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

The versatile singers and instrumentalists of SINE NOMINE are passionate about the music of the Middle Ages and about bringing it to life for modern audiences, by working with original manuscript materials, researching language, literature, and cultural background, analysing, improvising, and experimenting. Our performances have blended vocal and instrumental music from medieval courts and churches with readings, drama, and liturgical action, to provide insight into the fascinating artistic and intellectual culture of the Middle Ages. Based in Toronto since 1991, the group has also performed in other Ontario centres, as well as Alberta, Quebec, the Maritimes, the eastern USA, and England, and has recorded A Golden Treasury of Medieval Music for the British label Saydisc-Amon Ra. For information about our upcoming concerts and collaborations, please visit our web-page or find us on Facebook.
SINE NOMINE is ensemble-in-residence at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
For tickets: 416-978-8849 or www.uofttix.ca

Andrea Budgey


Sinfonia TorontoAcclaimed as “A World-Class Orchestra” (headline, Russelsheimer Echo, Germany), Sinfonia Toronto celebrates its 20th anniversary season in 2018/19, with Masterpiece Series concerts in Glenn Gould Studio and the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Sinfonia Toronto consists of virtuoso strings who perform standing, in the tradition of great European chamber orchestras, blending each musician’s soloistic energy into a brilliant ensemble style inspired by music director Nurhan Arman. The orchestra’s programming combines major compositions and delightful surprises from the Baroque through the Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods.
The orchestra plays in Toronto schools, travels throughout Ontario to perform for concert associations from Brockville to Sarnia, and performs every season in Barrie and Sault Ste-Marie.
Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Germany, Spain and Florida, and in April 2018 made a two-week tour in Peru, Argentina and Uruguay, with every concert drawing standing ovations, multiple encores, superb reviews and requests to return.

Margaret Chasins

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Small World Music SocietySmall World Music Society is “The Beat of the Globe in the Heart of Toronto,” presenting concerts and workshops in venues ranging from prestigious concert halls, to outdoor festival stages, to its own intimate space, the Small World Music Centre at Artscape Youngplace.
Its annual season has traditionally been anchored by the Asian Music Series in the spring, and the Small World Music Festival in the fall, though the 17th edition marked a move to Harbourfront Centre at the height of the summer season. This October, Small World features the long-awaited return of Persian classical duo Shahram Nazeri & Hafez Nazeri, in collaboration with Link Music Lab, for classics and new works from the Rumi Symphony Project.
Meanwhile Polyphonic Ground, an initiative of Small World that aligned it with 10 culturally diverse music presenters, nears the end of its pilot phase. Attend upcoming “Polyphonic Ground Presents” concerts to access music for the culturally curious, join Polyphonic Ground Conversations to discuss the future of music in Toronto, and follow the project as it evolves.

Jess Cimo

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SoundCrowdAll voice. No limits. SoundCrowd’s vision is to:

• enrich the Toronto community with the proven health and social benefits of participating in and experiencing choral music;
• make connections through voice and movement using repertoire that is exciting, fun and meaningful to all;
• create dynamic and original performances of music from all genres using the musical language of a cappella.

SoundCrowd, the brainchild of artistic director Scott Pietrangelo, is Toronto’s first large-scale a cappella ensemble. The group made its concert debut in 2016 alongside former Barenaked Ladies front man Steven Page at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall. Since then, they have been featured guests on a national TV show (The Social, www.thesocial.ca) created viral videos (over 79k Facebook views and counting), performed with other notable Toronto-based a cappella groups (Cadence, Countermeasure, Retrocity), sold out their own high-energy concerts, and travelled to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall with choirs from around the world under the direction of Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off). SoundCrowd is an auditioned choir and accepts new submissions in Spring and Summer.

Scott Pietrangelo

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About Soundstreams: A world leader among contemporary music companies, Soundstreams is the foremost global presenter of new Canadian music. Lawrence Cherney, artistic director and Ben Dietschi, executive director are dedicated to showcasing the work of living Canadian and international composers. We accomplish this through our three Toronto-based performance series: Main Stage, Ear Candy and Encounters. Serving a broad community of music lovers, we also offer free outreach and educational programs, SoundMakers provides interactive learning experiences online and in the classroom; the Emerging Composer Workshop is an intensive mentorship program that helps young composers from Canada and abroad launch their careers. Soundstreams further extends their endeavours through touring, the commissioning of new works, and digital distribution. SoundWave provides accessible tickets to young adults.

Peter Donato
416-504-1282, x102

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Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society (SOCHS) is a non-denominational organization supporting congregational song and offering events each season in the Barrie, Kitchener-Waterloo, Pickering triangle. Anyone interested in hymns and congregational song may join us or participate in our activities.
Fred Graham, Ruth Watson Henderson, Lydia Pedersen and Paul Stott have brought exciting songs to our gatherings. Internationally recognized hymn writers John Bell, Dan Damon, Carl Daw, Michael Hawn and Brian Wren have also been guests.

