Surface Cafe

On June 20, Microsoft Canada will open the doors to Toronto’s newest coffee shop – the Surface Café. Bringing together traditional coffeehouse and 21st century digital culture, the Surface Café will host hands-on workshops with special guests including Rebecca Minkoff CEO and design partner Uri Minkoff; indie rock sensations The Darcys; acclaimed Canadian photographer Caitlin Cronenberg; DC Comics illustrator Francis Manapul and legendary Canadian entrepreneur Michael Wekerle.

The Café will be open to guests from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22, and will also offer Torontonians one of the first looks at the Surface Pro 3, the new lightweight tablet that packs the power and performance you expect from a laptop.

In addition to being fueled by the new Surface Pro 3, visitors to the Surface Café will be fueled by complimentary coffee beverages. Donations in lieu of payment are being accepted for Microsoft YouthSpark partner Kids Learning Code.

Please see below for the schedule of Surface Café operating hours and workshops. Workshops are free to attend, however fans are asked to register at

to guarantee their spot. Photo and interview opportunities available by request. For more information, contact Kate Burkholder.

Location: 399 Queen Street W, Toronto, ON

Hours of Operation:

Friday, June 20, 2014: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 21, 2014: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 22, 2014: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Surface Café Workshop Schedule

Friday, June 20

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mobile Design with Uri Minkoff Attendees can explore the intersection of fashion and technology with one of the founders of the design company that brought us the Mini M.A.C. handbag and design their own fashion accessory on a Surface device.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. InstaLife with Caitlin Cronenberg Amateur shutterbugs and seasoned pros can get up close and personal with acclaimed Canadian photographer Caitlin Cronenberg to discuss some of her most iconic images and create one of their own using a Surface device.

Saturday, June 21

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Digital Comic Strip with Francis Manapul This session will explore how technology can fuel creativity and collaboration as attendees participate in the real-time creation of a new comic book storyline with Francis Manapul, award-winning writer and illustrator from DC Comics.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Surface Harmony with The Darcys Jason Couse and Wes Marksell of Toronto band The Darcys will host an evening of storytelling and creative collaboration, including an intimate performance.

Sunday, June 22

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Your Big Idea and the Surface Pro 3 An unprecedented opportunity for start-ups to learn from – and pitch to – some of Canada’s leading business minds, including legendary Canadian entrepreneur, Michael Wekerle. At the end of the workshop, one start-up will win $10,000 in seed money and mentorship from Microsoft BizSpark.

Surface Cafe

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