Toronto Symphony Orchestra
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is a Canadian orchestra based in Toronto, Ontario. Founded in 1922, the TSO gave regular concerts at Massey Hall until 1982, since has performed at Roy Thomson Hall; the TSO manages the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. The TSO's most recent music director was Peter Oundjian, from 2004 to 2018. Sir Andrew Davis is the TSO's interim artistic director. Gustavo Gimeno was announced as Oundjian's successor on September 17, 2018, with a tenure beginning in the 2020-21 season; the TSO was founded in 1922 as the New Symphony Orchestra, gave its first concert at Massey Hall in April 1923 with 58 musicians. The first conductor was Luigi von Kunits, that season there were twenty concerts, as well as a performance at a spring festival. In the summer of 1924, the symphony performed at the Canadian National Exhibition. Shortly thereafter, the TSO began holding children's concerts; the orchestra changed its name to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1927. In 1929, the TSO made its radio debut with a one-hour broadcast on CBC Radio from the Arcadian Court of Simpson's department store.
After von Kunits' death in 1931, conductor and composer Ernest MacMillan served as music director for 25 years. The orchestra had made headlines for its hiring practices in 1951, when it declined to renew the contracts of musicians, thereafter known as the Symphony Six, denied entry to the United States on suspicion of communist activities, during the McCarthy Era. Andrew Davis was the TSO's music director from 1975 to 1988; the TSO subsequently granted Davis the title of conductor laureate. The orchestra had financial and audience size problems in the 1990s, in 1992 TSO musicians had accepted a 16% pay cut because of a threat of bankruptcy to the orchestra, with a promise from management to make up the loss in subsequent contract negotiations. By 1999, this pay restoration had not happened, which led to an 11-week musicians' strike that autumn. Relations between the musicians and management deteriorated, the music director at the time, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, offered to serve as mediator in the situation.
In addition, there was a lack of public sympathy to the orchestra musicians' situation. By 2001, the TSO had debt of $7 million, both executive director Ed Smith and music director Saraste had left the ensemble. Peter Oundjian was appointed as music director in January 2003 and became music director with the 2004–2005 season; the 2005 documentary film Five Days in September: The Rebirth of an Orchestra recorded the first days of the TSO's inaugural season with Oundjian as its new music director. His most recent TSO contract extension was through the 2017-2018 season, he concluded his TSO tenure at the close of the 2017-2018 season and was given the title "Conductor Emeritus."By the 2006–2007 season, the subscriber base had increased to about 25,000, the audience average capacity increased to 84%. In November 2008, the orchestra reported its third consecutive year of budget surpluses, with average audience attendance of 88%, although the orchestra still retains overall debt of $8.9 million. In April 2015, controversy ensued after the TSO cancelled the appearance of Valentina Lisitsa, citing Twitter postings by her in relation to the conflict in Ukraine which were seen as conducive to'public incitement of hatred' under the Criminal Code of Canada.
In January 2017, the TSO announced its participation in the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canada, with a cross-country celebration of Canadian music and musicians to involve 40 orchestras and as many as 60 new commissions called "Canada Mosaic" and funded by the Canadian government. In May 2017, the TSO announced the scheduled return of Davis to the orchestra as its interim artistic director, beginning with the 2018-2019 season, for a scheduled period of two seasons. In April 2018, the TSO announced the appointment of Matthew Loden as its next chief executive officer, effective July 2018. In February 2018, Gustavo Gimeno first guest-conducted the TSO. On the basis of this guest appearance, the TSO announced the appointment of Gimeno as its next music director, effective with the 2020-2021 season, with an initial contract of 5 years. March 2019, the TSO won the Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble for their album on the CHANDOS label: Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto, Oboe Concerto, Serenade to Music & Flos Campi.
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X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film directed by Bryan Singer and written by David Hayter from a story by Singer and Tom DeSanto. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and features an ensemble cast consisting of Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, Anna Paquin; the film depicts a world where a small proportion of people are mutants, whose possession of superhuman powers makes them distrusted by normal humans. It focuses on mutants Wolverine and Rogue as they are brought into a conflict between two groups that have radically different approaches to bringing about the acceptance of mutant-kind: Professor Xavier's X-Men, the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto. Development of X-Men began as far back as 1984 with Orion Pictures, with James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow in discussions at one point; the film rights were bought by 20th Century Fox in 1994, various scripts and film treatments were commissioned from Andrew Kevin Walker, John Logan, Joss Whedon, Michael Chabon.
