During the five-year restoration of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres, hundreds of volunteers donated their time to a variety of tasks, including staffing promotional exhibits, conducting hard-hat tours of the building, assisting with fundraising activities and a multitude of office tasks. In addition, volunteers assisted in recreating dozens of beaded light fixtures for the Elgin Theatre and harvesting beech leaves for the Winter Garden's ceiling canopy.

Since the theatres reopened in 1989, volunteers continue to actively participate by offering their assistance with special events and projects, providing guided tours of the complex and staffing the gift shops. We are grateful to this dedicated group of volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer your time at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres, check out the information below and/or complete the application form. For more information, call the Volunteer Office at 416-314-2873 and leave a message with your name and telephone number.

The following volunteer opportunities are available at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres:

Special event days

  • Doors Open Toronto — the last weekend of May
  • Ghost tours — the week of Halloween
  • Each event is unique with opportunities to volunteer in such areas as: crowd control, back-up for tours, ticket sales and gift shop staffing

Gift shop

  • open the gift shop before performances; ensure that there is a sufficient supply of merchandise; sell merchandise prior to performance and during intermission; record and tally sales transactions and balance cash; close gift shop
  • answer questions from theatre patrons regarding the theatres, current and upcoming events and productions, local tourist attractions, etc.
  • provide directions (for example, washroom and coat check) in the building

Application form