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2017 Presenter Profiles (Blue Pages)
2018 Blue Pages Directory Coming Soon
Our 2018/19 directory of concert presenters will be available on this page at the start of October, paired with the publication of (and also available in) the October 2018 print edition of The WholeNote magazine. In the meantime, last year's directory is available for browsing below.
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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
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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 email@example.com 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!
Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario in Kingston, the new award-winning Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts brings together exceptional spaces and programs for Queen’s students and the Kingston community.
This 90,000 square foot venue was designed by Oslo/New York-based firm Snøhetta and Ottawa’s N45, with acoustics and theatre design by ARUP and Theatre Projects Consultants, and includes the 566-seat Concert Hall, 100-seat Studio Theatre, 92-seat Film Screening Room, Rehearsal Hall and Art & Media Lab. Anchored by a transformational gift to the Initiative Campaign from Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, the Isabel was inspired by the Baders’ love – of the arts, of Queen’s, and of each other – and is named in Isabel’s honour.
The Isabel presents seven dynamic performance series. The 2017/18 season features wonderful artists such as Louis Lortie, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Angela Hewitt, Suzie LeBlanc, Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan, Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, New Canadian Global Music Orchestra and visual artist Ernestine Tahedl.
The Jubilate Singers is a mixed-voice community choir under the direction of Isabel Bernaus. Beginning in September 2017, the Jubilate Singers will feature both a non-auditioned main choir and an auditioned chamber choir. We specialize in choral world music reflecting the cultural diversity of Toronto. Recent concerts have highlighted music from Africa, Latin America, Spain and Catalonia, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia, as well as selections from the Canadian and American choral repertoire. Our 2017/18 season includes “Building World Harmony,” “Latin American Rhythms,” and “Bridges.” We rehearse on Tuesday nights near Yonge and Lawrence. Interested singers are encouraged to sit in on a rehearsal before deciding to join. A welcoming, friendly experience to sing music you won’t get anywhere else. Look for our performances on YouTube.
K-W Chamber Music Society is one of Canada's busiest presenters of chamber music concerts, with over 50 concerts per year, ranging from solo to sizable ensembles. Programs range from medieval to contemporary; most have both classics and recent music. Active since 1974, since 1980 most of our concerts have taken place at 57 Young St. W., Waterloo, a private home where our KWCMS Music Room holds about 85 people. A superb Steinway piano, good acoustics, a supportive audience, and an intimate but informal atmosphere make for great concert experiences. Notable this year: Till Fellner, piano, performing the first and second of his four-concert Great Works of Schubert cycle; the Amernet Quartet (plus pianist Shoshana Telner) in a four-concert series of the rarely-heard Polish/Russian composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg; the 30th anniversary in our Music Room of the world-famed Penderecki String Quartet; solo concerts by great Canadian pianists André Laplante, David Jalbert, and Robert Silverman; the new Pittsburgh Symphony-based Clarion Quartet playing music of the Holocaust; and much, much more. Check us out at www.k-wcms.com.
The Ken Page Memorial Trust is a non-profit charitable fund supporting jazz and the artists who create the music. The aims of the Trust are to encourage emerging talent, foster an understanding of the evolution of the music, promote jazz education through workshops, masterclasses and outreach programs conducted by established professionals and provide financial aid to jazz musicians on an emergency basis.
The KPMT holds Annual Jazz Fundraisers featuring some of the world’s leading jazz artists and honours jazz professionals with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently the Trust provided grants to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Springboard To Music, Humber College Community Music School and the Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship in memory of Ron Collier, TD Toronto Jazz Festival.
Donations are our lifeline. Board members are unpaid and every dollar is dedicated to furthering our mission. Contributions are gratefully received and if you are currently a donor we extend our sincere appreciation. If you would like to help us make a difference please visit our website.
The Kindred Spirits Orchestra has performed to great acclaim, sold-out audiences and standing ovations at the renowned CBC Glenn Gould Studio, in downtown Toronto. As of 2011, the KSO has also been presenting a full subscription series at the Flato Markham Theatre, in addition to several community-outreach events and educational programs. An ardent supporter of contemporary music, the KSO also brings to life great pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries during its annual Markham Contemporary Music Festival. Led by the charismatic maestro Kristian Alexander, the KSO continues to attract avid audiences across the GTA.
