The ETCeteras - April 2014


Apr 3, 6:30: Dancemakers/BMO Financial Group. 40th Anniversary Season Gala Fundraiser. Dinner-style appetizers, drinks, champagne and desserts, with the premiere of the new dance work AROUND. Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Distillery District, 9 Trinity St. $75. For details:

Apr 9, 6:00: VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto. Here’s a How-De-Do!: A Gilbert and Sullivan Primer. Cocktails, silent auction and solo performances from choristers with leading roles in VIVA!’s upcoming performance of Mikado, followed by dinner and a concert. Jennifer Taverner, soprano; Krisztina Szabò, mezzo; Justin Ralph, tenor and Peter Barret, baritone. St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King St. E. 416-788-8482. $125. For details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Apr 12, 6:00: Orchestra Toronto. Fire and Brilliance Fundraising Gala. Music by orchestra musicians, big band, dancing, silent auction and gourmet food. Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. 416-467-7142. $250.

Apr 28, 6:30: Regent Park School of Music. CRESCENDO 2014. Annual fundraiser sponsored by Element Financial Corporation. Performances by Jim Cuddy, the Devin Cuddy Band and the students of Regent Park School of Music. Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. 416-364-8900. $150. For details:

May 4, 3:00: Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. Fundraising Concert Concert. In support of the 2015 Career Development Award. Featuring 2006 CDA winner Shannon Mercer, soprano, with pianist Steven Philcox. Ticket prices includes light refreshments, donation and a ticket to the 2015 CDA competition. Integral House, 194 Roxborough Dr. 416-923-7052. $150.


Deadline to Apply: May 1: Harbourfront Centre’s SoundClash Music Award. Call for submissions of independent artists and bands to take the stage at this summer’s SoundClash Award. $10,000 in prizes. Competitors must reside in the GTA. Submissions to be made via For details:


Apr 1, 1:30: Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott. Viva Puccini!: Turandot. Video excerpts of great productions and performances of great singers with leading opera educator. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x115. $36(full series)/$14(drop in).

Apr 2 and 9, 1:00: The Jubilee Living and Learning Lecture Series. From Medieval to Modern – A Listener’s Guide to Classical Music. Dr. Arthur Wenk, lecturer. Series started in March. Apr 2: The Romantic Period; Apr 9: The Modern Period. Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr. 416-447-6846. $8(single lecture).

Apr 5, 7:00: Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan Talk and Song. St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor St. E. 416-763-0832. Free.

Apr 6, 2:00: Toronto Opera Club.All in the Operatic Family. Guest speaker bass-baritone Gary Relyea. Room 330, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-924-3940. $10.

Apr 11, 7:00: Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. Explore the Score. Talk to enrich concert experience, with musical examples and multimedia. Develop a deeper understanding of the music to be performed on Apr 11 . Sabatino Vacca, lecturer. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 416-239-5665. Free; call to register. For concert details, see Section A: Apr 11.

Apr 12: Guitar Society of Toronto. Guitar Weekend: Lectures. 10:30am: Stephen Goss; 2:00pm: Alexander Dunn. Northrop Frye Hall, 73 Queen’s Park. 416-964-8298. $15. For same day concert see Section A: Apr 12.

Apr 27 2:30—4:00: The Hymn Society. Prairie Pastor & Hymn Poet — Walter Farquharson: Work & Legacy. Presented by Paul Stott. Refreshments @ 2:00. Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St.E.. 416-342-6034. Freewill donation.

May 6, 7:00: North York Central Library. COC Talk: Massenet’s Don Quichotte. Opera history, production insights and guided listening by Wayne Gooding. North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. 416-395-5639. Free; call to register.


Various dates: Royal Conservatory. Glenn Gould School Student Masterclasses. Students of the Glenn Gould School work with guest artists. Open for auditors. Apr 4, time TBD: John W, Thorne, flute; Apr 4, 1:00: Neil Shicoff, voice; Apr 4, 10:00am and 2:00pm: David Perry, violin; Apr 4 and 5, 10:00am and 2:00pm: Richard Goode, piano. Mazzoleni Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free.

