Welcome to the Blue Pages, the 19th annual directory of GTA and Southern Ontario musical life presented by The WholeNote. This 150-profile montage of musical happenings is divided into two sections: the first section contains the lion’s share of profiles: presenters and performers (choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera companies offering a diverse range of live music); the second is new this year, and features individuals and organizations involved in arts services. Taken together they offer a glimpse of the extraordinary energy driving the musical life of this region in 2018/19.

An extraordinary amount of time, love, and just plain hard work goes into the programs and events presented by our member organizations. It’s our opportunity to recognize the dedication and creativity of the organisations whose unselfish support as members plays an active role in sustaining The WholeNote’s mission year-round, not only in their behalf, but in support of the music community as a whole.


PROOFREADING David Perlman and Danial Jazaeri
LAYOUT & DESIGN Susan Sinclair
WEBSITE Kevin King

Presenters who missed this issue of the magazine still have the opportunity to be a part of this directory, which lives year-round here on our website. For more information on this and the benefits of WholeNote membership, contact Karen Ages at members@thewholenote.com or 416-323-2232 x26.

Section I: Presenters & Performers

Section II: Arts Services

Academy Concert SeriesCelebrating its 27th season, the Academy Concert Series offers innovative and intimate chamber music concerts on period instruments. The three-concert series brings to audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries, and the passion and sonorous colour palette of the 19th and early 20th centuries all with historical performance practices. The programs are thematic and deliberately crafted to highlight a specific time, place and/or composer. The three concerts presented this season by artistic director Kerri McGonigle are:

November 10, 2018 – “A Complicated Friendship: Brahms and Schumann”: a violin sonata and two piano quartets composed by these remarkable men highlighting their complicated friendship. Featuring violinist Sheila Jaffé and pianist Jeanie Chung;

February 16, 2019 – “Inspired by Italy: Corelli, Vivaldi and Handel”: a delightful Baroque programme featuring soprano Nathalie Paulin and harpsichordist Christopher Bagan;

May 4, 2019 – “A Poe Cabaret”: a program co-created by Tom Allen and Lori Gemmell with music by Debussy, Caplet and Alexina Louie woven together through storytelling, narration and poetry. Concerts are at 7:30pm, at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave).

Kerri McGonigle

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The Aga Khan Museum explores and celebrates cross-cultural dialogue through the arts. A centre for innovation and creativity, the Museum offers unique insights and new perspectives into the potential of art and culture to act as a catalyst for intercultural dialogue, engaged global citizenship, and social change.

The Aga Khan Museum presents some of the finest live music, dance and film from around the world in extraordinary settings: from a state-of-the-art auditorium to an open-air courtyard, a Persian-inspired salon, and a variety of spaces shared by exhibitions and educational programming. Please visit www.agakhanmuseum.org for a full calendar of performances and film screenings.

Sahar Bhaloo

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All Saints Kingsway Anglican ChurchAll Saints Kingsway Anglican Church is a vibrant hub for music in Toronto’s west end. The All Saints Kingsway choir, in addition to providing musical leadership for worship services, sings a range of concerts, requiems and oratorios throughout the year. Recent performances have included: Fauré’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Atonement and Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. The choir is made up of paid section leads and volunteers, and invites new singers throughout the year.

We partner with ORGANIX Concerts to host the Kingsway Organ Series of lunchtime organ recitals, which take place every second Wednesday from September through July. We also co-host monthly jazz vespers, along with St. Philip’s Anglican Church. This Etobicoke Jazz Vespers series of twice-monthly services runs from September through June. In addition to these musical offerings, All Saints Kingsway regularly acts as a concert venue for choirs and musical ensembles, such as the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and the Kingsway Conservatory of Music. Our space is available for rental as a concert or workshop venue.

Brainerd Blyden-Taylor
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www.allsaintskingsway.caAll Saints Kingsway Anglican Church is a vibrant hub for music in Toronto’s west end. The All Saints Kingsway choir, in addition to providing musical leadership for worship services, sings a range of concerts, requiems and oratorios throughout the year. Recent performances have included: Fauré’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Atonement and Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. The choir is made up of paid section leads and volunteers, and invites new singers throughout the year.

Alliance Française Toronto provides a cultural immersion experience through over 100 events every year, including concerts (classical, jazz, world music, pop, folk), theatre productions, art exhibitions, lectures, book launches, kids events, movie screenings, French classes for all ages and many other social events. Events take place in our art galleries, 150-seat theatre, 65 classrooms and at the Mosaïque, the only French bookstore in Toronto.

Laetitia Delemarre
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Amadeus Choir of Greater TorontoLed by conductor and artistic director Lydia Adams since 1985, the award-winning Amadeus Choir performs the best of choral music, and premières works of Canadian and international composers through a self-produced Toronto concert series, guest performances and special events. Through touring, recordings and radio broadcasts, the choir is known well beyond Toronto. The Amadeus Choir collaborates with many professional performing arts organizations in the GTA.

The choir also engages in educational and community outreach through choral workshops for students, music educators, composers and conductors. A part of Toronto’s cultural community for 45 years, the choir comprises members from across the GTA. Annual auditions are held in May and June. Phone or email us for more information!


Lydia Adams, conductor & artistic director
Shawn Grenke, associate conductor & accompanist
Mary Gray, president
Meghan McCracken, managing director

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Amici Chamber Ensemble celebrates 31 years as one of Canada’s finest and most distinguished chamber music ensembles. Artistic directors clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas, cellist David Hetherington and pianist Serouj Kradjian invite some of the finest musicians to join them in innovative and eclectic programming, celebrating friendship through music

Amici Chamber Ensemble’s annual concert series has featured world-renowned musicians as frequent guests. Alongside numerous broadcasts of their concerts on national radio, Amici Chamber Ensemble’s recordings have placed them firmly among the world’s best chamber musicians and garnered the ensemble two JUNO awards.

