Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
The Sony Centre is one of the foremost theatrical venues in Toronto and the largest soft-seat theatre in Canada with over 3,000 seats. This landmark building opened in 1960 as The O’Keefe Centre and in 1968 was taken over by the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto Toronto. In 1996, the theatre was re-named The Hummingbird Centre, and in 2007 the theatre closed for major renovations, reopening as the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in 2010. Over the years the Sony has presented and hosted countless musicians and bands, dance companies, comedy acts, family programs, films with live orchestra, international performers, award shows and special events. In 2015 the city' three theatres, the Sony, the St.Lawrence Centre and the Toronto Centre for the Arts were amalgamated as Civic Theatres Toronto and a citizen led board was put in place.
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Breakin' Convention: Festival of Hip Hop
Founded in the United Kingdom, “Breaking Convention” is a touring festival of hip hop dance theatre that will take place for the first time in Canada from June 23 to July 2, 2017 in Toronto. The four days of programming will take place at the Sony Centre, David Pecaut Square, and Nathan Phillips Square and will include: (1) June 23 and 24: Mainstage performances at the Sony Centre featuring local hip-hop dancers performing alongside international dancers on the Sony Centre stage. Mainstage performances comprise two distinct programs with three international dance theatre companies (repeated each program), four national companies (two each program) and six local companies (three each program); There will be programming in the lobbies and surrounding areas that will include DJs, graffiti artists, and freestyle rap stages (projected attendance: 6,000); (2) June 25: Park Jam in David Pecault Square will bring selections of the mainstage programming outdoors free of charge. Luminato will be handling logistics for the event (projected attendance 20,000); and (3) July 2: Street Party at Nathan Phillips Square, as part of the City’s Canada 150 celebration, where professional artists and families will intermingle with participatory and interactive hip-hop activities including live bands, rappers and spoken word artists (projected attendance 40,000). The performance programming at the Park Jam and Street Party has yet to be finalized. The public programming is designed to encourage participation and interaction with the urban arts community as kids will be invited to graffiti on the walls, experiment with turn-tabling, or participate in freestyle dance and rap events. Ancillary activities will include free masterclasses, artist panels and two artist showcases. Other partners include Manifesto, Heritage Canada, and the Ontario Arts Council.