NYO Canada Announces Special Toronto Concert

Date: December 7, 2016 Author: NYO Canada Categories: Press Release / Communiqué de presse


Performance at Union Station in celebration of the orchestra’s Canada 150 Signature Project 

December 7, 2016 – Toronto, ON.

In proud celebration of their selection as one of just forty Canada 150 Signature Projects, NYO Canada is proud to announce a one-time concert to take place on December 15th at Toronto’s Union Station to formally announce the orchestra’s involvement with the upcoming sesquicentennial. Taking place at 3:00 pm, a string trio led by cellist and three-time NYO member Bryan Holt will surprise commuters with an impromptu performance to kick off the excitement for the Edges of Canada tour. 

“Union Station is the country’s busiest inter-city rail service area that connects Canadians from coast to coast,” says Executive Director Barbara Smith. “It felt like the perfect place to stage a special event to get Canadians excited about what we have in store for the special year ahead in 2017”. Smith added that all concerts will be free thanks to a massive $525,000 grant from the Government of Canada, and unprecedented support from TD Bank, Via Rail, and other donors.

Over eight weeks in July and August, the Edges of Canada tour will be the most extensive and artistically ambitious in the history of the NYO. With 12 concerts planned across three coasts, the massive national tour will not only feature NYO’s traditional 100-piece classical youth orchestra, but also a partnership with the National Youth Choir and a unique and original composition blending the work of high-profile Indigenous artists from a variety of genres, such as film and spoken word, who will collaborate with the orchestra to create a first-of-its-kind, never-before-seen youth response to Truth and Reconciliation and a special message of hope and healing for Canadians. 

The National Youth Orchestra is Canada’s premier training institute for orchestral musicians. Each year, the best and brightest young musicians compete for a coveted place in the award-winning 100-piece orchestra. Following a grueling six-week residential training institute, the group embarks on a tour. Today, more than 40 per cent of the professional musicians working in Canadian orchestras are NYO alumni. 

For more information contact:

Dan McKinnon, Manager of Marketing & Communications
dmckinnon@nyoc.org or 416-532-4470 x 232

For audition and tour details, visit www.nyoc.org