2018/19 Season includes 5 concerts: September 25, 2018 at 6:30pm “L’invitation Au Chateau”; November 18, 2018 at 3pm “Convivencia”; February 10, 2019 at 3pm “Mozart’s Party”; March 31, 2019 “Mystical and the Macabre”; April 28, 2019 “Beethoven’s Best”. Visit our website for more information.

Kaija Corlazzoli

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Annex SingersThe Annex Singers of Toronto is a vibrant and accomplished community choir under the dynamic and creative leadership of artistic director Maria Case. Now in its 39th season, the 60-voice auditioned choir performs four programs each season, collaborating with professional vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles. Recent performances include Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and the acclaimed original choral drama December Diaries. We offer choral development workshops led by some of Toronto’s most innovative musical coaches and clinicians, and engage in community outreach. In the 2018/19 season, we present Poulenc’s Gloria (December 15); “Camerata: A Day in Song,” an eclectic solo concert by the 24-voice Annex Chamber Choir, with guest artist Raffi Altounian, guitar (February 23); Mozart’s magnificent Great Mass in C minor, accompanied by The Talisker Players (April 6); and “Underneath the Stars,” a cabaret concert of jazz standards and popular songs (June 1). We rehearse Monday evenings at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church (383 Huron St.) and perform at Grace Church on-the-Hill and St. Andrew’s United Church. Experienced singers who wish to audition, please contact our membership coordinator.

Joanne Eidinger


Arraymusic’s mission is to ignite and sustain a passion for contemporary Canadian musical art within an international, interdisciplinary context. Three interrelated programs define what Array does, why we do it and how we realize our artistic, organizational, and community-based goals:

1) Array’s Contemporary Music Program produces, presents and supports work on the cutting edges of current musical/sound art practice;

2) Array’s Creative Music Hub utilizes The Array Space to foster a thriving contemporary music and art scene; and

3) Array For All engages diverse audiences through innovative programs.

Array believes that experiencing art can give rise to real change; when we engage fully with art, subtle but profound positive transformations can take place which impact our communities and enhance our quality of life. Arraymusic is devoted to co-creating and to presenting music that creates more questions than answers. Through rentals of Array’s space and sharing music involved in explorations which find wonder in the discovery of the unexpected, we stimulate the imagination, and encourage alternative ways of thinking.

Sandra Bell

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Art of Time EnsembleRenowned concert pianist Andrew Burashko formed Art of Time Ensemble in 1998 by inviting a group of like-minded musicians and prominent figures in dance, theatre and other art forms to perform one-off concerts in Toronto. The company has gone on to become a leader in Toronto’s vibrant performing arts scene, through its subscription season at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, regular appearances at Koerner Hall, album releases, performances with leading Canadian orchestras, and tours of its unique offerings to dozens of cities throughout Canada and the United States.

Exploring the relationship between classical music and other genres such as jazz, pop, electronica, rock, folk, electroacoustic, gospel and others, Art of Time seeks to reveal the qualities that lie at the heart of all great music.

The ranks of Art of Time Ensemble’s artists are deep and their talents unmatched; featured collaborators include authors Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, jazz legend Branford Marsalis, vocalists Madeleine Peyroux, Sarah Slean, Hawksley Workman and Tony Award-winner Brent Carver, composers Gavin Bryars and Jonathan Goldsmith, and many more. 
The 18/19 Concert Season is Art of Time Ensemble’s 20th Anniversary.

Kate Bangay

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Attila Glatz Concert ProductionsSalute to Vienna New Year’s Concert returns to Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall, January 1, 2:30pm) and Hamilton (FirstOntario Concert Hall, December 30, 2:30pm) this holiday season. This year’s concert will feature a brilliant new program of Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, ballet, and live symphony orchestra.

Also co-produced with Roy Thomson Hall: Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits (New Year’s Eve, 7pm). Four world-renowned opera stars, backed by a 40-voice opera chorus and full orchestra, will perform your favourite arias, choruses, and duets that have withstood the test of time and are as bright and everlasting as the tradition of New Year’s Eve.

AGCP co-presents the Cinematic Series with the Sony Centre; films presented in stunning HD with live orchestra. Upcoming performances: Casino Royale in Concert (October 11-12), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (November 15-17), Amadeus Live (February 21-22), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (May 2-4), and Ghostbusters Live (June 8). www.salutetovienna.com

Lindsay Marshall


Aurora Cultural CentreThe Aurora Cultural Centre is a beautifully-restored 1886 heritage schoolhouse, home to professional performing arts, gallery exhibitions, arts classes and special community events. Brevik Hall Presents offers a diverse range of concert experiences and family events throughout the year: the Great Artist Music Series offering classical repertoire; a popular series of world, folk, roots and indie singer-songwriter Canadian musicians; Kaleidoscope Family Programming (ages 5 and up); and – new for 2018/19 – Meridian Magic Carpet performing arts for toddlers and up. With a commitment to delivering high-quality arts experiences for all ages, the Aurora Cultural Centre welcomes everyone to discover music in the beautiful, intimate Brevik Hall. Fully accessible; elevator entrance at the north doors.

