Lyrics & Landmarks: A Songwriting Adventure

The city of Toronto is home to some of the most vibrant and diverse art museums and heritage sites in the world. These institutions offer a wealth of creative inspiration for songwriters seeking to tap into the cultural richness of the city. In this class, we’ll explore some amazing parts of Toronto and use that as inspiration for your songwriting.

We believe that these environments offer a unique and diverse range of perspectives, emotions, and narratives that can be harnessed to inspire songwriting. As we explore different locations, we will pay close attention to the themes, symbols, and styles that stand out to us. In Lyrics & Landmarks, we will discuss how the history and cultural significance of these sites can inform our songwriting.

Toronto’s art museums showcase an array of artistic styles and historical artifacts that can serve as a starting point for songwriting, while Toronto’s heritage sites also provide a unique backdrop for songwriting inspiration. We’ll visit a new site every other month, tapping into the rich tapestry of inspiration for songwriters looking to create music that captures the spirit of the city.

Throughout the class, we will engage in exercises designed to help us channel our observations and emotions into songwriting. We will experiment with different writing techniques, such as freewriting, stream-of-consciousness, and structured prompts, to help us explore our creative potential.

By the end of the class, you will have a deeper appreciation for the relationship between different environments and music, and a fresh set of tools to draw upon when seeking inspiration for your songwriting. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced songwriter, Lyrics & Landmarks is sure to ignite your creative spark and take your craft to the next level.

Saturday, May 27th – Art Museum at the University of Toronto

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is a unique institution that houses an extensive collection of cultural and historical artifacts from around the world. Located on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto, the museum showcases a wide variety of exhibits that explore diverse themes, from ancient civilizations to contemporary art. With over 100,000 objects in its collection, the museum offers visitors a rich and immersive experience that highlights the diversity and complexity of human history and culture.

Note: Meet outside the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3. Advance registration required.

Tickets to the class are $45. Please register online at:

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