918 Bathurst | About
918 Bathurst | An Arts and Culture Sanctuary in Toronto's Annex Neighbourhood. We offer unique, highly cost-effective rental packages for: Weddings and Celebrations, Theatrical, Dance, and Music Rehearsals, Corporate and Non-Profit Events, Workshops, Conferences and Seminars, Markets and Trade Shows, Visual Art Exhibitions
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ABOUT 918 BATHURST

918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education is an arts and culture sanctuary in Toronto’s Annex Neighbourhood.

Our mandate is to support new and experimental arts by providing space to individuals and organizations that otherwise could not incubate, rehearse and present their work in the heart of downtown Toronto.   We are always looking to partner with artists, organizations and collectives to produce theatre, dance, concerts, film festivals, art galas and exhibitions and many others types of arts and culture events.

A former Buddhist temple, our multi-use facility is equipped with a 200-seat theatre and an visual art gallery which has been host to a wide array of arts and cultural organizations from Toronto and across Canada.  918 Bathurst is also the ideal venue for private events such as workshops, weddings, seminars, trade shows and more.  As we are a non-profit, the proceeds from your event will be reinvested into the arts and culture at 918 Bathurst.

918 Bathurst is an Associate Member of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor, an organization that includes the Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Conservatory of Music, The Gardiner Museum, Alliance Francaise Toronto and 15 other prominent Toronto cultural organizations.  These partnerships have allowed us to strengthen our connection to our local community as well as receive leadership from these institutional pillars of Canadian arts and culture.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

918 Bathurst offers internships & volunteer opportunities, including student volunteer service hours toward fulfilling high school credits. We can help students fill out the “Notification of Planned Community Involvement Activities” form and find a suitable match of work, experience and personal interest.

We offer a positive space that encourages both personal and professional development. You will have the opportunity to work with creative, professional, and amazing people!

918 Bathurst can help you with your Career Development: If you are interested in working with 918 Bathurst as a volunteer or intern, please send us an email introducing yourself. We would like to know who you are, how you heard about us, why you are interested and what you would like to do. Please attach a CV or resume with your email.

Menon Dwarka
Artistic and Managing Director

Menon has held the role of Creative and Managing director at 918 Bathurst since 2014.  He brings with him a wealth of experience and passion for the arts and culture that first saw their genesis during his early years growing up in Scarborough and honed through his 20 years working in cultural institutions in New York City.  Following the completion of his Masters of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto, Menon left Toronto for New York in order to pursue a career in music, first working as a staff composer at Rocket Music where he composed music for television and film.  Following a successful tenure that saw his work appear in dozens of commercials, he became the director of the music school at New York’s 92nd Street Y and later, director of musical programming at the Harlem School of the Arts, where he oversaw the musical education of hundreds of students.  He later held a similar position at Greenwich House, where he was also responsible for the curation of cultural events and activities for both students and the New York cultural community, including the unCAGEd concerts, celebrating the life and work of American composer John Cage.  It was during his time at the Greenwich House that he developed partnerships with other New York cultural institutions including the P.E.N. World Voices Festival,  the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival, as well as holding fundraisers featuring Jorma Kaukonen and Steve Earle. Menon is also a regular contributor to the American classical music quarterly,  Listen: Life with Music & Culture.  

During his time at 918 Bathurst, Menon has partnered with many arts organizations to bring their productions to the 918 stage.  Some of these include: Opera5’s burlesque take on Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Taken by Night, Dreamwalker Dance’s 10th anniversary celebratory production of The Whole Shebang, in collaboration with Andrea Nann, Veronica Tennant and Michael Ondaatje, as well as the improvisatory play, Like Mother Like Daughter in collaboration with Ravi Jain’s Why Not Theatre and The Koffler Centre.  Menon has also developed partnerships between 918 Bathurst and artists to produce events such as Tafelmusik’s Haus Musik series and Spin Cycle, a CD release showcase for the Afiara String Quartet’s collaboration with DJ Skratch Bastid.  As a leading member of the Bloor Street Culture Corridor, a coalition of Canada’s leading arts and culture organizations, Menon is working towards developing partnerships between 918 Bathurst and national cultural organizations such as the Royal Ontario Museum, The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, The Toronto Reference Library and the many other organizations devoted to producing and promoting Canadian arts and culture.  In the future, Menon is looking to develop 918 Bathurst as a sanctuary for arts and culture in the Annex by curating and developing initiatives that showcase the best that Canadians have to offer.

Interested in renting our space, or partnering with us?