Galas and Fundraisers

Nov 03 5:30: Canadian Opera CompanyCentre Stage COC Fundraiser. Cocktail reception followed by Ensemble Studio Competition; formal dinner for Gala patrons on the Four Seasons stage. COC Orchestra; Ben Heppner, competition host; Johannes Debus, conductor. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. $100(cocktail reception and competition); $1500(gala dinner). 5:30: cocktails; 6:30 competition; dinner follows.

Competitions

Nov 04 11:59: Etobicoke Philharmonic OrchestraYoung Composers Competition. Canadian composers 32 years of age and under may submit entries. The Grand Prize winner’s composition will be performed at the EPO’s final concert of the 2016/17 season, May 12, 2017. Application deadline: November 4, 2016.For more information, guidelines and entry form: www.eporchestra.ca. 1500 Islington Ave. P.O. Box 60002, Etobicoke. 416-239-5665.

Demonstrations and Tours

Oct 01 12:00 noon: Royal Conservatory of Music. Koerner Hall Free for All. Come and go as you please. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free. Also at 5:00.

Oct 01 5:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Koerner Hall Free for All. Come and go as you please. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free. Also at 12:00 noon.

Oct 02 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. $20 (adults); $15 (sr/st). Also Oct 16 and 23.

Oct 16 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. $20 (adults); $15 (sr/st). Also Oct 02 and 23.

Oct 23 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. $20 (adults); $15 (sr/st). Also Oct 02 and 16.

Lectures, Salons, Symposia

Oct 14 11:00am: Music Gallery/Sensorium Centre and Dispersion Lab, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York UniversityX Avant XI: Reverberations – Artist Talk by Pauline Oliveros. York University, Room TBA, 4700 Keele St. 416-204-1080. Free.

Oct 14 7:00: Canadian Opera CompanyOpera Insights: Ariodante Bootcamp. A look into the process of preparing Ariodante for performance. COC Ensemble Studio; Johannes Debus, music director. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. Reserve in advance.

Oct 15 6:00: Music GalleryX Avant XI: Reverberations. “Why is MP3 and streaming audio quality killing our love of music (and why didn’t you know that?)” Lecture-presentation by Noah Mintz about psychoacoustics. 197 John St. 416-204-1080. Free. Festival runs Oct 13-16.

Oct 15 7:30: Melos Music Society. Pilgrimage: The Iberian Crossroads. Illustrated talk by architectural historian Dr. Peter Coffman, including photography of ancient places along the pilgrimage routes of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela and the medieval music of pilgrimages and the Spanish Renaissance, performed by the Melos Choir, soli and instrumentalists. St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street E. Kingston613-767-7245melos-earlymusic.org. $5-$25.

Oct 16 6:00: Music GalleryX Avant XI: Reverberations. Music Gallery History Series: “Bang The Furnace: Music, Culture and Identity in Toronto’s Black Aural Spaces”. Motion, MC/spoken word artist. Lambert Lounge, OCADU, 100 McCaul St. 416-204-1080. Free. Festival runs Oct 13-16.

Oct 29 1:30: Canadian Opera CompanyOpera Insights: Great Bel Canto Divas I Have Known - In Conversation with Maestro Stephen Lord. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. Reserve tickets in advance.

Masterclasses

Oct 08 1:00: TafelmusikGuest Artist Public Master Class: Christophe Coin, Cello. Join the audience and observe cellist Christophe Coin work with emerging artists. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. Free ($10 donation suggested).

Oct 21 1:30: York University Department of MusicVocal Masterclass: Lawrence Wiliford, Tenor. Young singers from the studios of Catherine Robbin, Stephanie Bogle, Norma Burrowes, Michael Donovan and Karen Rymal. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, YU, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-5888. Free. Observers welcome.

Oct 22 10:00am: Don Wright Faculty of MusicBrass Day 2016. All-day event includes performances, clinics and masterclasses, vendor exhibits, guests and students. Musica Quinta. Guest: Andrew McCandless, trumpet. Talbot College, University of Western Ontario, Room 100, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-611-2111 x80532. $25.

