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Jan 22, 2020

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Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Gala Fundraiser to Feature Award-Winning Artist iskwē

Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Gala Fundraiser to Feature Award-Winning Artist iskwē

Toronto, ON—January 22, 2020—The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) today announced that award-nominated alternative-electronic Indigenous singer/ songwriter iskwē, will headline the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual fundraising event. EVENING EPIC (March 26, 2020, at The Carlu in Toronto) will feature a gala dinner with performances by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and a one-night only mainstage performance featuring the TSO in collaboration with iskwē. Visit EveningEpic.ca for tickets to the event.

There are two types of tickets available:

  • Dinner, musical performances and party
  • Musical performances and party

Nominated for Best Indigenous Album of the Year at the Junos in 2018, iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ is, among many other things, an artist—a creator and communicator of music and of movement, of pictures, poetry, and prose. She is a teller of stories that have impacted our past and will inform our future.

“Our annual fundraiser is an opportunity for Torontonians with an appetite for new and exciting experiences and an appreciation of a variety of forms of music to come out, have a great time, and support the Toronto Symphony Orchestra,” said Matthew Loden, CEO of the TSO. “We received such great feedback last year from people of all ages and stages of life, who came out to support the TSO and our music-education programs, and we are thrilled to bring it back this year.”

The TSO launched EVENING EPIC in 2019, with headliner Jeremy Dutcher, in support of the TSO’s music-education programs, which reach 40,000 young people annually, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, one of the leading youth orchestras in North America for musicians aged 22 and under. The evening’s success prompted the TSO to make EVENING EPIC a yearly night of celebration and whimsy, marrying the comfort of the familiar with the delight of bold surprises. Underlying it all is the shared language and unwavering love of music.

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, and the City of Toronto.

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About the TSO 

One of Canada’s most respected arts organizations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) plays a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life. Committed to serving local and national communities through vibrant performances and expansive educational activities, the TSO offers a wide range of programming that resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. With a notable recording and broadcast history complementing international touring engagements, the TSO is a unique musical ambassador for Canada around the world.

The TSO continues its long-established history of connecting younger generations with orchestral music. Two core programs include School Concerts, performed for over 40,000 students annually, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), which, in a tuition-free model, offers high-level orchestral training for talented young musicians aged 22 and under. Additionally, the TSO supports the development of next-generation artists through its annual open call for Canadian orchestral scores, and its essential Resident Conductor and Affiliate Composer positions.

Sir Andrew Davis serves as TSO Interim Artistic Director for the 2019/20 season, prior to the arrival of incoming Music Director Gustavo Gimeno in 2020/21. Sir Andrew Davis is well known to Toronto audiences, having a 44-year relationship with the TSO and returning to the TSO stage regularly. 

The TSO was founded in 1922 by a group of Toronto musicians and gave its first performance at the historic Massey Hall. Since 1982, Toronto’s iconic Roy Thomson Hall has been the TSO’s home, drawing patrons from around the world. Soon to celebrate its centenary, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s name remains synonymous with musical versatility and growth, and artistic distinction.