projects ranging from VFX to live recordings and post-production. The lab includes a 621 ft² photography studio with an 18-foot long cycloramic wall, doubling as a green screen, a 231 ft² recording studio and 202 ft² control room, a pair of edit suites (66 and 116 ft²) offering professional post-production equipment, and a 947 ft² VFX control room with a 24-channel analog mixing board.

Daniels Waterfront, 130 QQE, RAW, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, TorontoGreen screen space at Artscape Daniels Launchpad, image courtesy of Artscape Daniels Launchpad

The Commons is a 2,603 ft² gathering and co-working space offering project rooms and a kitchen area. The space also features views of the city through its floor to ceiling windows, as well as a large outdoor terrace. This terrace can also be rented out to members to host events.

Daniels Waterfront, 130 QQE, RAW, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, TorontoThe Commons at Artscape Daniels Launchpad, image by Mauricio J Calero Photography

A 1,458 ft² Textiles + Fashion Studio provides Artscape members with tools, equipment, and materials required to design and create textiles. This space features a dye kitchen, a pressure washing room, silkscreening room, and the specialty TC2 Jacquard Digital Loom, one of only a handful in Canada.

Daniels Waterfront, 130 QQE, RAW, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, TorontoTextiles+Fashion Studio at Artscape Daniels Launchpad, image by Mauricio J Calero Photography

A Fine Metals + Jewellery Studio features equipment for jewellery production including a range of welding, vulcanizing, streaming, casting, carving, sandblasting and soldiering equipment, as well as a range of drill presses. The 1,029 ft² open studio is accompanied by a 145 ft² hot room for use of hot and odour producing machines, and a pair of 95 and 79 ft² project rooms.

Daniels Waterfront, 130 QQE, RAW, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, TorontoFine Metals + Jewellery Studio at Artscape Daniels Launchpad, image by Mauricio J Calero Photography

A 568 ft² Woodworking Studio offers a range of hand tools as well as mitre, table, scroll, and bandsaws, table sanders, and a computer controlled CNC machine. Similarly, an 863 ft² Digital Fabrication Studio provides a space for prototyping, offering tools including a 2D laser cutter and 3D printers. Linked to the woodworking and digital fabrication spaces, an 871 ft² Electronics Studio will offer a range of equipment including breadboard prototyping, a digital oscilloscope, digital multimeter, and soldering stations.

Daniels Waterfront, 130 QQE, RAW, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, TorontoDigital Fabrication Studio at Artscape Daniels Launchpad, image by Mauricio J Calero Photography

Artscape Launchpad is also home to a 510 ft² boardroom capable of hosting up to 28 people, a 313 ft² computer lab offering a mix of PC and Mac workstations, a trio of 132 ft² meeting rooms, a 139 ft² green room, and 8 project rooms ranging from 55 to 136 ft².

Daniels Waterfront, 130 QQE, RAW, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, TorontoCoworking Spaces at Artscape Daniels Launchpad, image by Mauricio J Calero Photography

Additional information and renderings can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.


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Couple from Toronto buys dream home in Mushaboom





MUSHABOOM – A couple who lived and raised a family in downtown Toronto developed a five-year plan in 2015 to purchase their dream home.

In September they moved into the home – located on Malagash Island in Mushaboom on Nova Scotia’s stunning Eastern Shore – that met and exceeded their best dreams for their retirement.

The Camerons, Bruce and Tanya, decided in 2019 they would explore the Maritimes to see what real estate was available to become their potential retirement home. In the spring of 2020, during a global pandemic, the real estate boom hit their city, and they were hearing the same for Nova Scotia. Our province was their first-choice for attaining their desire for an entirely different lifestyle – away from the busyness of the city.

“We had $300,000 to $350,000 as a home value in mind to buy. Our semi-detached located off Danforth in Toronto was priced at $850,000. We wanted to come out ahead, so we would be secure in retirement,” Tanya said.

Their century-old home had prime location near the subway and GO Transit Line for a great 13-minute commute downtown.

“We enjoyed our community,” explains Bruce “… we had great neighbours, young children around and street parties – lots of social activity.”

Bruce says, “Our agent suggested a starting quote of $899,000. We did not do any renovations and only some staging. Fifty couples went through and we received four significant offers. Six days later we sold – with zero conditions – and a price of over a million dollars. We just requested a closing of September 2020 to get the kids off to school – which we got.”

The couple got more than they had anticipated.

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Rabobank Announces Leadership Changes in U.S., Canadian Offices





NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rabobank, the leading global food and agribusiness bank, has appointed two of its top executives, Tamira Treffers-Herrera and Robert Sinescu, to become Co-Heads of North American Client Coverage, positioning the Bank for future growth in the region.

