View of Pollack Hall stage

Pollack Hall

Descendants and extended family of Maurice Pollack joined Dean Brenda Ravenscroft of the Schulich School of Music to inaugurate a new Pollack Hall sign.

On October 27, 2018 descendants and extended family of Maurice Pollack joined Dean Brenda Ravenscroft of the Schulich School of Music to inaugurate a new Pollack Hall sign in front of the Strathcona Music Building. McGill salutes the Maurice Pollack Foundation for making the project happen.

Pollack Hall, located in McGill's Strathcona Music Building, is the Schulich School of Music's largest performance venue. Inaugurated in 1975, it is named after Maurice Pollack and supported by the Pollack Foundation.

The 600 seat hall has a green room, a large lobby and an adjoining lounge sometimes used for receptions. Approximately 400 concerts, lectures and other events are held annually in the hall.


Pollack Hall and the Box Office are directly inside the main entrance of McGill University's Strathcona Music Building, in downtown Montreal.


  • 555 Sherbrooke Street West (rue Sherbrooke Ouest), between University Street (rue University) and Aylmer Street (rue Aylmer).
  • There is a statue of Queen Victoria on the front steps of the building. 

By metro or bus

  • McGill metro (green line): Take the University St. (rue University) exit. Walk north, up the small hill, one block to Sherbrooke St. Cross Sherbrooke St. and turn right.
  • Bus 24 (Sherbrooke) stops in front of Strathcona Music Building.


We do not have on-site parking for the public. On-street metered parking is available in the downtown core. For information about on-site parking permits, visit the McGill Parking website, or call 514-398-4559.


For hall accessibility information, please visit our Accessibility in Our Halls and Facilities page.

Technical specs

Stage plan


Box Office and ticketing

  • Complete ticket sales service accepting Visa, MasterCard and debit cards (no cash).
  • The Box Office is open from September to April. Option for 24/7 ticket sales online.

Parking/Loading dock

  • On-street parking with meters is available. Contact our Production Office (514-398-8993) for loading dock parking information.


  • Large room available for musicians to warm up, with bathroom facilities.
  • Upright piano for warm-up.

Catering and receptions

  • Contact our Production Office (514-398-8993) for information. To serve alcohol, a liquor permit must be obtained from the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux Québec (RAJC).


  • Available upon request.

Basic stage equipment

  • Chairs and music stands
  • Public address system (one microphone and lectern)
  • Choir risers
  • Orchestra risers:
    • 4 at 8 inches x 4 feet x 8 feet
    • 2 at 16 inches x 4 feet x 8 feet
    • 2 at 24 inches x 4 feet x 8 feet

Hall pianos

  • Steinway, New York 1997 (Ludo)
    • No preparation of the action, strings, interior, etc. is permitted.
  • Steinway, New York 2002 (Ohga) 
    • No preparation of the action, strings, interior, etc. is permitted.
  • Steinway, New York 1975 (Helmuth) 
    • Prepared piano repertoire is permitted, including but not limited to marking on the strings and/or dampers. It must be supervised by a concert piano technician.

Booking or renting the hall

Pollack Hall is available for rental when not in use for educational purposes. We prioritize bookings in this order:

  1. Schulich School of Music students and faculty (educational purposes)
  2. Returning rental clients
  3. All other rental clients, please complete the PDF icon Event Booking Request Form for approval.

Additional services

  • Instrument rental
  • McGill website event listing
  • Box Office and ticket sales support

Contact us

Contact the Production Supervisor, johanne.froncioni [at] (Johanne Froncioni), at 514-398-8993 for more information or to inquire about availabilities.


Rental rates

Rates are valid valid from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. Applicable taxes, including Quebec Sales Tax (QST) and Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST), are not included in the rates below.

Rental fee
Basic rental fee (6 hours)

$2,150 Monday-Friday

$2,300 Saturday-Sunday

Overtime (hourly rate)

$200 Monday-Friday

$220 Saturday-Sunday


Stage crew
(in accordance with item 7 “Operating Regulations)

Stage manager Included in rental fee
Second stage manager (minimum 6 hours) $45 per hour
Stage hand (minimum 4 hours) $30 per hour
Live sound technician (minimum 4 hours) $30 per hour

Front of House staff
( in accordance with item 7 “Operating Regulations”)

4 ushers for 4 hours  (The number of ushers hired will be in accordance with security regulations ) Included in rental fee
Ushers - overtime hours $30 per hour, per usher
Coat room attendant (minimum 4 hours) $30 per hour

Box Office
September to May (upon request, in advance),  June to August (pending availability)

Employee at Box Office reception on day of event (minimum 3 hours) $30 per hour
Box Office Services for Rentals with Ticket Sales
Includes one box office employee on the day of the concert for 3 hours $235
Purchase in person or by phone $1.75 per ticket
Purchase on‐line

Tickets up to $20: $0.50 + 10% per ticket

Tickets $20.01 and up: $0.50 + 8% per ticket

Tickets required by the lessee

$0.30 per complimentary ticket

$1.00 per subscription ticket on consignment

$1.75 per single ticket on consignment

Purchase by credit card or debit card

4% (fee per ticket)

Box Office Under the Responsibility of the Lessee

Printing of entire seating plan $500
Posting of event date/description on McGill website Included in rental rate
Concert recording
Formatted recording on CD $325
Rental (including one tuning) $300
Additional tuning $165
Touch-up $105
Piano technician on stand-by $185
Rental (including 2 tunings) $300
Moving (to and from – in the same building) $150
Moving (to and from – between different locations) Fees as per Gagnier Transport
Portative organ
Rental (including one tuning) $300

Fees as per Gagnier Transport

Percussion and other instruments

Some percussion and other instruments are available

johanne.froncioni [at] (Contact us for pricing/availability)

Projector and screen

Pending approval


Pollack's 40th Anniversary

In April 2015, we celebrated Pollack Hall's 40th anniversary with the McGill Symphony Orchestra and friends.

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