Ila Vaculik

St Annes Anglican ChurchContinuing its long tradition of musical excellence, St. Anne’s presents a season of innovative performances enhanced by our stunning sacred space boasting religious artwork by the Group of Seven. Throughout the 2018/19 season, the Choir of St. Anne’s will perform a variety of concerts, including the two new series: Music @ 4:00 and Come Sing!, as well as the popular “Community Cantate” in December.
The Junction Trio, St. Anne’s Ensemble-in-Residence, will present four chamber concerts with programming expanding the boundaries of classical music and performance art.
Since its founding in 1964, the St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society (MADS) has presented one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved operettas. This season, MADS presents eight performances of The Pirates of Penzance, running from January 25 to February 3, 2019. For more information or to participate in our music programs, please contact us.

Mervin W. Fick, director of music
David Garde

St. James CathedralThe 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 Choral Eucharist (11am) and Choral 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. Nick Veltmeyer, a post-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.
Sung 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.

Robert Busiakiewicz
416-364-7865 x224

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St Michael s Choir SchoolFounded 80 years ago by Monsignor John Edward Ronan, St. Michael’s Choir School has served the Archdiocese of Toronto by educating and training musicians who sing at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The school is unique – offering an enriched academic program for boys from grades three to 12, with extended French instruction, as well as a lively ministry of sacred music. Choirs from SMCS perform annually on tour and at many local concerts and events. From September to June, the choirs sing weekly Masses at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Auditions are held annually between January and March.     

Wanda Thorne

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St. Olave’s, Swansea, is an Anglican church in the Prayer Book tradition, with Communion or Morning Prayer services (sung Sundays at 10:30am), Evensong (for festivals) and extras at Christmas and Easter. It’s noted for a fine organ and excellent acoustics, making it home for performing groups like the Windermere String Quartet.
Choral Evensongs (on certain Sundays at 4pm) are followed by afternoon tea and a music event, as listed in The WholeNote: visiting choirs leading the service, illustrated music talks or recitals by guest singers, solo musicians, instrumental ensembles or our Arts Guild. Sung Evensongs (various weekdays at 6pm) are followed by supper and talks on travel, history, applied religion, etc.
Our director of music, John Stephenson, is continuing our campaign to expand our choir. Anglican services include much singing (hymns, canticles, psalms, anthems), so we need a strong choir to lead the congregation. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9pm, with a warm-up Sundays at 10am. Call to ask about paid positions, or come to a rehearsal to see what it’s all about. Singers are also welcome to join us at sung Evensongs.

Judy Beal, church secretary

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St Thomass Anglican ChurchSt. Thomas’s Church, Toronto, is one of the oldest Anglo-Catholic congregations in Canada. Established in 1874, the parish has been, from its earliest days, at the forefront of the liturgical and musical life of the Anglican Church of Canada. Excellent choral and organ music are vital components of all Sunday services, Feast Days, and the liturgies of Advent and Holy Week. There are three choral services each Sunday, sung by a dedicated group of volunteers supported by section leads: “Sung Eucharist (Contemporary Rite)” at 9:30am; “Solemn Eucharist (Traditional Rite)” at 11am; and “Solemn Evensong and Devotions” at 7pm. The repertoire is diverse, from plainsong and Renaissance masterpieces to gems of the British cathedral tradition and contemporary Canadian compositions. Located in the historic Huron-Sussex neighbourhood, adjacent to the University of Toronto campus, the church was designed in the Arts and Crafts style by renowned architect Eden Smith (1858-1949), a parishioner. In 2018, the parish is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the building on its present site on Huron St., one block south of Bloor St.

Christine Cover

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Symphony on the BaySymphony on the Bay is a full-size community orchestra serving Burlington, Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Our musicians – talented amateurs, students and professionals – make evident their skills in the magnificent Performing Arts Centre in downtown Burlington.
Inspired by travels taken and journeys only dreamed of, our 2018/19 season is also a time of transition. You will get to meet the wonderful candidates hoping to become our music director and principal conductor. Come on out and help us decide who best serves you as a patron, us as an organization, and the community at large. Plus you’ll also get to enjoy: “Postcards from Abroad” October 28, 2018 | “French Flair” featuring Talisa Blackman, piano December 9, 2018 | “Christmas Delights” featuring Sara Traficante, flute February 24, 2018 | “The Silk Road” featuring Angel Wang, violin May 12, 2019 | “American Proms” featuring Bob DeAngelis and his tribute to Benny Goodman - and the winners of our Young Artists’ Competition!

Visit www.symphonyonthebay.ca for updates and details!

Liz Delaney

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Syrinx Concerts Toronto was re-established in 2005. It is a series of four to six concerts during a season that begins in December and usually continues to the end of May or early June. Our programs feature mostly Canadian musicians, both excellent, well-established performers, and up-and-coming talented young artists. As well we have been fortunate to present some international artists.
This series is rather unique; our mandate requires each concert to feature a Canadian composition chosen by the performers or suggested by the artistic director, integrated into a program of familiar classical works. This gives the audience an opportunity to experience new, unfamiliar music and the performers to include these compositions into their repertoires.
Our concerts are usually held at the more intimate chamber music venue - Heliconian Hall in Yorkville - on Sunday afternoons beginning at 3pm. A reception follows each concert giving the audience a chance to mingle and meet with the artists.

