Program for concert at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Toronto, December 9, 1938. Included was a piano composition by "Glen Gold", the family's original name
Kiwanis Music Festival silver trophy
Kiwanis Music Festival silver trophy. Detail of inscription: "Kiwanis Music Festival, Toronto, solo grand prize won by Glen [sic] H. Gould 1944"
Glenn Gould's childhood home in Toronto, 1987
Glenn Gould at the piano, ca 1942
Toronto Conservatory of Music silver medalists for 1940 (Glenn Gould is in the front row, third from the left)
World War II was a part of Gould's childhood. Day after day the radio brought news of victory and defeat, survival and destruction. Hitherto unknown sights – ration cards, banners announcing Victory Bond drives, women streetcar operators – became part of life in Toronto.
At Massey Hall and Eaton Auditorium, music seemed to come from a better world. But even in music there were sounds that had not been heard before – music from composers with names like Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Hindemith.
First Annual Kiwanis Music Festival certificate for first prize in the piano trophy competition, February 1944
Kiwanis Music Festival adjudicator's report for the piano solo contest, 16 years and under, Toronto, February-March 1945
Glenn Gould at the piano, with his dog and his budgie, ca 1944
Toronto Conservatory of Music silver medalists for 1941 (Glenn Gould is in the front row, far right)