Cellists take over Toronto


In Steven Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo, a cellist performs for 22 days, each day commemorating one of the 22 civilians who were killed during the siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s while they waited in line for bread. Thousands of people lost their lives during this period.The book became an instant classic when it was released in 2008, garnering nominations for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winning the Evergreen Award in 2009.

In 2014, the Toronto Public Library selected The Cellist of Sarajevo at the one book all of Toronto should read during their annual Keep Toronto Reading Festival. TPL replicated the events chronicled in the book by having 22 cellists play, over 22 days, in 22 famous locations in Toronto. A few highlights can be seen in the video below.