Toronto Entertainment District

P1030353The Toronto Entertainment District is an area in downtown Toronto concentrated around King Street West, between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue. It is home to theatres and performing arts centres, Toronto’s four major-league sports teams, and an array of cultural and family attractions.

It also features a number of hotel brands , an array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, a vibrant business community located in modern office towers as well as transformed and preserved historic manufacturing warehouses, office lofts and artists’ studios.

Here I’m  just going to show a little part of it.Literally just a street of it.

The picture on the left shows the Princess of Wales Theatre. It was the first privately owned and financed theatre built in Canada since 1907 – and the first anywhere in North America in over 30 years. The building opened to the public with the musical Miss Saigon on May 26, 1993.

The Roy Thomson Hall is a concert hall . It is the home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. It opened in 1982, its circular architectural design exhibits a sloping and curvilinear glass exterior. It was designed by Canadian architects . The hall seats 2630 and features a pipe organ also built by Canadian organ builders .

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The hall was formerly known as New Massey Hall. It acquired its current name from the family of Roy Thomson (first Lord Thomson of Fleet and founder of the publishing empire Thomson Corporation) who had donated $4.5 million (Canadian dollars) to complete the fund-raising efforts for the new hall. The hall was renovated over a period of six months in 2002, after years of complaints from musicians about the quality of its acoustics.

The hall is one of the main venues used by the  TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), with many gala screenings held there each year. The concert hall was also used in some scenes of the film X-Men.

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The Royal Alexandra Theatre is a 1500-seat, beaux-arts style theatre, with two balcony levels, built in the style typical of 19th century British theatres. Construction began in 1905 and was completed in 1907. The theatre, commonly known as the “Royal Alex”, “the Alex” or “the R.A.T.” is named for Queen Alexandra, a Danish princess and the wife of King Edward VII, great-grandmother to the current Queen of Canada, Elizabeth II. The theatre received letters patent from Edward VII entitling it to the royal designation. Its present owners believe that it is the only remaining legally “royal theatre” in North America.

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This area of the city has a great appeal to me because I love musicals and I would go and watch each and every one of them.

As always the pictures are entirely ours but the information is both from Wikipedia and from mirvish.com the company that owns both theatres.

Hope you enjoyed.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sharon rose
    Aug 17, 2009 @ 09:33:12

    Hi there-a lovely post, its great to have all of this culture right on your doorstep!!

    Reply

  2. Monica
    Aug 17, 2009 @ 12:55:49

    Nice landmark pictures. The buildings in Toronto look so beautiful.

    Reply

  3. earth2dee
    Aug 17, 2009 @ 21:37:34

    I love my city!! =) enjoyed reading..

    Reply

  4. Chris
    Aug 25, 2009 @ 14:58:05

    Here’s an interesting look at how the nightlife scene is getting ready for TIFF: http://tinyurl.com/n6q9qh

    Reply

    • nurmisur
      Aug 25, 2009 @ 18:14:38

      Chris- Thank you for commenting. Itis really an interesting look of the TIFF. Toronto becomes the city of stars.

      Reply

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