After many years of struggle with strong competitors from the USA and Europe, Canadian art won its place under the sun, and the country is justly proud of it.
The theater made particularly great strides on the stages of North America. The prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival is held in Ontario, and the Bernard Shaw Festival is held in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Your travel agency or tourist office in Canada can help you book tickets for these popular summer events, including light comedies and musicals as well as more serious productions.
Toronto focuses on contemporary Canadian drama. You can see her best examples in the Center for the Performing Arts of St. Lawrence and many other theaters; large-scale musicals are staged at the Royal Alexandra Theater, the Princess of Wales Theater and the Canon Theater.
In Montreal and Quebec, theatergoers enjoy plays by Franco-Canadian authors. Quebec-speaking residents of Quebec appreciate the caustic humor of cabaret artists and nostalgic folk songs at boîtes àchansons (folk song clubs) on the city’s Grand Alley and around rue St-Denis in Montreal.
In classical music, there are two world-famous orchestras in Canada: the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with a stage at the Place des Arts Center and the Toronto Symphony Ballet in Montreal , performing in the Roy Thomson Hall. The orchestras of Vancouver, Winnipeg and Edmonton are also gaining popularity. While in Old Montreal in the summer, attend a Mozart music concert at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours.
Canada has had a significant impact on the world of dance. The most famous are Canada’s National Ballet in Toronto, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Alberta Ballet Company in Calgary. Their performances, like opera performances in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, are mostly held in winter.
Jazz can be heard in the nightclubs of big cities and during international festivals in Montreal and Stratford. Toronto’s everlasting jazz program: two annual festivals and many other events, such as jazz cruises around the Toronto Islands.
In summer, the country main sports stadiums become the arena for rock concerts. The music of Scottish bagpipes and highland dances are a hallmark of Nova Scotia. Both can be found in Halifax and on the island of Cape Breton.