Pour one for the Greary Avenue Rehearsal Factory which will close its doors to musicians in March.
The musicians quickly shared their expulsion letters on Twitter. The photo of a letter said the rehearsal space on Greary Avenue had been sold. The letter signed “Keep on Rocking” gave the musicians two months’ notice.
“All musicians must vacate their studios by midnight March 15, 2022,” the letter reads.
“Keep rocking” is the funniest way to end this pic.twitter.com/VFCONYynV5
-Steve Sladkowski (@sladkow) January 14, 2022
This closure comes less than a year after the Richmond Street West location’s repeat plant closed.
In October, megachurch C3 released a brochure stating that they had purchased the rehearsal space. According to Exclaim! The owners of Rehearsal Factory originally planned to enter into some sort of lease to allow musicians to keep their studios for three to five years.
On the bright side, I can’t think of worse vibes for a mega-church than at the Geary Ave Rehearsal Factory site.
— Robin Hatch (@robinhatch) January 13, 2022
Given that the musicians have to pack up and leave by March 15, 2022, those plans didn’t materialize.
Musicians and creatives expressed their anger and frustration on social media. Many have been left without a rehearsal space, and Toronto has little to offer.
A friend posted a notice photo to vacate his band’s monthly rehearsal space at the Rehearsal Factory on Geary Avenue by March 15.
I’m mad. No, shit, I’m livid.
— it’s pronounced OH mar (@__ohmz) January 14, 2022
“Countless musicians have honed their craft here, and there’s simply no replacement. This has left bands and artists without a place to practice or prepare for recording,” said Marit Stiles, New Democrat MP for Davenport, in an open letter to Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism Industries. and culture, Lisa McLeod.
Stiles said Toronto’s creative industry is under threat as creative venues and spaces are sold off to developers or private owners.
“I write to highlight a growing threat to the viability of our local arts and culture community: the rapid loss of space to create, practice, perform and exhibit new work,” Stiles wrote.
Good. The repeat plant is donezo. We had our 2 months today.
Literally every band in town rehearses in this building.
Only one thing to do
– LEX (@C0LDB01) January 13, 2022
“Keep swinging”…if you can find the space.