All the world’s a stage, but there is none quite like Toronto’s. From big budget musicals to indigenous theatre, this cosmopolitan city is Canada’s epicentre for the performing arts and boasts one of the world’s largest English-speaking theatre districts. Although tourists gravitate to the entertainment district, those in-the-know that are craving a real arts immersion venture beyond King Street West.
And, unlike many other cities, Toronto has a thriving “civic theatre” scene as well: expect local, not-for-profit productions that have greater creative freedom than shows looked after by the commercial industry. With less pressure to profit, the focus shifts towards diverse and daring productions that nurture new talent and community engagement. It’s why visitors to Toronto can just as easily see an acclaimed show at a big box theatre as in a vacant storefront.