Frequently Asked Questions
Subscriptions & Tickets
- What is a “subscriber”?
- What is a “single-ticket buyer”?
- When will 2019/20 single tickets go on sale?
- What if my plans change and I can no longer attend my performance?
- Can I give my ticket to a friend?
- Is there a discount if we buy multiple tickets?
- Do ticket prices include tax?
- Can I bring my children?
- Do you offer Backstage Tours?
- How do I request charitable donations from the TSO for my event?
- Who is the next Music Director?
- When should I arrive?
- How do I get to the venues via the TTC?
- Where can I park?
- What if I arrive late?
At the Concert
- How long is a typical TSO performance?
- When do I applaud?
- What if I need to cough?
- Can I take photographs?
- What about cellular phones?
- What should I wear?
- Is it permissible to wear perfume or cologne?
What is a “subscriber”?
A TSO subscriber is anyone who has purchased a subscription package for the current season. Whether you love the classics or Pops, or want to pick and choose a wide variety of styles, there is a subscription option for you! Please see our Subscriptions page for details.
What if my plans change and I can no longer attend my performance?
If you have purchased a ticket and find you can no longer attend the concert, you have a couple of options: you may either exchange your ticket for one to a different performance (see Exchanges & Returns for details) or you may return your ticket to the TSO and receive a tax receipt for its value. Please note that all purchases are non-refundable.
Can I give my ticket to a friend?
Patron account information is confidential; any updates or changes, including ticket exchanges and reprints, must be made by the account holder. To make arrangements for someone else to have access to your account, please call Patron Services at 416.598.3375 or e-mail email@example.com.
During the renewal season, if you would like your upcoming season seats to be renewed under someone else’s account instead of your own, you may do so by completing and submitting the Seat Transfer Request Form (download the Seat Transfer Request Form PDF). This will allow the transferee to take ownership of the full subscription package, including all reprints, exchanges, and ticket turnbacks, and to renew the package under their own name in future seasons.
The completed form should be returned to Patron Services in person or via fax, email, or mail. Seat transfers may only be performed before the seats have been renewed. No seat transfers will be performed without a completed Seat Transfer Request Form..
Is there a discount if we buy multiple tickets?
The TSO offers benefits to patrons purchasing 10 or more tickets to one performance, including discounted seat prices, reduced service fees, and complimentary tickets. Please see Group Sales for details.
Do ticket prices include tax?
All published TSO ticket price include HST. Tickets for concerts at Roy Thomson Hall also include a Roy Thomson Hall facility fee of $3.25 per ticket for tickets $20 and over (before HST), and $1.63 per ticket for tickets under $20 (before HST). Tickets for concerts at George Weston Recital Hall also include a facility fee charge of $3 per ticket.
For Pops and Weekend Classics concerts, we suggest that children should be at least 5 years of age.
Please note that every patron (regardless of age) requires a ticket in order to enter the venue, and young people under the age of 12 will not be admitted into the hall without an adult in attendance.
TSO Young People’s Concerts are created especially for audience members ages 5–10. While children under the age of 5 are welcome to attend these concerts, 5 years is considered an appropriate lower age limit. Children under 5 may attend TSO Young People’s Concerts at their parents’ discretion with a purchased ticket, and if your child has not yet celebrated their first birthday and you wish to hold them for the duration of the show, you may book a complimentary “babe in arms” ticket at the same time as you purchase your regular tickets.
If children are disruptive, Roy Thomson Hall staff will ask parents to take them into the lobby where they may watch the performance.
Do you offer Backstage Tours?
The TSO regrets that we do not provide tours to the general public through our own organization. However, we encourage you to reach out to the Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about tours of their venues.
How do I request charitable donations from the TSO for my event?
Due to the very high volume of requests we receive, all charitable-donation requests must be on official letterhead and must include the details and date of the event, a complete mailing address, and (if possible) a charitable-registration number. Requests should be scanned and sent to Maureen Hamlyn, TSO Receptionist & Administrative Services, at mhamlyn@TSO.CA. The TSO regrets that any requests not received in this format cannot be considered.
Who is the next Music Director?
Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno was announced as the TSO's 11th Music Director on September 17, 2018. He will begin his term at the beginning of the 2020/21 season.
Check your tickets carefully for concert times and venue information. When coming to a concert, please remember that traffic, parking, and weather can affect your arrival time, so leave early to make sure you’re not late.
Roy Thomson Hall will open its doors to patrons approximately one hour before the performance start time, and the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office will be open until a half-hour after the performance start time. The George Weston Recital Hall doors will open 45 minutes prior to the concert start time.