Singer signed to direct in 1996, with further rewrites by Ed Solomon, Tom DeSanto, Christopher McQuarrie, Hayter, in which Beast and Nightcrawler were deleted over budget concerns from Fox. X-Men marked the Hollywood debut for Jackman, a last-second choice for Wolverine, cast three weeks into filming. Filming took place from September 22, 1999 to March 3, 2000 in Toronto. X-Men premiered at Ellis Island on July 12, 2000, was released in the United States on July 14, 2000, it was a box office success, grossing over $296.3 million worldwide, received positive reviews from critics, citing its performances and thematic depth. The film's success led to a series of sequels and spin-offs, with the overall success of the series spawning a reemergence of superhero films, a genre that would remain popular for the next two decades. In Nazi-occupied Poland, 12-year-old Erik Lehnsherr is separated from his parents upon entering the Auschwitz concentration camp. While trying to reach them, he causes a set of metal gates to bend towards him as the result of his mutant ability to create magnetic fields and control metal manifesting, only to be knocked out by the guards.
In the not too distant future, U. S. Senator Robert Kelly attempts to pass a "Mutant Registration Act" in Congress, which would force mutants to publicly reveal their identities and abilities. Present are Lehnsherr, now going by the name "Magneto", his telepathic colleague Professor Charles Xavier. Seeing Lehnsherr in attendance, Xavier becomes concerned with how he will respond to the Registration Act. Meanwhile, in Meridian, Mississippi, 17-year-old Marie D'Ancanto accidentally puts her boyfriend into a coma upon kissing him as the result of her mutant ability to absorb the powers and life force of others, she adopts the name Rogue. In Alberta, she meets Logan known as Wolverine, a mutant who possesses superhuman healing abilities and metal "claws" that protrude from between his knuckles. While on the road together, they are attacked by a minion of Magneto's, until two of Xavier's students Cyclops and Storm arrive and save them. Wolverine and Rogue are brought to Xavier's mansion and school for mutants in Westchester County, New York.
Xavier tells Logan that Magneto appears to have taken an interest in Wolverine and asks him to stay while Xavier's mutants, the X-Men, investigate the matter. Meanwhile, Rogue enrolls in the school. Senator Kelly is abducted by two more of Magneto's minions and Mystique and is brought to their hideout on the uncharted island of Genosha. There, Magneto uses Kelly as a test subject for a machine powered by his magnetic abilities that generates a field of radiation, inducing mutation in normal humans. Kelly escapes by taking advantage of his newfound mutation. Rogue visits Wolverine during the night, she is convinced by Mystique, who disguises herself as Rogue's crush Bobby Drake, that Xavier is angry with her and she should leave the school. Xavier uses his mutant-locating machine Cerebro to find Rogue at a train station, the X-Men go to retrieve her. Meanwhile, Mystique sabotages it. Having left ahead of Storm and Cyclops, Wolverine finds Rogue on a train and convinces her to return to the school.
Before they can leave, Magneto knocks out Wolverine and subdues Rogue. Although Xavier attempts to stop Magneto by mentally controlling Sabretooth, he is forced to release his hold on Sabretooth when Magneto threatens the police who have converged on the train station, allowing Magneto's Brotherhood to escape with Rogue. Kelly arrives at Xavier's school, Xavier reads his mind to learn about Magneto's machine. Realizing the strain of powering it nearly killed Magneto, the group deduces he intends to transfer his powers to Rogue and use her to power it at the cost of her life. Kelly's body rejects his mutation, his body dissolves into liquid. Xavier attempts to locate Rogue using Cerebro, but Mystique's sabotage incapacitates him, he falls into a coma. Fellow telekinetic and telepath Jean Grey fixes Cerebro and uses it, learning that Magneto plans to place his mutation-inducing machine on Liberty Island and use it to "mutate" the world leaders meeting at a summit on nearby Ellis Island; the X-Men scale the Statue of Liberty, battling the Brotherhood while Magneto transfers his powers to Rogue and activates the mutating machine.
