As 2018 and the holiday festivities have exited stage left, it’s time to focus on all the new events and attractions the Toronto Entertainment District is offering. Wind down with new theatre shows, feel-good musicals, and films for everyone! Here’s to kicking off 2019 with performing arts right here in the city’s most cultural hub!
Sink your teeth into The Last Ship at Princess of Wales Theatres featuring Sting
Princess of Wales was introduced to the streets of the Entertainment District back in the 1990’s and continues to entertain all Torontonians today. With undeniable vintage theatre feels, this playhouse will hold several shows throughout the year. From January 9 to March 24, experience The Last Ship, a story of a young man returning home after seventeen years at sea to past tensions with family and friends. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Sting in this thrilling and uplifting musical! Who needs to go all the way to Broadway when you have Princess of Wales, am I right? All the details here.
Get Lost in the world of Come from Away
With its massive success in 2018, Come from Away is still playing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre only until January 20! If you’re one of the few who haven’t seen the heartfelt musical, Come from Away will leave you feeling proud to be Canadian. Written by Tony nominated Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, this musical is inspired by the true story of 38 airplanes that were diverted to the tiny town of Gander, set in Newfoundland following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Featuring 12 quirky characters who opened their homes and cooked for 7,000 stranded passengers from all over, watch as they navigate life through the spontaneity of song and dance. See it before it’s gone! All the details here.
Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the National Ballet of Canada
For those of you mesmerized by the intricacies of ballet, we have good news! The National Ballet of Canada will be resuming their schedule dates in 2019 by introducing additional upcoming shows and bringing back past favourites. Under the direction of esteemed ballerina, Karen Kaine, the prestigious NBOC has breathtaking shows lined up for audiences all year round. In particular, renowned British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s spectacular production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns! Shows are available from March 7 to 17. This fan-favourite is not one you want to miss! All the details here.
Experience live performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall
Let’s not forget about the prestigious Roy Thomson Hall. Known for hosting the best-leading movie premieres during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), this lavish theatre also holds the finest of concerts. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is a collective of some of the top leading musicians in the country. Performing the most notable pieces in music, the orchestra is gearing up for their end of January performances of Wagner. Beginning January 31, Sir Andrew Davis will be directing the orchestra through Die Walkure with a two-night performance, closing on February 2. As this is a limited two-day event, tickets are expected to sell out fast. If this doesn’t encourage you to get those tickets right away, we don’t know what will! All the details here.
Enjoy a good stinkin’ film with TIFF Bell Lightbox
Although TIFF Bell Lightbox is best known for its busy month of September where the Entertainment District is littered with movie buffs, press, PR and celebs, this hotspot screens films all year round! With a huge focus on independent films, TIFF plays new releases of films and documentaries like the much-anticipated masterpiece ROMA directed by Alfonso Cuaron. It will be shown all January long. If you become a fan of the establishment, sign up to become a member and gain exclusive access and discounts to all-things cinema arts! All the details here. The Toronto Entertainment District holds a special place in this big city. With everything from art, entertainment, food, and shopping, these attractions bring visitors from all over the world! Whether it is a date night, a friendly hang out or a solo outing, we’re sure you’ll find some fun in the district this year.