Galas and Fundraisers
Oct 22 5:30-11:00pm: Ken Page Memorial Trust. Annual Jazz Fundraiser saluting the Jazz Party Giants’ special tribute to Jim Galloway. Cocktail reception, gala dinner, grand raffle prizes; Lifetime Achievement Award to Mark Miller. Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-515-0200. $190.
Oct 23 6:30: Canadian Sinfonietta. Annual Fundraising Gala: Concert, Dinner and Dance. Featuring Canadian Sinfonietta members. Program TBA. Premiere Ballroom and Convention Centre, 9019 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill. 416-723-1249; email@example.com $138 (VIP); $88 (reg).
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Choral Composition Competition for emerging composers. Winner receives $1000, Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition, and TMC premiere of work at the January 20th Symposium concert. More info and submission requirements: tmchoir.org/new-choral-composition-competition-for-emerging-composers/ Deadline for submissions: Nov 13 2015.
Festivals, Fairs, Festivities
Oct 17 11:00am-4:30: Toronto Early Music Centre. Toronto Early Music Fair. Featured are scheduled mini-showcase concerts on recorders and viols, early keyboard instruments, historical woodwinds, and other period instruments, as well as displays/exhibits, musical instruments and music retailers, plus numerous informal presentations by historical performance enthusiasts. New Location: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd. 416-464-7610. Admission: $9.00 (adults); $5.50 (st/sr); $4.25 (children). Admission includes both Early Music Fair and Fort York.
Lectures, Salons, Symposia
Oct 01 – Dec 03 9:30am-11:00am: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Appreciation Course: How Music Works. This practical course combines guided listening and active participation in basic musicianship exercises. Instructor: James Stager. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825; rcmusic.ca/musicappreciation $375.
Oct 01 – Nov 19 10:00am-12:00 noon: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Appreciation Course: Music Through the Ages: The Romantic Era Continues. Discover (or rediscover) the Romantic symphony and concerto, musical nationalism and exoticism, program music, the music of Russia, the birth of ballet, Romantic opera and more. Instructor: Clayton Scott. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825;
Oct 03 2:00: Arraymusic. MUSIC 101: Hieroglyphs and An Extended Look at the Piano, Part 1. Arraymusic explores the ambience and colour of Linda Smith’s Hieroglyphs, and pianist Dr. Réa Beaumont explores extended techniques on the piano through the music of Canadian composer Barbara Pentland. Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. 416-532-3019;
Oct 03 6:30: Istituto Italiano di Cultura. La Traviata. Lecture by conductor Mo. Marco Guidarini, who will share his interpretation of Verdi’s opera. 496 Huron St. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Free.
Oct 06 – 27 10:30am-12:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Appreciation Course: Mediterranean Crossroads: Greek Music and Beyond. Explore the fascinating cultural exchange between Asia, Africa and Europe beginning in Egypt then spreading to Greece, Rome, and the Byzantium. Instructor: Dimitra Marangozis. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825; rcmusic.ca/musicappreciation $150.
Oct 06 7:00: North York Central Library. Looking for Love in Verdi’s La Traviata. Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding introduces the COC’s new production of Verdi’s perennial favourite. 5120 Yonge St. To register: 416-395-5639. Free.
Oct 07 – Nov 11 1:00-3:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Appreciation Course: First Nights. Travel back in time to the premieres of five iconic musical masterpieces: Monteverdi’s Orfeo in 1607, Handel’s Messiah in 1742, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 1824, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique in 1830, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 1913. Instructor: Dr. Julia Zarankin. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825;
Oct 09 – Nov 13 10:00am-12:00 noon: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Appreciation Course: Sweet Concordance: Baroque Instrumental Music. Through active listening, imagery and discussion, this course explores the various forms, instrumental sounds and national styles of Baroque chamber and orchestral music. Instructor: Alison Melville. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825; rcmusic.ca/musicappreciation $295.
Oct 13 1:30: Oakville Opera Guild. Member’s Choice. Featuring Opera Guild members Tom Beese, Helen Scott & Nadine McLean. Come be surprised by our presenters’ choices! Oakville Public Library Central Branch, 120 Navy St. Oakville. 905-827-5678; Oakville.Opera.Guild@outlook.com $10 (proceeds go towards our scholarship fund, to be awarded to a student attending the Faculty of Music at the U of Toronto, and support our annual donation to the Canadian Opera Company).
Oct 18 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Traviata’s Violetta, the First Feminist Heroine in Opera. Guest speaker: Robert Harris. Room 330, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-924-3940. $10.
