Burlington Civic Chorale Singers. Choristers in the area are invited to audition. For over 21 years the choir has performed a wide selection of music that has included classical, baroque, opera, folksongs, Broadway and vocal jazz. As we start another new and exciting season, we invite you to share your singing talents with us. Rehearsals begin in September and are held Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30. St. Christopher’s Church, 662 Guelph Line, Burlington. Please contact director Gary Fisher at 905-632-2085 or email@example.com; burlingtoncivicchorale.ca
Guelph Youth Singers. Children and youth between the ages of six and eighteen who love to sing are invited to audition for entry in 2015 to one of GYS’s award-winning choirs (I, II, III and SATB). For more information and to book an audition: 519-821-8574;
Kawartha Youth Orchestra. Young musicians ages 12 to 24 are invited to audition for openings in the strings, winds, brass and percussion sections for the upcoming 2015/16 season. Auditions held on Saturday September 12. Sadleir House, 751 George St. Peterborough. For more information and to book an audition time: 705-772-0015; thekyo.org
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
Sep 01 – 27: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 8:00; Thurs-Sat 10:00pm (except Thurs Sep 03 8:00); Sun 7:00 (Opening Night Sep 08 8:00): SPIEGELWORLD. EMPIRE. A 90-minute adventure performed by international talent including MCs Oscar and Fanny, Gorilla Girls (banquine), foot jugglers, a backwards bending contortionist, daredevil roller skaters, a world champion wheelmaster, a sultry songstress and a fast-fingered guitarist. Under the Spiegeltent on Toronto’s Harbourfront, 318 Queen’s Quay W. Spiegelworld.ca $45-$129 (regular); VIP packages; Cocktail Table and Booth seating available.
Sep 25, 26, 27: 2015 Culture Days. Featuring free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes” and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community. Various venues. culturedays.ca
Lectures, Salons, Symposia
Sep 09 – 30, 1:00-2:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Glenn Gould: Music and More. Dr. Colin Eatock explores Gould’s musical career including his ideas about concert performance, recording, radio and television, Canadian-ness and other aspects of Gouldian thought. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825;
Sep 09 – Oct 07, 7:00-8:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Lula World Music Tour. Lula Music and Arts Centre, programmer for the vibrant Latin and world music venue Lula Lounge, takes you on a music tour with stops in West Africa, South America, the Caribbean, India and Europe. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825; rcmusic.ca/musicappreciation $185.
Sep 14 – Oct 19, 7:00-8:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Opera Overtures: An Interactive Introduction to the Sublime and Sublimely Ridiculous World of Opera! Immerse yourself in opera in this interactive and fun course exploring various aspects of the operatic art form. Instructor: Kyra Millan. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825;
Sep 15 1:30: Oakville Opera Guild. Tea with Opera: “Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd.” Includes Annual General Meeting; guest speaker Ann Reynolds, Opera Guild member from our Stratford branch and noted guest speaker at musical events; tea and refreshments. 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).
Sep 15 – 29, 10:00am-12:00 noon: Royal Conservatory of Music. Canadian Composers: The Mid-20th Century Radicals. Gain insight into the life and works of Canada’s most important classical composers from the mid-twentieth century and explore how their musical contributions have influenced the music of today. Instructor: Dr. Réa Beaumont. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825;
Sep 16 – Oct 21, 10:30am-12:00 noon: Royal Conservatory of Music. All About the Piano. This course will provide an overview of renowned master composers for the piano alongside perhaps lesser known, yet fascinating contributors. Instructor: Peteris Zarins. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825;
Sep 18 7:00: Soundstreams Salon 21. Music and Poetry. Explore the connections between poetry and music through the lens of poet Federico García Lorca, including four short new works performed by mezzo Krisztina Szabó. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-504-1282. Free, PWYC reserved seating and gallery preludes available.
Sep 22 – Oct 27, 6:30-8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Theatres of Terror: Gothic Horror in Music, Opera and Film. From both musical and dramatic perspectives, this course will investigate how gothic horror has been done best in music, opera and film. Instructor: Leslie Barcza. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825; rcmusic.ca/musicappreciation $225.
Sep 24 – Oct 29, 1:00-3:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven: Man, Music and Message. Explore the life and times of Beethoven, their impact on him and his music, and his powerful skills and methods of expression and communication in the variety of forms and genres in which he created. Instructor: Rick Phillips. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825; rcmusic.ca/musicappreciation $295.
Sep 24 – Oct 29, 7:00-8:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. The Passion of the Guitar. Join fellow guitar enthusiasts and delve into the many facets of this fascinating instrument, from the hunter’s bow to the synthesizer, from Segovia to Hendrix. Instructor: Danny Marks. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825;
Sep 29 – Oct 20, 1:00-3:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Opera in the City. This illuminating journey into operatic history will enhance your experience of the operas scheduled to be performed in Toronto this fall. Instructor: Eric Domville. 273 Bloor St. W. For information and to register: 416-408-2825; rcmusic.ca/musicappreciation $195.
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;
Morris Winchevsky Centre. Usher in the Jewish New Year with our secular humanistic observances of Rosh Hashonah: Sep 14 10:30am and Yom Kippur: Sep 22 7:30. Observances include the traditional blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn), meaningful holiday readings and poetry; music in Yiddish, Hebrew and English. Singer David Wall and pianist Marilyn Lerner lead our holiday music selections. Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Ave. 416-789-5502; winchevskycentre.org $50 (adults); $20 (children aged 3-12); $25 (unwaged/students ages 13-24). Advanced reservations recommended.
Sep 09 6:30: Heritage Toronto. Music on the Yonge St. Strip. Discover the music history of Toronto’s Yonge Street, beginning in the 1950s. Visit the sites of famous clubs like The Colonial, Friar, and Le Coq D’Or, and concert venues such as Massey Hall and the Eaton Auditorium. Hear stories about Oscar Peterson, Ronnie Hawkins, Glenn Gould and many more. Leader: music journalist Nicholas Jennings. Length: approx. 1 1⁄2 hours; focus: cultural, historical, architectural; difficulty: flat pavement, busy street. Note: This is an exterior tour only. Location details available upon registration. To register:
Sep 08 7:00: Singing OUT. Open Rehearsal. Toronto’s LGBTQ+ choir. 519 Community Centre Ballroom, 519 Church St. singingout.com
Sep 08 7:15-10:00pm: Etobicoke Centennial Choir. Come Sing With Us. Come out to sing with the choir during this open rehearsal, meet the conductor and choristers and find out what the ECC has to offer. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd. 416-622-6923;
Sep 13 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by Toronto lute player Lucas Harris. Bring your early instruments and music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Road. 416-927-8699. $20.
Sep 14 – 19: COBA Collective of Black Artists. Open House. Try out any of our classes from either the Children’s Dance and Drumming or Open Dance Class programs at no charge. Children’s classes: Fri 4:30-7:30 and Sat 9:00am-4:30; Open Dance classes: Mon to Thurs from 6:30-7:30. 585 Dundas St. E. #130. 416-658-3111; firstname.lastname@example.org $20 per session.
Sep 22 7:00-9:00: Toronto Concert Band. Open Rehearsal. Adult musicians from across Toronto are invited to sit in with the band as it kicks off rehearsals for Concert Season #2. Amateur community players, post-secondary students and professionals who want to play in the community are all welcome. Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School, 525 Prince Edward Dr. Please pre-register: 647-479-2941;
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.