Screenings

Oct 25 6:30: Royal Conservatory of Music/Hot Docs. Music on Film: A Great Day in Harlem. A look at America’s jazz legends, featuring archival performance footage, remarkable home video, and rare interviews with masters present that day. Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2824. $16 (Hot Docs members: $12, $10, free).

Oct 29 8:00: Alliance Française de Toronto. Socalled’s The Golem. Live soundtrack to a classic silent film. Performed by pianist and accordionist Josh “Socalled” Dolgin. 24 Spadina Rd. 416-922-2014 x37. $15; $10 (sr, teachers); free (18 and under).

Singalongs

Oct 19 7:30: Free Times Cafe60s Folk Revival - Where have all the folk songs gone. Singalong tribute to the songs of the 60s. If I Had A Hammer; Walk Right In; Turn! Turn! Turn!; Tom Dooley; Five Hundred Miles; and other songs. Sue Peters, vocals and guitar; Dwight Peters, vocals, guitars, piano, accordion; Michelle Rumball, vocals; Tony Laviola, bass. 320 College St. 416-967-1078. $15. Cash at the door. Call for dinner reservation. Also Nov 16.

Oct 21 8:00: York University Department of MusicImprov Soiree. Participatory “open mic” set-up. Improv studios of Casey Sokol, hosts. Sterling Beckwith Studio, 235 Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele St. 647-459-0701. Free. Performers and observers welcome.

Oct 29 7:00: Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. An evening of spook and sparkle, with a sing along Ruddigore, “character” performances, and a fun identity game. St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor Street E. 416-763-0832. $5 (non-members). Refreshments included.

Workshops

Oct 01 10:30am: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Culture Days: Singsation Saturday. A read-through of choral repertoire from a variety of styles and genres. All levels welcome. Jenny Crober, conductor. Palmerston Public Library, 560 Palmerston Ave. 416-598-0422 x221. Free.

Oct 03 5:00: Gallery 345. Theremin Workshop with Pamela Stickney. Animating the theremin to bring sound to life. Open to all ages. If you have your own instrument, please bring it with you. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. $15.

Oct 16 12:00-4:00: Toronto Flute Circle. Fall Flute Fitness. Tone/technique class and flute ensemble reading session. Margot Rydall, director. Adults, intermediate/advanced levels. Refreshments. 46 Empire Ave. 416-463-1011duomusic@sympatico.ca $45.

Oct 21 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players’ SocietyWorkshop. Amateur recorder players are invited to join in the playing of early music. Guest coach: Avery MacLean. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-597-0485. $20(non-members). Memberships available. Refreshments.

Oct 23 2:00-4:30: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for singers and instrumentalists of Verdi’s Requiem. Rafael Luz, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 647-388-7963. $10; $6(members).

Oct 29 2:00: Sing for JoyWorkshop: Songs for Climate Change & Earth Stewardship. An exploration of themes related to climate change and earth stewardship through song and story. Guided workshop; no singing experience is required. Laurence Cole, conductor/song leader. St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave. 416-571-5139. $20-$30.

Oct 30 1:00-4:00: Toronto Flute Circle. Performance Workshop. The masterclass format provides an opportunity to play for each other, and with the group, exploring problem-solving techniques, exercises, etudes and pieces in a supportive and animated setting. Margot Rydall, director. Adults all levels. 46 Empire Ave. 416-463-1011duomusic@sympatico.ca $35.

Oct 30 2:00: Sing for JoyWorkshop: Song-Writing & the Art of Listening. Guided workshop in deep listening; no singing or song writing experience is required. Laurence Cole, conductor/song leader. St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave. 416-571-5139. $25-$35.

Galas and Fundraisers

June 05 3:00-5:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Annual Fundraising Tea and Silent Auction. Live music, free food and beverages; CDs, books and sheet music for sale. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-927-8699.  Admission by tax-deductible donation.

