Theater visit, Toronto
The Canon theatre is one of the most famous in Toronto and there is usually always a big show playing.
It is a historical building, from 1920 and it was, at the time, the largest cinema in Canada. Now it serves only as a theatre and it was restored in 1989, so the interior is in very good shape. It changed ownership 10 years later and in 2001, after major financial difficulties, Canon Canada (yes, the camera brand) agreed to sponsor it to keep it alive, hence the current name.
You should read this webpage for the complete history of this building.
We were there to see "Les Miserables" and although I could complain that the acoustics were not great, it was still a very nice experience. I would recommend seeing a show (whichever is playing at the moment), just for the experience.
Check the Mirvish site for current shows and ticketing information.
If you feel like going for a night out and decide that a theatre or musical is what you want, you can try getting tickets at TOTix.
You will not find the major shows, but there are many smaller plays that can be just as entertaining. Tickets go for as low as 8-9 CAD, so you really can't go wrong.
If you are not into regular theatre, you might also try stand-up comedy or a dinner theatre.
The salespoint is on Dundas Square (Yonge and Dundas) and is open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm - 6:30pm, tickets can also be bought online. The staff will be glad to give you suggestions based on your taste.
By now, most of you have probably heard of Mamma Mia!, it is a hit show that started in London in 1999 and can now be seen in Toronto.
Whether you like ABBA or not does not make a difference (of course it helps), it is very entertaining and everyone seemed to be happy at the end of the show. This is the kind of play that will suit young and old and is just good entertainment.
The only complaint I have is the seating in the Royal Alexandra Theatre, I am tall and had problems sitting down as there is not enough space in front of the seat. Apart from that it is a lovely theatre.
It was originally planned to last 6 months (started may 2003), but due to popular demand, it will be on until beginning April 2005, so you still have time to see it.
You should try and arrange for tickets in advance as it seems to be full all the time (even in the middle of the week). Try booking at your Hotel, by phone or via the website:
After the show you will see all the nice young men with the rickshaws waiting for you. They even have stereos in the things! It sure is fun to watch.
The theatre is situated in the heart of downtown Toronto and is called a double decker being fully restored and built one on top of the other. It was first opened in the year 1913. The seven-storey Winter Garden Theatre was constructed above the Elgin Theatre. They have two distinctively different ambiance. The downstairs Elgin is more formal with gold leaf and rich fabric and is larger with 1,500 seating capacity while the Winter Garden is more of a botanical fantasy and painted to look like a garden and has 1,000-seats. Both theatres cater for Broadway musicals, dramas, concerts, and opera performances. It is also hosting the Toronto International Film Festival.
You can have a guided tour on Thursdays at 5:00 P.M. and Saturdays at 11:00 A.M.
Special tours can also be arranged and booked thru the theatre at the following telephone numbers:
416-314-2871 or 416 597-0956
Sony Centre is situated in the heart of downtown Toronto. It has been the premier performance venue and a historical and cultural landmark being graced by music performing legends. It is at our very own Centre where famous personalities have performed their solo shows like, Louis Armstrong, Diana Ross, Anne Murray, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Shirley Maclaine, Liza Minnelli to name a few.
The Centre is very close to the Union Station, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, and other Toronto attractions.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of this writing, Year 2008, this centre was renamed from Hummingbird Centre to Sony Centre. As far as I can see, nothing has changed except the NAME.
Princess of Wales Theatre was built in 1993 and keep the style of the old theatres. It is situated at King Street West in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. It has great interior design with a 2000-seat playhouse.
The first musical event that was shown in this theatre was the Miss Saigon. For the latest and upcoming shows, please refer to the link I provided below.
Very elegant inside and out of the theatre. A lot of productions have been played in this royal theatre performed by famous stars. This theatre was first opened in 1907 and was named a National Historic Monument in 1987.
For upcoming shows and events and other detailed information, you may click the link I provided below.
