Toronto Theatres: Performing Arts Halls

Toronto is one of the world’s premiere centres for live theatre and performance. From big-budget Broadway musicals to independent plays to classical music, opera, and ballet, Toronto has much to offer the theatre-goer. Global Alliance is your preferred chauffeured transportation service for any of Toronto’s exciting theatrical extravaganzas, so allow us to take you to and from the show in style, comfort, and luxury. Here are a few of Toronto’s most prestigious venues for the performing arts.

Roy Thomson Hall

Roy Thomson Hall is Toronto’s signature concert hall and one of the city’s most distinctive and iconic architectural features. Opened in 1982 on Simcoe Street between King Street West and Wellington Street West, Roy Thomson Hall was named after one of its wealthy benefactors after initially being known as New Massey Hall (the same corporation manages both Roy Thomson and Massey Halls). Seating 2,630 people at capacity, Roy Thomson Hall is the primary venue for the Toronto Symphony and also features a pipe organ. Its sloping, curvilinear glass exterior is frequently photographed by tourists and paparazzi alike: Roy Thomson Hall is one of main theatres for premieres during the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Operating since 1960 on the corner of Yonge Street and Front Street East, the Sony Centre was known through its first three-and-a-half decades as the O’Keefe Centre and more recently was referred to as the Hummingbird Centre. It is Canada’s largest soft-seat theatre, with a capacity of over 3,000, and has hosted many of the world’s biggest names in theatre, dance, music, comedy, and the fine arts. Prior to the construction and opening of the Four Seasons Centre to the northwest, the theatre now known as the Sony Centre was the home stage for both the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. Following two years of renovations, restorations, and improvements, the Sony Centre relaunched in 2010 and continues to play host to many of the grandest cultural spectacles in the city.

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Canadian Opera HouseOpened in 2006 on the corner of University Avenue and Queen Street West, the 2,000-plus capacity Four Seasons Centre was conceived and built as the new permanent home of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada, replacing the older Sony Centre in that capacity. Modelled after European opera houses in its interiors with state-of-the-art acoustics, the Four Seasons Centre now hosts the annual programs of both the COC and the National Ballet.

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