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Canadian Music Centre Honours Joan Chalmers CC, OOnt

Canadian Music Centre Honours Joan Chalmers CC, OOnt

December 15, 2016

Generous benefactor and friend, Joan Chalmers, who passed away on Friday, December 2, was remembered by the Board of Directors at their meeting on Friday, December 9.

Board Chair, composer Nicolas Gilbert commented: “As one of Canada’s most dedicated arts philanthropists, Joan supported creativity in many forms, building on the legacy of her father, the late Floyd Chalmers.”

Through her generosity, on Floyd Chalmers’ 85th birthday in 1983, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, became the national home of the Canadian Music Centre. Historic Symonds House (1892) was renamed Chalmers House to honour the Chalmers Family’s extensive contributions to the arts in Canada. In October 2013, following extensive renovations, the intimate 50-seat Chalmers Performance Space opened at 20 St. Joseph Street to host workshops, recitals, performances and special events.

John Miller, CMC Executive Director at the time, commented: “Joan’s passion and dedication to the creative process as well as the legacy of our Canadian composers were the primary reasons she felt the CMC deserved a permanent national home.”

The Canadian Music Centre was also the grateful recipient of a contribution in 1998 when Joan celebrated her 70th birthday with a $1 million gift shared with some twenty leading arts organizations.

For six decades, the CMC has served a vital role across Canada and throughout the world by providing unique resources for exploring, discovering, and performing Canadian music. We are passionate about nurturing a musical community that honours this legacy and supports the professional development of Canadian musicians and composers.

Through its five regional hubs (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies and BC) the Canadian Music Centre inspires fresh perspectives, celebrates inventive composers, and provides transformative experiences. We champion artistic diversity and embrace Canada's rich cultural heritage in creative centres across the country and internationally.

In her energy, vision, dedication and sheer love of the arts, Joan set a magnificent example of what philanthropy means and how vital it is for creative work to flourish. May her legacy be reflected in the work of this and other arts organisations, and the lives and work of artists across Canada for future generations.