2015-2018 Application period: Friday, May 15, 2015 to Friday, June 19, 2015, inclusive. Applications will not be accepted before May 15, 2015.

Deadline: First 175 applications, starting May 15, 2015 or June 19, 2015, whichever comes first.

How Do I Apply for a Subway Musician Audition?   

Applying for a TTC Subway Musician Audition is easy and there is no cost to audition!

Step One

Get the latest Subway Musicians Auditions Application Package.

Step Two

Read and understand the Subway Musicians Auditions Application Package.

The package includes:

  • Single Performance Application,
  • Duo Performance Application,
  • TTC Rules and Regulations Regarding Subway Musicians Auditions 2015-2018, Selection Process and Acknowledgement,
  • Judges Score Sheet - Sample and,
  • TTC Subway Musicians Licence Agreement - Sample 

Step Three

Applicants can apply for only one audition either as a Single Performance or with a partner as a Duo Performance;

  • Read and Sign the appropriate Performance Application form.
  • Read and Sign TTC Rules and Regulations Regarding Subway Musicians Auditions 2015-2018, Selection Process  and Acknowledgement;

Keep for your information and reference:

  • Judges Score Sheet - Sample and,
  • TTC Subway Musicians Licence Agreement - Sample

If you are using our online TTC Subway Musicians Auditions application form, please fill out all the sections and print. The Rules and Regulations will automatically print out along with the completed application form. Both documents must be signed. 

  • Note you will not be able to save and submit the online form electronically.

Step Four

You can submit your completed Subway Musicians Auditions Application package Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Main Floor Security Desk or mail in to the following address:
Customer Communications
Subway Musicians Auditions
Toronto Transit Commission
1900 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M4S 1Z2

When am I informed of my audition date?   

All Applicants that have filed an application to audition before the deadline will be advised of their Audition date and time by mail.

What happens at the Auditions?   

All auditions take place at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario.

The TTC Audition site is located just outside the North-West corner of the Food Building and is easily accessible from either the Bathurst streetcar loop or the Dufferin Gates.

Step One

Upon arrival at the CNE on your scheduled day of the audition, applicants will:

  • Be required to Sign-in at the TTC Audition Registration Desk;
  • Be required to sign CNE and TTC waivers;
  • Be directed to the Warm-up Tent to:
    - tune instrument and,
    - warm-up before audition;
  • Be explained the audition rules;
  • Be directed to stage area to set-up for your audition;

Step Two

Applicants will be required to pass the performance requirements of the Audition Committee, which will include:

  • Musical Talent;
  • Entertainment Value and,
  • Stage Presence

Step Three

Applicants must perform a sample of a minimum of three (3) songs and will be allowed a total time of seven (7) minutes to perform.

When am I informed of my audition results?   

All Applicants who have auditioned will be advised by mail, of their Audition scores and whether or not they qualify for a licence.

The top 74 scoring acts will then be licensed to play in the TTC subway system.

What is required of musicians if they are selected to be licensed ?   

  • Must attend an information session to be scheduled for early October;
  • Must pay a licence fee of $197.75 (includes HST) per musician. (This fee partially covers TTC audition expenses);
  • The successful applicants must attend an information session during which they must sign and pick-up the Musicians Licence Agreement.

In the event that a Licensed performer withdraws from the programme the next highest scoring musician will be offered the resulting vacancy.