Apr 13, 1:00: Guitar Society of Toronto. Guitar Weekend: Masterclass - Roland Dyens. Northrop Frye Hall, 73 Queen’s Park. 416-964-8298. $15.


Apr 5, time TBA: Continuum Contemporary Music/Arraymusic/Music Gallery. Workshop with Trio 7090. Dutch and Canadian composers and performers critiquing works, as part of Continuum’s Gaudeamus Muziekweek tribute. Music Gallery, 197 John St. 416-924-4945. $30; $20(sr/arts worker); $10(st). For details:

Apr 7, 7:30: Grace Church-on-the-Hill. Choral Workshop for choirs and conductors. With the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford, UK and Dr. Stephen Darlington. 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-488-7884. $15; $10(adv). Group rate, call church for details.

Apr 11, 12:00 noon–4:00pm: Tangled Art and Disability. Building a Worldwide Arts Movement. Workshop led by Leroy F. Moore engaging artists and community members in an exploration of Krip-Hop culture and the resources available to hip-hop artists with disabilities. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. Free; registration required. To register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Apr 11, 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. $15; free(members). Refreshments provided.

Apr 13, 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Early music workshop for plucked strings, bowed strings and woodwinds. Sylvia Bergeron, conductor. Bring your instruments and music stand; scores will be provided. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Rd. 416-537-3733. $20. 

Apr 26, 10:30am–1:00pm: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop. Sing with the choir. Operetta, musical theatre, choral arrangements of pop tunes. David Ambrose, guest conductor. Cameron Hall, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-598-0422 x221. $10. Refreshments included.

Apr 26, 1:30–5:00: CAMMAC Recorder Players’ Society. Renaissance and Baroque Spring Workshop. For recorders and other early instruments. Bob Rivers, coach. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-480-1853. $30; $25(members). Refreshments provided.

Apr 27, 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for Singers and Instrumentalists. Glick: Triumph of the Spirit. Shawn Grenke, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-551-5183. $10; $6(members).

May 3, 9:00am–4:00pm: Cobourg Highland Games Society. Piping and Drumming Workshop. Instructors include Gordon Brown, Drew Duthart, Ken Eller, Doug MacRea, Reid Maxwell and others. Cobourg Trinity United Church, 2874 Division St. 905-373-1956. $70. For details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Concert to follow: see Section B: Listings Beyond the GTA.

May 4, 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Early music workshop for strings and woodwinds. Joëlle Morton, conductor. Bring your recorders, early instruments and music stand; scores will be provided. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Rd. 416-537-3733. $20.


Apr 3, 8:00: Toronto Silent Film Festival. The Wind (1928); Silent Toronto Photoplays; Best of TUFF 2013. Music by William O’Meara, piano. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. 416-461-9287. $15.

Apr 4, 7:30: Toronto Silent Film Festival. City Girl (1930); Silent Toronto Photoplays. Music by Fern Lindzon, piano. Carlton Cinema, 2 Carlton St. 416-461-9287. $15.

Apr 6, 4:00: Toronto Silent Film Festival. 1000 Laffs Comedy Shorts Programme. Music by Laura Silberberg, piano. Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E. 416-461-9287. $15.

Apr 5, 6:30: Tafelmusik and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Movie Night: The Red Violin. Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St. $15.

Apr 7, 6:30: Royal Conservatory/Hot Docs Film Festival. Music On Film Festival: Wavemakers. History of the electronic musical instrument, the Ondes Martenot. Ondiste Genevieve Grenier will give a brief demonstration of the instrument after the film. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. $15/$12(members).

