Galas and Fundraisers
April 09 6:30: Jaymz Bee’s Birthday Bash. Live music at 7:00 with Alex Pangman and her Alley Cats, Tony Quarrington, Don Francks and others; Lisa Particelli hosts a jazz jam and open mic. Main Dining Room, The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Road. 416-236-2641; oldmilltoronto.com $20 minimum donation to Unison Benevolent Fund.
April 26 1:30: Sistema Toronto. 2015 Parkdale Red Violin Fundraiser Gala. Features wine and cheese reception with an array of delectable treats; special musical guest performances; kids’ entertainment; silent auction. Concert by Sistema Parkdale Children’s Orchestra included (see daily concert listings). Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave. 416-545-0200. $50 (Gala tickets); $10 (children). In support of Sistema Toronto’s after school music program.
April 29 6:00: VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto. Sweet Lovers Love the Spring: Madrigals for Springtime. Cocktails and silent auction, followed by dinner and concert. Hosted by Classical 96.3 FM’s Alexa Petrenko with soprano Katherine Hill, countertenor Daniel Cabena, lutenist Terry McKenna and featuring VIVA!’s Chamber Youth Choir. St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King St. East. 416-788-8482; email@example.com $125.
May 07 6:00: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. A Worldwide Journey of Wine and Music. A voyage through the culinary and musical landscapes of Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Argentina and Canada. Annual fundraiser and auction. HPO chamber ensembles; Michael Vogt: Hamilton Club chef. The Hamilton Club, 6 Main St. E., Hamilton, On. 905-526-7756. $125. In support of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
April 5, 12, 19, 26 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-minute tours for the general public. These extensive tours include backstage access and are an exciting opportunity to learn more about the first purpose-built opera house in Canada, its history, architecture and innovative acoustic design. Each tour is led by trained docents and includes information and access to the magnificent Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and R. Fraser Elliott Hall, as well as backstage areas like wig rooms and dressing rooms, the orchestra pit, and other spaces that only a stage door pass could unlock. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. West. coc.ca (advance); or purchase at the box office. $20 (adults); $15 (sr/st).
Festivals, Fairs, Festivities
April 12 4:30: Winchevsky Centre. Annual Third Seyder – Dreaming A New World. Includes music by composer, lyricist and singer David Wall and internationally acclaimed pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner,leading songs in English, Yiddish and Hebrew; secular humanistic Haggodeh reading; traditional full-course Passover dinner (vegetarian option). This event is open to the public. Sala Caboto, Villa Colombo, 40 Playfair Ave.Reservations: 416-789-5502; firstname.lastname@example.org; winchevskycentre.org. $48 (adults); $25 (children aged 3-6); $30 (children aged 7-12, students and unwaged attendees). Tickets must be purchased in advance by April 1.
April 18 10:00am – 4:00: Guitar Society of Toronto. Toronto Guitar Weekend 2015: Luthier Fair. Victoria College Chapel, 91 Charles St. West. guitarsocietyoftoronto.com $15.
April 29 5:30 – 8:30: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. 2015 What Next Festival of New Music Opening Reception: Cocktails and Culture. Join us for a reception and an evening of socializing as we kick off the 2015 What Next Festival and enjoy the current exhibit at the Nathaniel Hughson Gallery. Cash bar and refreshments served. Nathaniel Hughson Gallery, 27 John St. North, Hamilton. 905-526-7756; hpo.org
May 03 2:00 – 4:00: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. 2015 What Next Festival of New Music: Coffee with the Composers. What does it mean to be a composer today? Where do they find their inspiration? Join us in this casual drop in event. Grab a coffee and have a chat with Christien Ledroit (HPO Composer-in-Residence), Abigail Richardson-Schulte and other composers featured in the festival. Mulberry Street Coffeehouse, 193 James St. North, Hamilton. 905-526-7756; hpo.org
Registration is now open for 2015 Culture Days. It’s time to start thinking about your 2015 Culture Days activity! Register early and get a head start on planning a successful Culture Days event in your community. Connect with community, develop new skills, reach new audiences and collaborate with others. Culture Days take place on September 25, 26 and 27 2015. culturedays.ca
Lectures, Salons, Symposia
April 14 7:00: North York Central Library. Canadian Opera Company Talk:The Barber of Seville. Wayne Gooding, editor of Opera Canada magazine, examines the different ways Rossini’s riotous romp has been translated to the stage from its premiere in 1816 up to the present day. Special attention will be given to Els Comediants’ new COC production which opens the 2015 spring season. NYCL Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. To register: 416-295-5639. Free.
April 18 10:30am – 12:30: Guitar Society of Toronto. Toronto Guitar Weekend 2015: The Extraordinary Saga of Agustin Barrios Mangore. Lecture by Tony Morris. Victoria College Chapel, 91 Charles St. West. guitarsocietyoftoronto.com $15.
April 18 1:30-3:30: Guitar Society of Toronto. Toronto Guitar Weekend 2015: Classical Guitar Alive: Fusing Creativity with Community Service. Lecture by Tony Morris. Victoria College Chapel, 91 Charles St. West. guitarsocietyoftoronto.com $15.
May 03 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. “Out of My Mind”: Schoenberg, Bartók and Expressionist Opera. Lecture by guest speaker Jeffrey L. Stokes, Assoc. Professor, Music Performance Studies, University of Western Ontario. Room 330, Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-924-3940. $10.
April 15 time tbd: Royal Conservatory of Music. Voice master class with soprano Patricia Rozario. Location tba, 273 Bloor St. West. 416-408-2824; learning.rcmusic.ca/glenn-gould-school/master-classes Free.
April 17 10:00am – 12:30, 2:00 – 4:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Horn master class with Gail Williams. Conservatory Theatre, 273 Bloor St. West. 416-408-2824; learning.rcmusic.ca/glenn-gould-school/master-classes Free.
April 17 time tbd: Royal Conservatory of Music. Voice master class with Russell Braun. Location tba, 273 Bloor St. West. 416-408-2824; learning.rcmusic.ca/glenn-gould-school/master-classes Free.
April 17 time tbd: Royal Conservatory of Music. Violin master class with Mikhail Kopelman. Location tba, 273 Bloor St. West. 416-408-2824; learning.rcmusic.ca/glenn-gould-school/master-classes Free.
April 18 10:00am – 12:00 noon, 2:00 – 4:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Piano master class with Leon Fleisher. Mazzoleni Hall, 273 Bloor St. West. 416-408-2824; learning.rcmusic.ca/glenn-gould-school/master-classes Free.
April 18 6:00 – 9:00: North York Music Festival. Open Piano Master Class with Prof. Paul Komen from the Netherlands. Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview Ave. 416-788-8553; northyorkmusicfestival.com $20.
April 19 10:00am – 12:00 noon, 2:00 – 4:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Piano master class with Leon Fleisher. Mazzoleni Hall, 273 Bloor St. West. 416-408-2824; learning.rcmusic.ca/glenn-gould-school/master-classes Free.
April 19 1:00 – 4:00: Guitar Society of Toronto. Toronto Guitar Weekend 2015: Master class with Berta Rojas. Venue tba. guitarsocietyoftoronto.com $15. Limited spots available.
April 24 time tbd: Royal Conservatory of Music. Bassoon master class with David McGill. Location tba, 273 Bloor St. West. 416-408-2824; learning.rcmusic.ca/glenn-gould-school/master-classes Free.
April 24 time tbd: Royal Conservatory of Music. Voice master class with Michael Mcmahon. Location tba, 273 Bloor St. West. 416-408-2824; learning.rcmusic.ca/glenn-gould-school/master-classes Free.
April 25 1:00 – 3:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Baroque violin master class with Aisslinn Nosky. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. West. Free admission, with a suggested donation of $10. email@example.com
April 25 2:00: Music Toronto. Chris McKhool’s Fiddlefire! Master class for children. Cosburn United Church, 1108 Greenwood Ave. East. 416-366-7723. Free.
April 16 7:30: group of 27 Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst Street, ground floor. Cash bar and refreshments. 416-323-2232 x28. Free. See concert listing April 17 for repertoire.
Toronto Downtown Jazz. Fifth Annual TDJ News Corps. Open to any part-time or full-time post-secondary student enrolled at a Greater Toronto Area university or college, who is interested in writing about jazz. Successful applicants will be given full media accreditation for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, granting them unprecedented access – attending and reviewing concerts for free, interviewing artists and experiencing the festival from behind the scenes. In addition, members will be assigned a mentor: an experienced arts journalist. For further information, please contact Artistic Director Josh Grossman: firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-928-2933 ex.27; torontojazz.com/tdj-news-corps Deadline for application: April 10. Results will be announced by April 17.
April 19 7:30: Aradia Baroque Ensemble. Nosferatu. Aradia will pair F.W. Murnau’s classic film Nosferatu with a baroque soundtrack and renowned piano soloist Richard Herriott. Featuring the Kingsway Conservatory Strings. The Music Gallery, 197 John St. 647-960-6650; eventbrite.ca $35 (adults); $20 (senior/under 30).
April 23 – May 3: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Multiple venues including Isabel Bader Theatre, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Hart House Theatre, ROM Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Innis Town Hall. Box office: 2 Bloor St. W., Cumberland Terrace – Main Level; email – email@example.com 416-637-5150; hotdocs.ca $17 ($22 special events); Ticket packages available. Free daytime screenings up to 5pm for Students (w/valid ID) and Seniors (60+) available on day of screening. hotdocs.ca
Singalongs, Jams, Circles
Apr 02 6:45 – 8:45: World Fiddle Day Toronto. Practise jam. Led by fiddler/singer/composer Anne Lederman; hosted by Long & McQuade. Join players of bowed string instruments to learn world folk repertoire for our community World Fiddle Day event at Fort York, May 16. 925 Bloor St. West. For more information and repertoire: 647-217-4620; https://worldfiddledaytoronto.wordpress.com/ By donation.