Jane Taylor

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Inspired by Jewish values and the vision and resilience of our founder, David J. Azrieli z”l, the mission of the Azrieli Foundation is to improve the lives of present and future generations through education, research, healthcare and the arts mainly in Canada and Israel.
The foundation has eight priority funding areas: Education; Fellowships; Community; Holocaust Education & Legacy; Science, Research & Healthcare; Neurodevelopment; Architecture, Design & Engineering; and Music & the Arts.
In addition to strategic philanthropic investments in organizations large and small, the foundation operates a number of programs including the Azrieli Music Prizes, the Azrieli Prize in Architecture, the Azrieli Fellows Program, the Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program, the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program.
Music and the Arts are vital human endeavours that allow us to express our creativity, expand our understanding of the world and foster cultural exchanges. The Azrieli Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that discover, elevate and amplify artistic voices, granting us access to meaningful arts experiences.

Jason van Eyk

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Sharing our love of making music

Bach Chamber Youth Choir offers a creative, collaborative, and challenging musical experience for singers aged 16 to 24. BCYC is the recipient of the 2018 Diane Loomer Grand Choral Prize for Best Overall Performance, among other first place finishes, at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals. This dynamic group performs music that ranges from classical to pop, jazz and Broadway. Interested singers are welcome to drop by on a Sunday evening. The BCYC is a part of the Bach Children’s Chorus family of choirs. Performances in 2018/19 include a casual coffeehouse, a gala dinner and intimate chamber choir concerts, as well as singing at Roy Thompson Hall and the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
BCYC rehearses Sunday evenings at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Danforth Avenue near Chester Station.

James Pinhorn, conductor, BCYC
Bradley Barnham, assistant conductor
Jane Greenwood, administrative director


Sharing our love of making music

At the BCC, we love to sing! Our choirs have earned numerous first place awards in 2018, including local and national first place awards. Our team of music professionals teach the rudiments of music theory plus provide small-group sight-singing instruction each week as part of our comprehensive choral training program. Participants work together and reach for their very best as a team, delivering beautiful performances to appreciative audiences.
Founded in 1987, the BCC is an organization of choirs with singers aged four through university age: Kinder Choir offers a play-based introduction to singing with former Polka-Dot Door host, Carrie Loring; Prep Choir is a choir for young singers in grade 1, based on games, musical rudiments, and performing as a choir; Choir I, II, & III are our nationally recognized treble choirs, ranging from beginner to skilled musicians, for choristers in grades two to 11.
All choirs rehearse weekly in Scarborough. Our Youth Choir meets near Chester Station (see BCYC listing).

Charissa Bagan, artistic director
Eleanor Daley, accompanist
Jane Greenwood, administrative director


The Barrie Concert Assoc., a charitable non-profit organization, presents 12 live performances of mainly classical music.

The 2018/19 Barrie Concerts feature: That Choir – October 27, 2018; A Christmas Celebration with the Double-Double Duo – November 24, 2018; Sinfonia Toronto & Sofya Melikyan, piano – January 26, 2019; Beyond The Pale – February 23, 2019; Sublime Dvořák with Penderecki String Quartet & Benjamin Smith, Piano – March 23, 2019; The Toronto Concert Orchestra with Alyssa Dimarco, soprano & Anna Shalaykevych, piano – April 27, 2019. At Hiway Pentecostal Church, Barrie.

Georgian Music features: Cabaret with Patricia O’Callaghan, Andrew Downing, bass & Robert Kortgaard, piano – October 14, 2018; Songs of Norway with Jeremy Bell, violin & Shoshana Telner, piano – November 4, 2018; Duo Turgeon on two pianos– January 13, 2019; Pianofest - pianists Dimitri Levkovich & Agnė Radzevičiutė - February 10, 2019; Glorious Strings with the Lafayette String Quartet & the Saguenay String Quartet – March 10, 2019; Elissa Lee, violin; Sharon Wei & Douglas McNabney, violas; Blair Lofgren, cello; Angela Park, piano; Raphael McNabney, bass in Mendelssohn’s Piano Sextet - April 7, 2019. At Bethel Community Church, Barrie.

One-hour piano/organ recitals are held the first, second and third Wednesday of every month.

Lorraine Green

Barrie Concert BandUnder the direction of Peter Voisey, the Barrie Concert Band is excited to celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2019. Founded in 1869, the 55-member band is the longest running musical organization north of the Golden Horseshoe area. The band’s 2018/2019 subscription series begins with “A Christmas Fantasy” on December 8, and continues with “Last Night at the Proms” on March 2, in collaboration with the King Edward Choir. “150 years – Let’s Celebrate!” is the last in this series during which previous conductors share the baton with Mr. Voisey, internationally acclaimed tuba player, Mark Tetrault, makes a guest appearance, and the band proudly premieres a specially commissioned work by Rick Pauze.

Beginning with its 16th annual “Veterans’ Salute” on October 16, the band presents various concerts throughout the year, in Barrie and across Simcoe County. In addition, it hosts the CBA Community Band Weekend June 14 to 16, 2019. The band looks forward to supporting charitable causes and sharing its passion for music with enthusiasm and excellence with Barrie and beyond.

Derryl Johnston, president

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Bel Canto SingersBel Canto Singers is an auditioned community SATB choir with singers of various ages. Our director is Leanne Piller, and our piano accompanist is Jacqueline Mokrzewski. Members enjoy the challenges of a varied repertoire including Broadway show tunes, folk songs, spirituals, opera choruses and classics. Rehearsals are 7pm Tuesdays from early September through April at Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd. at Scarborough Golf Club Road. We perform concerts the first Saturdays of December and May and we give community outreach concerts at seniors’ residences and nursing homes. The best time to join is early September or early January. We especially need tenors and basses.

Bel Canto Singers is a non-profit organization financed by ticket sales and annual memberships. Friendships and fun are woven through all of our activities. We occasionally hold workshops for improving our singing skills. Members find these to be stimulating and helpful. Social events include our annual banquet. We support the worthy Kids Phone Charity.

Come sing beautiful music! Contact Ed at the number below, or Cindy at 416-737-1475.

