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This week: TO Live
What kind of theatre do they produce?
Connecting three of Toronto’s most iconic theatres—Meridian Hall, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and Meridian Arts Centre—and a diverse spectrum of talent, TO Live presents a full range of performing arts, theatrical and concert events, family programs, free community events, and online content.
TO Live has built an unshakeable reputation as a creative hub for artists, audiences, and everyone who works with them. Pushing the boundaries of creativity, they create exciting, multidisciplinary work across a wide range of platforms, championing diverse voices and stories through mentorship, collaboration, and residencies.
In 2020, TO Live launched their Provision of Space Initiative shortly after the pandemic struck, offering artists the chance to keep working and developing their ideas and projects. TO Live has been covering not only the cost of space, but also the crew and other staff costs, recognising that physical space is not the only financial barrier to artists. To date, TO Live has provided approximately one million dollars of support to local artists and creators.
- Meridian Hall, 1 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2
- St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B4
Both Meridian Hall and St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts are in Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence neighbourhood, across from Berczy Park and just east of Yonge St. A former industrial area as old as the city itself, St. Lawrence’s unique architecture, restaurants, and famous farmers’ market have made it a beloved city destination. Both venues are easily accessible via public transit or car, and are less than a 10-minute walk from Union Station.
- Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St., North York, ON M2N 6R8
Meridian Arts Centre is in the heart of North York, ideally positioned for all theatre lovers in the GTA. Easily accessible by car and transit, there is plenty of street-level and underground parking available, as well as accessible parking near the theatre’s entrance.
Between Meridian Hall, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and Meridian Arts Centre, TO Live has over 18 unique spaces. Their stages have been used for everything from operas and multidisciplinary theatrical productions to weddings and TEDx Talks. To discover more about TO Live’s venues, visit their rental site.
COVID-19 Safety Information
All events at Meridian Hall, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and Meridian Arts Centre adhere to the safety guidelines set forth by the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario. The health and safety of patrons, staff and the community is TO Live’s top priority.
- All patrons, artists, and staff who visit any TO Live must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination (second dose at least two weeks prior to your visit)
- Visitors under the age of 12 are currently exempt—for full details on TO Live’s medical exemptions, click here
- Masks must always been worn throughout the duration of a show
TO Live’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee is creating long-term strategies “to unite us—employees, theatre patrons, and performers—in pursuit of common goals.” They have developed a comprehensive action plan to ensure that moving forward, TO Live can continue to create an equitable, diverse, and intersectional space for all. Read the full PDF here.
- Any patrons requiring assistance in ordering tickets may call the box office at 416-366-7723 | 1-800-708-6754 during regular business hours to purchase tickets directly over the phone
- Meridian Hall and the Meridian Arts Centre both offer enhanced performance audio receivers at the Patron Services Desk
- Service animals are welcome in all venues—please contact the box office for appropriate seating arrangements
Meridian Hall and Meridian Arts Centre are both accessible, flexible facilities, TO Live is working hard to ensure that patrons can expect the same level of support and access wherever they are. That’s why they’ve developed a vision for a new and vastly improved St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, focusing on creating a completely inclusive and accessible community hub. To find out more about STLC Next and how TO Live and Create TO plan to serve under-represented voices in the community, click here.
Workshops & Classes
TO Live’s Education & Engagement department implement and facilitate a broad array of educational and community engagement programs designed to engage both young people and adults with TO Live. Visit their website to stay up-to-date on the latest educational and development opportunities.
Where to Eat and Drink
St. Lawrence area is filled with a wide array of incredible dining options and local fare. Whether you’re looking to sit down for a slice of pizza at Bellissimo Pizzeria and Ristorante before the show, or want to take in some late-night karaoke at On the Rocks after curtain, there’s something to suit every budget.
When visiting Meridian Arts Centre in North York, you’ll find dozens of restaurants and bars close by along Yonge St. Find the perfect pre- or post-show meal or snack within minutes of the theatre!
Iconic Past Productions:
The Spectators' Odyssey - o dell'Inferno
The Spectators’ Odyssey - o dell’Inferno is an immersive, contemporary multimedia theatrical experience that takes the audience behind the scenes of two of Toronto’s most iconic buildings, making the audience the central character in the narrative they experience. Inspired by Homer’s "The Odyssey" and Dante’s "Inferno," the show re-imagines those titles as two distinct epic journeys for the audience: BLUE and RED. An immersive experience like you've never seen before.
Image by Valeria Mangiò: Concept Sailing Ship In Storm
Lessons in Temperament
WORLD PREMIERE OF A NEW THEATRICAL FEATURE FILM
The story of four neurodiverse brothers, Lessons in Temperament is a cinematic escape into the art and science of piano tuning and the precarious landscapes of the mind. Adapted by its creators from the award-winning play, the film, starring James Smith, directed by Mitchell Cushman, and with director of photography Gabriela Osio Vanden, brings audiences inside a dozen of Ontario’s most iconic theatres - courtesy of The Stratford Festival Theatre, Mirvish Productions, Soulpepper Theatre, The Harbourfront Centre, Crow’s Theatre, TO Live, The Rose Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille and Talk is Free Theatre.
Image courtesy of TO Live.
Radical Vitality: Solos and Duets
A RETROSPECTIVE ON THE WORK OF CULTURAL ICON MARIE CHOUINARD
Presented by Canadian Stage and TO Live, Compagnie Marie Chouinard brings to life 25 movement pieces inspired by the works of one of Canada's most creative and controversial dancers. Mesmerizing. Shocking. Notorious. Sensual. Radical Vitality: Solos and Duets is a full cathartic release.Image courtesy of TO Live.
Jazz at the George: Quiana Lynell
AN EVENING OF JAZZ WITH ONE OF AMERICA'S ICONIC VOICES
For one night only, a musical presentation featuring the vocal talents of New Orleans' Quiana Lynell.
Image courtesy of TO Live.