July 09, 2022

"A Seat at the Table" Reflections on April’s Toronto Arts Foundation Awards

by Gloria Blizzard

Nestled in every story is another story, like those wooden dolls hidden within selves. The festively decorated Arcadian Court was the site of this past April’s Toronto Arts Foundation Awards. The event, also referred to as the Mayor’s Lunch, has…
July 09, 2022

Music lights the way at The RCM’s Celebration Series launch

by Karen Anne Kastner

The Royal Conservatory of Music, established in 1886, was the first institution in Canada focused on providing a graded music curriculum for musicians of all ages. In 1916, it published its first piano book based on the Conservatory’s graded curriculum.…
July 09, 2022

A stellar spring, musical Shakespeare, and a summer of substance (who could ask for anything more?)

by Jennifer Parr

Spring It is rare when a show exceeds my expectations and even more rare when many shows do. This spring, three shows blew me away with their – very different – strengths.  Damn Yankees: my first reaction after seeing the…
July 09, 2022

A piano-lover’s feast at Parry Sound and Lanaudière

by Paul Ennis

As live music venues open up, summer music festivals get ready to party like it was 2019. Here, I am going to focus on just two of them, in no small part based on my own lifelong predilection for the…
July 09, 2022

Two musical exercises in cultivating cultural understanding

by Wendalyn Bartley

It is often said that music has a special power to bring diverse people and cultures together. Two events in July occurring just two days apart highlight this truth – one local, one international. North Wind: On July 16 at…
July 09, 2022

Music Garden and Palais Royale - Awakenings along the Lakeshore

by Cathy Riches

Although spring is usually what we think of as the season for rebirth, in post-lockdown 2022, summer is the new spring, with an explosion of festivals and programs back from dormancy. Along Toronto’s lakeshore, two treasured venues are rising from…
July 08, 2022

Musical Revival

by Colin Story

Live music, it seems, is finally, reliably, and consistently back. Barring some unexpected, novel calamity (imminent asteroid impact? Lake Ontario bursting into flames?), this will likely be the last time that I begin my column with the obligatory nod to…
May 27, 2022

Zosha Di Castri in the Half-light

by David Perlman

New York-based Canadian composer, Zosha Di Castri spoke to me via Zoom May 9, ten days before her piece, In the Half-light, receives its world premiere performance under the baton of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Director Gustavo Gimeno.  Given the…
May 27, 2022

Creating Musical Spaces Indoor and Out | Two Visions

by Wendalyn Bartley

Music in the Barns Creating musical events in unusual spaces is one of the signature features of Music in the Barns, an organization founded in 2008 by violist Carol Gimbel. At the time, Gimbel had an artist studio in the…
May 26, 2022

Inspired by Inspiration at TSM

by Paul Ennis

Toronto Summer Music (TSM) is back, bigger than ever – July 7 to July 30 – with “Inspirations” as its theme. Toronto’s go-to summer classical music event will present an ambitious program of 26 mainstage concerts. Eight of them will…
May 26, 2022

Almost Too Many Shows to See

by Jennifer Parr

It seems that the resurgence of music theatre is for real this time. After so many short-lived restarts and sudden heartbreaking lockdowns, it is invigorating to finally have almost too many shows to see! Music theatre and dance are now…
May 26, 2022

The Seeds of a New Golden Age?

by Matthew Whitfield

For what feels like the first time in a long time, Toronto’s musical community is once again a busy and bustling place. Even a quick glance through this issue of The WholeNote will reveal a plethora of exciting and vibrant…
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20 Mar 2021 - David Perlman
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08 Feb 2021 - Steve Wallace
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06 Dec 2020 - David Perlman
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