Support your theatre and film favourites in Toronto!

Our Readers' Choice poll is closing on September 16. Make your votes today!


Toronto’s film and stage scene is constantly reinventing itself with innovative venues, unique performance pieces and crowd-pleasing events. Our Readers’ Choice poll celebrates the best organizations in the city that bring you countless plays, movies and comedy showcases every year. Show your support for your favourites and vote while you still can!

Best Small Theatre Company

Small companies are the lifeblood of the theatre scene in Toronto. This is where some of our top professionals get their start or dedicate their careers to independent artistic practice. All 10 of these companies were nominated as the best – but which one do you choose? 

  • Acting Up Stage
  • Bad Dog Theatre
  • Clay and Paper Theatre
  • Famous People Players
  • Hart House Theatre
  • Necessary Angel
  • Obsidian Theatre
  • The Coal Mine Theatre
  • The Storefront Theatre
  • Unit 102 Theatre Co. 

Best Comedy Club

Comedy clubs draw together the funniest locals and international performers for night after night of laughter. Toronto has seen a resurgence of these clubs in recent years – and you should support the one you love most.

  • Absolute Comedy 
  • ALTdot Comedy Lounge @ The Rivoli
  • Bad Dog Theatre
  • Comedy Bar
  • Second City
  • The Corner Comedy Club
  • Top Shelf Comedy
  • Underground Comedy Club
  • Yuk Yuk’s

Best Independent Film Venue

When you can’t find a decent film at the local megaplex, independent film venues have your back with second-run features, classic movies and cinematic gems that might otherwise go unnoticed. Let your favourite know you love what they do!

  • Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (formerly Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
  • The Fox
  • The Kingsway
  • The Revue
  • The Royal Cinema
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox

Voting for Readers’ Choice 2016 closes on September 16. This is the final stretch! If you want to get your name in front of voters making last-minute choices – choices that could clinch the “Best of Toronto” title – contact us at advertising@nowtoronto.com right away. 

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