Community comes to Storefront Theatre’s aid after watermain break floods basement

News Mar 11, 2014 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

The Storefront Theatre founder Benjamin Blais is crediting the Bloor Street West and Ossington Avenue-area community for its help in bailing out the cultural hub – literally.

Last month, Blais arrived at the theatre space at 955 Bloor St. W. to discover a nearby watermain had broken, flooding the basement with as much as 11,000 cubic feet of water.

While the theatre was forced to put shows on hiatus, Blais immediately noticed this “incredible outpouring of community donations for flood recovery and in-kind donations.”

“People came out with their Wellies on to help bail us out,” he told The Villager.

Blais said he arrived Saturday, Feb. 15 at noon to discover water leaking into the basement. By 1 p.m., the water had creeped up past the second step into the basement.

“It was like a scene from a submarine movie,” he recalled. “It took eight to 10 hours to suck the water up. The city didn’t turn off the water until 2 a.m. – it was pretty wild.”

Since then, fundraising efforts have been successful, Blais said.

“We’re trying to get back up to snuff,” he said, adding the theatre’s latest show Dark Matter is set to debut this month.

The theatre’s soft opening was expected to take place Monday, March 10.

“We’re going to use this opportunity to make improvements to our studio space,” he said. “We’re still ascertaining what we’ve lost.”

Nostalgic items, such as old costumes and props are irreplaceable, he said.

Last year, the Red One Theatre staked its claim on the storefront space with the aim of bringing new life to the neighbourhood through the power of art, culture and community. The space had been empty for a while, until Blais – who lives in the area – stumbled upon it and was inspired.

“We did our first show there and there was an outpouring of positive vibes and support,” Blais said. “The community became aware of it and people started showing up.”

Anyone can approach the collective with an idea for a music event, show or lecture – it’s open and accessible to the public.

Dark Matter opens Friday, March 14. Visit The Storefront Theatre at 955 Bloor St. W. For further details, visit www.redonetheatre.com/storefront-theatre/

Community comes to Storefront Theatre’s aid after watermain break floods basement

Latest show Dark Matter opens Friday, March 14

News Mar 11, 2014 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

The Storefront Theatre founder Benjamin Blais is crediting the Bloor Street West and Ossington Avenue-area community for its help in bailing out the cultural hub – literally.

Last month, Blais arrived at the theatre space at 955 Bloor St. W. to discover a nearby watermain had broken, flooding the basement with as much as 11,000 cubic feet of water.

While the theatre was forced to put shows on hiatus, Blais immediately noticed this “incredible outpouring of community donations for flood recovery and in-kind donations.”

“People came out with their Wellies on to help bail us out,” he told The Villager.

Blais said he arrived Saturday, Feb. 15 at noon to discover water leaking into the basement. By 1 p.m., the water had creeped up past the second step into the basement.

“It was like a scene from a submarine movie,” he recalled. “It took eight to 10 hours to suck the water up. The city didn’t turn off the water until 2 a.m. – it was pretty wild.”

Since then, fundraising efforts have been successful, Blais said.

“We’re trying to get back up to snuff,” he said, adding the theatre’s latest show Dark Matter is set to debut this month.

The theatre’s soft opening was expected to take place Monday, March 10.

“We’re going to use this opportunity to make improvements to our studio space,” he said. “We’re still ascertaining what we’ve lost.”

Nostalgic items, such as old costumes and props are irreplaceable, he said.

Last year, the Red One Theatre staked its claim on the storefront space with the aim of bringing new life to the neighbourhood through the power of art, culture and community. The space had been empty for a while, until Blais – who lives in the area – stumbled upon it and was inspired.

“We did our first show there and there was an outpouring of positive vibes and support,” Blais said. “The community became aware of it and people started showing up.”

Anyone can approach the collective with an idea for a music event, show or lecture – it’s open and accessible to the public.

Dark Matter opens Friday, March 14. Visit The Storefront Theatre at 955 Bloor St. W. For further details, visit www.redonetheatre.com/storefront-theatre/

Community comes to Storefront Theatre’s aid after watermain break floods basement

Latest show Dark Matter opens Friday, March 14

News Mar 11, 2014 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

The Storefront Theatre founder Benjamin Blais is crediting the Bloor Street West and Ossington Avenue-area community for its help in bailing out the cultural hub – literally.

Last month, Blais arrived at the theatre space at 955 Bloor St. W. to discover a nearby watermain had broken, flooding the basement with as much as 11,000 cubic feet of water.

While the theatre was forced to put shows on hiatus, Blais immediately noticed this “incredible outpouring of community donations for flood recovery and in-kind donations.”

“People came out with their Wellies on to help bail us out,” he told The Villager.

Blais said he arrived Saturday, Feb. 15 at noon to discover water leaking into the basement. By 1 p.m., the water had creeped up past the second step into the basement.

“It was like a scene from a submarine movie,” he recalled. “It took eight to 10 hours to suck the water up. The city didn’t turn off the water until 2 a.m. – it was pretty wild.”

Since then, fundraising efforts have been successful, Blais said.

“We’re trying to get back up to snuff,” he said, adding the theatre’s latest show Dark Matter is set to debut this month.

The theatre’s soft opening was expected to take place Monday, March 10.

“We’re going to use this opportunity to make improvements to our studio space,” he said. “We’re still ascertaining what we’ve lost.”

Nostalgic items, such as old costumes and props are irreplaceable, he said.

Last year, the Red One Theatre staked its claim on the storefront space with the aim of bringing new life to the neighbourhood through the power of art, culture and community. The space had been empty for a while, until Blais – who lives in the area – stumbled upon it and was inspired.

“We did our first show there and there was an outpouring of positive vibes and support,” Blais said. “The community became aware of it and people started showing up.”

Anyone can approach the collective with an idea for a music event, show or lecture – it’s open and accessible to the public.

Dark Matter opens Friday, March 14. Visit The Storefront Theatre at 955 Bloor St. W. For further details, visit www.redonetheatre.com/storefront-theatre/