Founded in 2008 and housed in Toronto’s dynamic 60,000 sq. ft. cultural complex, the landmark repurposed streetcar repair “Barns” now known as the Artscape Wychwood Barns, Music in the Barns (MitB) functions as performer, producer and educator, furthering Canadian composition and traditional classical chamber music through its innovative concert series, community engagement workshops and educational programmes.
Comprised of a core group of seven leading musicians and regular guest artists from across Canada and the US, the Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble works closely with Canadian composers, thoughtfully showcasing new compositions alongside modern and classical works. The Ensemble is also known for bringing the concert experience to new social and experiential spheres and for transforming the landmark Artscape Wychwood Barns’ 7,500 sq. ft. Mainspace into a visually unique and acoustically superb concert hall. With distinctive features including multi-level staging, surround visual projections, and in-the-round seating, with repeat sold-out performances, the Ensemble’s Mainspace concert series is quicky gaining a reputation as Toronto’s go-to destination for concerts outside of the traditional concert hall. Inspiring a strong following of new generation audiences, seasoned listeners and the local community, the Ensemble has presented sold out performances of Canadian music by composers such as Nicole Lizée (Mtl), Rose Bolton (TO), Scott Godin (BC), Richard Reed Parry (Mtl) and Michael Oesterle (QC).
MitB also maintains its active Storefront Studio (Artscape Wychwood Barns Studio #164), offering ongoing classical music education programmes including: classes and private lessons to 50 families weekly and growing (Rated “Top Music Classes” by SavvyMom.ca); Classical for Kids concert series with past performances by pianist Peter Longworth and renowned violinist and Banff music co-Director Barry Shiffman; and the International Visiting Artists Professional Development Programme including a weeked with special guest David Amram (Pulitzer-prize winning composer and multi-instrumentalist) and an annual workshop with Burton Kaplan (Manhattan School of Music Professor and author of Practicing for Artistic Success).
Music in the Barns gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Artscape.