Very intriguing work space with a clean and well displayed layout. The environment was a bit cold but aesthetically it was pleasing. Great space for corporate events with nice views of the sugar mill and Lake Ontario.
I was a recent bursary recipient and am very pleased with my experience contrary to some of the previous reviews.To comment on pricing, Launchpad at its full-access membership rate is extremely reasonable in comparison to other maker spaceslet alone coworking spaces. Even a hot desk at WeWork costs $500+ per month. Launchpad's full access membership is so affordable in comparison while also housing some extremely rare and useful tools that artists would not otherwise be able to afford. Yes, there are additional fees but these are made clear from the start through verbal and written communication (during the tour, orientation and in the signed agreement). These additional fees are also only one-time fees that allow you to access all the tools for free for the remainder of the year! Amazing!The studios are thoughtfully curated to really address tools and processes that artists typically struggle to access. Moreover, the technicians who are always on duty during opening hours are the most generous, helpful and knowledgable individuals! Other staff that handle memberships are clearly concerned with the member experience and have been quick to helpif they were not able to help in the moment, they were sure to follow up. If anyone has had a poor experience, I hope they keep in mind that this space has only been open for 6 months and deserves some space to experiment and make mistakes.Overall, the space does have some remaining construction to undergohowever, the current state is totally useable and truly measuring up to its intention. I think it is a matter of managing expectations and understanding that this is a new establishment. I have always felt accommodated when there has been any issues (that are not intentional by any means...). It is also pretty cool to be a part of the community this early on to see the progress!
A couple of things:- The staff here are very rude and entitled. Don't let the tour fool you - once you are officially a paying member, their masks come off and you will get nothing but attitude for the littlest things. No words can describe how extremely unprofessional and disorganized they are.- Not only does a struggling artist have to pay $125/month for a Full Access Membership, you also have to pay an additional $50 for a mandatory orientation and another $50 for a Studio 101 training. On top of all that, you still have to pay a rental fee for all the studios, meetings rooms, etc. How ridiculous is that?- The whole facility is, in fact, still under construction. So many things around the space aren't finished yet and it's clear that they should have waited until it was. You'll definitely experience a lot of booking errors due to maintenance. Overall, be very cautious when considering Launchpad. It has great potential, but it didn't live up to it and I don't think it's worth your money.
Great space. A few Google reviews complaining about the price, but as a professional creative of several years, I'd like to see those same people try and find these resources at a better price. It simply doesn't exist. The price is fine in my books. Granted, right now they're still building out the rest of the digital media lab (complete by summer 2019), but members were allowed free pilot access as they get things rolling. Rental rates are much cheaper as a member. The staff is very friendly, accommodating and flexible. Very excited to work in the studios when they're built and in full swing. Everything else that is finished, is fantastic. It's very clean and you get all the amenities you need for a productive working environment.I became a member recently and the space actually brings about a lot of focus and inspiration, especially with all the art everywhere and contemporary interior design. The common area isn't the quietest but definitely a space you can still work in - it's like any other creative/start-up, open concept office. There are project/meeting rooms available at an additional rate if you're looking for quiet, personal space. The terrace view of the Toronto skyline is beautiful. The legitimacy this place brings to my freelance business for my clients alone is worth the price. We're allowed 2 guests - so I hold all my meetings here. Not to mention, the network opportunities, third party resources and programs they offer creatives by being a member brings a ton of value in itself.If you're looking for a corporate, monotonous office feel with your own seat, table or cubicle, this place is NOT for you.
Good equipments and shops, but I think they need to sort things out before charging members a full rate. It just doesn't make sense for members to pay without being able to fully utilize the space.And the co-working space is not work-friendly at all, almost like a joke. The interior design firm who executed this needs to think again about being in the profession. Horrible layout, no proper lighting, unusable 'hipster' reclaimed furniture for actually working. Learn from the actual co-working facilities like WeWork!The space has a good intention and promises, work it through Launchpad!