Edwin Perrin

Bravo Niagara! is a not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to presenting the world’s leading Canadian and international artists, as well as rising young stars, in innovative, inspiring concert experiences in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding wine country.

The 2018/19 season launches October 12 with Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes. On November 3, Bravo Niagara! presents the “Voices of Freedom Concert” curated by Céline Peterson featuring Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson, Robi Botos, Mike Downes, Larnell Lewis, and Joseph Callender. The season continues February 15 to 17, 2019 with the second edition of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival which promises to bring another stellar lineup of jazz giants to the Niagara Region. The 2019 spring series features internationally-acclaimed classical and jazz artists: Cheng² Duo (April 12), “Nat Cole: A King’s Centennial” featuring Paul Marinaro and Ben Paterson Trio (April 13), Grammy-nominated Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodríguez, a protégé of Quincy Jones, with percussionist Pedrito Martinez (May 11), and Jamie Parker and The New Gen (May 12). The series concludes with the inaugural “Gala Concert for Piano Six: Next Generation” (May 25).

Alexis Spieldenner

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The Canadian Arabic Orchestra is a nonprofit organization committed to reviving fine Arabic music, and to promoting multicultural understanding in Canada.
In addition to performing and presenting fine Arabic music, the CAO is committed to building bridges, and presenting music and art of different cultural backgrounds on stage. Past productions included a concert of Indigenous and Arabic music “Origins,” presented at the Aga Khan museum and Stratford Summer Music Festival; “Jazzy Arabia,” and “Flamenco Arabia.”
In 2017, we launched the inaugural Festival of Arabic Music and Arts in Ontario, over two weeks an array of local and international artists performed to more than 7000 spectators in the GTA and beyond; FAMA 2018 and consecutive editions will continue to grow and bring the best of Arabic & other cultural music to Ontario.
In addition to an active board of directors, the CAO continues to build an impressive board of advisers which includes Member of Parliament, the Honourable Marwan Tabbara, George Sawa, professor of music at the University of Toronto, and John Miller, the former music director of Stratford Summer Music Festival, among others.

Omar Najjar

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Canadian Children s Opera CompanyThe Canadian Children’s Opera Company occupies a unique position as the only permanent children’s opera company in Canada, and one of only a handful in the world. It commissions, produces, records and tours new operas and choral music, with children as both the principal performers and main audience. The company also regularly collaborates with other leading arts organizations, including acting as the children’s chorus for the Canadian Opera Company. The group includes six divisions plus an outreach arm (OPERAtion KIDS), involving hundreds of children and youth ages 3 through 19.
Now celebrating its 51st season, the CCOC is led by CEO Stan Klebanoff, managing director Ken Hall and music director Teri Dunn.
The CCOC offers children and youth a unique experience, giving members unparalleled performance opportunities and life skills along with age-appropriate vocal and dramatic training. Opera is simply storytelling with music, and those are two things that kids and youth love!
The 2018/19 season will feature a new production of John Greer’s The Snow Queen originally commissioned and premiered by the company in 1993.

Ken Hall


The Canadian Music Centre is the catalyst that connects you to the ever-evolving world of Canadian musical creation through performance, education and promotion. Join us for a series of concerts in the historic and beautiful Chalmer’s Performance Space.
The 2018-2019 CMC Presents series has been curated by Toronto-based composer and winner of the 2011 CMC Emerging Composer Award Nick Storring. The season will include performances by cellist Elinor Frey, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, Alex Samaras, and more, highlighting Canadian musical creations.
Tickets are only $10-$25 and include a reception. Join us!

Natasha Bood
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Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company (COC) is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America, and maintains an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation.
The COC’s 2018/19 mainstage season includes: Eugene Onegin, Hadrian (world première), Elektra, Così fan tutte, La Bohème and Otello.
The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. The company enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America.
The COC is an active participant in the cultural community by presenting an annual series of free concerts and a wide array of education and outreach events, encouraging the creation of operatic works and fostering the training and development of young Canadian artists through its renowned Ensemble Studio program.
A not-for-profit organization since 1950, the COC is considered one of the best opera companies in the world.

Alexander Neef, general director
Box Office: 416-363-8231

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Founded in 1998, the Canadian Sinfonietta (CS) is a chamber orchestra led by artistic director and founder, Tak-Ng Lai, in partnership with concertmaster Joyce Lai. The orchestra is comprised of 14 to 25 professional musicians who perform as a large ensemble at the Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front St. W) and the Markham Free Methodist Church (22 Esna Park Dr., Markham), and as a small ensemble at the Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Ave). The mission of CS is to reintroduce live chamber music to the growing GTA communities, producing a new generation of concert-goers by presenting concerts that are traditional with a twist. The programs are innovative and often feature interdisciplinary artistic presentations, multicultural music and non-western instruments, and highlight diverse Canadian artists. CS is a community-conscious group and plays an active role, through partnership with local community organizations, in promoting the appreciation of music across various cultures; mentoring young artists, and using music as a language to engage and link people of all ages and status within the community. CS believes that “chamber music is for everyone.”

Joyce Lai


Cantemus SingersCantemus Singers was established in 2008 by our conductor, Michael Erdman, to help expand Toronto’s exposure to and appreciation of Renaissance and early Baroque secular vocal music. Our 12-voice a cappella ensemble focuses mainly on the interesting and evocative madrigals, lieder, chansons and villancicos of the 16th century. We also perform religious works, often the five-to-eight-part compositions less often heard by Toronto audiences.

Our 2018/19 season begins November 24 and 25, as we perform Christmas music from Spain, including Flecha’s charming ensalada “La Bomba.” Our March program, “Fair Oriana” explores the cult of Queen Elizabeth, featuring works by Morley, Tallis and Byrd. In May, our spring concerts focus on the music of the German princely courts with works by di Lasso, Praetorius and Schütz.
Performances are at Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square – Eaton Centre) and at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church (70 Silver Birch Ave. at Queen St. E.). Check out our website for times.

