Umair Jaffar is the Executive Director of Small World Music, one of Toronto’s pioneering and most significant presenters of culturally-diverse music. Since arriving in Toronto in 2014, he has worked in curatorial roles at major cultural institutions including the Aga Khan Museum and Harbourfront Centre. In 2017, recognizing his contributions to Toronto’s arts sector, he received the Cultural Leaders Lab fellowship from the Toronto Arts Council and Banff Centre.
Prior to immigrating, he was the Artistic Director for IPAC (Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture), a Pakistan-based non-profit social enterprise that focused on developing sustainable solutions for preserving and promoting indigenous and traditional performing arts.
Umair also serves as a board member for several non-profit art organizations including CAPACOA (Canadian Association for Performing Arts), North York Arts and Musiconnect Asia.
Thoughts About Art and Community
I build bridges, connect dots, inspire people and passionately believe in the power of Arts. I aspire to play my role in celebrating the aesthetic diversities of the various cultures that call GTA home.