Toronto Media Arts Centre

32 Lisgar Street, Toronto

Hours: 10am–6pm M-F

Café open weekdays at 7am, weekends at 8am

About TMAC

A new permanent home for Toronto's media arts organizations, and an accessible public space for art, creation and collaboration in the Queen West Triangle.

In the heart of Toronto’s Art and Design District, TMAC is a diverse and collaborative environment where everyone can engage meaningfully with art and technology. TMAC integrates creation, production, presentation, education, conservation and dissemination practices and with a focus on community building and inclusivity.

With year-round arts and cultural programming, open lab studios, equipment libraries, coworking and social areas, we provide the tools, space and freedom to play with art, media and new technologies–including film, videogames, audio, video, robotics, electronics and more.

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(647) 689-6005

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Upcoming events

Dames Making Games

Teen Larp Night: The Slumber Party

Do you know or are you a teen interested in live-action roleplay? Does learning more about playing and making games that are about real-life situations and problems interest you? Want to play a game about teens with teens? The Slumber Party is for you! Among young girls, there is one ritual that has been sacred forever: The Slumber Party. A place of growth, secrets, friendship, independence, and exploration, the slumber party is often a place where girls learn about themselves and others. Set in 1997, this is a larp about a group of friends from an American city that is heavily diverse. Growing up there means you often have friends who deal with multiple marginalized identities. Marginalized identities are social identities that are put at the fringe of a society. For example, it is hard to be a first-generation immigrant, but the oppression begins to stack up when you are first generation, impoverished and a woman. Each player plays a girl (of any experience) who deals with multiple marginalized identities, and navigates them every day. At 12 they are the “losers,” however their lack of popularity is not important to them as they have forged a strong solidarity with each other despite their various identities and differences. They’ve come together for their friend’s 13th birthday, celebrated with the girls’ first slumber party. All the characters will reveal secrets, deepen their friendships, and share in the magic of growing up. Facilitator: Nicole Winchester will facilitate this game by American designer Jonaya Kemper from #Feminism 2nd Printing. It deals with: coming of age, intersectional feminism, multiple marginalized identities, sexuality, dancing, intergroup dynamics, racism, immigration, sexism, friendship, and LGBTQI themes. www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1542162268-slumber-party.png

Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON

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History

Read about our dispute with the City of Toronto and Urbancorp over the facility, and the settlement we reached in February 2018.

TMAC grew out of grassroots community support and in response to a need for an accessible and affordable centre dedicated to media art and technology.

The idea for TMAC was first conceptualized in 2003, after almost 15 years of organizing. TMAC incorporated in 2011 and attained charitable status in 2013. Today, TMAC has organically grown into an integrated collaborative organization supporting its members, the West Queen West community, and all of Toronto’s media artists and artist-run centres.

In 2014, with the support of the local community, City staff, Active 18 and Councillor Ana Bailão, TMAC, Urbancorp and the City of Toronto finalized an agreement that would provide the Edge on Triangle Park condominium a density bonus in exchange for a turnkey, purpose-built, 38,000 sq. ft. facility for TMAC.

TMAC moved into its new facility in March 2018!

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Facility

Our multi-purpose facility offers shared spaces and amenities including:

  • Café serving coffee, pastries and lunch daily from 7 a.m.
  • Community gathering and event spaces overlooking Lisgar Park
  • Classrooms for public talks, workshops, screenings, festivals and events
  • Meeting rooms seating up to 14
  • Coworking spaces for film festival and studio staff
  • Shared resource and equipment libraries
  • A temperature-controlled film vault and archive
  • Technical and production facilities
  • Four public galleries and exhibition spaces
  • A 210-seat theatre designed by renowned architect Peter Smith, for screening independent and experimental works – coming 2019
  • Studio apartment for visiting artist residencies – coming 2019

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