The Canada Symphony

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The Canada Symphony

A tribute from Ireland to Canada

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Isabel Bader Theatre 93 Charles Street West Toronto, ON M5S 2C7 Canada

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The Canada Symphony is an acknowledgement of the 175th anniversary of the perilous journey thousands of Irish Famine Migrants faced and the compassionate and brave people who received and aided them after crossing an ocean, traversing eastern Canada, arriving at Reese’s Wharf, starting a new chapter in Toronto and beyond.

In a time when the settlement of Toronto had no more than 20 thousand people, 38 thousand Irish Migrants arrived on the city’s shores in 1847. Steamships filled with men, women and children were filled with passengers exhausted and sick from Typhus from their weeks-long journey.

Without the generosity and bravery of Toronto’s residents at the time, some of who lost their lives caring for the Migrants, the rich history shared between Canada and Ireland might not exist today.

The music composed by Odhrán Ó Casaide is a ‘Thank You Letter’ to all those who put humanity above all during difficult times.