Celebrating its 26th 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 palate 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, featuring both accomplished and emerging artists. The three concerts presented this season are: November 4, 2017 – “Sweet for Bach,” a program conceived by Tafelmusik's principal cellist Christina Mahler, includes four cellists playing solo Bach suites and cello ensembles. January 20, 2018 – "Dvořák on the Low," with violinist Mark Fewer and bassist Joseph Phillips. March 10, 2018 – the return of violinist Scott St. John and guitarist Lucas Harris in a remounting of one of ACS's most talked-about concerts from five years ago, "A Portrait of Paganini.” Concerts take place on Saturdays at 7:30pm, at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave.).
2017 Presenter Profiles (Blue Pages)
18th ANNUAL DIRECTORY OF MUSIC MAKERS
Welcome to the Blue Pages, The WholeNote’s 18th annual directory of concert presenters. The 148 profiles that follow provide an extraordinary snapshot of the remarkable creativity and musical diversity present in the GTA and southern Ontario, as well as a brief but unique window into who’s doing what this season. The Blue Pages give us a glimpse of the roles these organizations will play in cultivating the region’s rich musical landscape this year.
We hope you enjoy this taste of what’s in store for 2017/18 as you peruse these pages of choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera companies and more. The ongoing support of the organizations listed here helps keep The WholeNote alive and allows us to fulfill our mission.
BLUE PAGES TEAM 2017/18
PROJECT MANAGER Karen Ages
PROJECT EDITOR Kevin King
PROOFREADING Sara Constant
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-323-2232 x26.
Whether you are in the audience or onstage, we wish you all the best for the 2017/18 concert season!
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. Performances at the Museum join culturally diverse artists in conversation, highlighting the arts of Muslim civilizations from the Iberian Peninsula to China and celebrating the many ways that cultures connect through art.
Please visit www.agakhanmuseum.org for a full calendar of performances and film screenings.
All 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.
Founded in Paris in 1883 by Louis Pasteur, Ferdinand de Lesseps and Jules Verne, Alliance Française has always embodied the modern values of humanism, respect of linguistics and cultural diversity. The AFT offers the GTA community a wide range of French as a second language classes to children, teenagers and adults at all levels. AFT also adds to the multicultural vibrancy of the city with a cultural program of over 100 events representing the Francophonie of the world and is a founding member of the “Bloor Cultural Corridor.”
Led by conductor and artistic director Lydia Adams since 1985, the award-winning Amadeus Choir performs the best of choral music and premieres 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 43 years, the choir comprises members from across the GTA. Annual auditions are held in May and June. Phone or email us for more information!
Amici Chamber Ensemble celebrates 30 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, including Isabel Bayrakdarian, Lara St. John, Jonathan Crow, Russell Braun, Michael Schade, Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, André Laplante and James Sommerville. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered over 20 works by Canadian composers, among them Allan Gordon Bell, Chan Ka Nin, Brian Cherney, Malcolm Forsyth, Jacques Hétu, Alexina Louie and Jeffrey Ryan.
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, most recently the 2013 Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble, for Levant. Other prestigious honours include several JUNO award nominations, including a 2011 nomination for the ATMA Classique disc Armenian Chamber Music.
The 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 38th season, the 60-voice auditioned choir performs three programs a year, collaborating with professional vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles. Recent performances include Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. The Annex Chamber Choir, a 24-voice ensemble, performs in alternating years. We offer choral development workshops led by some of Toronto’s most innovative musical coaches and clinicians, and engage in community outreach. This season we present the choral drama “December Diaries” on December 9 and 10, 2017, at Jane Mallett Theatre, and “North by Northeast,” contemporary choral music by Baltic and Scandinavian composers, at Grace Church on-the-Hill, May 5, 2018. The Chamber Choir presents “Camerata,” featuring Mark Chambers, cello, at St. Andrew’s United Church on March 3, 2018, at 3pm and 7:30pm. We rehearse Monday evenings at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church (383 Huron St.). Experienced singers who wish to audition, contact our membership coordinator.
Arraymusic embraces and nurtures work that is radically in-between. Arraymusic’s mission is to ignite and sustain a passion for contemporary Canadian musical art within an international, interdisciplinary context. Three programs define what Array does, why we do it and how we realize our 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 offers The Array Space for rent and fosters a creative music/art scene; and 3) Array For All engages diverse audiences through innovative and inclusive programs.
Arraymusic believes that experiencing art can give rise to real change and that if one engages with art fully, subtle but profound positive transformations can take place which, by extension, can impact communities and enhance our lives. Array is devoted to co-creating and presenting speculative new music that creates more questions than it answers. Array believes that sharing music involved in exploration, which finds wonder in the discovery of the unexpected, stimulates the imagination and raises questions and alternative ways of thinking.
Renowned 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.
Members of the Associates of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (ATSO), a registered charitable organization, share a love of classical music and organize musical events featuring members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. “The Small Concerts Series” presents affordable, world-class chamber music, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been most supportive in our efforts to bring these concerts to the public.
In 2018 “The Small Concerts Series” features Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, Schubert, Mozart, Juozapaitis, Smetana, Shostakovich, Devienne and Norman. Concert dates: Mondays at 7:30pm. January 29, February 26, March 26, April 23 and May 28 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. Please phone 416-282-6636 for subscription/ticket inquiries, or visit our website.
If you would enjoy working with people who appreciate and promote an interest in classical music, become a volunteer of the ATSO. Our volunteers work on engaging musicians, publicizing concerts, and ensuring that all aspects of concerts run smoothly.
“Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert” returns to Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall, January 1, 2:30pm) and Hamilton (FirstOntario Place, December 30, 2:30pm) this holiday season. The spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance, and the delicate beauty of ballet will waltz you into a triumphant New Year, in a charming celebration that blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with an exceptional full 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: “Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets In Concert” (October 12-14), “Jurassic Park In Concert” (December 28-29), and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban In Concert” (May 16-17).
The Aurora Cultural Centre is an 1886 heritage building that began its life as the Aurora Public School. It has been transformed into a hub for arts, culture and heritage. With a full roster of classical, popular and family concert events in a beautiful and intimate performance space, the Aurora Cultural Centre proudly showcases local, emerging and professional talent for our community to enjoy.
This upcoming season, enjoy a variety of shows from The Gryphon Trio and Sultans of String, to Union Duke, John Sheard Presents, Remi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble, Ken Whiteley and Freedom Blues, Ennis Sisters and more.
Fully accessible; elevator entrance at the north doors.
BCC/BCYC is widely known and highly respected as an organization for its innovative programming, its education system, and the clear, lovely sound of its singers. The children and youth of BCC/BCYC develop a love of music and singing through enjoyable learning and performing experiences. Awards that the organization has received at both provincial and national levels have given it a high profile, including four first-place standings and the best overall in the 2017 National Music Festival. Through its education practices, BCC/BCYC is setting a standard of musical literacy and education for community choirs.
Founded in 1987, BCC/BCYC is an organization of four choirs with singers aged 6 through university age: three treble choirs for ages 6-16 and a mixed-voice choir for boys with changed voices and girls aged 16 and up. All treble choirs rehearse weekly in east Scarborough and BCYC rehearses Sunday evenings at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Danforth Avenue at Chester Station. BCYC performs music that ranges from classical to pop, jazz and Broadway. Interested singers are welcome to drop by on a Sunday evening.
Charissa Bagan, artistic director
James Pinhorn, conductor, BCYC
Eleanor Daley, accompanist
The Barrie Concert Association, a registered charitable non-profit organization, presents ten live performances of mainly Classical/Baroque music, with performers from across Canada and beyond. Barrie Concerts are two-hour events held Saturday evenings starting at 7:30pm. Georgian Music concerts are two-hour events held Sunday afternoons starting at 2:30pm.