As Wolverine confronts and distracts Magneto, Cyclops blasts him away, allowing Wolverine to destroy the machine. He transfe
Young Centre for the Performing Arts
The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is a theatre in the Distillery District in downtown Toronto, Canada. It is a brand-new theatre built into 19th-century-era Victorian industrial buildings, it is the theatre school at George Brown College. Gooderham and Worts was founded by James Worts, a British immigrant, in 1832; the company became one of the world's largest distilleries, in 1859 it constructed the largest distillery in Canada one of the largest in North America. This distillery is what remains today of the'Distillery District' at the bottom of Trinity Street in Toronto, Ontario. In the first year of the new distillery, G&W produced 849,700 U. S. gallons of proof spirits, a value equivalent to one quarter of the entire Canadian production at that time. What is now known as the Young Center For the Performing Arts was built as tank house 9 and tank house 10, part of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery; the buildings were constructed in 1888 following the 1885 passage of the Canadian law which required that all whisky must be aged for two years before being consumed.
Prior to this law change, whisky was consumed after it was distilled. Both structures were designed by David Roberts Jr.. The two tank houses with their additions/renovations house a performance center which combines studio spaces with theatre spaces; the building is a partnership between the Soulpepper Theatre company and the George Brown Theatre School. The building houses four theaters and four studio spaces, all of which are shared by the two entities that make up the owners of the complex. In December 2000 Paul Carder the Dean of Business and Creative Arts at George Brown College, approached Albert Schultz the Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company with the suggestion that a partnership be struck between Soulpepper and the George Brown Theatre School. In November 2001, the Distillery Historic District Project was announced and the partnership of George Brown College and Soulpepper began negotiations with the Cityscape Development group to take possession of Tank Houses 9 and 10 creating what would become the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
The vision of this partnership was to create a performing arts and community outreach facility that would be home to George Brown Theatre School's celebrated three-year professional actor training program. This facility, in which the performance and education of all performing disciplines would be undertaken, would be unique in the world. In 2002, the architectural firm of KPMB Architects was hired to design the centre with Thomas Payne as the principal architect, Chris Couse as senior associate and Mark Jaffar as project architect; the design created four flexible, indoor performance venues, an outdoor concert venue and artist garden, four studios, two classrooms, a wardrobe production facility, a student lounge, administration for GBC and Soulpepper. At the centre of the building is a soaring public space, which includes a café/bar, a bookstore and a reference library; the total cost of the facility is $14 million and GBC and Soulpepper Theatre Company have shared the cost. The shared dream became a reality in 2003, when David Young through the Michael Young Family Foundation contributed a lead gift of $3 million to what is now known as the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
Shortly thereafter, the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture made a $2 million contribution and the Government of Canada through the Department of Heritage Cultural Spaces Program contributed $600,000. George Brown College and Soulpepper Theatre undertook separate capital campaigns to fund their respective shares in the project. In June 2004, Anne Sado, President of George Brown College, Albert Schultz, Soulpepper's Artistic Director, presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. On January 15, 2006 the Young Centre for the Performing Arts opened to the public. Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Danforth Music Hall
The Danforth Music Hall is a music venue and event theatre on Danforth Avenue in the neighbourhood of Riverdale in Toronto, Canada. It is served by Broadview station on the TTC's Bloor-Danforth line; the building was designated as a property of historic interest under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1985. Constructed as a movie theatre in 1919, the building was first known as Allen's Danforth Theatre, after its owner the Allen Theatres chain. Promoted as "Canada’s First Super-Suburban Photoplay Palace", the theatre opened in the midst of both a building boom along Danforth Avenue and a boom in the construction of movie theatres following the First World War. Allen's Danforth Theatre opened on August 18, 1919, the first feature film shown was Goldwyn Pictures' Through the Wrong Door, starring Madge Kennedy. Although the Danforth Theatre was one of the jewels in the Allen Theatres chain, it followed the same general architectural style of all Allen theatres. Instead of the heavy ornamentation that characterized many cinemas of the period, the interiors were intended to be spacious and comfortable, with muted and complementary colours, restrained classical plaster detailing.
