Jessica Stuart shares her thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy

The Big Idea is a lens. It is a way of seeing. It is a window and a platform for you to explore Harbourfront Centre’s diverse programming.

In our 40th anniversary year at Harbourfront Centre, we are exploring The Big Idea: Legacy. Legacy is the essential contribution of the past that acknowledges the present. It is a magnificent merging of past desire and future promise. In legacy the past and present come together to create fundamental meaning.

Look for the symbol below as you make your way through Harbourfront Centre to see how The Big Idea: Legacy manifests itself in our artists’ work.


Meet Jessica Stuart

2013 SoundClash Music Award finalist Jessica Stuarts’s unprecedented take on the Japanese koto and signature songwriting are innovative and refreshing, landing the undeniably dynamic Jessica Stuart Few on main stages at festivals throughout North America, Australia and Asia. See Jessica perform live on the Redpath Stage July 26 as part of the Classical VI: Voice & Stings festival. Here are Jessica’s thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy.

What does legacy mean to you?

I think of legacy as referring to knowledge, skills or tradition passed on through family lineage or mentorship. I feel it has a strong emotion attached to the term, more than the word history.

How does legacy manifest itself in your work?

I am the musician I am because I was raised by an incredible musician and mother, Wendy Stuart. She has such broad tastes and skills, and always set the stage to push my musicality forward and become better. She is also a koto player, which is how i came upon the instrument.

Whose legacy has influenced you?

Of course my mother, and also a close family friend and composer from throughout my childhood, Joan Beckow. I see the influence her approach to writing has had on mine. She was a part of my family growing up.


What is your Legacy? What does Legacy mean to you? And how have you experienced Legacy at Harbourfront Centre? Tell us how The Big Idea: Legacy has manifested itself in your experience. Tweet us at @HarbourfrontTO to join the conversation.

Keep your eyes peeled for more blog posts, programming and artist interviews highlighting The Big Idea: Legacy throughout our 40th Anniversary Year.