Toronto entertainment is endless. Nothing stops Torontonians from having a good time. Whether you want dance clubs, comedy, movies, theatres or live music; you will find it all in Toronto.
If there's one thing Toronto does best, it would be the festivals. No matter what month you are in the city, there's sure to be something going on.
Some of the main Toronto festivals to look for are:
- Taste of Danforth, which previously was used to promote the Greek restaurants in the area, but now features booths from diverse cultures along Danforth. The Taste of Danforth has turned into the largest street festival in Toronto.
- International Film Festival, which brings all the stars to Toronto in the fall.
- Caribana Festival, featuring everything Caribbean, and holds one of the best parades the city of Toronto has to offer. Not to mention the authentic food, music and costumes!
- Gay Pride Parade is considered Toronto's largest parade both in viewers online and attendees. It is a celebration of diversity and unity, one that Toronto society holds close to their hearts.
- Cavalcade of Lights, where Toronto lights up its streets and its city on festive colours, each region of Toronto different.
Toronto summer festivals, fall festivals, spring festivals and winter festivals are always done to the nines, and the turnout is incredible. For some Toronto festivals, they block off entire streets in downtown Toronto for a whole weekend!
Another huge Toronto entertainment sector is concerts.
Toronto concerts are a big favourite among locals and tourists alike. You can attend your favourite concert in venues such as the Molson Amphitheatre, Massey Hall or the Ricoh Coliseum. Other popular Toronto entertainment venues include the Phoenix Concert Theatre, Rogers Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, The Guvernment, Yonge-Dundas Square, and Kool House.
You can visit local live bands at various pubs, clubs and bars around Toronto. The Indy rock scene has exploded, especially with the university/college students. For instance, some Universities downtown will offer discount prices to local shows in the area.
Live music in Toronto is rich with flavour and character. For example, Billy Talent became well known after playing in the Toronto live music scene for 10 years (until 2001).
Toronto is considered the 3rd largest theatre city in the world, closely following Broadway powerhouses New York and London. Toronto theatre shows are always being performed at Toronto's favourite venues.
Some of the better-known Toronto theatre venues are:
- The Opera House
- Royal Alexandra Theatre and
- Prince of Wales Theatre.
There are usually packages for dinner and a show, and sometimes a night in a hotel is included in the fee! A package will include a discount dinner for two/four and a theatre show. If you are visiting from out of town and plan to stay in a hotel, that hotel might have a package deal set up. Most of the restaurants that affiliate with the Toronto Theatres can be found in the Toronto Entertainment District.
The Toronto Entertainment District is located between University Ave and Spadina Ave, within the King St West area. Many of the Theatres are located here as well as a great shopping section, restaurant strip, and great pub selections. Since Torontonians do experience a cold winter, when the sun finally comes out make sure to hit up those patios - this is also a great area for dancing.
The Toronto nightclub scene is at its strongest between spring and fall. Torontonians do not let winter ruin their night out, but the patios are closed during that time. The clubs are divided by music genre and age. So it doesnâ€™t matter if you are an all-age, rock nightclub fan or a 25+, top 40 nightclub fan; you will find it in Toronto.
Toronto comedy clubs have taken over the city, whether it's at Yuk Yuk's or Second City, Toronto brings comedy to a whole new level. Ticket prices can vary depending on the night of the show, who the comedian is, and if you are buying at the door instead of online.
From festivals to nightclubs to Broadway, there truly is never a dull moment with Toronto Entertainment.