What to Expect

The Ontario Festival of Small Halls wants to share the small hall love and ensure your Festival experience is as enchanting as possible! We want you to revel in your Small Hall memories as much as the halls themselves are cherished in their communities. As such, we have put together What to Expect page to help you plan ahead.

Advance Tickets: Tickets are delivered by e-mail or mail. Please print your tickets, if e-mailed, to display at the door. New this year, we also encourage attendees to display their tickets on their SmartPhone.

Door Tickets: If tickets remain for a show, the ticket price will increase at the door on the day of the show. We advertise all shows with the advance price listed. Door tickets must be purchased with cash. 

Time: On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM. On Sunday afternoons, the doors open at 2:30 PM and the show starts at 3:00 PM. In cases where a community dinner is held in the hall prior to the show, the doors open when the dinner begins. 

Accessibility: We have many accessible venues. Please look for this symbol on each of the hall pages to learn which venues are fully accessible. 

Parking: Parking is plentiful at most of the venues. If you need any specific details on parking, please email us.

Community event happening here? We have many terrific community events taking place proir to the shows for an additional cost. Please see the Community Events page for a full list of dinners and events taking place in the community you’re visiting on the day of the show.

On-site refreshments: Refreshments will be available for sale at all of the shows. At a minimum, there is coffee, tea and a light snack offered. In some cases, there are dinners held before the show in the concert hall or in neighboring venue. Often these dinners require reservations made in advance. 

Alcohol: Many of the halls are licensed to serve alcohol, but not all. If you’d like to know ahead of time if the hall you’re visiting will have a cash bar, please email us at admin@thefestivalofsmallhalls.com 

Type of seating: In most cases, the configuration of the rooms are set up with rowed seating. Some of the venues are churches and have pew seating. We encourage you to BYOC – Bring Your Own Cushion! – to the church shows taking place, for maximum comfort!

Length of show: Shows typically run for two hours, start to finish. If you know you’ll have to sneak away early, feel free to take an aisle seat. 

Insider tip: Stick around for bit after the show! This is part of the beauty of Small Halls. After each event audience members might get the chance to meet and chat with the artists. Don’t forget to have cash on hand, because there are also opportunities to pick up some merch!