Local Arts Scene, Ontario, Canada – Best Western Hotels


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Soak up the Arts in Ontario, Canada

Check out the cultural and creative vibe in Ontario. Start off with the Harbourfront Centre, one of the best cultural attractions in Toronto with about 4,000 events held there each year. Catch a film and a musical performance, or take up a hands-on workshop and let your creativity reach new heights.

Sports fans can go all out at the Hockey Hall of Fame and learn about the greatest players to ever play the sport. Make time for the interactive yet challenging player games.

Curious about minerals, fossils, and dinosaurs? Get your fix at the Miller Geology Museum offering plenty of exhibits for all to enjoy. Be sure to visit the Bata Shoe Museum. It touts itself as an unusual and unique museum and makes a perfect conversation for your shoe lovers out there.

Head over to the Halton County Radial Railway for a historical view of objects that operate on the railways. From construction vehicles to trolleys, you won’t believe what can travel by rail.

Art Gallery of Ontario

A representation for art in the Toronto area has been an important element of the community for more than a century. In 1900, local citizens founded the Art Gallery of Ontario, formerly named the Art Museum of Toronto.

By 2004, the gallery was ready for a significant renovation. Local architect, Frank Gehry designed the $276 million Transformation AGO project, his first project in Canada. It's a premier attraction in Toronto.

The Art Gallery of Ontario was unveiled in 2008, featuring a new entrance, a new four-story wing made of blue titanium and glass and a new wood and glass facade.

Visitors to this impressive gallery view over 80,000 works of art, including European art, Oceanic art, modern art, African art, contemporary art and Renaissance and Baroque era art. With 480,000 square feet of space, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of North America's largest galleries.

National Gallery of Canada

One of Canada's foremost visual art museums, the National Gallery of Canada is located in Ottawa, Ontario, near Parliament Hill. Under the direction of Marc Mayer and curator Paul Lang, the gallery boasts a diverse display of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs.

Visitors to the museum will find works by some of the world's most famous artists, including Francis Bacon, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Selected as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the gallery is truly a must-see for Ottawa visitors seeking arts and culture.

Sudbury Theatre Centre

Since 1972, local residents and visitors of Sudbury have enjoyed cultural enrichment through professional theatre productions. The Sudbury Theatre Centre began producing plays from the former Inco Club, until the early 1980s, when the plays were performed at the Fraser Auditorium. Popularity of these northern Ontario productions increased significantly, causing a need for a new facility.

Since 1981, this invaluable theatre company has been producing plays in its current home in downtown Sudbury. Whether enjoying a Theater and Dinner package through one of the local restaurants, or just a show, there are a wide variety of productions to choose from. Youth drama classes at the centre are offered for children aged 8 to 17, as well as, adult acting workshops for those 18 and older.