Big Ticket Adventure
See some of Toronto’s biggest tickets – sports, entertainment, and the world’s tallest!
Toronto is Canada’s biggest city – and it goes without saying that we do things here on a grand scale. Most of Canada’s most famous names have spent some time establishing their fame in our stadiums, streets and theatres.
Stroll along Front Street to the west/right and enter the Canadian Broadcast Centre. This 13-story building is home to Canada’s national network, the CBC. Canadian history is chronicled every day from the second-floor radio studios and rooftop TV studios. In the main atrium, the Glenn Gould Studio features classical-music concerts in this theatre named for the Grammy-winning Canadian pianist.
Canada’s Walk of Fame
Next, step among the stars on Simcoe Street – the start of Canada’s Walk of Fame. Thirteen blocks of famous Canadian actors, musicians, producers, directors and athletes, including Jim Carrey, Bryan Adams, Pamela Anderson and Karen Kain line the sidewalks along Simcoe & King Streets.
Queen Street West
Walk north on Simcoe Street to Queen Street, then turn left and come along side the street-level studios at CTV Globemedia. Constructed in 1913 as home to the Methodist Church of Canada, the celebrities and rock stars who come through these studios for live performances at MuchMusic are now known for some distinctly unholy behaviour. Free tours of the studios and the attached MZTV Museum are offered daily (free, 1pm & 3pm, reservations required).
Queen Street West to the west of the CHUM CITY building is home to dozens of eclectic restaurants for a quick snack or drink. To catch another taste of fame, turn left/south on to Blue Jays Way and stop in at Gretzky’s, located at number 99. Memorabilia detailing The Great One’s record-shattering hockey career is displayed throughout, big games of all kinds are shown on multiple screens. The upstairs Oasis Patio is a cool spot for a cold drink beside the waterfall on a sunny afternoon.
At the foot of Blue Jay’s Way, the Rogers Centre (formerly Skydome) looms above Front Street. This massive domed stadium, with its 345,000 square foot retractable roof, is home to baseball’s back-to-back World Series winners, the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. Join a tour of the venue (1 hour, subject to facility schedule, $13.50) to gain a behind-the-scenes view of the home of some of Toronto’s most well known athletes, and a first-hand view of how the revolutionary roof operates.
The Big Ticket Adventure winds up at Toronto’s most iconic building – the CN Tower. Piercing the sky 553.3m/1,815 ft above Front St, the tower is known as the World’s Tallest Freestanding Structure on Land and was built in 1973-76 to house broadcast and communication equipment for the rapidly growing city at its base. While still used for this purpose, the tower is a popular tourist site and the high-speed glass-floored elevators that whisk passengers from street level to the Sky Pod and Observation Level hundreds of metres above can certainly be an exciting start to any visit.
Finish the adventure with a drink and a view at the tower-top Horizons Café. The adjacent 360 Restaurant is a romantic spot, recognized as a DiRoNA award winner and home to the world’s highest wine cellar