Koerner Hall is a 1,135 seat venue designed in the tradition of the classic "shoebox" venues of Europe, built without compromise and with a mission to provide acoustic perfection for music of all genres.
Classical, jazz, pop, opera, and world music are right at home in Koerner Hall. Its high ceiling and first-rate projection and communication technology make it perfect for films, lectures, and educational or corporate conferences. With its layered ribbon of wood forming a floating ceiling canopy, integrating an acoustic reflector, performance lighting, and technical bridges, Koerner Hall provides a dramatic yet intimate ambience between the audience and performers. The spectacular glass lobbies welcome guests to Koerner Hall and offer an extraordinary view of the city.
Koerner Hall floats atop hundreds of rubber pads that absorb vibrations from adjacent teaching studios, mechanical rooms, and the hundreds of subway trains passing under The Royal Conservatory every day.
The Baillie Veil, generously supported by Charles and Marilyn Baillie, floats above Koerner Hall. Evoking a musical instrument, it has been internationally acclaimed for its extraordinary beauty as well as its acoustical excellence and serves multiple purposes: it contains a reflector, which allows musicians playing onstage to hear each other, and disperses high-frequency sound waves throughout the Hall, producing its signature warm sound. To maintain this acoustic excellence, we request all cell phones be turned off. The unique design also creates a stunning sculptural display for audiences to enjoy and it has become a distinctive feature in many of The Royal Conservatory’s print and electronic materials, which feature stylized graphic representations of the magnificent Baillie Veil.
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“The venue was a star of the evening it itself … This oaken beauty … boasts excellent sight-lines and acoustics. It's a class act from all directions.” - The Baltimore Sun
“The temple of tone.” - The Globe and Mail
The Royal Conservatory building is called the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, located at 273 Bloor Street West. We are on the south side of Bloor Street, between the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Varsity Stadium. We are only a block southwest of Yorkville, half a block west of Avenue Road, and five blocks east of the Annex area.
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Transit, Rail, and Air
Transit - TTC Subway
Take the TTC subway to St. George Station (Bloor-Danforth line). You will be facing south toward Varsity Stadium when you exit the subway using the Bedford Road exit. Cross the street to the south side of Bloor Street, turn left, walk east only a few steps, and you will be at the front door of the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.
Take the TTC subway to Museum station (Yonge-University line). You will be facing north and the ROM will be on your left when you exit the subway, walk half a block north to Bloor Street and Avenue Road, and turn left and walk one block west (we are next door to the ROM).
416.393.INFO (416.393.4636), www.ttc.ca
Rail - Via Rail
Relax, read, enjoy a beverage, and take in the scenery as you travel to Toronto for your Royal Conservatory performance. VIA Rail has 19 train routes across Canada, offering a comfortable journey directly into downtown Toronto. To select your train route, simply visit their website or call for information.
Union Station: 65 Front Street West
1.888.VIA.RAIL (1.888.842.7245), www.viarail.ca, www.trainpackages.ca
Rail - GO Train
GO Transit is an easy and inexpensive way to get to downtown Toronto from Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Kitchener-Waterloo, Barrie, Stouffville, Uxbridge, Oshawa, Newcastle, Stratford, Milton, and other locations throughout southern Ontario.
Union Station: 65 Front Street West
1.888.GET.ON.GO (1.888.438.6646), www.gotransit.com
Air - Porter Air
Fly directly into Toronto’s island airport, one of the most convenient urban airports in the world, just minutes from downtown. Porter Airlines has expanded service on the key Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa routes, and opened a new terminal that features comfortable modern lounges, a business centre, beverages, snacks, and Wi-Fi. You will enjoy the convenient schedule and the Porter experience featuring a simple fare structure, convenient downtown Toronto location, and outstanding service.
Passengers also enjoy complimentary services, including free in-flight wine, beer, and premium snacks, all aboard modern aircraft. The airline currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, Montreal, Québec City, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), and Boston (Logan), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., and Myrtle Beach, SC.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (a.k.a. Toronto island airport) is located on an island in Toronto Harbour, just offshore of the city’s downtown business and tourism districts.
City of Toronto maps are available online.
Driving directions from Hwy 401: from Highway 401, take Avenue Road south to Bloor Street, OR take the Don Valley Parkway south to the Bloor Street ramp and proceed west along Bloor to Avenue Road.
Driving directions from Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW): from the QEW, follow the Gardiner Expressway and exit at Spadina Avenue. Proceed north on Spadina Avenue to Bloor Street. At Bloor Street, turn right (east) and look for The Royal Conservatory’s TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning on the right side, just after the lights at Bedford Road.
The following parking lots are within walking distance of The Royal Conservatory’s TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning:
9 Bedford Road, north of Bloor Street, west of Avenue Road
37 Yorkville Ave, north of Bloor Street, east of Bay Street
148 Cumberland Street, north of Bloor Street, east of Avenue Road
Yorkville Avenue and Bellair Street on the northwest corner