Highlights of the 2017/18 concert season include Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No.9, Rachmaninoff’s Second, Shostakovich’s Eleventh and Prokofiev’s Third symphonies, as well as Ravel’s Boléro, a world premiere of a concerto for harp by Chan Wing-Wah featuring Dr. Teresa Suen, a Canadian premiere of a concerto for flute by Ma-Shui Long with Ron Korb and a Chinese New Year concert with pipa player Wu Man, pianist Leonid Nediak and TV host Yi Qin. The KSO will return to the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in June 2018 for a special concert conducted by American maestro Victor Liva.
Founded in 1952, Barrie's King Edward Choir began as a ladies' choir, taking its name from the school in which they practised. Under the direction of Jean Dobson, it blossomed into a group encompassing all voices and today is a mixed group of 45 singers committed to creating beautiful music in a passionate, informed and evocative manner. This season, we are excited to welcome Oliver Balaburski, well-known in the Barrie music community, as our new artistic director.
Our mandate is to offer choristers and audiences alike opportunities to experience a broad range of choral music, including contemporary, Canadian and world music, while introducing more a cappella singing to our repertoire. We continue to collaborate with other artists and strive to create educational opportunities for youth in our community. New members are welcome to join at any time throughout the year.
Our 2017/18 season: “A Ceremony of Carols,” featuring an international selection of Christmas music, November 25, 2017; “Choralfest,” April 15, 2018; and “Time Travel,” music from across the centuries, May 2018, exact date TBA.
Lawrence Park Community Church has a tradition of fine music, both in worship and in concert. Sunday services are held at 10:30am in the renovated and air-conditioned Sanctuary. Musical groups include the Adult Choir (volunteer and professional singers) and the Lawrence Park Handbell Ringers. Choirs for youth and kids are conducted by Kimberley Briggs. There are monthly music sessions for young people with saxophonist and percussionist Kenny Kirkwood. New members are warmly welcomed in all the groups. On December 17 at 10:30am, the Choir leads in a Service of Lessons and Carols along with trumpeter Robert Divito.
Les AMIS is celebrating its 35th season in 2017/18. Its Chamber Music Series will take place in the magnificent St. Peter's Anglican Church (240 College St., Cobourg, Ontario). It will feature:
CLARINET TRIO: Shalom Bard, clarinet; Britton Riley, cello; Jeanie Chung, piano. AYR TRIO: Yehonatan Berick, violin; Rachel Mercer, cello; Angela Park, piano. Nazar Dzhuryn, cello / Erika Crinó, piano. MIR TRIO: Mark Skazinetsky, violin; Igor Gefter, cello; Rachael Kerr, piano. Joyce Lai, violin / Erika Crinó, piano.
Four “Counterpoint Concerts” will also take place at THE LOFT Cinema, Cobourg. It is a beautiful, art deco, 1922-vintage, former worship space, serving as the unique venue for creative presentations. THE LOFT is home to Les AMIS live classical music. Counterpoint concerts at THE LOFT focus on new genre research. THE LOFT space will in effect function as a new creations studio for exploring theatrical music with film, electronic music, dance, visual art, poetry, literature, architecture and drama.
Les AMIS welcomes Canadian composers to submit proposals for these projects. Please contact artistic director Michael Pepa for further information.
The Li Delun Music Foundation was established in 2002 in Toronto as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural exchange between the East and the West through musical events. Named after the renowned Chinese conductor Li Delun, who founded the first symphony orchestra in the People’s Republic of China.
The foundation is now well known in the community as a presenter of high-quality musical events such as the annual “East Meets West New Years Concert” at the Toronto Centre for the Arts each year, and recitals by acclaimed musicians. Aside from forming the Toronto Festival Orchestra, which gives talented young aspiring musicians a chance to work alongside seasoned professionals, the foundation also provides a platform for young up-and-coming soloists to play on the concert hall stage accompanied by a professional orchestra in front of a live appreciative audience.
The Li Delun Music Foundation also holds masterclasses and workshops given by internationally-acclaimed artists such as Lang Lang, Sa Chen, Haochen Zhang and Prof. Lee Kum-Sing, etc.
The Living Arts Centre is a vibrant, non-profit arts, culture and entertainment centre located in the heart of Mississauga. With our excellent facilities, we have served as an important resource for the arts, education and business for many years. The LAC houses two state-of-the-art theatres with newly updated sound systems for an exceptional theatre experience: RBC Theatre and Hammerson Hall (one of the largest in the GTA). We have hosted a wide variety of cultural, theatrical and musical performances within these walls, from ballets and symphony orchestras to comedians, plays and musicians, sure to be enjoyed by all kinds of audiences. The Centre is also home to professional art studios, as well as our very own Gallery Exhibition displaying works from local artists. Patrons may also dine at the exquisite LIVE Restaurant to enjoy a lunchtime buffet or pre-show dinner. If you are driving to our facility, the LAC offers free parking throughout weekends and after 6pm on weekdays.