Building exteriors were symmetrical containing both Palladian and Georgian Revival elements, including repeating low-relief classical ornamentation. The front façade of the Danforth building retains most of its original architectural features, including extensive patterned brickwork, opal glass windows and a marquee of chains. Stylized "AT" symbols, representing the Allen Theatres chain remain on the façade. In 1923, the Allen Theatres chain was facing financial pressures, most of its theatres were acquired by the Famous Players chain; the name of Allen's Danforth Theatre was changed to the Century Theatre, it was managed by a Famous Players subsidiary, the B&F chain. The theatre remained a first-run movie house until the late 1960s, it subsequently served as a Greek language cinema known as the Titania Theatre from 1970 to 1978; the theatre gained the Music Hall name. It began showing second-run films becoming part of Toronto's Festival Chain of repertory cinemas in 1998. Over the years, a number of films and television series have had scenes filmed in the theatre, including Highlander: The Raven, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 54, Bulletproof Monk and Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.
The theatre closed in 2004, it remained vacant for a year and a half. Age and neglect had taken their toll, the building had deteriorated beyond repair. New owners acquired the theatre, retaining the Music Hall name, renovated and restored it, including the installation of a new sound system and new seating. Operating as a venue for live performances, the theatre was named the "Performing Arts Centre of the Year" at the 2008 Canadian Music Industry Awards. In August 2010, bailiffs closed the theatre due to non-payment of rent; the venue was used for the occasional show during its closure, it has been reopened since December 1, 2011, under the ownership of Impresario Inc. Since December 2011, the hall has hosted notable shows by the likes of Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Disclosure, Father John Misty, St. Vincent, Iggy Azalea, Run The Jewels, FKA Twigs, Billy Bragg, Dave Chappelle, RuPaul's Drag Race. Lee's Palace, Allen's Bloor Theatre Media related to The Music Hall at Wikimedia Commons Official website
An ice rink is a frozen body of water and/or hardened chemicals where people can ice skate or play winter sports. Besides recreational ice skating, some of its uses include ice hockey, rink bandy, broomball, speed skating, figure skating, ice stock sport and curling as well as exhibitions and ice shows. There are two types of rinks in prevalent use today: natural, where freezing occurs from cold ambient temperatures, artificial, where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below the water, causing the water to freeze. There are synthetic ice rinks where skating surfaces are made out of plastics. Rink, a Scottish word meaning ` course', was used as the name of a place; the name uses. Early attempts at the construction of artificial ice rinks were first made in the'rink mania' of 1841–44; as the technology for the maintenance of natural ice did not exist, these early rinks used a substitute consisting of a mixture of hog's lard and various salts. An item in the 8 May 1844 issue of Eliakim Littell's Living Age headed "The Glaciarium" reported that "This establishment, removed to Grafton street East' Tottenham Court Road, was opened on Monday afternoon.
The area of artificial ice is convenient for such as may be desirous of engaging in the graceful and manly pastime of skating". By 1844, these venues fell out of fashion, as customers grew tired of the'smelly' ice substitute, it was only thirty years that refrigeration technology developed to the point that natural ice could be feasibly used in the rink; the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink was the Glaciarium, opened by John Gamgee in a tent in a small building just off the Kings Road in Chelsea, London, on 7 January 1876. In March, it moved to a permanent venue at 379 Kings Road, where a rink measuring 40 by 24 feet was established; the rink was based with layers of earth, cow hair and timber planks. Atop these were laid oval copper pipes carrying a solution of glycerine with ether, nitrogen peroxide and water; the pipes were covered by water and the solution was pumped through, freezing the water into ice. Gamgee discovered the process while attempting to develop a method to freeze meat for import from Australia and New Zealand, patented it as early as 1870.
Gamgee operated the rink on a membership-only basis and attempted to attract a wealthy clientele, experienced in open-air ice skating during winters in the Alps. He installed an orchestra gallery, which could be used by spectators, decorated the walls with views of the Swiss Alps; the rink proved a success, Gamgee opened two further rinks in the year: at Rusholme in Manchester and the "Floating Glaciarium" at Charing Cross in London, this last larger at 115 by 25 feet. The Southport Glaciarium opened in 1879. In Germany, the first ice skating rink opened in 1882 in Frankfurt during a patent exhibition, it operated for two months. Ten years a larger rink was permanently installed on the same site; the oldest indoor artificial ice rink still in use is the one in Boston's Matthews Arena, on the campus of Northeastern University. Many ice rinks consist of, or are found on, open bodies of water such as lakes, ponds and sometimes rivers. Rinks can be made in cold climates by enclosing a level area of ground, filling it with water, letting it freeze.
