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Sugar City Arts Collaborative makes it a trifecta

We can officially call it a music venue trifecta on Buffalo Rising today. Earlier I posted on Slyboots School of Music and their quest for a new home. At the same time Mike Puma wrote about Community Music School and its potential search for a larger space. With all of the musical chairs in the air, I figured that it was time to reach out to Aimee Buyea at Sugar City – an arts collaborative (with a music bent) that is also searching for a building to plant its roots. I’ve been in communication with Aimee ever since they lost their home in Allentown, hoping to hear of any good news regarding potential building or space acquisitions. While there have been some close calls, the search is still on to find Sugar City a venue site. Power in numbers? Is there potential for a music collective? And what about Soundlab? It’s time to put some of the pieces of Buffalo’s cultural scene back together.

The following is from Sugar City regarding their space requirements:

We at the Sugar City Arts Collaborative are looking for a new home. After operating at 19 Wadsworth Street for nearly three and a half years, we were forced to move when the building changed ownership in April 2012. Thankfully we have continued to operate in a mobile manner doing pop up events around our city the last year.

A few unsuccessful leads on other spaces haven’t worked out but we are still moving forward and seeking a new building to house our operation, which serves the local and international creative community by providing an easily accessible and low cost venue for music performances, visual art shows, film screenings, community meetings, literary events, etc.

We are very flexible in terms of shaping the space to fit our needs, but we minimally require 2000 sq ft of interior space in an area where it would be possible to make a decent amount of noise a few times a month. And of course we have city code requirements to adhere too.

Below are a few links to articles and videos of past events our previous space hosted:

To contact Sugar City, please email Aimee Buyea –

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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