Treffers-Herrera has also assumed the role of Vice Chairperson and Head of the Atlanta office, where she additionally oversees Rabobank Mexico, which is led by Eduardo Palacios. Sinescu is the Head of the Chicago office, and also oversees Rabobank Canada, led by Marc Drouin, who was recently appointed as Canada’s General Manager.

Treffers-Herrera and Sinescu report to David Bassett, Head of Wholesale Banking North America, the Bank’s corporate and investment banking business for the region based in New York.

“Both Tamira and Robert have a demonstrated history of strong leadership, operational excellence and passion for our clients,” Bassett said. “Their broad experience and deep sector expertise will be invaluable in delivering dynamic results for clients while accelerating our growth trajectory in North America.”

Each office will have an even greater focus on key Food & Agribusiness sectors and clients: The Chicago office will drive growth in sectors including Dairy, Farm Inputs and Grains & Oilseeds, which are also key areas of focus for the Canada office. The Atlanta office will focus heavily on sectors such as Animal Protein, Beverages, Sugar, and Supply Chains, which are important sectors in Mexico as well.

“Rabobank is fully committed to our clients throughout North America, and we believe our new sector-focused coverage will improve our ability to provide knowledge-based, value-added solutions that benefit our clients,” Bassett said.

Treffers-Herrera was most recently based in London as CEO of Rabobank’s European Region from 2016-2020, where she took the organization through Brexit. Prior to that, she worked in the Atlanta office from 2002-2016. During her tenure in Atlanta, Treffers-Herrera served as Global Sector Head – Consumer Food & Beverages, and prior to that she was a senior banker for a portfolio of large beverage and consumer foods clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Arts from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and has studied at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Harvard Business School.

Sinescu has been with Rabobank for over 21 years and was previously General Manager of Rabobank Canada, where he oversaw all operations, business development, commercial strategy and relationships with regulators. In addition, he continues to serve as CEO of Rabo Securities Canada Inc. Prior to Canada, he was a senior banker, Head of Corporate Banking, European Sector Head for Sugar, and a member of the Management Team for Rabobank France. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Bucharest School of Business, a Master of Business Administration & Management and a Master of Science in Banking and Corporate Finance from Sorbonne University in Paris, and has studied at Brown University.

Drouin has worked with Rabobank’s Canadian team for more than nine years and most recently served as a senior banker, Head of Rabobank Canada’s AgVendor Program and a member of Rabobank Canada’s Management Team. He brings extensive wholesale banking experience within the Dairy, G&O, CPG and Supply Chain sectors. Drouin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration in International Finance, Marketing and Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

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Greybrook Realty Partners & Marlin Spring Brand Jointly Owned Asset Manager – Greyspring Apartments





TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Greybrook Realty Partners and Marlin Spring are pleased to announce the new branding of their jointly owned investment and asset management firm, Greyspring Apartments. With a portfolio of more than 2,000 units and CAD$375 million in assets under management, Greyspring Apartments is focused on the acquisition and repositioning of multi-family assets throughout Canada.

The new name and branding is an important step in Greyspring’s evolution as an independent operating business. Formed in 2018 by long standing-partners Marlin Spring and Greybrook Realty Partners, Greyspring Apartments was established with the goal of building a leading asset management firm with a robust portfolio of residential rental real estate assets in primary and secondary markets across Canada.

Greyspring’s talented team of real estate, asset management and finance professionals is overseen and guided by the Management Board, whose members include Benjamin Bakst, CEO, Marlin Spring; Elliot Kazarnovksy, CFO, Marlin Spring; Sasha Cucuz, CEO, Greybrook Securities Inc.; Peter Politis, CEO, Greybrook Realty Partners; Chris Salapoutis, President & COO, Greybrook Realty Partners; Ashi Mathur, President, Marlin Spring; and Karl Brady. In addition to his role on the Management Board, Karl Brady leads Greyspring Apartments as its President. 

“We are pleased to announce the official name and branding of a business we formed with our partners at Marlin Spring a few years ago,” said Peter Politis, CEO, Greybrook Realty Partners. “Greyspring has been diligently focused on the execution of strategic value-add programs across its portfolio that are improving the quality of housing for tenants and overall asset values. For Greybrook investors, expanding from our core business in real estate development to the value-add space through Greyspring, has allowed us to provide our clients with investment opportunities that diversify their real estate investment portfolios.”

“Marlin Spring and Greybrook have partnered on many residential real estate projects in recent years,” said Benjamin Bakst, CEO and Cofounder, Marlin Spring. “To a great extent, Greyspring illustrates our approach to partnerships. We believe in, and strive for, responsible growth through deepening our relationships with our trusted partners. With Greyspring, we’ve formalized our focus on providing better and more affordable living experiences for Canadians. This vision aligns with our mission to deliver exceptional real estate value to all our stakeholders with an uncompromising adherence to our core values.”

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