The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been granted $7.5 Million from the federal government to prepare a "national musical celebration" for Canada's 150th birthday celebrations in 2017.
The announcement was made by Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly at Toronto's Daniels Spectrum Theatre this morning, where she was backed by a string ensemble.
"The TSO will be working with various orchestras throughout the country to highlight the work of iconic Canadian musicians, as well as new and emerging artists, creating a soundtrack as rich and diverse as our country," she explained.
TSO vice-president of marketing Dave Postill went into further detail on the orchestra's project, titled the Canada Mosaic. "Its purpose is to highlight and showcase Canada's musical talent, including over 36 orchestras from communities across the country," he revealed.
"We're going to work with the Polaris Music Prize, diverse Canadian artists and members of the music industry, and bring together all of these folks under the leadership of the TSO to create a project that's national in scope."
The federal government will also give $10 million to the Community Foundations of Canada for its community fund project, through which grants of up to $50,000 will be given out to stage events in communities across the country.
"The community fund for Canada will use its extensive network to distribute microgrants that will support community projects throughout the country in thousands of communities," Joly added.
Watch an introductory video to the TSO's Canada Mosaic below. Thanks to CBC for the tip.