Michael Erdman, conductor

Now in our 16th season, this year’s 2018-2019 Canzona Chamber Music concert series features some of Canada’s most talented musicians, coming together to collaborate for your entertainment. Performers include Concert Masters of NACO and the Edmonton Symphony, Yosuke Kawaski and Robert Uchida, cellist Joseph Johnson and Clarinetist Miles Jacques of the TSO, and many more. This Winter/Spring, join us for fresh interpretations of musical classics, including a masterful rendition of Mozart's “Gran Partita”, conducted by music director Evan Mitchell of the Kingston Symphony in May. This season we will have six concerts with two performances of each program in two locations: St. Andrew-by-the-Lake Church on beautiful Toronto Island, and St. George Martyr Church, located at 197 John Street in the heart of the city. Brunches are available by reservation at our Sunday Island performances. For more information, visit our website, send us an email and/or follow our Facebook page “Canzona Chamber Players”.

Jonathan Krehm

Cathedral Bluffs Symphony OrchestraCathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is a volunteer community orchestra that has been based in Scarborough since 1986. The orchestra presents seven concerts each season including a subscription series of five concerts.
Led by artistic director Norman Reintamm, this season we will bring to life some of the greatest musical masterpieces, such as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, introduce you to some of Canada’s rising stars, including the YOU Dance Apprentices from the National Ballet of Canada, and present a variety of local area artists such as Robert Horvath and the Payadora Tango Ensemble.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back the YOU Dance Apprentices from the National Ballet of Canada for a thrilling evening of ballet as well as David Diston, tenor, and Cristina Pisani, soprano, the winners of the 2018 Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra Clifford Poole Vocal Competition. We will also perform the world premiere of a new work by young Estonian-Canadian composer Erik Kreem.
Looking for an orchestra to play in? Send your inquiries to us at info@cathedralbluffs.com.

Peggy Wong

The Cellar Singers is a 40-voice mixed choir based in Orillia. For fifty years, the choir has delighted audiences in Simcoe and Muskoka with choral masterpieces grand and intimate. Under the direction of gifted choral specialist Mitchell Pady, the choir presents 4 main concerts each season. Rehearsals are open to all and are held Wednesday evenings, 7:15pm, at St. James Anglican Church, Orillia.

Rebecca Campbell

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Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater TorontoThe plan to build a Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto was first started in 1988. CCC has been a multicultural hub for diverse ethnicity in Greater Toronto Area since it came into operation in 1998. Besides operating programs and classes to serve the diverse needs of the community, and events to enrich the cultural and artistic mosaic, in 2017 alone, the CCC’s broad-based programs and events impacted and benefited over 150,000 people from youth to senior and from local to international. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of CCC, and our Toronto Piano & Violin Competition 2019 will take place from February 21 to February 28, 2019, bringing into focus our ongoing work to provide a platform to discover and recognize talent, to highlight musical growth and experience, to provide inspiration for people of all nationalities and cultures, and to bring Toronto and Canada onto the World Stage. Check cccmusicfestival.com for more information.

Cindy Guo
416-292-9293 ext-229


Chorus NiagaraWorth the drive to Niagara!

Chorus Niagara, The Power of 100, is Niagara’s premier 100-voice ensemble.

Conducted by artistic director Robert Cooper, Chorus Niagara has been entertaining and enlightening audiences for over 55 years. Chorus Niagara performs traditional choral masterpieces, modern and seldom-heard works, as well as new commissions, and provides a showcase for emerging Canadian talent. Attracting singers of all ages with the Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (CNCC conductor Amanda Nelli), Side-by-Side High School Chorale, and Robert Cooper Choral Scholars program, and nurturing emerging talent with our new Apprentice Conductor program, CN provides opportunities for everyone to experience the joy of live choral performance.
Our thrilling 56th season begins with a humanist requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem; followed by festive favourite and choral classic, Handel’s Messiah. Chorus Niagara will then perform King David, “the best oratorio you’ve never heard!” and wrap up the season performing the live choral soundtrack to the enchanting 1924 silent film, Peter Pan.
All concerts are performed at the stunning new FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in revitalized downtown St.Catharines. Experience The Power of 100!

Diana McAdorey

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Music plays a very important part at this busy Anglican parish church. Music for services is led by the organist and choir director. The Choir of Christ Church Deer Park is an auditioned, mixed-voice choir that rehearses Thursday evenings and sings Sunday mornings and on special occasions from September to June. Christ Church has hosted its “Jazz Vespers” for over 15 years. At 4:30pm every second Sunday from September to June, this service offers a chance for reflection, prayers for our community and music by Toronto’s finest jazz musicians. With its Yonge St. location (at Heath St. near the St. Clair TTC station), fine acoustics, full modern facilities, flexible staging, Steinway grand piano, three manual tracker organ and seating for 450, Christ Church is an increasingly popular venue for concert presenters during the year.

Matthew Otto      
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Church of St Mary MagdaleneSteeped in musical heritage and assisted by a generous acoustic, St. Mary Magdalene offers a music program strongly rooted in the tradition established by Healey Willan. Every Sunday at the 11am Solemn Mass, the Gallery Choir sings a mass and motet from the west gallery, while the Ritual Choir sings the Gregorian propers from the east end. Both choirs rehearse on Thursdays. At the 9:30am Sung Mass, the SMM Singers sing a motet and lead congregational singing. Membership is informal: rehearsals are at 9:00am directly before the service; regular attendance is not mandatory.
One Sunday per month at 4:30pm, the meditative Solemn Evensong and Benediction is sung, preceded by an organ recital at 4:00pm.
For information, please contact the director of music, Andrew Adair.

