The Steady Cafe & Bar


We're a Miami-inspired bar and brunch spot. Folks love us at night for our homemade cocktails, craft beer, vegan donuts, espresso, free wifi and unique events and dance parties. Folks love us in the daylight for our non-vegan vegan brunch, award-winning vegan + GF donuts, caesar bar, breakfast cocktails, lattes and free wifi!

Brunch: Sat & Sun 10-3
Nights: Tues - Sat 8pm - 2am
Check out our events under the EVENTS tab above!

Wimmin: Queer rock 'n roll dance party
May 28

Wimmin: Queer rock 'n roll dance party

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For the first time since our beloved Holy Oak closed, WIMMIN rides again: a heavy, queer rock n' roll dance party, featuring music by only female and gender-expansive punkers and rockers. 

Expect tunes by bands like:

Patti Smith / X-Ray Spex / PJ Harvey / The Cliks / ESG / Hole / Against Me! / Janis Joplin / Betty Davis / G.L.O.S.S. / Slits / Bush Tetras / Thao / The Gossip / Sleater Kinney / Le Tigre / Garbage / L7 / ...and many many more

Attendance is open to everyone, queers to the front. Note that this space is not accessible: the bathroom is down a steep flight of stairs, and navigation can be difficult when the event is at or near capacity. A ramp will be out to bridge the step between the front bar and the back dance space. 

A note on safety: this event organizer has zero tolerance for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or harassment of any kind. If you feel unsafe at any point, come talk to me at the DJ booth, or speak to one of the bartenders, and we'll make sure you're safe and deal with the issue immediately.

PYWC, $5 suggested (no one turned away for lack of funds)


Mac & Strikeback! Record Release and Tour Launch Party
7:00 pm19:00

Mac & Strikeback! Record Release and Tour Launch Party

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Get the first sniffs of our new album "Small Dog Songs" and help send us off on our mini summer tour!

* George Burgess :: jokes and funny things
* Ryan Field :: fiddle and folk songs
* R. Yawn :: music tunes you can use

mac & strikeback are a bundle of harmonies and feelings doled out on guitar and ukulele, trading lead vocals and meaningful eye contact just for you.

Doors at 7PM / show at 7:30PM
$5-10 suggested donation / PWYC
Bar & performance space are wheelchair accessible /gender-neutral bathrooms downstairs

Let Me Make This Perfectly Queer
7:00 pm19:00

Let Me Make This Perfectly Queer

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A stand-up comedy fundraiser supporting the 519 Church St. Community Centre.
Come and enjoy a great line up of queer comedians!
All proceeds go to help the 519 Church St Community Centre to continue their great work in the LGBT community!
50/50 draw! 
Great laughs!
Perfectly queer!


MC Laura Di Labio

And comedians:

Kyah Green
Tracy Hamilton
Broana Makri
And your headliner
Storm Little

Drunken Cinema presents a DOUBLE FEATURE of IKWYDLS
Jun 10

Drunken Cinema presents a DOUBLE FEATURE of IKWYDLS

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Friday June 9th, 2017
Doors Open at 7:00PM
IKWYDLS Game: 8:00PM-10:00PM
Intermission: 10:00PM - 10:30PM
ISKWYDLS Game: 10:30PM -12:30AM
$5.00 For One Game (Price includes game cards, props and free popcorn)
$10.00 For Double Feature (Price includes game cards, props and free popcorn)

In honour of the upcoming summer season, Drunken Cinema invites you all to “SOUTHPORT” (A.K.A. The Steady Cafe & Bar) to participate in our first DOUBLE FEATURE interactive drinking game for one of the best late 90’s slasher franchises: I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER & I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. 

Experience the wrath of Ben Willis, the nostalgia for the WB era and Jennifer Love Hewitt constantly being terrified in low-cut tank tops in a great bar with a rowdy crowd! 

There will be gourmet popcorn, trailers, a themed cocktail and prizes to give away! 

*******WE START TAKING RESERVATIONS MAY 1ST!*******************

*Please note we will only be taking reservations for groups participating in BOTH movie drinking games. For those who want to book reservations for just ONE game, we will put you on a waiting list and let you know when a table becomes available!

Brown Rice! Toronto Queer Film Festival Launch Party
May 21

Brown Rice! Toronto Queer Film Festival Launch Party

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BROWN // RICE: QTPOC dance party collective Presnets:


no cops (Willamina Whoahamed)
Ace Dillinger
Wei Back (Lulu Wei)

With host: Cecilicious (Cecilio Guillermo Escobar) and TQFF Collective
Brown Rice is a dance party centering Queer/Trans BIPOCs. All allies are welcome!!

