In Memoriam: Danuta Buczynski († October 26, 2021)

Danuta was an outstanding patron of the arts.  As President of the WMCT from 2001-2004, she led us during a period of remarkable growth in membership numbers, while overseeing four seasons of wonderful concert giving.  As an active member for years before that, she had initiated the Tuning Your Mind series of pre-concert lectures in partnership with the Faculty of Music at the U of T.   Later she chaired the planning for the special events and activities celebrating the 110th anniversary season. 

In 2019 she received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Distinguished Service Award for her even more extensive volunteer work for the Royal Ontario Museum.  Watch the ROM tribute video.                          

Born in France in 1937 and raised in Poland, she met Walter Buczynski in Warsaw in 1960.  He was a Canadian composition student, there on grants from the Polish state, and she was working for the government in handling foreign visitors.  They raised their family in midtown Toronto while he taught at the Faculty of Music, U of T, and she proudly and generously served her new country. Photo from the Funeral Home obituary.

Virginia Parker Prize awarded to Cameron Crozman

Cellist Cameron Crozman (left) will perform for Music in the Afternoon on March 31, 2022, with pianist Philip Chiu.

The $25,000 Prize is awarded to a musician under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence and who makes a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally. Blake Pouliot, who opened the MitA 124th season, was the 2018 winner.

Spring Newsletter

Read all the latest WMCT news with contributions from our Artistic Director, our Board President and other members of the WMCT community

  • “What’s on the Horizon for Music in the Afternoon”
  • News on Award & Scholarship Winners
  • “Imagine a Volunteer from the Past”, “The Year of Living Virtually” & More

Michael Bridge : 2021 Career Development Award Winner

The WMCT is delighted to announce its 2021 Career Development award winner. The CDA is presented every three years to a young and exceptional Canadian musician embarking on a the WMCT, in partnership with CBC Radio Music and Société Radio-Canada/ICI Musique, and it is funded by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation.

Photo: Bo Huang

The 2021 CDA winner is accordionist, Michael Bridge. Our audience will remember Michael from his brilliant Music in the Afternoon concert live-streamed on November 12 last year. Actually, this CDA award represents two firsts – the first accordionist, and the first awardee who has performed for us in advance of receiving the CDA!  But with such a talented and versatile performer as Michael we eagerly look forward to hearing him again (in person!) in his CDA-winner recital in our 2022-23 Music in the Afternoon season.

Michael hails from Calgary and is now based in Toronto. He is currently in the final stages of his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto and on the cusp of a full-time performing career, though already he has toured every Canadian province, nearly half of the American states, and several regions in Europe and South America.

Hearty congratulations to Michael Bridge!

WMCT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

In the summer of 2020, as millions of people in Canada, the US and around the world united to protest racism and discrimination – particularly in the Black community – the WMCT decided it was time to reflect and resolve to take steps towards being more proactive in promoting the goals of anti-racism, access, and equity. As a largely white organization, the WMCT acknowledges its privilege, as well as the need to listen, learn, and actively engage in bringing about change.

With that goal in mind, in July 2020 the WMCT created a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee of the Board. In January 2021 Board members attended an online workshop given by Renée Bazile-Jones, President of Diversity Grand Dame, and former Senior Director of Learning at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

In consultation with the DEI Committee, the WMCT will:

  1. Aim for diverse and under-represented communities to have equitable access to our concerts, awards and scholarships, and committee and board membership
  2. Aim for broader representation of equity-seeking groups among performers in Music in the Afternoon concerts
  3. Work towards ensuring our programs and decision-making are more inclusive and reflect the make-up of the Toronto community

 February, 2021

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