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Toronto, Canada
Evan Dion


Studio Munge as Interior Architects

Rebel, located in Toronto’s industrial district “The Portland’s” is the newest venture from the hospitality group, INK Entertainment and maverick Charles Khabouth. What used to be The Sound Academy has been extensively remodeled by Studio Munge, leaving the old space behind and moving into the future of Canadian entertainment venues. Rebel is a full-service adaptable hospitality venue, offering the perfect setting for Canada’s largest nightclub, a corporate day meeting space and concert hall with its stage capable of hosting the biggestperformers in the world.

Studio Munge’s vision was to create a multi-functional, exciting entertainment experience, attracting a clientele from a range of interests and backgrounds. The result is a complete entertainment escape.

Rebel encompasses four key themes; powerful sound, immersive light, sensual forms and tactile details. We took inspiration from international hospitality and entertainment venues, the music and fashion sectors. International cities and luxury fashion were a key ingredient, as our original creative concept and mood stemmed from a Roberto Cavalli gown. Our narratives continue to evolve, and by the time Rebel opened its doors, that lovely dress had blossomed into a symbolic motif of woman and animal.

The goal: every person who walks into the space to experience sensory overload. If you weren’t touching the plush velvet coat check it was because you were captivated by the 32 feet synchronized rotating centric circle light system suspended above the dance floor. With extensive attention detail, the venue includes high resistant stiletto proof banquettes, curved LED faced balconies, unparalleled sound technology, full spec custom furnishings and lighting, and the best view and sightlines of not only the stage, but of the incredible Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario.

With great success, the venue went through so much more than a redesign; it was completely reimagined from a structural and experiential perspective. An incredible amount of planning, passion, energy and money was invested into the walls, the custom FF&E pieces, the sound and light systems to create more than an event space, an unforgettable immersive experience.

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