Home of the NSO

Hear the NSO as never before in Partridge Hall and Cairns Hall.

On October 31st, 2015, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) confidently steps onto the stage of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The new purpose-built, acoustically engineered concert halls were specifically designed to showcase the depth and complexity of a classical symphonic experience.

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Opening its doors in Fall 2015, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) will be a 95,000 square foot academic and cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues. Future Brock University students taking programs facilitated through the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts will benefit from two of the performance venues that will double as learning environments: Cairns Recital Hall and the Film Theatre. This Diamond + Schmitt designed facility will be located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines on the corner of Carlisle and St. Paul streets, adjacent to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is a vital component in the renaissance of St. Catharines, serving as the catalyst in thoroughly modernizing the area and reinforcing the brilliance of Niagara Region’s diverse cultural cluster. The PAC will draw patrons, offer local arts groups unprecedented opportunities to practice and perform, and redefine the downtown core as a hotbed for culture and the arts. The local economy is poised to boom through attracting not only new visitors, but also new business development.

Fast facts about the new PAC:

  • Four performance venues: Partridge Hall, Cairns Hall, Robertson Theatre and the Film Theatre
  • Located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines
  • Convenient drop off immediately outside the lobby
  • 600 events annually
  • 125,000 visitors annually
  • 500 Brock University students daily
  • 7 day-a-week activity for 48 weeks a year
  • 20 full-time staff, 70 part-time staff, hundreds of volunteer


250 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2

www.firstontariopac.ca