Warner Music Group is relocating its Canadian businesses to The Well, a newly-constructed building in downtown Toronto.
Beginning in March 2023, WMG employees from Warner Music Canada, Warner Chappell Music Canada and Sodatone (a predictive A&R and marketing intelligence platform) will move into the new office, which will include a recording studio, performance space, songwriting rooms and content creation workrooms. The relocation comes as part of WMG’s Future of Work project, which aims to improve the company’s office spaces globally and better align with hybrid working models.
Located at 410 Front Street West in downtown Toronto, The Well “offers a curated collection of premium and new concept retail, commercial, dining, and wellness businesses, as well as office and residential space,” according to a press release. WMG companies will be based on the second floor, with street-accessible offices boasting 20-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. The building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, meaning it “adheres to recognised standards in areas such as carbon, energy, water, waste, transportation, materials, health, and indoor environmental quality,” the release states.
“This move will place us in the heart of downtown Toronto, somewhere our artists and employees want to be,” said Warner Music Canada president Kristen Burke in a statement. “The world of work has become more flexible, so we’ve been able to think about our new office as a hub where people come to meet, collaborate and evolve our shared culture. We’ve chosen a vibrant space that’s in the heart of a state-of-the-art complex which offers unrivaled amenities and is seeking to build a real sense of community. This is a bold, ambitious move that comes as we’re also stepping up the expansion of our roster of Canadian artists, drawing from a wider than ever range of genres.”
Vivian Barclay, managing director at Warner Chappell Music Canada, added, “We’re excited for our songwriters here and around the world to be able to drop in and use our writing facilities in a convenient location that’s also quickly becoming the next creative hub of Toronto. Going into a new building like this means we’ve been able to truly tailor the space to our needs and I know our people are also really excited about the move.”
Sodatone co-heads Jerry Zhang and Arjun Bali added that the move will give them and their staff the ability “to work even more seamlessly with Warner Music Canada and Warner Chappell Music Canada to help them discover and sign incredible Canadian artists and songwriters.”
Warner Music Canada and Warner Chappell Music Canada are currently located at 155 Gordon Baker Road in North York, while Sodatone is based at 240 Richmond St W in Toronto’s Garden District.