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Aug 28, 2020

Watch Now: Safe Haven concert

Opening night of Safe Haven. Photo by Jeff Higgins.

We were pleased to provide a free, one-week screening of Alison Mackay's Safe Haven from August 28 to September 4, 2020.

Featuring Maryem Tollar, Naghmeh Farahmand, and kora virtuoso Diely Mori Tounkara, this multimedia concert of masterworks by Vivaldi, Corelli, Lully, and Bach portrays the influence of migration on the musical life of Europe—and equally of present-day Canada.

Aug 21, 2020

Safe Haven Teaser Playlist

Safe Haven features music by European baroque composers including Corelli, Lully, Bach, Telemann, and Vivaldi—composers whose interactions with migrant musicians, impresarios, and artisans had a major influence on their work.

Feb 25, 2020

The Local Threads of The Indigo Project

Indigo Quilt by Marc Garneau students. Photo by Dahlia Katz.
Photo credit: Dahlia Katz

One of the most exciting aspects of The Indigo Project has been the participation of secondary school students in the GTA. Students have been involved in both artistic and musical activities.

Feb 20, 2020

Behind the Musik: The Indigo Project

The Indigo Project. With Feet of Blue by Tim McLaughlin, MAIWA

By Alison Mackay, program creator

The Indigo Project is an exploration in music, words, and images of the influence of indigo dye on the culture and economy of Europe and India in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Apr 30, 2019

A Salute to Christina Mahler and Alison Mackay

Christina Mahler (cello) and Alison Mackay (double bass). Photo by Sian Richards.
Christina Mahler and Alison Mackay. Photos by Sian Richards.

By Elisa Citterio

Mar 20, 2019

The Indigo Project: Alison Mackay’s new concert explores the vast implications of a powerful blue dye

The Indigo Project, created by Alison Mackay. Concert image, Feet of Blue, by Tim McLaughlin, MAIWA.
Feet of Blue, by Tim McLaughlin, MAIWA

By Alison Mackay, program creator

Mar 7, 2019

US Tour 2019: Update from violinist Cristina Zacharias

Halfway into our 2019 US tour the theme seems to be snow. The sunny view from my hotel in Boulder, Colorado this morning is of gorgeous snow-covered hills. The view on our first tour day was a bit less welcome — the snowstorm in Toronto stayed with us for almost all of our drive to State College, Pennsylvania, and added a couple of hours to the already long trip.

Feb 20, 2019

Alison Mackay invites you to Tales of Two Cities

Alison Mackay, double bass and program creator. Photo by Bruce Zinger
Alison Mackay, double bass and program creator. Photo by Bruce Zinger

Feb 14, 2019

Behind the Musik: Tales of Two Cities

Performance of Tales of Two Cities from 2016. Photo by Bruce Zinger
Photo: Bruce Zinger