Forte – Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus is one of Canada’s premier male choral ensembles with a membership proudly drawn from Toronto’s diverse LGTBQ+ community.
Created by three founding members in 1997, Forte has evolved through a wide range of performance styles and repertoires; from show tunes and “choir-ography” to original and classical works. Today, their programming includes an exciting and challenging array of musical styles, presented in their annual holiday and Pride-affiliated summer shows and their ongoing Unzipped cabaret series at Buddies in Bad Times.
Forte Chorus also appears at a variety of beloved LGBTQ+ community events including the Candlelight AIDS Vigil, Pride and Remembrance Run, Toronto Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Inspire Awards, Orlando/Pulse Nightclub Memorial, The Imperial Court of Toronto Coronation and the Toronto Mr. Leatherman competition.
Sistema Toronto provides musical and intellectual opportunities to children in vulnerable communities, with the goal of transformative social change. Sistema builds stronger communities by enabling at-risk children to overcome poverty, grow, and thrive as engaged citizens and future leaders.
Sistema Toronto is first and foremost a social development program, using ensemble-based music education to transform the lives of at-risk children. Sistema Toronto students work together for 10 hours of weekly instruction. They learn strings (violin, viola, cello, or double bass), percussion, choir, and music and movement while developing important life skills like problem solving, empathy, and self-advocacy.