Toronto Symphony Orchestra brings Reggae Roots to Brampton


Published February 10, 2023 at 11:15 am

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The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) brings Reggae Roots to The Rose Brampton.

This, the TSO’s first-ever performance at The Rose, is on Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m.

The all-ages concert program, Reggae Roots, will be led by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, TSO Barrett Principal Education Conductor and Community Ambassador  and feature Jamaican-born, Halifax-based vocalist Jah’Mila.

Bartholomew-Poyser was assistant conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and associate conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with The Calgary Philharmonic, The Hamilton Philharmonic, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Eastern Sierra Symphony in California, and he has been re-invited to the San Francisco Symphony for five seasons.

Jah’Mila has shared international stages with the likes of The Wailers, Groundation and Grammy award-winning reggae band Black Uhuru, including Sly and Robbie.

As part of this collaboration, TSO musicians will also engage with members of The Rose Orchestra’s youth orchestra—the Rose Buds—in music education and talent-development activities.

Bartholomew-Poyser’s Reggae Roots is a tribute to his Jamaican and Trinidadian roots and is a concert for both young people and adults.

The concert reflects on the social, cultural, and spiritual importance of Reggae, one of Jamaica’s most famous exports and invites attendees to explore the evolution of the genre, and discover the people, sounds, and stories of the movement that grew to influence music around the globe.

“Ever since moving to Ontario from Alberta, I have had increasingly strong ties to Brampton through my family, who have lived there for many years,” Bartholomew-Poyser said. “As a result, I am proud to connect my work at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with the many different communities that form the vibrant city that is Brampton.”

The Rose Brampton’s efforts closely align with the TSO’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion—specifically, seeking to serve broad and diverse communities by sharing meaningful artistic experiences that can be enjoyed by all and that foster social inclusion and societal well-being.

“We’re honoured to welcome the TSO to Brampton, home of The Rose Orchestra and its youth program, the Rosebud Orchestra,” said Steven Schipper, Performing Arts Brampton, executive artistic director. “The TSO’s sensational presentation of Reggae Roots Young People’s Concert is a perfect way to entertain our audience and also raise awareness of orchestral opportunities in Brampton.”

Toronto Symphony Orchestra is just concluding its centennial season.

“Presenting this concert, at this venue, in this city, perfectly represents everything the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is and seeks to be—a cultural mirror in which all members of all communities can see themselves reflected,” said Mark Williams, TSO Chief Executive Officer. “This is music for everyone, and we want to ensure that everyone can experience it.”

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