If you have any problems working through the new online rental platform initiative, please reach out to Project Coordinator Cody Berry at 416-367-1800 x 4 or by email here

Dancemakers’ studios are some of the most beautiful in the city — bright, spacious, great lighting and sound, and they are lovingly cared for. I am so grateful to be able to hold my 5Rhythms movement meditation classes and workshops at Dancemakers — it feels like the best studio ‘home’ I could ask for.
- Layah Jane Singer-Wilson, 5 Rhythms Workshop


Dancemakers Centre for Creation is available to rent for rehearsals, workshops, classes, filming, photo-shoots, performances, weddings and receptions.

We are located in the beautiful Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. 

The Toronto Concert Orchestra had a first rate experience at Dancemakers. The space has much to commend it as a performance environment, including good acoustics, ease of access, and a high level of friendly cooperation from the staff. Any organization looking for an intimate environment should definitely consider Dancemakers.
- Kerry Stratton, Conductor and Music Director
Toronto Concert Orchestra

We have two beautiful studios, both with specialized dance floors, modern sound systems, plenty of natural light, and independent climate controls.

Both spaces are wheelchair accessible, with freight elevator access from the Parliament Street Green P parking lot to the 15 Case Goods Lane building.

You are welcome to come and take a look at the Studios to see if they are what you need. Please call 416-367-1800 to book an appointment to view the studios during regular office hours only, Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  

Before you book, please check our on line rental calendar here.

Photo by Tanya Bregstein. Click to Enlarge.

MICHAEL J. BAKER Studio # 314

The Michael J. Baker Studio is suitable for smaller rehearsals, classes, workshops and auditions. The Baker has large windows, a sound system, WiFi access, floor to ceiling wall mounted mirrors, and shared access to the Green Room.

Click here to view the Baker Gallery

Photo by Tanya Bregstein. Click to Enlarge.


The Theatre is perfect for larger rehearsals and workshops and can be easily transformed into an intimate black-box performance space. We have a full inventory of lighting equipment, black upstage and downstage travellers, comfortable raked seating, a tech booth, and WiFi. Access to the Green Room is included and it is shared with renters in Studio 314.

Click here to view the Theatre Gallery


The Theatre has three rows of permanently installed raked seating with a capacity of 60 seats. Dancemakers has an inventory of 33 additional seats. With one row on the floor in front of the raked seating, the capacity is 77. With two rows on the floor the capacity is 93 seats. The risers can be fully retracted so that the performance area can be reconfigured to suit your needs.


Non-profit rates are for incorporated charities or non-profits, including theatre companies, dance troupes, opera companies and musicians. These rates also apply to independent artists, and students who present a valid student ID to any post-secondary institution or conservatory program.

For-profit rates are for commercial enterprises, including but not limited to video/film production houses, photographers, associations and clubs, weddings and receptions, and performing arts organizations.   

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For indie artists, we have a special DOORBUSTERS initiative for last-minute bookings at a discounted rate, on "left-over" hours in either the Michael J. Baker Studio 314 or the Theatre Studio 313. Click here for more information.


We take rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rentals are subject to availability. Dancemakers also programs its own activities in each space.

If we are fully booked, we suggests that you look at SpaceFinder Toronto to source a space that suits your budget and other requirements.  


First check the on-line calendar to see what's available!

Then go to the online platform by clicking here

If you have any problems working through the new online rental platform initiative, please reach out to Project Coordinator Cody Berry at 416-367-1800 x 4 or by email here


You can only pay by regular credit card or Visa Debit through the online platform by clicking here


  • Up to five business days before first booking date - 15% of total fees.

  • After five business days before first booking date - 25% of total fees.


Head over to the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers


All rentals requiring the use of the studio grid, rigging or other technical demands require the use of a Dancemakers' House Technician who will supervise your production, including set up and strike. The House Technician requires a non-negotiable minimum four (4) hour call at $25 per hour. Dancemakers reserves the right to schedule a Technician should we feel it is necessary.


Dancemakers does not have a liquor license, but permits rental clients to sell alcohol for performances and events with proof of a valid Special Occasions Permit (SOP) which is required if you are planning to sell or serve alcohol. An SOP is needed any time alcohol is offered for sale or served in locations other than in a licensed establishment or a private place (for example, a private office or a residence).

If you are serving liquor, you must email us a copy of your SOP upon request. Dancemakers reserves the right to cancel bookings where liquor will served through an open or cash bar, and an SOP has not been secured by the last business day prior to your first booking date. 

Check the SOP fees here. The SOP can now be booked on line here, and we advise that you book it well in advance of your event. Our administrative staff is happy to provide you with any details you need about the venue, work out storage options and ensure you have everything you need to submit an application.

To apply for an SOP on line, click here.


Depending on the scope of your booking, we may request a Damage Deposit that is negotiated at time of booking. If you are serving/selling food, a Damage Deposit is definitely required. All or part of the Damage Deposit will be refunded upon the discretion of Dancemakers upon the completion of your booking.   


We may ask you to provide a Certificate of Insurance. If you are unsure how to unsure how to secure liability insurance, contact our own insurance broker Front Row Insurance. Prices vary. We cannot secure your insurance for you.


You must provide your own Front of House staff, as well as your own box office cash float. 

Location and Building Access

Trinity Street. Photo by Mariliena Pearson

The studios can be accessed from 9 Trinity Street, the main avenue of the Distillery. Our studios are located on the third floor of the Cannery Building. Dancemakers' administrative office is on the third floor of the Case Goods building, south of the Cannery Building, and it accessible through an enclosed overhead walkway via the main Trinity Street entrance.

The  Main Office (Studio 301) is usually open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Rental invoices can be paid during these hours.

Building access is limited after 7:00 pm, and special arrangements need to be made through Dancemakers administration to gain access to the studios after-hours.


There is plenty of Green P Parking at the Distillery District: (a) in the lot south of the Case Goods Building which can be entered from the east side of Parliament Street, south of Mill Street; (b) in the lot at Mill Street and Parliament Street; (c) on Mill Street and Cherry Street; and (d) indoor parking that can be accessed from the west side of Cherry Street, south of Mill Street.

Please note that parking rates vary and are payable by cash or credit card.   


The 504 streetcar runs along King Street, two blocks north of the Distillery District, and the number 65 Parliament Street bus, which runs from the Castle Frank subway station, can drop you off at Front Street and Parliament Street.  There is also a 514 Cherry Street service, with the streetcar running between Distillery Loop and Dufferin Gates Loop via Cherry Street/King Street/Dufferin Street.  

TTC maps, etc. can be found here.


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