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

Our STUDIOS

Dancemakers Centre for Creation is available to rent for rehearsals, workshops, classes, filming, photo-shoots and performances. We have two beautiful studios, both with sprung floors, modern sound systems, plenty of natural light and independent climate controls. Both spaces are wheelchair accessible, with freight elevator access from 15 Case Goods Lane.

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

VISIT THE STUDIOS

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. 

Photo by Mariliena Pearson. 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 Mariliena Pearson. Click to Enlarge.

THEATRE STUDIO # 313

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

 

SPACE DIMENSIONS

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.

RENTAL RATES

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, and performing arts organizations.   

CANCELLATION FEES

  • Cancellation Fee: Up to five business days before first booking date - 15% of total fees
  • Cancellation Fee: After five business days before first booking date - 25% of total fees

AVAILABILITY

We take rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rentals are subject to availability, as well as Dancemakers' own activities.

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

HOW TO MAKE A BOOKING

Email us  or call 416-367-1800 to make a booking.

Got a question?

Head over to the Frequently Asked Questions page for some answers

Please Note

  • All performance and technical rentals that require access to the booth must have a Dancemakers technician present at all times. Technicians cost $22/h for a minimum 4 hour call. Dancemakers reserves the right to schedule a Technician should we feel it is necessary.   
  • If you are running a bar, you must have a Special Occasions Permit if you are either (a) selling alcohol or (b) providing complimentary alcohol. Click here for more information.  
  • DOORBUSTERS: Dancemakers offers the DOORBUSTERS rate for last-minute bookings on "left-over" hours in either the Michael J. Baker - Studio 314 or the Theatre - Studio 313. Click here for more information on the DOORBUSTERS program and how to sign up

technical costs

All rentals requiring the use of the studio grid, rigging or other technical demands require the use of a Dancemakers' house technician who will come supervise your production, including set up and strike. The House Technician requires a non-negotiable minimum four (4) hour call at $22 per hour.

FRONT OF HOUSE STAFF

You must provide your own Front of House staff or we will help you secure staff at a cost of $75 per performance for each person. You must also provide your own box office cash float. 

Liquor LicenseS

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 on the last business day prior to your first booking date. 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. 

The fee for an SOP is anywhere from $25 to $75. We recommend you fill out an SOP as soon as you confirm your rental booking, as they can take several weeks to process. 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, click here.

Location and Building Access

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.

 

Trinity Street. Photo by Mariliena Pearson

 

PARKING

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.   

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

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.

RENTAL EMERGENCY CONTACT

Tanya Bregstein, Production & Facilities Manager  | info@dancemakers.org
Distillery Security  |416-522-3258 |  security@thedistillerydistrict.com