The New Trojan Horse Cafe
Organization profile published 1986
Year Published: 1986
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX3090
Abstract: The original TROJAN HORSE CAFE opened in the heart of Toronto's Greek community in 1972. Until 1982, its musical and cultural emphases were directed primarily towards the Greek and Chilean communities, and it was a Toronto centre of opposition to the repressive governments of those countries.
In May 1983, a group of musicians, performers, community residents and activists came together to reopen the premises under the new name THE NEW TROJAN HORSE CAFE, in order to bring to Toronto the kinds of music, drama and other arts that promote positive social change and that rarely appear on other stages.
Three nights per week public concerts and performances are offered. Artists speak and sing about social issues, and the coffeehouse atmosphere provides a relaxed alternative to typical bars and clubs. Tuesdays are devoted to native artists, Wednesdays have an open house for the Toronto Union of Unemployed Workers, and Sundays feature a Salvadorean coffee house. As well, the space is rented out at a reasonable price to community groups so that they can stage their own cultural events. The sound system and kitchen facilities are included.
The CAFE is being operated on a non-profit basis, with one part-time co-ordinator and a large number of volunteers.
This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1986.