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The Theatre Centre’s café/bar is open: Thank you to the Government of Canada and Ontario Trillium Foundation

May 30, 2023

The Theatre Centre’s café/bar has reopened to the public, following a renovation and refresh of the space. The revitalised café/bar is well-equipped to host both daytime and evening activities, including local performances and events, thanks to a $104,500 capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and a $100,000 investment from the Toronto Convention and Visitor Association (RTO5), as part of the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).  RTO5 received $12 million from FedDev Ontario to help local tourism organizations and businesses safely welcome back visitors, recover from the impacts of the pandemic and prepare for future growth.  

“The Theatre Centre is an important public space for arts and community in Davenport,” said Davenport MPP Marit Stiles. “I’m thrilled that the café/bar has reopened with a fresh new look thanks to this financial support.”

“The performing arts enriches people’s lives and bolsters local economies,” said the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. “The Government of Canada is delighted to be able to support the renovation and reopening of this creative cultural and gathering space for Toronto.”

Both funding sources enabled the theatre company to refresh the café/bar with a new look and reactivate it with accessible, multi-disciplinary artistic offerings. As a flexible performance space, the café/bar supports the economic growth of local artists and entrepreneurs.

“We strongly believe that cultural spaces should be public spaces,” said Aislinn Rose, General and Artistic Director, The Theatre Centre. “We know that the café/bar has been sorely missed by artists and neighbours alike over the past two years, and we’re excited to open our doors again with the support of funders like OTF and FedDev Ontario. This is truly a community hub and gathering place; somewhere everyone is welcome to be. Our café/bar is one of the only spaces in our neighbourhood where folks can pop in for a coffee, spend the day working, or just hang out without needing to buy something.”

The café/bar is now open weekdays from 8:30AM-6PM, Saturdays from 9AM-6PM, Sundays from 10AM-6PM, and until late on performance nights. 

Empty cafe/bar before reopening event
Café/Bar before reopening event, photo by Kyle Purcell

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Visit to learn more.

Aislinn with guests in the cafe during the May community meal
Aislinn Rose & guests at May Community Meal, photo by Emily Jung

For 13 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Edward Hutchinson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
[email protected]