Arts and Culture
Toronto is ranked fourth in the world as a place to experience culture, following London, Paris and New York (Foreign Policy Magazine, 2008). That's no surprise to Torontonians who regularly line up to feast on the diverse cultural delights the City has to offer. Whether in the mood for a long-running Broadway show, a concert, an art exhibition, one of Toronto's many museums or a little ballet, Torontonians are immersed in culture.
Theatres and Performing Arts
Toronto is recognized as the third-largest theatre centre in the English-speaking world, after New York and London. The Entertainment District is home to many of the City's most distinguished theatres and concert halls including the historic Royal Alexandra Theater, Massey Hall and the Princess of Wales Theatre.
For those who prefer a night at the opera, ballet or symphony, Toronto provides world class opportunities for each. The recently renovated Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, one of the largest opera houses in North America, is home to the Canadian Opera Company and hosts the National Ballet of Canada.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra takes centre stage at Roy Thomson Hall, a structure famous for its acoustic excellence. These and smaller companies, performing in a variety of stellar venues across the city, make Toronto an unbeatable city for enjoying the performing arts.
Venues and Companies
Museums and Galleries
Toronto is home to over a hundred art galleries and museums, with two of its most famous recently undergoing stunning transformations.
The City's beloved Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) recently reopened after a multimillion dollar expansion under the leadership of 'starchitect' Frank Gehry. A native Torontonian, Gehry reinvented the gallery with its billowing glass facade.
Another recently transformed cultural landmark, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), makes a statement of its own as the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal protrudes at sharp angles over Bloor Street. Like the AGO, once inside, the ROM entertains and enlightens visitors through countless galleries displaying its many treasures of natural history and culture.
Museums and Galleries
Other Toronto Galleries which can be found in Neighbourhoods all across the city include: