416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival

The plans are starting to unroll for 2015. The Tranzac has been booked for November 4 to 7, 2015. See the Program page for details.


I wake this morning grateful to have experienced last night at 416. Eagerly anticipating tonight and the two orchestras which will no doubt take me again to a higher level of soul existence. If you have not ever experienced 416 you may wish to head on down to the Tranzac tonight for 10. Come be awemazed.”
— 2012, 416 Festival participant

The 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival is a yearly showcase for the vibrant Toronto improvised music scene.  The 416 area code’s finest improvising musicians, and sometimes visitors from farther afield, play in a wide variety of styles in 3 or 4 sets over each of the festival’s 4 nights.  Their improvisations take the form of completely free-form spontaneous compositions, created entirely “in the moment, at the moment of performance, by the performers”.  At other times, a drawing, graphic, object, original musical chart or just the audience ‘vibe’, are used to inspire the music.

The 416 is a celebration of music-making on a tightrope.

Samples from the 2012 Festival on Soundcloud.

 Preview of the 2014 Festival on Soundcloud.