Over the past six years, the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) has established itself as a successful, credible, creative arts organization with an international presence in the classical music world. It has developed a systematic method for conceiving, organizing and presenting organ concerts, with thousands of spectators attending our events.
Building on this success and as part of our ongoing mission to increase public awareness and interest for great music, we wish to establish an annual series of organ recitals, concerts and affiliated cultural events across the country, in partnership with other organizations in local communities. The primary aims of the endeavour are as follows:
The Organ takes its Place is unique in that it pairs talented, young artists that we identify through our competitions, with instruments and heritage venues that already exist in communities across the country. We will utilize these resources, which will allow us to present our concerts at a reasonable cost, and at the same time help to instil civic pride by allowing citizens to appreciate local cultural heritage that they may not otherwise experience. Most pipe organs are housed in churches, and as congregations shrink and demographics change, these instruments, which are multifaceted works of art, often risk falling to dilapidation. Our project will ensure a new vocation so that these instruments can live on for the enjoyment of future generations. To help create a strong link with the local community we plan to donate part of the of ticket sale proceeds for the upkeep of the instruments that we use. In addition to offering support to a worthy cause, we believe that this will also help us to generate interest from within the local community.
Granby (QC) Halifax (NS) Lunenburg (NS) Amherst (NS) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton (QC) Saint-Pascal-de-Kamouaska (QC) Rimouski (QC)