The 2017/18 season of six Barrie Concerts includes: The Hannaford Street Silver Band – October 14, 2017; “We Will Remember” with U of T Scarborough Choir – November 11, 2017; pianist Sheng Cai – January 20, 2018; violinist Michael Guttman and pianist Eric Himy – March 17, 2018; Sinfonia Toronto and pianist Tony Yike Yang – April 7, 2018; and The Toronto Concert Orchestra and pianist Younggun Kim – May 5, 2018. All at Hiway Pentecostal Church, Barrie. The four Georgian Music concerts include: pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin – October 29, 2017 at Hiway Pentecostal Church; “Christmas Memories” with harpist Judy Lomen, soprano Monica Whicher and organist Marty Smyth at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – December 10, 2017; the Exultate Singers – February 11, 2018; and the Penderecki String Quartet with pianist Stéphane Lemelin – April 22, 2018. February and April concerts are at Grace United Church, Barrie.
Bel Canto Singers is an SATB community choir with singers of various ages and abilities directed by Linda Meyer. Each week we meet to sing and laugh and grow. Members share a love of choral singing and enjoy the challenges of a widely varied repertoire, mixed with friendship and fun. Rehearsals are 7pm, Tuesdays at St. Nicholas Anglican Church in Scarborough. We are currently looking to strengthen our tenor and bass sections. If you have ever wanted to participate in a group that values music, fun and fellowship please consider joining us. Auditions will take place in the first two weeks of September 2017 or January 2018, during our regular Tuesday night practice. Concert dates are Saturday, December 2, 2017 and Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Scarborough Bluffs United Church. Times for the concerts are 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Please check our website for further details.
Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to presenting the world's leading Canadian and international artists and rising young stars in innovative, inspiring multi-sensory concert experiences in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding Niagara wine country. Bravo Niagara!’s concerts span diverse musical genres from classical to jazz, world music to pop.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include the Voices of Freedom Festival, September 28 to October 6, featuring superstar soprano Measha Brueggergosman and jazz great Wycliffe Gordon (September 29), and Grammy Award-winning bassist and vocalist Richard Bona (October 6).
Bravo Niagara! is also executive producer of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. The inaugural festival will take place February 16-18, 2018 and is led by artistic producer Kelly Peterson and artistic director Renee Rosnes.
Highlights of the 2018 Spring into Music Series include performances by pianist Jan Lisiecki, violinist Nikki Chooi, pianist Emily Bear as seen on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Schwarz-Bournaki Duo (Julian Schwarz, cello and Marika Bournaki, piano), and rising star jazz pianist Brandon Goldberg as seen on the Harry Connick Jr. Show.
Brock University Music Department, part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, is a major educational and cultural presence in the Niagara Region. We offer BMus and BA degrees in Music, with possible concentrations in Music Education, Music History and Theory, and Music Performance. We pride ourselves on small, welcoming classes held in the new, state-of-the-art Walker School building situated in downtown St. Catharines. We present numerous concerts every year from September to April; these are staged in the acoustically excellent Cairns Recital Hall and Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, adjacent to our school. Our regular concerts include: the Encore! Series, featuring national- and international-calibre guest artists; our Viva Voce Choral Series; and our RBC Tuesday@Noon series. In addition, our Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra give concerts at the end of each term, the exciting and innovative Guitar Extravaganza takes place each fall, and student solo recitals are held in March and April. For details of our academic programs and concerts, please visit our website: www.brocku.ca/music.
The 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 50th season, the CCOC is led by artistic director Dean Burry, 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 2017/18 season include a 50th celebration concert at the Four Seasons Centre and a major new opera commission: The Monkiest King.
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 2017/18 mainstage season includes: Arabella, The Elixir of Love, Rigoletto, The Abduction from the Seraglio, The Nightingale and Other Short Fables and Anna Bolena.
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.
Celebrating their 20th season in 2018, the Canadian Sinfonietta (CS) is a chamber orchestra led by founder Tak-Ng Lai in partnership with concertmaster Joyce Lai. The orchestra is comprised of 14-25 professional musicians who perform as a large ensemble at the Glenn Gould Studio and in small ensembles at their wine and cheese concerts at Heliconian Hall.
