By Jessica Finch
True to the landlord’s word, Cadillac Fairview is setting out once again to redefine today’s retail experience by introducing a new creative streaming studio to CF Toronto’s Eaton Centre: Streaming at CF, as part of its Ravel initiative.
Marketed as a “dedicated storytelling space that enables content creators, celebrities, and Youtubers from a diverse set of backgrounds to come together and tell their stories with fans”, the studio will feature regular broadcast programming until October 31, with guest creators scattered throughout. The space is located on the second floor of the busy shopping centre’s south facing side near Queen Street.
Streaming at CF is part of Ravel’s plan to create a more consumer-centric retail experience. As we see online consumerism skyrocket, brick and mortar stores are begging for more attractive attributes to keep foot traffic flowing. Launched on August 1, Ravel’s Streaming at CF has taken this opportunity to celebrate Canadian creativity by introducing an interactive studio space, using state of the art equipment.
Shoppers have the opportunity to watch the action from the comfort of a multipurpose lounge. Merchandise pertaining to the current creator will be available for sale, and the lineup has something for everybody.
Launch day saw Danny Green, professional basketball payer and two-time NBA champion turned podcast host, take over the studio for a recording of his popular podcast Inside the Green Room at 3pm. Comedians and brothers Jae Richards and Trey Richards, of 4YE Comedy, filmed a Youtube skit on August 2 at 3pm, and following them, on August 3rd between 12-1pm, Toronto’s own Ajay Saxena (a.k.a. DJ Charlie B) entertained viewers with his latest tracks.
Cadillac Fairview introduced Ravel at the beginning of 2019 with the hope of resurrecting Canada’s once solid retail industry, and reestablishing it as positive experience for shoppers and retailers alike. Wanting to utilize the potential of physical space, and somewhat relieve shoppers from their dependency on online retail consumerism, Ravel has, by way of digital platforms and artificial intelligence, smoothed out friction points and improved the seamlessness at which consumers shop.
Ease of payment, parking, and location of appropriate stores are all ‘friction points’ that are being tackled as Ravel becomes more knowledgeable and adept at anticipating the needs of consumers. Streaming at CF is another initiative that seeks to create inspiration and productivity for those who choose to shop at CF Toronto Eaton Centre.
This initiative has set Cadillac Fairview ahead of their competitors, both nationally and internationally. Amalgamating Toronto’s love of unique retail expression and innovative artistic expression is the first of its kind, and will no doubt be a match made in avant-garde heaven.
Jessica Finch is a writer and editor based in Toronto. She holds a BA in English and Psychology and is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Publishing program. She has extensive managerial experience in the food service industry, and is interested in exploring innovations within this sector and other retail environments. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org