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Michelle da Silva’s article at NOW Toronto explores what sounds like an ingenious institution. Why not a shared space for YouTube users of note?
The YouTube stars are setting up in one of two studios at the new YouTube Space Toronto, a creative incubator for online stars. The first Canadian location, located at 230 Richmond E behind George Brown College’s School of Design, is one of just nine global YouTube Spaces that include Tokyo, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Mumbai. The first one opened in Los Angeles in 2012.
“Toronto is a phenomenally creative city,” says Chris D’Angelo, the head of production and programming for YouTube Spaces. “It was important to have a large collaborative open space where our creators could come together. Community is a very big part of YouTube.”
The space was designed by George Brown students, with local elements added throughout. A red and grey pixelated print in the front entrance was apparently inspired by TTC streetcars. In another room, Toronto artist Alex Currie, who’s better known as Runt, has painted a replica of his famous Lee’s Palace mural. There is a lounge, event area, a foyer with a bar and two film studios. “You can take part in classes, and connect with other YouTube creators. We look at your subscriber count and try to offer the right help and solution, depending on what level you’re at.”
To that extent, the film studios – including professionally-built sets, cameras and lighting equipment – are free to use, but only open to YouTube stars with at least 10,000 subscribers. That isn’t a problem for the Domestic Geek, which boasts nearly a quarter million subscribers.
“I started the Domestic Geek just over two years go to share my passion for food with the world,” says Toronto’s Sara Lynn Cauchon. “I usually make cooking videos in my home kitchen, but it’s so cool that now I can come to the YouTube Space and film and collaborate with other creators here.”
Cauchon uploads several videos to her YouTube channel each week and has gotten more than 40 million views. Previously a broadcaster and TV host, she now runs the Domestic Geek as her full-time job. “You’re looking at the next generation of entrepreneurs,” she adds. “I think this space will help new creators evolve their channels. It’s really exciting stuff.”
DIY tutorials and healthy-cooking videos are just a sampling of Toronto’s online talent. A handful of YouTube stars hanging out in the space that day ranged from relationship experts (Ask Kimberly) and fashion gurus (AnthonyDelucV), to vegan chefs (Edgy Veg) and science educators (AsapSCIENCE).
Jonathan Forani’s Toronto Star article pointed me towards
Toronto’s 2,433 laneways span hundreds of kilometers. One photographer wants to shoot ’em all. Meet Owen McCabe, 28-year-old city planner and hobbyist photographer. Follow his laneway project on Instagram: @owenmccabe.
McCabe moved to Toronto in 2012 and began his laneway project as an introduction to his new home. “It was really just a way — when I was trying to get to know the city a little better — to give me a purpose, to get out there and see different parts of it,” he says.
He’s shot 189 laneways and counting, but he doesn’t have a favourite. “I should have an answer by now,” he laughs, “but it’s more so the totality of them and the role they play in the city” that excites him.
McCabe knows his limits. It’s taken a few years to build a catalogue closing in on 200 laneways. It could take decades to finish at that rate. Join his project using the #torontolaneways hashtag on Instagram and see his work online.
McCabe’s website is full of his work. I admire the scope of this project, quite a lot.
The Toronto Star‘s Vanessa Lu explains.
Compared to other cities around the world, free Wi-Fi can be hard to come by in Toronto.
Pop into a chain coffee shop or fast-food joint and you’ll probably be able to connect. Both Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission are trying to offer up more access, but it’s still limited.
It’s a far cry from the experiment launched in New York earlier this year where free high-speed public Wi-Fi was made available through street kiosks. Using the city’s now outdated pay phone infrastructure, LinkNYC hopes to cover the whole city in the next 10 years, providing affordable access to an increasingly essential service.
But Toronto was already thinking ahead to the need for such a service back in 2006, when Toronto Hydro Telecom offered up the free service for six months in the downtown core.
Wireless hub devices placed on the tops of street light poles sent out powerful signals under the project known as OneZone, a small, 6-square-kilometre area running from Bloor St. to Front St., between Spadina Ave. and Jarvis St.