Walter Carsen, RIP

Walter Carsen, one of Toronto’s greatest art patrons died Oct. 8 at the age of 100. Karen Kain said in a statement, “The National Ballet of Canada, in its entire history, has only ever had one patron like Walter Carsen. He helped us achieve what we wanted to do.” Adding, “He was an inspiration through his generosity, leadership and great enthusiasm and he was also a great friend to the company. He was unfailingly in the audience at almost every performance and was a warm and encouraging presence for the dancers both backstage and in the rehearsal room. He will be deeply missed by every member of the National Ballet, dancers and staff alike.” Carsen donated the lead gift for the construction of the company’s permanent home, known as the Walter Carsen Centre for the National Ballet of Canada. The centenarian was featured in our 3rd Annual Zoomer List. Click here to read more about his influence on Toronto’s art scene.