How the Toronto International Festival of Authors is responding to COVID-19

The Toronto International Festival of Authors and Harbourfront Centre continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 virus. For the health and safety of all of our staff and our volunteers, our patrons, supporters and the community, and in line with the advice and guidelines of Toronto Public Health, Harbourfront Centre will close its doors to the public as of March 16 at 5pm through to at least April 5, 2020.

Patrons with tickets for upcoming events will be contacted with details of any postponements or cancellations. We appreciate your patience as we work with our partners, artists and their teams to reschedule events wherever possible. Where possible, we will look to reschedule or recreate the spirit of the event, either later in the year or as part of the 41st Toronto International Festival of Authors in October 2020.

For more information and regular updates, please visit the following websites:

Harbourfront Centre – Roof Replacement Project Spring 2020

As part of a sustainability strategy to significantly reduce energy usage and the site carbon footprint by 2025, Harbourfront Centre is undergoing a series of long overdue roof replacement projects across the campus. The new roof structures will resolve significant leaks and lay the foundation for photovoltaic (solar panels) that will allow Harbourfront Centre to return energy to the grid and reduce overall operating expenses.

The three (3) buildings effected are:

  • Main building at 235 Queens Quay West
  • The Power Plant at 231 Queens Quay West
  • Concert Stage by the water’s edge

Construction will commence on Monday, March 9, 2020, for approximately ten (10) weeks with regular work hours of Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Throughout this process, some areas around the site will be out of bounds and identified by construction signage. Please respect the health and safety protocols in place. These measures are for the safety of everyone who visits the site.

Harbourfront Centre will have staff directing and coordinating traffic on and off the site.

We thank you for your cooperation and support as we work to improve the health, safety and sustainability of the campus for all.

Please contact us at 416 973 4679 or online at with any issues or concerns.


Getting to Harbourfront Centre

Most events presented by the Toronto International Festival of Authors take place at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario), with additional events held at various other locations. Please check your event ticket to confirm the location of your event.

By Foot
From Union Station, head south on York Street to Queens Quay West.

By Transit
Board the 509 or 510 streetcar from Union Station, Exhibition Place or Spadina Avenue. Exit at the Harbourfront stop.

By Car
Take Lower Simcoe Street or turn onto Queens Quay West from York Street to reach our parking lots

By Bike
The Martin Goodman Trail leads right here and we have bicycle parking on-site.


The Toronto International Festival of Authors is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible experience that enables all literature lovers to join the conversation. In accordance with the AODA Customer Service Standard, Harbourfront Centre has documented a series of policies and procedures pertaining to accessibility. 

Harbourfront Centre Main Building (Bill Boyle Artport)
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Includes Artport Gallery, Brigantine Room, Craft & Design Studio, Lakeside Terrace, Lofts, Marilyn Brewer Community Space, Miss Lou’s Room and Studio Theatre.

Distance to Fleck Dance Theatre from Main Building: 230 m

All venues in the Main Building are wheelchair accessible.

  • Ramp access to the Main Building at the north east side entrance and at the south west entrance.
  • Wheelchair accessible restrooms can be found indoors in both the north and south hallways through the Craft corridor and the West Arcade, and outdoors just below the west end of the World Cafe. Entry to these three restrooms is not power-assisted.
  • Elevators have button commands in Braille.

The ramp to the Brigantine Room and Marilyn Brewer Community Space is very steep.

Wheelchair access to the Studio Theatre requires consultation with Harbourfront Centre staff; please identify yourself to the usher or Information Desk. This theatre can only accommodate one large or two small wheelchairs.

Fleck Dance Theatre
Queens Quay Terminal, 3rd Floor
207 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Distance to Harbourfront Centre Main Building (Bill Boyle Artport) from Fleck Dance Theatre: 230 m

  • Wheelchair accessible on the main floor.
  • Elevator access to the theatre's box office and entrance is available from the main floor at the south end of the Main Building, directly opposite the Vita Plus shop.
  • Wheelchair seating can be accommodated with advance booking through the box office. Seating may vary according to the configuration of the house.
  • Infrared hearing devices are available. Please notify front of house staff at the time of entry to arrange device pick-up prior to the performance.
  • Wheelchair accessible restrooms with power assisted entry are present.
  • Please note that there are no elevators inside the theatre.

For additional information and contact details regarding accessibility at Harbourfront Centre, click here.