10 Must See Theatres and Venues

Published on June 20, 2017

With Canada’s 150th birthday fast approaching, we reflect on all the little joys that make Ontario so special. From the food we eat, the theatre we watch, to the historical gems tucked away, Ontario is steeped in history and full of ‘must see’ surprises. And who better to ask then those who know our communities inside and out: our MPPs and candidates!

Each of them was asked a list of questions on what makes Ontario unique and the special. Every day leading up to our country’s 150th we reveal their favourites – from eateries, to icons, to the best haunted houses, we’ve got you covered. Feel free to add your recommendation on what you believe makes your community so special. 

Today we look at Ontario’s theatre scene. Stratford will always top the list putting this province front and centre with its Shakespearian delights, but Ontario is also home to many other theatrical gems that you might never heard of. Curtains up! 


Shaw Festival ~ Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Sam Oosterhoff (MPP for Niagara West-Glanbrook) 

Great historical setting, great village to look around in after the show.


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts ~ Toronto.

Gila Martow (MPP for Thornhill)

“Good acoustics, comfortable, and walking distance from Queen's Park.”

King's Wharf Theatre ~ Penetanguishene.

Jill Dunlop (Candidate for Simcoe North)

"Great venue, rustic theatre and beautiful location on Georgian Bay."


Grand Theatre ~ London.

Susan Truppe (Candidate for London North Centre)

“Grand Theatre in downtown London opened in 1901. It was home to many famous actors such        as Sidney Poitier, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, and Leonard Nimoy just to name a few.”

Little known fact - The Grand was built in 1901 to replace the opulent Grand Opera House, which was destroyed by fire in 1900. Its owner and theatre magnate, Ambrose Small, mysteriously disappeared on December 2 1919, and the theatre is said to be haunted by his ghost to this day. 

Rose Theatre ~ Brampton.

Prabmeet Sarkaria (Candidate for Brampton South)

Roy Thomson Hall ~ Toronto.

 Kinga Surma (Candidate for Etobicoke Centre) 


St. Jacobs Country Playhouse~ Waterloo.

Michael Harris (MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga)

“Have had the pleasure of catching a variety of performances there with the whole family.”

Richmond Hill Theatre for the Performing Arts~ Richmond Hill.

Daisy Wai (Candidate for Richmond Hill)


The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre ~ Toronto.

Cyma Musarat (Candidate Humber River—Black Creek)

“It’s like being in a fairyland.”

Little known fact ~ The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres are a pair of stacked theatres located on one of the busiest stretches of Toronto’s downtown.  The Winter Garden Theatre is seven stories above the Elgin Theatre. They are the last surviving Edwardian stacked theatres in the world.

Rideau Carleton Raceway ~ Gloucester.

Lisa MacLeod (MPP for Nepean-Carleton) 

In tomorrow’s countdown to Canada Day: The Ontario Progressive Conservative Caucus and Candidates reveal iconic and historical hockey arenas.