September 05, 2020

Music and the Movies: Q&A with The Cuban’s Hilario Durán

by Colin Story

In the opening credits of The Cuban – a new film released in Canada in July, written by Alessandra Piccione and directed by Sergio Navarretta – the viewer is treated to a watercolour montage of Cuban imagery, accompanied by evocative,…
September 02, 2020

Opera Squared: Anna Theodosakis on Brott Opera’s Don Giovanni

by David Perlman

It was a phone call from Hamilton, from Boris Brott, that put me on the trail of this story. Brott is indefatigable: between May 2 and August 13 the Brott Music Festival offered up 18 online productions, none more intriguing…
September 02, 2020

9th Annual TIFF Tips

by Paul Ennis

In this year like no other, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has adapted to the pandemic’s parameters by making most red carpet events virtual and scaling back on how films will be presented.  TIFF’s 45th edition – running from…
September 01, 2020

Loose Tea: Unleashed by Lockdown

by Jennifer Parr

Loose Tea Music Theatre, an indie opera and music theatre company based in Toronto, was already a vibrant, though small, presence on the Toronto scene before the pandemic hit, producing innovative socially conscious productions that pushed the boundaries of interdisciplinary…
September 01, 2020

Back to the Future: The Struggle for Equity in Jazz Studies programs

by Colin Story

As a first-year undergraduate at Capilano University’s Jazz Studies program in 2005, I, like the rest of my cohort, was automatically enrolled in a mandatory jazz history course. It was a survey course, designed to teach us how to listen…
September 01, 2020

Lessons Learned from the CEE’s – COVID-Era Experiences

by David Jaeger

A significant event in the history of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble (CEE) took place during the last week of February, 2020: the nearly 50-year-old ensemble was engaged by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Music for a four-day residency at their…
September 01, 2020

Leon Fleisher (July 23, 1928 - August 2, 2020) – The Music is the Star

by Paul Ennis

Leon Fleisher devoted his life to the piano, first as the foremost American pianist of his generation. The much-lauded collection of LPs he recorded in the 1950s and 60s was capped by a matchless collaboration with George Szell and the…
September 01, 2020

COVID’s Metamorphoses

by Robert Harris

I think it’s becoming clear that, at least here in North America, the unimaginable is going to be a reality. There just aren’t going to be any major live performing arts events for us to go to for a year.…
August 21, 2020

An Array for Challenging Times

by Andrew Timar

When I wrote about Arraymusic five years ago in a WholeNote series on Toronto concert spaces, I described it as a “seminal venue”—one that maintained a strong place as both a presenting organization and as a rental space for experimental…
August 07, 2020

Concert report: TSM 2020 – reimagined

by Paul Ennis

Toronto Summer Music’s first-ever online festival came to a rousing conclusion on August 1, with TSM artistic director and TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow leading an elite group of instrumentalists in Beethoven’s ever-popular Septet in E-flat Major Op.20. Crow stood at…
July 24, 2020

Concert report: TSM’s opening weekend – expertly programmed and expertly played

by Paul Ennis

After Toronto Summer Music cancelled its Beethoven Unleashed festival on April 9, TSM’s friends and supporters worked with artistic director Jonathan Crow and his team to mount a stripped-down version of its 15th anniversary season online, between July 16 and…
July 03, 2020

“Exquisite Corpse” and Other Coping Strategies

by David Perlman

“Basically how it works is that each participant records material while only partially knowing what other participants have made. The full musical piece is revealed without knowing how all the parts will intersect.” – Ben Finley Exquisite Corpse, Wikipedia says,…
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