Seeking Warmth in The Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Walking down Mill Street during a snow storm in Toronto in the historical distillery districtThe Spring Flurries in Toronto’s Distillery District

Last week in the Distillery we had a bit of a surprise with the return of winter after all of the spring like weather.   Officially spring had arrived as of March 20, 2011.  However, the weather conditions were not in agreement.  Unfortunately, it was a little quiet for business owners on Thursday March 24 so I walked down Mill Street and took a turn towards the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.  The snow flurries were definitely blowing in my direction.  I pushed forward against the western directed wind flurries determined to find a story.   My friend quickly ran up ahead to bolster himself from the unexpected cold wind on his ears.  a march snow fall after spring has arrived it is still a beautiful place to goHe was not prepared for this venture and was not wearing a hat.   Fortunately, I could endure more of the flurries.   I took my time walking the streets of the Distillery District appreciating our harsh Canadian winter weather and revelled in it’s unbelievable beauty.

The Young Centre Atrium Cafe/Bar

Despite the cold weather there was still a warm friendly environment when I entered the Young Centre for the Performing Arts doors.  It was definitely worth the effort of bundling up and exploring.   There were other adventurous people inside enjoying the fare of the new cafe situated in the building.   I noticed the gorgeous and well lit Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Atrium has a full time cafe/bar that offers delicious food and beverages to all visitors.   I enjoy finding new spaces that hold lots of character and charm.  I could feel the creative vibe as I entered the atrium.  This is a location I will store in my memory bank for future meeting places.  I visualized meeting a friend or colleague here.   The appeal of the space also invites a visit with a sketch book, camera, journal or laptop to enjoy a drink while sitting with character and charm.Outside of the Young Centre, Soul Pepper theatre in Toronto historical distillery district during the spring snow

The Home of George Brown College and Soulpepper Theatre

The Young Centre staff also recommended a tour of the whole centre.  I had only ventured into the atrium and did not have tickets to see any performances.  I envisioned a lot more exciting artistic inspiration in this venue.   The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is the home of George Brown College and Soulpepper Theatre Company.  It is obvious that Toronto’s art community is alive in this historical heritage building.   Soulpepper has a year roung classical repertory as well as George Brown College’s Theatre School and other leading artists and arts organizations across all performance disciplines.   In the fall of 2008, the Young Centre launched an exciting programming involving four major streams of activity.  Festivals, presentations, incubation and outreach are a part of this slate of programming.  There are twelve Resident Artists who lead the programming in music, theatre, dance and spoken word with all the collaborative possibilities in between.  The space offers flexible venues with it’s different stage configurations.   They consist of the proscenium, thrust and arena staging.   I admire this major investment in the future of this Toronto community.

The distillery district the Young Centre for the Performing Arts outside snow storm

Cahoots Theatre Company Presents paper SERIES by David Yee

I was impressed with the amount of performances taken place at the Young Centre.  It seems like there is always something artistic to see and experience.  The theatre loving staff pointed out to me that The Cahoots Theatre Company in association with The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is currently presenting paper Series by David Yee March 18 until April 9, 2011.  It is directed by Nina Lee Aquino.  The paper Series is a collection of six short plays that explore how we use paper to create, amuse, define, and communicate.  It sounds very exciting and profound.  It is comprised of stories involving: fortune cookies, an origami crane, counterfeiters, orphans with paper cut-out dolls, and a Dear John letter.    All very intriguing subjects worth venturing out in the unexpected spring Canadian weather to witness and enjoy.

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About Ruth Wilgress

Ruth is an expressive arts therapist in Toronto Ontario Canada.
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