The mission of CS is to reintroduce live chamber music to the growing GTA community, producing a new generation of concertgoers by presenting concerts that are traditional with a twist. The programs are innovative and often feature interdisciplinary artistic presentations, multicultural music, non-western instruments and diverse Canadian artists.
This season’s highlights include JUNO award-winning violinist Scott St. John with his wife, Ensemble Made in Canada violist Sharon Wei, performing the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante; Queen Elizabeth Competition winner, pianist Douglas Finch, performing his own piano trio joined by concertmaster Joyce Lai along with principal cellist, Andras Weber. The finale to the season will feature Joyce playing the “Butterfly Lovers’” Chinese violin concerto in the orchestra’s “Symphony Night.”
Canadian Stage is Toronto’s leading not-for-profit multidisciplinary performance company, sharing innovative contemporary theatre, dance and music from Canada and around the world at three historic locations: the Bluma Appel Theatre; the Berkeley Street Theatre; and the High Park Amphitheatre, home to Shakespeare in High Park.
Cantemus 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 5- to 8-part compositions less often heard by Toronto audiences.
Our 2017/18 season begins November 25 and 26, as we perform Christmas music from England and France, including Charpentier’s magnificent Messe de Minuit pour Noël. On March 3 and 4, “The Virgin Queen” explores the music of the Elizabethan period, featuring works by Tallis, Taverner and Byrd. On May 5 and 6, our program “The Glories of Rome” focuses on works of the two titans of the Renaissance, the madrigals of Marenzio and the religious masterpieces of Palestrina.
Performances at Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square – Eaton Centre) and St. Aidan’s Anglican Church (70 Silver Birch Ave. at Queen St. E.). Check our website for times.
Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) has been one of Toronto’s premier community orchestras since 1985. CBSO concerts take place in the state-of-the-art P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E.
Under the baton of maestro Norman Reintamm, the CBSO will present a thrilling and unique seven-concert 2017/18 season, including five subscription series concerts. This season, the CBSO is pleased to present some of Canada's rising stars and critically acclaimed performers, including pianists Robert Horvath and Ken Gee. In addition, we are delighted to present a fully-staged version of the seasonal favourite opera Hansel and Gretel, with Tryptych Concert & Opera. Visit our website for details about our season.
The orchestra is noted for facilitating performance opportunities for young musicians, and always welcomes new members.
The Cathedral Church of St. James houses one of Canada’s most precious hidden musical gems. Uniquely within the city of Toronto, the fully-professional 18-voice Cathedral Choir sings as part of the Anglican worship at Eucharist (11am) and Evensong (4:30pm) each Sunday to an internationally high standard. Its repertoire spans eight centuries, and provides a balanced diet of choral delights to congregations young and old, Christians and non-Christians, and those whose ears hold an insatiable curiosity for music.
The Cathedral’s majestic pipe organ can be heard in recital each Tuesday at 1pm and Sunday at 4pm throughout the year. Manuel Piazza, graduate student in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and the Cathedral’s new organ scholar, will be delighting audiences frequently at St. James.
Choral Eucharist is also celebrated at 9am each Sunday and sung by a burgeoning group of volunteers. If you are interested in committing to the musical life of this vibrant Cathedral community, please contact the director of music, Robert Busiakiewicz.
The Cellar Singers, under the direction of Mitchell Pady, is an auditioned choir based in Orillia and serving Simcoe and Muskoka Counties. Now entering its 50th season, the choir performs at least four times through a September-June program that focuses on classical major works and Canadian choral compositions. This year will include Vaughan Williams, Bach, Lauridsen and Mozart. The Cellar Singers welcome new voices willing to work, learn and strive for excellence in performance. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:15-9:45pm at St. James Anglican Church in Orillia.
