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Roy Thomson Hall

60 Simcoe St. | (at King St. W.), Toronto, Ontario M5J 2H5, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
416 593 4822
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Ranked #43 of 313 attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Description: This curved glass structure, a downtown architectural landmark, is a well-known concert hall.
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Manila, Philippines
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We went here for the entertainment part of our convention and the place has good seating arrangement. From the outside the building has nice architecture but I guess that's it.

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Ontario
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Considering the age of this building, I expected better acoustics. Unfortunately the instrumental section drowned the singers. In addition I was quite surprised at the end of the show when an individual had to use the restroom while waiting for a group who went backstage to meet the performers. The security guard wouldn't let her use the facilities. This was... More

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Lincoln
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155 reviews 155 reviews
77 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Being in Toronto on holiday, I happened to see there was a classical concert by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra when I was there. I bought my ticket on the day for $69 - balcony, middle of the front row. You can also buy a 'rush' ticket? on the day for $25 although the seats aren't as good but for a... More

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Toronto, Canada
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

With overseas visitors in town we enjoyed a great concert at the architecturally interesting Roy Thomson Hall. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian is at present in top form. Give them your support and enjoy the now quite fine acoustics of this outstanding hall.

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Toronto, Canada
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Make sure you examine the program carefully before you purchase your tickets. Quite often, it's only worth showing up for the second half of a classical music concert when the featured music piece is being played. The first half often features an unknown composer whose music is less melodic than the warm-up! If you're unused to classical music concerts, the... More

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Toronto, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
26 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Never mind that when I asked for accessible seating and found out that I had to climb a flight of stairs, they told me it is accessible - only one flight of stairs to climb. Went to see Aretha Franklin and I could not figure out what she was singing, no matter how hard I tried. It was my first... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This hall was belt sometime in the 80's and it looks like it. I find the acoustics here somewhat problematic for symphony concerts compared to many other concert halls around the world. In particular, I find that the instruments do not blend well...if you're close to the timpani, you'll here the timpani. The positive side is that the hall is... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

For someone coming from the 'burbs, driving downtown is daunting. But the Roy Thompson Hall is pretty conveniently located, with ample street (meter) parking all around it, as well as underground parking. There are lots of restaurants around it, so you can easily do a dinner and a show. The hall itself is pretty small so you really can't get... More

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Oshawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Plenty of parking. The acoustics in the hall have to be heard to be believed. Literally, there is not a bad chair in the house - and the chairs are comfortable. The only complaint is that it takes an inordinate amount of time to get out of the venue.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Since they used it to film the original X-Men movie it's a certain cachet, non? I've enjoyed every visit, and the sound quality is something else. Be sure to choose a performance that's your kind of thing-- I even saw Bill Cosby there once, so there's something for almost everyone.

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