Last month I read an article in the Globe and Mail [link to original article
(subscribers only), link to repost
] about a former church
that's being converted into Canada's first LEED-Gold music venue. Sounds like it's going to be a great place to catch a live show!
Green highlights--beyond reusing a building, which is a great place to start--include buying used doors and windows from a salvage company, but the article doesn't go into much detail about other green features and I couldn't find out much more from a good bit of google searching. Still, it sounds like the developer, a 70-year old man who must be great fun at cocktail parties, gets the green thing. He's also proposing a green condo building and has greened his other event locations in various ways.
It's great to see venue owners starting to come around. Frankly, I'm surprised we haven't seen more of this, but I've heard through the grapevine that Live Nation has jumped on the green train and Radio City recently made some green overtures, so hopefully soon we'll see a whole slew of green venues coming our way.
If you live in Toronto, swing by the church and leave some more info (or a link to pictures!) in the comments.
Labels: jason, LEED, venues