Access Information: Studio Central

Studio Central is located on the second floor of Portage Place Shopping Centre, 393 Portage Avenue. We are usually open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons for drop-in programming and Thursday afternoons for Writers Circle. Check the programming page for details.

Getting to Portage Place

There are several bus stops surrounding the mall, served by the 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 46, 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 67 and Blue RapidTransit line.

Studio Central does not have dedicated parking available, but there is street parking available around the mall – one hour free on weekdays – as well as a paid underground parkade with stair and elevator access to the mall.

There are several entrances to the mall. The most direct entrance is the main door on Portage Avenue, even with Edmonton Street. 

PPSC main entrance from Edmonton Street

Main entrance, walking down Edmonton Street and crossing Portage Avenue.

At each entrance, one of the doors is power-operated by pushing a button.

Other entrances along the mall are:

  • Rear doors, directly opposite the main entrance (between the elevators on the map below)
  • Kennedy Street
  • Carlton Street (food court entrance)
  • from other downtown buildings via the Skywalk to the second floor

Map of first floor of PPSC

Getting to Studio Central

There is level, tiled floor throughout the mall that can be slippery when wet (like if people are walking around on a rainy or snowy day).

You can take an elevator, escalator, or stairs to the second floor. Elevators and escalators are located in the Edmonton court. You will see a large clock tower. The escalators are beside that tower, and the elevators are behind it, to either side of the back doors. Stairs are located to the west (left, if you are standing at the main entrance) from the Edmonton court. 

Photo from Wikipedia


When you reach the second floor on escalators or elevator, come towards the front of the mall, then turn left (around the corner from Dollarama). You will pass a dentists office and some empty storefronts; Studio Central will be on your right.

If taking the stairs, just continue in the same direction past Dollarama.

Map of the PPSC second floor

Inside Studio Central

When you arrive at Studio Central, a volunteer receptionist will take your name in case it is needed for COVID contact tracing. Under current health orders, all visitors must show proof of COVID vaccination. We will ask for this at your first visit, then add you to a list so you do not have to show us your card/code every time.

Studio Central’s floors are tiled, and level. There are many hard surfaces in the space that may reflect sound. There is sometimes music playing in the mall that we cannot control the volume for or turn off, but it is not usually audible in the studio space. There is often a radio playing at Studio Central, but that can be turned off if needed.

Eight (8) artmaking tables are adjustable to different heights. Plastic chairs and tall stools, all with backs and no arms, are available for seating. 

The staff office, archives, and supply storage are through a door at the back of the space.

Studio Central does not serve any food or drink. (A small supply of juice boxes are available for emergencies.) There is a food court selling a variety of choices on the first floor of the mall. There are also restaurants located along the Skywalk near to Studio Central, or on Portage Avenue nearby the mall. Under current health orders, you must show proof of COVID vaccination to sit at the food court or restaurants, but most have takeout available to everyone.

Public washrooms are available on the ground floor of the mall, between the front entrance and the food court. There is a universal washroom that requires asking mall staff/security for the key. In the gendered washrooms, there is one accessible stall. This stall has transfer space on the right side of the toilet (left side if you were facing it), horizontal grab bars at the left and rear walls,  and no toilet seat/tank/back. The toilets are self-flushing. Sinks are automatic and hand dryers operate by button.

If you have questions that are not answered by this information, please email studiocentral[at] or call 204-943-8290