Toronto Symphony to receive $7.5 million for “national musical celebration” in 2017

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Canada’s federal government “is spending $17.5 million on community events and a ‘national musical celebration’ to honor Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017,” writes Andrew Foote on Monday (3/14) at the CBC website. “Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly made the announcement … Monday morning. The federal government is chipping in $10 million to the Community Foundations of Canada for its community fund project, which will give grants of up to $15,000 to stage events in communities across the country. ‘The community fund for Canada will use its extensive network to distribute microgrants … in thousands of communities,’ Joly said…. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is getting $7.5 million from the federal government. ‘The TSO will be working with various orchestras … to highlight the work of iconic Canadian musicians, as well as new and emerging artists, creating a soundtrack as rich and diverse as our country,’ Joly said. ‘Our project is called the Canada 150 musical mosaic. Its purpose is to highlight and showcase Canada’s musical talent, including over 36 orchestras from communities across the country,’ said Dave Postill, the orchestra’s vice-president of marketing.”

Posted March 16, 2016