Roy Thomson Hall
Roy Thomson Hall
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This curved glass structure, a downtown architectural landmark, is a well-known concert hall.
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Neighborhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
How to get there
  • St. Andrew • 2 min walk
  • Osgoode • 6 min walk
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William Kim
London, Canada373 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Roy Thomson Hall is seriously a GEM in Toronto! Why many people don’t consider this a top attraction like the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Hockey Hall of Fame, I don’t know.

The hall itself is quite beautiful once you step inside and find your seat. That being said, don’t worry about wherever you pick your seat. There is no such thing as a bad seat in this house. Wherever you sit, you will always have a great view of the orchestra.

The music the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed when I came here was so moving and performed very well. The night I was here, the two main highlights were Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Theme by Rococo (with Jean-Guihen Queyras as the cello soloist) and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2. My only complaint, however, is that the acoustics are not the best in here. Compared to other halls I’ve been to such as Koerner Hall, the sound just does not project and travel as well in here. The hall is also not as resonant. Regardless of that inconvenience, that did not take away from the overall uplifting mood the concert gave me once I left the hall. Although I do not live in Toronto, I left feeling like it would be worth coming to another TSO concert when in the area.

Looking forward to being back!
Written July 8, 2023
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Yummm
Pickering, Canada3,581 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Wow, what a spectacular venue! It's been a few years since I've been here and it's just as incredible as I remembered. This place is beautiful, inside and out! The acoustics are perfect, with clean sounds and no unwanted echoes.

The lobby and waiting areas outside the seating area is spacious and clean. I only wish the washrooms were easier to locate and access.

If you ever have a chance to visit Roy Thomson Hall for a show, just go!
Written November 5, 2023
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James W
Toronto, Canada180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
I sit in the cheap seats every time I go and see a TSO performance at RTH. All seats have great sound and the balcony and up have great views of the performers!

Check out the SoundBoard membership for those under 30, great deals!
Written July 26, 2012
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WMarkR
Montreal, Canada362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Some people are indifferent to classical music, others can’t live without it. I just made a weekend trip to Toronto specifically to attend a concert at Roy Thompson Hall (RTH) on Friday night, by the London Philharmonic Orchestra on tour, so obviously I fall into the latter category. But even if you’re only mildly curious about classical music, follow these three simple tips and I guarantee you’ll have a much more rewarding experience at RTH.

The first, and by far the most important, is to gain some familiarity with the works on the programme beforehand. Western classical music is the most sophisticated art form humankind has produced, so you’ll never take in everything on a first listening; it takes several auditions to get inside a work, to see how its sections connect and evolve. Once you know a piece, hearing a really great performance of it live can be one of the most moving, most spiritual experiences you’ll ever have. In contrast, if you show up at RTH to hear something you’ve never before encountered, the best you can hope for is to come away thinking, “That made a nice impression, I’ll have to listen to that again.” Tickets aren’t cheap, so why not get your money’s worth? In advance, find recorded performances of all the works that will be played that night and listen to them repeatedly … while you’re working, in the car when you’re driving, in the background while you’re doing chores around the house, whenever. Without you working at it or taking time away from your other activities, the music will sink in. With enough repetitions, by the time you get to your concert you’ll find your mind playing along with the musicians. It’s pure magic when that happens! Listening in advance is especially important for any modern (20th and 21st century) works on the programme, because these are often not easily digestible on first (or even second or third) hearing, but some of them, like the Shostakovich Eighth Symphony performed on Friday night, are the most nourishing music once you get to know them.

Secondly, you’ll have more fun if you treat your classical concert as the special event it is. Just think: there you are in RTH, a special space created by top-tier architects and engineers, listening to musicians who have dedicated their lives to reaching the pinnacle of their craft, playing creations that will still be moving audiences hundreds of years in the future. So, get excited, get dressed up, plan an evening around your concert!

Finally, adopt just two principles of etiquette that help make sure everyone gets the most out of the concert: don’t mask the music, and know when to applaud. Obviously, everyone knows not to talk loudly once the music starts, but even whispers carry and break the concentration of your neighbours. Try to suppress coughs until the breaks between movements or between works, or at least until the really loud passages of the music when you won’t be heard (same for rummaging around in bags looking for cough drops).

Regarding applause, one does not applaud in the gaps between movements within a multi-movement work like a symphony or concerto, though this rule is often violated by folks who don’t know about it, as it was during the London Philharmonic concert. Why does this matter? Composers create different states of mind with their different movements, and clapping between movements disrupts the transition from one mood to the next. If you followed my first tip, you’ll know when the whole work is over, but even if you didn’t, you can look in the programme booklet to see how many movements the work has and count them off, or, better yet, simply wait until the conductor turns around to face the audience, which she/he won’t do until the end of the work. At that point, don’t hold back from showing your appreciation with applause and cheers; it’s a sign of respect to the performers and you’ll find you enjoy your turn to make some noise. People who rush out of the hall as soon as the last note sounds are short-changing their own experience of the event.

Happy listening!
Written October 21, 2014
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Gabriella R
Budapest41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
I watched the Concert "Salute to Vienna" it was amazing,they bringit to me Europe,Vienna at the new years day:)The performance was amazing with the balle dancers and singers and conductor.Everybody came from Europe:)Thank You this fantastic Concert!Every new year I wanna go there.
Written January 3, 2014
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Avreem D
New York City, NY30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
I watched Toronto Symphony Orchestra in this hall several times. The orchestra is fantastic but the acoustics do not help them at all! It is just like the Avery Fisher Hall in NYC where you have to find your spot to be able to enjoy the music.
Written July 14, 2013
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mgood91337
Albuquerque, New Mexico16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This was my first time to Roy Thomson Hall, and it was a pleasure. The staff were helpful, and the concessions were varied and generous for the price. I found the seating very comfortable. I doubt there's a bad seat in the house. The orchestra was fantastic.
Written September 21, 2019
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MOrfitt2014
Dundalk, Canada1,788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
I have't been to the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall in 20 years. Glad I based a train trip around this concert.
All seats are great but I prefer the mezzanine level, only a few stairs to access. You can read the music you are that close !
Choir loft seats are more of a padded bench but a lot of conductors prefer people not to sit there as it can be distracting for them.
There are stairs or an elevator for balcony seats.

Entrance is on Simcoe St. just south of King St. but lots of exits.

Planning another trip in 8 months.
Written March 15, 2019
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,919 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
We continue to put up with Roy Thomson Hall the way we did with the equally irritating Hummingbird (now the Sony) Centre before the COC moved to better quarters. RTH is far from perfect acoustically, but it does house the Toronto Symphony, and the orchestra makes fine music. Today's concert was a case in point. The Ravel Concert in G major has been one of my favorites for 50+ years, and the Saint Saens Third Symphony is splendid. The Orchestra performed wonderfully.Too bad it doesn't have a better hall to play in.
Written November 19, 2016
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bob349
Mississauga, Canada206 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
This s supposed to be Toronto's premier concert hall and the acoustics are very poor. We attended a concert with Rene Fleming and hardly heard a word. We never to return.
Written October 31, 2015
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