Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Sony Centre


Staying in, watching Netflix, and listening to music makes for a very relaxing evening. But sometimes, just sometimes, isn’t it nice to go out and experience the real thing? And by real thing, we don’t mean just the movies – we mean live performances! Toronto is a hub of cultural events that take place on stage – the symphony, theatre, and of course, our favourite bands. Aren’t we lucky that so many of the city’s amenities are located just outside our front door? Let’s get to know one of them up close and see what events we can look forward to in the coming months at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.


The History


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This iconic Toronto landmark was built in 1960 and originally called The O’Keefe Centre. The glamorous and modern design by architect Peter Dickinson was what first brought such astounding attention to the new building, both nationally and abroad. Soon The O’Keefe Centre became a popular choice for a ‘big night out’ with worldwide premieres, daring performances, and new levels of culture. After briefly being known as The Hummingbird Centre, the venue closed for major renovations and reopened in 2010 as the cultural spot we now know and love – the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.


The Venue


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Home to the Canadian Screen Awards, the Sony Centre serves as a unique venue with many uses. Its main function is to house a variety of concerts, musical theatre, comedies, dances and performances for the viewing pleasure of their thousands of guests. The centre also acts as a space for community classes (like yoga classes and stop motion workshops), as well as a venue for promoters, corporate and special events.


What’s Coming Up? 


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DDT – April 15

Dream Theater Presents “The Astonishing” Life – April 16

Shen Yun – April 21 – 24


The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire – May 7-8

The Piano Guys – May 12

Outside Looking In – May 18

Hatsune Miku – May 20

Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons – May 21


Ebi – June 4

Making A Murderer’s Dean Strang & Jerry Buting: A Conversation on Justice – June 11

An Evening With Paul Simon – June 21

Sarah McLachlan – TD Toronto Jazz Festival – June 24


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