Become a Host Family

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The Toronto International Piano Competition 2018 (TIPC) is proud to invite elite young pianists worldwide to compete in this year’s international competition (October 13 to October 21). We are offering opportunities for families to host candidates in this special event.

Each host family will receive a pair of tickets for the Opening Gala and each round of the competition: First (1), Second (II), Semifinal (III0, Final (IV). Many host families in the past have expressed their joy at watching and interacting with these young inspirational pianists.

Contestants will be staying with host families from Saturday, October 13, 2018 to Sunday, October 21, 2018. Host families are encouraged to accompany their candidate to every event.

Host families should be situated in the Great Toronto Area. Reminder that the first three rounds of the competition will be taking place at P.C. Ho Theatre (5183 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, ON M1B 5Z5), while the final will take place at Koerner Hall (273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6).

The host families should have a car or located close to local transport services.

Hosting Responsibilities
1.Pick up and drop off the candidate from the airport.
2. Offer free accommodation with meals included for the candidate. Candidates will notify their host family of any dietary restrictions in advance.
3. Host families must have a well-maintained grand piano for the contestant to use. If the host family does not own a piano, CCC will help find an alternative solution.
4. Provide transportation for the candidate to and from competition rounds and events. CCC will be happy to work with the hosting family to coordinate schedules. The host families are encouraged to accompany their candidate to every event.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change depending on each candidate’s schedule)

TBC Pick up candidate from airport
Oct 13 (Sat) Opening Gala and Dinner at CCC
Oct 14 (Sun) and Oct 15 (Mon) First (I) Round at CCC
Oct 16 (Tue) and Oct 17 (Wed) Second Round (II) at CCC
Oct 19 (Fri) Semifinal (III) Round at CCC
Oct 20 (Sat) Rehearsal for the 3 Finalists with Conductor
Oct 21 (Sun) Final (IV) Round at Koerner Hall
TBC Drop off candidate at airport

Please submit the information form to by Friday, August 10, 2018. Security clearance may be conducted, after which, selected host families will receive confirmation by Tuesday, August 31, 2018, at which time; CCC will provide the host family with their candidate background and contact information. The host family and candidate are expected to contact each other directly to confirm arrival and departure details. CCC will be hosting a welcome session on Wednesday, October 22, 2018 to answer questions and to thank all the host families in person.

For further information
Please contact Queenie Chow at

Thank you for supporting the Toronto International Piano Competition 2018