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In my 30 years of creating, presenting and advocating for music, I’ve never experienced anything quite like this season at The Music Gallery. We all have our highs and lows, but this past year at The Music Gallery featured both in extreme quantity.
I’ll never forget presenting Pauline Oliveros’ inspiring final Toronto appearance during our X Avant Festival, or Plumes Ensemble receiving press coverage in Indonesia and Brazil for their reinterpretations of Grimes. But the ultimate twist to the season was the news we received toward the end of April about the temporary loss of access to our performance space at St. George the Martyr. Our landlords, the Church, decided it was prudent to temporarily close one of the oldest buildings in our neighbourhood while construction broke ground next door.
The Music Gallery has been through venue disruption before. We don’t know what the future will hold but, as Homer Simpson might say: it’s a crisitunity – a crisis and an opportunity bound up in this moment.
Executive Director Monica Pearce and I are focused on opportunity. This experience has actually been gratifying: the support we’ve received from the community, with people asking to help by offering ideas and space has been overwhelming. To see our community – quite disparate but uniformly supportive – express its love and appreciation is both encouraging and validating. We are emboldened to push past this turning point in our history knowing that you’re here with us.
We don’t know how long this closure will last. What we do know is that unexpected expenses are starting to add up, from piano moving, to supplemental staffing costs. We’ve relocated most of our programming (check here for updated listings) but one final event we’ve had to cancel this season is our annual fundraiser.
That’s why I’m reaching out to you. You’ve shared your time with us all year round, and we hope you’ll continue to stand by us by making a one-time donation or a monthly gift. Your support will help ensure that The Music Gallery will be able to continue creating the compelling programming you’ve come to enjoy as we move into our next season, and beyond. Every gift, big or small, will help us weather this uncertainty.
Though we‘ve hit a rough patch, we know we’ll emerge stronger thanks to you, the people who, this year especially, make Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music a vital force in music for this city and beyond.
Deep thanks for your generous support,