2019 – 2020 President’s Message
Welcome to the 2019-20 season of the Guitar Society of Toronto!
This season we are excited to welcome many wonderful international artists to our concert stage. Several – such as season opener Mak Grgic, and GFA winner Raphaël Feuillâtre – are making their Toronto debut. Others are making a welcome return, including Xuefei Yang in January, and Judicaël Perroy in February. Jason Vieaux, our feature performer for the Toronto Guitar Weekend, has not played for us since 2010! As you can see on our Concerts page, we continue throughout the year with many exciting international artists coming to perform for us.
April will feature the sixth version of our very popular Toronto Guitar Weekend – a wonderful opportunity to spend a few days of total immersion in guitar! This year we are thrilled to feature the return of the American virtuoso (and Grammy-winning) guitarist Jason Vieaux. It promises to be another fun and educational weekend, with lectures, luthier fair, master class, and open mic, as well as the tremendously popular Brunch with the Artists.
We are happy to be able to continue to present classical guitar performances in schools, made possible with a grant from the Kenneth G. Mills Foundation. We support local guitar students by way of the President’s Bursary, awarded annually in October. Our community guitar orchestra offers guitarists of all ages and levels an opportunity to learn and perform in an ensemble setting, and our Café Concert series is an opportunity to listen or perform in a relaxed atmosphere with friends. Explore our web site for information about all of these.
As you know, we are a not-for-profit organization, and depend on the generous support of our donors, sponsors and volunteers. We are so grateful; we could not do what we do without them!
It is my honour to be entering my fifth year as President of this venerable organization, one of the oldest and most respected guitar societies in the world. I hope you will consider becoming involved, as a member, donor, or volunteer. Check out the Membership and Donor pages on the web site, and don’t hesitate to contact us – we want to hear from you!
Let’s make this season another one to remember!
Heather Morand Clark,