Backstage Tour Docent – Volunteer Position

The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is now accepting applications for the volunteer position of Tour Docent. We are looking for outgoing individuals who are interested in giving public and private tours of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Public tours take place most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and private tours may be booked on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. These 90-minute tours provide in-depth information about the architecture of the building, and the history of the COC and the National Ballet of Canada. 

Reporting to the Tour Coordinator, Docents must be able to follow a script, speak loudly and clearly to groups of up to 25 patrons, and do their best to answer questions.

Volunteer shifts are generally three hours in duration. Schedule commitments can be flexible, but one shift per month is average.



Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience including a dedicated base of subscribers. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the company has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. Its diverse repertoire includes new commissions and productions, local and international collaborations with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracts the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC Academy is an incubator for the future of the art form, nurturing Canada’s new wave of opera creators with customized training and support. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information, visit


If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by Monday, September 2, 2019.

Successful applicants will be invited for interviews taking place in September.

The COC is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Phone: 416-363-8231

Toll Free: 1-800-250-4653

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