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E-Saggila at 918 Bathurst during the X Avant Festival, October 13, 2017. Photo by Claire Harvie.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Music Gallery and 918 Bathurst Centre For Culture, Arts, Media and Education Announce Partnership
Toronto, November 15, 2017. Following months of uncertainty about its venue status, The Music Gallery (MG) is pleased to announce a new partnership with 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education (918). The Music Gallery will use 918 Bathurst as its home base for performances and is committed to playing a significant role in supporting 918 Bathurst increase its own programming capacity.
Both organizations are committed to creating a premier, mid-priced concert venue in midtown Toronto that combines the beautiful acoustic space of 918 Bathurst with the Music Gallery’s technical infrastructure and four decades of experience in staging concerts of all types. The MG and 918 look forward to creating more space for artists and their art at a time when the city of Toronto needs more quality music venues.
The letter of agreement approved by both parties covers the first six months of 2018 with an understanding to refine the partnership during that time. Among the most important considerations in this new relationship is a shared commitment to addressing accessibility issues at 918 Bathurst in a comprehensive fashion.
“After a very challenging few months, we couldn’t be happier to have found such a fine counterpoint in 918 Bathurst with Daniela Nardi at the helm” says MG Executive Director Monica Pearce. “We are truly excited for this wonderful new chapter for the Music Gallery.”
The Music Gallery will continue to provide original programming and co-presented events such as the upcoming Kith And Kin Holiday Wassail (December 17). Both parties will collaborate in providing customizable concert rental services which utilize the Music Gallery’s expertise and technical complement in the 918 Bathurst space.
The Music Gallery offices remain in the Church of St. George the Martyr, and concerts will occasionally be programmed in the Church Sanctuary. As in past years, the MG will continue to produce shows in various venues around Toronto in addition to 918 Bathurst.
UPCOMING MUSIC GALLERY SHOWS AT 918 BATHURST:
NOVEMBER 18: TAK Ensemble: Love Crystal and Stone (WORLD PREMIERE) + Darren Creech
DECEMBER 7: EMERGENTS I: Sounds of Silence Initiative
ABOUT THE MUSIC GALLERY: Established in 1976 by members of the Canadian Creative Music Collective (CCMC), the Music Gallery is Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music. The MG occupies a unique position within Toronto’s musical ecology that allows us to present, encourage and promote leading-edge contemporary music in all genres. For over 40 years, our mandate to foster innovation and experimentation in music has remained constant, and today, we are Toronto’s pre-eminent presenter of genre-defying concert music.
ABOUT 918 BATHURST: 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education is an arts and culture sanctuary in Toronto’s Annex Neighbourhood whose mandate is to support new and experimental arts by providing space to individuals and organizations that otherwise could not incubate, rehearse and present their work in the heart of downtown Toronto. A former Buddhist temple, the multi-use facility is equipped with a 200-seat theatre and a visual art gallery which has hosted a wide array of arts and cultural organizations from Toronto and across Canada.
For more information please contact:
The Music Gallery
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education