Massey Hall continues to offer audiences the ultimate experience of some of the finest and most compelling performers from Canada and around the world.
The acclaimed concert and concert-film series Live at Massey Hall continues with performances by the likes of Andy Shauf, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton and Whitehorse. Now in its fourth season, all concerts in the series are filmed and released as free streaming 30-minute films, available at www.liveatmasseyhall.com.
Massey Hall presents the return of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the annual Women’s Blues Revue, and another rocking season of Classic Albums Live.
Massey Hall is also excited to present a range of talent at other venues, including French Canadian pianist Jean-Michel Blais at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Leif Vollebekk at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, and David Myles at the Mod Club.
MCS Chorus is a chamber choir of 30 auditioned voices, performing a wide variety of choral music, with an emphasis on classical repertoire. Choristers are committed to creating a unified ensemble sound, dedicated to bringing the choral arts into the community, and engaged in improving their vocal skills under the expert leadership of artistic director Mervin William Fick.
The MNjcc is a vibrant community centre at Bloor and Spadina, rooted in Jewish values and open to all. We provide social, cultural, educational, fitness, aquatic and recreational programming for every age and stage of life.
We host concerts, theatre, film screenings and studies, gallery exhibitions, literary events, pottery and music. Over 500 people study music in our building every week! Our vibrant choral program includes the Community Choir, Daytime Choir and Specialty Choirs (Broadway, gospel, jazz). Instrumentalists enjoy our Adult Klezmer Ensemble and Suzuki strings program (adult and children) and summer camp. SICA Singers presents a full-week adult camp to build vocal and choral skills with some of Toronto’s best instructors. We offer Talks on Music and Opera Appreciation lectures throughout the year. Home to the Al Green Theatre, a state-of-the-art venue with a grand piano, full stage and film screen, the MNjcc is perfect for arts and corporate events. We host many festivals and seasons, including the Toronto Jewish Film Society subscription series.
Founded in 1984, Mississauga Festival Choir has grown to become a thriving choral organization with superb artistic direction, exciting performances, and an enriching music community for its 250 members. The MFC is made up of four contrasting choirs that serve varying demographics of Mississauga residents. Resonance is the only young adult choir in Mississauga, fulfilling a strong need to give youth the opportunity to perform exceptional music under the direction of renowned conductor Bob Anderson. Raising Voices is a choir program for individuals with dementia, their caregivers, and youth volunteers. MFC works in cooperation with an Alzheimer Society of Peel music therapist to support the staff and volunteers to deliver a meaningful program. Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir is an auditioned branch of our large choir, giving those with extensive music background the opportunity to perform more challenging repertoire. And finally, our cornerstone ensemble, the Mississauga Festival Choir, is the largest non-auditioned adult choir in Southern Ontario, with 165 members. Under the direction of David Ambrose, MFC has brought music of all spectrums to the lives of our community, bridging the gap between musicians of all ages, and infusing a growing culture of choral excellence in Mississauga.
Since 1972, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra has offered entertaining and increasingly sophisticated programs from the classic and popular repertoires, performed to the highest artistic standards. The MSO has continued to serve its original mandate to provide performance opportunities and personal development to talented amateurs while it has combined the strands of excellence and education by assisting young professional performers and composers through solo performance opportunities, commissions, and mentoring.
Mooredale Concerts celebrates its 29th season! We continue to honour Canada’s 150th birthday for 2017/18 by presenting some of this country’s best artists. We begin and end the season with fascinating Canadian ensembles! In between, there is plenty of excitement with string quartets, a violin and piano duo, and the return of Piano Dialogue with two pianos and two great pianists.
The Players: TSO Chamber Soloists, Jasper String Quartet, Rebelheart Collective with Mai Tategami (violin), David Jalbert & Wonny Song (pianos), Paul Huang (violin) and Helen Huang (piano), Forestare Ensemble. Six-concert subscriptions for “Toronto’s Best Bargain for Great Music!” are only $140/adult, $130/senior, and $90/under age 30. All concerts are Sundays at 3:15pm, Walter Hall, UofT. Convenient general admission seating.
Five of the featured concerts above are presented as one-hour, interactive “Music and Truffles” performances for young people aged 6 to 11, Sundays from 1:15pm to 2:15pm. Adults are welcome! “Music and Truffles” subscriptions are only $75 and include a Lindt chocolate truffle for everyone.
