Stories From Home - Amanda Tosoff

Every week, we ask a different local artist to provide their unique perspective on the pandemic experience from a musician’s point of view. Through words, video and music, each musician will share their story, along with an audio or video sample of a recent project, and a link to purchase their music so that you can support their work.

This week, Amanda Tosoff discusses learning about and embracing life online, starting a new musical business, and releasing a new album during a pandemic.

"Prior to Covid, I had a busy mix of projects – playing gigs, touring, teaching at Humber College and my home studio. When the first lock down happened, I lost almost everything in a few days. Rather than focussing on the loss, I decided to focus on what I could do, like figuring out a good online set up that would entice my students to move to online lessons. Covid also forced me to get creative and start a new business, which I’ll talk about below. Overall, my work has shifted toward teaching right now, which has been so musically (and socially) fulfilling!

[During this time I've learned] so much! I’ve learned to a lot about technology, social media, and developing effective online lessons using various music apps/software. Most importantly, I’ve learned to collaborate and produce some really great online workshops and videos with my new music education business,, alongside my good friend, bassist Jodi Proznick. All in all, it’s been a time of great growth – and a wonderful opportunity to connect with people across the world.

I mentioned Music Arts Collective above, which was born out of Covid. We are working on some very fun projects, including a series of online workshops on composition, jazz piano, and how to listen to jazz, as well as an online Girl’s Jazz Day workshop in partnership with the VSO School of Music. I also just released a brand new CD, “Earth Voices,” which features 16 special guests, including the lovely Emilie-Claire Barlow, Laila Biali, Allison Au, and many other amazing artists. I’m trying my hardest to keep busy and push forward!"

Hear and purchase Amanda's music, and read more about her musical and educational projects, here: