Founded in 2004, Le Labo was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. Le Labo was conceived by a group of Francophone media artistes who were part of Bravo-Sud, and who wished to have their own space and programming to satisfy their particular needs. Le Labo’s first offices opened in Toronto’s Distillery District which offered a production and exhibition space.
Within the first five years of its existence, Le Labo was quickly recognized as a point reference in the Toronto’s Art Scene (both Francophone and Anglophone). Events such as Membre du mois (Member of the Month) or the Labo’s mentorship program were launched at this time and continue to be very popular.
After quite a few years, the Distillery District’s transformation, and whose distance from the city’s creative spaces and the subsequent the rent increases, forced Le Labo to look for a new venue. In December 2013, the organization moved in its partner’s Charles Street Video (CSV) at 65 Bellwoods Avenue in the Queen West neighborhood. That same year, Le Labo started its off-site programming .
In July 2015, Le Labo moved again with CSV to 568 Richmond Street West, where we currently house both our rental equipment and editing stations. This is also where we host all our workshops and small events. Our administrative offices are located within the Alliance Française of Toronto building where we can work in harmony with the Francophone educational, community and cultural creative worlds.
Since 2012, Le Labo’s launches an annual call for submission that increases our visibility and credibility among our peers in the Media Arts sector as well as developing our network of established and emerging artists. Le Labo’s unique artistic identity, intermingles new technologies with concepts of identity and language. Toronto’s Francophone community is very diverse and includes Franco-Ontariens, Franco-Canadians as well as French speaking immigrants from all over the world. This diversity creates a stimulating environment in which the French language influences the creative process in all its forms. By supporting artists from these varied communities, Le Labo becomes a reflection of diverse linguistic expressions through the Media Arts while also encouraging its artists to present their creations within the contemporary Canadian art context.
As it celebrates its 10th birthday, Le Labo is a dynamic organization with diverse membership that includes filmmakers, photographers, performers and visual artists of all kinds. Le Labo is recognized for its dedication to supporting and promoting contemporary Francophone art from the region with a special interest in works of Media Art.