Music composed between approximately 1600 and 1750. Baroque music is the core of our repertoire, but we also perform classical and early romantic music, up to about 1825.
Tafelmusik is a chamber-sized orchestra – for baroque music we usually number 15-20 musicians. For baroque orchestral programmes, we are usually directed by a violinist. For programmes with our choir, and for later classical/romantic programmes, we work with a conductor. The orchestra plays on period instruments – the instruments for which the music was written – and according to historical performance practices. Through all of this we strive to offer performances that are fresh and "modern."
Tafelmusik serves many areas of Toronto with its multiple performance venues. The majority of concerts happen at the newly-revitalized Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall (427 Bloor Street West). In addition, Tafelmusik performs at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall (273 Bloor Street West), and in North York at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Recital Hall (5040 Yonge St). Finally, every year Tafelmusik performs it’s very popular Sing-Along Messiah at the historic Massey Hall (178 Victoria St). For information on parking and directions, please click here .
We love applause – and you're welcome to applaud whenever you like! The norm is to wait until an entire piece is finished (a complete suite, concerto, or symphony), but anything goes.
There are a wide variety of restaurants close to all of our venues. Whether it’s the diverse selection in the Annex, the chic options in Yorkville, or brand name options in North York, there’s something for everyone.
Doors to the concert hall open half an hour before the listed performance time.
Photography and video recording of any kind, including from a cell phone, are prohibited.
Even phones that are left on vibrate can be distracting to performers and other audience members, so when a show starts we ask that you please turn off all devices. You are welcome to keep them on before and after the performance, as well as at intermission, if you would like to share online about your wonderful experience!
It is recommended you arrive early to all performances, to allow time to find your seat and relax. Many of our concerts do not allow for late entrances, making it all the more important to arrive early. Make sure to allow time for transit, parking, and inclement weather.
Most Tafelmusik performances last between 1 hour and 45 minutes, to 2 hours and 15 minutes. Our popular Messiah concerts last 3 hours
There are three ways to purchase tickets for our concerts: In person, by phone, and online.
In Person: This depends on where the concert you’ve chosen takes place.
All concerts at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (TSP) can be bought at the Tafelmusik Box Office (427 Bloor St West).
Concerts at Koerner Hall (KH) can be bought at the Weston Family Box Office (273 Bloor St West).
Finally, all tickets for George Weston Recital Hall (GWRH) can be bought at the Toronto Centre for the Arts Box Office (5040 Yonge St)
By Phone: Like in person, this depends on the venue.
For TSP, call 416.964.6337.
For KH, call 416.408.0208.
For GWRH, call 1.855.985.2787.
Online: All tickets can be purchased online by visiting tafelmusik.org
For concerts at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, tickets bought over the phone will either be available for pick-up at the Tafelmusik Box Office (427 Bloor St West), or can be mailed if requested. We recommend that ticket pick-up the night of a concert be done half an hour in advance. Tickets purchased online cannot be mailed, but are available for pick-up.
Ticket exchange policy depends on the venue. Please visit [new page online] for information. As a subscriber, you can take advantage of Tafelmusik’s ticket exchange service to accommodate your busy schedule.
Our friendly Box Office staff are always ready to help patrons choose a subscription package for the season. Be sure to call Martin or Derek at 416.964.6337. Want to find out what’s available? Visit our website to learn more .
Be sure to visit our Concerts and Tickets section of the website to find out what we have to offer.
You can also find out more about the Orchestra and Choir in our About section
For ticket policies, please click here.
Tafelmusik has one of the healthiest (and friendliest!) volunteer organizations around. Find out how you can help by visiting our Volunteer page .
June 11-23 2018. A 2-week intensive training program for advanced students and professional musicians. MORE INFO!