Box Office Hours:
Tue., Wed., Thr., Fri., Sat., 10:30am-8:30pm
Roy Thomson Hall is the home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. This is the theatre where touring musicians and performers perform at the hall. Community events and receptions are also held in the grand auditorium.
It was opened in 1982 in its present location in the heart of the King Street theatre district. Though I believe it looks as simple as it is, but the exterior design and glass canopy is reflective by day and transparent by night.
Roy Thomson Hall has a sitting capacity of 2,812.
Hours Of Operation
Mon -Fri 10:00am- 6:00pm
Sat 12:00pm- 5:00pm
Payment Options: American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa
There are several big-budget plays performed in Toronto at any given time. I attended the "Lion King" at the Princess of Wales Theatre, and would recommend it to anyone.
The Theatre is impressive, and the calibre of the performance is second-to-none.
We booked our tickets on-line, and requested "Best Available" seating. We got front row, dead centre seats. I could have tickled the conductor's ear without leaning over. Tickets can range from $50 to $120 Canadian.
This has always been one of my favorite nights out. We had one in Detroit and it recently moved to the outskirts.
The new Toronto location of the Second City is conveniently housed in the middle of everything, on a one way street off Yonge. The show was good, the drinks were fabulous and the prices were right. Laugh therapy was just what I needed after the stress of getting to our hotel...
The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts was initially an idea presented to celebrate Toronto’s Centennial year and finally opened in 1970. Owned by the city, The Centre is run by an appointed board consisting of citizens, city councillors and license appointees. They receive an annual subsidy as Toronto’s Civic Cultural Centre, which allows for a wide variety of events and productions.
There are six performing arts companies in residence in addition to a variety of arts festivals and productions from around the world. The Centre also presents a monthly forum, open to the public, for discussion and debate on current topics and issues concerning life in Toronto.
The STLC has two theatres, The Bluma Appel and the Jane Mallet Theatre.
The Bluma (larger of the two) is usually home to the main productions of the Canadian Stage Company. The great thing about the Bluma theatre is you can purchase the cheapest seats ($23.50) and KNOW your seat will be fine. This theatre does not have a bad seat in the house.
We've got excellent theatres to catch some wonderful plays and musicals. I've seen a few like Phantom of the Opera (when Paul Stanley of KISS was the Phantom) and Chicago. The Lion King is still here I believe.
I saw Saturday Night Fever,s opening night when it came through town. I'm lucky, a friend of mine gets free tickets to the opening nights of a lot of shows and she brings me along sometimes. I've yet to pay to see live theatre :)
This is a really fun musical comedy. It's only the second one I've been to (Phantom of the Opera was the other). I didn't have really high expectations for it because I didn't know what to expect. However, the songs were all ABBA songs, which really fit in with the storyline, and sung really well. There's dancing, disco lights, outrageous costumes, and a whole lot of craziness! I highly recommend seeing Mamma Mia!
So I had a chance to attend last months show called: "Vito Cazzolungo's Lucky 13 Cabaret" it was sold out in no time flat and they turned away some friends who were suppose to meet me, but it didn't matter! I had the best time. Vito Cazzolungo is hilarious as the hosts and they had some of the most talented local performers; singers, stand-up some sketch, it was phenomenal. IT did get a bit bawdy at times, but as Vito said thats the point of a Cabaret and everyone there had a great time.
I found out that they are putting one up in February on the 13th at 8pm at The Diesel Playhouse which is in the entertainment district, 56 Blue Jays way very easy to find.
I found out some details here they are:
When: Tuesday February 13, 2007!
Where: Diesel Playhouse (56 Blue Jays way)
This Musical is fantastic!!! I loved it!!
I was little bit worried about seing it because I fall asleep while watching all three movies. But this musical is easy to follow and the special effects are unbelievable and in some parts it is quite scary (or I am a whimp) :))
It last around 3 hours (including break).
And I recommend to visit the toilets aswell :))