Put The Music in Context

"When the audience really listens, you can feel it."


bold ideas and dedicated performers


From erratic atonal music to lush romantic art song, if you provide your audience with context they will listen. At Classical Context we do not believe that classical music should only be enjoyed by a select audience, however we do believe that listeners can only embrace classical music if they understand it. Six  nights a year, we engage listeners of all musical backgrounds with unique educational concert lectures. Our audience is treated to the sound of high calibre musicians and performers from Canada's finest academic institutions who guide them through the classical repertoire and musical works they are most passionate about, no matter how unconventional. Classical Context is supported by dedicated audience members, and has transformed numerous "non-classical listeners" into art supporters. We provided our performers with suitable financial support, consistently feature Canadian contemporary music, and inspired our community by celebrating the sky high expectations and standards found in our young Canadian classical musicians. 



Financially supporting young artists is essential to build healthy communities. Classical Context offers an appreciative venues and a dedicated audience who are often discovering the classical canon for the first time. Seventy-Five percent of all nightly donations are given directly to the performers.


Audience Engagment 

Every piece of music presented by Classical Context is preceded with a historical, technical and contextual explanation. By preparing our listener's ears for the music in advance, Classical Context has created a home grown audience that considers our clear and thoughtful lectures to be as enjoyable as the performance itself. 


Music For those who need it most

By operating on a "Pay What You Can" basis at specific venues, we ensure our doors remain open to everyone. We believe admission by donation is the most inviting way to engage audience members who have no previous relationship to classical music while simultaneously welcoming families of all income levels. 

Diversity in style and performance



Strong backbone

Classical Context was tactfully nourished into existence by the dedicated congregation of Heron Park Baptist Church, who continue to serve the West Hill Community on a daily basis and have welcomed Classical Context's musicians into their home. In the summer of 2017 Classical Context became a registered small business in Ontario. Classical Context is not sustained by government grants or by patrons. We are accountable only to our audience.