Worth 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 50 years. Chorus Niagara performs traditional choral masterpieces, modern and seldom-heard works and new commissions, and provides a showcase for emerging Canadian talent. Attracting singers of all ages with the Chorus Niagara Children's Choir, Side-by-Side High School Chorale and Robert Cooper Choral Scholars program, Chorus Niagara provides opportunities for everyone to experience the joy of live choral performance. Our thrilling 55th season begins with “Last Light Above the World,” featuring the premiere of a commissioned work by Ontario composer Allan Bevan; followed by “Big Band Christmas,” with Canadian jazz pianist John Sherwood; St. Matthew Passion, showcasing Bach’s greatest choral work; “Amadeus,” Mozart's lavish Mass in C Minor; plus “All Aboard,” a fun-filled musical excursion for the young and young at heart. All concerts are performed at the stunning new FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in revitalized downtown St. Catharines. Experience The Power of 100!
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.
Steeped in musical heritage and assisted by a generous acoustic, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene offers a music program strongly rooted in the musical 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. At the 9:30am Sung Mass, the SMM Singers sing a motet and lead congregational singing. One Sunday per month at 4:30pm, the meditative Solemn Evensong and Benediction is sung, preceded by an organ recital at 4pm. For more information including music schedules and upcoming engagements, please visit the Church website.
Contact combines 21st-century classical/experimental music with the sensibilities of rock and jazz to form a hybrid chamber ensemble that defies genres. Praised by The Globe and Mail as “thought-provoking” and “highly entertaining,” and by The New York Times as “mesmerizing,” Contact has premiered works by emerging and established Canadian and international composers and has performed at venues and new music festivals around the world. Contact is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, nurturing and facilitating the creation, production, presentation and engagement with new music in all contexts, forms and variations and creating outreach opportunities with Canada’s diverse communities in order to enrich people’s experience with sound. In addition to concerts, recordings and touring, Contact hosts Music From Scratch, a music creation workshop for youth, and co-presents Intersection, an annual festival of experimental music.
Widely acclaimed for its inspired and innovative programming, Continuum presents chamber works by the most exciting established and emerging composers from Toronto, Canada and around the world. Continuum has performed across Canada and Europe, commissioned over 175 works, recorded CDs, generated interdisciplinary projects, and built an invaluable online archive of performance videos.
For 2017/18, artistic director Ryan Scott has programmed cross-disciplinary projects in collaboration with internationally acclaimed friends. “Urgent Voices” (December 8 and 9 at Aki Studio) commemorates Canada's 150th with world premieres by Anna Hostman, Scott Wilson and James Rolfe. “Time Travels Light” (January 21 at 918 Bathurst) celebrates all things percussion with TorQ and Rob Power. And for “Hockey Noir” we team up with Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival for a multimedia opera centering around the classic Toronto/Montreal hockey rivalry – with a side order of love, lust, scandal and the mafia. Other programming includes the fifth edition of Continuum in the Classroom, our collaboration with the Toronto District School Board, and the second annual Toronto Teen Composer Award.
Founded in 1984, Counterpoint Community Orchestra is an inclusive LGBTQ 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 more than 33 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. Counterpoint’s homebase is in the heart of Toronto’s Gay Village, The 519 Church Street Community Centre. Rehearsals are held there every Monday night at 8pm.
DaCapo Chamber Choir…giving ideas voice.
Founded in 1998 by director Leonard Enns, DaCapo is dedicated to exploring unaccompanied music, primarily of the 20th century and later, with a mandate to champion music of Canadian and local composers. Each year, the choir offers NewWorks, a national choral composition competition, and is currently recording a CD based on entries to this competition.
The 2017/18 concert season will focus on the theme of “displacement” and will feature collaborators such as Iranian-Canadian singer Amir Haghighi (November 11 and 12), pianist Catherine Robertson (March 3 and 4), and the Orpheus Choir of Toronto (April 28). Concerts are held in Kitchener-Waterloo – full details and tickets on our website. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @DaCapoChoir!
