Located in Toronto, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is Canada's largest theatre that features soft seats. First opened as the O'Keefe Centre in 1960, it was also once called the Hummingbird Centre. It has a notable history as it was built on the site of the Great Western Railway Terminal, which later turned into the Toronto Wholesale Fruit Market. The theatre opened to much fanfare and held many classic performances, and performers like Bob Dylan and Elton John have graced its stage. The National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company have called this venue home at some point in their history. In 2006, the theatre was closed for two years for renovations, improving its accessibility and quality for stage performances. StubHub is where you can buy your Sony Centre for the Performing Arts tickets.
Is there any on-site parking?
The facility does not operate its own parking garage. However, there are many garages and lots in the immediate vicinity, and there is metered parking on the surrounding streets.
What are the options for taking public transportation?
The TTC Subway, the UP Express and GO Transit trains or buses can all get you close to the theatre. For those taking the subway, the Yonge line or the University/Spadina lines can drop you off at Union Station, just two blocks away from the venue. Numerous buses and trains travel to Union Station as does the UP Express, which connects with Pearson Airport, Weston Station and Express Bloor Station.
Are there any accommodations for people with limited mobility?
The Orchestra level has wheelchair-accessible seating. If you need a walker or temporary wheelchair to get to your seat, all levels are wheelchair accessible, and the elevator is located in the main lobby. All levels also have accessible restrooms. Limited parking for patrons with disabilities is available in front of the theatre on a first-come, first-served basis.
Are Sony Centre for the Performing Arts events family-friendly?
Children are welcome at many shows and events. Booster seats are available in limited quantities to help children see the stage better. Strollers are allowed into the theatre but must be checked in with guest services.
Is there anything else to see in the neighborhood?
The Sony Centre is close to a variety of retail stores, restaurants and bars. The Hockey Hall of Fame is one block away as is Berczy Park, which has a lovely plaza with a centre fountain.Back to Top
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