The Toronto Theatre Organ Society

IMPORTANT NOTICE - TTOS MAIL CONTACT UPDATE

TTOS has a new Canada Post mailing address.

Please consult the Contact Us tab before sending your letter to us.

The updated address is effective starting April 25 2018.

WELCOME MESSAGE

We all live in a busy time when many attractions compete for our entertainment and edification.

The theatre organ excels in rewarding that quest for a great night out, offering a living history from a century ago in the presentation of films from the silent era - transporting us back to the cinema of that time, hearing the music performed live in real time - the sounds created by a pipe organ as those audiences of the silent era experienced it.

No recording can capture the immediacy and the emotional excitement of the live performance literally in the hands and feet of a skilled musician that the theatre organ can offer.

Pull out all the stops?

Pure theatre organ - the height of the chase, the flood, the earthquake - the organist pulling out all the organ stops and throwing the music in full furious energy into the action - and there is no other experience quite like it.

Silent film musical scores were often not original compostions but instead were compilations of themes and musical quotations - an approach to film scoring developed on the theatre organ that it is still possible to hear in modern film scores but also at our screenings of silent era films where it all started.

Whether performed on a silent film era theatre pipe organ, a church pipe organ that was new during the silent era or a digitally sampled instrument that is a technology as new as the 21st century, this approach to the music for film is as fresh, creative and exhilirating as ever - it is frankly timeless - the essence of a film score to this day.

We at TTOS express our deepest appreciation to you - our loyal supporters who generously took the time out of your busy lives to attend our events, few as they have been for our 2017 - 2018 season.

We hope you enjoyed the music and the films - and the history and the tradition that we strive to keep alive.

We hope you share our enthusiasm - bring the family! - and tell your friends of a night out that is unforgettable and just cannot be beat!

We look forward to welcoming you and your family and friends back for our upcoming season.

Please check back at this web site for further updates.

A Note to Patrons

We continue to work towards a solution to the loss of access to Casa Loma and our Wurlitzer for concerts. At this time, the Wurlitzer remains in situ and we hope that in the future we will be able to make use of it for concerts once again. In the meantime, we are looking into alternate solutions to providing theatre organ concerts once again on a theatre pipe instrument.

We will keep you informed on our progress.

We value your continued support at this difficult time.

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The Toronto Theatre Organ Society was organized in the mid-sixties to rescue Shea's Wurlitzer from almost certain extinction when it had to be removed from Maple Leaf Gardens. The Society is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization whose aims are to promote an appreciation of all theatre organs and to bring together people who share this common interest.

By preserving and maintaining Canada's largest Wurlitzer and presenting concerts and silent film screenings that feature the theatre organ, the Society seeks to keep traditional memories alive while introducing a new generation to the musical wonders of this amazing instrument. Our Volunteer Members regularly give their time to maintain and improve the organ and to produce, promote and present the Society's annual concert and silent film season.

Please contact us if you would like to join us as a volunteer.

Click here to use our secure payment system to make an online purchase of tickets and our CD!

Click here for track information and to purchase a copy of our CD - The Music of Casa Loma - featuring Ken Double in concert playing the Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ in the Great Hall of Casa Loma.

TTOS is now a registered charity. Please contact us by email at enquiries@ttos.ca to arrange your donation and we will send you a tax receipt.

Consider a gift!

Music of Casa Loma

 

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