The City owns several theatres, most of which are small facilities occupied by principal theatre companies or operators. The City’s three major civic theatres are world-class theatres that provide a full range of performing arts, theatrical and concert events and are operated as agencies of the City.

Theatre City Board
Oversight of all three theatre Boards:

  • Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
  • St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
  • Toronto Centre for the Arts
 Civic Theatres Toronto (New)
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Board of Directors of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (operating name for the Board of Directors of the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts)

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Board of Management of the St. Lawrence Centre

Toronto Centre for the Arts

Toronto Centre for the Arts

(operating name for the North York Performing Arts Centre Corporation)

 

Transition to Civic Theatres Toronto

At its meeting of July 7th to 9th, 2015, City Council considered and adopted with amendments “EX7.15 Report on the Future of the Civic Theatres” and thereby approved consolidation of the governance andoperations of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the Sony Centre, and Toronto Centre for the Arts into one new organization under the direction of a single City board called Civic Theatres Toronto.

The new Board will oversee the business affairs of the management and operation of the civic theatres, and initially also oversee the process of integrating operations. As a necessary element of transition, each of the three theatres’ boards will continue in the short term with their current mandates and responsibilities. However, the same Board members were appointed by Council to all the theatre boards.  The individual theatre boards would be dissolved as soon as practical based on progress with the operational transition.

The new identical board structure for the theatres during the transition process is comprised of 5 Council Members. Effective November 6, 2015, 8 citizen members will be appointed to all four theatre Boards.  The City Council decision and staff report respecting restructuring of the three civic theatres is found here: Report on the Future of the Civic Theatres. The civic theatres profiled below represent current operations and will undergo significant governance and operational transformation as a result of this Council decision.

Follow this link for information on the Board governance structure of Civic Theatres Toronto.

Current Theatre Operations

The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and the Toronto Centre for the Arts are rentals-only facilities whose mandates include management of the facilities and the promotion and presentation of the performing arts. The broader mandate of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts includes the promotion, production or presentation of the performing arts.

The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is a cultural hub which presents and promotes the best of local, national and international performances and events to engage, educate and entertain Toronto’s communities and tourists. Follow this link for information on the Board governance structure for the Board of Directors of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts provides Toronto’s not-for-profit music and dance companies and diverse cultural communities with a professional, service-oriented, well-equipped theatrical and entertainment facility, and acts as a focus for Canadian performing arts by attracting, facilitating and presenting varied, high quality cultural, artistic and public events. Follow this link for information on the Board governance structure for the Board of Management of the St. Lawrence Centre.

Toronto Centre for the Arts functions as a first-class venue for a full range of performing arts which enliven and enrich the cultural life of the citizens of Toronto. Follow this link for information on the Board governance structure for the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

2014 Service Overview

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts:

  • Located at the corner of Yonge and Front Streets;
  • Offers multi-functional spaces and comprehensive event services;
  • With over 3,000-seats, it is the largest soft-seat auditorium in Canada; and
  • Provides state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, a fully integrated TicketmasterTM box office, a world class stage, experienced event staff.

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts:

  • Located near Yonge and Front Streets;
  • Offers a well-equipped theatrical facility and event services to approximately 60 not-for-profit arts organizations and local groups; and
  • Houses two theatres:
    • The 876-seat Bluma Appel Theatre features state-of-the-art sound and lighting capable of accommodating a wide range of presentations; and
    • The 498-seat Jane Mallett theatre provides exceptional acoustics for concerts.

Toronto Centre for the Arts:

  • Located near North York Blvd. and Yonge Street;
  • Hosts approximately 350-400 performances and events annually; and
  • Currently houses three main elements:
    • The Main Stage Theatre is a 1,727-seat theatre ideal for a wide variety of live performance events including musical, opera, ballet, symphony and corporate events; a major capital project is under way to redevelop the theatre into two smaller theatres;
    • The 1,032-seat George Weston Recital Hall known for stellar acoustics is most frequently used for unamplified music concerts; and
    • The Studio Theatre is a 200-seat “black box” and is an extremely versatile and affordable space used for music concerts, plays, meetings and receptions.

2014 Operating Budget

Service 2014 Approved Budget ($000’s)
 

Gross

Net*

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

15,013.3

1,238.0

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

3,264.3

1,747.9

Toronto Centre for the Arts

3,544.6

1,771.5

Total

21,822.2

4,757.4

* Note: Net budget after revenues is funded by the City.

 

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