Andrew Adair


ConfluenceConfluence is a new interdisciplinary, cross-cultural multimedia project that continues the warm and wide-ranging programming of Toronto Masque Theatre with many new twists.
Confluence – “an act or process of merging” – will be a company of diverse creative artists dedicated to intimate, thought-provoking, entertaining and moving presentations with a focus on:

• Cabarets curated by a wide cross-section of Toronto’s leading musicians;
• Anniversary programs celebrating important figures in music;
• Salons and lectures on a wide variety of musical topics;
• Commissions of new works by Canadian creative artists;
• Special programs of rarely-performed sacred and spiritual music;
• The launch of a new podcast series, entitled “Confluence: The Podcast” on and about music to be housed on the brand-new Confluence website (activated on September 16).

Artistic producer Larry Beckwith has been ably assisted in planning this new mandate by a whole host of outstanding and diverse figures from Toronto’s amazing music scene. The launch of Confluence was on Sunday, September 16, featuring performances by Suba Sankaran, Andrew Forde, Cole Alvis, Patricia O’Callaghan and many more. The season continues with five more programs.

Larry Beckwith


Cor Unum Ensemble 2018Cor Unum Ensemble (kɔr unum: one heart) is one of Toronto’s newest early music ensembles, comprised of emerging professionals interested in vocal and instrumental collaboration within the early music repertoire.
Founded in 2016 by Joel Allison and artistic director Ruth Denton, CUE performed its début concert to a full house at Trinity College Chapel, performing J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion with guest artistic director Adrian Butterfield. Our second season included a “choose-your-own-adventure” story-telling concert called “The Choice,” a concert of early Italian instrumental and vocal music, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. We are frequent guest artists in the Hamilton Hammer Baroque series and also present private house concerts.
CUE strives to create performance opportunities for young artists passionate about early music, and foster growth as individual artists. Our process is intentionally collaborative, valuing the collective experience our artists possess, and learning from one another as we prepare our programs. The dedication, scholarship, and spirited energy of our collaboration is a mere reflection of the mentorship and encouragement of the rich historical performance community in Toronto.

Ruth Denton

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Founded in 1984, Counterpoint Community Orchestra is an inclusive LGBTQQ2SA orchestra. As the first gay-positive orchestra in the world, Counterpoint has been in the vanguard for gay rights and bringing awareness to the community’s struggle for equality and acceptance for 35 years. A non-profit, member-run, full symphony orchestra for amateur and professional musicians, Counterpoint welcomes all. Drawing its programming from Baroque to contemporary repertoire, Counterpoint is committed to sharing the magic of orchestral music with audiences across the country.

Kevin Uchikata

The 24-voice DaCapo Chamber Choir was founded in 1998 in Kitchener-Waterloo under the direction of Leonard Enns. The mission of the choir is to identify, study, rehearse and present outstanding choral chamber works of the past 100 years and to champion music of Canadian and local composers. In 2018/19, DaCapo will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with the release of its newest CD, with selections received through NewWorks, its national choral composition competition. The choir is currently in the middle of a 3-season exploration of themes related to the global refugee crisis: 2017/18 Displacement, 2018/19 Resettlement, 2019/20 Renewal. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @DaCapoChoir!

Sara Martin, manager

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Don Wright Faculty of Music Western UniversityThe Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London, Ontario is situated in a research-intensive university on a campus that is inviting and striking. It is an environment that enables students to grow artistically and academically. Our students are among 650 of the brightest and most talented young artist scholars, who come to study in one of our many undergraduate and graduate programs. With the faculty and staff, they are committed to excellence in creative and scholarly work. In our 2018/19 season, we invite you to experience the incredible diversity of musical styles and genres our students, faculty and guest artists have to offer. Included within 350+ performances each year are student ensemble performances (from choirs and opera to orchestra, band, jazz, percussion, contemporary and early music), faculty concerts, and our signature Fridays@12:30 concert series. Celebrate with us in October 2018 as we officially open our new Music Building. As proud contributors to London’s vibrant music community, we also look forward to the city’s host celebrations for the 2019 Juno Awards in March.

Rachel Condie

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Eglinton St Georges United Church ChoirOur non-auditioned 45-voice choir meets Thursday evenings for two hours and Sunday mornings for worship, preparing music ranging from Renaissance to jazz and from chant to oratorio. Prior experience in choral singing is a requirement. Outreach and benefit concerts are regular fare with support from our wonderful and talented eight section leads. This year we offer our 2018/19 Concert Series with special guests the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Vancouver Chamber Choir; our annual ESG Christmas concert “Christmas Day” with ESG Choir, Orchestra and organ, featuring Holst’s Christmas Day and Ruth Watson Henderson’s “Peaceful This Quiet Night”; and, finally, “Triumph of the Spirit,” with ESG choir and orchestra, highlighting Howard Goodall’s “Requiem: Eternal Light” and Srul Irving Glick’s “Triumph of the Spirit.”

Bronwyn Best


Elmer Iseler SingersThe Elmer Iseler Singers (EIS), conducted by artistic director Lydia Adams, celebrates its 40th Anniversary Concert Season in 2018/19. This 20-voice fully-professional choral ensemble, founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, has built an enviable reputation throughout Canada, the United States and internationally through concerts, broadcasts and recordings—performing repertoire that spans 500 years, with a focus on Canadian composers.
EIS present a five-concert series in Toronto each season, and is featured at concerts, workshops, and festivals throughout Canada. Annually, EIS sponsors choral workshops through their GET MUSIC! Educational Outreach Initiative for secondary school conductors and choirs, concluding with a joint public performance.
The EIS enjoy a special relationship with the Toronto Symphony, currently celebrating the success of their joint Chandos recording of the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The Elmer Iseler Singers are a 2014 National Choral Award recipient and a 2017 Juno Nominee in the “Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance” category. July 2018, Lydia Adams was recognized with Choral Canada’s Distinguished Service Award.

