Galas and Fundraisers

May 11 7:00: Flato Markham Theatre. Unveiling of the 2015/16 Diamond Series Season. Performances from artists booked for next season. 101 Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 905-305-SHOW (7469); www.markhamtheatre.ca $10 plus HST per person.

May 21 6:00 (reception); 7:30 (show): Sistering/Motion Clothing. 13th Annual Funny Girls and Dynamic Divas – A Comedy and Music Cabaret. Reception of hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, pop-up boutique, performance and dessert. Elvira Kurt, host; Sandra Shamas, comedian; Jully Black and Amanda Martinez, vocalists; Jane Bunnett, sax/flute; and others. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. 416-926-9762 x233;  www.sistering.org $90.

May 24 2:00: Canadian Children’s Opera Company. Artistic Director Ann Cooper Gay’s Retirement Celebration. COC Courtyard, 227 Front St. E. 416-366-0467. Free.

June 6 6:00: Ermanno Mauro Master Class. Annual Gala Dinner and Concert: “Les Belles Voce.” Arias for sopranos, tenors, baritones and bass. Ermanno Mauro, tenor; Nicole Bellamy, accompaniment; and others. The Columbus Centre Rotunda, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. jimmy@columbusperformingarts.com  $125; $1000 for a table of 8.

June 7 3:00 – 6:00: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Annual Fundraising Tea and Silent Auction. Live music, free food and beverages; CDs, books and sheet music for sale. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-537-3733. Admission by tax-deductible donation.

Contests

Musicworks Magazine. 2015 Contests for Electronic Music Composition and “Sonic Geography” Writing. Cash prizes and winners published. Submit a 10-minute composition in one of the following genres: electroacoustic, acousmatic, glitch, turntable art, or video music; OR submit a 500-word essay describing how sound influences place and shapes your experience. Deadline to apply: June 30. www.musicworks.ca/contest 

Demonstrations and Tours  

May 24 10:00am – 5:00: Canadian Music Centre. Doors Open Toronto. Explore the insides of our historic building (Chalmers House); live performances and workshops throughout the day. 20 St. Joseph St. 416-961-6601 x201. Free.

Festivals, Festivities

May 2 8:00. 14th Annual DEEP WIRELESS Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. HEAR NOW HERE. Performances by Allison Cameron, Dan Tapper and James Bailey. NAISA Space, 601 Christie St., Rm 252. $10.
www.deepwireless.ca

May 3 1:30 – 3:30. 14th Annual DEEP WIRELESS Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. SOUNDwalk with Susan Aaron, to celebrate Jane’s Walk. Cedarvale Park/Ravine. Meet at Heath St. Entrance to St. Clair West Subway. Free.  www.deepwireless.ca

May 3 2:00 – 4:00: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. 2015 What Next Festival of New Music: Coffee with the Composers. Casual drop-in event with Christien Ledroit (HPO Composer-in-Residence), Abigail Richardson-Schulte and other composers featured in the festival. Mulberry Street Coffeehouse, 193 James St. N., Hamilton. 905-526-7756;  hpo.org

May 9 10:00am – 12:00 noon. 14th Annual DEEP WIRELESS Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. Introducing Leslie to the Stop Farmer’s Market. Performances by Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington. The Stop Farmer’s Market, The Covered Street, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Free.  www.deepwireless.ca

Registration is now open for 2015 Culture Days. Register early to start planning a Culture Days event in your community. Culture Days take place on September 25, 26 and 27, 2015. www.culturedays.ca

May 22 8:00. 14th Annual DEEP WIRELESS Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. TransX Transmission Art Symposium performances. Tonic Train (Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington); Peter Flemming: VibWav. Wychwood Theatre, 601 Christie St., #176. $15; $10(st); Free with TransX Symposium registration. www.deepwireless.ca

May 23 8:00. 14th Annual DEEP WIRELESS Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. TransX Transmission Art Symposium performances. Doug Van Nort: Sarah Boothroyd: A dispersion of elements. Wychwood Theatre, 601 Christie St., #176. $15; $10(st); Free with TransX Symposium registration. www.deepwireless.ca

May 25 – 31, 12_noon – 5:00: 18th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival. EN. MORENDO: Sound art installations by Alexandra Gelis, Andrew Zealley and Mitchell Akiyama. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 1st floor.

