THE TORONTO ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT STORY
The Toronto Entertainment District, North America’s most diverse entertainment destination and neighbourhood, is the vibrant home to hundreds of, nightclubs, sporting facilities, boutiques, hotels, attractions and live theatre. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, “The District” encompasses eight square blocks and offers an array of activities for locals and visitors alike.
The Entertainment District as it now stands was once a warehouse neighbourhood that was magnificently restored. It has enjoyed a physical revival and gained immense popularity since the early 1980s, becoming a hot spot, known for its diverse and often varied entertainment options. Be it shopping along Queen West, catching a live performance, drinking and dining at its many fabulous pubs and patios, attending an art exhibit or simply people watching – there is a never a dull moment.
The entertainment district was once an area in decline. With the assistance of the Mirvish family, the area received a much-needed facelift and was completely refurbished, turning many of the theatres and restaurants into first class establishments. Most famous of such projects was their rescue of the Royal Alexandra Theatre, which the Mirvish’s saved from destruction. Built in 1907, the theatre enjoyed decades of cultural celebrations until neglect led to its decline. Today it is a premiere and favorite theatre in Toronto. Just a few blocks west from the Royal Alexandra is the visually spectacular Princess of Wales Theatre, built by the Mirvish family in 1993.
The Entertainment District is considered a modern, fast paced neighbourhood constantly a buzz with entertainment and activities. It is truly amazing to consider that it was once a deteriorating neglected area and that today it is the mecca of culture, excitement and diversity in Toronto.