Roy Thomson Hall:
The closest subway stop is St. Andrew, and the 504 streetcar runs on King Street past Roy Thomson Hall regularly.
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts:
The George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts can be reached via the TTC. The closest subway stop is North York Centre.
Roy Thomson Hall:
There are two Impark lots on the Roy Thomson Hall block: one is underneath the hall itself (Roy Thomson Hall Parkade, Lot #120) and one is underneath Metro Hall/David Pecaut Square just west of the hall (Metro Centre, Lot #76).
There are also Impark lots across from Roy Thomson Hall at 180 Wellington Street West (RBC Building, Lot #462) and 155 Wellington Street West (RBC Centre, Lot #435), and just around the corner from Roy Thomson Hall at 200 King Street West (Lot #330).
George Weston Recital Hall/Toronto Centre for the Arts:
There is an Impark lot on the Toronto Centre for the Arts block (5000 Yonge Street, Lot #490). There are also Impark lots on the surrounding blocks at 5162 Yonge Street (Gibson Square, Lot #466) and 4900 Yonge Street (Joseph Sheppard Building, Lots #316 and #358).
What if I arrive late?
We don't want you to miss a note! In the best interests of all patrons and performers, and to minimize any distractions, latecomers and those who leave the auditorium during a concert will be admitted only if there is a suitable break in the performance.
The TSO assumes no responsibility for portions of any concert missed due to lateness (including inclement weather, traffic delays, or TTC service) and cannot make any adjustment in the ticket price.
At the Concert
How long is a typical TSO performance?
Performance length varies, but a typical TSO Masterworks performance runs approximately two hours with one intermission. Some performances, like our Weekend Classics concerts, run approximately 90 minutes with one intermission. You can find the runtime of each individual piece on the performance page before purchasing tickets.
When do I applaud?
Modern audiences tend to wait until the end of an entire piece to clap. Why? Holding applause between movements is considered to be respectful of the performers’ concentration and mindful of musical continuity.
The conductor will signal when a piece is over by putting his or her arms down and turning to the audience.
However, most artists appreciate applause at any time during a performance. Until the late 19th century, and even into the 20th century, it was customary for audiences to applaud at the end of every section of a given piece, and some movements were even given an immediate encore if the applause was great enough.
What if I need to cough?
Everyone gets the urge to cough now and then. The less worried you are about coughing, the less likely you are to feel the urge! So chances are you’ll feel less of a need to cough if you are prepared.
If you have a cold, take some cough medicine in advance and unwrap some lozenges ahead of time to have handy when the music begins.
Try to “bury” your cough in a loud passage of music. If this is impossible, and you begin to cough a lot, then it’s perfectly acceptable and appropriate to quietly exit the concert hall. The ushers will tell you when and if you are able to re-enter the auditorium at a suitable break in the performance.
As a courtesy to musicians, guest artists, and fellow concertgoers, please put your phone away during the performance. Flash photography is forbidden at all times. The use of cameras, smartphones, and/or other recording devices for commercial reproduction or sale is strictly forbidden without the prior written consent of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
What about cellular phones?
The use of mobile and smartphones and other electronic devices is extremely disruptive. Please be sure to turn off your cell phones, pagers, and all other electronic devices before the concert begins. Take a break from the outside world.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code. Anything that makes you feel comfortable is fine. Most people wear business clothes or slightly dressy casual clothes, but you'll see everything from khakis to cocktail dresses.
Is it permissible to wear perfume or cologne?
We share the air—go scent free. We urge you to refrain from using any scented personal products whenever you are attending Toronto Symphony Orchestra concerts at Roy Thomson Hall, George Weston Recital Hall, or Koerner Hall. Please keep in mind that our patrons’ and employees’ comfort and health can be compromised by the presence of scents in our environment that trigger the various symptoms associated with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
The condition known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) refers to the disabling symptoms that many people experience as a result of exposure to environmental substances. People with MCS can experience symptoms in response to fragrances that interfere with their daily life as a result of exposure.
The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have taken the following steps to encourage and support a scent-free environment:
- Reduced use of scented products in our facilities to the greatest extent possible
- Created policies and messages to encourage our employees and patrons to make their individual contributions to a scent-free environment
- Encourage our patrons and employees to identify any accommodation issues attending chemical sensitivities
- Pursued communications to enhance our employees’ and patrons’ awareness of the condition of MCS, with the objective of increasing their knowledge and commitment to contributing to a scent-free environment
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