We desire to create spaces where it's possible to experience fun, excitement and unabashed joy while feeling safe, being critical and engaging with anti-oppression

Our parties are not spaces for violence, racism, sexism, ageism, transphobia, cissexism, fatphobia, sexual harassment, and gender policing, or doing anything to another person without their consent. 


Queer as Folk Pub Quiz + Dance Party
May 20

Queer as Folk Pub Quiz + Dance Party

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Queer as Folk Pub Quiz + Party at Babylon, errr, The Steady Cafe.

Pub Quiz @ 9pm
Party and dancing @ 11pm

Carl will test your Queer as Folk U.S. knowledge before Kris takes charge of the DJ booth spinning '90s/'00s hits. Drag performance at midnight.

Gay Prizes / Gay Dancing / Gay Drink Specials / Glitter

$5 cover

Friday, May 19th.
Start time: 9pm
End time: 2am

Wolsak & Wynn / Buckrider Books Spring Launch
7:00 pm19:00

Wolsak & Wynn / Buckrider Books Spring Launch

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Join us as we launch new poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from Wolsak & Wynn and Buckrider Books. 

A new colelction of poems from Gary Barwin:

In the pages of Gary Barwin’s latest collection of poetry, No TV for Woodpeckers, the lines between haunting and hilarious, wondrous and weird, beautiful and beastly, are blurred in the most satisfying ways. No stranger to poetic experimentation, Barwin employs a range of techniques from the lyrical to the conceptual in order to explore loss, mortality, family, the self and our relationship to the natural world. Many of these poems reveal a submerged reality full of forgotten, unknown or invisible life forms that surround us – that are us. Within this reality, Barwin explores the connection between bodies, language, culture and the environment. He reveals how we construct both self and reality through these relationships and also considers the human in relation to the concepts of “nature” and “the animal.” As philosophical as it is entertaining – weaving together threads of surrealism, ecopoetics, Dada and more – No TV for Woodpeckers is a complex and multi-layered work that offers an unexpected range of pleasures.

A new collection of poems from Catherine Owen:

Catherine Owen’s latest collection is an extended love letter to her poetic influences and to the real-world objects, people, places and situations that fascinate her. Inspired by the work of John Ashbery, among others, in Dear Ghost, Owen returns to the kooky imagery and humorous style she last visited with her award-winning collection Frenzy. These poems entertain immensities of sound while plumbing the depths of the psyche’s surrealities, content to enter a dreamlike realm where meaning is found in the nonsensical, the utterly human and the everyday. While Owen gathers her subjects from the mundane – work, sex, acquaintances and art – she imbues them with the extraordinary quirks and uncertainties that only language can create, and the effects are dizzying.

A new novel by Tim Bowling*

What happens when a respectable middle-aged father, teacher and writer decides one day to abandon his ordinary routine and embark on an unexpected journey toward an unknowable fate, following the ghost of Buster Keaton and a vision of a bear? In Tim Bowling’s fifth novel, The Heavy Bear, the main character – a sort of contemporary version of Joyce’s Leopold Bloom who just happens to be named Tim Bowling – spends an intense late-summer day in downtown Edmonton. Haunted by “the slender sadness” of the world, and unable to face his afternoon class, Tim Bowling finds himself pulled into an escapade revolving around an antique toy, a capuchin monkey and a young student our narrator likens to Pippi Longstocking. Accompanied by the shade of the silent-film star Buster Keaton, and the bear-shaped spirit of the American poet Delmore Schwartz, Bowling’s Tim Bowling must confront, with equal parts humour and sincerity, a fundamental problem of our age: how to make and maintain human connections in a world that seems intent on destroying them?

New non-fiction by Daniel Coleman

Daniel Coleman is looking to find a home. After a childhood that left him feeling placeless, he ended up in Hamilton, Ontario, one of Canada’s most polluted cities at the time. Yardwork is his attempt to put down roots in a place he never expected to be. Coleman decided he wanted to truly know and belong to a small piece of land, his patch of garden on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, to deeply understand its ecology, landscape and history. Starting with the creation myths and geology, moving through the settler era and up to the present, Coleman pours his considerable talents into learning, and sharing, as much of the story of the land as possible. Most books on ecology focus either on protecting the wilderness or analyzing a toxic dump. Most books on gardens focus on plant health or landscape design. Most books on Indigenous-settler relations focus on politics or social inequities. Yardwork meditates on the sedimentary layers of ecological, cultural and political stories that make up Hamilton, the escarpment city at the Head of the Lake. Along the way Coleman strives to build a new awareness of the place where he lives as sacred land.