Dorothy Sandler-Glick

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber ChoirLed by music director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik is one of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles, performing on instruments and in styles appropriate for the era of the music, and celebrating its 40th anniversary in the 2018/19 season. Tafelmusik is Canada’s most toured orchestra, having performed in over 350 cities in 32 countries, and are proud to call Toronto their home. In Toronto they perform some 80 concerts each year for a loyal and enthusiastic audience in diverse venues across the city. The orchestra is joined in performances by the critically acclaimed Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and its director Ivars Taurins.
Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the Baroque and Classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto’s Opera Atelier, and underground at their Haus Musik series. Their musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik’s recordings on the Sony, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered nine JUNOs and numerous other recording prizes.

Tim Crouch

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Tallis Choir of TorontoTallis Choir, founded in 1977 and directed by Peter Mahon, specializes in Renaissance choral music but performs a wide variety of musical styles. Our upcoming 41st season includes four concerts, featuring the music of Byrd (October), Gabrieli (December), and Gesualdo (March), concluding with a program which reflects on ten centuries of music using the theme of Light (May). Concerts are performed at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 141 McCaul St.

David Martin, choir president

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Tapestry OperaTapestry is the only professional opera company in Canada dedicated solely to creating, developing and performing original Canadian opera. Tapestry keeps opera alive from one generation to the next, producing works by extraordinary living writers and composers and covering provocative contemporary stories that are unforgettably told by world class singers. In addition, it is our mandate to support emerging artists, as well as help youth in at-risk communities give voice to their stories and learn communication and leadership skills. This season will provide forums for new works and emerging artists (Tapestry Briefs - September 2018 and Songbook - March 2019) explore socially relevant questions of consent (Hook-Up - January 2019), and tackle some difficult history (Shanawdithit - May 2019) in a spirit of truth and reconciliation.

Jaime Martino

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Toronto Beach Chorale (with artistic director Mervin W. Fick) is an auditioned SATB concert choir of up to 65 voices with a passion for presenting excellent choral music. TBC invites professional musicians, soloists, actors and other arts organizations to join in classical choral repertoire in 3-4 concerts per season. TBC organizes and participates in the annual “Messiah for the City” and numerous local community events. TBC’s “Choral Scholars” program offers subsidy and training to singers aged 19 to 24. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7pm to 9:30pm, September to May, usually at Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd.). Auditions in September and January; the ability to read music and choral experience are assets.
2018/19 concert schedule:

“Great Joy!” Sunday December 2, 2018 at 7:30pm, featuring J.S. Bach’s Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Buxtehude Magnificat and motets by Hassler, Bruckner, Reger and Rachmaninoff;

“Maple Sugar Music,” Sunday February 24, 2019

at 3pm, featuring the popular “Messe Quebecois” by Pierick Houdy, along with music celebrating the Spring thaw;

“Duruflé Requiem,” Good Friday (Friday April 18, 2019) at 7:30pm.

David Garde

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Toronto Chamber ChoirFor its Golden Anniversary season, the Toronto Chamber Choir celebrates 50 years of Music and Friendship. Our mission is to present Renaissance and Baroque repertoire with period instruments, as well as music from later periods that complements this core repertoire. We present two full-length evening concerts and two Sunday afternoon “Kaffeemusiks,” with music, commentary or narration and slideshow. This season’s presentations include:
The gathering of the choir’s extended ‘family’ including former choir members, directors, section leads and other friends, including the world premier of “Gaudeamus” by David Barber (September 29); a “Kaffeemusik” exploring the links between fairy tales and music (November 25); music from early Spain when three major faiths lived together in harmony (March 2); and women who persisted against the odds to create wonderful music (May 26).
We have about 40 singers and are now in our fifth season with artistic director Lucas Harris. He auditions new singers throughout the season as necessary. Interested singers should bring a rich choral background and a deep love for early repertoire.

Sharon Adamson

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Toronto Children s ChorusThe award-winning Toronto Children’s Chorus marks its 41st season and its 12th under artistic director Elise Bradley this 2018/19 season. The Chorus comprises a family of choirs: KinderNotes for children aged three to six (no audition required), four Training Choirs, Main Choir (four ensembles) and Toronto Youth Choir. More than 300 choristers develop skills in vocal technique, sight-singing and music theory each year. Main Choir offers master classes and exceptional performance and recording opportunities, including with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Programming is available in Midtown (for ages 3 to 30) and in North York (for ages 3 to 9).

Bonnie O’Sullivan
416-932-8666 x225

The Toronto Choral Society (TCS) was founded in 1845 to foster a positive musical environment in which members can learn and develop their musical ability and choral repertoire. The TCS plays an integral part in the community presenting important works from the traditional choral repertoire, while exploring the music of the cultural mosaic that is our city. This year the Toronto Choral Society presents Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra, by composer Ariel Ramirez, both widely regarded as stunning artistic achievements. The sound of traditional Argentinian instruments, combined with the 150-voice choir, make this concert both exhilarating and haunting. We will be performing at Koerner Hall, December 5, 2018, at 7:30pm.
The artistic director and conductor of three of the TCS choirs is Geoffrey Butler, who joined the TCS in 1994. The accompanist of this Community Choir is William O’Meara.

