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Reporting to the Director, Community Partnerships and Programs – the Manager, Free Concert Series will develop strong connections within the artistic community to create, promote and deliver programming that highlights a diverse range of artistic talent and reflects the landscape of the City of Toronto. Working in consultation with the Community Partnership and Programs and Artistic Planning Departments, the incumbent will be responsible for the planning and execution of approximately 70 performances annually, ranging from vocal, and instrumental music recitals to jazz, and dance. Duties will include (but are not limited to) program planning; managing the FCS budget; scheduling artists; drafting contracts; overseeing publicity and communications; managing technical, front of house and all operational and administrative aspects; alongside supervising and hosting performances and events. This is a temporary maternity leave position – commencing March 25th, 2024 – May 2nd, 2025.


  • $60 – $65K


  • Develop vision and programming plan for 70 performances between late Sept and early June
  • Attend all Free Concert Series performances, while acting as a point of contact for all artists, partners, guests, and Four Seasons Centre staff
  • Oversee digital programming where applicable
  • Work with Director, CPP to manage and approve program budget
  • Regular evaluation of accessibility and equitability of the Series, such as relaxed performances and digital content
  • Champion under-represented voices, representation, and engage with diverse and BIPOC communities through culturally responsive programming
  • Work with both the Scheduling Manager, Building Management at the Four Seasons Centre and the Artistic planning team to create concert calendars and concise workbacks
  • Work with IATSE staff at the Four Seasons Centre to successfully manage all technical requirements for performances
  • Manage photography and documentation needs for all performances, including scheduling and contracting of photographers
  • Create and maintain exceptional relationships with artists as well as cultural and educational organizations both locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Work with the CPP Department on collaborative programming and cross-departmental initiatives
  • Support administration for the Showcase Series, including execution of artist contracts, photographer schedules, and IATSE technical briefings
  • Actively seek out and maintain artistic partnerships and co-presentation opportunities
  • Oversee all aspects of internal and external communication, including attending interdepartmental meeting, creating promotional materials and overseeing all content development on the Free Concert Series webpage
  • Manage and oversee all administrative functions pertaining to the execution of concerts, including programs, planning documents, contracts, payments, staffing and reporting, etc
  • Oversee accurate contracting, reporting and payment to the Toronto Musicians Association, SOCAN and CAEA


  • Strong background in music including an extensive knowledge of opera and familiarity with operatic languages
  • Emotional intelligence – ability to harness interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to tasks
  • Superior written, oral, and interpersonal skills, including high level of comfort with media interviews and public relations
  • Minimum three to five years of professional experience in arts administration and/or concert management
  • Experience working in a unionized environment
  • General knowledge and understanding of technical riders, contract negotiations and contract execution
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks and effectively meet multiple deadlines.
  • Detail Oriented – acute attention to detail while working under pressure and the ability to work independently in a fast-pasted environment
  • Qualified individuals should articulate a strong commitment to diversity and obtain the ability to work effectively with artists, agents, arts workers, donors, and other individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends


Established in 2006 with the opening of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is one of the most highly regarded concert series in Toronto; widely acclaimed for its diverse and imaginative programming (ranging from vocal and instrumental music to jazz and dance) as well as for the exciting array of artists featured, both emerging talent and established stars of the international stage. The series runs on weekdays from late September to early June, at noon or 5:30 p.m.


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 Perryn Leech 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 its award-winning website,


Interested persons are invited to submit their resume and cover letter via e-mail, no later than Thursday, February 29th 2024, to:

As Canada’s largest opera company, the COC deeply values equity and diversity across all levels of the organization and believes in fostering an inclusive, discrimination-free environment that fully supports our team’s personal and collective success. We are committed to building a workforce that reflects our community, our city, and our country and, in turn, the COC welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and abilities who share and embrace these values.

The COC is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) 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.

Applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, other members of racialized and visible minorities, people with disabilities and/or 2SLGBTQ+ are encouraged to apply.

The Canadian Opera Company thanks all applicants in advance, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or agencies please.


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