Location, Access, and COVID


Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Avenue (north side of the Danforth, at Jackman Ave) Toronto, Ontario

By Public Transit: Located half a block east is the fully accessible Chester TTC subway station, located on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth line.

By Car: There is Green P parking 100 m west at Playter and Danforth, or 300m east at 14 Arundel Ave.

A brown brick church building with a tree covered in green leaves in the front. There is a streetlamp and smaller trees to the left. The sky is clear and sunny.

Eastminster United Church belongs to East End United Regional Ministry. It is a mixed-use, multi-faith, LGBTQ2SIA+ -positive space that houses the Danforth Multi-faith Commons, an Out of the Cold Program, arts groups, and the occasional rave. Eastminster is actively seeking and inviting rental occupancy by Indigenous-led groups. For information, please reach out to Pino Spano, Managing Director of Community Hubs: pino.spano@eastendunited.ca.

East End United Regional Ministry is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It has been a site of human activity for at least 15,000 years. This is Dish With One Spoon Territory. Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.


Entrance and Inside the Venue

We will enter the building through the wheelchair access entrance, located on the east side of the building, on Jackman Avenue. Once inside the Jackman entrance, you will find the welcome desk.

The conference welcome area leads through the accessible Sanctuary into the Narthex, a windowed space at the back of the church where coffee/tea/breakfast and lunch will be served.

The Sanctuary is where the conversations and presentations will take place. The seating is a combination church pews with added cushions and individual chairs available. There is plenty of room for full-time mobility users.

The workshops will take place in the Parlour Rooms. To get to the Parlour Rooms , you exit the Narthex to the east and go down a set of 5 stairs. All programming in the Parlour Rooms can come to the ground level Sanctuary upon request.


Accessible, all-gender washrooms are located near the wheelchair access entrance, and downstairs by elevator near the Jackman and Hurndale Rooms, where the children’s programming and workshops will take place. (More information on the Summerhill Childcare and Creation Warehouse rooms HERE) There are also all-gender washrooms in the Parlour Rooms, but these are not wheelchair accessible.


ASL-English Interpretation is offered. We are working with TK Interpreting Services and Theatre Direct’s Access Producer Cassie-Hope Aubin. Please reach out to susie@theatredirect.ca if you have questions.

Recordings, Livestream, and Captions

We will be recording the morning panel conversations for later broadcast, with captions. The Balancing Act Presentation from 1:30-2:45pm EST will be live streamed on zoom and live captioned. To attend the livestream link and to view the recorded sessions, please register through the eventbrite link.

Affinity Groups

At Balancing Act we understand that conversations around care can be fragile. The week of the conference, we are offering online Affinity Groups for artist/arts worker parents/caregivers to engage in peer support:

Monday, November 14: 1-2:30pm ET (all parents/caregivers)

Tuesday, November 15: 1-2:30pm ET (IBPOC artists/arts workers)

Information and registration HERE.


Balancing Act and Theatre Direct continue to follow the advice from Toronto Public Health. Balancing Act and Theatre Direct strongly encourage all attendees of our Conference of Care to be fully vaccinated. All Theatre Direct and Balancing Act staff are vaccinated.

Masking is welcome, but not required. There is room for social distancing in the Venue.

If you think you may have COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus, please do not attend the conference in person and follow these steps to take care of yourself and protect others (information from Ontario Public Health’s Website).

If you test positive for COVID-19, please do not attend the conference in person.

The Conference panels and presentations will be recorded and available for viewing following the conference. The Balancing Act presentation will be live-streamed at 1:30 pm ET on November 18, 2022 (see above).