About Us

What We Do

Kids Up Front Toronto provides experiences to deserving children and youth in the Toronto area. We believe that all kids should have access to enriching experiences like arts, culture, and sporting events. Attendance at events like these helps to foster feelings of inclusion and belonging in the children we help. Kids Up Front reaches children in need through our innovative program by distributing tickets, classes, passes and virtual events to more than 300 partner agencies in the Toronto area.


A world in which all kids have access to enriching experiences.


Kids Up Front distributes tickets to arts, culture and sporting events to deserving kids and their families.


Fun, Collaboration, Integrity, Inclusion, Agility.

Our Story


“I looked around and saw so many empty seats and I knew that those seats had been paid for and that those tickets were probably in somebody’s desk. I was determined to fill those seats with kids and their families that wouldn’t normally have a chance to go.”

John Dalziel

From empty seats to unforgettable adventures…

When John Dalziel looked around Calgary’s Saddledome one night in 1999, he saw more than a sea of empty seats. He saw possibility. Why not put those unused tickets into the hands of kids who may never have the chance to be there live when the hometown team wins a big game or when their favourite band comes to town?

Kids Up Front Toronto was created in 2006 and to date, we have provided over 650,000 event tickets valued at over $23.6M to Toronto kids and families. Our foundation strives to provide every kid with a larger than life experience that fosters possibilities, passion, dreams, belonging, and self confidence.

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