East Village Arts Collective
A Creative Community Space
Welcome to EVAC
Our PurposeEVAC's purpose is to support art and creativity in the East Village and greater London community, by providing inclusive, accessible and affordable gallery/creative space, resources, workshops and events. We host a wide variety of concerts, exhibits, workshops, installations and community groups, working with the neighbourhood population artists and organizations to strengthen community ties and the local art/music scenes.
We are a cooperatively run, grassroots, nonpartison, secular organization committed to providing a safe, inclusive, respectful, creative environment to our members and greater community. Our programming often reflects the needs, desires and struggles of people in the neighbourhood. Our goal is to not be an exclusive art gallery for the wealthy elite, but a creative space where music can be made, canvases painted, ideas shared, minds enriched and hearts warmed, no matter your age or income.
Find UsEVAC can be found East of Adelaide, at 755 Dundas Street, London, Ontario, Canada.
Find out when we are open for concerts, art shows, and meetings. You can also see when we are occupied for band practices and private events.
The EVAC group meets every Sunday at 6:30pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested in learning more, booking a show, donating or getting involved, please contact us!
Core MembershipCore members are responsible for maintaining the collective space. They are the key decision makers, movers and shakers. They also put hours in during events, putting on shows and volunteering time & energy. Core members may be entitled to free exhibit/event time (as schedule allows), free access to events and workshops, wireless internet and use of co-op space/shared resources depending on their volunteership. Membership selection is decided based on dedication, character and interest level. Usually you will attend 3 meetings first as a trial period for yourself and for us before having voting privileges. To apply for membership, contact us or come to a Sunday meeting.
Other ways to get involvedEVAC is always looking for volunteers to help out during events or to maintain the space. We also accept donations of funds and materials. This is always appreciated, as we do not profit from events! We are currently looking for recycling bins, recording equipment, craft supplies/paint and coffee/tea/snacks. There is potential to rent out the space to artists, community groups, musicians, organizers, or to use as a workspace.
DonateIf you want to support our projects, please consider donating by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, on our GoFundMe or PayPal. We are sorry that we cannot issue tax receipts.
All EventsEvents are all ages. We are a dry space which means no drugs or alcohol, but some people choose to apply for a special events liquor license. We are wheelchair accessible however our washroom and stage are not (yet). Capacity is about 90 people. We ask that you allow us to create the Facebook Event Page, and we will add you on as a co-host. Other than creating the event page, we do not take responsibility for promoting events.
ConcertsWe ask for 35% of what's made at the door, but you can choose to pay $50 instead. Event entry is usually $10 or PWYC (pay what you can). As an accessible community collective, we don't like to turn people away. Set up is usually around 7pm, with a show starting at 8pm. This is all flexible between the bands and the volunteers, but any loud music has to wrap up by 11pm to follow noise bylaws.
Band PracticesYou can book a 3 hour slot at a time. We charge $30 per practice or $100 for 4 practices in the month (a $20 saving).
Art GalleriesWe have the space to have artists hang art on the walls and have an art show. Bookings are $100 for 2 weeks, or $150 for the month. This will include a grand opening.
Other EventsUsually we rent the hall out for the evening for $50. Any other circumstance, please feel free to contact us to discuss your idea, via our social media or come out to a Sunday meeting.
More About Us!
Community, Creativity and Participation
What exactly is EVAC?The East Village Arts Collective is a non-hierachical, collective space started by a small group of creative people in the East Village in Winter 2008, who were looking to have an inclusive, accessible, safe spot where they could record, craft and create art as well as connect with the greater community.
What happens there?EVAC hosts a number of workshops, events, concerts, exhibitions and community groups. It serves the community in a variety of ways, at times as a gallery, stage, studio, office, dining room, activist centre, safe space, work space, chill space, recording spot, bike shop, coffee spot, play area, crafting room and more. The space can be rented for community use. Contact us for details.
How does it all work?Decisions are made by consensus of the membership base. We have bi-weekly meetings in which finances, events, ideas and operations are discussed and decisions are put to a vote by present members. The collective is entirely volunteer run and have non-profit status.
MISSION STATEMENTThe EAST VILLAGE ARTS COLLECTIVE (evac) is a grassroots community project which exists to provide common space and resources to the local community. We are united voluntarily to meet our common social, cultural, and creative needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and consensus-controlled collective. We are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, consensus, equality, equity, and solidarity. We believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.
Voluntary and Open Membership: Our doors are open to all persons able to use our services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.
Democratic Member Control: We are a consensus based organization controlled by our members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
Member Economic Participation: Our members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their collective
Autonomy and Independence: We are an autonomous, self-help organization controlled by our members.
Education, Training and Information: We provide education and training for our members to inform the general public about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
Co-operation among Co-operatives: We serve our members by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.
Concern for Community: While focusing on our members needs, we work for the sustainable and ethical development of our communities through policies accepted by our members.