Lectures, Salons, Symposia

May 3 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. “Out of My Mind”: Schoenberg, Bartók and Expressionist Opera. Lecture by Jeffrey L. Stokes, Assoc. Professor, Music Performance Studies, University of Western Ontario. Rm. 330, Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, U of T, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-924-3940. $10.

May 8 7:00: Soundstreams Salon 21. Latin American Encounters. Learn and hear how percussion instruments common in Latin American music have defined a multitude of musical styles. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-504-1282. Free, PWYC reserved seating and gallery preludes available.

May 12 2:30: Oakville Opera Guild. Tea with Opera: The Life of an Opera Singer, a presentation with live singing. Guest: Cassandra Warner, mezzo-soprano. Oakville Central Library Auditorium, Navy St., Oakville. 905-827-5678. $10 (minimum donation). Proceeds to scholarship awarded annually to a young Canadian singer studying at U of T Opera Division. 

May 22–24 . 14th Annual DEEP WIRELESS Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. TransX Transmission Art Symposium. Register. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Wychwood Theatre, Rm. 176. $70; $40(st) https://naisa.ca/trans-x-registration/

May 29 8:00: Oakville Opera Guild. Tea with Opera. Location and details TBA. 905-827-5678. $10 (minimum donation). Proceeds to scholarship awarded annually to a young Canadian singer studying at U of T Opera Division.

May 30 9:00am – 4:30. 18th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival. Speaker Series. Artscape Youngplace. 180 Shaw St.

May 31 10:00am – 3:00. 18th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival. Panel Discussions: Sounding/Surviving: the role of music in health, emotion and memory; Instruments of Change: the politics of voice and voice recognition technology. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., Rm. 107.

Screenings

May 16 8:00: Ensemble Polaris/Baroque Music Beside the Grange. The Distance Between. Presentation of newly composed and improvised music with films shot in Iceland, New Zealand, Italy and France, exploring ideas of “home” and “away”. Films by Liz Gibson-DeGroote, Alicia Harris, Pierre Tremblay, Gerda Cammaer and Gabriele Grotto; compilation of extracts from films by James McCrorie and students in Ryerson’s School of Image Arts. Marco Cera, guitar, mandolin, banjo; Kirk Elliott, violin, accordion, small pipes and other instruments; Margaret Gay, cello; Katherine Hill, nyckelharpa, voice; Alison Melville, traverso, recorders, seljefløyte, keyboard; and others. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. 416-588-4301. www.bemusednetwork.com $28; $23(adv); $20(st/st); $16 (sr/st adv); $10(child); $8(child adv).

May 30 7:00 & 9:00. 18th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival. I Dream of Wires (2014). Written and directed by Robert Fantinatto. Co­-written and produced by Jason Amm. An independent documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer. Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St., Suite 101. $10; $7 (st/sr/artists). Co-­presented with Hot Docs.

May 31 12:30: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Performance/screening: NFB SINGs! National Film Board shorts with live a cappella accompaniment. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 316. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

June 7 4:00 & 7:30: Toronto Jewish Film Society/Yiddish Vinkl Toronto. Presenting two films: Joseph Seiden’s long-lost Kol Nidre offers a glimpse into the diversity of life, culture and language of Yiddish New York in the 1930s. 70 Hester Street is director Nozkowski’s tribute to his childhood home, a former Lower East Side synagogue. Guest speaker: author Shirley Kumove. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x606. $15; $10(ages 18-35).

Singalongs, Jams, Circles

May 2 7:00: Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Global G&S Day. Singing, birthday cake and Fiddlywinks: a quiz on all things Victorian. St. Andrew’s Church, 117 Bloor St. E. 416-763-0832. Members free; guests $5.

May 16 10:00am – 5:00: World Fiddle Day Toronto. FIDDLES AT THE FORT! Players of bowed string instruments from world traditions give workshops and perform a concert; community “Around-the-World Jam” at 2:30. Subhadra Vijarkumar, South Indian violin; Chris McKhool (Sultans of String); Nicholas and Danton Delbaere Sawchuk (Metis Fiddler Quartet); and Peter Jellard and Soozi Shlangar (Swamperella); and others. Violin, viola, cello and bass players of all levels play 40 tunes from 25 countries, led by Anne Lederman. Mp3s, sheet music for the jam, community practice session and workshop info: http://worldfiddledaytoronto.ca/ Free.