Jessie Iseler

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The Elora Singers, an all-professional Grammy and JUNO-nominated chamber choir, was founded in 1980. Through regular concert series, touring and recordings under the Naxos label, the Elora Singers has established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada. The Elora Singers is known for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture. The choir is renowned for its diverse styles and for its commitment to Canadian repertoire. Since 1997, the choir has been the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. As the choral ensemble-in-residence of the Elora Festival, The Elora Singers concerts are always a huge hit.
In the summer of 1979, professor Michael Purves-Smith fell in love with the beautiful village of Elora and dreamed of establishing a festival of music there fashioned after the world-renowned Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts. With the help of like-minded residents the first Three Centuries Festival was held in the summer of 1980. The annual Festival continues to grow in stature and fame. Over its 39 years of making beautiful music it has presented popular Canadian luminaries Maureen Forrester, Holly Cole, Sarah McLachlan, Gordon Lightfoot and many more. 2019 is the 40th celebration. Stay tuned!

Chris Sharpe

Ensemble VivantFor over 30 years, Ensemble Vivant, “Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure” (Toronto Star), has been a pioneer in the piano chamber music world, championing exciting, innovative programming including classical, ragtime, Latin and jazz. “No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making” (Rick Wilkins, CM). Receiving accolades nationally and internationally, EV has 14 recordings (available at www.OpeningDay.com) that are heard on radio around the world. Through EUTERPE (www.euterpemusicarts.com), Ensemble Vivant is known for fostering a love of great music among our youth. Core quintet: Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director; Corey Gemmell, violin; Norman Hathaway, viola; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Jim Vivian, bass. Regular guests: Mike Murley, sax; Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; Don Thompson, vibes; Guido Basso, trumpet/flugelhorn; Nick Fraser, drums; Juan Carlos Medrano, Latin percussion.

“…absolute magic…” - The WholeNote magazine

“…beautiful, poised performances...capture the passion and verve…Wilson’s piano gives this music unerring drive and plenty of sparkle.” - Toronto Star

“To my heart, your rendition of ‘Oblivion’ is the most touching I have ever heard: Bravo!” - Radio Classique, Montréal.

Catherine Wilson

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Founded in 1983 by music director and conductor Alex Pauk, Esprit’s commitment to commissioning and advancing contemporary music has set it apart as one of the few organizations of its kind on a global scale. Esprit consistently collaborates with outstanding composers, and performs with first-class soloists and ensembles from Canada and abroad.
Each concert season, Esprit Orchestra commissions, promotes and performs the work of Canadian composers, and features Canadian premieres of music by leading international composers. With a dynamic annual subscription concert series, this skilled orchestra presents music that is otherwise unavailable in Canada, always performed to the highest standards in the acoustically acclaimed Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.

Amber Melhado

Etobicoke Centennial ChoirIn its 52nd season, Etobicoke Centennial Choir (ECC) offers singers a rewarding choral music experience in a welcoming community. ECC performs diverse repertoire, ranging from classical masterpieces to contemporary compositions and popular music. Our season begins Saturday, December 8 with “Welcoming the Light,” featuring Bach’s Christmas Cantata and other seasonal repertoire.
“After the Snow” on April 6, 2019 features a performance of Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia/Earth Mass - an environmental liturgy integrating singing with world and jazz instrumental music and sounds from the wild that celebrates the earth as a sacred space. This will be paired with Dvorak’s Mass in D Major.
In “After the Rain” on June 1, we join Bulgarian-Canadian Toronto composer/guitarist Anton Apostolov and instrumentalists for a performance of three of his works, along with Morton Lauridsen’s Les chansons des roses and a selection of spirituals.
Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7:30 to 10pm at Humber Valley United Church, Etobicoke.
ECC always welcomes new choristers. Interested singers are encouraged to attend a rehearsal. Scheduled open rehearsals will be on September 11 and January 8.

Greg Pimento, choir president
Lauren Mayer, media relations

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Etobicoke Community Concert BandThe Band begins it’s 24th season on Friday, October 26, 2018 with a concert called “Don’t Look Under the Bed,” a halloween-themed show. Our annual Christmas Gala is on Friday, December 7, 2018 titled “A Classic Christmas” with a local celebrity reading the Clement Moore classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas” backed by the Band. In the new year, the two remaining formal concerts are “Dance Like No One’s Looking” in March featuring the great vocalist Meagan Luchko, and finally, in May, “On the Road Again”. All concerts held at Etobicoke Collegiate, 86 Montgomery Rd. at 8pm.
Our outdoor “Summer Concerts in the Park” are held at Applewood/Shaver House, 450 The West Mall. All concerts begin at 7pm – rain or shine. Concert dates are as follows: Wednesday, June 19, 2019; Wednesday, July 3, 2019; and Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Rob Hunter, president

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The award-winning Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra begins yet another exciting season in its 58 years of presenting great classical music.
The 2018/19 series of concerts, starting in October, features the new music director, Matthew Jones, whose energy and enthusiasm bring a fresh, new approach for EPO audiences.
The season offers five subscription concerts plus a family matinee featuring star artists Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Arthur Ozolins, the brilliant and popular pianist who returns to Etobicoke in March 2019 to present Schumann’s Piano Concerto.
The EPO also welcomes top artists Charlene Pauls, soprano, (“Christmas Concert”); Margaret Von Vaight and Jamie Groote (May 2019 concert: “Love, Death and Hope”); and the orchestra’s new principal horn player, Samir Abd-Elmessih (November 2018 concert).
Concerts are at Martingrove Collegiate Institute (50 Winterton Drive, Etobicoke). The Christmas concert “Christmas in the City” and family matinee “Pictures in Sound” are at Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd.
Advanced orchestral musicians of all ages interested in joining the orchestra should contact the EPO President, Judy Gargaro. Student scholarships are by audition in Spring. Rehearsals are every Wednesday at Martingrove Collegiate 7:30pm to 10pm, and continue until mid-May.

