Mar 15, 2016
By Andy Johnson
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, the federal government is spending $7.5 million on a “national musical celebration” under the leadership of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
In announcing the details, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said the TSO would be working with various orchestras throughout the country to highlight the work of iconic Canadian musicians, as well as new and emerging artists. Joly says the effort will create a soundtrack as rich and diverse as our country.
TSO V.P. of Marketing, Dave Postill, says the purpose of the Canada 150 mosaic is to highlight and showcase Canada’s musical talent, including over 36 orchestras from communities across the country.
The government is also spending $10 million to sponsor community events across the country next year.