Since 1997, Small World Music has been celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across the Greater Toronto Area. Our vision goes beyond simply presenting culturally-diverse artists to include finding ways of working with, showcasing, and supporting underrepresented, marginalized, and newcomer professionals onstage and behind the scenes to encourage sustainable careers, and become a leader in the music industry.
To enable equity for culturally diverse artists and their work.
To create opportunities for emerging, newcomer and underrepresented artists.
To create human connections through shared musical experiences
To be a resource that expands cultural horizons
To be a catalyst for industry change by creating opportunities and building bridges
To be a global ambassador of Canada’s multicultural identity
About Small World Music Society
Small World Music, 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.