Plans for phase three of Regent Park’s revitalization.
Canadian musician Lorraine Segato has jumped on board with The Daniels Corporation to further bolster revitalization efforts in Toronto’s Regent Park. As the first-ever Artist in Residence, Segato’s mandate will revolve around catapulting the downtown neighbourhood’s deep-rooted cultural scene into the spotlight.
Best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of 80s pop band The Parachute Club, Segato is also a filmmaker, event producer, artistic director, speechwriter, lecturer and social justice activist — making her the perfect candidate to fill the honorary position.
“I come to this appointment with a deep willingness to listen, and a great enthusiasm for a community that is brimming with creative talent and rich stories,” said Segato. “My desire to forge respectful partnerships will no doubt yield interesting collaborations that also strengthen my own practice as an artist.”
As part of Segato’s (pictured below) first steps toward establishing Regent Park as a major cultural hub in Toronto, she featured an 18-year-old Regent Park spoken-word artist into a reimagined version of The Parachute Club’s Juno award-winning hit ‘Rise Up.” All proceeds from the song were then donated to the Artist in Residence Legacy Fund, which will help fund the cultural renaissance in Regent Park for years to come.
The Daniels Corporation has been leading the charge on the redevelopment of Regent Park and is sponsoring this new initiative.
“Supporting the arts is very much a part of our corporate culture and DNA,” said Heela Omarkhail, The Daniels Corporation’s Manager of Community Partnerships. “Regent Park’s Artist in Residence program is a natural next step as we help further the transformation of this vibrant neighbourhood and watch it continue to thrive with the help of this unique program.”
The Canadian developer has already made huge strides in the neighbourhood’s revitalization, building the brand new, award-winning Regent Park Aquatic Centre. Plans for a 2.8-acre Regent Park Athletic Grounds have already gotten the go ahead, and is set to include a refurbished hockey rink, a new basketball court, a new soccer/cricket pitch as well as a running track.
Daniels also built and designed Daniels Spectrum — a 60,000 square foot community cultural hub now open in the neighbourhood.