Neighbourhood: Entertainment District

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Location: Roughly bounded by Queen Street, Spadina, Simcoe and Front Street. Transit: Union, St. Andrew and Osgoode subway stations, walk or streetcar west.

The Toronto Entertainment District is home to theatres and performing arts centres both traditional and cutting edge, the venues for five major league sports teams and an array of cultural and family attractions.

The Toronto International Film Festival dominates every September as the area is thronged with celebrities and their fans, centred around TIFF Bell Lightbox. As you walk along King Street on your way to a concert at Roy Thomson Hall or the latest award-winning musical at the Princess of Wales Theatre, look beneath your feet to see the stars of Canada’s Walk of Fame which includes big names like Jim Carrey, Rachel McAdams and Russell Peters.

The area holds some of the top attractions too. For the best views of Toronto, take a high-speed elevator to the top of the CN Tower. Or immerse yourself in the underwater world of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, which boasts 16,000 aquatic creatures from all around the world.

When the big game is on – whether its the Maple Leafs, Raptors or Blue Jays – the atmosphere around Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre) and Rogers Centre is supercharged. On non-game days, both venues offer an exciting roster of big-name concerts.

When night falls the clubs in the district come alive with partiers from all over the Toronto area and beyond coming in to dance, see, be seen and just take in the scene. No matter what time of day or season, the Entertainment District is the home to something big.