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How to Get Free TV Studio Audience Tickets in Toronto

Updated on January 11, 2017
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TV camera filming at a studio audience taping.
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Have you always wanted to get an inside look at the making of a television show? There are a number of TV shows filmed in Toronto in front of studio audiences, and it usually does not cost anything to get tickets.

Participating as a studio audience member can be a very fun experience, so read on for information on how to request free tickets for TV shows filmed in Toronto, including:

  • Cityline with Tracy Moore
  • The Social
  • George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
  • Rick Mercer Report
  • The Marilyn Denis Show
  • MuchMusic's New.Music.Live
  • The Comedy Network shows


Tips for Success

While it's generally fun to be part of a TV studio audience, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure you have a positive experience.

  • Read all of the instructions on the website, and on any email confirmations or tickets you receive. Shows may provide guidelines on what to wear, what to bring and any rules that audience members must follow.
  • Plan to arrive early! Most shows require studio audience members to arrive at least 1-2 hours prior to the scheduled taping time. Late comers are likely to be turned away. Make sure you know exactly where you're going ahead of time, and when you need to arrive. Always leave room for any traffic delays.
  • Expect that there will be quite a few rules that you must adhere to while in the audience, such as turning your cell phone off, no gum chewing or eating while in the studio, no photography during filming and having to remain in your seat until scheduled breaks. Be respectful of the rules - they are there for a reason.
  • Be patient. You should expect to stand in line and sit around for awhile prior to the show starting. Bring a book to read or attend with a talkative friend to keep you occupied while waiting around.
  • Eat first. Most shows do not allow food in the studio, and while there may be scheduled breaks, do not count on having easy access to food. Play it safe and don't go hungry. It's hard to enjoy yourself with a growly stomach!
  • Be enthusiastic during filming. One of the main reasons that TV shows film in front of live studio audiences is to capture the energy and enthusiasm of the audience members. Put a smile on your face, clap and cheer when prompted, and try to look genuinely happy to be there.
  • If you're hoping to get on TV, be sure to dress to impress. A dressy outfit or chic business casual clothing in bright colours, with well-styled hair and a big smile can help increase your chances of the camera focussing on you during shots of the audience.

Cityline

Cityline, hosted by Tracy Moore, covers a wide range of topics aimed at women, including home and garden, fashion and beauty, food and entertaining, health and family. There are different weekday themes for the shows, including Home Day, Family Day and Fashion Fridays. Fashion Fridays are the most popular tapings, with audience members often receiving beauty giveaways, and having the change to be picked for a makeover.

Taping schedule: The show tapes weekday mornings, Monday to Friday.

Location: 299 Queen Street West, Toronto

Audience restrictions: Audience members must be at least 13 years old, except for the Wednesday tapings when babies and children under 13 are permitted for the Family Day show tapings.

Ticket requests: Request up to 4 tickets for up to three preferred dates using the online ticket request form. There is a limit of 1 taping per year per person. Audiences are booked two to three months in advance, and ticket requests are deleted every three months to eliminate backlog.


The Social

This new Canadian talk series, hosted by four opinionated women brings a fresh, daily, perspective on up-to-the-minute news, pop culture, and lifestyle topics such as food, fashion and smart tips for everyday living. A socially interactive series, The Social incorporates viewer feedback and conversation through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. Audience members will receive with a daily gift bag that includes a Social tumbler plus any giveaways included on that day's episode.

Taping schedule: Most shows are taped live weekday mornings from Monday to Friday at 1 pm. Audience members must arrive at the studio by 12 pm sharp. There are also some pre-taped shows that will require you to arrive by a specified time.

Location: 299 Queen Street West, Toronto

Audience restrictions: Audience members must be at least 18 years old. Valid photo ID is required. You may only attend one taping per season.

Ticket requests: Up to 4 tickets may be requested via the online ticket request form. You can select up to three preferred dates, and will be notified approximately three weeks prior to the show date if your request can be accommodated.


George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

Canadian television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos hosts this talk show that covers a range of topics, including social issues, pop culture, music, politics and entertainment. George interviews guests, ranging from celebrities and authors to social advocates and world leaders, in intimate conversations that allow them to share their stories with the audience.

Taping schedule: The show is taped Monday through Thursday, from 4 pm to 6 pm. Audience check-in time is 3 pm.

Location: CBC Building, 25 John St, Toronto

Audience restrictions: Audience members must be at least 18 years old.

Ticket requests: Request up to 4 tickets using the online ticket request form. Special requests for tickets for groups of up to 45 people can be sent to georgetickets@cbc.ca.

Rick Mercer Report

Studio audience tickets for the Rick Mercer Report are the most demand of any show taped in Toronto. Canadian comedian and political commenter Rick Mercer's show is made up of satiric editorials, news report parodies, rants on a variety of social and political issues as well as interviews, and funny adventures in interesting places in Canada.

Taping schedule: Most shows are taped on Friday evenings, from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm. Audience members are asked to arrive by 6:45 pm.

Location: CBC Building, 25 John St, Toronto

Audience restrictions: Audience members must be at least 10 years old. Guest under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Ticket requests: Request up to 4 tickets using the online ticket request form. There is a limit of 1 taping per season per person. No group bookings available.

* Tickets for tapings for the 2014-2015 season are currently fully booked. However, you can complete the standby ticket form to be notified if any last-minute tickets become available.

The Marilyn Denis Show

Marilyn Denis hosts this daily lifestyle and entertainment talk show, featuring interviews with celebrities and experts from Canada and around the world. Show topics include parenting, health, fashion, home d├ęcor, beauty, entertainment, cooking, finance and real estate.

Taping schedule: Most shows are taped live weekday mornings from Monday to Friday at 10 am. Audience members must arrive at the studio by 9 am sharp. There are also some pre-taped shows that are taped from 12 pm to 1 pm.

Location: 299 Queen Street West, Toronto

Audience restrictions: Audience members must be at least 18 years old. You may only attend one taping per season.

Ticket requests: Up to 4 tickets may be requested via the online ticket request form. You can select up to three preferred dates, and will be notified approximately three weeks prior to the show date if your request can be accomodated.

MuchMusic - New.Music.Live

For the younger crowd, MuchMusic's New.Music.Live tapings offer guests the chance to watch live interviews and performances with singers and bands in an intimate setting. Musical guests range from up and coming talent to big-name stars like Justin Bieber and New Direction.

Taping schedule: The show is shot live from 6 pm to 7 pm, Monday to Friday.

Location: MuchMusic Building, 299 Queen Street West, Toronto

Audience restrictions: Audience members must be between the ages of 14 and 26.

Ticket requests: Check the MuchMusic website for information on ticket availability for upcoming events.

Other TV Shows with Studio Audiences That Film in Toronto

The following are all shows that have previously filmed in Toronto, and offered free tickets to show tapings or live shows. They are not currently filming, but may offer free tickets again if and when they resume production.

Canada's Got Talent

My daughter and I were in the studio audience for the 2012 finale of Canada's Got Talent.
My daughter and I were in the studio audience for the 2012 finale of Canada's Got Talent. | Source

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Insider Tip:

If there's a show you really want to attend, be sure you follow its social media channels!

Many shows will post on Facebook or Twitter when they have extra tickets available for upcoming shows. These last-minute tickets are often made available on a first-come, first-served basis to fans who respond to these messages.

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      Valerie James 6 weeks ago

      I listen to Marilyn on the radio. I would love to see her in person.

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