Debby Neill Blyth

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Toronto Classical SingersToronto Classical Singers is known for its unique musical point of view and its high-quality performances, often presenting the lesser-known and rarely performed vocal/orchestral repertoire as well as the standard works. With its exuberant approach, the group celebrates the choral tradition with full orchestra.
For its 27th performance year, founding conductor Jurgen Petrenko will lead the choir, the Talisker Players and soloists through three concerts featuring Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn.
Opening with “Jubilance and Joy” on December 9, 2018, the most intellectual composer tells the most joyful story in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. On March 3, 2019, “The Path of Genius” – from Salzburg to Vienna, we present two brilliant Mozart pieces, his Solemn Vespers and the revered Requiem – an evening prayer and a profound goodbye. “A Whirlwind to Heaven” completes our season on May 5, 2019. Enduring drought, rain, fire, storm and earthquake, find out why it’s not easy being a prophet by joining us for Mendelssohn’s Elijah. All concerts are on Sundays at 4pm, Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street. Season tickets $80.00, single tickets $30.00. Please visit us at www.torontoclassicalsingers.ca for more information.

Kathleen Payne

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Toronto ConsortThe Toronto Consort is Canada’s leading ensemble specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque. Founded in 1972, the Consort presents a five-show concert series at the revitalized Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. The Consort has toured extensively and has recorded music for film and television, including the hit television series The Tudors and The Borgias, and released its 14th CD recording in November 2017: The Italian Queen of France.
From glittering 17th-century Rome to the enchanting soundscapes of the 21st century, the 2018/19 season is bursting with the colours of early music, opening with the opulent “Frescobaldi and The Glories of Rome” (October 19 and 20, 2018). “Praetorius Christmas Vespers” – Toronto’s much-loved yuletide tradition –returns December 14, 15, and 16; then fall in love with early music again at “Love, Remixed” (February 15 and 16, 2019); explore an ancient city with “Four Quarters of Jerusalem” (March 8 and 9); and close the season with “Night Games” – a musical roast where nothing is too gauche (featuring commedia dell’arte master, Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere). $15 tickets are available for ages 35 and under through Club Consort. Tickets on sale at TorontoConsort.org or by calling 416-964-6337.

Michelle Knight


Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirGrand symphonic sound, clarity of expression, and above all emotional impact are the hallmarks of Toronto Mendelssohn Choir performances. Canada’s world-renowned 120-voice vocal ensemble, including a professional core and auditioned volunteers and apprentices, performs choral masterworks from across five centuries. The TMC presents its own concert series while also performing regularly with the TSO, including Handel’s Messiah.
TMC’s 2018/19 season, under interim conductor David Fallis, includes: “Festival of Carols” with the acclaimed Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army and the Toronto Youth Choir, December 4 and 5; a free Community Concert featuring music by Canadian and American composers, January 26; a program of Handel’s beloved Coronation Anthems and Haydn’s Mass in a Time of War with full orchestra, February 27; and “Sacred Music for a Sacred Space”, April 17 and Good Friday, April 19 in the beautiful Group-of-Seven-decorated St. Anne’s Anglican Church.
The TMC’s education and outreach programs include live concert webcasts of select performances and Singsation Saturday choral workshops for anyone who loves to sing.

Cynthia Hawkins, executive director

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Operated by the Mozart Project, the Toronto Mozart Players are comprised of professional solo, chamber and orchestral musicians dedicated to performance of the highest calibre. Specializing in the music of Mozart and his contemporaries, the Toronto Mozart Players perform a varied repertoire from the early 18th century to the 21st century under the direction of David Bowser.
Concerts are held at Church of the Redeemer and programs include chamber, orchestral, vocal and choral works. The Toronto Mozart Players have welcomed outstanding guest artists such as soprano Nathalie Paulin and trumpeter Andrew McCandless and have partnered with the Hart House Chorus and the Cantabile Chamber Choir. The Toronto Mozart Players perform as guest orchestra in Pax Christi Chorale concerts every season.
During the 2018/19 concert season, performances include: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, the world premiere of Odawa First Nation composer Barbara Croall’s oratorio Miziwe (Everywhere) and Mozart’s Requiem.

Lawrence Peddie


Toronto Operetta Theatre is in its third decade as Canada’s only performing arts company dedicated to music theatre in all its variety, offering up a memorable season, Gold and Silver Age of Melody! The season opens with a concert dedicated to Latin America, “Out of Character.” Performance is on Saturday, November 3, 2018, featuring Lynn Isnar, Margie Bernal, Guillermo Silva-Marin; Larry Beckwith is the music director and pianist. Our holiday production is the golden age hit, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, featuring Lara Ciekiewicz, Caitlyn Wood, Elizabeth Beeler, Adam Fisher, and Derek Bate as a conductor, December 28, 2018 to January 2, 2019. Following is Perchance to Dream by Ivor Novello on Sunday, March 3, 2019, featuring Lynn Isnar, Caitlin McCaughey, Cian Horrobin and Eugenia Dermentzis, with Peter Tiefenbach as music director and pianist. The Spring production is from operetta’s Silver Age, The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár, from April 23 to 28, 2019, featuring Lucia Cesaroni, Michael Nyby, Daniela Agostino and Gregory Finney with Larry Beckwith as conductor. All performances are held at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

