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Monument to Multiculturalism (1985) by Francesco Perilli outside of Union Station, Toronto, Ontario. 
Photograph by Paul Bica, "Reach Toronto," 2008.

Tickets: $40

Purchase tickets here

One ticket allows access to the following: 

a) recital of Christina Petrowska Quilico;

b) the Worlds Apart conference and recital series.

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico will perform a recital of works related to the theme of multiculturalism in Canada. 


Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 7:30 PM

MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C5


Christina Petrowska Quilico has been appointed to the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and the Royal Society of Canada for her interpretations of contemporary Canadian music. 

The Canadian Encyclopedia calls Christina Petrowska Quilico “one of Canada’s most celebrated pianists. [She is] a noted champion of Canadian composers.“ 

“An extraordinary talent with phenomenal ability… dazzling virtuosity,"

The New York Times.


Recital Program

Larysa Kuzmenko: Victims of Chernobyl

Larysa Kuzmenko: Dance Diabolique

David Jaeger: Lament for the People of Ukraine

Ruth Schonthal: The Canticles of Hieronymus

Oskar Morawetz: Suite for Piano

Peter Paul Koprowski: Rhapsody on a theme of Brahms.

The Conference & Recital Series 

Application due date for conference presenters: February 19th, 2024

Conference Dates: May 25th–26th, 2024

Location: Walter Hall, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto M5S 2C5

Director: Dr. Daniel Jordan

Co-organizer: Prof. Robin Elliott 


Sponsors: Jackman Humanities Institute & Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Worlds Apart will be a two-day conference and recital series that explores how refugees and displaced peoples in Canada have used music to “fill” cultural absences, create diasporic communities, and build intercultural bridges since 1945. After the Allied victory at the end of the Second World War, the four largest waves of refugees entering Canada have been directly connected to East-West geopolitical tensions (e.g. the 250,000 Central and Eastern Europeans who fled Communism between 1947-1952; the 60,000 Vietnamese and Cambodians who fled communism between 1979-1980 [Molloy et al., 2016]; the 60,795 [and counting] Syrians who fled civil war since 2011 prior to the recent natural disaster; and the 137,797 [and counting] Ukrainian citizens who have arrived since 24 February 2022 as emergency three-year temporary residents [Government of Canada, 2023]). Consequently, this period in Canada’s migration history is distinguished by the profound impact of (post-)Cold War conflicts. These same events have informed Canada’s divergent approaches to nation-building at home and its exertion of “soft power” abroad.

Ultimately, it was a group of Ukrainian Canadians, led by linguist Jaroslav Bohdan Rudnyckyj (1910-1995) and politician Paul Yuzyk (1913-1986), who successfully petitioned the Canadian federal government from 1963-1971 to adopt an official policy of “multiculturalism” (Prymak, 2019). Since then, one of the Government of Canada’s core strategies for nation-building has been to represent and revive the cultural traditions of its diasporic communities (Bissoondath, 1994). Nowhere has this approach been more clearly pursued than through music (Ghorayshi, 2010). Musical performance can inspire nostalgia for an absent homeland, producing creativity and moral codes that “govern a community’s identity and sense of belonging” (Jordan, 2023: 13). Literature on how states incorporate incoming refugees in their nation-building and public diplomacy campaigns tends to focus on monolithic national brands (Cevik and Efe Sevin, 2017; Fosler-Lussier, 2015). But how can constructivist, multicultural approaches to nation-building be developed and communicated—especially by self-described cultural “mosaics” or “melting pots” like Canada? Worlds Apart will inspire researchers and performers to consider how musical expressions of Canada’s growing and ever-changing refugee and diasporic communities have intersected with perceptions of multiculturalism and Canadian-ness at home and abroad.

Participants in Worlds Apart are encouraged to present a proposal for a recital or academic paper related to one or more of these questions:

  • What is the role of collective nostalgia, cultural absence, and musical performance in building Canada’s refugee and diasporic communities?

  • What role has music played as a metaphor and concrete arena for intercultural dialogue between Canada’s refugee and diasporic communities and other residents/citizens?

  • What role do refugee and diasporic music and culture play in Canadian cultural diplomacy?

  • How do Canadian funding bodies, composers, performers, and critics determine the ethnic symbolism and value of refugee's and diasporic communities' musical performances?

Instructions to applicants:

Participation is strongly encouraged by researchers across all disciplines.

Participation is strongly encouraged by performers of all music traditions.

Submission instructions for 20-minute papers:


Submission instructions for 30-minute to 1-hour recitals:

  • Please submit an audio or audio/video recording to

  • Please submit a brief explanation of how your recital would be relevant to the conference topic of music and refugees in Canada (350 words max).

All papers and recitals will be followed by a chaired 10-minute Q&A session.

All presenters and performers will have access to the following:

  • a Steinway concert grand piano

  • presentation screen

  • audio system

  • clicker & adapter cables for laptops

Application Fee: $40 CAD (includes conference attendance and concert on the evening of Saturday, 25th of May 2024). Tickets will be requested from applicants after February 19, 2024, but may be purchased at any time. 

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All academic presentations will be considered for chapters to be published within an edited book with Oxford University Press. 

Please send questions to

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