TORONTO - UT : CANADA - ON

*Location:

   Soldiers' Tower
   University of Toronto
   7 Hart House Circle
   Toronto, Ontario, Canada
   LL: N 43.66355, W 79.39517
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*Carillonist:

   Roy Lee   (C)
   207-500 St.Clair Avenue West
   Toronto, ON  M6C 1A8
   H: (416)877-8925
   E: Roy.Lee@utoronto.ca
      roy.lee@aya.yale.edu
   - and -
   Michael B. Hart   (A)
   655 Broadview Avenue, Apt.614
   Toronto, ON  M4K 2P3
   H: (416)978-3252
   E: HartMikeB46@yahoo.ca
*Past carillonists:
   1927-68 J.Leland Richardson (1906-1969)
   1969-77 Gordon Slater   (C)
   1980s   Heather Spry
   1980-82 Andrea McCrady, Assistant  (C)

*Contact:

   Kathy Parks
   Administrator, Alumni Committees
   Alumni Relations, University Advancement
   University of Toronto   (S)
   21 Kings College Circle
   Toronto, ON  M5S 3J3
   T: (416)978-0544
   E: soldiers.tower@utoronto.ca

*Schedule:

   For some University events;
   guest recitals in July and September.

*Remarks:

   vanBergen trebles cast in Heiligerlee,
   sold to interested alumni in 1975
   renovation.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 51 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A# in the bass octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     A#D   /    A#C 25
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 1975
     with 28 bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Prior history:
     In 1953, the instrument was enlarged to 42 bells
       by vanBergen   
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
     In 1927, the instrument was begun with 23 bells
       by Gillett & Johnston
       (23 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1986
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The Soldiers' Tower Committee has a Webpage which describes the tower and carillon.

News article on the 4-year project (2010-13) to restore exterior masonry on Soldiers' Tower, Toronto.

Building photos from Emporis Buildings
(Also see our Emporis Advice.)

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Gillett & Johnston bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in ON.

Index to all tower bell instruments in ON.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 10-Aug-15
   based on textual data last updated on 2015/08/05
   and on technical data last updated on 1991/12/11
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Soldiers' Tower

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