Music at Metropolitan presents a variety of concerts at Metropolitan United Church, featuring Metropolitan’s choir, soloists and guest artists. This season includes two concerts featuring Rezonance Baroque Ensemble and Musicians on the Edge, on November 19 at 1:30pm (“Jazz Standards of the Seventeenth Century”) and April 22 at 1:30pm (“Mystery of the Unfinished Concerto”). Our annual Good Friday concert on March 30 at 7:30pm features the Metropolitan Festival Choir, orchestra and soloists Ellen McAteer, Gisele Kulak, Christina Stelmacovich, Charles Davidson and Daniel Lichti in J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Charles Davidson and others present “Show Tunes for 200” on May 26 at 7:30pm. Our special Christmas events include the Deck the Halls downtown carol sing with the Metropolitan Silver Band and organ on December 10 at 1:30pm, and our Candlelight Carol Service on December 17 at 1:30pm. Metropolitan houses the largest pipe organ in Canada and the oldest tuned carillon in North America. Please contact us for a concert brochure or for more information.
Music at St. Andrew’s is a community outreach program of historic St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Toronto. The program was inspired by the church’s 2011 purchase of a Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano and the desire to share this fine instrument with the greater community. The piano is featured extensively in our free Friday Noontime Recitals each fall and spring, which re-launch October 6. Performers include U of T post-graduate music students and professionals. Also, on October 18 we resume the free noontime contemporary music series with the TO.U Collective. Enjoy a reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on December 2 with media personalities, musical interludes and a gingerbread reception. Don’t miss St. Andrew’s annual Mardi Gras concert on February 10. Join us on May 5 for the premiere of For King and Country by Tony Quarrington, recreating the experiences of those Canadians caught up in the First World War.
Great music at affordable prices! Concerts take place at St. Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe St., Toronto.
Named the number #1 experimental music venue by BlogTO, The Music Gallery, “Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music,” is a centre for promoting and presenting innovation in all forms of music, and for encouraging cross-pollination between genres, disciplines and audiences. We occupy a valued position within Toronto’s musical ecology that allows us to present and promote leading-edge contemporary music, and for the last 41 years, we have welcomed diverse audiences to explore and engage with this music through approximately 50 live concerts each season.
“Fear not, chamber music world, the chamber music recital is not just alive, it’s kicking.” -musicaltoronto.org
A legacy organization in Toronto’s classical music scene, Music TORONTO presents the world’s best chamber ensembles and pianists.
Our internationally-renowned strings series opens with Europe’s premier early music quartet, Quatuor Mosaïques, celebrating 30 seasons. The renowned Czech Škampa Quartet and the young German Schumann Quartet also make Toronto debuts. We welcome back our perennial favourites the St. Lawrence Quartet and the Gryphon Trio, Poland’s Apollon Musagète and Canada’s international quartet, the Penderecki. Join us in January when beloved American soprano Dawn Upshaw appears with the Brentano Quartet.
Our piano series opens with young British superstar Benjamin Grosvenor. His incomparable countryman Stephen Hough arrives in January (first classical winner of the MacArthur “genius” award). The series includes young Quebecer Philip Chiu and distinguished Hungarian Dénes Várjon – and the legendary Russian master Alexei Lubimov.
Great music of five centuries, artists new and familiar: only the best, only at Music TORONTO. You can’t afford to miss music this good!
Musicata is a 28-voice chamber choir based in Hamilton. The group was established in 1982 as the John Laing Singers by conductor John Laing. 2016/17 marked the first season of an exciting new identity for us. Since becoming artistic director in 2011, Roger Bergs has built on John Laing’s solid foundation of choral excellence, moving the choir in adventurous new directions. Recent seasons have featured several world-premiere performances and the introduction of delightful newer works by contemporary composers.
Named after the singers and lutenists who performed in the most intimate quarters of the Stuart monarchs’ palace, The Musicians In Ordinary for the Lutes and Voices dedicate themselves to the performance of early solo song and chamber music, especially violin band. The ensemble has been a fixture on the Toronto early music scene for over ten years, and also performs across North America at universities and museums. Audiences delight in the liveliness of their innovative concerts and the infectious passion of the performers for putting their repertoire in cultural context.
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is a 21-voice SATB professional choir based in Toronto, dedicated to performing Afrocentric music of all genres, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. Founded by artistic director Dr. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor in 1998, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada’s premier performer of Afrocentric composers and a touchstone for the education of audiences and communities regarding the full spectrum of Afrocentric choral music. The mission of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale is to build bridges of understanding, appreciation and acceptance between communities of people through the medium of music. The Chorale has a three-concert season in Toronto, tours extensively each season and has released several CDs and DVDs. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is artist-in-residence at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas. Membership is by audition.