The 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 2017/18 season, we invite you to experience the incredible diversity of musical styles and genres our students and faculty have to offer, including continued Canadian content for Canada’s 150th celebration. Included within 350+ performances each year are traditional student ensemble performances (from choirs and opera to orchestra, band, jazz, percussion, contemporary and early music), plus our signature Fridays@12:30 concert series. Our Faculty Concert Series returns in 2017/18 plus extraordinary guest artists from around the world, including the Canadian Brass and Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
Durham Chamber Orchestra has been performing in Durham region for the past 21 years, featuring talented amateur and professional musicians, guest soloists and ensembles. We are excited to move to a new larger concert venue in Ajax this season after selling out all performances last year. Conducted by dynamic music director Carlos Bastidas in his second season with the DCO, the orchestra will present three concerts in 2017/18. Highlights include “It's Christmas” with audience sing-along, “A Musical Journey” with Shout Sister choir and soloists from the Oshawa Opera company and “A Salute to our Youth” with international violin virtuoso Andrew Sords. The DCO is also performing a joint concert with the Ontario Pops Orchestra to celebrate Canada 150, with the generous sponsorship of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Details of these events are available on the website. New playing members are always welcome.
Our 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 feature our 2017/18 Concert Series with special guests the Elmer Iseler Singers and Amadeus Choir of Toronto, our annual Christmas concert “All Bells in Paradise” with the Trillium Brass and finally, “Darkness to Light,” with the ESG Choir, Cellar Singers and Orchestra featuring the hauntingly beautiful Darkness to Light by Ruth Watson Henderson and Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.
Celebrating its 39th season in 2017/18, the Elmer Iseler Singers, conducted by artistic director Lydia Adams, is a 20-voice professional choral ensemble based in Toronto. Founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, the Singers have built an enviable reputation throughout Canada, the United States and internationally.
The Singers present a five-concert subscription series in Toronto, also participating in local workshops and other Toronto concerts – including guest performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Touring is a major component of the EIS activities, having just completed a seven-city Western Canada tour in April 2017 and an Eastern Canada tour, with Dr. Roberta Bondar, in July 2017. The Singers are active in many Ontario communities and specialize in their GET MUSIC! Educational choral workshops and performances in the GTA.
Recently, Lydia Adams was appointed Visiting Associate Professor in Choral Studies at Western University. She is the Artist Recipient of the 2013 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the 2012 winner of the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition and a 2017 JUNO nominee with the Elmer Iseler Singers.
The Elora Singers, an all-professional Grammy- and JUNO-nominated chamber choir, was founded in 1980 by Noel Edison as principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival.
Since 1997, the choir has been the core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, and is the choral ensemble-in-residence of the Elora Festival each summer.
Through regular concert series, recordings, broadcasts and touring, The Elora Singers has established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond, contributing to the musical life not only of the community but on an international stage.
With 11 releases on the Naxos label, The Elora Singers is known for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture. The choir is renowned for its diverse styles, commitment to Canadian repertoire, and collaborations with other Canadian artists.
Ensemble Vivant, “Canada’s chamber music treasure” (Toronto Star), has dazzled audiences worldwide with innovative, genre-diverse programming for three decades. A pioneer among piano chamber ensembles, Ensemble Vivant garners accolades internationally. EV are Opening Day recording artists. Through EUTERPE (www.euterpemusicarts.com), Ensemble Vivant is known for fostering a love of great music among our youth. Core members: Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director; Corey Gemmell, violin; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Norman Hathaway, viola; Jim Vivian, bass. Regular guests: Don Thompson, vibes; Guido Basso, flugelhorn; Mike Murley, sax; Brian Barlow and Juan Carlos Medrano, percussion.
“…the highest calibre…No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making.” Rick Wilkins, CM
“…precisions of sonority, dynamics and rhythm that Ensemble Vivant fully deliver…[Burke’s] intricate ensemble writing is performed magnificently…a moving experience…Wilson’s playing is evocative.” The WholeNote
“…thoroughly enjoyable…” Boston Herald, USA
“…beautiful, poised performances...these musicians 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, Montreal
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 65-member 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.
Coming off its landmark 50th anniversary season, the Etobicoke Centennial Choir (ECC) looks ahead to more great music-making! We are an auditioned SATB community choir that offers a high-calibre choral experience for both singers and audiences. Under music director Henry Renglich, ECC performs a diverse repertoire ranging from classical choral masterpieces to contemporary compositions and popular music.
