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1 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2

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1 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2

Year opened: 1960
Capacity: 3191

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The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts was originally opened as the O'Keefe Centre in 1960. The venue has hosted a wide variety of national and international performers and shows. It is the largest soft-seat theatre in Canada. Designed by Peter Dickinson, the unusual architecture is an example of a mid-twentieth century Modern arts venue, and it has been named a heritage building by the City of Toronto. The venue has been renovated in order to restore its distinctive features, and was re-opened in 2010.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend

    Opens Oct 17

  • Twyla Tharp Dance

    Opens Oct 30

  • Soweto Gospel Choir

    Dec 4, 2015

  • 2Cellos

    Feb 13, 2016

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Opens Mar 04, 2016

Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend

October 17-18, 2015

Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend is the latest storyline in the popular Sesame Street Live series. Produced especially for younger children, Sesame Street Live is the perfect way for kids to have a fun-filled outing and learn valuable life lessons all at the same time.

Twyla Tharp Dance

October 30-November 1, 2015

Multi-award winning Twyla Tharp celebrates 50 years in the world of dance as a visionary and innovative choreographer with a program of two New York premieres that display her hallmarks of humour, generous spirit and zeal, tied together with immaculate steps and decades of experience!

Soweto Gospel Choir

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December 4, 2015

Heralded as one of the most exciting groups in World Music in recent years, the two-time Grammy Award-winners return for a US tour. Known for their distinctive African gospel sound, vivid dress and vibrant performances, the group has completed several international tours, performed at prestigious concerts and events, and won two Grammy Awards.


February 13, 2016

The overnight sensations 2Cellos have delighted many audiences the world over, with their unique and energetic performances of popular hits, from Nirvana to Kings of Leon. When their rendition of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal went viral, they broke through and ended up catching a gig supporting Elton John on his tour.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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March 4-5, 2016

The 56-year old AA American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states, as well as 71 countries on six continents. Often engaged as an ambassador for modern American dance, the troupe saw its first such engagement in 1962 as part of John F Kennedy's south east Asian and Australian tour. Whilst its repertoire is known primarily for its jazz influences, chief creative director Robert Battle has added to the dances by welcoming collaborations with other eminent choreographers, which reflects the company's ever-expanding body of work.

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