Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Background and History

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
The O'Keefe Centre opened in the fall of 1960 as part of Downtown Toronto's rapidly growing entertainment scene. Born in Great Britain, Peter Dickinson was the head architect for this new performing arts venue in the heart of the city. He designed the facility in the Mid-Century style that was quite common in urban areas worldwide. Unfortunately, Dickinson passed away just one year after his grand project was completed. Canadian artist York Wilson was hired to design a custom mural for the main lobby. Today, the Seven Lively Arts mural still dominates the interior design of the lobby. After 36 years, the O'Keefe Centre became known as the Hummingbird Centre. The venue was temporarily closed for major renovations 11 year after the renaming. By the end of 2010, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts opened to the public as part of a 50th anniversary celebration.

Facilities and Features

Most of the seats at the Sony Centre are located in the Orchestra section, which is configured at roughly ground level relative to the main stage. The Mezzanine and Balcony sections offer overhead views of the stage. All seats in this historic auditorium are covered in soft cushions for optimum comfort. Opening its windows two hours before an event, the box office is accessible from Front Street. The Under 30 program provides discounted tickets and other special offers to individuals under the age of 30. Additionally, the Arts Workers initiative offers discounts to employees of official art entities in the area, such as the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. There isn't any on-site dining available, but you'll find plenty of great food options just steps away in the neighboring skyscrapers. Before the doors open for a show, you can relax at the nearby Berczy Park, which is an urban green space with an elegant fountain and plenty of benches.

Shows and Events

The theatrical venue hosts a large variety of live shows featuring Canadian, American and international performers. Comedians, solo vocalists, music bands, theater organizations and dance groups perform at this venue throughout the year. For example, some musicians who are listed on the 2019 schedule include Angela Zhang, Sarah Brightman, James Bay and Colin James. Such passionate artists stop at the auditorium as part of regional or world tours. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

Visiting Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is conveniently located at the corner of Front Street and Yonge Street, some of the busiest thoroughfares in Toronto's Entertainment District. Some TTC bus routes that stop near the venue include 121, 72, 320 and 97. Union Station is located only two blocks west of this performing arts hub. Commuter and intercity trains serve this transportation center, which is the busiest of its kind in Ontario. TTC subway service is also available at Union Station, and several streetcars stop just outside of the station. If you drive to this attraction, you may park inside the covered garages at Brookfield Place, which is a mixed-used development. The area surrounding the performing arts venue has bicycle-friendly lanes, and you'll find several Bike Share Toronto stations.

Location: 1 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5E 1B2

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