Concerts & Tickets

2011.2012 Season

The Hockey Sweater

  • Sat. May 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM
    Roy Thomson Hall
  • Sat. May 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM
    Roy Thomson Hall
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Join the TSO for the public première of a delightful, newly-commissioned work based on The Hockey Sweater, Roch Carrier's classic story! Inspired by his own childhood, it's about a boy who had to wear a Maple Leafs sweater in the small, hockey-mad Québec town where he grew up. Roch Carrier will narrate this piece, in a programme hosted by former Montreal Canadiens goaltender, Ken Dryden.

The performances include screens that the whole audience will be able to view, projecting Sheldon Cohen’s illustrations from the book and dazzling images of our Canadian landscape.

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*Abigail Richardson’s The Hockey Sweater is a co-commission of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Come to the concert half an hour early for a special pre-concert performance in the lobby!

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  • Alain Trudel, conductor
  • Roch Carrier, narrator
  • Ken Dryden, host
Abigail Richardson: The Hockey Sweater

The TSO will be collecting donations of gently used hockey equipment at both concerts*:

  • Pants
  • Jerseys
  • Gently-used helmets that haven’t expired (check CSA or HECC sticker)
  • Gently-used neck guards
  • Gently-used shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin pads
  • Goalie equipment from the last 10 years
  • Skates from the last 10 years
  • Hockey bags in good shape
  • Hockey socks in good shape
  • Hockey sticks in good shape
  • Pucks
  • Referee equipment

(*for hygienic reasons please do not bring the following items for donation: jocks & jills, mouth-guards, whistles, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and water bottles; also, unfortunately we cannot accept hockey nets)

The donated equipment will be given to the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (H.E.R.O.S.)—a charitable organization committed to empowering children through ice hockey. H.E.R.O.S. works with girls and boys of diverse ethnicities from socio-economically challenged neighbourhoods across Canada. H.E.R.O.S. focuses on four fundamental behaviours: listening, respect, discipline and fun. For more information, visit

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Desjardins Young People's Concerts Series