Small World is a celebration of cultural diversity expressed by one of the most potent tools available – music. A charitable organization, its vision is based on sharing cultural experience and ultimately, building bridges between cultures. It is about discovery and ‘opening ears’. In this role, the company has presented close to 600 events since 1997. It has hosted many Canadian debuts by international performers; has given a platform to dozens of developing Canadian artists of diverse backgrounds; and has established an international reputation for presenting innovative, risk-taking programming that uniquely represents Canada and Toronto, providing a space for cross-cultural bridge-building, education and understanding.
Small World Mission
To celebrate cultural diversity through music
To showcase the wealth of Toronto’s multi-cultural talent
To educate and promote understanding between cultures
Small World Mandate
To promote world music activity in Toronto by presenting artists of the highest calibre, emphasizing audience development through community outreach.
To provide opportunities for Canadian performers at various stages of career development by presenting their work alongside recognized international artists.
To be a community hub that encourages the interchange of community cultural activities by working in conjunction with members of diverse cultural groups.
About Small World Music Society
Small World Music Society, founded in 1997, has produced close to six hundred concerts and introduced Toronto audiences to some of the greatest names in world music (Tinariwen, Habib Koité, Zakir Hussain, and Mariza to name a few). It has nurtured the careers of dozens of emerging artists and in doing so, celebrated Canada as a place of inclusion where free expression and exchange of ideas are inseparable from our identity.
In 2014 Small World entered an exciting new phase of its organizational life with a new home & community hub for global music – the Small World Music Centre, at Artscape’s YoungPlace located on Shaw Street near Queen West. The Centre is a high-quality listening room with flexible seating for 60-100 to host intimate performances, educational workshops and community events. A space where tradition meets innovation – a cross-cultural incubator where new ideas and new Canadian music can flourish and where newcomer emerging artists can develop their careers.