Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Explore Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (RHCPA), an art and cultural facility set north of Toronto in the city of Richmond Hill. With over 4,000 square metres and 631 seats in its main auditorium, the centre offers theatre, music and dance performances, plus educational workshops. Richmond Hill is an art-centric community committed to celebrating different cultures found throughout the York Region. 

Designed by the internationally celebrated architect Jack Diamond, the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts was the city’s largest construction endeavor in history. The $30 million project took over two years to complete. In the process, the centre combined the new building with Richmond Hill’s 19th -century high school and currently uses it for offices and an in-house coffee shop. RHCPA also features an auditorium, rehearsal hall, hydraulic orchestra pit, lobby galleries, lounges and an outdoor piazza. 

As the largest performing arts centre in the York Region, RHCPA attracts visitors and attention from across the country and internationally. Visitors can enjoy performances in the main auditorium from either the orchestra or balcony levels. Box seats are also available if you prefer more privacy. The arena’s state-of-the-art acoustics enhance opera, choral, symphonic and dance performances. The venue also hosts children’s programming, film screenings, solo performers and events. 

Located on Yonge Street in the historic centre of Richmond Hill in the Greater Toronto Area, RHCPA is about 35 km from Toronto via Don Valley Parkway and Highway 404. 

We recommend visiting the facility’s website for up-to-date information and details about Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. For more information about the centre and other places of interest to explore nearby, keep scrolling to see what Destination Ontario recommends. 

Exterior image of the Richmond Hill Centre of the Performing Arts building

More about Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Committed to artistic diversity, the Richmond Hill community utilizes RHCPA to enrich and entertain local and national audiences. Professional programming, community groups and student organizations all grace the stage for nightly performances showcasing Canadian talent and the region’s heritage and history. 

You’ll find Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill’s historic city centre near the Crosby and Mill Pond neighbourhoods. There’s a lot to do in this area of the city. You can enjoy shopping and dining along bustling Yonge Street before curtain call, or cross the way to discover Richmond Hill Heritage Centre. During the day, explore some of the nearby parks and trails, such as Crosby Park and Mill Pond Park. Mill Pond is known for its art galleries, and a self-guided art walk leads you around the city. 

A 10 minute drive south from Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts will bring you to the David Dunlap Observatory, home of Canada’s largest telescope. 

Richmond Hill is known for its outdoor recreation, particularly in the northern parts of the city. Wilcox Lake features fishing and paddling, while numerous trail networks offer excellent cycling opportunities. Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park is the city’s largest green space and a great spot to spend time with the family. Take advantage of the multiple sports complexes, a waterpark, an outdoor amphitheatre and picnic areas. 

Come and enjoy a night of dance, music, comedy or theatre and relish the magic of Richmond Hill’s artistic and culturally distinct community. 

Last updated: August 18, 2023

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