Valerie Gibson

For more than 35 years, the Exultate Chamber Singers have garnered praise for their sensitive, precise, and seamless performances. The choir is a talented ensemble of excellent musicianship, enriched by the varied academic and professional backgrounds of its members. Well-known for its commitment to Canadian composers, the choir performs a wide variety of acappella and accompanied works in a four-concert subscription series in Toronto. This season, the choir is pleased to welcome its new artistic director, Mark Ramsay. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include an October 26 concert featuring Samuel Barber’s Reincarnations and a secular concert on December 7 showcasing the beauty and harshness of winter, including a performance of Sarah Quartel’s “A Winter Day.” Special guests, Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir, joins Exultate for a March 30 concert, with the final concert on May 24 featuring an intriguing mix of music and readings with special guest Toronto poet Emily Sanford. Audiences at this last concert will enjoy a world première composition based on Sanford’s award-winning poetry.

Elana Harte

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is a 95,000 square foot cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues that host a signature presentation of international and local performing artists. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre plays a vital role in the renaissance of downtown St. Catharines, serving as the catalyst in modernizing the area and reinforcing the brilliance of Niagara region’s diverse cultural cluster.

Jordy Yack
905-688-5601, x3614

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Flute StreetFlute Street is Toronto’s Professional Flute Choir, whose players employ the full range of instruments from piccolo through treble, concert, alto, contralto, bass, contrabass and even the double contrabass flutes. Recently returned from their invitation to perform at the first International Low Flutes Festival in Washington D.C., this season includes a three-concert series, performing music from the rapidly expanding repertoire of exciting original flute choir compositions, sprinkled with a few transcriptions and well-crafted settings of folk songs, jazz and popular tunes. Audiences have been delighted to hear world and Canadian premières and featured international guest soloists such as piccoloists, Christine Beard and Kelly Via and low flutes specialist, Peter Sheridan. This year’s concerts include a variety of venues: “Masterpieces” on October 27 at St. Peter’s and St. Simon’s Church; January 19 at the Heliconian Hall with Mary Ann Archer, the former piccolo soloist with the Metropolitan Opera; and the highly anticipated return of French piccolo sensation, Jean-Louis Beaumadier on April 9 at Christ Church, Deer Park.

Nancy Nourse


Gallery 345Now in its 12th year, Gallery 345 is one of the finest piano and chamber music salons in Toronto. I have staged over 565 performances in the past 11 years, ranging from intimate solo piano concerts to 20-piece jazz bands. The gallery is known for its great acoustics. It has been my great pleasure over the years to present so many performers in a wide variety of musical genres. There is nothing like being in the room where the music is played.
The gallery’s focus is solo piano, classical, jazz, art song, improvisation and contemporary classical performance. Weekends book first, so think about booking Sunday-Thursday. Rental fees are very reasonable. I always want to get the music heard. All performance is performer-driven. The performer needs to get the word out to family and friends to help bring in an audience. While I do what I can to promote events, it is up to the performers to advertise and promote their events. All events are posted on my website: www.gallery345.com, on Facebook, The WholeNote magazine and other social media.
Gallery 345 is also an excellent event space to rent for video and audio recordings, rehearsals, photoshoots, fundraisers, CD launches, cinema, book and poetry readings, private parties, weddings, special occasions and more. The gallery is a 2500 SF hard loft with 13’ ceilings, a PA system, video projector, two washrooms, prep kitchen, outside patio and seats 130. The beautiful 9’ concert grand Baldwin is always ready.

Edward Epstein

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Georgetown Bach ChoraleWe are a renowned choral ensemble with approximately 20 voices specializing in Baroque repertoire from the likes of Vivaldi, Charpentier, Handel, and of course J.S. Bach. The Georgetown Bach Chorale performs in a variety of spectacular venues in Halton Hills, from the intimate setting of a private home to the stunning beauty of local churches. This season the Georgetown Bach Chorale will delight you with highly energized performances of Messiah and J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, works that keep you sitting at the edge of your seat as we weave through sublime arias and heroic choruses.

Ginger Louws


Gravenhurst Opera HouseBuilt in 1901, the stunning Gravenhurst Opera House is situated in the heart of downtown Gravenhurst, the Gateway to Muskoka. Featuring arts and cultural programming year-round, this historic gem is credited for having been home to the birth of Summer Theatre in Canada.
Owned and operated by the Town of Gravenhurst, the Opera House provides a variety of high quality programming year-round from live theatre performances, school programming and community events to award winning musical artists; it is also the home of the Sawdust City Music Festival, Muskoka Film Festival and continues to produce Muskoka Summer Theatre since 1934.
The beautiful 320-seat theatre was built with exquisite acoustics and remains in the top 10 in Canada for its sound quality. It is a wonderful, intimate space to see a show and artists love to perform here. In addition to the theatre, we also have a lovely banquet room, bar and have hosted meetings, weddings and celebrations of all kinds. Our facilities are affordable to rent and for our patrons, we offer getaway packages, group rates, local incentives and more.
As the cultural cornerstone of Historic Downtown Gravenhurst, it truly is a tradition worth coming back for.

Krista Storey


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