Membership at Charles Street Video is open to professional artists working with video, film, audio, installation, Extended reality (XR), and other media art forms. To be eligible for CSV's reduced "Artist" rates when using CSV's equipment, members must be working on non-commercial projects, over which they have sole creative control. To become a member, contact the CSV office to make an appointment for an in-house orientation. You will be asked to fill out and sign an application form in which you agree to adhere to CSV's policies and procedures (please see the Member Responsibilities page for further information), and to allow CSV to make a copy of some form of picture identification.
Production Membership: $150* ($125 on renewal)
Production Membership for Student/Seniors: $60 ($45 on renewal)
Our production membership provides access to equipment rentals, editing stations, space rentals, 70-90% off workshops, and potential production and screening opportunities through our Maker Space and Video Chuck programs. A currently valid student card is necessary to receive the Student discount. A driver’s licence or senior’s card is necessary to receive the Senior’s discount. (To qualify for the Senior’s discount, you must be aged 65 or older.)
Workshop Membership: $170*
Enjoy unlimited, free access to CSV workshops for 12 months with this annual membership rate (less than $15/month!)**
All-in Membership (Workshop + Production): $220*
All-in Membership for Student/ Senior: $130*
Get the perks of both our production and workshop memberships with this great option.
Indigenous Production Membership: FREE
In the spirit of redress and solidarity, CSV offers free production membership to Indigenous artists. This membership is equivalent to a Charles Street Video Production Membership (see above).
*plus HST – Note that your fee may be tax-deductible as a “professional association” fee.
** Unlimited workshop access is restricted to scheduled workshops only. On-demand and one-on-one workshops are not included.
National Access Program
This program is designed for artists traveling to Toronto from out of town to work on a "one-off" production project, over which they have creative control, and who are members of other Canadian, non-profit, artist-run video, audio and film organizations. CSV will honour artists' memberships in these organizations by waiving our membership fee and charging our Artist Rate. Contact the office for further details about this program.
Non-Member or Commercial Productions
Charles Street Video offers a competitive rates for both members and non-members working on commercial productions. All commercial or non-member projects must be discussed in advance with a CSV staff member.
Note that for insurance and security reasons, non-members may not rent mobile equipment.
Code of Conduct
Charles Street Video is located in the Toronto Media Arts Centre (of which CSV is a founding member), and adheres to the TMAC Code of Conduct, linked here:
CSV also has adopted and upholds the City of Toronto's policy statement that prohibits discrimination and harassment and protects the right of all its staff members, clients and visitors to be free of hate activity from, or within the organization, and based on one’s age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), colour, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity, level of literacy, marital status, place of origin, membership in a union or staff association, political affiliation, race, receipt of public assistance, record of offences, sex, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristic. Details about City of Toronto Human Rights and Anti-Harassment Policy may be found here:
Charles Street Video is located on the second floor of Toronto Media Arts Centre.
The main entrance to TMAC is on the north side of the building, facing Lisgar Park. The park is level with the sidewalk or is accessible from all sides via ramps. The TMAC entrance is on the east side of the building facade facing the park.
This door is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and during scheduled TMAC events outside these hours.
For gear pick-up and return purposes, CSV also has a separate entrance on the east side of the building, just north of the loading bay. There are steps up to the door but unfortunately, no accessibility ramp. To enter through this door after hours for workshops or events, please call 416-603-6564 and someone will admit you.
The doors to TMAC open by pushing inward, rather than pulling. None of the doors are as yet powered. If you require assistance with the door, please let us know ahead of time and we will meet you.
All events and offices at TMAC are located on the second and third floors, which are accessible via elevator just inside each entrance. Interior galleries and event spaces are barrier-free.
Washrooms: the ground-floor washroom and toilet are wheelchair accessible.
There is a private, accessible washroom on the second floor next to the all-gender washroom, as well as two accessible stalls in the shared washroom.
TMAC uses scent-free soap, and encourages all guests to attend its events scent-free.
We welcome and invite your feedback about how to make the space easier for you to use. Contact us in person, via phone, or by email with your suggestions or questions.
If you require interpretation, or have any other access needs or questions, please contact email@example.com at least two weeks in advance. It is important to us to do everything we can to create a safe and accessible space.