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MUSICAL MOMENTS

Musical Moments is a new initiative of The Musical Stage Company that brings musical experiences to local communities by harnessing the imagination and creativity of artists. After a year of isolation, disconnection, and shuttered performing arts centres, we dream of a summer where artists bring joy, magic and togetherness back into people’s lives through musical acts of creativity. Through a simple application process, we awarded $25,000 in grants to artists so they can develop, produce and execute dynamic ideas across Toronto neighbourhoods.


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A MOMENT IN THE (SECRET) GARDEN

ARTISTS INVOLVED

Producer/Musician: Sean Yauk (he/him)
Director/ Musician: Katherine Cappellacci (she/her)
Arranger/ Music Director/ Musician: William Li (he/him)
Musician: Kryslyne Mai Ancheta (she/her)
Designer/ Assistant Producer/ Site Manager: Sophie Koehn (she/her)
Sound Designer: Sam Deeth (he/him)
Musician: Lydia Claire Wilton (she/her)

OVERVIEW

Discover a curious musical installation in an urban garden outside of 462 Wellington Street West in Toronto! A tiny team of artists descends upon the space on Friday evenings to bring it to life with musical storytelling, performing folksy classics from an iconic piece of musical theatre. Will they make the garden grow?

SHOW DATES & INFORMATION

August 6th, 2021 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
August 7th, 2021 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
August 20th, 2021 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sidewalk / Street level* (462 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON)

*Audience size limits may vary, pending Covid-19 safety guidelines changing

Click here to learn more about A MOMENT IN THE (SECRET) GARDEN!

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A SONG FOR YOU

ARTIST INVOLVED

Vicky Wang aka Earlybird (she/her)

OVERVIEW

A series of songs performed for next door neighbours in [Earlybird’s] suburban North York neighbourhood. Participants will also be invited to enjoy a longer acoustic show in the neighbourhood park at sunset.

SHOW DATES & INFORMATION

July 10th – August 28th, 2021
W
eekly performances every Saturday
@ 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
A.Y. Jackson Secondary School Field* (50 Francine Drive, North York, ON)
*Location may change to nearby residential streets, weather permitting

August 7th, 2021 @ 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Francine Drive (West of Rondeau, North York, ON)

August 14th, 2021 @ 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Francine Drive (East of Rondeau to Janus, North York, ON)

August 21st, 2021 @ 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Francine Drive (East of Janus, North York, ON)

August 28th, 2021 @ 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
A.Y. Jackson Secondary School Field (North of McNicoll, North York, ON)

Click to learn more about Earlybird’s shows on Instagram and Facebook!

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BITTERJUICE PRESENTS: THE SAY YOUR PEACE SHOW – PART 2

ARTISTS INVOLVED

Tyreek Philips “B1GJuice” (he/him)
Aaron Diaz (he/him)
Yoshinori Aoyama (he/him)
Melissa Estor “xomellokitty” (she/her)
Ray Hammond “Ray HMND” (he/him)

OVERVIEW

SAY YOUR PEACE is an intimate outdoor event composed of live band performances, singing, and freestyle rap performances used to invite spontaneous collaboration and “jamming” of guest artists that will be invited and selected to represent Toronto’s young and diverse communities as an interactive audience. This event invites all artists to come out and remember the joy of “jam sessions” as a vehicle of promoting inclusivity in the culture and sector.

SHOW DATE & INFORMATION

August 27th, 2021 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET
Studio 145 Cooperative (145 Traders Blvd East, Unit 32, Mississauga, ON)

Click here to get your SAY YOUR PEACE tickets today!

COMMUNITY SONGBOOK PROJECT

ARTIST INVOLVED

Anthony Wallace (he/him)
Others to be announced

OVERVIEW

The Community Songbook Project will engage community members and local musicians from Francis Beavis Manor to hold a public performance for their community showcasing original songs drawn from the stories, experiences and personalities of the community. Through community engagement and song writing circles, music will be written by local musicians and then performed for the community.

