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PREVIEW | The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Returns To Harbourfront For A Free Canada Day Concert June 30

By Anya Wassenberg on June 24, 2024

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Barrett Principal Education Conductor & Community Ambassador Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser at Harbourfront Centre (Photo courtesy of the TSO)
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Barrett Principal Education Conductor & Community Ambassador Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser at Harbourfront Centre (Photo courtesy of the TSO)

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will return to Harbourfront Centre for a free concert in honour of Canada Day. The popular annual event takes place on June 30 lakeside, with Barrett Principal Education Conductor & Community Ambassador Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser leading the orchestra.

After a set of comedy with Martha Chaves, the concert of beloved orchestral favourites will take place, with violinist Joelle Crigger as soloist.

The Performers

Martha Chaves

The fun begins with a set of comedy by Martha Chaves. Martha is a Nicaraguan-Canadian actress, playwright, activist and comedian who performs frequently in the comedy circuits throughout North and Latin America. The quadri-lingual comedian — she performs her standup routines in English, French, Spanish, and Italian — is also a regular at Just for Laughs and other major comedy festivals.

Joelle Crigger, violin

Joelle Crigger’s music practice includes fiddling as well as classical violin. She got her start playing fiddle at the age of six, and is a past winner of The Canadian Open Junior Fiddle Championship.

In the classical world, she enjoys chamber and orchestral work as well as performing as a recitalist. She recently performed Bruch’s Violin Sonata with the Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra, and is a familiar face on stages with other regional orchestras.

She was one of the winners of the 2022 North York Concert Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition, and performed with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. She served as concertmaster of the TSYO for three terms.

Joelle won the TSYO Stingray Rising Stars Award for 2022/23. The Award is designed to recognize young musicians with exceptional potential for advancement, and comes with a $1,000 prize that will help fund their ambitions as they make the leap from student to professional musician.

In addition to her own studies and performance, Joelle runs JAC Studios with her mother Neela Crigger, where they offer musical education for all ages and levels, in both the classical and folk genres.

Joelle recently completed her fourth year of study at University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, with Jonathan Crow, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree. In the fall, she’ll be continuing her postgraduate studies at The Glenn Gould School in the Artist Diploma Program in Performance on a full scholarship.

  • Martha Chaves takes the stage at 8 p.m., followed by the TSO at 9 p.m. Find details about the concert and location [HERE].

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