Tea Base is a cozy community arts space tucked away in the heart of Chinatown Centre.
Photos by Jing & Billy
Driven by the need for accessible spaces for artists and young professionals, we are a place for sharing; all in-between sips of tea.
We host cultural programming, workshops, and events; as well as teas curated by local sommeliers, and a collection of writing and art from the East and South-East Asian diaspora.
If you have an idea, we have the space!
Basement, Behind the Stage
C15 - 222 Spadina Ave
Toronto, ON, M5T 3B3
F- Su By Request
ABOUT THE PHYSICAL SPACE
Ours is a space within a Asian ethnic mall within Toronto's Chinatown west. We are located at basement level, next to the stage in the atrium. underneath the mall is a parking garage with elevator access to the mall. The mall is easily accessible by public transit (Sullivan Street stop, in between Dundas and Spadina) and generally accessible through elevator service. The mall is patrolled by 24 hour in house security.
This space is perfect for workshops, pop-up shops, and perhaps other things we haven't yet thought of!
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY
We serve and are home to a growing community of emerging and established East and South East Asian artists. We also interact with the surrounding Chinese community. It is our desire to foster inter-generational dialogue amongst the diaspora.
For this reason, we expect that those utilizing our space are respectful to the surrounding community and inviting to those who wish to check out the programming happening at Tea Base.
Community Rates Institutional Rates
Morning $75 $100
10am - 3pm
Evening $100 $150
4pm - 9pm
All Day $175 $250
9am - 9pm
All rentals include
- 6 tables - 20 chairs
- movable bar unit - shelving
- 2 water heaters - induction burner
- a dish washing sink - speakers
- projector - priority washroom
- cups and other kitchen tools
- on-site staff
Special requests such as selling your artwork, literature or product at Tea Base, or for concourse level stage access and bookings, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PAYMENTS AND INVOICES
After receiving a booking inquiry, Tea Base will send a personalized contract and invoice. Tea Base requires a deposit on all inquiries to confirm booking. All payments can be made by e-transfer to email@example.com.
If you would like to sell your artwork, literature or product at Tea Base, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
INCLUSIVITY AND ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY / CODES OF CONDUCT (draft)
** Taken, Lovingly, from UNIT 2 **
Tea Base values inclusiveness and respect. We strive to be a peaceful and safe event space. Our preference will be to rent to those who either align or, at minimum, do not compromise our mission and values. We don't believe in ageism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, mysogyny, colonialism or predatory extractive capitalism. If you're about these things, this space ain't about you nor for you!
Any behaviour or speech reflecting discriminatory, oppressive behavior, harassment, destructive behavior, or exclusionary actions are not tolerated inside the space.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, language, or otherwise sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Members or visitors asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a member, a visitor, a participant or a collective member engages in harassing behavior, the offender should be signaled to Hannia Cheng, Michael Vu or John Smith. Tea Base organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expelling them from the space. In extreme cases, the offender could lose their membership or right of access to the space without pay back of their membership or entrance fees.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Tea Base staff or an event organizer. The collective or organizers will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe.
Tea Base’s email address:
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Your presence at one of our events implies knowledge and understanding of these rules.
Free Up Yourself
Weekly Dance sessions by Nathan Baya.
Disputed Souls: Exploring Conflicted Spiritualities
Exploring what spirituality and community means for millennials, Maria Patricia Abuel and Ren Ito will discuss their experiences as people of colour, being raised by Asian immigrant parents, and how they come to terms with it through their work as an artist and academic.
Caribbubble Weekly Pop-Up
Weekly Pop-up by Caribbubble.
Something about gaining visibility for our community, being uplifted etc.
“"Tea Base" is a DIY community art space in the basement of the Chinatown Centre in Toronto. They are hosting a dumpling party to mark the Lunar New Year. We caught up with one of the co-owners, Hannia Cheng about what the event means to her and the inter-generational dialogue she hopes it will spark.”
“An arts-focused community space called Tea Base opened its doors to the public last night, bringing new life to the area behind the shopping centre's main stage with creative programming, workshops, and of course, tea. “
“Asians to the front at the launch of this community space/initiative celebrating pan-Asian diasporic narratives. Join DJs Darth Martian, Kuya Rain and Iced Misto alongside MC Hannia Cheng at the daytime party in the basement of Chinatown Centre.”
In our first two months since our January 2019 launch, we've held workshops ranging from Dumpling Making to body positivity to engaging with spirituality and community as diasporic people of colour; we've hosted dance classes; we've supported through one-time and recurring residencies local aspiring tea sommeliers and their businesses; we've launched Mahjong Mondays whose following includes prominent Artists, emerging youths and elders from the Chinatown Centre community; engaged in transnational and transethnic dialogues and bridging initiatives; become involved on the local Chinatown Business Improvement Association and with local post-secondary institutions looking for student placements.
With continued community support, including yours as a patreon member, we intend to continue our course and also expand the scope of our operations. This includes
- paid staff and volunteer honourariums;
- content generation in the forms of monthly newletters that highlight community building initiatives and their results, events within the community network and other commentary; collaborative art shows; off-location events;
- through hosting of dialogues and workshops, exploring and address issues within our community such as anti-blackness, LGBTQ solidarity, income inequity, inter-ethnicrelations within and between diaspora communities, within the GTA and internationally;
- expanding our operations to include exploration of other ethnicities within "pan-asian" umbrella and different issues impacting each ethnic community at varying localities within the GTA.