Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra has just announced a $100,000 matching grant from the City of Toronto to assist with Phase 2 of its project to renovate and revitalize its home venue, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Information on Tafelmusik’s Venue Revitalization Project is available at Tafelmusik’s website. Phase 1 took place in the summer of 2013, and brought major acoustical, stage and seating upgrades to Jeanne Lamon Hall. The Phase Two renovation work will be completed in late September 2014, with the first public concerts taking place October 9-12, 2014.
Phase 2 includes structural and aesthetic improvements, upgraded lighting and safety equipment, energy efficiency, and accessibility improvements: the lobby will be enlarged to alleviate overcrowding, floors and subfloors will be upgraded and strengthened, and a ramp and automatic door opener will be added to facilitate accessibility. In the hall, stage lighting and multi-media equipment will be upgraded and modernized, and a fall arrest system will be installed to ensure the safety of lighting technicians. The combined Tafelmusik/ Toronto Consort box office will be refurbished, including an accessible ticket counter for patrons in wheelchairs.
The project represents the culmination of ten years of collective visioning and planning for the revitalization of this 1889 heritage building.
Tafelmusik will continue its capital fundraising campaign – currently at $2.8 million raised towards the $3.3 million goal – with ongoing individual, foundation, corporate and government requests for support.