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“Excellent Venue”
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Living Arts Centre
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Mississauga, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Excellent Venue”
Reviewed 25 July 2012

The range of theatres, art spaces and galleries at the LAC. Small city-oriented dance performaces, to large scale musical productions, to Christmas choir shows, there is generally something for everyone (including parking).

Visited May 2012
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Mississauga, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
75 attraction reviews
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“Excellent variety of performances and programs for everyone”
Reviewed 16 July 2012

The LAC offers many courses for adults, youth and young children- from ballet to pottery to photography, and has great March Break camps and Summer Camps that my daughter had attended until she was too old to go. We are there for local events, and attend the many wiggle club offerings for young children. The Hammerson Hall is a large auditorium that houses visiting ballet companies, Just for Laughs, musicians, and much more. The prices are better than those in Toronto, and sometimes there are shows that travel from one venue in Toronto to LAC- so make sure you always check the website and calendar of events, since it is much better for locals for parking and for price. There is limited parking outside around City Hall and the library as well, but plenty of parking underground, although a tight squeeze. The facility itself is bright and airy with floor to ceiling windows and two floors, as well as an elevator if you cannot make the long flight of stairs. The Restauraunt on site offers buffet meals on special days like Mother's Day, so make sure to get reservations early on. Snacks and drinks are good during intermission and the huge hallway offers plenty of standing room. Seats within Hammerson are comfortable, and views are good from most angles. A definite must for anyone and everyone! lAC also offers space for private events and kiddy parties for those interested in something different. The proximity to transit, main roads, and to Square One across the street makes this a great location.

Visited March 2012
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toronto
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Mamma Mia!”
Reviewed 25 May 2012

I had the pleasure of seeing both performances of Mamma Mia! on November 13th at the Living Arts Centre. First off, this is a gorgeous building in which to see a performance. It's vast light filled lobby is a beautiful space to gather before a performance. Hammerson Hall which the theatre in which the performance took place is great- there's lots of legroom, the seats that I had for the shows were incredibly close and this was in the dress circle balcony! The acoustics are crisp, loud and clear.

Both shows that I saw were very good. The cast was excellent, the music aspect was well delivered and Lauren McGee who conducted the afternoon performance deserves special praise. She is a bouncy, energetic and hard rocking conductor. Her playing style was so animated that it was as much as a delight to watch as the performance that was taking place on the stage! She really looked as though she was enjoying herself! The show is fantastic so to anyone that hasn't seen it, I suggest you go. As for the theatre, Mississauga is very fortunate to have such an incredible performance venue as part of it's community and I hope that it's enjoyed for many years to come.

Visited November 2011
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ottawa
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“great facility, bad judgement”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

this is a great entertainement facility, great view in every seats.
the bad side was the representatives made us walk the long way in the crop area/back stage to get to the change rooms where there were 2 hallways leading to backstage and change rooms. this seamed like it was a walk around a football field. it's not even funny when you are a parent and in a rush have to bring a custume to one a young dancer who needs to be on stage within a couple of minutes

Visited April 2012
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Oakville, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
746 reviews
344 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
“Comparable to Toronto's Roy Thompson Hall in Downtown”
Reviewed 1 August 2011

While driving past this complex last year while in the area doing business with my wife, one is certainly struck by the size of this place. Toronto based media outlets often write about the Living Arts Centre when they feel threatened by when one of their venues they feel should have appeared in one of their concert halls instead. Personally, I have never attended any live concerts here but understand from talking to a friend that concerts held here have good site lines plus the sounds are just fine when listening to them. from a personal perspective, I have been here several times. First I attended a Sheridan College graduation ceremony as I was involved with ac riminolgy association I was involved with on the Board of Dire4ctor's was involved in giving out a scholarship. Secondly, I was a member of HAPPEN which is a job search non-profit organization devoted to unemployed persons. I attended several meetings here and found that besides being a concert hall that this building was a conference centre as well. "Never read a book by its cover" I always say as once one investigates this place plus exploring it, you in my personal opinion will see what it has to offer.

Visited October 2010
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