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Toronto History Meets the Future of Makeup Magic at the Old Fire Hall

Toronto ON, April 12, 2012 – After extensive restoration and renovation, Complections College of Makeup Art & Design has moved into its new home in the historic Old Fire Hall at 110 Lombard in downtown Toronto. The internationally recognized college has produced artists responsible for makeup and design on huge budget film projects such as Pacific Rim, Total Recall 2, Beauty and The Beast, Resident Evil 5, and on television projects such as Battle of the Blades, America’s Next Top Model, Daily Planet and Paranormal Witness. Alumni have also regularly appeared in fashion magazines such as Elle Canada, Flare, Fashion, and Glow. Renowned for excellence in educating professionals seeking careers in the fashion, film, television, and the performing arts, Complections offers certificate and diploma programs in a wide range of makeup artistry. Specialized areas of study available include: character and special makeup effects, creatures and prosthetics, fashion and photography makeup.

The college has over 3,000 graduates worldwide who are successfully employed in the fashion and production industries. Trason Fernandes, successful film, tv, theatre and spfx makeup artist said today, “My seven year career would not have been possible without the training and excellent connections that I gained at Complections. I never would have expected to travel the world working in museums and on large movie sets so soon after I graduated.” Toronto is acknowledged as a centre of craft accomplishment by producers, directors, fashion designers and photographers in all key production arenas globally. Complections’ graduates have contributed markedly to that reputation for high standards and exceptional execution.

Complections’s magnificent new home will be officially opened by the Hon Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities in a ceremony emceed by Nneka Elliot on Wed. April 25 at 6:00 pm. Wine and cheese will be served. The event will feature demos of make-up, zombies, creatures, and students and faculty showcasing the greatest of the latest in makeup, hair and prosthetics artistry. Media are invited to attend this event. Please RSVP to Marcia McClung at [email protected].

Built in 1886 and considered one of the city’s major historical jewels, the Old Fire Hall was the home of the legendary Second City Comedy troupe 1974-1997 and Gilda’s Club, 2001- 2011. Under the direction of architect Maureen O’Shaughnessy of CS&P Architects Inc. and executed by Venture Construction, many of the Old Fire Hall’s historic elements have been sensitively renewed including the dramatic three story central staircase, brick walls and restored wooden doors. The imposing red brick exterior is dramatically highlighted by a turret and three large second-story bay windows. To provide an intimate and focused learning environment for its students, the Complections interior, painted in heritage hues of dove gray, now features eight state-of-the-art classrooms, a photography studio, and exhibition space for displays of student and faculty work.

The ground floor will house Kryolan International’s first Canadian Makeup Store, catering to the fashion, theatre and special effects needs of industry professionals and the general public.

Complections President Pamela Earle remarked “This major move forward for Complections marks a new era in the college history – our new facilities now enable us to offer additional courses, thus adding to the high level of professional training for which Complections has always been known.”

To arrange for a guided tour, set up an interview, or receive visuals, please contact:

Marcia McClung
[email protected]