Application Deadline: March 18, 2024

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned artistic, educational and recreational programming across a beautiful 10-acre campus at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 45 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world, presenting thousands of events annually from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design, to visual arts and more. Welcoming visitors year-round, there is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre!

Currently, exciting employment opportunities exist in Harbourfront Centre for several reliable Ushers. This position offers the opportunity to work for one of the leading multidisciplinary arts institutions in the world.


Position Title: Usher

Department: Visitor Experience

Reporting To:  Manager, Visitor Experience & Assistant Manager, Visitor Experience

Type of Employment: Part Time/Casual, Scheduled hours will vary according to festival programming needs from Friday evenings through to Sunday and/or Holiday Mondays.

Hourly Rate: $16.55

Number of Positions: 5 – 10

Location: Toronto, ON


Summary of Function:

Harbourfront Centre operates five theatres – Fleck Dance Theatre (capacity 446), Harbourfront Centre Theatre (capacity 350), Studio Theatre (capacity 196), Brigantine Room (cabaret-style 250), and Lakeside Terrace (theatre 250); and various alternative multi-purpose spaces for presentations, workshops, school classes, camps and other activities. Outdoor stages include the large amphitheater-style Concert Stage (Capacity 1300), and the central public spaces, Canada Square and Ontario Square.

As an Usher with the Visitor Services department, you will help provide support for Harbourfront Centre activities by assisting visitors with venue access; direct visitors to assigned, or, available seating, or, places; scan tickets when necessary; responds to general inquiries; observes visitors in venues to identify and address any issues (disruption, traffic flow, injury, etc.), and assists with receptions, coat check service and merchandise sales.


• Proactively welcomes visitors, provide information and direction, checks and electronically scans tickets, helps manage the flow of lines and crowds, distributes show programs and directs visitors to their places.
• Proactively assist visitors with accessible needs, ensuring they have a barrier free experience.
• Observes all areas of the venue during performance to facilitate response to emergency situations, disruptions, traffic flow issues, or visitors requiring assistance.
• Be knowledgeable of Emergency Procedures and able to assist Duty Manager in an emergency situation.
• Maintains a clean environment within the venues by bussing glassware and plastic, recycling programs and inserts, disposing of other garbage, and alerting supervisors to larger maintenance or cleanliness issues.
• Arranges furniture and other large items (e.g., tables, chairs, stanchions, and signage) in lobby areas as needed
• Receives and returns garments and bags, provides claim tags, and handles cash for coat check.
• Sells merchandise, maintains inventory, handles cash and card transactions, and balances float for merchandise table.
• Provides friendly, approachable and sincere customer service at all times.
• Perform verification checks as required in accordance with Harbourfront Centre Health and Safety policy &/or Federal, Provincial, or Municipal guidelines or mandates.
• Remain flexible while on shift to support other the Visitor Services positions as required


  •  Experience providing a high level of customer service.
  •  Ability to have a flexible schedule as job requires daytime, evening, weekend, and late-night shifts.
  • Job requires tact and diplomacy in responding to visitor questions and complaints.
  •  Understanding and familiarity with AODA
  •  A positive collaborative attitude, with a desire to aid in the overall success of the organization
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Works well with a team. Works well in a fast paced environment.
  • Have a passion for the arts, performance, culture, and education
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada. All international applicants must have a valid employment Visa authorizing their ability to work in Canada on a full-time, ongoing basis. This role is based in Toronto.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to anti-oppressive principles and protocol, as job involves interacting with many different populations.

Our Values

We’re friendly, welcoming and inclusive, with an experimental attitude that thrives on collaboration.

To achieve our bold ambition we empower and support imaginative risk and we always try to learn from our mistakes.

We are committed to excellence in all we do, ensuring every visitor encounter is safe, memorable and enriching.

We value and respect each other and all our visitors, celebrating difference and striving to realise potential.

How To Apply

Harbourfront Centre is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply by contacting by no later than Monday March 18, 2024.  Please quote Usher 03/24 in the subject line of your application.

Acceptable applications must include a current resume and a cover letter indicating why you wish to join the team, how you would meet the requirements of the role.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.