The Island Cafe hosts live music and special events all summer! Check the calendar for live music on Fridays and Wednesdays, our Long Weekend Arts Festival over Labour Day weekend, and games and trivia nights. All Island Cafe concerts are Pay-What-You-Can, so please bring some cash for the bands!


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Ansley Simpson + Nick Ferrio + Arif Mirbaghi


Join us for a beautiful concert on labour day, as we bid farewell to another summer. The evening will feature music from Ansley Simpson and a special reading by Arif Mirbaghi. 

We are excited to welcome 2 beautiful Peterborough-area singer-songwriters to our garden stage for the first time! Ansley Simpson's haunting voice and songs, and Nick Ferrio's country-tinged tunes will bring a beautiful end to the summer season. 

Arif Mirbaghi is well-known in Toronto for his many contributions to our musical and theatrical communities. We wait with anticipation to see what sort of reading Arif has in store for us! 

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7. 

This is a pay-what-you-can show - please bring some cash for the artists!

More about Ansley Simpson: 
"Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe singer-songwriter and inaugural winner of the BullsEye Media Emerging Artist award from ImagineNATIVE and Slaight Music. Her much anticipated debut album “Breakwall” is a gentle, powerful collection of songs that showcase her lilting vocals, clear melodic sensibility, and intricate guitar playing to moving effect. Ansley immerses the listener in a swelling, soft symphony of emotion that builds in gentle intensity over the course of the album’s nine tracks. She is a natural performer, holding audiences spellbound with her haunting vocals and poetics. “Ansley’s lyrical hymns to love, presence, and possibility entwine you in an unfolding, sonic world of her own making. This is music to guide you back to the shore, when you’ve been lost too long in the waves.” (

More about Nick Ferrio:
Nick Ferrio is a musician, songwriter, recording enginner and producer. Since 2009, he has written and performed under his own name, releasing the albums Introducing His Feelings (2012 Shuffling Feet Records), Half the Time (2013 7th Fire Records), and Amongst the Coyotes and Birdsongs (2015 Headless Owl Records and BB Island Records). He has performed at concerts and festivals across Canada and Europe, including appearances at POP Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion, CMW, NXNE, Sappyfest (Sackville, NB), Dawson City Music Festival, (Dawson City, YK), Lawnya Vawnya (St. John’s, NL), In The Dead of Winter (Halifax, NS), and Hillside Music Festival (Guelph, ON). Nick Ferrio is a member of The Burning Hell and has performed and contributed to the albums Happy Birthday (2008 weework Records), Baby (2009 weework Records), People (2013 BB Island Records), and Public Library (2016 BB Island Records). Nick Ferrio performs with Leanne Simpson and contributed to her album Islands of Decolonial Love (2013 ARP Books) and (f)light (2016 RPM Records). His third album Soothsayer will be released September 29, 2017.

Earlier Event: September 4
Brunch en Blanc - A Labour Day Tradition!
Later Event: September 6
Tim Bovaconti Duo