Our season begins on Saturday, December 2, 2017 with “Sacred Traditions 2017,” a joyful celebration of the holiday season featuring Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Holst’s Christmas Day and other seasonal repertoire.
On April 7, 2018, “Gloria! Joyous Music from Haydn to Poulenc” will feature Haydn’s Te Deum, Schubert’s German Mass, Brahms’ Vier Quartette and Poulenc’s Gloria.
The season concludes on Saturday, June 8, 2018 with “Oh Canada!,” celebrating music of composers and arrangers from our talented home and native land.
Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 10pm at Humber Valley United Church in Etobicoke. The ECC always welcomes new choristers. Interested singers are encouraged to attend a rehearsal. Open rehearsals are held in in September and January.
The Etobicoke Community Concert Band is beginning its 24th season, providing: “Great music...right in your own backyard!” Our goal is to provide a fun and challenging environment where local amateur musicians can share their passion for music and perform regularly in their community. ECCB has successfully pursued a vision of presenting a diverse and entertaining repertoire at a wide variety of venues. Under the dynamic leadership of John Edward Liddle, the band and its various ensembles have made a significant impact on the community of Etobicoke. Over the years, several thousand people have heard the band in our many many public performances. We have also continued to add new and innovative programming and have formed many financial and musical partnerships in the community. The Etobicoke Community Concert Band is truly an unique organization and a true success story – from the passionate inspirations of our artistic director to the incredible dedication and enthusiasm of each and every member.
For over 56 years, the award-winning Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra has presented great classical music and is well known for its talented musicians and exciting repertoire.
Their new season of six concerts for 2017/18 includes a children's matinee, “Kids 'N Klassics,” and begins with “Romantic Classics,” October 20, (Dvořák’s Symphony No.7 and Beethoven's Emperor Suite with guest star Peter Longworth). November's concert is “Pastoral Wonders” (Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony); December brings “Holiday Magic” and March 2018 highlights the annual Young Composer Competition winner, Strauss (Four Last Songs), Shostakovich (Symphony No. 5) and soprano Allison Cecilia Arends. The May final concert is “Classical Brilliance” (Joseph Johnson, principal cellist with the TSO, with Elgar's Cello Concerto; Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel; and Brahms’ Symphony No.4).
Concerts are at Martingrove Collegiate Institute, 50 Winterton Dr., Etobicoke. “Holiday Magic” and “Kids 'N Klassics” are at Humber Valley Church.
Advanced orchestral musicians of all ages interested in joining the orchestra should contact our personnel manager. Student scholarships are by audition in spring. Rehearsals every Wednesday at Martingrove Collegiate 7:30pm to 10pm, and continue until mid-May.
For more than 35 years, the Exultate Chamber Singers have garnered praise from all quarters for sensitive, precise and seamless performances. The choir is enriched not only by the excellent musicianship of its members but also by their varied academic and professional backgrounds. Conducted by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, the ensemble shares its affinity for Canadian repertoire, as well as other music for chamber choir. Our latest CD, Winter Paths, features works for the Christmas season by Canadian composers. We engage audiences through a four-concert subscription series in Toronto, and collaborate with other groups in the community. Look for our video interview series with Canadian composers, a recent innovation.
Flute Street, Toronto’s Professional Flute Choir, is comprised of first-class musicians performing on the full range of instruments from piccolo through G treble, concert, alto, bass, contrabass and the subcontrabass flutes. Often featuring the less-explored colours of the rarer-sized flutes, Flute Street members present concerts of refreshing new repertoire balanced with traditional transcriptions and well-crafted settings of folk songs, jazz and popular tunes. Flute Street continues to offer world and Canadian premieres and appearances of outstanding international guest artists. Recently, a collaboration with Les Flûtistes de Montréal involved performances in Montreal and the Laurentians. Opening this year's four-concert season is “A Canadian Celebration” on October 14. On November 19, American flutist Christine Beard will be our featured soloist and on March 6 will be the return of the dazzling piccolo recording sensation, Jean-Louis Beaumadier. Our final, not-to-be-missed concert promises to be an extravaganza of contrabass flutes.
