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Canadian YouTubers Have a Free Space to Create Videos (But Leave the Live Animals at Home)

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The YouTube office in Toronto, Canada.

Canadian YouTubers, rejoice! You finally have a safe space to gather, network and produce the content your followers crave. The Google-owned video giant has opened the doors of YouTube Space Toronto, a self-described "creative industry incubator" located at George Brown College and free of charge to those "who are looking to build their channels, giving them tools and guidance to remove barriers and enable them to innovate and experiment."

The company writes on its Creator Blog that YouTube Space Toronto will offer workshops and master classes taught by industry experts, and feature events where creators can mingle and brainstorm ideas. Most appealingly for those creators operating out of tiny apartments and dank basements, the office has everything needed to produce quality-looking videos, from cameras, lights, mics and an actual sound stage.

"Unfortunately a few things are off limits," when it comes to using the facility to create content, the site notes. "We can’t allow live animals, fog machines or pyrotechnics. Prop guns, stunts or any participants under 18 years old need to be approved in advance by YouTube Space Toronto."

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Toronto is the company’s third Space in North America and ninth overall. Other locations have been opened in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Paris and Mumbai.

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