View of Pollack Hall stage during Wind Orchestra concert, Schulich School of Music of McGill University

Pollack Hall

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.

Directions / Venue accessibility

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.

Accessible entrance

There is a wheelchair entrance with ramp 30 metres east of the main entrance. Once inside, follow signs to Pollack Hall via the elevator to the second floor.


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.

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

Additional services

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

Contact us

Contact the Production Supervisor, Johanne Froncioni, at 514-398-8993 for more information or to inquire about availabilities.

Production form

If your event is approved, fill out the Pollack Hall production form at least one month before the event to ensure that it runs smoothy:

Rental rates

Rates are valid from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. 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)

$1,950 Monday-Friday

$2,100 Saturday-Sunday

Overtime (hourly rate)

$175 Monday-Friday

$200 Saturday-Sunday

Reception East Lounge venue not available for 2017-18 concert season

Stage crew

Stage manager Included in rental fee
2nd stage manager (minimum 6 hours) $40 per hour
Stage hand (minimum 4 hours) $25 per hour
Live sound technician (minimum 4 hours) $25 per hour

Front of House staff

4 ushers (for 4 hours) Included in rental fee
Ushers - overtime hours $25 per hour, per usher
Coat room attendant (minimum 4 hours) $25 per hour

Box Office

Employee at Box Office reception on day of event (minimum 3 hours) $25 per hour
Ticket sales for paid events
Additional box office fee (includes above employee for 3 hours) $200
Charge for tickets bought in person on by phone $1.75 per ticket
Charge for tickets bought online

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

Charge for all tickets bought by credit or debit card 4%
Seating plan
Tailored configuration of seating plan for lessee $475
Posting of event date/description on McGill website Included in rental rate
Concert recording
Formatted recording on CD $290
Rental (including one tuning) $275
Additional tuning $150
Touch-up $95
Piano technician on stand-by $175
Rental (including 2 tunings) $225
Moving (within same building) $135
Moving between different locations Fees as per Gagnier Transport
Portative organ
Rental (including one tuning) $275

Fees as per Gagnier Transport

Percussion and other instruments

Some percussion and other instruments are available

Contact us for pricing/availability

Projector and screen

Pending approval