Check with The WholeNote for upcoming concert details.
Nancy Nourse, artistic director
Lisa Jack, conductor
Now in its 11th year, Gallery 345 is one of the finest piano and chamber music salons in Toronto. I have staged over 565 performances in the past ten 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 and in The WholeNote magazine and other social media.
Gallery 345 is also an excellent event space to rent for private parties, weddings, photoshoots, recording sessions, fundraisers, CD launches, cinema, book and poetry readings 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 120. The beautiful 9’ concert grand Baldwin is always ready.
We 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. We pride ourselves on providing performance opportunities for local young artists, both vocally and instrumentally, a wonderful visual reminder to our audiences that classical music is for all ages! This season you will hear Bach cantatas with a twist; ‘Recorder Sopranino’ virtuoso Tatsuki Shimoda will join the orchestra. Bach rarely included this instrument in his cantatas, but you will be mesmerized by this performance! Taneyev’s incredibly difficult Piano Quintet in G minor will be showcased in February, with a roster of world-class string players. An all-Mozart concert ends the year with the famous Requiem in D minor and will feature Ronald Greidanus in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.17, playing stunning cadenzas of his own composition.
It is a Performance Season not to be missed, once again offered in the glorious venues of our own Halton Hills.
Glionna Mansell Corporation is a music marketing agency, organ dealer and concert producer in the organ and choral performance genre. The company is an active supporter/promoter of emerging artistic talent alongside experienced world-stage performers. The activities and entities operating under the Glionna Mansell banner include: ORGANIX Concerts Inc., Allen Organ Company in Ontario and Gordon Mansell Concert Organist. ORGANIX Concerts is the 2017/18 recipient of the RCCO National Award of Excellence. President and artistic director Gordon Mansell is music director and titular organist at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.
The Grand Philharmonic Choir (GPC) organization is one of this country’s leading choral institutions. The GPC consists of four choirs: a 110-voice main choir; a 35-voice chamber choir; a youth choir; and a children's choir. Led by artistic director Mark Vuorinen, the GPC presents 20+ concerts a year, many in Kitchener’s acoustically superb Centre In The Square and in local church buildings. Repertoire is a rich blend of traditional masterworks as well as new works by Canadian and international composers. Auditions are held throughout the year.
The Hannaford Street Silver Band is Canada’s award-winning professional brass band and resident company of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Its mission is to honour the traditions of this art form and place it in a contemporary context with a unique, Canadian point of view. We actively facilitate innovative creative projects and collaborate with the best of Canada’s diverse artists. We also run a very successful youth music program consisting of three bands.
Our 2017/18 season features brass repertoire gems paired with new music played with the verve and virtuosity you expect from the Hannaford Band:
“Tango,” on October 22, sees James Gourlay and the Payadora Tango Ensemble. “Christmas Cheer” celebrates the season with Ben Heppner and the Elmer Iseler Singers on December 12, in the beautiful acoustic of Metropolitan United Church. “Island Time!” on February 18 brings back steelpan soloist, Liam Teague. “Dutch Treats” on April 8 pairs conductor/composer Johan de Meij with New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist, Joe Alessi.
I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble is one of the world’s most innovative Baroque ensembles, comprising four of Canada’s leading early music specialists: soprano Gabrielle McLaughlin, violinists Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman, and cellist/gambist Felix Deak. Now in its 19th season, I FURIOSI’s Toronto concert series has been revitalising the face of early music in Canada, inspired by the practice of the Baroque era while invoking the “bizarre and unnatural” aesthetic both cherished and despised in its time. Thematic programming allows the performers to present Baroque music in a uniquely relevant way.
This year’s concerts: Friday, October 6, 2017, Friday, March 2, 2018 and Saturday, June 9, 2018. All concerts take place at Calvin Presbyterian Church at 8pm.