Aug 13, 2014

Tafelmusik Receives $100,000 from the City of Toronto’s Culture Build Investment Program

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August 11, 2014 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is thrilled to announce that they will receive $100,000 in matching funds from the City of Toronto’s Culture Build Investment Program to help with Phase 2 of the Revitalization Project at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (TSP), Tafelmusik’s home venue since 1981 and home to a number of performing arts organizations. Information on Tafelmusik’s Venue Revitalization Project is available at Tafelmusik’s website
The Culture Build Investment Program provides matching funds to assist the City's not-for-profit cultural sector with financing for state of good repair capital projects. The arts and cultural organizations that are supported through the Culture Build Investment Program provide a wide variety of opportunities for Toronto residents to engage in the arts as participants, volunteers or audience members. To date, the Culture Build Investment Program has helped bring 71 cultural facilities closer to a state of good repair.
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, a beautiful 19th century Richardsonian Romanesque heritage building, is being renovated in several phases to modernize and update the building for 21st-century use. Phase 1 took place in the summer of 2013, and brought major acoustical, stage and seating upgrades to Jeanne Lamon Hall. 
According to Robert Harris of The Globe and Mail: “The results of the renovations, part of a $3-million revitalization of Trinity-St. Paul’s, were astonishing, exceeding their wildest expectations … If a hall is the orchestra’s instrument, Tafelmusik has just traded the violin that your mom bought you for an Amati, if not a Stradivarius.”
Phase 2 of the Venue Revitalization Project includes structural and aesthetic improvements, upgraded lighting and safety equipment, energy efficiency, and accessibility improvements.  The lobby space will be enlarged to alleviate overcrowding. Floors and subfloors will be upgraded and strengthened, and a ramp and automatic door opener will be added to facilitate accessibility. In the hall, stage lighting and multi-media equipment will be upgraded and modernized, and a fall arrest system will be installed to ensure the safety of lighting technicians. The combined Tafelmusik/ Toronto Consort box office will be refurbished, including an accessible ticket counter for patrons in wheelchairs. 
The Phase Two renovation work will be completed in late September 2014, with the first public concerts taking place October 9-12, 2014. The renovations have been undertaken in collaboration with Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, the centre of a wide range of faith, social justice and arts activities in Toronto’s Annex community. The project represents the culmination of ten years of collective visioning and planning for the revitalization of this 1889 heritage building. 
“Tafelmusik is thrilled to have received this matching grant from the City of Toronto’s Culture Build Investment Program,” says Managing Director Tricia Baldwin. “This incredible performance space is a valuable asset in Toronto’s artistic community, used by groups such as the Toronto Consort, Soundstreams Canada, Talisker Players, Associates of the Toronto Symphony Chamber Music Series, Group of 27, Toronto Fringe Festival, Viva Youth Singers and many more. We are proud to partner with our friends at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church to ensure that Toronto continues to have an accessible and affordable downtown arts venue with beautiful acoustics.”
Andy Kenins, Chair of Tafelmusik's Board of Directors, said: "We are very grateful to the City of Toronto for this incredible investment in our home venue. Not only will Tafelmusik be enriched by the capital improvements to Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, but we will share the benefits with the congregation, the Annex neighborhood, and artistic and community groups from all over Toronto. We thank our friends at Trinity-St. Paul's for their partnership in this project and for over 30 years of working together so beautifully."
The building revitalization has also been generously supported by The Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman with a $1 Million gift, the Cultural Spaces Canada programme of Canadian Heritage with a $500,000 matching contribution for Phase 1 of the renovations that took place in 2013, as well as numerous corporate donors, and individual donors including Tom Bogart and Kathy Tamaki, Scott and Ellen Hand and Trina and Don McQueen
For years, Tafelmusik has played in the best concert halls around the world. The ambitious two-phase revitalization of the Trinity-St. Paul’s venue ensures that its large and loyal home audience experiences Tafelmusik in a venue of similar calibre. The enhancements will help create a performance experience of the highest standard, while honouring the sacred and historic nature of the church. 
Tafelmusik has engaged an internationally acclaimed team to realize the revitalization project: E.R.A. Architects, led by Principal-in-Charge Edwin Rowse and architects Joey Giamo, Jordan Molnar, Amy Norris and Ya’el Santopinto; heritage building contractors Clifford Restoration; London-based acoustician Bob Essert of Sound Space Design; Anne Minors of Anne Minors Performance Consultants, and Dory Vanderhoof of Genovese, Vanderhoof and Associates
Tafelmusik will continue its capital fundraising campaign – currently at $2.8 million raised towards the $3.3 million goal – with ongoing individual, foundation, corporate and government requests for support. Tafelmusik operates deficit-free with an annual $5.4 million budget, and has a $4.9 million endowment fund.