July 28, 2021

Concert report: Collingwood Summer Music - a memorable hybrid take

by Ayah Victoria McKhail

The annual Collingwood Summer Music Festival has made an inspiring comeback following last year’s pandemic-induced hiatus. Held from July 10 to 16, 2021, this year’s festival featured outdoor and drive-in events for local audiences, as well as an online component…
July 19, 2021

Making music no matter what – songwriter Britta Johnson

by Joshua Chong

Before the pandemic, Canadian musical theatre composer, lyricist and writer Britta Johnson was on a roll. Hot on the heels of her musical Life After’s US premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in 2019, she was off to Connecticut…
July 09, 2021

Concert report: Against the Grain tackles the challenges of Holst’s chamber opera Sāvitri

by Joshua Chong

Since its premiere just over 100 years ago, Gustav Holst’s chamber opera Sāvitri has polarized critics. There are those who have praised the English composer for fusing South Asian culture with western music, and experimenting with polytonality (the simultaneous use of…
July 06, 2021

The craft that will see us through

by David Perlman

“You have to understand that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”  That line of poetry smacked me between the eyes early in 2018. It is from a poem, “Home” by…
July 06, 2021

Such Canny Stuff as Dreams Are Made Of

by Jennifer Parr

Just as the Stratford Festival’s stunning new Tom Patterson Theatre has been completed and is ready to be filled with eager actors and audience members, the exigencies of the ongoing pandemic are keeping its doors closed and forcing performances outdoors…
July 06, 2021

Resilient Creativity at TSM and TSO

by Paul Ennis

Toronto Summer Music’s 16th edition – New Horizons – will be entirely virtual this year, with a combination of free livestreamed and pre-recorded hour-long concerts from July 15 to August 1. “For three weeks in July, New Horizons looks beyond…
July 06, 2021

Valorizing Nature: Sound Ecology and the Climate Emergency

by Wendalyn Bartley

Although there is a lot of focus these days on the pandemic, we are all at some level aware that lurking in the background is a much bigger issue for which there is no vaccine – the climate crisis with…
July 06, 2021

Existential dread as the music threatens to go public again

by Andrew Timar

At uneasy moments, I often look to nature and the human imprint in it, in a search for equanimity. In 11 years with The WholeNote, I have repeatedly begun my musings with a description of the view from my window…
July 06, 2021

Looking back at a not-so-sweet sixteen months

by Colin Story

To say that these past sixteen months have been exceptional is, at this point, a cliché. Even calling it a cliché has become a cliché! And yet, it’s hard not to feel as though this summer represents a major turning…
July 06, 2021

From move one to checkmate

by Meghan Gilhespy

There is an indescribable beauty that comes from a quintet working as one on stage to dazzle an audience. The most amazing, calming physical sensation accompanies those moments where your preparation and instinct have successfully married one another. At the…
July 05, 2021

Worth the (virtual) drive…? That’s the big question

by David Perlman

So here we are again, on the cusp of summer, with what has to be the most eccentric collection of listings information ever assembled for the festivals section of our summer print issue.  Listings In other years, we’d have painstakingly…
July 05, 2021

Alexander Neef and the relevance of excellence

by Robert Harris

One of the more unfortunate things about the pandemic, in my biased opinion, has been the lost opportunity we Canadians have had to say a proper goodbye – goodbye and thank you – to Alexander Neef. Neef, who ran the…
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