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Welcome to the Sistema Toronto Blog!

Throughout the year, we'll be sharing all kinds of information to keep you up-to-date on the inspiring work being done in our program. From updates about our curriculum, to interviews with our teaching artists and guests, to information about how our values inform our work, you'll find it all here.

September 2023: Welcome Back!

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Welcome to another exciting, musical year at Sistema Toronto! We're so excited to get back into the classroom to inspire our students towards discoveries, triumphs, and growth throughout another great year of programming. With the beginning of a new year comes updates and additions to our program that are sure to make this year a truly remarkable one.

Read on to find out what's new at Sistema Toronto...

October 2023: Inclusivity at Sistema Toronto

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Sistema Toronto is first and foremost a social development program; we see music education as a catalyst for creating transformative social change. Inclusivity in our programming and classrooms is paramount to our mission - we do everything we can to make sure our classrooms are safe spaces for all students to explore, create, and express themselves.

Read on to find out what Sistema Toronto is doing to make sure all students feel safe and welcome in our program... 

November 2023: An Interview with Juanita Muise

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In October, Juanita Muise — musician, and Indigenous Engagement Coordinator at the University of Toronto Scarborough — joined students at Sistema Toronto - Scarborough to teach them about Indigenous music and drumming, and to speak about the significance of music to her culture. After the workshop, we sat down with Juanita to talk about her lifelong relationship with music and the impact she hopes to have as a music educator.    


January 2024: Exploring Beauty in Music Education

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In September, Sistema Toronto's Centre Directors, along with several representatives from the admin team, travelled to Chicago to attend the Fire Up! Retreat, hosted by the Academy for Impact Through Music (AIM). Using ideas from this retreat, our teaching artists were invited to pursue a 6-week experiment where they explored the idea of beauty in performances by beginners musicians.

Read about the experience...

February 2024: An Interview with Shawn Earle

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To cap off Black History Month month, we sat down with Shawn Earle: an accomplished musician and educator, as well as CEO at Sistema Toronto. Shawn shared his musical journey, his influences, and how he hopes to decolonize music education in his leadership role at Sistema Toronto.


April 2024: Women Composers in Sistema Toronto

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Through its repertoire and programming, Sistema Toronto actively promotes gender equity and inclusivity, recognizing the invaluable contributions of women musicians to the classical music landscape, and striving to empower and inspire a new generation of women in music.

Click here to read about the incredible women composers in Sistema Toronto...

June 2024: I Am The Dream

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This year, Sistema Toronto began working with students at the TDSB Africentric Alternative school to bring music programming to their enthusiastic students. In February, the students adapted and performed a song about Black historical figures and their legacies.

Click here to learn about the process of creating their song, and listen to their performance...

Older Entries:

For our 2021-22 blog entries, please click here.

For our 2020-21 blog entries, please click here.

For our 2019-20 blog entries, please click here.