The concept of True North Foundation has its roots in a 15 year
period from the late 1970's until the early 90's, growing out of the
practical experience of presenting concerts, tours, and festivals
both in Canada and internationally, combined with a perceived need
for showcasing little known works by Canadian composers. Practical
experiences included "Quoi de Neuf?" - an experimental multimedia
performance festival in Montreal broadcast on a local cable
television network, the "ComPoster" education project in
collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre, and "Kanada Muusika
Paevad" (Canadian Music Days) a showcase of Canadian music and film
presented in the cities of Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, and Viljandi as
the first international festival held in newly independent Estonia.
True North Foundation was officially launched in Toronto in 1997.
Its first project was a large scale collaboration with both Canadian
and Taiwanese governments in presenting "True North Festival 1998"
in Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The basic components of this
project were 12 programs of Canadian concert music, a 3 month
exhibition of Canadian landscape art at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine
Arts , and a one hour video documentary that was screened across
Canada over a 4 year period on Bravo Cable TV.
In the years following True North Festival, the foundation has
focused more on specific international collaborations in the Nordic
and Baltic countries and in developing local Toronto-based programs
for the regional community such as The Boreal Orchestra ensemble.