Attending a Concert: Some Questions & Answers

Where do performances take place?

Our regular performances take place in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre, in North York. The address is 5040 Yonge St., in North York. This is not the Meridian Hall on Front St. We understand that it is confusing to have two concert halls with very similar names at opposite ends of the same city, and we apologize for the confusion. Please come hear us at the Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St., in North York, near Yonge & Sheppard.

What should I wear?

We love to see our audience members and we want you to feel comfortable while you listen to our music. Some of our audience members dress casually while others enjoy a slightly more formal look. We encourage you to enjoy our music in whichever clothing you like to wear. Please wear clothing.

May I bring my child? What is the appropriate age to attend a concert?

Orchestra Toronto welcomes all audience members. When audience members are very young, we think that their parents and caregivers are the best judges of whether they are ready to enjoy the experience. Here is some information to help parents and caregivers decide what will work best for their family and friends:

  • Our concerts are about 70 minutes long, with one 20-minute intermission.

  • We ask that all audience members take care not to talk, play on noisy toys or phones, or make noise when others are listening to the music.

  • We ask audience members to stay in their seats when they are listening to the music. If someone needs to move around, we invite them to visit the lobby, where they can still see and hear the music on the video monitors. They can slip back into the back of the concert hall when they’re ready to come back.

  • Our concerts may involve some loud music and noisy applause.

  • The lobby can be busy and crowded during intermission. If you or your family need a quieter space, please talk to our front-of-house staff (in blue shirts) or volunteers (in black shirts) and they will help you to find a spot.

Can I meet a musician? Can I touch an instrument?

During intermission, many of our musicians mingle in the lobby with friends and family. It's absolutely fine to tell them that you enjoyed their playing! We play for the love of it, and it makes our day to hear that we're sharing that love with you. Because instruments are expensive and delicate, we may not be able to let you get up close and personal with them; however, please join our mailing list and follow our social media channels, as we do have an annual instrument petting zoo where you can poke an oboe or tickle a tuba.