September 07, 2021

Eighteen Picks: TIFF Tips 2021

by Paul Ennis

Once again, it’s time for the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9 to 18) and The WholeNote’s 10th annual TIFF Tips guide to festival films in which music, in one way or another, plays an important role. Our picks are…
August 24, 2021

What to listen for as Guelph Jazz Festival takes to the parks

by Stuart Broomer

First launched in 1994, the Guelph Jazz Festival has defined itself as a champion for the music’s creative edges, whether artistic or social, over the years, having presenting major international artists such as Randy Weston and Anthony Braxton. For its…
August 24, 2021

Violinist Tanya Charles Iveniuk’s classical practice – inventive and equity-focused

by Gloria Blizzard

How much energy does it take to build a career as a classical violinist in Canada? And then how much more does it take if you are a Black woman. This struggle sits at the core of my conversation with…
August 18, 2021

Understory: exploring the roots of artistic interdependence

by Meghan Gilhespy

There is an intriguing beauty that lies in the parts and processes of trees that we don’t see. We observe a tree’s life story from looking at it aboveground, but what’s beneath – the understory – often goes unseen. Musicians…
August 16, 2021

Overworked, and over-exploited: Toronto artists and venues talk financial challenges of post-pandemic music-making

by Colin Story

On July 16, 2021, live music was permitted to return to indoor stages in Ontario, for the first time since fall 2020. Gigging musicians were suddenly able to resume work that has largely been impossible for the past year; clubs,…
August 04, 2021

Concert report: With JazzinToronto, Heather Bambrick and Jane Bunnett bring Koerner Hall to life

by Colin Story

On July 23, I was invited to Koerner Hall to watch a hybrid in-person/livestream event presented by JazzinToronto, in collaboration with the Royal Conservatory of Music. The performance – a double-bill featuring Heather Bambrick, in quintet format, and the Jane…
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…
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