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King Street West is home to most of Toronto's off-Broadway-like musicals and is surrounded by great restaurants and trendy shopping.  Venues include:

Yonge Street, near the Eaton Centre still holds some of the other popular theatres for shows and concerts.

  • Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres - this historic site is the last operating double-decker theatre in the world; see web site for tours
  • Canon Theatre - hosts large travelling productions; box office is on Victoria Street
  • Massey Hall - just off Yonge on Victoria Street, this 1894 concert hall looks unimpressive but is renowned for its warm acoustics

Elsewhere in the city:

Two of Toronto's best known comedy clubs are found in the Entertainment District, within a few blocks of each other:

  • Second City - alumni of the Toronto location include Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, and Mike Myers
  • Yuk Yuk's

Many TV shows are taped in Toronto with a live studio audience, though some of these do take breaks over the summer.  For the CBC (Canada's government-funded TV and radio broadcaster), check their Toronto Events Calendar or look directly at the tickets page for Rick Mercer ReportThe Hour, Royal Canadian Air Farce, and The Gill Deacon Show.  Elsewhere, you can also get tickets to CityLine and various shows on MuchMusic (Canada's equivalent of VH-1).

Tickets to Toronto theatres are generally available through Ticketmaster or TicketKingTOTix offers both regular-price tickets and same-day/same week discounted tickets online and at a booth in Dundas Square.

Looking for a particular theatre or music company?  Some of the best known are: