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Donations Impact the Community

July 13, 2021

Donations at work—by the numbers!

Every gift to the TSO in 2020/21 had a direct impact on our community and is helping us pave our way back into the concert hall in November 2021.


weekly mini-concerts by TSO musicians were a bright spot in the lives of isolated older adults through our partnerships with the YMCA of Greater Toronto and the Chinese Cultural Centre.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra and YMCA of Greater Toronto Bring Live Music to Older Adults

New Concert Series with Chinese Cultural Centre


TSOUND CONNECTIONS concerts performed by Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) members lifted spirits. The program, offering music and conversation to isolated seniors, was piloted by the TSYO during the first difficult months of the pandemic. The TSYO continued its training, mentorship, and studies through 2020/21 despite never playing together in person.

The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Expands Its Skill Set This Season

TSOUND CONNECTIONS was so successful it was expanded to include TSO musicians and calls to people living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.


total TSOUND CONNECTIONS calls were made by musicians of the TSYO and the TSO in 2020/21.

TSO in the News: Performances for Isolated Seniors


JK–Grade 12 classrooms across Ontario received motivation and inspiration from TSO musicians during these 45-minute Classroom Concerts.

TSO Musicians—Coming to a Classroom near You


people watched our OnDemand and Live Stream concerts, including our Halloween ‘spooktacular’ film, a multimedia version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and the recent Live Stream Replay, Sarah Jeffrey Plays Mozart. In a year when we weren’t able to perform in front of live audiences, these concerts brought us closer to you.

Listen: Capturing Beethoven Septet in Unprecedented Times

16 Months...

since we were all in the concert hall together. Donations enabled us to keep our musicians together and working all year, doing what they love—sharing music with you. Government grants and employment programs were vital, but donations meant the TSO was able to perform and serve our community without interruption through the last 16 months. We couldn’t have done it or any of the programs listed above, and so many more, without our incredible donor community! 

TSO a Bustle of Activity Despite Stay-at-Home Order


This season's Annual Fund Campaign surpassed expectations thanks to the generosity of our supporters! We are particularly grateful to our donors for the enthusiastic response to our recent matching-gift campaign, which we are thrilled to announce raised $595,000 from over 2,000 individuals. Special thanks to our lead matching-gift donors—Francine and Bob Barrett and an anonymous donor—for their steadfast commitment to the TSO. Overall, 5,337 TSO patrons made charitable donations in 2020/21, playing a vital role in our music-making. Thank you!

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