We’re sharing some exciting news and asking for your help to address the growing problem of Toronto's lack of affordable performance space, which is negatively impacting our city's music artists and audiences.
First our good news... Array’s space at 155 Walnut Ave. is now home to over 450 rehearsals/workshops/ recordings and 150+ concerts a year! That's in addition to Array's own concerts, workshops and events! To help facilitate our space’s many booking, production and video requirements, we're very happy to have hired our first ever full-time Production & House Manager, Kelley Mitchell! And, we’ve renamed our entire facility the Array Centre for The Contemporary Music Arts! (We'll continue to recognize our performance room as The Array Space!)
We’re also excited to announce that Martin has finalized his planning for 2018/19! Next season, we will feature two new multi-day Mini-Festivals plus a third annual Four New Works concert to showcase the newest music by some of the most remarkable composers working anywhere today! The new Mini-Festival format allows us to collaborate even more closely with composers and to bring you multiple, related performances and social and educational opportunities. Please look for our future news about the Allison Cameron Mini-Festival and the Raven Chacon Mini-Festival in 2018/19. On April 27 and 28 we present our A&A Concerts and we can’t wait to share the new Mini-Festival format with you then , shining a spotlight on the quietly extreme music of Andrea Young and André Cormier. Please visit www.arraymusic.ca/ for details.
We have selected this year’s four Young Composers’ Workshop & Concert/YCWC participants! James Lowrie, Stephanie Orlando, Arie van de Ven and Christopher Willes will take up residency in our space for the entire month of May.They will receive mentorship from Artistic Director Martin Arnold and Guest Composer Rodney Sharman. Rick Sacks will again conduct our stellar Array Ensemble musicians, as all collaborate with the composers in creating new works for world premiere concert performance at The Array Space on May 26th at 4PM; and the live stream of our YCWC concert will be available for viewing here: https://livestream.com/accounts/15801205/events/8153175.
Now, our not-so-good news...
It's no stretch to say the stakes have never been higher, or the need greater, so please do read on to see how you can help.“Facilities are the places where arts and culture happen... Despite their importance, facilities are the most under-resourced component of arts operations.” – ArtsBuild Ontario
Because we offer Arraymusic's affordable (transit and wheelchair) accessible, state-of-the-art space, chock full of specialized instruments, equipment, gear and production stuff, to a large and growing community of arts communities, we are doing our part to help redress a mounting music crisis in our city.
“It is a crisis, absolutely. In London, UK, they declared it a crisis when they found out 35 venues had closed over a period of 8 years. We’re a city one-fifth the size and we’ve had three times that many close,” says Toronto Music Advisory Committee member and Queen West BIA Chair Spencer Sutherland.
This, because. . .
“Higher rents are shuttering affordable rehearsal, studio and recording spaces are forcing musicians to move to places like Hamilton,” says NOW Magazine's Carla Gillis.
Since small-to-mid-sized performing art spaces are the number one thing artists need to advance their work, cultivate their careers, and share their art with the public, we still can’t believe that Canada’s public agencies do not offer dedicated programs to support them (apart from capital improvements). Incredibly, Arraymusic today does not receive a single stand-alone grant to assist us in the delivery of our Array Centre for The Contemporary Music Arts!
Because of all this, we really do need your help! Particularly since a portion of the Array landlord’s greatly increased commercial property taxes will soon become another added expense for The Array Centre to cover.
Your donation this season will not only help bring more new works and multi-day events next season, it will help us cover essential new salary related expensesright away. No gift is too small! And every donation matters!Because there are so few places for music artists to turn to, every time someone steps up to support Arraymusic's space, arts programs, and own generous giving programs with a donation, large or small, this helps to ensure that hundreds of music artists and patrons will be able to find affordable, suitable space downtown.
Please help us make our fundraising a success!
We promise to recognize your generous contribution in our concert programs and website and to provide you with a charitable tax receipt. We look forward to hearing from you.
P.S. When you donate securities or mutual funds directly to Arraymusic, you receive a tax receipt for the full value of the shares at the time of sale (without paying capital gains tax on your appreciated value!), and our charity receives the full value of your gift (with nothing lost to taxes!). To find out more, visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/donate/donate-securities/