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July 17, 2017

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VANDYK group of companies is pleased to announce its recent acquisition of the 2-acre, 70,000 sq. ft. New Toronto Studios location at 23 Buckingham Street in South Etobicoke.

The film studio site, owned by the local Marquez family since 1998; spearheaded by Ed Marquez, has been home to many Canadian and US, TV and film productions. Known in the film industry as a grassroots starter-studio, New Toronto Studios has been the original production facility for hit shows such as Little Mosque on the Prairie and Monk as well as video production sets for recording artists like Blue Rodeo and rappers 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg. TVO’s recent Toni Award-winning children’s show, Odd Squad, created their magic at 23 Buckingham, bringing Canadian TV production international acclaim.

New Toronto Studios has deliberately maintained an “under the radar” west end location for client confidentiality and lower production costs. Faced with the choice of “going big and state-of-the art” to compete with the many new super studio facilities across the GTA, the Marquez family has made the decision to sell their property and exercise its future options for continuing in the film business.

Located in Toronto, South Etobicoke’s transitioning Mimico GO Triangle, the New Toronto Studio site occupies a central location opposite the GO Train station to the south, mature low-rise residential on the north and, mid-century light industrial and warehouse/creative uses – like the New Toronto studios, to the east and west.

When considering selling the property, the Marquez family wanted to partner with a mid-size builder/developer that would be “hands-on” and respectful of the legacy property and is place within the close-knit Mimico community. “We’ve been approached by big institutions and major downtown developers, but that’s just not our style,” offers Lee-Ann Marquez, Communications Director of New Toronto Studios. “We watched VANDYK’s nearby Backyard Neighbourhood Condos community take shape last year. We saw first-hand the VANDYK development team’s personal interaction with the Parklawn/Stonegate area locals and Etobicoke city officials. VANDYK’s team, led by John Vandyk and Sherman Chan had an open dialogue with residents, retailers and city officials. So, when it came time to sell, we knew VANDYK would be the perfect fit.”

“We were thrilled when the Marquez family approached just as we were reaching out to them,” says Sherman Chan, VP of Acquisitions and Development for VANDYK. With 23 Buckingham, VANDYK group of companies were delighted to be able to acquire another unique “signature” site in South Etobicoke, Toronto.

Chan says the New Toronto Studios property is appealing for more than just its location being steps from the Mimico GO Train Station and Royal York Road local landmark SanRemo Bakery and Cafe. “It’s an ideal-sized site and the whole area is actively undergoing planning discussions to create a new transit oriented mixed-use community that links into the Mimico GO Station, the 10-acre Grand Avenue Park, and the adjacent Mystic Point neighbourhood.”

“South Etobicoke’s appeal for homeownership is no longer a secret,” says John Vandyk, President and CEO of the Mississauga based firm. “As with our Backyard Condos, we are seeing a real movement by the “creative class” – pioneering artists and designers, media and advertising types, savvy urban professionals, millennials and boomers who are willing to move west out of the downtown core. They want to be a part of the authentic urban vibe and value the lifestyle of the rapidly gentrifying west end”.

“Mimico is ready for its close up now,” adds Marquez. With VANDYK on board, the focus will be on future residential revitalization.” In the meantime, Ms. Marquez says filming and production at the New Toronto Studios will continue for many shooting seasons to come. “We will continue to be the secret gem of a west end studio for our select clients.”

Development Enquiries:
Sherman Chan
VP, Acquistions and Development
VANDYK group of companies
905.823.4606

Film Booking Enquiries:
Lee-Ann Marquez
Director of Communications
New Toronto Studios
416.910.7473

VANDYK group of companies acquires film studio site, New Toronto Studios, in Mimico, Etobicoke, Toronto