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TO Live announced it has received $3.7M in funding from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) – Community Culture and Recreation (CCR) Funding Stream to further increase accessibility within the Meridian Arts Centre’s four theatres.

The funding will allow improved wheelchair locations, greater access to both backstage and onstage, and will assist in removing any barriers of participation to the highest possible standards in all four theatres within the Meridian Arts Centre – the George Weston Recital Hall, the Lyric and Greenwin Theatres, and the Studio theatre.

The Meridian Arts Centre, located at 5040 Yonge Street, hosts a wide range of live performance events including theatrical productions, orchestral performances, and community events. The George Weston Recital Hall is widely recognized as Canada’s best recital hall and one of the top concert venues in the world.

Improvements to include:

George Weston Recital Hall: extend accessible seating to the top rear aisle of the orchestra level and the top rear aisle of the balcony level, which will require a complete reconfiguration of the vestibules from the main lobby to access these areas;

Lyric Theatre: Accessible seating locations will be added to the front and rear of the orchestra level and the dress circles. A lift will be required at the back of the orchestra level to facilitate this new accessible seating. This will also permit the control room to be converted into a barrier-free workplace. A lift will also be added to allow for access to the stage from the orchestra level;

Greenwin Theatre: An elevator will be installed to provide additional, barrier-free seating in additional audience locations and provide barrier-free access to the control room. In addition, companion seating will be added to the existing accessible seats.

Studio Theatre: Additional companion seating will be added.

TO Live is a City agency which manages and operates the City’s three major civic theatres – the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Meridian Arts Centre (formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts) and Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre for the Performing Arts).

“We gratefully acknowledge the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto for this significant contribution to making the arts accessible to everyone. This funding has also provided employment opportunities during this very challenging time,” said Clyde WagnerPresident and CEO of TO Live. “TO Live strives at all times to provide its services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We are also committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to attend events and allowing them to utilize the same services, in the same place and in a similar way as other customers.”

About TO Live

TO Live is one of Canada’s largest multi-arts organizations, operating three iconic venues: Meridian Hall, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and Meridian Arts Centre. In addition, TO Live presents a full range of performing arts, theatrical, and concert events at these venues in both downtown and uptown Toronto. With these two hubs of creativity and content creation, TO Live has a unique place and perspective to activate creative spaces by inspiring local and international artists, connect audiences and to be the nexus for new ideas, elevate artistic potential, and be the catalyst for creative expression that is reflective of Toronto’s diversity.

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