The Second City

The Second City moving to One York complex

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Toronto’s legendary comedy venue The Second City will be settling into its new home at One York by the end of next year, bringing a piece of history to a young and modern complex near the waterfront.

The company plans to build out multiple comedy theatres for live performance across the 28,700-square-foot space on the third-floor retail podium, with a games-driven bar and restaurant. This will also be home to the Toronto branch of its improvisation-based arts school, which has outposts in Hollywood and Chicago, where it first opened in 1959.

The Toronto location opened its doors in the mid-1970s and is currently at 51 Mercer Street in the Entertainment District.

“The Second City is excited to break ground on three new state-of-the-art theatres, as well as provide increased classroom space for our ever-growing Second City Training Centre, which serves thousands of students of all ages every year,” said D’Arcy Stuart, chief operating officer of The Second City. “This is also a prime opportunity for us to add dynamic multi-use spaces to accommodate groups, meetings, celebrations, and events of all sizes. We are excited to be part of the Menkes vision for the South Core.”

One York is a two million-square-foot complex near Union Station, owned by The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) Realty Inc. and developed by Menkes. It includes a 35-story Class AAA office tower, two 70- and 66-storey condominium towers known as Harbour Plaza Residences, a four-story retail podium with 170,000 square feet of commercial retail space, and a four-level underground parking garage.

“The Second City will be the perfect addition to this mixed-use complex, adding entertainment to our exceptional list of retail tenants, and further solidifying One York Street’s position as the ultimate, live, work, play environment,” added Peter Menkes, president commercial/industrial.

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