Every two years, the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition is presented to an individual, corporation or ensemble that has made an outstanding contribution to the musical life of Toronto. Yesterday at the annual Mayors’ Luncheon, hosted by the Toronto Arts Council Foundation at Arcadian Court, our President & CEO Charles Cutts announced this years recipient: Canadian Hip Hop pioneer, Michie Mee.
The biennial award, established in 1984 by the Volunteer Committee of Roy Thomson Hall to thank the community that supported the conception and building of the new concert hall, was originally an honourary award. Since 2002, The Toronto Arts Council Foundation has managed the award process and the award has also come with a $10,000 cash prize. Congratulations Michie Mee on this well deserved accolade and to all those nominated who make our city so inspiring, we thank you.
You never forget your first time at Massey Hall. Mine was when I was eleven years old and I was a soprano, believe it or not, in my grade eight Dorset Park public school choir, singing “En Roulant ma Boule” at the Kiwanis Music Festival. For some reason, I had the solo in that choir. There were approximately twenty of us on stage and we were followed by the Neil McNeil complete chorus of about 300 singing the exact same song as us. It was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life, and still, one that I’ll never forget. Thank you Mrs. Hammer (our music teacher).
My first time seeing a concert in Massey Hall, I was in the front row of the gallery overlooking the stage as Bob DylanCONTINUE READING >
It’s been another exciting season for Share the Music! The Corporation’s arts and education outreach program provided free tickets and welcomed more than 1,700 children and teens of all backgrounds to performances by international performers and to creative pre-concert workshops. This video highlights just a few of the special moments from the past season. CONTINUE READING >
We recently asked our friends at Classic Albums Live to share some of their favourite elements from the albums that they perform. Here, guitar virtuoso Dom Polito demonstrates the mandolin parts from “The Battle of Evermore” for your listening and learning and viewing enjoyment.
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