April 11 4:00: Musikay. Sing with us the beautiful music of Bach and Charpentier and discover the wonderful works of Campra. Grace Lutheran Church , 304 Spruce St. Oakville. 905-825-9740; musikay.ca Free.
April 11 7:00: Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. A lively evening of G&S-related fun. St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor St. East. 416-763-0832. $5 (non-members).
April 18 10:30am – 1:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday. Join Canadian composer and conductor Timothy Corlis, members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and a lively community of singers to read through some of Corlis’s beautiful compositions. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-598-0422 ex. 223; tmchoir.org/singsation-saturdays/ $10.
April 18 3:45 – 6:00: Guitar Society of Toronto. Toronto Guitar Weekend 2015: Open Mic and Guitar Orchestra performance. Bring your guitar. Victoria College Chapel, 91 Charles St. West. guitarsocietyoftoronto.com. Free.
May 02 7:00: Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Global G&S Day. Join us for superb singing, birthday cake, and Fiddlywinks: a quiz on all things Victorian. All welcome. St. Andrew’s Church, 117 Bloor St. East. 416-763-0832. Members free; guests $5.
April 10 10:00am – 1:00 and 2:00 – 5:00: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. Today’s Professional Performing Artist. Topics include: artistic preparation; marketing; booking; contracts; promotion; representation; job interviews (auditions); touring; networking and more. Moderator: singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez; with Robert Baird, agent, specialist in visas and work permits; Ron Davis, pianist/composer; Ann Summers Dossena, career development manager, IRCPA founder/director; Faye Perkins, president, Real World Artists, Real Records and manager, Glenn Gould Estate. Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St. East. Information, reservations and membership: 416-362-1422; ircpa.net $30/day; $25 (IRCPA members). $5 box lunches available.
April 11 10:00am – 1:00 and 2:00 – 5:00: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. The Musician’s Toolkit – What it Takes to Succeed in Today’s Music Business. Topics include: Connecting The Dots – The Business of Jazz; Creative Presenting: How to Present Engaging Performances; Pitching your music for radio airplay; The Art of Recording and Getting Online; Publicity 101: How to Make it Work for You. Presenters include Jeff Levenson, New York label executive, writer, producer, educator, and journalist; Josh Grossman, artistic director, TD Toronto Jazz Festival; Tracy Jenkins, co-artistic director, Lula Music and Arts Centre; Jane Harbury, President, Jane Harbury Publicity; and others. JAZZ.FM91, Long & McQuade Hall, 4 Pardee Ave. Information, reservations and membership: 416-362-1422; ircpa.net $30/day; $25 (IRCPA members). $5 box lunches available.
April 11 4:30: North York Music Festival. Talent can be Taught. Workshop with author Stephen Riches, for all music teachers to discover how to retain and increase their student base, and for all parents to learn how to motivate their children to stick with music lessons. Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview Ave. 416-788-8553. $20.
April 12 10:00am – 1:00 and 2:00 – 5:00: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. All About Composers. Topics include: Commissions, royalties, recording, how to get heard, copyright laws for composers; funders – policies, procedures, understanding funding agencies and more. Presenters include Glenn Hodgins, CMC Executive Director; Brian Harman, President, Canadian League of Composers; Matthew Fava, Director, CMC Ontario Region; André Jutras, Canada Council for the Arts; David Parsons, Ontario Arts Council. Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St. Information, reservations and membership: 416-362-1422; ircpa.net $30/day; $25 (IRCPA members). $5 box lunches available.
April 12 6:00: North York Music Festival. Stage Is Where We Perform. Workshop with violinist/educator Moshe Hammer. This workshop will explore why practice at home may sound perfect, but does not always result in the best live performance. In this fun-filled, interactive workshop, world-renowned violinist Moshe Hammer will reveal proven strategies to overcome nerves and perform at a higher level. Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview Ave. 416-788-8553. $25.
April 14 6:30: ASLAN Boys Choir of Toronto. Open House: Workshop on boys singing. All boys aged 7 - 14 and their families are invited to experience the ASLAN Boys Choir, and join the choir and artistic director Thomas Bell in singing a wide range of music. No experience necessary. Church of the Transfiguration, 111 Manor Rd. East. 416-859-7464. Free.
April 18 1:30: CAMMAC Recorder Players’ Society. Spring Workshop: Renaissance and Baroque workshop for recorders and other early instruments. Coach, Avery Maclean. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-480-1853. $25 (members); $30 (guests). Refreshments included.
April 26 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for singers and instrumentalists of Haydn’s Creation. David Weaver, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-551-5183. $10; $6 (members).