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Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

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Address: 1 Front St E | (at Yonge St.), Toronto, Ontario M5E 1B2, Canada
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The Sony Centre, Toronto's first performing arts centre and one of the...

The Sony Centre, Toronto's first performing arts centre and one of the largest theatres in Canada, has played a defining role in the cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years. Today, the Sony Centre's mission is to unite the global citizens of Toronto through great artistic experiences. The Sony Centre presents year-round programming including concerts, musical theatre, gala and fundraisers, family entertainment, comedy, and dance. The Sony Centre has also recently introduced community classes ranging from yoga classes to art lessons. It is truly where the world comes to play!

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Excellent venue for theatre, though seats are pretty tight...

We saw a show on the Canadian Stage. Nice, intimate venue with good views from everywhere I could see. Only downside is that the rows are a little too close together. Someone my... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
London, Canada
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

We saw a show on the Canadian Stage. Nice, intimate venue with good views from everywhere I could see. Only downside is that the rows are a little too close together. Someone my height (close to 2 meters) has to sit a little sideways, which gets old after an hour or so.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

The performance was in the St Lawrence Theater across the street from the Sony Center. The booth seating was very cramped for a wheelchair. The only family assist restroom was across the street at the Sony Center. In cold, rainy. snowy or windy weather that is not an appealing location.

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Grimsby, ON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely theatre in Toronto. Very close to Union station, easily accessible from outside the city by GO train. I wouldn't hesitate to see any type of performance here.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

My wife got us tickets for Christmas and we had a great time. We went with 2 other couples and laughed through the whole show. Sebastian was hilarious and worth the money. The Sony Center was a great venue for the show, seating is perfect for viewing and also fairly comfortable. Parking is as expected a bit difficult but close... More 

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

This could have been so much better. This was our first time at the Sony Centre. We watched the ET movie accompanied by the Live Orchestra. I was expecting some sort of introduction to explain how it all works, but nothing, the movie started and the orchestra started playing. The movie was loud, which I prefer, but I couldn't tell... More 

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SonyCentreTO, Associate Manager, Promotions at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. John Williams’ score was stripped from the film and the Motion Picture Symphony Orchestra was playing the score live and in-sync with the picture. If the orchestra were to stop playing, you would have heard the sound effects and the dialogue, but not the score. They were such... More 

Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

OMG this place is a blast from the past. Went to see the Enchanting China performance and the performance was spectacular however the theatre needs to be renovated. It looks like it`s from the 60`s. Bar and snack offerings were sad, really sad for a theatre of this prominence in the city of Toronto. Upgrade everything!

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SonyCentreTO, Associate Manager, Promotions at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, responded to this review

Hello, The Sony Centre opened in October 1960. Between 2008-2010 when the Centre was refurbished, we wanted to pay tribute to the original architecture and styling and restore the Sony Centre to it's original grandeur. Upgrades have been made to the technical elements in the theatre, but the decor is indeed purposefully 1960's. I am glad that you enjoyed the... More 

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Reviewed 14 November 2016

We went to the Pet Shop Boys concert at this venue. Overall, the seating was great, but the acoustics were a little off. It was so loud in there. It is a smaller venue, so the sound just takes up all the space. I would definitely go to another concert here, but bring ear plugs.

Thank MAK829
SonyCentreTO, Associate Manager, Promotions at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you very much for taking time to provide your input. The Pet Shop Boys certainly put on a spectacular concert! Just a heads-up for next time, we actually sell ear-plugs at our Patron Services Desk located in the main lobby during most concert performances. Warmly, Jessica More 

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Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Performed at the Sony centre. Large hall aka Labatts Centre and the Humingbird Centre in the past. Comfortable seating, good sightlines and good acoustics make for a positive experience once you find and get into your seat. Unfortunately some children feel compelled to whoop it up to show their appreciation. Good venue.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Formerly known as O'Keefe Centre. I visited this theatre with my gf twice this month. First show was Anthony Bourdain and the 2nd was Pet Shop Boys. It is a clean theatre. It has a clear view of stage from the top section. The seats are comfortable enough but small size. There are drinks vendor all around but over priced... More 

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SonyCentreTO, Associate Manager, Promotions at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, responded to this review

Hi Joe, Thanks for taking the time to submit your review and feedback. Kindly, Jessica More 

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Reviewed 9 November 2016

Wife and I went for a concert recently the sound is always sublime, we had first row mezzanine seats and we had a perfect view of the stage and could really enjoy the laser show form our vantage point! Nice bar as well and friendly staff.

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