Yuki Azuma

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Toronto Singing StudioWelcome to a new adventures in singing! The Toronto Singing Studio offers many ways to improve and develop your voice and singing skills.
Interested in private singing lessons? Discover the unique sound that is your singing voice. Or are you more comfortable in a group class? The very popular Singers’ Repertoire Class for experienced singers (adults) who want to work on solo song performance may be a good fit.
Do you love Broadway shows? Do you dream of being on stage, singing, dancing and delivering funny, serious, or romantic lines in a play? Then you are a perfect candidate for the Musical Theatre Workshop for Adults program.
The Toronto Singing Studio has two non-auditioned adult choirs: Celebration Choir (Thursday afternoons, for singers over age 55) and the Summer Singers (meets in June and July). The Toronto Singing Studio has locations downtown and East York.
For more information, visit the TTSS website.

Linda Eyman

Toronto Symphony OrchestraEstablished in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions. The TSO has distinguished itself as an active supporter of new Canadian and international works. Since 2008, the Orchestra has released eight recordings under its self-produced label tsoLive, and three recordings with Chandos Records. Over the past decade, the TSO has toured throughout Canada and internationally. Tour highlights include the Orchestra’s performance at Reykjavik’s Harpa Hall in 2014, and, more recently, the TSO’s first ever performances in Israel and residency at the Prague Spring International Music Festival in 2017. Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall has been the TSO’s home since 1982. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (which is tuition free); and music-education programs that reach tens of thousands of students each year.

Derolyn P. Kinkead
416-593-7769 x218

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Toyich International Projects (TIP) is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to developing the skills, professional training and musical education of music students, performers, mature amateur musicians and music teachers by providing them with opportunities to develop and present their talents nationally and internationally.
Our acclaimed Monster Concerts (piano orchestras) have showcased many talented performers over the years and have been featured on radio, television and print media in Canada and Europe.
TIP’s mandate is inclusive and we provide and support professional training on an ongoing basis to musicians of all genres, instrumentalists and vocalists (contact boyanna@sympatico.ca for information on participation).
TIP, in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, is proud to present RomeSMARTS (Rome Summer Musical Arts) in Rome, Italy, each summer offering performance programs for all musicians: masterclasses with Canadian and Italian teachers, lectures, collaborative studies, public performances and University of Toronto credit for eligible Faculty of Music students. The dates for next year’s program in Rome are July 8 to 19, 2019.

Boyanna Toyich

Trio Arkel is the collaboration of three women at the top of the classical music world in Canada, each a soloist and leader in her own right: Marie Berard is concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; Teng Li is the principal violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Winona Zelenka is the assistant principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008, they have joined forces to bring a wide variety of classical chamber music to the Toronto public, enlisting internationally-renowned guest artists for a truly stimulating and eclectic musical experience.

Winona Zelenka

Ukranian Art Song ProjectThe Ukrainian Art Song Project (UASP) is a ground-breaking initiative that aims to record and publish over 1,000 art songs by 26 of Ukraine's greatest composers under its Musica Leopolis label. Equally important is introducing Ukrainian art songs to vocal students along with audiences everywhere through its annual Ukrainian Art Song Summer Institute, published anthologies and regular live performances. Artistic director and founder, British bass-baritone Pavlo Hunka, has assembled a stellar cast of Canadian operatic performers both for recordings and performances. The principal piano accompanist for the project is Albert Krywolt. Since 2004, the label has recorded 388 dramatic songs by composers such as Lysenko, Stetsenko, Stepovyi, Turkewich, Barvinsky, O. Nyzhankivsky, Volynsky and N. Nyzhankivsky. The latest compilation, Galicians II, can be heard on the UASP website.
Musical scores for Ukrainian art songs are published on the UASP website in the Ukrainian Millennium Foundation Online World Library and are available for download free of charge.
Plans for 2019 include live performances and the annual Ukrainian Art Song Summer Institute in August. Please visit us at www.ukrainianartsong.ca or Facebook for further details.

Lessia Tkach


The University of Toronto Faculty of Music is a vital destination for the professional and scholarly study of music in North America. As part of one of the world’s top universities, the Faculty is home to a diverse and dynamic community. With superb educators in every area of music study and dozens of areas of specialization, we offer an education that is both broad and deep. Our community members have garnered honours such as the Oscar, the Leonardo da Vinci Prize, Peabody, JUNO and National Jazz Awards, and occupy prominent positions with major performing arts organizations including the Toronto Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, the Boston Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic.
The 2018/19 season marks the Faculty of Music’s 100th anniversary and we are thrilled to welcome distinguished visitors including Jessye Norman, Rob Kapilow and Toshio Hosokawa, and offer more than 150 public events, lectures and master classes. Collaboration is the watchword of our centenary as we join together with our external partners, student, faculty and visiting ensembles, and academic areas to present an extraordinary season.

