Donor Frequently Asked Questions
Donations & Tax Receipts
- What does my donation support?
- What is the tax-deductible amount of my donation?
- Can I become a donor at any time?
- Can my employer match my donation?
- How will I find out about donor events?
- Are there additional costs to attend donor events?
- How many people can I bring to donor events?
- What happens on a Backstage Tour?
- What happens at a Donor Open Rehearsal?
Maestro’s Club Lounge
- What does the Maestro’s Club Lounge include?
- How can I access the Maestro's Club lounge at TSO concerts at Roy Thomson Hall?
- Can I bring guests into the Maestro's Club Lounge?
- How can I access the Maestro's Club Lounge at non-TSO performances at Roy Thomson Hall?
- What do you mean by “young” professional?
- What is an Impresarios Club Concert Social?
- What is an Impresarios Club Salon?
- Can I attend an Impresarios Club event before joining to see what they are like?
Donations & Tax Receipts
What does my donation support?
Your support helps the TSO deliver a varied repertoire of exceptional music performed by musicians of the highest calibre. And you play an integral role in bringing the finest guest artists to the stage, commissioning new works, developing tomorrow’s talent through the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and inspiring a passion for music through our curriculum-based School Concerts.
As a donor, you will receive periodic updates through our donor magazine, Noteworthy, and other communications on how your support is helping the Orchestra make a difference in your city.
Maestro’s Club donations and Impresarios Club donations at the Timpani level ($1,000 a year or more) grant access to the Maestro's Club Lounge at all TSO Roy Thomson Hall performances, so the Canada Revenue Agency requires that we deduct $250 from your tax receipt for the fair-market value of Maestro's Club Lounge hospitality. You may choose to decline the use of the Maestro’s Club Lounge and receive a full tax receipt.
Can I become a donor at any time?
Yes. You can become a donor as part of any of our annual giving programs at any time of the year and will be entitled to receive donor benefits for a full calendar year starting on the date of your donation. The TSO concert season typically runs from September to June.
Can my employer match my donation?
The TSO is a registered charity (charitable registration number #105255335RR0001) and your gift may be eligible for a corporate matching-gift program. Please check with your employer to see if your gift can be matched.
How will I find out about donor events?
In recognition of your contribution, you will receive a Calendar of Events with the full list of donor events available during the concert season. These events include behind-the-scenes experiences like Donor Open Rehearsals. We will also send you communications throughout the year with information about upcoming events. Many event notifications are sent via email, so please let us know if you have updated your email address.
Are there additional costs to attend donor events?
Donor Open Rehearsals and Backstage Tours are complimentary for donors. Impresarios Club Concert Socials are free to attend, but Impresarios Club members are responsible for purchasing their own concert tickets and beverages.
Some donor events are ticketed and include an additional cost; however, you need only pay if you decide to attend (e.g., Maestro’s Club Spring Dinner, Impresarios Club Salons).
What happens on a Backstage Tour?
Explore behind the scenes with an intimate Backstage Tour of Roy Thomson Hall to see the TSO from the musicians' perspective. A tour of the music library, backstage, and production area is conducted by Principal Librarian Gary Corrin and Production Manager Chris Walroth.
What happens at a Donor Open Rehearsal?
A Donor Open Rehearsal is a fascinating opportunity to watch the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at work during a rehearsal that is not normally open to the general public.
Open Rehearsals are working rehearsals. In order to maintain the integrity and the confidentiality of all artists involved with the rehearsal, we will not be able to amplify the remarks or comments that will be taking place on stage. Due to the nature of the artistic process, Open Rehearsal programming is subject to change, and the rehearsal may unfold differently than the concert program based on what the conductor feels at the time is required to ensure a great performance.
Maestro’s Club Lounge
How can I access the Maestro's Club Lounge at TSO concerts at Roy Thomson Hall?
For Maestro’s Club members and Timpani-level Impresarios Club members, you will have your name automatically included on the Maestro’s Club Lounge guest list for performances where you have purchased your concert tickets under your name and patron ID.
The lounge is located in the South Lobby of Roy Thomson Hall. You can access the lounge prior to the concert (starting one hour before the concert start time) and during intermission (where applicable) by identifying yourself by name to staff at the Maestro’s Club Lounge entrance podium. The lounge will remain open post-concert for you to retrieve any articles you may have stored in the private coat check.
You may alternatively identify yourself to staff by presenting your Maestro's Club membership card. Guests of members or eligible Friends donors can present their Maestro’s Club Lounge guest pass (admits two people for one concert) at the podium.
Can I bring guests into the Maestro's Club Lounge?
All donor privileges are extended to a donor household (two people) or to a donor and their guest (maximum two people) for one year from the time of their gift.
Maestro's Club members and Timpani-level Impresarios Club members receive additional guest passes as part of their donor benefits, and each pass is good for up to two guests for one concert.
How can I access the Maestro's Club Lounge at non-TSO performances at Roy Thomson Hall?
Maestro’s Club members receive reciprocal access to the Marquee Club Lounge at non-TSO performances at Roy Thomson Hall. For access to the lounge at non-TSO concerts, when applicable, please present your Maestro's Club membership card.
What do you mean by “young” professional?
The Impresarios Club is targeted to young professionals in their 20s and 30s, with a goal of fostering philanthropic support among younger patrons. All Impresarios Club events are 19+.
If you are in your 40s, you are welcome to join at your discretion or consider becoming a Friend of the TSO or Maestro’s Club member.
What is an Impresarios Club Concert Social?
Impresario Club Concert Socials are a chance to mix and mingle with fellow members and TSO musicians following select TSO performances. These post-concert events are hosted at off-site locations close to Roy Thomson Hall. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own concert tickets and beverages, and appetizers are provided to accompany the cash bar.
What is an Impresarios Club Salon?
Impresarios Club Salons are specially curated events hosted at interesting locations in Toronto, featuring intimate performances from TSO musicians. Additional charges apply for Salons.
Can I attend an Impresarios Club event before joining to see what they are like?
Yes, you are welcome to attend an Impresarios Club Concert Social as a guest before deciding if you would like to join. Please contact us at impresarios@TSO.CA to be added to an IC Social guest list.
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