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
OperatorComcast Spectacor
TypeTheatre, concert hall
Opened1973 (1973)[2]
Construction cost$11 million[2]
ArchitectTrevor P. Garwood-Jones[2]

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]

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


Hamilton Place has hosted musicians and performing artists like Tony Bennett, Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, Sarah McLachlan, 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 the Hamilton Place Theatre 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 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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