SHOW DATES & INFORMATION

SONGWRITING CIRCLE
August 21st, 2021 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Glen Rhodes United Church (1470 Gerrard St East, Toronto, ON)

August 28th, 2021 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Glen Rhodes United Church (1470 Gerrard St East, Toronto, ON)

PERFORMANCE
August 29th, 2021 @ 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Frances Beavis Manor (369 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON)

A link to learn more about this project is coming soon!

everyBODY DANCE PARTY

ARTIST INVOLVED

Greg Carruthers (he/him)
Sierra Holder (she/her)
Brittany Banks (she/her)

OVERVIEW

EveryBODY Dance Party is a 1-hour, socially distanced event for families to come together with their community and embrace dance as a form of joyful exercise (without a weight-loss focus). Participants will be led by professional dancers in diverse bodies, through dance routines that are accessible to all skill levels, body types and abilities. So grab your loved ones, a bottle of water and sunscreen and let’s celebrate all of the amazing things our bodies do for us!

SHOW DATES & INFORMATION

August 6th, 2021 @ 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Withrow Park (Toronto, ON)

August 13th, 2021 @ 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Christie Pitts (Toronto, ON)

August 20th, 2021 @ 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Serena Grundy Park (Toronto, ON)

August 27th, 2021 @ 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Stanley Park North (Toronto, ON)

Click here to learn more about their shows!

SUPPORTIVE SOUNDS SERIES

ARTIST INVOLVED

Heather Clear Wind (she/her/they/them)

OVERVIEW

The Supportive Sounds Series will be a rare opportunity to experience nature in a new (and yet ancient) way that can help to bring you back home to yourself, to your spirit and to who you truly are – gently reminding you that you are a spirit having a human experience.

This will be a wonderfully restorative time for people to come (back) together to enjoy connecting and creating community, listening to Indigenous teachings and storytelling in the beautiful nature that surrounds and supports us daily. 

You will get to experience the powerful healing drumbeats of the Indigenous big drum, be a part of Indigenous ceremony, and listen and share together in a compassionate and supportive space.

SHOW DATES & INFORMATION

August 22nd, 2021 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Home Smith Park (4101 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON)

August 29th, 2021 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Home Smith Park (4101 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON)

Click here to learn more about this project!

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THE SONGS OF MY ELDERS

ARTISTS INVOLVED

Brittany Miranda (she/her)
Samuel Turner (he/him)
Aaron Eyre (he/him)

OVERVIEW

This project aims to reconnect residents of long-term care homes with their loved ones through a personalized song and story experience. Live outdoor concerts weave together anecdotes of the attending residents with their favourite tunes, celebrating the past and creating more memories for the post-pandemic future.

SHOW DATES & INFORMATION

August 6th, 2021 @ 2:00 PM ET
Altamont Care Community* (92 Island Rd, Scarborough, ON)

August 12th, 2021 @ 2:00 PM ET
Main Street Terrace Long Term Care* (77 Main Street, Toronto ON)

August 19th, 2021 @ 2:30 PM ET
Belmont House* (55 Belmont St, Toronto, ON)

*Audience size limits may vary, pending Covid-19 safety guidelines changing

PAST ARTISTS

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BEAT MAKERS!

ARTISTS INVOLVED

Luis Anselmi (he/him)
Camila Lozada (she/her)
Anastassia Irina (she/her)

Johnathan Nvita (he/him)
Mehek Cazi (she/her)

OVERVIEW

Create your own instrument, learn about rhythm, composition and perform! Our goal is to introduce children to simple music concepts and engage them in a way that will spark their creativity!

Click here to learn more about their camp!

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PARTYPEOPLE

ARTISTS INVOLVED

Jord Camp (he/him)
Elizabeth Staples (she/her)

OVERVIEW

5 Queer people gather in a park.

They are guided by synchronized iPods and a performance-artist-club-kid-drag-creature from beyond, Jord Camp. They go on an interactive journey of dance, reveals and surprises.

Together, they choose what the future will look like.

Click here to learn more about their shows!

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STREET PARTY

ARTISTS INVOLVED

Ian Goodtimes (he/him)
Lindsay Goodtimes (she/her)
Roxy-Jean Goodtimes (she/her)
Pepper Goodtimes (she/her)
Lowell Whitty (he/him)
Josh Bird (he/him)

OVERVIEW

STREET PARTY is a parade, a show & a celebration; a gathering of friends and neighbours led by The Goodtimes and starring everyone. Street Party is an opportunity for your community to get together with song and  dance. It’s been a long time so Let’s All Party Together!

Click here to learn more about their shows!

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1:1 CONCERTS

ARTISTS INVOLVED

Olivia Shortt (they/them)
Justin Massey (he/him)

OVERVIEW

Improvised songs created with unique prompts for a single audience member. What’s more exciting than a personal and intimate one-on-one concert? Performed by Olivia Shortt and Justin Massey.

Click here to learn more about Olivia’s work!