IATSE Local 58

A key partner in making Toronto one of the world’s premier entertainment cities

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 58 has represented workers in the entertainment industry in Toronto for 120 years. As the name suggests, IATSE is the Union which represents workers in theatre, film and television production, projectionists and scenic construction across North America.

From its earliest days the Union stressed training and safety at a time when theatres were fraught with dangerous conditions, due to volatile chemicals and fire hazards such as nitrate based films.  The Union fought for improvements in working conditions that not only benefited the membership but also increased public safety.

As vaudeville gave way to the movies, the Toronto-based union local adapted to the changes and found new areas of expansion. Local 58 was a part of Maple Leaf Gardens from the time of its construction in the Thirties. By the time WW2 broke out, Local 58 was also providing a wide range of services to the Canadian National Exhibition, culminating in the Grandstand Shows which were the biggest events on Toronto’s entertainment calendar for decades.

In the Post-War era, the Union’s work expanded on the Exhibition Grounds beyond “The Ex” and its’ late summer Agricultural Festival, to include many other types of events, from large scale outdoor concerts featuring artists such as Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson, to state visits from Queen Elizabeth and Pope John-Paul, to countless trade shows, conferences and industrial events which went on year round.

What was once The Carlsberg Pavilion is now Medieval Times and The Liberty Grand, the Better Living Centre is now the Enercare, the ‘Horse Palace’ is now the Coca Cola Coliseum, Exhibition Stadium has been replaced by BMO Field.

The one constant through all these changes has been IATSE Local 58. We have provided a highly trained and diverse work force with expertise in audio reproduction, sound engineering, trained overhead riggers, camera operators, video switchers, lighting technicians, spotlight operators, stage carpenters and operators of Scissor Lifts and Genie Booms. (See Our Skills)

In Toronto today, we work in major venues. (see list).

The entertainment industry in Toronto has been transformed over the years and IATSE Local 58 has not only kept pace but led the way. Training and safety are still foremost in fulfilling our role.

Tourism brings nearly $10 billion into Toronto every year and most tourists come for theatrical, musical, cultural and other entertainment events, as well as conventions and massive trade shows. IATSE Local 58 members are the skilled stagecraft workers behind the scenes who “make the magic happen.”

Our Skills

  • Arena Rigging
  • Theatre Master Electrician
  • Theatre Electrician
  • Lighting Board Operator
  • Followspot Operator
  • Theatre Carpenter
  • Theatre Master Carpenter
  • Theatre Properties
  • Audio / Visual Technician
  • Film Projectionist
  • Video Projectionist
  • Scenic Shop Carpenter
  • Flyperson
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Operator
  • Pyrotechnic / Special Effect
  • Theatre Automation Operator
  • Camera Operator
  • Video Switcher
  • Graphics Operator

Where We Work

Our Venues and Clients at Exhibition Place

  • Beanfield Centre
  • Enercare Centre
  • Better Living Centre
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • Canadian National Exhibition
  • Hotel X Toronto
  • Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex
  • Medieval Times
  • Coca-Cola Coliseum
  • Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
  • BMO Field
  • BioSteel Centre
  • Toronto FC
  • Toronto Argonauts

Other Local 58 Venues in Toronto

  • The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Scotiabank Centre
  • Massey Hall
  • The Royal Alexandra Theatre
  • The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
  • The Princess of Wales Theatre
  • Young People’s Theatre
  • The Elgin and Wintergarden Theatres
  • Roy Thomson Hall
  • ED Mirvish Theatre
  • The Young Centre for Performing Arts
  • National Ballet of Canada
  • Canadian Opera Company
  • Factory Theatre
  • Lawrence Centre for the Arts
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Hart House Theatre
  • Isabelle Bader Theatre
  • Toronto Centre for the Arts
  • Mattamy Athletic Centre
  • Tribute Communities Centre