December 15, 2021

Pia Bouman’s Nutcracker: a community event

by Jennifer Parr

Last Sunday I made my way to Toronto’s West End in search of the new location of the Pia Bouman School of Ballet and Creative Movement, in order to get an insider’s glimpse of rehearsals for the school’s return to…
December 07, 2021

Many Happy Returns

by David Perlman

! My name is . Getting to this milestone moment has been a long and challenging journey. When we closed our doors Because in March of 2020, the world changed. The pandemic had a significant impact on our is something…
December 07, 2021

In Conversation | “It’s a necessity, creation.” Composer Ana Sokolović

by Lydia Perovic

It’s only when you leave a country – a culture, a language, a family – that you can really see it. And it’s only then that you can consciously, rather than by inertia, belong to it. This wisdom comes to…
December 07, 2021

Emerging from postponement limbo as it all comes alive again

by Jennifer Parr

For lovers of musical theatre, there is something uniquely magical about the holiday season this year as the world of live performance starts coming back into its own, including all the usual holiday entertainments we had to forgo last year,…
December 07, 2021

Ólafsson on Mozart, as momentum builds toward 2022

by Paul Ennis

Vikingur Ólafsson’s Toronto debut was in 2014 – when I heard him play the Goldberg Variations at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and speak about how thrilled he was to be performing in Glenn Gould’s hometown. Since then, the 37-year-old Icelandic…
December 07, 2021

Adversity to Advantage | “Bach Among Friends”

by Gary Corrin

“..., but Bach didn’t write a Bassoon Concerto!” That was the reaction of the Toronto Symphony’s principal bassoonist, Michael Sweeney, as he related the story to me in May of this year. I’d had a similar reaction somewhat earlier when…
December 07, 2021

Music for Change: Kronos and Tagaq return to 21C

by Wendalyn Bartley

“It’s not so much a place I go to as a place I come to. It’s a freedom, a lack of control, an exploration, and I’m reacting to whatever happens upon the path.” Tanya Tagaq (quoted in WN May 2016)…
December 07, 2021

What a difference a year makes!

by Colin Story

Just 8760 little hours ago, in December of last year, most of us were hunkering down, keeping safe, and preparing for a very different winter than we’d enjoyed in years past. Visits home were cancelled; stockings were half-heartedly stuffed; home-office…
December 07, 2021

“The great era of Canadian pianism” | Reflecting on the flags we fly

by Robert Harris

“The final was, he says, ‘Inspiration upon inspiration. For me there was nothing to fear. Nobody knew me. It felt fresh.’” The quote above is by a Montreal-based winner of the prestigious Warsaw Chopin Piano Competition, a Canadian citizen since…
November 25, 2021

Concert Report: The Toronto Symphony - Happy Returns

by Paul Ennis

Audiences returned to Roy Thomson Hall on November 10 for the first time since March 2020, welcoming the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and their new music director, Gustavo Gimeno, for a musical triptych—three programs spread over seven evenings. It was Gimeno’s…
November 17, 2021

“Pure sound and the light of eternity”: Claude Vivier reprised and recollected

by Wendalyn Bartley

Thanks to Soundstreams and their commitment to programming Canadian music, there will be a chance to hear two works by the celebrated composer Claude Vivier on November 19, 2021, during the broadcast of a livestream concert event. Vivier’s musical influence…
November 17, 2021

“A Postcard to 1946”: Director Kate Hennig chats about musical Holiday Inn

by Jennifer Parr

On November 20, the Shaw Festival’s winter season hits its full stride, with the openings of both its holiday offerings: A Christmas Carol, and Irving Berlin’s full-scale musical extravaganza Holiday Inn. In 2019, Holiday Inn was notable as the first…
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