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 support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. 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. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the COC, 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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