Founded in 1987 with the merger of CentreStage and Toronto Free Theatre, the Company is dedicated to producing international contemporary theatre and to developing and producing landmark Canadian works. Canadian Stage has a long-standing commitment to education and enhancement programs for the public, nurturing theatre professionals, and developing new Canadian plays, while producing thought-provoking theatre and quality entertainment in Toronto.
Music TORONTO invites you to enter the evocative world of chamber music. Originating in the Italian Renaissance, musica da camera was used to distinguish music heard in private rooms from folk or church music. Its meaning, simply, is music composed for a small ensemble of instruments. We’ve moved from the private chamber into the concert hall, but the essence of this art form remains – deeply personal and approachable.
Opera in Concert made its debut on October 21st, 1974 with Ambroise Thomas’ HAMLET at the Jane Mallett Theatre. Guillermo Silva-Marin was appointed General Director of Opera in Concert with a renewed mandate to present operas seldom, if ever, performed in Canada. Now in its 34th year, Opera in Concert has presented 151 operas, covering a stylistic gamut of rarely performed operatic repertoire ranging from Handel’s ARIODANTE to Rimsky-Korsakov’s THE TSAR’S BRIDE.
Toronto Operetta Theatre is Canada’s premier professional operetta company. Founded in 1985, TOT has a mandate to produce classical operetta, light opera and music theatre featuring professional Canadian artists of exceptional talent. The Toronto Operetta Theatre’s chosen repertoire embraces an entertainment legacy that includes the gloriously dramatic and romantic music of Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Imre Kálmán, Jacques Offenbach, Gilbert & Sullivan and a host of other composers from the best of Broadway to Canadian artists whose works have been hailed the world over as melodic masterpieces.
The Hannaford Street Silver Band (HSSB) is Canada’s award winning, premier professional brass band and Resident Company of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. The origins of this type of music making began 155 years ago in the mid 19th century. Workers in mines and factories took up brass instruments as a form of celebration and recreation that spread with the industrial revolution. Soon, brass bands were not only competing within organized competitions, but commissioning original concert music. The HSSB builds upon these origins but with a unique professional and Canadian view. The HSSB continually promotes Canadian Soloists and conductors and its commissioning program has encouraged Canadian composers to write substantial concert works for the idiom. Through unique collaborations with many of Canada’s diverse cultural organizations, the HSSB is reflective of the diverse cultures within Canada.