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Support the Glenn Gould Foundation as we Celebrate!

Celebrating Genius, Artistry and the Ideas that Change the World



2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday, and will be an occasion for all Canadians to celebrate with pride, both at home and around the world.

But 2017 is also a year of landmarks in the life and career of Canada’s most internationally celebrated artist, Glenn Gould.

Next year will mark the following anniversaries:

  • the 85th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s birth

  • the 70th anniversary of Gould’s debut with the Toronto Symphony at age 15

  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s historic Russia tour, when he became the first major Western artist to perform in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and made such a powerful impression that he changed the lives of a generation of Russian musicians

  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s first concert with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan

  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s debut in Vienna

  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s first concert with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein

  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s first concert with the San Francisco Symphony

  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s first concert with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell

  • the 50th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s ground-breaking experimental “contrapuntal” radio documentary, The Idea of North, created as a CBC Centennial project

  • the 40th anniversary of NASA’s launch of the Voyager I space probe (which is now 11 billion miles from earth), containing the “Golden Record” - a musical snapshot of the best of the world’s music, featuring Glenn Gould playing Bach

  • the 35th Anniversary of Glenn Gould’s death

Help Us Celebrate!

We're working with partners around the world to present a series of unforgettable events to commemorate 2017 - this amazing year of Glenn Gould Anniversaries! We'll be sure to keep you posted as events are announced. We look forward to welcoming you to our celebrations around the world!

We're seeking donations to:


How We'll Thank You!

In honour of Canada 150, we're seeking donations of $150, but of course we are honoured to receive your gifts in any amount. Donating is quick and easy for everyone through Canada Helps. Canadian residents will receive a tax receipt for the full amount of any donation over $20.

We're creating some custom swag:

  • Limited Edition Glenn Gould Chair Quote Tote Bag*

  • Gould Celebrates the Centennial Postcard Print*

  • A selection of Glenn Gould Badges*

  • ...and a few other exclusive surprises!

Photo Credits: Voyager I - courtesy of NASA, Glenn Gould Centennial Photo - Robert Ragsdale, Glenn Gould Badges - Don Hunstein, Jock Carroll
* may not be exactly as shown after product is produced