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!)

Long Weekend Roundup / Two events next week

6 Sep

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What a great Long Weekend we had!! Thanks so much to all the performers, volunteers, and staff who worked their butts off to make the festival happen, and of course our amazing community who came out to all the events and took part! The weekend began with a beautiful night of jazz from Big Al, Proprietor and the Gabriel Palatchi band (below), who kept the audience hooked despite the imminent rain!

Then on Sunday we were blown away by Dwayne Gretzky at the Ward’s clubhouse. This event exceeded our greatest expectations – huge attendance, amazing music, and way too much fun!Thanks to all the fine city folks who came out to enjoy the evening – we hope to see you again soon! Then finally, on Monday we started with our annual Brunch en Blanc and some of our fav regulars show up in their finest white threads (right). On Monday evening, we had a set of hilarious and beautiful songs by Rick & Famous, and then a set of brand-new music by our host Ivy Mairi and Matthew Bailey under the cover of darkness, which culminated with a fire-hoop dance by Martha Farquhar-McDonnell. Thanks to all the customers who donated their drawing skills to help decorate the stage! What an amazing weekend.

photo And we’ve got two great events coming up next week! First on Wednesday, we’ve got a special show by Island favourites Duff Kaarl, a new group featuring some great Island talent. They’ll be playing a set of original rock tunes from 6:30-7:30 on Wednesday Sept 11th. As always, we’ll have $5 pints and pizza!

Then, on Friday the 13th (!!) we’ve got even more Island talent! The evening will feature jazz from the island group The Ice Cubes, who will be playing the music of jazz great Cole Porter. The Ice Cubes will also be hosting a number of awesome guest musicians and singers! It’ll be a great night! Dinner starts at 5:30, music at 7! More info on the Ice Cubes here.

To finish things off, here’s a picture of Zorah trying to figure out how to get all the empty kegs from the long weekend back to the city…

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