New service helps creative people in Toronto find work spaces to get the juices flowing

Whether you want to shoot a web series, take some portraits or cut a record, a new service is helping Torontonians make creative use of space.

Spacefy, which launched last week, connects people in the creative industries, like photographers and filmmakers, with residents who own interesting spaces.

“It could be an estate in Forest Hill or a barn in Caledon,” said co-founder Alyas Ali. “If you use it right, any space can be used creatively.”

“A perfect example is a bar. From Thursday to Sunday, it’s busy, but on the other days of the week, not much is going on. So, monetizing that underused space can be pretty appealing.”

Photographer Nick Merzetti was one of Spacefy’s beta users. He said finding the right space in Toronto is an “unending” challenge and he’s excited about the potential of Spacefy.

He’s already used the service to book one photo shoot and has two more coming down the pipe.

“I had someone ask me to do a shoot in a laundromat, of all places, and on Spacefy, there’s a guy offering his awesome retro laundromat and he’s not charging much at all,” he said.

Ali hopes Spacefy will appeal to residents looking to make some extra cash by renting out their homes to film crews. Rates on the site range anywhere from $20 an hour to $10,000 a day.

“If it’s a big film, and they need a lot of space for a crew, they’ll have a budget for thousands a day,” he said. “But if it’s a couple of guys shooting with some Canon 5Ds, their budget is going to be a little different.”

Originally published at on September 23, 2015.

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