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FirstOntario Concert Hall is a music and performing arts venue in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Formerly known as the Ronald V. Joyce Centre for the Performing Arts at Hamilton Place (informally Hamilton Place),[2] the current name was adopted after a $2.5 million naming rights deal with FirstOntario Credit Union in 2016.[3]

FirstOntario Concert Hall
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FirstOntario Concert Hall
Former namesRonald V. Joyce Centre for the Performing Arts at Hamilton Place
Location1 Summers Lane
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8P 4Y2
Coordinates43°15′25″N 79°52′17″W / 43.25694°N 79.87148°W / 43.25694; -79.87148Coordinates: 43°15′25″N 79°52′17″W / 43.25694°N 79.87148°W / 43.25694; -79.87148
OwnerCity of Hamilton
OperatorCore Entertainment (Comcast Spectacor)
TypeTheatre, Concert Hall
Built1972; 47 years ago (1972)
Opened1973; 46 years ago (1973)[2]
Construction cost$11 million[2]
ArchitectTrevor P. Garwood-Jones[2]

The venue is the permanent home of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Hamilton.[2]


There are 2 theatres located within FirstOntario Concert Hall. The main theatre (known as the Great Hall) features 2 suspended balconies and has a seating capacity of 2193. The stage is 37.35m wide, and has an adjustable depth from 11.4m to 16.2m. The Great Hall is recognized internationally for its outstanding acoustics. The smaller theatre is known as The Studio (formerly The Studio at Hamilton Place) and can accommodate up to 350 people. The venue also features several breakout, rehearsal, and dressing rooms, as well as a private terrace and a large loading dock that is shared with the Hamilton Convention Centre and the Ellen Fairclough Building. FirstOntario Concert Hall is directly connected to the Hamilton Convention Centre via the theatre's main lobby, and shares a common outdoor plaza and sculpture court with the Convention Centre and the Art Gallery of Hamilton known as Commonwealth Square, located above Summers Lane, and accessible via the theatre's mezzanine.[2]


FirstOntario Concert Hall has hosted musicians and performing artists like Tony Bennett, Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, Sarah McLachlan,Sharon, Lois & Bram The Proclaimers and The Tragically Hip. Comedians Billy Connolly, Margaret Cho and Norm Macdonald have performed at the venue, as well as classic rockers Heart. Theatrical runs have included performances of A Chorus Line, Evita and The Color Purple, in addition to dance-based shows such as Moulin Rouge: The Ballet and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance.

The stand-up comedy film Bill Cosby: Himself was recorded at FirstOntario Concert Hall in 1983.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Book an Event at FirstOntario Concert Hall". Core Entertainment. Retrieved November 3, 2017. FirstOntario Concert Hall has a capacity of up to 8,963...
  2. ^ a b c d e f Betts, Lorne; Church, Sarah; Hall, Frederick A. (December 16, 2013). "Hamilton Place". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Van Dongen, Matthew (December 7, 2016). "FirstOntario Credit Union buys naming rights for Hamilton Place". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved November 3, 2017.

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