New Music Concerts’ 47th season features four notable visiting groups (Meitar Ensemble from Tel Aviv on October 22, Calgary’s Land’s End Ensemble with special guest Robert Aitken on February 4 and the Iran Project featuring soprano Sarah Albu with the Instruments of Happiness guitar quartet on March 23, all performing works composed especially for them, plus Toronto’s own Trio Arkel in a program that includes Arnold Schoenberg’s iconic String Trio on February 25). Three large ensemble concerts feature our own musicians: On December 3, three local soloists – pianist Eve Egoyan, percussionist Ryan Scott and clarinetist Max Christie – perform concerted works by Linda C. Smith, Robin de Raaff and Paul Frehner; January 14 features Alban Berg’s seminal Chamber Concerto for violin, piano and 13 winds with soloists Duo Diorama, alongside a new work by Michael Oesterle inspired by it and Schoenberg’s Phantasy; the season concludes with the final concert of The Royal Conservatory’s 21C Festival with Claude Vivier’s Zipangu and new works by Roger Reynolds and Brian Harman on May 27.
Toronto’s first rock choir, newchoir, has been thrilling audiences with a repertoire of unexpected SATB choral renditions of classic rock and pop songs from the 70s onward. From Pink Floyd to Walk off the Earth, Prince to Adele, Queen to Train and many things in between, our ensemble of over 140 voices appeals to audiences of all ages. Currently in our 13th year, we are looking forward to newchoir’s concerts on January 27 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts with Cadence and at Koerner Hall on May 12. We have two workshops each season with prominent guest clinicians. We have a flash mob for hire, bringing excitement to corporate meetings and open-air venues. Everyone has an inner rock star. Come and unleash yours!
Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation marks its 24th anniversary this season under the continuing leadership of artistic director Eric Robertson. Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation has presented a rich variety of concerts for Toronto audiences, including its popular weekly recital series, as well as international groups such as King’s College Cambridge Choir, Clare College Singers and St. John’s College Choir. It has also featured Canadian artists including John Neville, Erica Goodman, Colin Fox, John McDermott, Sharlene Wallace, Anne Lindsay, the True North Brass, the Gryphon Trio, Christine Duncan’s Element Choir, and percussion ensemble NEXUS. Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation is also involved in the City Carol Sing, a large annual charity event that raises money for food banks across Canada. Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the best in inspirational arts programming. It is governed by an elected volunteer board of directors and operates with the assistance of advisors from a variety of backgrounds, including event management, promotions, finance and business. Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation, in cooperation with Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, began its 2017/18 season on Tuesday, September 12 with the first recital in its weekly “Lunchtime Chamber Music” series.
The organization started 16 years ago as Nocturnes at Masaryktown, to get Czech and Slovak communities together a few times a year for cultural events of the highest quality, from the fields of classical music, jazz, musical lectures and entertainment.
The first very successful season included the Panocha quartet, violinist Ivan Zenaty, George Grosman and his Bohemian jazz group – together, five evenings. After the second season, Nocturnes grew to eight performances a year.
Classical concerts moved to St. Wenceslaus Church in the Bloor/Dufferin area (Gladstone Ave.); jazz remained at Prague Restaurant at Masaryktown in Scarborough. The combination of two venues has been a success, subscriptions are growing and some additional concerts have been added when top artists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia have been available here.
The upcoming season brings violinist Ivan Zenaty; jazzman George Grosman; Karolina Kubalek, a young pianist following in the footsteps of her father Anton Kubalek; Duo Ventapane from Montreal; baritone John Holland with friends in one operatic evening; and jazzman Emil Viklicky from Prague. Highlights of our audiovisual presentations include professor Iain Scott, lecturing on 100 years of Czech operas with audiovisual excerpts of famous Czech and Slovak singers.
Entertaining Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga since 1984, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra (OCO) performs favourite classics, contemporary music and rare gems, in intimate settings. Originally founded as a group of amateur string players, the OCO has steadily grown in size and quality to become the well-loved community orchestra it is today. Audiences and critics resoundingly agree that our musical quality has never been better. The purpose of the OCO is to enrich the cultural landscape by: sharing our passion for music with the community, helping local musicians develop their artistry, and promoting Canadian soloists. In addition to bringing exceptional chamber music to the doorsteps of Oakville residents, we play at charitable, private and corporate events, and participate in community events. Our annual Youth Concerto Competition is recognized for fostering exceptional emerging talent. Details are available on our website www.oakvillechamber.org.