June 11 12:00 noon-5:00: Opera Atelier. Costume Sale: Burgers, Burgundy and Baroque. Fundraising event offering members of the public the rare opportunity to buy their very own Opera Atelier costumes; includes wine and food. All Canadian Self-Storage, 1 Laird Drive. Tickets purchased at the door or through Eventbrite.com  $15 (suggested donation).

June 12 2:00-5:00: Dundas Valley Orchestra. Strawberry Social Fundraiser. Includes music, food, silent auction. St. Paul’s United Church, 29 Park Street W. Dundas. www.dundasvalleyorchestra  Entry by donation.

June 12 3:00-5:00: Upper Canada Choristers. Strawberry Social. Nibble on taste-tempting finger foods and strawberry shortcake; enjoy some bubbly and listen to delectable musical selections performed by the choir under its director, Laurie Evan Fraser. Parish Hall, Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. $30 (door) or reserved by calling 416-256-0510. Cash bar.

June 18 5:00: Niagara Symphony Orchestra. 4th Annual Black & White Gala. Superb music by the Niagara Symphony Orchestra; sumptuous cuisine and wine; auction. Ridley College, 2 Ridley Rd. St. Catharines. 905-687-4993 x221. $195 (individual); $1,560 (table of 8).

Festivals, Fairs, Festivities

June 26 10:00am-4:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. 3rd Annual Wide Open House. Fun for the entire family: drop-in music lessons, Smart StartTM class for babies and toddlers; summer camp activity room; courtyard party. Free Koerner Hall concerts and activities throughout the day! 273 Bloor St. W. For more information: rcmusic.ca/woh

Lectures, Salons, Symposia

June 09 7:00: Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Our Musical Brain. Join the Gryphon Trio and CIFAR fellows Robert Zatorre and Laurel Trainor for an evening of performances and scientific insights revealing music’s connection to consciousness. Hosted by CBC’s Julie Nesrallah. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208; www.cifar.ca/events/our-musical-brain  $30; $15 (st).

June 09 7:30: Darchei Noam Synagogue. Jews’ Muse: Leonard Bernstein. A mix of lecture, music and discussion with lecturer Rick Phillips as he explores the music of Bernstein - the influences that shaped his music, the impact he left on his times, and his lasting legacy. 864 Sheppard Ave. W. 416-638-4783; http://www.darcheinoam.ca/event/JewishComposers  $20.

June 13 12:00 noon-1:00: The Study at St. Barnabas Church. Lecture by composer and music theorist Dr. Konrad Harley on the music of Sergei Prokofiev. 361 Danforth Ave. 416-463-1344. Free.

June 26 12:00 noon: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Hello? Tech-Connect. Experts meet under the tent for discussion on technology and the story behind The Pencil Salesman. Westben Concert Barn, 6698 County Rd. 30, Campbellford. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. Free to all June 26 ticket holders.

June 26 2:30-6:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Wide Open House: After Hours. Free activities for adults, including music appreciation lectures; orchestra percussion, cello, and harp demonstrations; Koerner Hall concerts, reception. 273 Bloor St. W. For more information: rcmusic.ca/woh

July 17 7:00: Soundstreams Salon 21. Soundweavers. Join Soundstreams for the premiere of composer Emilie Lebel’s collaboration with Jumblies Theatre and the community participants involved with the new work. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-504-1282. Free, PWYC preferred seating available.

July 19 & 26 1:00-300: Royal Conservatory of Music. Elgar: Musical Voice of the Edwardian Era. Join Rick Phillips for two engaging lectures on the life and music of the great English composer, Sir Edward Elgar. 273 Bloor St. W. For more information: ecmusic.ca/MusicAppreciation

July 20 3:00: Festival of the Sound. What is a Sonata Anyway? Find out more about this legendary musical form. Jeffrey Stokes, lecturer. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  Free.

July 21 12:45: Festival of the Sound. Journey into the Heart and Mind of Robert Schumann. Jeffrey Stokes, lecturer. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  Free.

