Summer events calendar

28 Jul

Hello everyone! Hope you’re enjoying this season and all of our events. Here is a schedule of the upcoming events at the cafe. The first one is this Wednesday for the GALA warmup–trivia night with Elliot Hill!

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13 Jul

We will be closing at 5:30pm for staff appreciation night.

Nhapitapi Mbira TOMORROW NIGHT

19 Jun


We are so thrilled to be bringing Nhapitapi back to the Island! This amazing group put on two of our most memorable shows and we’re so happy to have them return this year.

Nhapitapi perform the song and dance of Zimbabwe using marimba, drums, voices, and the beautiful mbira thumb piano. Their hypnotic and energetic music is truly uplifting!

This will be a magical show, one not to be missed!!

Dinner starts at 5:30pm

Music starts at 7pm-9pm


Sesame Tofu with Ontario asparagus, green onion, cashews, garlic and ginger pesto on a bed of homegrown collard greens and sweet potato fries

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with homegrown collard greens and sweet potato fries


This concert will also be the premier of our dessert menu!  Specials featuring Ontario strawberries!









15 May


Please join us in opening our season with The Double Cuts, a Toronto Based band with a foot in the past and an eye to the future.  Dinner will start at 5:30pm (see special menu below) and the music at 7pm.  We hope to see you all there!


Along with our menu, we will have the following specials all highlighting beautiful Ontario Asparagus.

~To start~

Grilled Ontario Asparagus with Sesame mayonnaise


Spicy Lamb Kebabs on top of Israeli cous cous, beets, peppers and grilled Ontario asparagus, served with lemon tahini sauce

Grilled Vegetable Tower featuring Ontario asparagus, eggplant, zucchini, red peppers and queso fresca with tomato sauce, Parmesan and grilled flatbread

Super SPECIAL surprise Dessert!

Gettin’ ready for the season!

15 Apr

We have started setting up for the season. We won’t be held back by a little snow!  Everyone is very excited to open on Mother’s Day weekend (May 10th), and then 7 days a week on May 17th.  Get ready for our new and improved granola, breakfast sandwich and the same ol’ delicious Island Cafe Burgers!  We will also be hosting many exciting events… more information soon.  Stay warm today!


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Thanks for another great season!

9 Oct

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Photo by Rick/Simon

Yet another season has passed us by in what feels like no time! Thanks to everyone who makes up our community here at the Island Cafe – our Island and city regulars, new friends, concert fans, musicians and artists, the Freeman-McIntyre family, and our amazing kitchen, service, and catering staff! All these people make the Cafe the special place that it is. 

We’re not QUITE done for the year just yet – we’re still open Saturdays and Sundays in October from 9:30 til 6pm – there’s still a bit of sunny weather left yet! Hopefully we’ll see you sometime over the next couple weeks, but if not THANK YOU for being part of our Island Cafe family this year! We’ll be back next Spring as soon as the weather allows! Maybe the hot peppers from our garden will be dry by then…

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Final September Shows!

16 Sep

It’s crazy to think that we’re only a couple of weeks away from the end of our season. Though the weather is certainly a good reminder that fall is here! We want to thank all the amazing Islanders and friends who came out on Friday night for the Ice Cubes show with their sweaters, parkas, and blankets and made it such an amazing evening! We raised $485 for the Ward’s Island Association building fund. A special thanks to the musicians who donated their time and hearts to the event! 

Keep those blankets close at hand, because we’ve still got two shows to go! First up, Matthew Bailey will be playing his final residency show this Wednesday Sept 18th. He’ll be ending the season the way he started it – backed by his full band – and will also be joined by his good friend Animal Parts who will play a special stripped-down opening set. We’re going to start this show at 6pm sharp to maximize our sunlight. Pizza and $5 pints start at 5:30! 

Then we’ll have our final concert and big end-of-season party on Friday Sept 27th! Just as we did last year, we’ll be hosting the amazing old-time group Kitgut Stringband (who have played in every single Summer Concert Series so far) for the evening. We’ll have a big meal and music to celebrate another great season and then those who wish to can move inside the Ward’s clubhouse to warm up with a squaredance! (No experience required – this is easy, fun stuff.) This is always one of the best nights of the year, so please join us! The show will start at 6:30, with dinner service starting, as always, at 5:30. 

Here’s a video of them performing at the Cafe in 2011. (I know I post this every year, but it’s just the best!)


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