Tapestry Opera to deliver free live curbside concerts in Toronto

Safe, live performances available in neighbourhoods across Toronto throughout the summer and fall of 2020

Design by Rachel Forbes

TORONTO – Tapestry Opera is driving live music to Toronto’s neighbourhoods this summer with an innovative curbside delivery program, Box Concerts (#BoxConcerts), a core initiative of Tapestry’s “Immune to Cancellation Season”

In collaboration, Distillery District neighbours Soulpepper Theatre Company and Tapestry Opera have built a compact travelling “box stage” to deliver singers and instrumentalists across the city. Box Concerts will offer free curbside concerts to community centres, care homes, and frontline workers, delivering world-class performers to communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Torontonians who are missing the thrill of live music and theatre can book a performance to enjoy from their own porches, or donate a performance to a worthy health facility or community area. 

The pilot project offers two concerts: Classic Musical Theatre & Opera, and Classical Cello. Private performances can be booked for $150 per performance. 

Artistic Directors Michael Hidetoshi Mori of Tapestry Opera and Weyni Mengesha of Soulpepper were enthusiastic about new possibilities for safe, outdoor live performance and for finding ways to reach communities and people in need of connection, music and inspiration. 

“So many of us are stuck at home feeling isolated and screen-saturated. This innovative “boxed” stage goes a long way towards helping us feel connected and engaged. It’s also a creative way for Tapestry Opera and Soulpepper to keep artists employed during this time of massive cancellations.” 

Michael Hidetoshi Mori, General and Artistic Director, Tapestry Opera

“It is more important than ever to find ways to safely bring humans together and to use theatre and music to help our communities and front line workers heal and recover. 

We are happy to support our neighbours Tapestry Opera in building this stage and look forward to bringing music and joy to those in need of it.” 

Weyni Mengesha, Artistic Director, Soulpepper