Ottawa’s National Arts Centre and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto both present great lineups of music, dance, theatre and shows. Visit a downtown bar or club for the indie music scene. Westben Concerts at the Barn is a unique experience; the magnificent 400-seat timber-frame barn opens onto lush meadows and rolling hills. Toronto is a hub for Canadian classical and contemporary dance from the National Ballet of Canada to the Toronto Dance Theatre. The Ballet Series at the National Arts Centre presents three ballet productions in Southam Hall, each featuring the NAC Orchestra.
Take in a grand aria at the Canadian Opera Company and see what’s on stage this season at Opera Atelier, specializing in baroque opera.
Enjoy the wide-ranging repertoire of Toronto's Symphony Orchestra. Hamilton's classical music scene is thriving with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra offering up another season of great concerts.
Experience authentic Shakespearean drama at the world famous Stratford Festival. Take in a Broadway show on stage at one of the Mirvish venues or check out Toronto's alternative theatre scene with the Theatre Passe Muraille, the Factory Theatre and the unconventional Fringe Festival.
Expand your mind with great contemporary, independent film during the Reel Asian Film Festival or visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox for exhibitions related to film and theatre. Check out some of the great annual LGBTQ film festivals taking place throughout the year.
For a laugh, head to a comedy club. Absolute Comedy, Second City and Yuks Yuks all specialize in finding your funny bone.