Civic Theatres Toronto is one of the city’s largest multi-arts organizations, operating three iconic venues and presenting a full range of performing arts, theatrical and concert events: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and Toronto Centre for the Arts. We offer vital programs and services, collectively supporting the work of artists and providing an enduring and timeless platform for their stories. With two hubs of creativity and content creation in both downtown and uptown Toronto, we have a unique place and perspective. The mission of Civic Theatres Toronto is to activate creative spaces by inspiring local and international artists, and connecting audiences - to be the nexus for new ideas, elevate artistic potential and be the catalyst for creative expression that is reflective of Toronto’s diversity.
When all seven performance spaces in our theatres are occupied, over 50,000 patrons per week could enjoy their choice of dance, concerts, comedy acts, festivals, galas, award-shows, films with a live orchestra and performances for the entire family.
With 3,191 seats, the Sony Centre is one of the foremost theatrical venues in Canada. Opened in 1960, the Sony Centre holds a seminal place in the cultural life of Toronto and the country. For over 50 years, the venue has welcomed hundreds of thousands of patrons to enjoy remarkable entertainment from around the world.
An important cultural landmark in Toronto, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts opened its doors in 1970. The St. Lawrence Centre houses two auditoriums, the 868-seat Bluma Appel Theatre and the 499-seat Jane Mallett Theatre. Resident organizations include the Canadian Stage Company, musicTORONTO, Toronto Masque Theatre, Opera in Concert, Hannaford Street Silver Band, and Toronto Operetta Theatre.
The Toronto Centre for the Arts houses four performance spaces – the 1,036-seat George Weston Recital Hall, the 574-seat Lyric Theatre, the 296-seat Greenwin Theatre, and the flexible 180-seat Studio Theatre. The resident company at the Greenwin Theatre is the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. In addition, the George Weston Recital Hall hosts annual performance residencies by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir.