The ETCeteras - November 2014

Galas and Fundraisers

Nov 1 7:30: Toronto Heliconian Club. Performance in the Round. Concert in support of Nazareth House Transitional Home for Women. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-922-3618. $25. See main listing in GTA concert listings.

Nov 15 8:00: Unison Benevolent Fund. The Love Shack Dance Party. With DJ Fred Schneider from The B52s. ‘80s makeovers; prizes for best ‘80s look; silent auction. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. 416-323-1251. $20(advance via; $30(door). In support of the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Nov 15 7:30pm: TM Jazz. Forest Hill – Autumn.With guests Big Band Theory and others. Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King St W, Kitchener.519-745-4711. $30. Proceeds benefit the MS Society of Canada.

Nov 16 3:00: Melos. Petits fours and Pearls of the French Baroque. Fundraising tea and concert. Enjoy the beauty of the French Baroque over tea and petits fours, while Melos’ period musicians and the Mallon workshop participants perform. St George’s Hall, 129 Wellington, Kingston. Information: 613-767-7245;;  $25(door).

Nov 20 6:00: Canadian Music Centre. Key Change. Fundraiser featuring the Hilario Duran Trio. A unique evening with an intimate concert, delectable treats highlighting Canada’s culinary offerings, delicious ales and wine, silent auction. 20 St. Joseph St. 416-961-6601 x201. $150 ticket/donation with $125 tax receipt.

Nov 22 6:00: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Sixth Annual Sakura Gala Benefit for the Legacy Campaign. Collaborative performance with the Ron Davis Jazz Quartet at the Sakura Ball, honouring Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, and Henry Zagdanski representing the Jewish community in Toronto. 6:00: general reception; 7:00: dinner. Kobayashi Hall, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court. 416-249-0788. $500; $5000 (gala patron table for 10 guests).

Nov 23 3:00: Amici Chamber Ensemble. Alla Zingarese. A celebratory gala with the magic of gypsy style and composers who were undoubtedly alla zingarese! Includes silent auction, food & wine. Julie Nesrallah, soprano/host; Jonathan Crow, violin; Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet; Neil Deland, horn; David Hetherington, cello; Serouj Kradjian, piano. Conservatory Theatre, 273 Bloor St. West. 416-408-0208. $80.

Nov 26 4:00: Canadian Music Centre. Nonclassical Global. The CMC is proud to be one of five venues in five different countries coming together to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Gabriel Prokofiev’s label, Nonclassical. For the first time, Nonclassical will present as a transcontinental live streamed event, where audiences will get a glimpse of the diverse alt-classical scenes reaching across the globe in 2014. 20 St. Joseph St. 416-961-6601 x201. Free before 6pm; $10 cover after 6pm. 18+ event.

Dec 7 6:00: The Minstrel Foundation for Music & Arts Advancement. Sip, Savour & Celebrate. 16th annual fundraising event to fund music lessons, Christmas, March Break and Summer Music Camps and scholarships for advanced education, for the benefit of youth in inner city and new immigrant communities across Toronto. Wine tasting, hot and cold appetizers and holiday cocktails. Entertainment by the Humber College Community Jazz Band, Minstrel graduate Thomson Egbo-Egbo and the Minstrel student award winners for 2014. Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis St. 416-944-8244.  $150


Nov 1 (deadline to apply): Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. Young Composers Competition 2014. Canadian composers ages 32 and under. Winning composition will be performed by the ETO; cash prizes presented. 416-239-5665. For details:;

Nov 28 (deadline to apply): Toronto Sinfonietta. Ninth annual concerto competition for the best performance of a solo work with orchestra. Gala concert of competition winners is Sat Feb 21, 2015. Age categories: under 16, 16-19. Rules and application forms at

Lectures, Salons, Symposia

Nov 1 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music/Songwriters Association of Canada. Music Mix: Bluebird North. Canadian songwriters discuss the songwriting process and the stories behind the songs. Blair Packham, host. Conservatory Theatre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $25.

Nov 2 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Canadian Opera Stars at Covent Garden. Visual presentation by guest speaker Wayne Gooding, editor of Opera Canada. Room 330, Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-924-3940. $10.

Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 7:00: Miles Nadal JCC. Kevin Courrier Spins the Beatles. In this lecture series with film clips, Kevin Courrier examines how the Beatles’ music created both dreams and nightmares in their pursuit of an artificial paradise, ‘Nowhere Land’, built on the principles of pleasure and fulfillment. Based on Artificial Paradise: The Dark Side of The Beatles’ Utopian Dream (Greenwood-Praeger, 2009). 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x606
 Info:  Single lecture drop in: $12; $6 for students (+HST).

Nov 4 6:00: Royal Conservatory of Music/Neuberger Holocaust Education Week. Musical Collaboration. Performance of chamber music by the ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) featuring works by Polish exile Jerzy Fitelberg, followed by a discussion that focuses on the actions of musical collaborators during the Third Reich, the political and moral responsibilities of the artist, and on whether one can separate belief and behaviour from artistic achievement. How do we measure an individual’s accountability and at what point, if ever, can their conduct be excused? Panelists include Alexander Neef (General Director of the Canadian Opera Company) and Simon Wynberg (Artistic Director of the Royal Conservatory’s ARC Ensemble); chaired by HEW 2014 Scholar-in-Residence Doris Bergen (Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto). Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. West. 416-363-8231. Registration required as of September 29. $18. Proceeds support Neuberger Holocaust Education Week.

Nov 8 9:00am - 4:00pm: Ontario Suzuki Association. Every Child Can! A Suzuki Association of the Americas course: Introduction to Suzuki Education. For teachers, parents, prospective teachers of any instruments and others interested in education, Margot Jewell provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning. Spring Garden Baptist Church, 112 Spring Garden Ave.  $150.

Nov 8 10:00am - 4:00pm: Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society/Emmanuel College. “Footsteps in the Snow: Tracking Faith and Song in the High Arctic.” Lori-Anne Dolloff, Associate Professor, Music Education at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, will share experiences derived from her work with the Cathedral faith community in Iqaluit, tracing colonial and post-colonial influences on the music used in worship today. Emmanuel College, Victoria University, University of Toronto, 75 Queen’s Park Cres. To register:

Nov 11 1:30: Oakville Opera Guild. Tea with Opera: ‘The Slavic Sound.’ Lecture by Don Gillies with the assistance of Maika Hanus. Oakville Central Library Auditorium, 120 Navy Street Oakville. 905-337-0477. $10 (minimum donation). Proceeds toward scholarship awarded annually to a young Canadian singer studying at U of T Opera Division. 

Nov 12 – 26 (Wednesdays), 6:30–8:00pm: Royal Conservatory of Music. History of Cabaret: A 3-week course. Journey into the heart and history of cabaret! Get to know the composers, lyricists, performers, and related art forms such as vaudeville and burlesque. 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2825. $115.

Nov 15 2:00: Toronto Mahler Society. Bernstein’s Mahler and Nielsen’s Symphony – A profile of conductor Leonard Bernstein to present his approach to Mahler’s work in audio and video demonstration. An introduction to Carl Nielsen and his symphonies to coincide with Toronto Symphony Orchestra concerts of Nielsen’s symphony under Thomas Dausgaard. Locke Library, 3083 Yonge St. For details:   416-993-9298. Free(members); $5(non-members). Refreshments provided. 

Nov 19 7:00: North York Central Library. Canadian Opera Company Talk: Don Giovanni. Join Wayne Gooding, editor of Opera Canada magazine, as he delves into Mozart’s Don Giovanni which will be presented in a new production by the Canadian Opera Company this winter. North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. 416-395-5639 to register. Free.

Nov 20 7:00: Arraymusic. Lecture on Ann Southam by Tamara Bernstein. Music writer, lecturer and concert curator Tamara Bernstein presents an in-depth lecture on the life and music of composer Ann Southam. This event coincides with the acquisition and launch of Southam’s LP collection, a rare and rich insight into this brilliant composer’s aesthetic and life. Bernstein will use some of the almost 300 titles as illustrations in the talk. The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. (2nd floor). 416-532-3019.

Nov 21 7:00: Soundstreams. Salon 21:Old Instruments, New Music. Special guests from The Toronto Consort perform on ancient instruments in contemporary and experimental ways. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-504-1282. PWYC.

Dec 2 to Dec 16 (Tuesdays), 10:00am–12:00 noon: Royal Conservatory of Music. The Glorious Music of Christmas: A 3-week course. Delve into the rich treasury of music from all ages, from Handel’s Messiah, to J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, favourite carols, and more! 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2825. $160.


Nov 3 7:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Opera Master Class with Catherine Wyn-Rogers, John R. Stratton visitor in music. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free.

Nov 4 12:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Art Song Master Class with Catherine Wyn-Rogers, John R. Stratton visitor in music. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free.

Nov 15 10:00am: RCCO Toronto. Organ Master Class with Isabelle Demers. Four students perform a variety of repertoire for the pipe organ. Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview Ave. 416-489-1551. Free.


Nov 14 8:00: Vox Metropolis. “Silent Films / New Music”. Featuring Buster Keaton’s “Sherlock Jr.” with new music by classical-crossover ensemble Vox Metropolis (David Jones (piano/violin), Kirk Starkey (cello/guitar), Sara Traficante (flutes/saxophone). Performed live to picture. Church of St. John the Evangelist, 320 Charlton Ave. W. Hamilton. Tickets online:  or at La Jardinère, 246 Locke St. S. $20; $15(senior); $10(students).

Nov 19 7:30: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra/Zoetic Theatre. The Red Violin (1998).Film centres on a violin created in 1681 by a Cremonese master violin maker for the birth of his child, spanning four centuries and five countries as it tells the story of a mysterious violin and its many owners. Starring Colm Feore, Samuel L. Jackson and Don McKellar. Pre-Film Feature: Enjoy a demonstration on the violin by an HPO musicianas they talk about the intriguing history and use of this important orchestral instrument. The Zoetic Theatre, 526 Concession St. (at Upper Wentworth) Hamilton. 905-526-7756.

Nov 25 6:30: Royal Conservatory of Music/Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic (1985). Features intimate performances from the home of the award-winning classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz; directed by the renowned Maysles brothers. Also: Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story. Pianist Leon Fleisher will participate in a post-screening Q&A. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street W. 416-637-3123;  $15; $12(Bloor members).

Dec 6 3:00: Arraymusic. Udo Kasemets - Uncompromising Experimentalist - Day One.

A tribute to one of Toronto’s most respected thinkers and composers. Features a screening of Kasemets’ piano concerto. Written for Array’s pianist Stephen Clarke and performed by Toronto’s New Music Concerts, this DVD contains the definitive performance of the work and an interview with Kasemets. Then, a film by Mani Mazinani puts together this fine multimedia artist and Kasemets’ solo piano work. During the afternoon an animated video that accompanies Kasemets’ Calendar Round, based on the Mayan calendar, will play. The Array Space, 155 Walnut Street (2nd floor). 416-532-3019.

Singalongs, Jams, Circles

Nov 1 8:00: Arraymusic. Evening of Improvisation. With artistic director Rick Sacks, some of Toronto’s finest musicians, friends and out-of-town guests, heralding a return to the Columbia U Radio jams or the great tradition of CCMC Music Gallery evenings. The Array Space, 155 Walnut St. (2nd floor). 416-532-3019. PWYC.

Nov 22 10:30am – 1:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday: Christmas Carols and Hymns. Join guest conductor Matthew Otto and members of the TMC for a choral sing-along of popular seasonal music. Bring your voice and good cheer, and we’ll provide the music. St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Ave. 416-598-0422 x223. $10 (includes refreshments).

Dec 2 8:00: Arraymusic. Evening of Improvisation. With artistic director Rick Sacks, some of Toronto’s finest musicians, friends and out-of-town guests, heralding a return to the Columbia U Radio jams or the great tradition of CCMC Music Gallery evenings. The Array Space, 155 Walnut Street (2nd floor). 416-532-3019. PWYC.

Spoken Word, Performance Art

Nov 1 8:00: New Adventures in Sound Art. Terminal Noise. A program of sound art works considers the links between the deceased and the living in this All Saint’s Day concert; followed by a noise art performance by the live electronics duo Mugbait. Featured is Gelded Eyes performed by Mugbait, and works by Norah Lorway, Dan Tramte, Vanessa Sorce-Lévesque and Nick Storring. NAISA Space, 601 Christie St. #252.  $10.

Nov 3 7:00: New Adventures in Sound Art. New Music 101: Reference Library Mobile Performance. Works from past NAISA performances will be the basis for exploring the acoustics of the Toronto Reference Library with a mobile performance walk using Audio Spotlight directional speakers. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.  Free

Nov 8 7:00: Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society/Dickens Fellowship. Charles Dickens meets Gilbert and Sullivan – an evening of song and story – indeed! St. Andrews United Church, 117 Bloor St. East. 416-763-0832. Non-members $5. All welcome.

Nov 21 7:30: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony/Words Worth Books. Intersections with authors Miriam Toews and Wayne Grady. Features a reading of excerpts from each award-winning author’s novels accompanied by musical selections to complement the work; led by KWS music director Edwin Outwater. Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King St. W., Kitchener. 519-745-4711; 888-745-4717;  $35; $14 (students). Also Nov 22.

Nov 22 7:30: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony/Words Worth Books. Intersections with authors Miriam Toews and Wayne Grady. See Nov 21.


Nov 1 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Cello Workshop led by Sybil Shanahan. Focusing on excerpts from orchestral repertoire. Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. 416-386-0258. $30; $25(members).

Nov 1 4:00: Musikay Early Music Ensemble. Join us to read through the heavenly music of Guillaume Dufay and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina that will be performed at our first concert. A wonderful learning experience and an opportunity to sing with professional singers. Grace Lutheran Church, 304 Spruce Street, Oakville. 905-825-9740. Free.

Nov 8 9:30am - 4:30pm: Melos. Kevin Mallon Workshop on French Baroque Music.Baroque violinist and conductor, Kevin Mallon, leads a workshop on the playing of French baroque music. The workshop was offered by audition or invitation (registration by  Sept 30), to professional instrumentalists and advanced students of strings, baroque flute, recorder, and oboe (all playing at A415). Open to anyone interested in auditing (Register by Nov 7.) Participants also perform at Melos’s Nov 16 Fundraising Tea and Concert (see Galas and Fundraisers). St. George’s Hall, 121 Wellington St. Kingston. Contact: Holly Gwynne-Timothy, 613-767-7245.

Nov 8 1:00: Tafelmusik. Sing-Along Messiah Workshop. Join fellow amateur singers and be put through the paces by Tafelmusik’s Ivars Taurins, baroque specialist and conductor. Taurins will work with the participants, giving new insight into a selection of choruses from Handel’s Messiah. Participants will be seated according to their appropriate sections – soprano, alto, tenor, and bass – each led by a member of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337.

Nov 11 12:10: U of Toronto Faculty of Music. Performance class for singers: “Songs of Requiem and Light.” With Mia Bach and singers from the third-year oratorio class. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free.

Nov 14 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 (entrance off Belsize). 416-480-1853. Guests: $15; members: free. Refreshments included.

Nov 16 1:00 to 4:00: Arraymusic / The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan. Array/Evergreen Community Gamelan Meet Up #3. This fun, hands-on Meet Up brings people together to play beautiful Indonesian instruments, along with a huge collection of percussion instruments (gongs, bowls, vibes, marimba, drums, djembe, congas, bells, chimes, shells and more). The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. (2nd floor). 416-532-3019. $10.

Nov 18 7:00: North York Central Library. Blues Poetry. Blues poetry is a fusion of the blues music genre and the African American oral tradition. Using the library’s collection, award-winning blues artists Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley, and musicologist, guitarist Mike Daley perform the work of Langston Hughes and others. North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. 416-395-5639 to register. Free.

Nov 23 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for Singers and Instrumentalists. Schubert: Mass in A flat. Stephane Potvin, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-482-6562. $10; $6(members).

Nov 25 12:10: U of Toronto Faculty of Music. Performance class for singers: “Louis Spohr (1784-1859) and His Contemporaries.” Students in Collaborative Piano and Voice Studies with Steven Philcox, Head of Collaborative Piano. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free.

Dec 2 12:10: U of Toronto Faculty of Music. Performance class for singers: Songs of the Season. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free.

Dec 5 7:30: CAMMAC Recorder Players’ Society. Renaissance and Baroque Workshop for recorders and other early instruments. Coach: Janos Ungvary. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd (entrance off Belsize). 416-480-1853. Guests $20; members $5. Refreshments included.

Dec 6 2:00: Musikay Early Music Ensemble. How to Handle Messiah.
Explore the performances practices for Handel’s masterwork.We will learn the different ways to interpret the different movements of Messiah, including the tempo markings, articulations, relationship to the text. We sing the choruses and solos of Messiah. We will also listen to recorded interpretations and discuss the pros and cons of different versions. 304 Spruce St. Oakville. 905-825-9740.

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