Master Classes

June 27 10:00am: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Song-Connect: Voice Intensive with Michael Warren. A three-day immersion experience designed for all levels and genres of singers, age 16 and higher. Participants receive 30 min. lesson observed by other participants. Clock Tower Hall, 36 Front St. S., Campbellford. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. $135(one session with lesson); $25(one session without lesson). Until 9:00pm. Program runs June 27-29. Private lessons also available.

June 28 10:00am: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Song-Connect: Voice Intensive with Michael Warren. See June 27.

June 29 10:00am: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Song-Connect: Voice Intensive with Michael Warren. See June 27.

Aug 02 1:30: Festival of the Sound. Stockey Master Class. Sit in with master teacher Glen Montgomery as he works with amateur pianists. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  Free.

Aug 03 11:00am: Festival of the Sound. Stockey Master Class. Pianists James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton work on piano duo repertoire with two 2016 Stockey Young Artists. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  Free.

Aug 04 11:00am: Festival of the Sound. Stockey Master Class. Pianist Janina Fialkowska works on solo piano repertoire with Stockey Young Artists. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  Free.

Aug 04 7:00: Highlands Opera Studio. Master class with tenor Richard Margison. Meet the singers of HOS 2016 and hear them work with internationally acclaimed Canadian tenor, Richard Margison. A great opportunity for those interested in singing to learn more about what makes a great performance even better. St. George’s Anglican Church, 122 Highland, Haliburton. 
highlandsoperastudio.com  $15.

Aug 05 7:00: Highlands Opera Studio. Master class with tenor Richard Margison. See Aug 04.

Aug 06 7:00: Highlands Opera Studio. Master class with tenor Richard Margison. See Aug 04.

Aug 24 1:00-4:00: Muskoka Chautauqua. 7th Annual OperaMuskoka Festival: Vocal Master Class with soprano and RCM teacher Jennifer Tung. Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre, Bracebridge. 705-645-8400;  thecaisse.com  $100 (participants); $20 (audience).

Aug 25 1:00-4:00: Muskoka Chautauqua. 7th Annual OperaMuskoka Festival: Violin Master Class with Moshe Hammer. Showcasing his “from violence to violins” approach with five young participants. Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre, Bracebridge. 705-645-8400;  thecaisse.com  $100 (participants); $20 (audience).

Screenings

July 18 1:00: Festival of the Sound. Around the World in 50 Concerts (2014). This documentary follows the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on a world tour and offers a wonderful portrait of the personalities behind this great orchestra, as well as the lives of some of the international music lovers who have been touched by their music. With film critic William DiNovi. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  $12.

July 26 10:00am: Festival of the Sound. Amadeus. This 1984 period drama, winner of 8 Academy Awards, tells the story of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the envious eyes of a court composer, Antonio Salieri. With film critic William DiNovi. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  $12.

Aug 01 1:00: Festival of the Sound. Keep on Keepin’ On (2014). A touching documentary about jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and his mentorship of a blind piano prodigy named Justin Kauflin as the young man prepares for an international competition. With film critic William DiNovi. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  $12.

Workshops

June 03 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. AGM held the second half.

June 30 11:00am: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Sound-Connect: Do You Hear What I Hear? Participants visit a recording studio to see what technology can do for their voice. Four participants will record one brief song each and receive a CD, while observers watch or experiment with speech. Andy Thompson, sound engineer. Studio 29, Highway 30, Warkworth. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. $50(singer); $20(observer/speaker). Pre-registration required (space limited). Also 2:00pm.

June 30 2:00 and 7:00: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Sound-Connect: Do You Hear What I Hear?. Participants visit a recording studio to see what technology can do for their voice. Four participants will record one brief song each and receive a CD, while observers watch or experiment with speech. Andy Thompson, sound engineer. Studio 29, Highway 30, Warkworth. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. $50(singer); $20(observer/speaker). Pre-registration required (space limited). Also 11:00am.

July 01 3:00: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Choral-Connect. Marie Anderson leads an impromptu “Quick Choir.” Previous choral experience helpful but not necessary. Open to all. Westben Concert Barn, 6698 County Rd. 30, Campbellford. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. $20. Pre-registration required.

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