Oct 21 – Nov 25 7:00-8:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Appreciation Course: Ethnomusicology and World Music: An Introduction. This class will delve into ethnomusicology – the study of music in culture – using a myriad of world musics that contribute to Toronto’s musical landscape. Instructor: Mike Anklewicz. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825;
Oct 23 8:00: Oakville Opera Guild. Children & Opera: The magic that happens when these two worlds collide. Featuring Dawn Martens, Director of Children’s Opera at Buchanan Park School, Hamilton. Please contact for details on location. 905-827-5678; Oakville.Opera.Guild@outlook.com $10 (proceeds go towards our scholarship fund, to be awarded to a student attending the Faculty of Music at the U of Toronto, and support our annual donation to the Canadian Opera Company).
Oct 26 – Nov 30 7:00-8:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Appreciation Course: Joyful Noise: A History of Western Sacred Music. Understand how Gregorian chant evolved into polyphony, how polyphony evolved into the music of Handel, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, and the late romantics, and how sacred music continues to evolve and thrive in the secular society of today. Instructor: John Holland. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825;
Oct 27 – Nov 24 7:00-8:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Appreciation Course: Jazz Vocals: Legendary Ladies. This course will explore the style, sound and strengths of five of the preeminent vintage female jazz singers: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Blossom Dearie, and Nina Simone. Instructor: Heather Bambrick. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825; rcmusic.ca/musicappreciation $185.
Oct 28 8:00am-5:00: Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre/UHN Toronto Western Hospital/Open Lab/Artists’ Health Alliance. Art Heals Health / Health Heals Art. Participatory, experiential symposium where artists, health professionals, patients and policy makers will celebrate the creative projects that have enriched the healthcare experience of so many patients and health care providers. The day will feature experiential activities, forums for discussions and exchange, key note speakers as well as opportunities to meet a diverse group of professionals from the Arts and Healthcare. Daniels Spectrum Centre, 585 Dundas St. E. To register:
Oct 28 9:30am-12:30: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. Artists New to Canada – Integrating Socially and Professionally in Canada. Citizenship Judge Wojciech Sniegowski moderates a panel comprising Toronto-based Canadians originally from other countries: Sonia Oduwa Aimy, jazz and world music singer (Nigeria via Italy); Natasha Roldan, singer/songwriter (Colombia); Younggun Kim, pianist (Korea); and Yasmina Proveyer, artist manager (Cuba via China). Lula Music and Arts Centre, 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-362-1422;
Oct 28 1:30-4:00: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. Meet the Arts Labour Unions for the Arts. Understanding services available and how and why rules are made. Panelists: Arden Ryshpan, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association; Michael Murray, Toronto Musicians’ Association; Dr. Réa Beaumont, pianist, board member, Toronto Musicians’ Association. Lula Music and Arts Centre, 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-362-1422; ircpa.net Free.
Oct 30 9:30am-12:30: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. All About Composers/Interpreters: Commissions, Licensing, Collaborations, Copyright, Digital Distribution. Panel includes Matthew Fava, CMC Ontario Region; Brian Harman, Canadian League of Composers; Paul Hoffert, composer and recording artist; moderated by Glenn Hodgins, executive director of the Canadian Music Centre. Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St. 416-362-1422; ircpa.net $20 IRCPA members (or $30 for the day); non-members $25 ($35 for the day).
Oct 30 1:30-4:00: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. Meet the Funders: Policies, Deadlines, Juries, Applications, Reports. Panel includes Christy DiFelice, Toronto Arts Council; David Parsons, Ontario Arts Council; and a representative from the Canada Council for the Arts; moderated by Glenn Hodgins, executive director of the Canadian Music Centre. Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St. 416-362-1422; ircpa.net $20 IRCPA members (or $30 for the day); non-members $25 ($35 for the day).
Nov 01 2:30-5:30: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. Who’s Who in the Industry. William Littler moderates a high-voltage session that examines the challenges and advantages of the present day, through the perspectives of music presenters, managers, performers, journalists, publicists and more. Panelists include Annette Sanger, Women’s Musical Club; Anthony Sargent, Luminato Festival; Stan Passfield, Orillia Concert Society; Faye Perkins, Real World Management/Records; Kathy Domoney, Domoney Artists Management; and others. 416-362-1422; ircpa.net Performing Arts Lodge, 110 The Esplanade. $20 IRCPA members; non-members $25
Nov 02 1:30: Miles Nadal JCC. Four of the Greatest Scenes from Four of the Greatest Operas. With opera educator Iain Scott. Does the stage director make a difference? Iain will examine the ways in which all-time great scenes from Carmen, Don Giovanni, Aida and Tosca have been interpreted in widely different productions. 750 Spadina Ave. To register: 416-924-6211 x0. $72.
Nov 07 7:00: The Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Quiz ‘n Kaye. Fun prevails with a riotous quiz on all things Victorian. Plus, hear Danny Kaye and Nelson Eddy sing G&S, through recordings, with Canon Michael Burgess providing context, a bit of bio, and ‘answers oracular.’ St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor Street E. 416-763-0832. Guests: $5.
