Open a theatre, and they will come.  TORONTO writers, artists, producers and actors are finding new audiences in small neighbourhood theatres built inside a variety of structures. A former barber shop, a convenience store, a cellar, a former library, as well as some new ready-made venues are now playing an important role in our city’s indie theatre scene.


ANDREW SHAVER moved his Sidemark Theatrical Grocery from Montreal to TORONTO. In an interview with the Globe & Mail he said: “There’s just a wealth of creativity and talent in this city – and there aren’t enough spaces to accommodate them.  Coming to TORONTO, living in the East End, it feels like living in Montreal in some ways – you’re still off of the centre.  I get inspired by that sort of uphill climb.”

*Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street,
*Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West,
*Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.,
*Cahoots Theatre Company <PHOTO ABOVE>, staging diversity, 388 Queen St. E.,
*Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Av.,
*Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street,
*Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto,
*Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Ave.,
*MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto,
*National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West,
*Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E.,*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West, pushes creative boundaries, an original,
*Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave.,
*Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W.,
*Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue,
*Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St., Cabbagetown,

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