*Unfortunately, Tim Bowling will not be able to be there for the event.

Pivot - Season Finale!
8:00 pm20:00

Pivot - Season Finale!

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Nine years! How bout it. Pivot closes down for another summer with four superstars and it’ll be a great way to end the season. Thanks to everyone who came and supported Pivot, this season and the previous eight.

Cast List:

Linda Besner is the author of The Id Kid, published in 2011 by Vehicule Press and named one of the National Post’s Best Poetry Books of the Year. Her poetry and journalism have appeared in numerous magazines. Her second collection is Feel Happier in Nine Seconds, out now from Coach House.

Kate Cayley is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer living in Toronto. Her newest book is Other Houses, out now from Brick. She is the author of one previous poetry collection (When This World Comes to an End, Brick Books), a young adult novel (The Hangman in the Mirror, Annick Press), and a short story collection (How You Were Born, Pedlar Press), which won the 2015 Trillium Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award. She has been a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto since 2009, and has written two plays produced by Tarragon, After Akhmatova and The Bakelite Masterpiece.

Steven Heighton’s work has been translated into ten languages and been published in Best English Stories, London Review of Books, Tin House, Best American Mystery Stories, TLR, and Poetry. He is also a fiction reviewer for The New York Times Book Review. His novel Afterlands is in pre-production for film. He won the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry for The Waking Comes Late (Anansi) and has recieved three gold National Magazine Award for fiction. The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep (Hamish Hamilton, 2017) is his fourth novel.

Suzannah Showler is the author of Thing is (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House 2017) and Failure to Thrive (ECW, 2014), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award and was named one of the best books of the year by The National Post. A book of cultural criticism about The Bachelor is forthcoming from ECW’s Pop Classic series Spring 2018. Her writing has appeared places like Slate, Buzzfeed, The Walrus, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist and the Silver award winner in the “One of a Kind” category in 2015. She is a 2017-2018 Presidential Fellow at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, novelist Andrew Battershill.

Pivot’s Season Finale on May 17th
with Linda Besner, Kate Cayley, Steven Heighton and Suzannah Showler
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)

May 14


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We're back again, girl! It's time for your fave queer dance party celebrating the women of hip-hop and r&b! Yay, girl, yay!

DJ Orange Pekoe playing all your favourite songs. Beardoncé doing what she does best at the legendary 12:30 Floorshow. The Steady Cafe & Barkeeping the drinks flowing.

$5 | 19+

SKANK TOP :: Jem & Holograms edition
May 13

SKANK TOP :: Jem & Holograms edition

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It's showtime, Synergy.

Jem and the Holograms Maximum comes alive for one night only!

Featuring drag goddess ALLYSIN CHAYNES
Burlesque idol MISS MITZY CREAM
Skank of Honour (and birthday boy) MICHAEL BURTCH
and DJs MICEBERG and MICHAEL K on the decks

Fabulous prizes from IDW Publishing (Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits comics)

DICK CLOSET and COAT CHECK (with limited capacity) available

$5 before 11:30 PM; $10 after

This is a BODY PRIDE NOT PRIDE BODY event. All shapes, sizes, genders and colours are loved.


Drunken Cinema presents Running Man
7:00 pm19:00

Drunken Cinema presents Running Man

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Friday May 12th, 2017
Doors Open at 7:00PM
Show Starts 7:45PM
$5.00 At The Door (Price includes game cards, props and free popcorn)

Drunken Cinema invites you all to the headquarters of “ICS” (A.K.A. The Steady Cafe & Bar) to participate in an interactive drinking game for one of the best cult movies from 30 years ago, THE RUNNING MAN! 

Watch this 1987 film that is set in a “dystopian” USA, which has unfortunately been pretty dead-on with accurate predictions about life in 2017. Experience the madness, the nostalgia and the plethora of Arnie’s one-liners with a great crowd in a great bar!

There will be gourmet popcorn, trailers, props, a themed cocktail and AMAZING prizes to be given away!

It is extremely recommended to make reservations for seats!

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