Came to Toronto to see Darren Criss at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Its a smallish place, a dance hall from what I read. One stands for concerts here. There is a balcony area that has some table seating. There is a public parking lot across the street. The cost is reasonable. There is a "machine" one pays and gets a ticket to put on the dashboard of the car. The subway on Wellesley is about a 1/2 mile walk. The neighborhood seemed/felt safe. I was lucky to be able to park in the lot, but if I needed to walk to the subway, I would have felt safe - walking with others, of course.
For this concert people were lined up hours in advance to get in. It was general admission. Security personnel came out, gave those waiting in line wrist bands if they were over 19 years of age. There was also a merchandise stand set up outside.
The theatre itself is old, beat up, but functional. Entering, security checked everyone's bags. Water bottles/drinks were not allowed in. Small cameras were allowed (at least to this performance). I never checked out the restrooms. In the theatre area, there were a few tall tables along the sides. Everyone just herded in and stood facing the stage. The sound system was great. I wore ear plugs so the volume ended up perfect for me. Because it is a smaller theatre, it is easy to see the performers - if the people in front of you are not taller than you. That is always in challenge when standing for a concert. Plus, those in front are often taking photos, which also can block one's view. You do your best to shift a bit and find that opening to see. Surprisingly, there was NO evidence of anyone sneaking a smoke of any kind, and I saw no one drinking.
Exiting after the show was typical, slow, but orderly. Outside, many taxis were waiting offering another transportation option. And a big surprise, there really was no traffic back-ups leaving.
Naturally, the type of performer will attract a certain audience. For this show, there were no problems, the venue provided ample security, and the things were well run.
The theatre offered a positive experience and the concert was great!
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