Toronto’s theatre scene tends to cluster in central downtown, but two acclaimed independent companies have broken ground in the east end. Founded in 2014, the Coal Mine Theatre is an intimate storefront space on Danforth Avenue, near Coxwell subway station. Noted critic Robert Cushman calls it “currently the most exciting house in town.” Meanwhile, the esteemed Crow’s Theatre launched a newly built multi-venue complex at Carlaw and Dundas in early 2017.


Outside of the east end, standouts in the city’s theatre scene include the following:

Theatre Passe Muraille

Canadian playwrights are the focus in the two theatres housed in this redesigned bakery and stables.

Buddies In Bad Times Theatre

The radically vital LGBT-focused company is a city stalwart.

Native Earth Performing Arts

The place to discover powerful work by First Nations artists.

Théâtre français de Toronto

Non-francophones can read an English translation via surtitles at many performances.

The Fringe Festival

Catch 150+ shows in 30+ venues at this annual local fave. Averaging 1,100 performances over 12 days, there’s something for everyone. Watch for: FringeKids performances for the youngest indie theatre fans. (Festival runs July 3 to 14, 2019.)