I’ll be upfront: I get a lot of flak from my friends for living “north of Bloor”. People seem to think we live out in the barren wastelands, but my neighbourhood of Bayview Village is the perfect mix of uptown (trees! space! quiet!) with the bustle of downtown (subways! restaurants! shopping!). They’re putting up a new development in the area, so my friends at Tridel asked me to share some of the top hotspots for arts & entertainment here in Bayview Village. Without further ado, here are some of my faves!
Toronto Centre for the Arts – 5040 Yonge Street
From flashy, large-scale productions to more intimate shows, Toronto Centre for the Arts is home to some of the finest – and my favourite – shows in the city. There’s no need to trek downtown for a dose of theatre or music – Toronto Centre for the Arts is located conveniently on the subway line at North York Centre and right next to many restaurants.
Mel Lastman Square – 5100 Yonge Street
At the centre of North York, Mel Lastman Square is a community hub showcasing some of the best events the city has to offer. The 20,000 square foot open space city centre includes an outdoor amphitheatre and a constant stream of cultural and arts events. From cultural festivals and concerts to children’s activities and awareness campaigns, there’s something for everyone’s tastes almost every day of the year.
Leonardo Galleries – 255 Duncan Mill Road
Recently transplanted from Yorkville to our neighbourhood, Leonardo Galleries features exhibitions of unique artists and also restores your prized artwork onsite. Past exhibitions have included Rufino Tamayo and Gomez Fuertes, Tadeusz Biernot’s Islands collection and Peter Kraiker: Pedal with Passion. Discover a new favourite artist by visiting Leonardo Galleries and make sure to make time for dinner at David Duncan House around the corner!
Theatre 20 – 66 Lesmill Road
Since 2010, Theatre 20 has featured the star power of Canadian artists and musical theatre writers in its full-scale musical theatre productions and musical theatre workshops. The theatre is currently preparing for a run of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen in February 2016 and has previously put on Company and Bloodless: The Trial of Burke & Hare. Suddenly, a night out on the town is just a quick drive away.[disclaim]This is a sponsored post. [/disclaim]