Since its founding in 1972, The Toronto Consort has become internationally recognized for its excellence in the performance of medieval, renaissance and early baroque music. Led by a collective of Artistic Associates, the group’s members are amongst Canada’s leading early music specialists, including both singers and instrumentalists on early plucked and bowed strings, flutes, keyboards, and percussion.
The Toronto Consort specializes in rarely heard repertoire from roughly 1100 AD to 1650 AD, frequently presented in collaboration with other artists, such as actors, dancers, visual and multi-media artists, and guest specialists. The collaborative nature of its creative process has led to diverse productions enthusiastically received by varied modern audiences, from dedicated music-history aficionados to occasional or first-time patrons.
Each year, the Consort presents a five-production, twelve-concert series in the beautiful acoustic of Jeanne Lamon Hall at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, located in downtown Toronto’s Bloor Street Cultural Corridor. The Consort also tours regularly outside the Greater Toronto Area, having been to Europe and Great Britain, frequently across Canada, and into the United States.
The Toronto Consort also offers free audience-engagement activities, such as pre-concert lectures, high school education concerts and learning workshops, the Early Music Collaboration Lab for Seniors and Youth, and runs development programs for Emerging Artists and Board of Directors Training.