Francis Winspear Centre for Music Completion
Enhancing Edmonton's Cultural Vibrancy
As the Francis Winspear Centre for Music approaches its 20th year as one of Edmonton’s arts jewels in the downtown core, the organization is seeking to fulfill the City’s original requirements for the land and serve long-term needs identified by the community. What is now a surface parking lot will be transformed into a mixed-use building that integrates immersive arts experiences with practical commercial uses, including a childcare centre, with approximately 40,000 square feet of additional cultural space. The Winspear Completion Project will feature a 500-seat multi-use acoustic hall, studio space, flexible education and programming space, and improved support space for the users of the entire facility. This project will become the home base for the community programming offered through the Tommy Banks Institute for Musical Creativity and allow increased capacity for education, outreach, and partnership with sister arts organizations and business partners.
Transforming Downtown and Energizing the Arts District
The site is located in the heart of Edmonton’s Downtown Arts District, on the west side of 97 Street between 102 and 102A Avenues. The architectural design will transform the now inhospitable corner of 97 Street and 102 Avenue, enhancing the beauty of downtown with people-friendly streetscaping and dramatic architectural design and bringing the area to life with performers, children, and foot traffic at all hours. The project opens up possibilities for comfortable and safe pedestrian mobility in all seasons, including sheltered outdoor pathways that lead from downtown to the River Valley and indoor access to public transit and Pedway networks that connect City Hall, Canada Place, the Shaw Conference Centre, and Churchill Square. The Winspear sits on the doorstep of the Quarters and Boyle Street neighbourhoods and the Completion Project will unite Downtown and Quarters Revitalization. The Winspear Centre is a destination for locals and visitors alike, sitting atop bicycle parking, bus routes, LRT station, and the Pedway system, and attached to a sophisticated automated parkade.
The completion project reinforces the Winspear Centre’s long-term strategic plan to increase community impact and engagement, viability, and operational capacity as Edmonton furthers its revitalization of downtown and strengthens the already vibrant Arts district.