City Hall Live Program

City Hall Live is a music showcase and panel discussion series that features local artists, organizations, venues, events and presenters – generously supported by TD Bank Group and in partnership with Music Canada.

Find out who’s playing City Hall Live.

Applications for the City Hall Live performance series may be submitted at any time as review submissions happen throughout the year and may also be considered for other events co-curated by the City.

Eligibility

  • Original music is preferred, although we will also consider artists performing covers.
  • Solo artists, duos and full bands are all eligible. We ask artists who normally use electric guitars/basses and full drum kits to consider a stripped-down format for this program (e.g., acoustic guitars, cocktail drum kits/percussion vs. full kits). The rotunda’s acoustics are extremely “live,” and performances cannot exceed 85dB.
  • Only Toronto-based artists can apply, which means your official mailing address must be in Toronto. If you’re a duo, one of you must be based in Toronto; and if you’re a band, at least half of your members must be Toronto-based.
  • Preferred genres are: acoustic, alternative, bluegrass, blues, classical, country, electronic, experimental, folk, funk, hip hop, jazz, pop, reggae, rock, R&B, singer-songwriter, soul, world – including music sung in languages other than English.
  • Artists who participate in the City Hall Live program must also adopt the City of Toronto’s Declaration of Non-Discrimination Policy. Music performed must not stereotype or promote views and ideas which are likely to promote discrimination, contempt or hatred for any person on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, color, citizenship, religion, age, sex, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, receipt of public assistance or level of literacy.

How it works

  • City staff will select artists from the pool of submissions received.
  • Performances will begin in fall 2015 and take place on weekdays at approximately 5:00 p.m. Gigs are 40 to 60 minutes long.
  • The venue provides a PA system, mics with stands and cables, a stage, and an audio tech (sound person) to set up and mix during performances. The venue does not provide any amplifiers, instruments or drums.
  • All artists chosen to perform will receive an honorarium of $400 per show (regardless of how many musicians perform) and will be listed on www.toronto.ca/livefromcityhall with links to their websites.
  • Keep in mind that the rotunda isn’t a regular venue for music, so there’s no “built-in audience.” You may find it a bit like performing in a shopping mall or an office building lobby – but it’s a very visible space. And if you’re selected to play, you’re welcome to publicize your performance and invite your own audience down to City Hall.

How to apply

To be considered for the City Hall Live program, complete the application form and email it exclusively to perform@toronto.ca along with:

  • bio (approximately 200 words)
  • 1 to 2 photos (jpeg format, hi-res preferred)
  • 1 to 3 songs (MP3 format or links to online content)

Please directly attach bio, photos and songs to the email you send to perform@toronto.ca. Music submitted via links to streaming sites, band web pages, Internet drop boxes or hosted zip files will not be considered.

Thank you for your interest in sharing your music with the City of Toronto. We are excited to showcase our city’s amazing, stylistically diverse musical culture. Hope to hear from you!

YYZ Live is a music showcase series at Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Terminal 1. THe program offers paid performance opportunities for artists, while showcasing Toronto’s talented musicians across a variety of cultures, communities and musical genres to both visitors and residents.

Produced by the City of Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport, the 2017 YYZ Live program presents 150 free performances between June 26 and September 15 in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

How to apply

Artists can apply for the YYZ Live program by submitting a City Hall Live application and indicating their interest in YYZ Live specifically. YYZ Live follows the same eligibility guidelines as City Hall Live.

How it works

  • City staff will select artists from the pool of submissions received.
  • There are two performances, both 40 minutes in length, one unplugged and one with full PA.
  • The venue provides a PA system, mics with stands and cables, a stage, and an audio tech (sound person) to set up and mix during performances. The venue does not provide any amplifiers, instruments or drums.
  • You will receive a $600 honorarium to cover both performances. (This is a per-band, not per-individual payment.) Payment will be issued on site, after your performance and will be listed on the Toronto Pearson International Airport website with links to your websites. The first performance (with PA) will take place at the YYZ Live stage at Terminal 1, International Arrivals and the second performance (unplugged) will take place at the YYZ Live acoustic stage at the Terminal Link train platform. Keep in mind that the airport isn’t a regular venue for music, so there’s no “built-in audience” – but it’s a very visible space.

Music 311 is a new initiative that brings the music of Toronto artists to the 311 phone system.

311 is a simple, three-digit phone number residents, visitors and businesses can use to get information about City of Toronto services or programs, or make a request for service.

People who call 311 are occasionally placed on hold. As part of the Music 311 program callers will hear recorded music from local artists while they’re waiting to speak to a customer service operator.

Eligibility

  • Music must be original – in other words, you must hold copyright to the recording.
  • Only Toronto-based artists can apply, which means your official mailing address must be in Toronto. If you’re a duo, one of you must be based in Toronto; and if you’re a band, at least half of your members must be Toronto-based.
  • Preferred genres are: acoustic, alternative, bluegrass, blues, classical, country, electronic, experimental, folk, funk, hip hop, jazz, pop, reggae, rock, R&B, singer-songwriter, soul, world – including music sung in languages other than English.
  • Yes, we also appreciate metal, thrash and hardcore, but will choose music we feel is best suited to a broad-based audience and callers waiting on hold.
  • Artists who participate in the Music 311 program must also adopt the City of Toronto’s Declaration of Non-Discrimination Policy. Music submitted must not stereotype or promote views and ideas which are likely to promote discrimination, contempt or hatred for any person on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, color, citizenship, religion, age, sex, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, receipt of public assistance or level of literacy.

How it works

  • City staff will select tracks to be featured as Music 311 call-hold recordings for a specified period of time.
  • Artists whose music is selected for Music 311 in-queue playback will receive an honorarium of $50 per track and be listed on www.toronto.ca/music311 with links to their websites.
  • By applying to the Music 311 program, an artist cedes rights to the City of Toronto to use the submitted music for the purpose of in-queue playback on the 311 phone system. The City of Toronto is limited to this exclusive use, while participating artists remain free to use the same music outside of the Music 311 program. By applying, an artist also confirms and verifies that he/she is the legal copyright holder of any and all music submitted.
  • We continually review submissions throughout the year for upcoming seasonal playlists.

How to apply

To have your music considered for inclusion as a Music 311 in-queue recording, complete the application form and email it exclusively to perform@toronto.ca along with:

  • bio (approximately 200 words)
  • 1 to 2 photos (jpeg format, hi-res preferred)
  • 1 to 3 songs (must be in MP3, MP4 or WAV format)

Please directly attach bio, photos and songs to the email you send to perform@toronto.ca. Music submitted via links to streaming sites, band web pages, internet drop boxes or hosted zip files will not be considered.