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2020 – 2021 President’s Message

Welcome to the 65th season of the Guitar Society of Toronto!  Our 2020-21concert season will be very different from any that has come before, and will be a new experience for us all. When we cancelled the remainder of last season back in March, I don’t think any of us imagined how long the pandemic would continue. But here we are […]

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 […]

2019 Toronto Guitar Weekend live at Zoomer Hall – Video

In case you missed it, here is the live-to-air radio concert ‘Toronto Guitar Weekend live at Zoomer Hall’ on classical 96.3FM.

In Memoriam Eli Kassner 1924-2018

We are deeply saddened at the passing of our founder, great friend and inspiration, Eli Kassner. Eli passed away Thursday evening at the age of 94. We will miss his energy, his inspiration and his creativity but we are forever grateful to him for the gift of his knowledge and passion for the guitar. Details about his funeral will be […]

President’s Message 2018-2019

Welcome to the 2018-19 season of the Guitar Society of Toronto! This season we are privileged to welcome many exciting international artists to our concert stage. Several – such as the Texas Guitar Quartet, our season opener – are making their first-ever appearance in Toronto.  Others are making welcome return appearances – including Paraguayan virtuoso Berta Rojas, whose performance here […]

Order the Biography of our Founder, Eli Kasner

‘Truly, Eli Kassner has lived a life full of liveliness, spirit, and joy – allegro vivace con brio.’ This autobiography by Guitar Society of Toronto founder Eli Kassner, with Jack Silver was published in 2016, the year the Guitar Society of Toronto celebrated its 60th anniversary, and coincidentally the same year Eli Kassner was awarded the Order of Canada. Costs […]

Sad news about Ann Kassner

It is with great sadness that we announce that Ann Kassner passed away on the afternoon of Saturday, August 12, 2017. For more than forty years Ann was Eli Kassner’s constant companion, his beloved partner both in guitar and in life. Through their years together Ann partnered with Eli in everything — from teaching and travelling the world, to creating […]

President’s Message for the 2017-18 Season

Welcome to the 2017-18 season of the Guitar Society of Toronto! The season opens September 16 with a concert by the extraordinarily versatile American guitarist David Leisner.  As you can see on our Concerts page, we continue throughout the year with many exciting international artists coming to perform for us. The regular season will conclude in March with the return […]

Society Founder Eli Kassner Awarded Order of Canada

We are delighted to tell you that on June 30, the Government of Canada announced that our founder Eli Kassner has been named to the Order of Canada, our country’s highest civilian honour. The Order of Canada “recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to  the community and service to the nation.  The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their […]

Message from the President

Welcome to the 2015-16 season of the Guitar Society of Toronto! I am honoured to greet you as the newly elected president of this venerable organization, and am well aware of the responsibility of heading up one of the oldest and most respected guitar societies in the world. The Society was founded by Eli Kassner in 1956: this season we […]