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 take advantage of the facility's reduced rates members must be working on non-commercial projects, over which they have sole creative control, when using CSV's equipment. To become a member, contact the CSV office to make an appointment for an in-house orientation. You will be required to fill out and sign an application form in which you agree to adhere to CSV's policies and procedures (please see the section on copyright on the Member Responsibilities page for further information), and 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 on 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 age 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 membership and workshop membership with this great option.
Indigenous Production Membership: FREE
In the spirit of redress and solidarity, CSV offers free production memberships to indigenous identified individuals. This membership is equivalent to a Charles Street 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 with the appropriate staff member in advance.
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, seen 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 into the building is on the north side of the building, opening up onto Lisgar Park. The park is accessible from all sides via gently sloping ramp, but is mostly level with the sidewalk. The park is mostly flat, obstacle-free concrete. The doorway into TMAC is on the far left (east side of building facing the north).
This door is open from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday or during scheduled TMAC events.
CSV also has a separate entrance on the east side of the building for gear pick up. There are 3 sets of stairs leading up to the door. To come through this entrance call 416-603-6564 and someone will let you in. They are otherwise locked.
All of the doors open by pushing inward, not pulling. None of the doors are 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, accessible via an elevator just inside the entrance. Interior galleries and event spaces are barrier-free.
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, and two accessible stalls in the shared washroom.
We use scent-free soap, and encourage all guests to attend our 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 email with your suggestions or questions.
If you require interpretation, or have any other access needs or questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance. It is important to us to do everything we can to create a safe and accessible space.