The Oakville Children’s Choir holds fast to its mission of providing world-class choral, musical and performance training to young people in Halton, where it has become a comprehensive music education program for up to 240 auditioned choristers ranging in age from 4 through 25 years.
The OCC presents three to four self-produced concerts annually for the community, each featuring all levels of choir plus a guest artist. In addition, the choir performs at workshops, provides guest appearances at community functions, collaborates with other choirs and arts groups in Ontario, and tours internationally.
Theory, musicianship, vocal coaching and workshops with professional artists are all components of the choral program. Competitions and touring also add to the choristers' experience, as well as the choir's wide range of repertoire, diverse concert programming and its high standard of performance.
The OCC gives back to its community by developing youth, partnering with other groups, bringing music to seniors and hospitals, offering bursaries to families in need, supporting other charities, participating in community events, providing educational outreach initiatives, and encouraging volunteering.
Now in its 23rd Anniversary Season, Off Centre Music Salon began as an attempt to find the magical, inclusive atmosphere of the Viennese and Parisian Salons of the 19th century. At a time when the concert hall experience had become almost clinical in its austerity, we felt the need, more than ever, to go back to a time when music was intimately shared, and when concerts told a story and created personal connections for audience and performer alike.
“Music will save the world,” said the great Pablo Casals. And we can certainly all agree that right now we are in dire need of some saving. This season we are transported (and saved) by our beloved Schubert, by a dose of the very best musical medicine, by a traipse through the Salons of Paris, and finally, by the passion of the Spaniards (and their brothers-in-ardor, the Russians).
Off Centre Music Salon looks forward to welcoming you again (or for the first time) in our home here in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre.
The Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound uses unusual venues to present a very eclectic range of musics, from new classical music to electroacoustic, musique actuelle and sound installation. Innovative and collaborative, the festival works closely with other organizations to co-present activities or to include activities within our schedule. Our main centre of activity takes place in the Waterloo Region.
The festival promotes cross-disciplinary enhancement and the strengthening of the artistic community through joint projects. It has encouraged urban renewal through the reinvestigation of alternative spaces and rethinking our experience of architecture. In 1999, we were given an award by the Kitchener Downtown Business Association for our work in helping to renew the troubled downtown Kitchener core. In 2008, the City of Kitchener identified Open Ears as one of its ‘pillar’ festivals. In 2009 we were recognized with a KW Arts Award.
Opera Atelier is a world leader in the rediscovery and revitalization of period opera and ballet, particularly works from the Baroque era. Through their historically informed productions, founding co-artistic directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg seek to provide a thrilling theatrical experience for modern audiences.
Opera Atelier produces twice a year at the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto, and is in high demand internationally. Most recently, Opera Atelier toured to the Royal Opera House at the Palace of Versailles in France in May 2017.
Opera Atelier is dedicated to the education of youth and young artists, and offers a robust slate of education, enrichment and outreach opportunities. Opera Atelier’s “Making of an Opera” was expanded in 2017 to include Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth, leading to our first ASL-interpreted opera performance in April 2017.
Opera Atelier’s exciting 2017/18 season includes our award-winning production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (October 26 to November 4, 2017) and Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses (April 19 to 28, 2018).
Visit www.operaatelier.com for more information.
In our 21st season and continuing our residency as the professional opera company at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts, Opera York offers two exciting productions for our main stage with the Opera York Chorus and Orchestra. Our season opens with the great Canadian tenor Romulo Delgado, singing the role of Don José in Bizet’s opera Carmen under artistic director Denis Mastromonaco and stage director Gabriel Graziano. Opera York’s second half of the season is led by artistic director Geoffrey Butler, in the full production of Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro, with stage director Renee Salewski.
Opera York continues to provide affordable and accessible lectures, operatic concerts for seniors and educational programming.
November 2 and 4, 2017: Bizet’s Carmen, Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts.
March 2 and 4, 2018: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts.
Opus 8 comprises eight of Toronto’s finest ensemble singers, dedicated to musical excellence as they strive to share the finest choral music with the widest audience possible. Their repertoire covers the breadth of history, from unpublished 14th-century chansons and 17th-century partsongs to 21st-century jazz arrangements. From the wild sound-worlds of Stockhausen, Schoenberg and Machaut to the elegant compositions of Elgar, Brahms and Bach, this versatile and invigorating group of choral soloists draws diverse audiences of all ages – experts and newcomers alike – with a motivation to inspire all through their formidable artistry. Silly and serious, sublime and audacious, Opus 8 offers an ambitious and compelling venture, spreading their love of music-making at an internationally high standard.