May 30 1:00: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. SING! Singalong with Pressgang Mutiny. Sea shanties and more. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St, Studio 316. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

Workshops

May 3 1:30 – 4:00: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop for viols and recorders coached by Betsy MacMillan, viol. Bring your early instruments and music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Rd. 416-537-3733. $20. 

May 5 7:00: Soundstreams Salon 21. The Pulse of Latin Percussion. Percussionists explore the music of Latin America. Learn about the cajon, conga, timbale and other instruments. Palmerston Library Theatre, 560 Palmerston Ave. 416-393-7680. Free.

May 6 and 8 Time TBA: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert. Workshop presentation of Peter-Anthony Togni’s opera Isis and Osiris, Ancient Gods of Egypt, composed to a libretto by Toronto poet Sharon Singer. Edward Jackman Centre, 947 Queen St. E. By invitation to donors. For info: ariaworks.ca;  416-922-2147.

May 8 7:30: CAMMAC Recorder Players’ Society. Renaissance and Baroque workshop for recorders and other early instruments. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-480-1853. Members: free; guests: $15. Refreshments included. 

May 14 7:00: Canadian Music Centre. Workshop: New Music for the Tabla of North India. Shawn Mativetsky presents the tabla of North India with a focus on composing for tabla in the context of new music, discussing issues and challenges related to cross-cultural composition, performance practice, compositional approaches and notation. 20 St. Joseph St. 416-961-6601 x201. Free.

May 14 7:00: North York Central Library/Toronto Symphony Orchestra. What Makes Music Great? Music expert Rob Kapilo leads a workshop on what makes well-known orchestral masterworks so timeless and exceptional. NYCL Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. 416-395-5639. Free.

May 22 7:30: CAMMAC Recorder Players’ Society. Renaissance and Baroque workshop for recorders and other early instruments. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-480-1853. Members: free; guests: $15. Refreshments included.

May 30 11:30am: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Funding Your Project. With experts in the field. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 314. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 30 11:30am: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Take 6 Workshop – An Intimate Look at the Artistry of Take 6. Vocal group Take 6 shares their “tricks of the trade” in an interactive hour. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 313. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 30 1:00: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival/ Songwriters Association of Canada. Bluebird North Songwriting Workshop. Canadian songwriters Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick and Caitlan Hanford share their songs, stories and creative process. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 313. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 30 2:00: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. One-on-One Business Mentoring Series. New for 2015: Participants interview industry professionals to gain insight into the music business and make connections with industry leaders. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 314. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 30 2:45: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Singers Voice Care with Dr. Brian Hands and Melanie Moore of Vox Cura. Tips on how to manage the voice for longevity and best results. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 313. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 30 3:30: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Getting Your Group and Your Message Across the Border. Focusing on legalities and branding with Robert Baird of Baird Artist Management. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 314. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 31 10:00am – 6:30. 18th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival. Workshops: SOMO Workshop: The Creative Process; Live Coding in SuperCollider; There’s not an app for that: roll your own interactive audio with Pure Data. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., Rm 106.

May 31 11:30am: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Creating Musical Magic. How to put together a choir or group: Logistics, challenges and strategies. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 313. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 31 12:15 – 5:30: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Honing Your Presentation Skills with Micah Barnes(pre-registration required).Micah Barnes, founder of Singer’s Playground, works hands-on with groups to show them how to “own the stage”. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 314. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 31 12:45: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. An Introduction to A Cappella Opera. Operatic soprano Kristin Hoff welcomes classical singers to the world of a cappella. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 313. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 31 1:45: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Rajaton Workshop.A cappella group Rajaton engages the audience in singing some of their world-renowned material. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 314. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 31 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading of Duruflé: Requiem for singers and instrumentalists. John Kraus, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-482-6562. $10; $6(members).

May 31 3:15: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Audition Strategies.Learn how to be successful and impress the panel at an audition. Gavin Hope, singer; Larissa Mair, casting agent. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 313. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 31 4:30: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Vocal Techniques for TV and Film.  Session singer Andrea Koziol teaches effective techniques for the studio. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 316. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

May 31 5:45: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Careers in Music. Including technical production, management and writing music for film and TV. The Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St., Studio 313. 416-645-9090; 1-888-665-9090. Included with wristband. $40 or $60 (entire weekend).

June 3 7:00: Soundstreams Salon 21. Squeezebox. Accordionist Michael Bridge takes us on a musical journey of the accordion. Malvern Public Library, 30 Sewells Rd. 416-396-8969. Free.

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