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The Theatre Centre announces 10 for 10

April 19, 2024

This year The Theatre Centre celebrates ten years of programming in our forever home at 1115 Queen West.

To mark the occasion, a series called 10 for 10 (ten unique offerings over ten months) launched with a building-wide party, the first of ten free or low-cost artistic offerings happening throughout 2024 to showcase new work by innovative artists, and bring the community closer together.

“When we opened these doors ten years ago, The Theatre Centre team had an ambitious idea: to transform what had once been a Carnegie Library until 1964, back into a public space. We strongly believe that cultural spaces should be public spaces, and this is especially important in a time when investment in public space is in rapid decline.

Over the last decade, guided by the question “what can a theatre be”, we have investigated so many possibilities with our community, and we have found so many answers. This is a place for creating ambitious new works in Residency and experiencing innovative live art, but it’s also a place to gather with the community to share a meal, to watch election results roll in, and to join debates on major social issues.”

— Artistic Director Aislinn Rose.

“The Theatre Centre has become a true West Queen West community hub, welcoming hundreds of artists and companies and thousands of visitors through our doors over the past ten years. 

This has been a home for artists who haven’t found a home for their work or their practice anywhere else, for big ideas to be chased, and huge risks to be taken. Having this home has allowed us to dream big and become a place for artists, community members, and neighbours — to create, to gather, and just to be. It’s always been our desire to invent the future. 

We’ve had an amazing ten years and we look forward to the next ten to come.”

— Associate Artistic Director liza paul

10 for 10 events

April 27, 2-5 p.m. | An Afternoon of Jazz | FREE & Family Friendly

The Theatre Centre presents Eucalyptus and Yansi Alexavier Quintet in the Franco Boni Theatre in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month! Eucalyptus is led by acclaimed saxophonist and composer Brodie West. Yansi Alexavier Quintet draws inspiration from Lester Bowie and Don Cherry, but presents their unique, modern twist.


Free registration is available here to secure your spot!

The music for this performance is funded by the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund and The Theatre Centre in cooperation with Local 149, Toronto, Canadian Federation of Musicians.

A red tent stands in front of the Queen West facing side of the building. A cat sits near scones.

May 25-26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Doors Open Guided Building Tours | FREE & Family Friendly 

The Theatre Centre will be participating for the first time in the popular City of Toronto event, Doors Open, where over 150 buildings and sites will be open to the public to explore. While The Theatre Centre opens to a new community of people, we’ll also be re-introducing the café to neighbours with a street-side pop-up version on Saturday the 25th! Tea, coffee, and mini treats by The Theatre Centre’s Baker in Residence will be offered!

Staff will lead 30 minute guided tours throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Come and learn about the architecture and history of the building, and The Theatre Centre’s story.

two raccoons climb on top of the graphic blue surface at night time. they are startled by a yellow light.

June 15, midnight | Night Shift Returns | FREE 

The Theatre Centre invites artists, creators, makers, and thinkers who feel the most creative at night to take over the building after hours! Selected artists will take the night shift and work on their projects Monday to Friday throughout The Theatre Centre’s various spaces, and have an opportunity to share what they’re working on to the public at a midnight gathering on Saturday, June 15. 

Night Shift was originally a 2019 experiment as part of The Theatre Centre’s participation in Metcalf Foundation’s Staging Change program, and was a huge success with featured works including comics, writings, installations, and music.

Details on a new call-for-submissions to be released soon!

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July 19, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | 10 for 10 Community BBQ & Hangout | FREE & Family Friendly

The Theatre Centre has a long tradition of sharing food during Community Meals. (Let’s be honest, not much happens at The Theatre Centre without food). In the spirit of The Theatre Centre’s year-long celebration enjoy an outdoor event with hot dogs, DJ, drag performances, and live music! As per Ontario Food Business Regulations, puppies are welcome.

Against a black background, two cyclists stop on top of a bright (summerworks yellow) surface.

August 1-11 | SummerWorks Festival Partnership

A huge part of The Theatre Centre’s success over the last 10 years has been strategic partnerships with Toronto and Canadian organisations, including the SummerWorks Festival. In celebration of many years of friendship, The Theatre Centre will be co-presenting projects with the festival this August. More details are to be unveiled by SummerWorks as part of their programming announcement in June. Stay tuned!

A pigeon by a pothole looks ahead into a dark landscape of condos.

September 23, 7 p.m. | 10 for 10 Community Town Hall | FREE

Art is political. Instrumental in The Theatre Centre is the belief that artists should have a place in the big conversations, and in the importance of having a home for those conversations to take place. The Theatre Centre has been a host for civil debates, community consultations, and fierce discussions. Past topics included the Creative Class, #IdleNoMore, and the climate crisis. September’s town hall topic will be chosen closer to the event to be responsive to current events.

A mic stands against a bright pink background with white arrow patterns energetically pointing at the words "Comedy is Art"

October 22-26 | The 5th Edition of Comedy is Art | $20 regular tickets

Now in its 5th edition, the Comedy is Art. Festival features some of the best comedians in Toronto, and sends a clear message: comedy should be taken seriously! This year, the festival will take over the whole building. Enjoy five nights of excellent comedy and good vibes curated by comedian and storyteller liza paul, and join as we declare: Comedy is Art!

Learn more about Comedy is Art here.

Chips and snacks are piled in a corner.

November 22, 12 p.m.-12 a.m. | Blanket Fort and TV marathon | FREE

In November, The Theatre Centre asks you to bring your theatre etiquette A-game: cozy socks, lounge-wear, pyjamas, and obscene amounts of junk food. Hosted by Artistic Director Aislinn Rose, the Incubator space turns into an ultimate blanket fort for an epic 12-hour TV marathon. 


City of Craft is back! Past city of craft posters stand in front of the red and blue background.

December 6-8 | City of Craft | $3 entry fee

The most beloved makers and artist market is returning to The Theatre Centre! Details are still being sorted but one thing is confirmed: City of Craft is back!

For Media Requests: Katie Saunoris | KSPR [email protected]

You can reach both Aislinn and liza via our artistic inquiries inbox at [email protected]

The Theatre Centre

The Theatre Centre is a nationally recognized live-arts incubator and community hub. Our mission is to offer a home for creative, cultural and social interactions to invent the future. We make work that spans disciplines and genres; work that pushes the boundaries of what is considered “art”. Our programming and our role as a community space are inextricably linked. Art is not made in a silo: it is connected to the world around it.

The Theatre Centre Residency artists

Residency is a structured multi-year program providing groups/artists with the necessary space, funding and mentorship to craft ideas still in their infancy into finished works that are provocative, innovative, and ambitious. Some of the artists currently developing works in Residency include Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Nehal El-Hadi, Stewart Legere, and daniel jelani ellis. Learn more at

Thank you

10 for 10 activities have been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

Thank you to The Theatre Centre’s Major Programming Supporters: Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Arts Foundation, BMO Financial, Metcalf Foundation, The Slaight Family Foundation, Kingfisher Foundation, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation.

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