EVENTS

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!

 

Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Harvest Party with Kitgut Stringband

Join us for our final concert of the season as we say goodbye to another summer! One of Toronto's finest old time groups, Kitgut Stringband, will join us once again for what has become a season-closing tradition. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes for the squaredance at the end! 
This event is pay what you can - please bring some cash for the band.
Dinner starts at 5:30pm
Music from 7-9pm
RSVP on facebook here. 

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Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Shak Shak Calypso Wednesdays

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Shak Shak return for another summer of their monthly residency at the Island Cafe! 
Shak Shak will bring their old time calypso vibes to the Cafe on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from June-Sept! 
This event is pay-what-you-can so please bring cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here.

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Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Barnes & Woldemichael

We are thrilled to welcome Canada’s premiere Ethiopian Jazz Band "Barnes and Woldemichael" to the Island Cafe! For this performance, celebrated Ethiopian-born saxophonist Girma Woldemichael and drummer/composer/ Daniel Barnes bring their distinctive sound to The island Cafe, accompanied by regular band members Simeon Abbot on keyboards and Tyler Emond on Bass!
Music from 7-9pm. This show is pay-what-you-can - please bring some cash for the band!
More about Girma Woldemichael at http://girmawoldemichael.com
More about Daniel Barnes at http://www.danielbarnes.net/archives/bio.html

RSVP on facebook here.

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Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Nhapitapi

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Nhapitapi return to the Island Cafe, once again bringing with them the music and dance of Zimbabwe. This is always a beautiful night of dancing and joy! 
This show is pay-what-you-can, please bring some cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here
More about Nhapitapi on facebook and at Nhapitapi.com.
Event photo by Arthur Mola Photography as well as Toronto Botanical Garden and Hit & Run Dance Productions

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Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Mama Rae & Her Bad Decisions

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We are excited to host Island favourite and Cafe team member for an exclusive stripped down set of classic soul.  Mama Rae offers up her Bad Decisions featuring Don Arsenault on guitar and Toronto blues icon Jesse Whiteley on keys.
Dinner starts at 5:30
Music from 7:30-9:30
Pay What You Can - please bring cash for the band
RSVP on facebook here

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Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Shak Shak Calypso Wednesdays

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Shak Shak return for another summer of their monthly residency at the Island Cafe! 
Shak Shak will bring their old time calypso vibes to the Cafe on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from June-Sept! 
This event is pay-what-you-can so please bring cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here.

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Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Shak Shak Calypso Wednesdays

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Shak Shak return for another summer of their monthly residency at the Island Cafe! 
Shak Shak will bring their old time calypso vibes to the Cafe on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from June-Sept! 
This event is pay-what-you-can so please bring cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here.

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Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Alex Samaras and Friends Jazz

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Join us on the garden patio for a night of beautiful jazz from our favourites Alex Samaras and friends! Alex is known across the city for his eclectic vocal work in a myriad of projects, but for this night he and some of Toronto's finest will grace us with their special brand of jazz standards and oddities. We are very lucky to have them!
Alex will be joined by this beautiful band:
Vocals: Alex Samaras, Mingjia Chen
Piano: Alexa Belgrave
Bass: Lauren Falls
Drums: Spencer Cole
Trumpet: James Rhodes
Music from 7:30-9:30
Pay-What-You-Can - please bring cash for the band
RSVP on facebook here.
Listen to Alex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vViBiSCg584

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Jul
4
7:00 PM19:00

Natural Wine with Nupur Gogia

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A unique opportunity to taste 5 natural wines with Master of Wine Student Nupur Gogia. Come learn about the hot new trend that is shaking up the wine world. Natural Wines are a response to the mass commodification and corporatization of wines that we often see on LCBO shelves. The Natural Wine movement aims to bring wines back to their very essence - which is a reflection of terroir with little or no intervention from winemakers. Nupur Gogia from Island Vines will lead a workshop on Natural Wines showcasing both unique styles that this movement is bringing to the forefront - orange wine, pet nat, alongside more traditional red and white wines that highlight terroir. Paired alongside each wine will be small bites that reflect the terroir of the Island Cafe - the bounty of Ontario Farms, and wild edibles from the Toronto Islands. Come join us for a special evening of wine and food.
$60 per ticket. To reserve, send etransfer to zorahfm@gmail.com or call 647-299-5514 to pay by credit card.
RSVP on facebook here. 

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Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

Beer Night to Conquer Cancer

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Is there any better way to kick off the summer than with some tasty beer? On Wednesday June 5th join us at the Island Café to sample six delicious craft brews from our 2019 tap list.
Your $25 ticket includes a flight of beer tasters, snacks, and a pint of your favourite brew.
Plus, put your beer tasting skills to the test for the chance to win great prizes, including a Steam Whistle record player, Steam Whistle hockey bag, 24 Great Lakes Brewery tall cans, and more!
With a portion of the proceeds going to the Ride to Conquer Cancer, let’s get the summer started right with food, fun, and most importantly, beer.
RSVP on facebook here. 

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Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Shak Shak Calypso Wednesdays

ShakShak.jpg

Shak Shak return for another summer of their monthly residency at the Island Cafe! 
Shak Shak will bring their old time calypso vibes to the Cafe on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from June-Sept! 
This event is pay-what-you-can so please bring cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here.

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Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

Toronto Blues Society Birthday Party feat. Paul Reddick w/ Kyle Ferguson

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We are excited to host the Toronto Blues Society's birthday bash for the fourth year in a row. This year they are bringing along the acclaimed singer-songwriter Paul Reddick, who will be joined by Kyle Ferguson on guitar.