Apr 7, 8:00: Toronto Silent Film Festival/Toronto Theatre Organ Society. Seven Years Bad Luck, (1921). Music by Clark Wilson, Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. 416-499-6262. $20.

Apr 8, 7:00: Toronto Silent Film Festival/Revue Film Society. The Last Command (1928); Behind the Screen (1916). Music by Jordan Klapman, piano. Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-461-9287. $15.

Apr 26 7:30 Cathedral Church of St. James. King of Kings (1927); Silent film w. improvised organ accompaniment.David Briggs, organ. St. James Cathedral, 65 Church St. 416-364-7865. Donations accepted. See ad page 46.

May 1–11, various times: Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Features including It Happened in St. Tropez, The German Doctor and Hunting Elephants as well as documentaries and more. Premiere of Naomi Jaye’s The Pin, the only Yiddish feature produced in Canada. Five-part lecture and film series entitled Golems, Dybbuks and the Jewish Fantastic, examining Jewish horror films. 416-324-9121. $13/$8(mats); $9(sr/st); $20(opening night). For full details and schedule: 


Apr 8, 7:00: Canada Sings!/Chatons Canada! Toronto-Riverdale. Community Singalong. Canadian folk songs, rock, Broadway and ballads. Mark Bell, song leader; Marjorie Wiens, piano. St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 415 Broadview Ave. 416-778-0796. Free; donations accepted.

Apr 29, May 1 and May 3: Canadian Children’s Opera Company. CCOC Open House. Observe and participate in a rehearsal of one of the six chorus division of the CCOC. Choral singing and drama staging. Apr 29, 5:00–6:30pm: Ages 7 to 10; May 1, 4:30–6:00pm: Ages 3 to 6; May 3, 11:00am–1:00pm: Ages 10 to 19. First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-366-0467. Free.


Apr 1–Apr 6, various times. Spotlight on Israel. Festival celebrating Israeli theatre, visual arts, music, dance  and film. For schedule:

Apr 4 and 5, 8:00: dance Immersion. ExpressionsŠNow. Showcase highlighting Azaguno and  KasheDance. Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. $25-$35; $18-$20(sr/st). Also Apr 5 at 1:00pm.

Apr 9, 12:00 noon–3:00pm; Apr 10, 9:00am–12:00 noon: Tangled Art and Disability. Tangled Kids Fest. Performances by Propeller Dance, pop signer Elizabeth Morris and Lazylegz. Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. $5. For details and registration:

Apr 11, 7:00: Soundstreams Salon 21. Improvisation vs. Composition. Discussion on composition, improvisation and the music that lies in between, with musical performances exploring these concepts. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-504-1282. Free; pwyc reserved seating available.

Apr 25, 6:00: Mississauga Arts Council’s Limelight Association of Young Artists. ‘Sauga Stars Youth Talent Showcase. Reception and art exhibit, followed by a concert featuring Trouble and Daughter, I Rock with the One, Cawthra Park Secondary School Repertory Dance Company, We Flip Tables and other artists. Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Rd., Mississauga. Free; reservation necessary: 905-615-4446.

Apr 12, 4:30: Guitar Society of Toronto. Reception with Guitar Society of Toronto Guitar Orchestra. Open mic format; bring your own guitar. Northrop Frye Hall, 73 Queen’s Park. 416-964-8298. Free.

May 2 and 3, 8:00: Tangled Art and Disability. Third Eye Looming. Multi-disciplinary theatre piece delving into the mind of a man with mental illness. Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. $25; $20(st/PWD). For details:

May 5 12:00 noon: Music Monday. 10th Anniversary. Live webcast linking simultaneous events across the country, ending with a synchronized, nationwide performance of I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) with Chris Hadfield and led by Bramwell Tovey. Free. See

Apr 12 and 13, various times: Show Choir Canada. Nationals. National show choir competition for high school glee clubs and choirs presented by Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and da Costa Talent Management. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. $87.50(for all 3 shows); $49(st). For details:;

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