Don McLean, dean and professor
Natasha Smith, marketing and publicity
Box Office: 416-408-0208

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The Upper Canada Choristers is a mixed-voice community choir in Toronto with a history of collaboration with international choirs and local children’s choirs. Performing with a wide variety of guest artists, the choir has a diverse repertoire and is committed to excellence. Cantemos is the auditioned latin american chamber ensemble of the Choristers. Founding artistic director and conductor, Laurie Evan Fraser and accompanist, Hye Won Cecilia Lee provide the professional musical leadership for this vibrant organization. The choir performs 15 to 20 concerts in the community annually.
Our 2018/19 concert season opens with “Christmas Cheer!” on December 7, 2018 at Grace Church on-the-Hill; the program will feature music by John Rutter, including Brother Heinrick’s Christmas. Our spring concert on May 10, 2019 at Metropolitan United Church, “How Can I Keep From Singing?” features a new commission to celebrate our 25th anniversary by Stephen Chatman, and also 5 Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre.

Laurie Evan Fraser

This award-winning women’s ensemble, established by Halyna Kvitka Kondracki in 1965, has delighted audiences around the world with its rich repertoire of Ukrainian classical, sacred, contemporary and folk music. Vesnivka begins its 53rd concert season on October 28, 2018 with a concert commemorating the 85th anniversary of Holodomor: Famine-Genocide in Ukraine. Joining Vesnivka in this concert will be Canada’s premier ensemble Elmer Iseler Singers, their musical director Lydia Adams, the world-renowned Gryphon Trio, soprano Antonina Ermolenko and the Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir (TUMCC). On January 13, 2019, Vesnivka and TUMCC present their ever-popular annual Ukrainian “Christmas Concert,” with guest soloists and a folk instrumental ensemble. On April 7, 2019, Vesnivka and TUMCC will present a concert featuring the music of Ukrainian Canadian composers. Vesnivka also sings Christmas and Easter Liturgies on January 7, 2019 and April 28, 2019 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church (Toronto).

Nykola Parzei


The namesake of the Victoria Scholars, Tomás Luis de Victoria, was an outstanding Renaissance composer whose music is renowned for its spirituality and emotional expressiveness. The Victoria Scholars bring clarity and balance of sound so characteristic of Renaissance music to all their repertoire, encompassing Medieval plainchant, works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, contemporary eras, and newly-commissioned works.
Past winners of the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the CBC Radio National Competition for Amateur Choirs, the Victoria Scholars have performed with many exceptional arts organizations (including Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Kiev Chamber Choir) and vocal soloists (including Sondra Radvanovsky, Michael Schade, Russell Braun and Norine Burgess). They have toured nationally and internationally and are heard regularly on CBC Radio 2 and Classical 96.3FM.
For the 2018/19 season we are pleased to offer the following concert series: “Welcome Christmas” (December 16); “Male Voices: Masterpieces of the 19th and 20th Centuries” (March 3); and “Canadian Scholars” (May 26).
Volunteers are always welcome to help with operations such as website management and concert-related activities. Please contact us for more information.

Ulla Knowles

Village VoicesVillage Voices, a non-profit, adult mixed-voice community choir of over 50 voices, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special concert on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Under the direction of Oksana Vignan, the choir provides fellowship for its members and performs classical, sacred and secular choral music from many eras. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday nights at Unionville Presbyterian Church.
Village Voices raises its artistic level and expands its repertoire through vocal workshops and by including professional guest soloists and instrumentalists. The choir performs at various venues in Markham and the surrounding area. It continues to honour its commitment to the community by entertaining at local retirement homes.
On December 8, 2018, Village Voices Choir will perform its traditional Christmas concert at Markham Missionary Church in Markham, under the direction of our former conductor, Joan Andrews. We invite our faithful audience to join us for this concert and for our Spring concert. This May concert will be a truly special and joyful performance, celebrating 30 years of singing together in the Markham community with a program of old favourites songs as well as new and challenging pieces.

Brigitte Sopher


Visual and Performing Arts NewmarketVisual and Performing Arts Newmarket (VPAN) was organized in 1988 with the aim of bringing together arts lovers and campaigning for a performing arts facility. In 1997, VPAN was able to take advantage of a new state-of-the-art theatre in Newmarket and created “Three For The Show” - a three-concert series of classical music on Sunday afternoons during the winter months. Most recent artists to appear include Janina Fialkowska, Gryphon Trio, Quartetto Gelato, Mary Lou Fallis, Penderecki String Quartet, Grand Philharmonic Choir, TorQ Percussion Quartet, Adi Braun, Martin Beaver, Broadsway, Cecilia String Quartet and the Vandikas Family.
Eighteen years ago, VPAN added a popular fourth concert, “Young Artists Showcase,” where young up-and-coming artists are invited to perform. We are entering our 22nd season by presenting Canadian Guitar Quartet on November 4, 2018, Canadian Children’s Opera Company on March 31, 2019 and Drew Jurecka Trio (jazz) on April 28, 2019. All “Three For the Show” concerts take place Sundays at 2pm at the Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Cres. with free parking. “The Young Artists’ Showcase” takes place at the newly refurbished Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St. Box office 905-953-5122, or online at www.newtix.ca

Heather MacKay

VIVA Youth SingersA vibrant choral organization for singers ages four through adult, VIVA! offers members the opportunity to achieve artistic excellence in a singer-centred, collaborative choral community. Unique program features include the Youth Mentoring and Leadership Program, and the TD Bank Group Inclusion Program which provides support for singers with special needs.
VIVA!’s choirs include: Preparatory Chorus (ages 4-6); Junior Choir (ages 6-10); Main Chorus (ages 9-16); Everyone Can Sing (ECS), for those aged 13 and up with disabilities; a non-auditioned VIVA! Community Choir (SATB); and an SATB Chamber Choir (senior high school, university students and adults).
Performance opportunities are available for all singers through Series Concerts in Jean Lamon Hall at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts, and through other professional engagements. Recent highlights include a performance tour to Spain in July 2017, and the VIVA!-commissioned premiere of Dean Burry’s opera The Sword in the Schoolyard (June 2016). VIVA! is the official children’s choir of The National Ballet of Canada, performing annually in The Nutcracker. Monday rehearsals for all choirs except Chamber (Sundays). Auditions held regularly throughout the year.


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The VOCA Chorus of Toronto is a dynamic, auditioned ensemble under the leadership of artistic director, Jenny Crober. We perform a wide range of repertoire, including arrangements by Ms. Crober, in collaboration with guest artists from a variety of disciplines. Our season consists of two concerts, a cabaret, community performances, workshops and retreats. Our talented, versatile accompanist is Elizabeth Acker.
Several remarkable artists have joined VOCA as guest clinicians, including composer Ola Gjeilo, conductor Ivars Taurins and jazz musician Dylan Bell, and as guest performers, including tenor Andrew Haji, TorQ Percussion Quartet and actor Deborah Drakeford.
Our May 2018 concert featured the Canadian premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s gorgeous Dreamweaver. At our December 8, 2018 concert, we will feature a wide variety of seasonal works, joined by Celtic multi-instrumentalists Saskia Tomkins and Steafan Hannigan, and cellist Sybil Shanahan. On April 27, 2019, VOCA will present the stunning Missa Gaia/Earth Mass and other works, featuring Alana Bridgewater, vocalist; Colleen Allen, sax; Brian Barlow, drums; Shawn Grenke, organ and others.
Rehearsals are Monday evenings at Eastminster United, just west of Chester subway.

Jenny Crober       

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VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert is Canada’s only company dedicated exclusively to the presentation of rare opera programming. Our performances rely on the power and beauty of the human voice, the dramatic inflexion of text and poetry accompanied by orchestra or piano.
The 2018/19 season opens on Sunday, October 21, 2018,with a tribute concert to our founder Stuart Hamilton, “Comedy Unbound!” featuring artists Holly Chaplin, Jocelyn Fralick and the winner of the Stuart Hamilton Memorial Award 2017, Evan Korbut with Guillermo Silva-Marin and chorus director Robert Cooper. Werther by Jules Massenet is next on November 25, 2018, with music director and pianist Narmina Afandiyeva, featuring Isabel Bayrakdarian, Brett Polegato and Matt Chittick. A Canadian premier, Fierabras by Franz Schubert follows on February 3, 2019, featuring Lawrence Wiliford, Justin Welsh, and Amy Moodie with conductor Kevin Mallon and Aradia Ensemble. The finale of the season is Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny on March 30 and 31, 2019, featuring Elizabeth DeGrazia, Marion Newman and Theodore Baerg with Robert Cooper as a conductor.
Performances are held at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, a part of Civic Theatres Toronto.

Yuki Azuma

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Recently Westben announced the reimagining of itself into a year round Centre for Connection and Creativity Through Music. This new perspective will increase Westben’s impact at bringing people together through music. The Centre will focus on the year-round convergence of people, ideas and activities and will be a cultural hub where professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts can meet and be nurtured through the joy of music. Artist Residencies, Lunchtime Tick Talks, House Concerts are just some of the new year round programming. In 2019, Westben will celebrate its 20th “Season of Concerts at The Barn” offering the incredible opportunity to experience music in a natural setting. Westben is where the best of music and nature spring to life in your company! Ask about our one-of-a-kind experiences such as Find the Birds, Find the Pianist in Ferris Park or the new Dare to Pair Saturdays series. Nestled amongst the peaceful hills of Northumberland County two hours east of Toronto, near Campbellford, Westben’s primary performance venue is a custom-built, timber-frame barn. The Barn seats 400 and on sunny days from June to September, massive walls and doors roll away allowing music to waft over the surrounding meadow.

