On March 11, 2013, Heritage Toronto unveiled a Toronto Legacy Plaque to commemorate renowned composer John Weinzweig on what would have been his 100th birthday. Click on the photograph below to read the plaque text. More information about the Toronto Legacy Plaques can be found here.
The eldest child of Polish immigrants living in Toronto, he learned the mandolin, violin, tuba, tenor saxophone, and bass. At 19, he decided to become a composer. He went on to compose for the CBC and the National Film Board. He joined the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1939 as a teacher and became a professor of music at the University of Toronto in 1952. He medalled at the the London Olympics in 1948, and mentored many of Canada’s most important composers as a professor at the University of Toronto. Often called “the dean of Canadian composers,” Weinzweig was instrumental in the founding of both the Canadian Council of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre.