Meri’s Musical Musings

Classical Social Event in Toronto (new performing and audience members welcome)

Posted on: February 5, 2013

For the second time in less than 1 year, I’d like to report a local event that is happening around Toronto for musicians. This one is for classical musicians. An open-mic night for classical musicians. Also looking for fans of classical music that would like to see it performed in an unusual type of venue for it.

It’s called Classical Social, which has started running since Sunday January 20, 2013, most Sundays between 7 pm and 10 pm, Fionn MacCools, 181 University Ave, south of Queen. Advanced students, pre-professional, and professional musicians get together and play music the leader or other musicians have brought, from trios to chamber symphony pieces. Sometimes there is a theme to the events, such as the January 27th one being works by Mozart (since it’s his birthday on that day). Even living composers are welcome to try out their works, and people sometimes bring arrangements of pieces they have done.

Performers: Minimum Level 8 RCM recommended, all orchestral instruments, classical vocalists welcome.

Performers entertain the pub guests through their play-throughs/performances. While occasionally there are small groups of musicians that know each other, musicians frequently meet musicians that they need for their own ensembles, or find a link to musicians that their new ensemble partners know. For example, I met another clarinetist who’s working as a chamber music coach for two of my past students, who are both currently in 3rd year university.

It’s a great way of making classical music more accessible to a wider audience, and for musicians to get to know each other better. For info and to confirm that there is a Classical Social that Sunday (the occasional Sunday the venue is reserved for another event for example), email the director, Simon Capet,, or check out the Web site: or facebook page:


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