Donna Bennett

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Windermere String QuartetDrawn together by a shared enthusiasm for early string quartets, the members of the Windermere String Quartet came together in 2005 to perform the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and their contemporaries on period instruments, as well as new works inspired by the WSQ’s historically-informed style. The quartet has drawn notice for “sparkling, straightforward interpretations” and “an attractive earthy honesty.” Their concert series has been presenting exciting and innovative programming for over a decade. Over the years, the WSQ has premiered 11 new quartets, ten by Canadian composers. Over the same period, they have performed all 16 of Beethoven’s quartets, and have introduced their loyal audiences to the works of underrepresented composers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including Georges Onslow, Carl Loewe, Juan Chrisóstomo Arriaga, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and many others. Their recordings, The Golden Age of String Quartets and Inner Landscapes, have been praised in The WholeNote for “period performances that blend life, spirit and soul with a perfectly-judged sensitivity for contemporary style and practice,” and for “depth, conviction, emotional range and intensity.”

Anthony Rapoport


Through its “Music in the Afternoon” concert series, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto presents chamber music concerts featuring musicians on the threshold of international recognition, as well as established artists and ensembles. Concerts are held Thursday afternoons at 1:30pm at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto. Concerts in the 121st (2018/19) season include Poulenc Trio (Thursday, October 4, 2018); baritone Thomas Oliemans (Thursday, November 8, 2018); Joel Quarrington & Friends (Thursday, February 28, 2019); Mariam Batsashvili, piano (Thursday, April 4, 2019); and Rolston String Quartet (Thursday May 2, 2019). Member/subscriber benefits include Tuning Your Mind, a free pre-concert lecture series presented in partnership with the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, on a topic related to the day’s concert. Masterclass this season to be announced.

Shannon Perreault, administrator

Wychwood Clarinet ChoirEstablished in 2009, the Wychwood Clarinet Choir is directed by clarinetist and conductor Michele Jacot. Members of the choir include skilled clarinetists who share a love of music-making, friendship and fun. The group rehearses weekly and performs on a regular basis in Toronto’s St. Clair and Wychwood area.

The instrumentation of the WCC extends from the contrabass clarinet to the E-flat sopranino. The choir’s repertoire includes many compositions and arrangements written by the group’s own Composers’ Collective, and by the choir’s late composer and conductor laureate, Howard Cable.
The Wychwood Clarinet Choir embraces the ideal of “music for life” and is committed to sharing the musical experience in educational settings and in the wider community.
Choir members are admitted by audition and pay a modest annual membership fee.
This season is the 10th anniversary of the WCC. Several guest artists and special programming (including an Oscars-themed concert) will help celebrate this milestone year. Please visit the choir’s website for all the exciting details!

Roy Greaves

The York Chamber Ensemble (YCE) has been presenting concerts to York Region audiences since 2001. Primarily a string orchestra, YCE is often augmented by winds, brass, percussion & choir which allows for larger orchestral or choral performances. YCE presents three or four annual concerts at Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora as well as other venues in York Region such as the Bradford Arts Centre in Bradford. For this year’s series “The Age of Elegance,” we welcome two guest conductors, Sasha Weinstangel and Michael Beree in performances of Bach’s Suite in B minor for flute, Bach’s Oboe and Violin Concerto on October 13 (Bradford Arts Centre); and the Corelli Christmas Concerto, parts of the Handel Harp Concerto & Handel’s Messiah as well as beautiful Christmas choral works and a sing-along on December 1 (Trinity Anglican Church). Our spring concert features works by Schubert and Faure on May 11 (Trinity Anglican Church). Tickets available at the door: $20.00 adults, $15.00 seniors/students. YCE is available for hire for corporate and private functions - both full orchestra and smaller ensembles.

Barbara Dickson

York UniversityYork University’s Department of Music presents more than 100 public events each season. This year our Faculty Concert Series spotlights pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, as well as jazz instrumentalist/vocalist, Sundar Viswanathan. Classical chamber concerts and performances by the York U Concert and Chamber Choirs are offered alongside electroacoustic explorations and student compositions. Our annual world music festival celebrates a wide variety of musical practices including Caribbean, Middle Eastern, West African and Chinese traditions. The Music at Midday series offers free lunchtime performances featuring guest artists, faculty, and student talent. Masterclasses by leading Canadian and international artists are frequently open to observers. Each term concludes with showcase performances by the York U Symphony Orchestra, Gospel Choir and Wind Symphony, as well as a four day jazz festival. Performances take place in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall or the informal setting of the Martin Family Lounge in the Accolade East Building at York’s Keele campus.

William Thomas, chair; Louise Wrazen, associate chair; Mark Chambers, graduate program director; Judy Karacs, events and promotions coordinator. Box Office: 416-736-5888.

Judy Karacs
416-736-2100 x20054

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Yorkminster Park Baptist ChurchThe Yorkminster Park Baptist Church senior choir, under organist and music director William Maddox, enjoys a reputation as one of the best congregational choirs in the city of Toronto. Yorkminster Park presents a series of free organ recitals at 12:30pm, every Wednesday from September through June, with performers from around the world.

We have a wide variety of unique musical events throughout the year but Yorkminster Park is renowned for its special seasonal concerts. The quality and dedication of the music ministry at YPBC is never more evident than during Advent and Holy Week and these services have become community traditions: “City Carol Sing,” “Carols by Candlelight,” the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” “Passiontide Devotion” during Holy Week and traditional “Evensong” services three times a year. Our sanctuary is frequently made available to other choral and concert groups, which draw appreciative audiences from all over Southern Ontario.

William Maddox

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