Show starts at 6:30pm. This show is pay-what-you-can - please bring cash for the artists. 
RSVP on facebook here
More about the TBS here. More about Paul Reddick here

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Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Harvest Party with Kitgut Stringband

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Join us for our final concert of the season as we say goodbye to another summer! One of Toronto's finest old time groups, Kitgut Stringband, will join us once again for what has become a season-closing tradition. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes for the squaredance at the end! 

This event is pay what you can - please bring some cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here

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Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Shak Shak Calypso Wednesdays

ShakShak.jpg

Shak Shak return for another summer of their monthly residency at the Island Cafe! 
Shak Shak will bring their old time calypso vibes to the Cafe on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from June-Sept! 
This event is pay-what-you-can so please bring cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Ivy Mairi + Max Heineman

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Ivy Mairi and Max Heineman a teaming up for a night of old folk songs, country ballads, and beautiful harmonies. These two are rarely in the city at the same time - don't miss this night! 

This event is pay what you can - please bring some cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here

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Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Island Infusions Cocktail Night

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Join us on the Island Cafe deck for a special night of cocktails and food. For the second year in a row, longtime Islanders Alec Farquhar and Kathleen McDonnell will share their unique infusions (read: gin infused with Island spruce tips, vodka infused with Island sumac, Maura McIntyre's garden rhubard shrub, and more!) with Island Cafe guests. These infusions will be showcased in a number of creative cocktails that were developed with the help of Sarah Gaby-Trotz. Sarah is also preparing delicious small bites featuring ingredients from the Island Cafe garden to pair with each cocktail. 

Space is limited to 25 tickets. This event sold out quickly last year, so email pfreeman203@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Tickets are $60 per person - add $12 if you wish to split your drinks with a partner (split the drinks with a partner, but still get food for two people). 

RSVP on facebook here.

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Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Kristine Schmitt & Jesse Corrigan

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Kristine Schmitt and Jesse Corrigan are two stalwarts of Toronto's folk scene - we are so happy to have them back on our garden stage for a night of old time, country ballads, and classic songs. 
This show is pay what you can - please bring some cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here. 
Photo by Craig Buckley.

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Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Nhapitapi

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Nhapitapi return to the Island Cafe, once again bringing with them the music and dance of Zimbabwe. This is always a beautiful night of dancing and joy! 
This show is pay-what-you-can, please bring some cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here
Event photo by Arthur Mola Photography as well as Toronto Botanical Garden and Hit & Run Dance Productions

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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Shak Shak Calypso Wednesdays

ShakShak.jpg

Shak Shak return for another summer of their monthly residency at the Island Cafe! 
Shak Shak will bring their old time calypso vibes to the Cafe on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from June-Sept! 
This event is pay-what-you-can so please bring cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here

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Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Aline Morales Trio

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We are excited to welcome Aline Morales and her trio back to the Island Cafe stage! 

Aline's gorgeous voice and deft percussion skills lead her band through traditional and original music inspired by her Brazilian heritage. It is easy to see why Aline is Juno nominee! 

Expect to dance - there may even be some easy instructions from stage! 
This show is pay-what-you-can, please bring cash for the band!
RSVP on facebook here.

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Jul
31
7:15 PM19:15

Wine with Island Vines

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Join us on the Island Cafe deck for a night of wine and conversation with Nupur Gogia of Island Vines. Nupur is one of a handful of Canadians in the prestigious Master of Wine Program, holds a diploma in Wine from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in the UK, has been teaching about wines with Island Vines for 4 years and has travelled extensively through some of the globe's wine regions including France, Italy, Spain, Chile, South Africa and India. Nupur will be presenting a selection of wines focusing on small scale, artisanal producers from Ontario. The Island Cafe kitchen will be cooking up beautiful small plates to accompany each wine. 

Space is limited to 25 people - email pfreeman203@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Tickets are $55 per person. 

RSVP on facebook here

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Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Staycation Surf Band

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Our favourite laid-back surf jammers Staycation are back this year. They'll be bringing the classic surf rock hits, as well as many original tunes of their debut album which comes out July 12th! 

This show is pay-what-you-can - please bring some cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Shak Shak Calypso Wednesdays

ShakShak.jpg

Shak Shak return for another summer of their monthly residency at the Island Cafe! 

Shak Shak will bring their old time calypso vibes to the Cafe on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from June-Sept! 

This event is pay-what-you-can so please bring cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here

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Jul
5
7:15 PM19:15

Island Food & Wine with Michael Poskanzer

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Join us for an evening of food and wine pairings on the Island Cafe deck. This intimate event will feature a selection of five wines chosen and introduced by our good friend and wine enthusiast Michael Poskanzer. Small plates featuring Ontario produce and Island-foraged ingredients will be paired with each wine. 

Capacity is limited to 25 people - reserve your spot by emailing pfreeman203@gmail.com with subject line "July 5th Wine". Tickets are $50 per person. 

Those coming from the mainland should catch the 6:15 or 7pm ferry to Ward's Island in order to arrive on time.

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Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Shak Shak Calypso Wednesdays

ShakShak.jpg

Shak Shak return for another summer of their monthly residency at the Island Cafe! 

Shak Shak will bring their old time calypso vibes to the Cafe on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from June-Sept! 

This event is pay-what-you-can so please bring cash for the band.
RSVP on facebook here

View Event →
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Toronto Blues Society Birthday Party feat. Jenie Thai

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We are excited to host the Toronto Blues Society's birthday bash for the third year in a row. This year they are bringing along the fantastic Jenie Thai, who will bring her soulful voice and piano stylings to the our garden stage! 

Show starts at 7pm. This show is pay-what-you-can - please bring cash for the artists. 
RSVP on facebook here
More about the TBS here. More about Jenie Thai here

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