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 and operations 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 in the 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.

Key Council Decisions