King Performing Arts Centre
The King Performing Arts Centre is part of Country Day School, located in King City, Ontario. The focus of the building is the 400 seat multi-purpose auditorium which has quickly become renowned for its wonderful acoustics. The complex includes a rehearsal hall for full orchestra, two smaller music rehearsal studios, a theatre studio, classrooms and a set shop. The construction cost was $7 million. The main auditorium is essentially black box studio, designed to be a bit taller to accommodate music requirements. A fundamental component of the design is the moveable proscenium arch which can be either acoustically transparent as shown here or visually opaque when a scrim is lowered behind it. The proscenium arch can also be rotated to provide wing space for theatrical presentations or stage space for musical events. The room has become a favourite recording venue of the Naxos recording label.