Snow may be packed to use as a containment material. A famous example of this type of rink is the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa, Canada, estimated at 1,782,000 square feet and 7.8 kilometres long, equivalent to 90 Olympic size skating rinks. The rink is prepared by letting the canal water freeze; the rink is resurfaced nightly by cleaning the ice of snow and flooding it with water from below the ice. The rink is recognized as the "world's largest frozen ice rink" by the Guinness Book of World Records because "its entire length receives daily maintenance such as sweeping, ice thickness checks and there are toilet and recreational facilities along its entire length"; the longest ice skating trail can be found in Invermere, British Columbia, Canada, on Lake Windermere Whiteway. The frozen trail measures 29.98 kilometres. In any climate, an arena ice surface can be installed in a properly built space; this consists of a bed of sand or a slab of concrete, through which pipes run. The pipes carry a chilled fluid which can lower the temperature of the slab so that water placed atop will freeze.
This method is known as'artificial ice' to differentiate from ice rinks made by freezing water in a cold climate, indoors or outdoors, although both types are of frozen water. A more proper technical term is'mechanically frozen' ice. A famous example of this type of rink is the outdoor rink at Rockefeller Center in New York. Modern rinks have a specific procedure for preparing the surface. With the pipes cold, a thin layer of water is sprayed on the concrete to seal and level it; this thin layer is painted pale blue for better contrast.
The Budweiser Stage known as the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, is a concert venue in Toronto, Canada. It is located on the grounds of Ontario Place and hosts many diverse acts, including genres like rock and jazz; the first musician to perform here was Bryan Adams on May 18, 1995. Ontario Place opened in May 1971 with the original Forum as one of the first attractions; the original structure consisted of a vinyl canopy, replaced by a copper canopy roof in 1978. Its unique configuration consisted of a round stage, upgraded in 1976 to include a revolving stage which rotated before the audience, which surrounded it; the venue had a capacity of 16,000 -20,000 concertgoers who crowded the four grassy hills and the lucky few who sat on the 2,500 bench seats under a covered roof. Over the winter of 1994–1995, came the controversial demolition of the popular Forum and the construction of a larger venue on the site; the new venue cost CA$15 million. In May 1995, the new amphitheatre opened with two Bryan Adams concerts before sold-out audiences.
The new Molson Amphitheatre garnered positive reviews in 1995, winning RPM Magazine's "Best New Concert Venue" award. In 1997, Rush performed two nights in a row at the venue on the Test For Echo Tour; the first night was filmed for would have been the band's first concert video released on the then-new DVD format, but it was scrapped. In a 2006 interview, lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee revealed that the DVD had to be scrapped due to issues syncing up the audio with the video, saying it would have cost the band over $150,000 and many man-hours to sync up a new recording with the footage. Although the full concert has never been released, much of the footage was included in the Rush R40 box set released in 2014; as of 2004, three million patrons have visited the venue. The amphitheatre hosted Canadian rapper Drake's annual OVO Festival from its inception in 2010 until 2015; the Festival has featured performances by Drake, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky among others. Van Halen performed two nights in a row at the Molson in August 1995.
Depeche Mode performed at the amphitheatre three times: the first one was on June 16, 2001, during their Exciter Tour. The second one was on July 24, 2009, during their Tour of the Universe, in front of a sell-out crowd of 16,128 people; the third one was on September 1, 2013, during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a sell-out crowd of 16,110 people. The 2009 show was recorded for the group's live albums project Recording the Universe. On January 6, 2017, it was announced that the Molson Amphitheatre was renamed "Budweiser Stage", as part of a partnership between Labatt Breweries of Canada and Live Nation; the music venue is open yearly from May to September, due to its outdoor configuration. The amphitheatre has a capacity of 16,000. There are 5,500 reserved seats under the 60-foot-high covered roof, 3,500 seats under the open sky, 7,000 seats on the grass bowl; the floor area has an unreserved capacity of 1,000. There are Club and VIP seats for season ticket-holders. Two large video screens flank the stage, while two video cubes hang from the rear of the covered roof for those sitting on the lawns.
