Toronto, Ontario – A child prodigy, Glenn Gould (1932-1982) made his debut as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony at the age of 14. Internationally famous before 30, he stopped performing for the public in 1964, and continued as a composer, conductor, commentator – a Grammy-awarding winning recording artist.
You can relax on this bench beside his bronze sculpture at the CBC building. It’s in front of the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studios, where public concerts are held, at 250 Front St. West.
Take a stroll along the north side of St. Clair Avenue mid-way between Yonge St. and Avenue Rd., and you’ll pass a brown art-deco-style building with leafy plants spilling over from its penthouse apartments. If you’d stood here in the 60 or 70’s and listened carefully you might have gotten a real treat. The penthouse to the east was the home Glenn Gould. A plaque on the front lawn marks the building.
At the north-west corner of Avenue Rd. and St. Clair a small park has been dedicated to Gould. Gould is buried in nearby Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St W Toronto, Ontario