Among its residents are actors, writers, musicians, technicians, producers, directors and designers from every branch of the arts professions. Some of the residents are pioneers of Canada’s cultural history, and are recipients of the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards and distinguished international, provincial and civic honours.
From the beginning, PAL Toronto has been about more than providing a home and care service for performers. An equal commitment is to nurture and preserve the ethos of ‘show business’ to sustain the activities, common history and familial ties which bond this unique community.
Life at PAL Toronto reflects this priority – from its theatre lounge, equipped with professionally-designed stage facilities hosting live performances by both residents and visiting artists, to the residents’ pub featuring cabaret performances, to the library stocked with popular reading and arts reference materials, to its exercise spaces, arts studio, hobby shop, roof terrace gardens – all these enterprises organized and manned by resident volunteers.