Orchestra Toronto is an orchestra created by passionate musicians within the community, for the community. We offer the enjoyment of music, foster education and music appreciation and support emerging Canadian talent. Our organization of volunteers is committed to making symphonic music accessible to a broad and diverse public beyond the concert hall.
ORGANIX Concerts Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Glionna Mansell Corporation, is the producer of musical events specific to organ performance and education. Included are bi-weekly free lunchtime concerts in collaboration with All Saints Kingsway. These regularly scheduled free concerts offer the public an opportunity throughout the year to hear and experience rarely-performed repertoire brilliantly executed by passionate Canadian and international artists. ORGANIX Concerts is the 2017/18 recipient of the Royal Canadian College of Organists National Award of Excellence for its part in contributing to the promotion and value of the organ and its music in Canada.
ORGANIX is a music festival series unlike any other!
ORIANA Women’s Choir is an auditioned, amateur ensemble of about 36 female singers. Under artistic director Mitchell Pady, ORIANA promotes choral music in Canada by striving for excellence and versatility in performing compositions for women’s voices. Since 1972, the choir has expanded the repertoire for women’s voices by commissioning new works from Canadian composers. The singers delight in supporting each other and expressing their enjoyment of beautiful music, beautifully performed. ORIANA presents three subscription concerts every year in the fall, winter and spring, at Grace Church on-the-Hill. The 2017/18 repertoire includes an exploration into the combination of women's voices and rhythmic percussion, innovative settings of sacred texts, and a cycle of compositions by ORIANA's honorary patron, Ruth Watson Henderson. The choir is currently inviting new singers. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 10pm, at Earl Haig Secondary School.
The Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association (ORMTA) is a not-for-profit provincial organization managed by a volunteer council and comprising more than 1,300 Registered Music Teachers and related members across Ontario.
The aim of the ORMTA is to encourage and provide the highest calibre of music education possible and to promote exceptional standards of music in each community.
To become a Registered Music Teacher (R.M.T.), one must hold a degree or diploma from a recognized university or conservatory, along with established credentials in teaching music, thus ensuring an exemplary level of commitment to professionalism.
The ORMTA was founded in 1885, re-established in 1936, incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1946, and received charitable status in 2009. ORMTA members are divided among 9 regional zones, which are further divided into 33 local branches.
The Central Toronto Branch (www.ormtactb.com) organizes and presents a wide range of programs on behalf of its members and their students. This includes performance and music writing competitions, Canada Music Week celebrations, awards to recognize outstanding teaching, recitals, professional development, and more!
The Orpheus vision is “to celebrate the transformational power of choral music as an agent of social change and a passionate medium of artistic expression.”
Now in our 54th innovative season, and under the charismatic direction of artistic director Robert Cooper, Orpheus champions the rare and different in choral performance.
2017/18 highlights: a Remembrance Day program featuring Last Light Above the World, a commissioned work from Allan Bevan; a jazz Christmas spectacular; the North American premiere of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Nordic Light Symphony; and a joint program with the Da Capo chamber choir of Kitchener-Waterloo focused on the works of Leonard Enns. Education initiatives include our highly successful Sidgwick Scholars Program for rising vocal stars, an Apprentice Conductor position, and our high-school focused Vocal Apprentice Program.
The Orpheus Choir is a vital and inclusive choral community meeting Tuesday evenings at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. We welcome enthusiastic singers for an “expect something different” experience!
Hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of Canada’s finest oratorio choirs, Pax Christi Chorale delivers stirring performances with great polish and total conviction.
Under the artistic direction of David Bowser, the award-winning choir aspires to build on its strengths and accomplishments to achieve new levels of performance and audience engagement. Collaborations with outstanding guest artists and partners give audiences and performers a deep appreciation for choral masterworks and new Canadian music.
In 2017/18 the choir will present four concerts: “Romantic Masters,” Haydn's Die Schöpfung with soloists and the Toronto Mozart Players; “Gloria,” an all-French program with soloist and organ; and “The Children's Messiah.”
The choir's most recent CD, Thirty Years of Song, features highlights from the 30th anniversary season, including the first-prize winning entries in Choral Canada’s national competition.
The organization includes the 100-voice chorale, chamber choir, and a choral scholarship program. Rehearsals are on Monday nights in North York. Auditions are held in May and August.
