Why should I donate before the show?
VCO depends on your monetary support in order to continue to operate. When you give before the show, you give us peace of mind, and allow us to budget better in future years.
What happens after I make a free reservation?
You will receive an email from us with the details of your chosen show(s).
Our shows are now donate-as-you-go. Please remember to bring cash or cheque to put in the donation box on the way out.
How does entry to your shows work?
You can reserve online for free or just come directly to the door, enter, and enjoy the show.
At the conclusion of the event, we ask that you to make a donation to our cause via cash or cheque.
Read more about our accessible model of admission here: https://www.vcopera.ca/post/2020/05/10/new-admissions-model
What is the dress code for your events?
Unlike traditional opera establishments, we do not have a dress code!
You should wear whatever is comfortable for you. You may elect to dress a bit formal, or you may choose to dress a bit more relaxed. Regardless of your choice, you will fit right in at Vera Causa Opera.
To help you feel comfortable in your choice, know that our staff dresses in jeans and company t shirts with a professional accent such as a blazer. Our orchestra rocks darks jeans and black shirts. Our artistic director is famous for his vests and suspenders...
In short: wear whatever you like!
How long are the operas?
Our operas almost never exceed 1 hour and 45 minutes in length: most are about 1 hour and 20 minutes long. You can find the estimated runtime of a given event in the details section of vcopera.ca/shows
Are your operas suitable for my kid(s)?
While some operas deal with more mature themes than others, we adapt our traditional productions so that anyone can enjoy them. We do not adapt the operas in Canadian Opera Fest to suit a modern audience. Instead, we allow the new opera(s) to be presented exactly as they were written.
If there is a production which contains mature themes or is not suitable for your child, we will have a disclaimer on our "This Season" page (vcopera.ca/season) located beside that production.
Can I get a tax receipt for donations to Vera Causa Opera (VCO)?
Yes, because we are a registered charity under the Canada Revenue Agency, all monetary and in-kind gifts over $50 in value to Vera Causa Opera are tax-receiptable.
Our registered charity number is 77901 9892 RR0001.
What is the donor experience like at VCO?
The donor experience at VCO is largely different from that of other opera companies. We seek to give our donors a unique, communal experience wherein they not only understand the specific impact of their contribution, but are also able to witness and partake in the concrete difference they've made in our small organization. Our donors are active members of our organization and our surrounding communities.
Our Friend of VCO (VCO donor) experience can vary year to year, often including:
Tax Receipts for all contributions monetary or in-kind
Invitations to the Season Kickoff Party
Special Donor Events - Dinners, Pub Nights, and more
Open Rehearsal Passes
Artist Meet and Greets
Invitations to the Post-Season BBQ
Dinner with the Artistic Director
How do tax receipts for in-kind donations work at VCO?
A tax receipt will be awarded for the Fair Market Value (FMV) of the non-cash gift.
Generally, if the fair market value of the property is less than $1,000, a member of the registered charity, or another individual, with sufficient knowledge of the property may determine its value. The person who determines the fair market value of the item should be competent and qualified to evaluate the particular property being donated.
If the fair market value is expected to be more than $1,000, the property will be professionally appraised by a third party (that is, someone who is not associated with either you or our organization). If the property is appraised, the name and address of the appraiser wil be included on the official donation receipt.
Ie. Pat wants to donate her piano to VCO. Given that the value of the piano will exceed $1000, it is appraised by a professional. The professional appraises the instrument at $2500. Upon donating the instrument to VCO, Pat is issued a VCO Tax Receipt for $2500.