Second Tuesday of every month (excluding December & June/July): Duke Ellington Society, Toronto chapter. Meeting dedicated to learning more about Ellington’s music. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. For membership details: 416-239-2683.
Every Wednesday to Nov 30: Majlis Arts. Artists in the Library residency: Pneuma Ensemble. Medieval music events, including lecture/demos, kids and adult programs, and an anglo-norman werewolf theatrical extravaganza just after Halloween. Fairview Library, 35 Fairview Mall Dr. torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?Ntt=pneuma+ensemble Free.
Oct 17 10:00am: University of Toronto Faculty of Music/Hannaford Youth Program. Trombone Master Class with Joe Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free.
Nov 03 and 04 10:00am-1:00 and 2:00-5:00: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. Encounter with Measha Brueggergosman. Soprano Measha Brueggergosman works with young professional singers in opera, oratorio or recital, in matters such as repertoire, performance, stagecraft, style and career essentials. Applications must be received no later than October 20. Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road. 416-362-1422; ircpa.net Observers welcome: $20 IRCPA members (or $30 for the day); non-members $25 ($35 for the day).
Nov 05 2:00-5:00: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. Encounter with Maestro Marco Guidarini. Guidarini will give advice to five Canadian singers on their Italian style and pronunciation in performance. Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road. 416-362-1422; ircpa.net $20 for IRCPA members; non-members $25.
Nov 07 10:00: Music at Metropolitan/Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Stefan Engels Masterclass. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331 x26. Free. See Nov 6 for concert.
Oct 26 6:30: Amara Kanté/Kouraba Toronto. 3rd Annual Music Festival: Masterclass with Adama Dramé. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. 416-802-2784. Also Oct 27. Oct 23: pre-festival launch party; Oct 24: Concert of the Masters.
Oct 27 6:30: Amara Kanté/Kouraba Toronto. 3rd Annual Music Festival: Masterclass with Adama Dramé. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. 416-802-2784. Also Oct 26. Oct 23: pre-festival Launch party; Oct 24: Concert of the Masters.
Oct 01 7:15: Kingsway Conservatory of Music. Glee Club, Musical Theatre & Drama - Open Rehearsal. 2848 Bloor St. W., Etobicoke. RSVP 416-234-0121. Free. Also Sep 24.
Oct 02 7:30: CAMMAC Recorder Players’ Society. Amateur recorder players are invited to join in the playing of early music. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-597-0485; cammac.ca $15 (non-members). Refreshments included.
Oct 04 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by Montreal recorder player Femke Bergsma. Bring your early instruments and music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Road. 416-927-8699. $20.
Oct 18 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading of Nickel: Requiem for Peace for singers and instrumentalists. Gerard Yun, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-482-6562. $10; $6 (members).
Oct 18 2:30: Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society. Creating Hymns for the Joy of Singing. Organist/composer Ruth Watson Henderson and pastor David McKane will illustrate the interplay of words and music in hymn creation. Open to all congregational song enthusiasts. Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square. 416-342-6034;
Oct 23 7:30: CAMMAC Recorder Players’ Society. Amateur recorder players are invited to join in the playing of early music. Guest coach Janos Ungvary. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-597-0485; cammac.ca $20 (non-members). Refreshments included.
Oct 25 10:30am-4:30 (registration 10:00am): Early Childhood Music Association (ECMA) Ontario. 25th Anniversary Fall Workshop: Music For Learning is Music for Fun! Workshop on the uniquely engaging power of music to build vital life, learning and music skills in children through moving, singing, listening and playing. All teaching experience levels are welcome; print and audio support materials provided; light lunch offered for those who pre-register. Clinician: Catherine West, senior associate with Connexionarts, an arts-in-education consulting company. Room 330, Faculty of Music, U of T, 80 Queen’s Park. For details or to pre-register: ecmaontario.ca
Oct 31: Musikay. Two workshops for singers to improve their skills at all levels. 10:00am-12:30: Workshop in Vocal Technique; 2:00-4:30: Singing in tune. Grace Lutheran Church, 304 Spruce St. Oakville. 905-825-9740; musikay.ca
Nov 06 1:30: Oakville Opera Guild. Opera Duets. Our first ever opera recital, featuring Shauna Yarnell, Janaka Welihinda & Natasha Fransblow. Black Box Theatre, QEPCCC, 2302 Bridge Rd. Oakville. $15, advanced ticket purchase required. Tickets available through Snapd Oakville, Community Events Media at oakville.snapd.com
Nov 07 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Vocal Percussion Workshop. Rodrigo Chavez, leader. Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. 905-877-0671. $30; $25 (members).