New arts and culture space fills void left by Old East Village grocer

Emilee Geist

Article content continued Two other businesses are also located in the building at 630 Dundas St. — London Inc. Magazine and the newly launched Ruth Noonan Acting Coach. Navackas’ mother, Kathy, is co-founder of London Fringe, which merged with the Palace Theatre this year. “I’m just helping out,” said Kathy […]

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Two other businesses are also located in the building at 630 Dundas St. — London Inc. Magazine and the newly launched Ruth Noonan Acting Coach.

Navackas’ mother, Kathy, is co-founder of London Fringe, which merged with the Palace Theatre this year.

“I’m just helping out,” said Kathy Navackas. “We talked to a lot of people and thought we should create some alternative arts and culture space that’s desperately needed in this city. The size of the building and the space allows us to support artists even with the COVID-19 restrictions.”

The art exhibition, continuing until Oct. 19, includes works by artists Brian Normandeau, Beth Stewart, Susan Scott, Vanessa Zita Vanderridder, Gail Gifford, Cora Linden, Walter Sayers, Meryem Berrada and Sarah Cowling.

Navackas said she envisions the space being used for performing arts, non-traditional theatre and film screenings.

Her son agreed, adding FireRoasted Coffee will also have coffee tasting and learning experiences in the near future.

“We are also hoping to have different crafters who want to use the space for pop-up displays and sales,” said Mark Navackas. “This is going to be a creative space and we want to work with and encourage people to use this space for a variety of activities.”

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