The video support system gives everyone in the audience a closeup of the performers on stage. In 2011, a new open-air concert venue named; this general admission venue has a capacity of 5,000, which includes raised VIP viewing platforms. In 2012 the park at Ontario place remained closed with the intention of revitalization. A committee headed by John Tory has recommended the return of the Ontario Place Forum as a centerpiece of the revitalization plans; the Amphitheatre's future, as a result, has been called into question. Exhibition Place List of contemporary amphitheatresOther performing arts venues in the city include: Four Seasons Centre Massey Hall Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Roy Thomson Hall Toronto Centre for the Arts Budweiser Stage Upcoming Shows RBC Echo Beach
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres are a pair of stacked theatres in Toronto, Canada. The Winter Garden Theatre is seven storeys above the Elgin Theatre, they are the last surviving Edwardian stacked theatres in the world. The pair of theatres were built as the flagship of Marcus Loew's theatre chain in 1913; the building was designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, who designed the Ed Mirvish Theatre nearby. Both theatres were built to show the short silent movies of the time; each theatre was intended for a different class of patron. The gold-and-marble, domed,'hard-top' lower theatre was home to continuous vaudeville and movies; the upper-level Winter Garden is an'atmospheric' country garden under the stars, painted with murals of plants and garden trellises, with tree trunk columns and lantern lights. The upper theatre was built for the'Big Time' vaudeville market and had reserved seats at premium prices, catering to affluent patrons; as well as competing in a different market, the upper theatre could be used for experimentation with acts, without the risk of closing the lower theatre.
By 1928, feature-length silent films were popular. In 1928, the lower theatre was converted to show sound films and the upper theatre was closed; the Winter Garden remained shuttered for about sixty years. Left inside it was a large collection of vaudeville flats and scenery, now the world's largest surviving collection. In 1969, Loews sold the Elgin to Famous Players. By the 1970s, the Elgin was showing B movies and soft-core pornography. In 1981, the Ontario Heritage Foundation bought the structure from Famous Players. From March 1985 through March 1987 the musical Cats was successfully presented in the unrestored Elgin, showing the viability of the theatre; the building closed in 1987 for a full restoration and reopened in 1989. In 1991, Dr. David Griesinger and Steve Barbar of Lexicon, Inc. at the request of acousticians Neil Muncy and Robert Tanner, installed the first production LARES system, an electroacoustic enhancement system that augments architectural acoustics, in the Elgin Theatre.
This initial LARES system used two microphones placed at the balcony's front edge to pick up sound from the stage. The microphone signals were digitized and processed in two mainframe computers, the resulting signals were sent to 56 loudspeakers in the main ceiling and 60 under the balcony, for the purpose of providing additional intelligibility and ambience; the Elgin Theatre housed the world premiere of the Napoleon musical in 1994, which transferred to London's West End in 2000. In 1995, it was home to The, it Since 1996, Ross Petty Productions has staged pantomimes at the Elgin Theatre each Christmas season. From February 10 to 14, 2004, Conan O'Brien taped four episodes of NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien from the Elgin Theatre; the visit came about via the Toronto City Council's CDN$1 million payment to NBC to have the American television program visit Toronto for a week worth of shows, part of the overall council-funded PR effort of promoting Toronto as a tourist destination for Americans in the wake of the publicized summer 2003 Severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic which adversely impacted the city's tourism industry.
The Elgin Theatre serves as one of the hosts to the annual Toronto International Film Festival. The location is featured in the 2017 movie The Shape of Water and receives an acknowledgement in the closing credits; the music video for "Changes" by the Montreal band Stars is set there. The Winter Garden is seen in the 1994 film Camilla; the cover photos for Rush's 1981 live album Exit... Stage Left were shot at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium; the Elgin Theatre played host to the taping of Bryan Adams in Concert for the American broadcast of Great Performances on PBS. The show was filmed in July 2014 and first aired on March 1, 2015. Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto Uptown Theatre, Toronto Capitol Cinema, Ottawa The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Brantford Opera Atelier Ontario Heritage Trust: The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Toronto's Historical Plaques - Loew's Yonge Street and Winter Garden Theatres Toronto's Historical Plaques -Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres Heritage Property Detail for 189 Yonge Street