At the Event

What to Wear

For some, an event at a world-class facility like the Winspear Centre is a great excuse to dress to the nines. But it’s hardly necessary. If that’s your style – go for it! If it’s not – hey, you paid for the ticket, so do what makes you feel comfortable. You’ll see a wide range of dress, from casual to pretty classy, depending on the kind of event it is. Business casual is probably a great middle ground for most Edmonton Symphony Orchestra concerts.


When to Arrive

Most concerts begin promptly at the scheduled time. Check your ticket carefully; some of our performances begin at 8 pm, while others begin at 7:30 pm, or any number of other times. In consideration of our audience, and for the acoustically splendid Winspear Centre, latecomers will not be seated until a suitable break in the performance.

Plan to arrive at least a half hour prior to your concert’s scheduled start time. This will leave you enough time to park, check your coat if you wish to do that, and perhaps enjoy a drink or a nibble before your performance.

Some Edmonton Symphony Orchestra concerts feature an entertaining pre-concert introduction to the music on that night’s performance. Symphony Preludes are informal, free half-hour presentations by a wide range of music authorities that begin about 45 minutes before the concert. They take place on the Third Level Lobby, and are worth coming early for!



The world-renowned Francis Winspear Centre for Music is one of the best places to hear live music. But just as you are able to hear every nuance of a performance, so other noises are easy to hear as well. So be as respectful of your fellow patrons as you hope they will be to you. If you feel a coughing fit coming on, our fabulous front of house staff can direct you to a room where you can hear the performance while you clear your throat.

Please unwrap any cough candies or breath mints etc. before the performance begins. In between movements of longer works are a good time to clear your throat.

Also, please ensure that mobile devices are switched off before you settle into your seat. If you need to be available to someone during the performance (a babysitter, or if you are on call), let our front of house staff know where you are sitting, and they can alert you.


Documenting Performances

Recording devices of any kind – audio, video or photographic – are not permitted at most performances. Cameras and other recording devices are best left at coat check.


Perfume & Scents

In consideration to your fellow patrons who may have sensitivities or allergies to scented products, we ask that you use such products with great discretion. If, as a patron, you experience difficulty due to another patron’s use of fragrance, please alert our front of house staff, who will do everything possible to accommodate you.


Food & Beverage

The Winspear Centre has a number of stations in operation pre-show and during intermission. Bars, coffee bars, dessert stations and a martini bar are waiting for you. A good bet for intermission is to pre-order your drink before the show, and it will be waiting for you, so you can avoid lining up during the break.



Patrons who would wish to smoke must do so outside the Winspear Centre, at least 5 metres from any entrance, in accordance with Alberta smoking laws. Please note that our liquor license requires that we must not allow drinks to be taken outside and back inside. So you’ll need to leave your drink (if you have one) inside while you step outside.