You can now search The WholeNote's online listings by Musical Category and also by Geographic Zone.
The Wholenote's listings (online only) are all "tagged" according to 8 zones and 18 categories, listed below with explanatory notes.
To conduct a search using our Categories or Zones, just select one of the search links below for the search results you wish to find.
To Search by Musical Category
We at The WholeNote are generous with our categories. They are intended as broad suggestions to the various musical communities that comprise our readership, rather than an attempt to strictly define musical genres and styles. Some listings may have more than one category tag because events sometimes belong to more than one category.
Band or Wind Ensemble
This category includes all performances by ensembles of wind instruments (except for jazz bands, which are tagged as Jazz).
This category includes classical music performances by small groups or solo musicians.
This tag is for vocal groups large and small, as well as any concert in which a choir is included.
This category is for dance performances, or any musical event that includes dance.
This category is for Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music. As well, any other performances that are "historically informed" or approached with attention to period-performance techniques are included.
Here, "folk music" means traditional music from North America, the British Isles and other European countries. (Folk musics originating outside these regions are tagged as World music.)
Most references to jazz in The WholeNote appear in the club listings. However, jazz (and blues) performances in formal concert settings are included in the general concert listings.
Music for Children
This category is for musical events specifically programmed for young audiences.
This category includes staged theatrical productions in which music is prominent: opera, operetta, G&S, Broadway musicals, contemporary music-theatre, etc., as well as unstaged concerts of music theatre repertoire. (NOTE: There is also a separate "Opera" category, which contains only opera performances. See below.)
New "Classical" Music
Here, the term "new" broadly means "art-music" that is modernist, postmodernist or otherwise contemporary in style. Concerts that are wholly devoted to new music, or that include significant new-music content, are included.
This tag is applied to staged opera productions, and also operatic concerts and recitals.
Organ Recitals and Concerts
This category is for solo organ performances, or an organist performing with other musicians.
Here, "orchestra" means a large or small conducted group of instrumentalists – usually strings, winds and percussion, but possibly just strings – performing classical music.
This tag is used very rarely, when no other tag is suitable.
Piano Recitals and Concerts
This category includes solo piano performances, piano duets, or concerts that include music for piano only. It also includes piano concertos with orchestra.
This tag is for musical performances that are contained within a religious service.
Vocal Recitals and Concerts
This category is for solo vocalist(s) with piano or small instrumental groups. It also includes vocalists appearing in concert with orchestras.
Here, "world music" means music from "folk" or "classical" traditions that originate outside the Western world.
To Search by Geographic Zone
Z1 City of Toronto (all regions)
Z1c Central Toronto
This Toronto region is bounded by Lawrence, Victoria Park, Lake Ontario, and the CNR tracks.
Z1w Western Toronto
This Toronto region is bounded by Steeles; Hwys 400 and 401 and the CNR tracks; the Etobicoke-Mississauga boundary; and Lake Ontario.
Z1n Northern Toronto
This Toronto region is bounded by Steeles, Lawrence, Victoria Park, and Hwys 400 and 401.
Z1e Eastern Toronto
This Toronto region is bounded by Steeles, Pickering Town Line, Lake Ontario and Victoria Park.
Z2 Halton-Peel Regions
This zone includes such communities as Acton, Brampton, Burlington, Georgetown Milton, Mississauga and Oakville.
Z3 York Region
This zone includes such communities as Aurora, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Souffville and Vaughan.
Z4 Durham Region
This zone includes such communities as Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Uxbridge and Whitby.
Z5 Niagara Peninsula
This zone includes such communities as Dundas, Grimsby, Hamilton, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines.
Z6 Southwestern Ontario
This zone includes the counties of Brant, Elgin, Huron, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington; and such communities as Brantford, Elora, Guelph, London, Kitchener, Stratford and Waterloo.
Z7 Georgian Bay
This zone includes the counties of Bruce, Dufferin, Grey, Muskoka and Simcoe; and such communities as Barrie, Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Orangeville, Orillia and Owen Sound.
Z8 Southeastern Ontario
This zone includes the counties of Frontenac, Haliburton, Hastings, Lennox & Addington, Northumberland, Peterborough, Prince Edward and Victoria; and such communities as Belleville, Cobourg, Kingston, Lindsay, Peterborough, Picton and Port Hope.