On the evening on May 27 I attended a concert by CoelacanthDance, an ocean themed jazz-funk instrumental jamtacular. The event, held at the new Cathedral neighbourhood venue Artesian on 13th, was part of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.
I recommend reading the Artesian on 13th “About” section on their website (here), it details the inspiration for the project and details of the renovation. There are also interesting before and after pictures at the bottom of the page.
The Artesian is a welcome venue option in the Cathedral neighbourhood and Albert Street commercial area that’s capable of hosting a wide range of events and performances. The performance space is small, with an elevated stage, large enough for most bands. The audience has floor, elevated and balcony seating to choose from. There were chairs along the floor at the two event I attended, but standing room for larger shows on the floor is certainly a possibility.
I think the Artesian will be a good venue in the years to come for the Fringe festival, bands, plays, poetry, debates, public meetings and events of all colours. Yay adaptive reuse!