Performing arts include the dance, music, opera, drama, and circus arts. Artists who participate in performing arts in front of an audience are called performers, including actors, comedians, dancers, musicians, and singers. Performing arts are also supported by workers in related fields, such as songwriting and stagecraft.



Canada has some of the most vibrant live theatre productions due to a multi-cultural History in Canadian Theatre. As a result, Canadian drama has many languages, styles, and stories and the Theatre Museum Canada in Toronto has been devoted to the preservation and celebration of Canadian theatre. Providing listings for theatre productions, Theatre Canada is Canada's online live theatre directory for the performing arts, including Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area.




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Centre Stage Productions has been entertaining the Burlington area for over ten years, and this non-profit theatrical organization is dedicated to producing high quality, affordable entertainment. The Second City is housed in an intimate, state of the art theatre and produces quality sketch comedy. Obsidian Theatre Company is a troupe of actors of African descent delivering the works of renowned playwrights predominantly of a similar background. Famous People Players is internationally acclaimed and has been described as a Canadian treasure, dedicated to working with those who are developmentally challenged. Canada’s largest non-profit contemporary theatre company is the Canadian Stage Company; however, for an authentic performing arts experience, visit Toronto’s hippest address at the Distillery District. Other popular theatres in the heart of downtown Toronto include the Ed Mirvish Theatre and Royal Alexandra Theatre. In Mississauga, the Stage West Dinner Theatre and the Living Arts Centre are two popular companies that always provide quality entertainment. Watch out for internationally recognized productions such as the Sound of Music, Grease, and Jersey Boys.



The Greater Toronto Area is also home of some of the most eclectic and accomplished dance companies in all of Canada. CanAfric Theatre is a company of professional dance artists who emphasize the artistic diversity of African Canadian culture and provide classes, workshops, and performances in Mississauga. OMO Dance Company in Toronto is a dynamic, multi-cultural company that engages and excites its audiences through critically acclaimed choreography and international collaborations. The National Ballet of Canada is a professional company with over 50 dancers and its own symphony orchestra, performing the magic of dance to perfection.