Toronto Centre for the Arts

Toronto, Ontario

Client: North York Performing Arts Centre Corporation
Size: 218,000 sq.ft. (20,000 sq.m.)

Located on a two-acre site, this 218,000 sf complex is one of Toronto’s premiere performing arts facilities. The Centre features a continuous lobby designed to allow for either full use of the total space for special events or individual lobbies for each theatre.

The 1,856-seat Apotex Theatre has a horseshoe plan with two tiers of seating above the orchestra level. The audience is brought as close to the stage as possible with tiers wrapping around the sides in the form of box seats in order to achieve a sense of intimacy, good sightlines and clear sound.

The 1,025-seat George Weston Recital Hall, renowned for its exceptional acoustics, is a shoebox-shaped room for the presentation of un-amplified musical performances. Intimacy and sound energy are maintained by the close proximity of audience to stage, the room’s shape and volume, and the massive construction of the walls, doors, and ceilings.

The Centre also includes the elegantly detailed Studio Theatre that can provide a maximum of 250 seats. Designed for flexibility, this theatre can accommodate proscenium-style drama, theatre-in-the-round, experimental theatre, dinner theatre, films, and lectures.


  • City of North York - North York Design Award, 1993
  • Canadian Institute of Steel Construction - Ontario Steel Design Award, 1992