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Toronto Proclaims September 25 ‘Glenn Gould Day’

Toronto Proclaims September 25 ‘Glenn Gould Day’

Published on September 21, 2022

Free concerts, film screenings, and the announcement of the 14th Glenn Gould Prize Laureate celebrate the 90th anniversary of the artist’s birth 

Glenn Gould

As one of the most iconic and loved artists of the 20th century, Glenn Gould has an enduring legacy in Canada’s arts and culture sector, inspiring generations of musicians. To mark the occasion of what would have been Gould’s 90th birthday, the City of Toronto will proclaim September 25, 2022 “Glenn Gould Day” and, along with The Royal Conservatory of Music and the Glenn Gould Foundation, events of celebration will be held throughout the city. 

On September 25, the 2022 Glenn Gould Prize will be awarded at Koerner Hall by a jury panel chaired by acclaimed music producer and RCM Alumnus Bob Ezrin. Jury members also include RCM Honorary Fellows Sir Andrew Davis and JUNO & Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter k.d. lang, and Koerner Hall artists pianist Hélène Mercier and Music Director of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Lü Jia

The Glenn Gould Prize is awarded biennially to an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts. Past winners include RCM Alumnus Oscar Peterson, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonard Cohen, and Philip Glass. 

Following the prize announcement, a free concert will be held at Koerner Hall where Alma Deutscher conducts The Glenn Gould Festival Orchestra in a concert of her own music.  

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As Glenn As Can Be book cover

“As Glenn as Can Be” Children's Book 

Glenn Gould had a remarkable career that included recording, television, film, radio, composing, and writing scholarly and critical work. Written by Sarah Ellis, with illustrations by Nancy Vo, the book portrays Glenn, a child with unique gifts and challenges, as he transitions from being a prodigy who doesn’t quite fit in with the crowd, to a self-actualized young artist whose relationship with music and technology enables him to be fully himself. 

To celebrate the 90th Birthday of Glenn Gould, we gave away 10 copies of ‘As Glenn As Can Be’ children’s books portraying the young Glenn Gould, courtesy of House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books. Congratulations to the winners!

Listen to some of Glenn Gould’s most celebrated music