I am writing this post solely to prove to my friends that there are cheap ways to see shows in Toronto and therefore they will have to hang out and watch plays with me mwhahaha!
No, but in all seriousness, one of my absolutely favourite things about Toronto is that it is bursting at the seams with great theatre. As the Entertainment Capital of Canada and the third largest English-speaking theatre district in the world, there is always something to see. This overflow of entertainment is one of the main reasons why I wanted to study in Toronto.
Now if you have been hanging out here for a while you would know how much I LOVE theatre. I’ve written about it on various occasions, however I’m well aware that going to see a play is not all students idea of a fun night out and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that theatre is not cheap.
Unfortunately over the past couple of the years theatre ticket prices continue to rise and thus the opinion of theatre as this uppity, old fashion, elitist art form continues to prevail. Which as a Drama Major, you can imagine, frustrates me to my very core. Luckily after a few years of buying tickets for shows I’ve had to see for classes (or just wanted to see for myself) I’ve learned a couple tricks to help get AMAZING discounts for performances all around the city, and today I’m planning to share them with you!
Get that group rate!
This works best for larger theatre companies who don’t tend to have student discounts (*cough, cough, Mirvish, cough*). Luckily these big shows tend to have a lot of draw and will interest even the most casual theatre goer. So gather your group of friends (and friends of friends) to get that discount!
Explore the alternative scene
While it is easy to get swept up in the allure of the sounds and light of Dundas Square, it’s important to know that there is theatre happening ALL over the city, and many of the smaller companies are doing really cool things (and offer REALLY good discounts/PWYC nights). Some of my faves include:
- Buddies in Bad Times
- Tarragon (they offer $22 tickets for anyone under the age of 35 if you use discount code Tarragon22)
- Factory Theatre
- Theatre Passe-Muraille
- Theatre Français de Toronto
- Canadian Stage (okay not really “alternative” but they do have good student rates when using the discount code C-Stage)
This is my favourite website ever and it is one of the best ways to see theatre. Essentially HipTix is a program set up through TD that pairs up with productions throughout the city to provide $5 dollar tickets to any student under the age of 29. They are all sorts of shows on there from dance, to opera, to improv, to musicals, to plays.
I have so many other tips to get cheap/free theatre tickets but I figured this was a good place to start (especially if you are looking to do some holiday shopping- show tickets make great presents *hint, hint, friends and family*) Are there any shows coming up in the city that interest you? Be sure to let me know!
À la prochaine,
P.S Why not this weekend a Toronto weekend by stopping by Glendon for our Fall Open House on Sunday and then taking in a show at night! Register here.