Akin River sits on the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
Located at 7 Labatt Avenue, near Dundas Street East and River St, Akin River is located on the first and third floors of the building and has 44 dedicated studio spaces between 25-250 square feet, including some private and semi-private spaces. This location has a large shared area and can accomodate shared memberships for $70/month.
Please note that the studios are only available for tours that are scheduled in advance. We'd love to show you around, but want to make sure we're there!
Erin Candela is the studio manager at Akin's River Studios. She is an interdisciplinary artist who has been a member of Akin since 2016. You can view her work at erincandela.ca, and If you are interested in Akin Collective's River or King locations, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all Akin Staff are also practicing artists, as a result we may not be able to get back to your inquiry immediately.
Akin River is not currently an accessible location. Akin regrets this barrier to access. The front entrance to the building has 4 steps with handrail on left side only. there is no ramp available.
Our first floor studio has no additional steps, but one must pass through two doors leading to the hallway which are not automated. To access our third floor studio there 20 stairs to 2nd floor and then another set of 20 stairs to the 3rd floor. There are two doors you must walk through on the second floor to get to the stairs to the third floor. These doors are not automated.
All genders bathrooms are on the first and second floors of the building. Bathrooms do not have automated doors and the toilets are not raised. There are no grab bars in the bathroom and the stalls are narrow. Doors to the bathrooms are narrow and the door is heavy. Bathrooms are locked to the public and require a key to enter.
There is no elevator for regular use in the building, but the freight elevator can be booked when moving large and heavy supplies and equipment. There is a loading bay 50 feet east of the main entrance, to the first floor.
Getting there on TTC:
Both the Dundas #505 and King #504 Streetcar have stops at River street, approximately a block or two away.
Getting there by car:
Parking is extremely limited, but is 1h free on Labatt Ave, and 3h free on River Street.