Sep 1, 2020

Play Music on the Porch Day

On August 29, 2020, people from around the globe came together to celebrate and participate in Play Music On The Porch Day. From a porch in Toronto's Palmerston neighbourhood, Tafelmusik members Crisitna Zacharias, Brandon Chui, and frequent Tafelmusik collaborator Felix Deak took part: playing a variety of baroque pieces for neighbours and passers-by to hear and enjoy.

Music On The Porch Day was founded in 2013, by Brian Mallman, who started with a simple idea: “What if for one day everything stopped…and we all just listened to the music?” By 2018, the initiative had grown to include thousands of musicians, from at least 70 countries and over 700 cities. This year’s Porch Day felt more important, and needed, than ever. 

Learn more about this initiative at playmusicontheporchday.comor visit the hashtag #PlayMusicOnThePorchDay on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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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 27, 2020

A Reimagined Fall Season

Elisa Citterio. Photo by Daniel Banko, Banko MediaThe pandemic arrived silently, forcing us to leave the world and retire to our homes. For many people, daily life had to adapt to the circumstances, and homes were animated by work activities, play, and music. Yes, because as a basic necessity, music has touched the souls of many through this invisible network that unites us.

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.