The arena has been the site of opera (the Canadian Grand Opera Company's Faust in 1936 and the Metropolitan Opera's visiting productions 1952-60), programs by Toronto's ethnic communities (eg, Johnny Lombardi's festivals of song, which present Italian singers), and the annual Metropolitan Toronto Police concerts.
Beginning in the 1960s, it was the venue for virtually all of the city's major indoor rock and pop concerts until the SkyDome was opened in 1989. Among the artists and bands that have appeared at the Gardens are the Beatles, New Kids on the Block, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, the Who, and Neil Young. Toronto's Max Webster, Kim Mitchell, Rush, and Triumph also have headlined there. Through an unwritten agreement the arena was effectively the exclusive domain 1974-89 of Concert Productions International. After a hiatus 1989-90 CPI resumed its activities at the Gardens on a less exclusive basis.
Links to Other Sites
Maple Leaf Gardens: From shrine to supermarket
About the restructuring of Maple Leaf Gardens into a multi-function sport and recreation facility for Ryerson University and a street-level Loblaws grocery store. From thestar.com.
Maple Leaf Gardens
View a Heritage Minute about Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, which served as one of Canada's preeminent urban sports and entertainment venues through much of the 20th century. From the Historica-Dominion Institute. See this site for related learning resources.