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RBC Welcome Seats: Welcoming Newcomers and Host Families

Three women in the lobby of the Meridian Arts Centre, their arms around each other, smiling. The leftmost woman is wearing a black dress and holding a French horn. The centre woman is wearing a grey jacket and a white veil. The third woman is wearing a black jacket and top.

Since 2018, Orchestra Toronto has designated a block of seats at each concert as free seats for newcomers to Canada. We believe that music should be accessible to all members of our society, especially those who’ve recently arrived in Canada, whether on their own or with sponsorship assistance. And while we recognize that settlement support is beyond the scope of our mission, providing an afternoon of music for music lovers is well within what we can do. We publicize Welcome Seats through our contacts in the newcomer and settlement community.

Through a generous partnership with RBC, we are delighted to be able to offer Welcome Seats again in 2022-23!

Newcomers are invited to contact

Familes and Children at Orchestra Toronto Performances

Orchestra Toronto believes that music is for everyone.

We welcome families with children of all ages at our performances.

In order to help families with small children enjoy our concerts, we allow audience members to get up and quietly leave the concert hall if they need a break for any reason. We invite members who need a break to enjoy the concert on the monitors in the lobby, and to re-enter when they are ready to quietly enjoy the music again.

May Tartoussy, Welcome Seats Coordinator

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May came to Canada in 2010, and for the past five years she has been providing settlement support to newcomers and refugees assisting them to successfully settle in Canada. She has volunteered with many Canadian refugee sponsors throughout their sponsorship journey, bridging the cultural divide between them and their sponsored families. She is passionate about expanding horizons, helping new Canadians integrate in their adopted country and to reach out beyond their own communities.

May has extracurricular interests in the performing arts and engages in them as a theatre and screen actor.

Contact May at:

على مدى السنوات الخمس الماضية ، ساعدت ماي الوافدين الجدد واللاجئين على الاستقرار بنجاح في كندا. تطوعت مع العديد من االكفلاء الكنديين طوال مدة الكفالة ، وربطت ثقافيا بين الجانبين. ماي شغوفة بفتح الآفاق ومساعدة الكنديين الجدد على الاندماج في المجتمع الجديد. ماي تتمتع أيضًا بذوق فني ، وخاصة فن الأداء. تمارس التمثيل المسرحي والتلفزيوني كهواية


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