“Some of the best evenings that I have witnessed in Toronto have been performances by Andrew Burashko's Art of Time Ensemble—a caravan of classical and popular musicians. Art of Time leaps over the usual barriers of culture. So Schumann and Tolstoy can rub shoulders with Ginsberg and our best contemporary musicians. The result is entertainment that is often thrilling, often full of insights—as in the old values of art that delight and instruct.” ~ Michael Ondaatje
Andrew Burashko formed Art of Time Ensemble in 1998 with the support of a small group of like-minded musicians and prominent figures in dance, theatre and other art forms, beginning with one-off concerts to small but enthusiastic audiences. Word quickly spread through Toronto's cultural scene. Today, Art of Time works with the best Canadian artists in the performing arts, film and literature, and noteworthy international musicians.
Art of Time presents an annual subscription season at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre Theatre, and regularly appears as part of the Royal Conservatory of Music performance season at Toronto’s Koerner Hall. The company is invited to perform at festivals and events across Canada, including Music in the Morning in Vancouver, the Banff Centre, Chamberfest and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Art of Time also tours Canada, having taken American jazz chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux and Canadian pop stars Steven Page and Sarah Slean out on the road with the Ensemble. Art of Time embarked on a 12-city tour of the United States in November 2015 and will return for a 13-city engagement in the fall of 2016.
The artists with whom the Ensemble have worked represent the finest in their genres, including writers Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje; choreographers Peggy Baker, James Kudelka and David Earle; dancers Evelyn Hart, Rebekah Rimsay, Michael Sean Marye, and Piotr Stancyzk; singers Madeleine Peyroux, Jackie Richardson, Steven Page and Sarah Slean; actors Brent Carver, Tom McCamus, R.H. Thomson, Ted Dykstra, Lucy Peacock and Julian Richings; and filmmakers Peter Mettler and Tess Girard.
Music and musicians are at the heart of Art of Time Ensemble; the ranks of our musicians are deep and their talent unmatched. Featured musicians include Branford Marsalis, Margot Timmins, Hawksley Workman, Gavin Bryars, Jonathan Goldsmith, Rachel Mercer, Benjamin Bowman (concertmaster of the American Ballet Theatre), Stephen Sitarski (concertmaster of Esprit Orchestra), Roman Borys (Gryphon Trio), Steven Dann (soloist and former principal violist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony and the National Arts Centre orchestra), Thomas Wiebe (soloist, cellist for the Duke Trio and Professor at the University of Western Ontario); Phil Dwyer (renowned composer, arranger and saxophonist) and Rob Piltch (the great Canadian guitarist and former member of Blood Sweat and Tears).