A proposal by the Toronto Entertainment District Association, representing about 100 restaurant, theatres, bars, and attractions such as the CN Tower and SkyDome (home of the Blue Jays baseball team) to have the area around King Street known as 'The Entertainment District ' has Livent and others fit to be tied.
The TEDA has a request before Toronto City Counsel to have the words 'Entertainment District' added to all the street signs, about 35 of them, at their expense. The major theatres in that area are The Royal Alexandra and the Princess of Wales, both Mirvish houses.
Linda Friendly of Livent contest that it is misleading. It is not the only entertainment district in Toronto. Pantages, where Phantom of the Opera has been running for seven years is at Yonge and Dundas, out of the designated region, as is the Performing Arts Centre in North York, both Livent houses. Also not included are the Elgin and Winter Garden theatre, recently involved in a legal battle with Livent over occupancy dates. ( A battle Livent won, out of court, and Joseph's Amazing. returns in February, starring Donny Osmond.)
David Mirvish says "Let's not include the whole city" and he doesn't see why Livent is so upset.
The TEDA says it is just following through on a decision already made by city counsel. The city counsel is offering a compromise. Other areas that have theatres can also call themselves the 'Theatre District'.
-- By Andrea Hodges