Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir have announced a $3 million project to revitalize its home performance venue, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. The two-phase project is being undertaken in partnership with long-time collaborators Trinity-St. Paul’s and the Toronto Consort. The revitalization project has been launched with a pledge of up to $500,000 in matching funds from Heritage Canada, and will help usher in Tafelmusik’s vision of becoming a global centre of excellence in period performance. Tafelmusik’s presence in the Annex community since 1981 are anchored in Trinity St. Paul’s, a community hub that has a long tradition of arts, community care and enrichment of its local and extended neighborhood.
With this initiative, Tafelmusik has taken on a leadership role on behalf of the many diverse users of this facility, and has demonstrated a commitment towards strengthening the bonds between its loyal audience, Trinity-St. Paul’s and the community it serves. This renovation will be the latest in a series of similar initiatives along Toronto’s Bloor Street Cultural Corridor, including the Gardiner Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Royal Conservatory, the Bata Shoe Museum, and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre.
Tafelmusik has engaged an internationally acclaimed acoustic and design team to realize this project: E.R.A. Architects Inc., led by Principal-in-Charge Edwin Rowse, specialists in heritage buildings whose past projects have included Toronto’s Distillery District and Maple Leaf Gardens; renowned London-based acoustician Bob Essert of Sound Space Design, who has consulted on acoustics for The Four Seasons Centre, Koerner Hall and Montreal’s Maison symphonique; and Anne Minors of Anne Minors Performance Consultants, whose high-profile projects include Wigmore Hall, Gergiev Cultural Centre and Koerner Hall.
A major fundraising campaign has been launched to renew Tafelmusik’s long-term home venue of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, and was kick-started by a contribution of up to $500,000 in matching funds from Canadian Heritage’s Cultural Spaces Canada programme.