Last-Minute Congress Info


Online ticket sales close Wednesday October 3rd at midnight.  Once online ticket sales have closed, ALL tickets can be bought at the door.  We do NOT sell out  - we have one of the largest ballrooms in Canada.

Registration Booth is open Thurs. 1pm-1am, Fri. 8:30am-1am, Sat. & Sun. 10am - 1am.

If you bought a pass or ticket online, go to Pre Paid Registration booth, show photo ID & pick up your pass.

Note: If performers cannot pick up their pass before 1am on Friday, they will need to pay late night entrance of $20 to enter Ballrooms/parties Friday night. They can then pick up their wristband Saturday morning. 

If you bought Ticketmaster ticket from a school, bypass the line-ups and go directly to Security.

For Thursday attendees, note that the Lobby is undergoing a massive renovation and transformation so it is currently walled off. To find the Imperial Room for Thursday and the registration on Thursday (in Imperial Room foyer), follow the gallery wall and the signs for Imperial Room and Library Bar.

ALL Thursday and Friday Competitors, please meet with Eric & Kelly outside the Imperial Room on Thursday between 1:00pm and 6:00pm to check-in and to double-check that you are in all the correct heats and divisions & pick up your competitor numbers for your backs. See mandatory check in times for each showcase division on our competition page. Showcase divisions: Hand in your music, USB only (if you have not submitted via email in advance) and choose order in which you will be competing.

Thursday night competitors: there is no formal tech. You may practice on the dancefloor between 1pm and 2:30pm. No music, no full run-throughs.

Competition entry changes will NOT be made after 9:00am Friday morning.  Any last minute competition entries or additions can be made Thursday between 1:00pm and 6:00pm. Entry fees $5- $25 higher than in advance online entry. 

Amateur Competition begins at 3pm sharp on Thursday (doors open to the public at 2:45pm).  Professional and Team Competition begins at 8pm sharp on Thursday. Doors open to public at 7:30pm. Competitors must be in holding area, in costume, ready to go at 7:30pm. 

Shows on Friday, Saturday & Sunday begin every night at 9pm.  We suggest getting there an hour early to get a good seat.  Want to upgrade to VIP seat? $25 per night at the door.  Limited availability.

Late night tickets (entrance after 11pm) are available at the door.  Thurs. $15 ~ Fri. $25 ~ Sat. $35 ~ Sun. $25.  Includes access to all 3 ballrooms - Salsa, Bachata/Kizomba & Hustle/West Coast Swing.

Dress to impress every night.

We do not have a paid coatcheck available this year but there will be a coat rack (unattended) that is free to hang your coat on Friday & Saturday nights.  We are not responsible for any lost items.

Cash bar every night.  No outside beverages allowed in ballrooms and ballroom foyer. All ages event. 

10% off food at the following restaurants in the Royal York Hotel when you show your Canada Salsa & Bachata Congress wristband: Pipers, Benihana and Library Bar.  Plus great deals on dance shoes, costumes, orthotics and more when you visit the vendors in our Salsa Marketplace.