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Small World is a celebration of cultural diversity expressed by one of the most potent tools available - music.
About Small World Music Society
Established in 1997, Small World Music Society is a charitable organization that has earned a cherished place within Toronto’s cultural fabric, with a reputation as the city’s premier presenter of culturally diverse music. With its commitment to supporting locally-based artists, fellow presenters, community groups and audiences, Small World uses music to foster understanding and build cultural bridges.
Small World has presented close to 600 concerts and workshops in venues ranging from prestigious concert halls, to outdoor festival stages, to small and medium-sized clubs, across the Greater Toronto Area.
The company’s motto - “The Beat of the Globe in the Heart of Toronto”, reflects its history - Small World presentations have featured artists from every corner of the globe – from Mali to Mongolia, from Brazil to Bulgaria. Great pride is taken in showcasing a breadth of artists ranging from emerging young musicians to internationally celebrated stars. Small World is uniquely positioned to bring this wealth of global sounds to an audience that encompasses all cultural groups.
The annual signature program is the Small World Music Festival, which runs for 10 days in late September. Since its debut in 2002, the Festival has grown to include Small World in the Square, a “festival within a festival” that offers a full day of free concerts and workshops at Yonge-Dundas Square.
The Small World Music Centre - Toronto’s World Music Hub
In early 2014, the company will enter an exciting phase of growth and community programming by occupying a new facility – the Small World Music Centre. For the first time, the organization will have an identifiable home, providing a place that Toronto’s culturally diverse music community can call home – a World Music Hub. Located at Toronto Artscape’s new YoungPlace on Shaw Street, it will be a 1,000 square foot performance space featuring professional quality staging and sound, telescopic seating to accommodate 70 people. The Centre will host intimate concerts, workshops, master classes, panel discussions, rehearsals and multimedia productions that will engage a diverse range of artists and cultural communities and take Small World into the next phase of its organizational development. The Small World Music Centre will allow the company to grow in new ways, opening up possibilities that only a dedicated physical space can. From longer-term artistic processes as a ‘creative incubator’ to small-scale performances presented with the highest production standards, the SWMC will broaden the options for artists and audiences and allow Small World to enhance its educational outreach and community engagement. The Centre will advance culturally diverse music in terms of profile, artistic quality, collaborative innovation and as an essential bridge builder between communities.
Small World’s mission is:
• To celebrate cultural diversity and pluralism through music
• To support and showcase Canada’s wealth of culturally diverse talent
• To promote intercultural dialogue, education and understanding between communities