Greater Toronto Area Performing Arts and Cultural Centres


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Canada is truly a diverse nation and a mosaic of many different communities. Each community tries to authentically serve up to its constituents the best possible cultural experience in the performing arts. La Scena Musicale reached out to some of the primary art centres on the periphery of Canada’s largest ­­­city, Toronto. On the borders of a metropolis, there are many different aspects of programming and marketing for smaller communities.

Although all communities are closely connected to Toronto, each of them offers a distinct approach to arts presentation and cultural programming and services, sharing the common trait of being intimately connected with their direct constituents and cultural landscape. The approach for each community is clearly based on the “what works” principle, and building on success. The models of governance differ, though quality programming leads the way for each organization.

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One clear aspect we discovered was the importance of developing community trust and engagement. Every individual organization, and by extension, the staff and volunteers who contribute, are worthy of praise.

As a non-profit charity supported by many volunteers, La Scena Musicale appreciates the efforts of the volunteers of the following art centres: the Aurora Cultural Centre, The Rose Brampton, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, the Flato Markham Theatre and the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Each of these organizations provides exceptional programming for its community and for those who may just want to get out of town.

La Scena Musicale hopes that this overview will help readers in the Greater Toronto Area have a better understanding of cultural programming in and around Toronto. Though this also applies also to readers who are elsewhere and looking for something different to do if the are visiting Toronto. Let them take downtown uptown. Let them move out into the periphery! Arts, culture and music have no borders. Discover new venues and support the arts.

Aurora Cultural Centre Community-Focused and Volunteer-Driven
Burlington Performing Arts Centre High-Quality, Diverse And Educational Programming

Flato Markham Theatre: Leader in Diversity and Innovation
Richmond Hill Bringing Downtown Uptown

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About Author

Vasyl Pawlowsky holds a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literartures from the University of Waterloo, an M.A. in the same, specializing in 20th century Ukrainian literature from the University of Ottawa, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University. He has worked in the aerospace, educational and legal sectors as an information specialist, in both Canada and Ukraine. He has also experience in both print and broadcast journalism, as a copy writer, editor, producer and program host. He has published in the Eastern Economist, The Kyiv Post, The Kyiv Weekly, The Ukrainian Weekly, FreePint and Maclean's Magazine.

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