Counterpoint Community Orchestra is unique in Canada and in North America and is an important artistic, cultural, and educational outlet for music in the Toronto 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
Beginning in 1984 at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. A group of young, ambitious gay and lesbian musicians formed their own independent organization in order to move closer to the gay community at large, and with this vision became the first secular Lesbian and Gay orchestra in Canada and the world.
Back then, rehearsals were held at the old Parasol Rehearsal Studios on Jarvis Street. At the Parasol, they also began giving frequent concerts which were well attended right from the beginning. The music presented at that time consisted mainly of Baroque and Chamber Music. As the orchestra grew in size and experience, it began to explore other forms of music and moved its rehearsals to the Auditorium of the 519 Centre on Church Street
Since 1984, Counterpoint has benefited from a number of experienced conductors. CCO’s current conductor, Andrew Chung, also directs several other ensembles in Toronto and has played professionally in Hong Kong.
In 2005 Counterpoint underwent a significant organizational change, building toward a promising future. By incorporating and forming a Board of Directors it was hoped that the Orchestra’s ability to create a more effective organizing body as well as increase opportunities for funding future seasons would be greatly enhanced.
In the end, and because of the several hundred loyal and vigorous community musicians and volunteers who figuratively “passed through our doors” over the years, Counterpoint has continued resilience for the future and continues to support the principles of the spirit and muses of music, and in the advocacy of equality and diversity that builds community.