You probably haven’t even heard of Site 3, probably haven’t even walked past it, but if you live in the west end and you like to make—or fix—things you definitely have to check it out. Toronto’s punk Makerspace, Site 3 is the place to go if you have a completely insane project idea and need tools to complete it(and a perfectly fine place to finish any creative project).
What is a Makerspace?
Makerspaces are places which provide space and tools to the public to help them complete whatever projects they’ve been dreaming up. Each space has its own variety of tools but most provide woodworking tools, sewing and leatherworking tools, laser cutters and 3D printers. Makerspaces are popping up all over Toronto and all over the world.
What makes Site 3 special?
Site 3 really can be most accurately described as the punk Makerspace. You get that vibe from the moment you get directions: Site 3 is only accessible through an alley near Ossington and Bloor—look for the red door.
Inside you’ll be amazed by how much equipment they fit in what feels like a pretty small space. Site 3 has something for everyone: welding tools, metalworking tools, woodworking tools, an industrial sewing machine and of course a couple 3D printers.
The Site 3 community is another thing that makes it special. Yes, there are lots of punks, but there are all kinds of other people too. Everybody has a different expertise and you can always find somebody ready to help you make your crazy idea into reality. While it can get cramped during the busy hours, it can also be an inspiring atmosphere perfect for creative work of all kinds.
When can you check out Site 3?
Site 3 has open house nights every Tuesday. These are opportunities to check out the space, meet the people, and perhaps make something small of your own. You can drop by for a moment to see the space and find out how to become a member, or you can stay a while and have some interesting conversations with the regulars.
They also run a variety of workshops where you can learn how to use the different kinds of equipment available at Site 3. Some of these run once a month and others will be one-off workshops. You can find out when their next workshops are by checking the Site 3 Eventbrite page: http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/site-3-colaboratory-532442187.
How do you get there?
Take the subway to Ossington Station and cross to the side of the street where the church is. Go down the alley behind the church and look for the red door. You should see it within a few steps of entering the alley.