Pax Christi Chorale champions great choral music among a diverse community. We have an inclusive philosophy and welcome audience members, choristers, and volunteers from all backgrounds and walks of life.
A vibrant ensemble of women, Penthelia Singers is committed to excellence in performing culturally diverse and musically sophisticated repertoire spanning the Renaissance to the 21st century. Now in its 21st season, the choir has earned a reputation for presenting innovative concerts of four- to eight-part choral repertoire in a multitude of languages. The choir aims to demonstrate the diversity of choral music and to cross ethnic and cultural boundaries by connecting with its community through music. The choir works to promote contemporary choral music by talented Canadian composers. Penthelia Singers is a welcoming group of women committed to high standards of music-making, diversity, community outreach and enjoyment through the learning process. The choir adheres to the City of Toronto Declaration of Non-Discrimination.
The Peterborough Singers celebrate 25 years! From the wide range of works we’ve sung and the artists we’ve hosted, to the fun we’ve had as a community choir, it has been a wonderful journey! Come celebrate with us as we share some of our favourite music from the past quarter century. Joining in the fun will be stars “from away” as well as some of Peterborough’s finest talent. Let’s celebrate!
“Yuletide Cheer” on November 25 will feature a grand selection of seasonal fare with friends the Venebrass Quintet and Ian Sadler. “Handel’s Messiah” on December 18 introduces Suzie LeBlanc and Erin Fisher to the community and renews friendships with Colin Ainsworth and Andrew Tees. On February 24, Brainerd Blyden-Taylor will help us present some of our best-loved music for our “Greatest Hits” concert. And on May 5 our wonderfully talented guest artists and 100+ choir present “Mendelssohn’s Elijah.”
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Singers who are interested in joining the choir are welcome to audition.
The Royal Canadian College of Organists offers opportunities for professional certification, publishes the magazine Organ Canada/Orgue Canada, publishes new compositions for organ and/or choir, and organizes workshops and annual conventions.
RCCO Toronto is a community in the GTA for professional and amateur organists, church and synagogue musicians, choral conductors and any other person who values the “King of Instruments.”
This year's activities include recitals by CIOC winner Christian Lane on November 10 at Christ Church Deer Park and by William Porter on March 9 at Knox College, U of T. Our annual free Halloween concert, “Phantoms of the Organ,” will take place on Friday October 27 at 9pm at Holy Trinity Church, Eaton Centre, and a children's choir festival will be held on February 10 at Grace Church on-the-Hill. Full program details for our 2017/18 season can be viewed on our webpage.
Now in its 10th year, Reaching Out Through Music provides musical opportunities to the children of St. James Town, one of North America’s most densely populated and ethnically diverse communities. We seek to enrich children’s lives by offering active participation in choral, instrumental and other programs, including the opportunity to attend some of the myriad concerts in the City of Toronto.
We create social opportunities for children by encouraging them to share a love of music, performance and teamwork through collaboration in choral and instrumental ensembles. A critical part of child development, music education has been proven to provide children with cognitive and emotional benefits that will have a lifelong impact on learning and social skills.
Reaching Out Through Music has a tradition of hosting benefit concerts every year (often with popular silent auctions), featuring both world-renowned artists and our own students.
This year, The St. James Town Children's Choir, under the direction of Anne Massicotte and Laura Packer and special assistant Jenny Cohen, is expanding and increasing the number of performance opportunities for its members, culminating in a spring concert scheduled for May 12 at Eglinton St. George's United Church in north Toronto.
Our talented and dedicated teachers, supported by a growing group of volunteers, look forward to an enriching year culminating in our tenth anniversary celebrations in October 2017.
Roy Thomson Hall continues to feature many of the world’s greatest musicians and speakers in 2017/18.
This fall, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Military Institute, Roy Thomson Hall presents UNCONQUERED, an afternoon of military band music in celebration of Invictus Games Toronto 2017.
National Geographic Live! returns for a seventh season of talks, featuring some of the world’s most adventurous explorers sharing stories of their triumphs and challenges.
Roy Thomson Hall is proud to welcome back some of the world’s finest classical musicians, including the Mariinsky Orchestra, violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Evgeny Kissin. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra also returns with another exciting season.
Our free choir and organ concert series continues into its 21st year, and we celebrate our favourite new year’s traditions at the Hall, ringing in 2018 with “Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits,” and welcoming the year with “Salute to Vienna” on New Year’s Day.
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall
Box Office: 416-872-4255
The 2017/18 concert season at The Royal Conservatory of Music has been announced and we are excited to bring you close to 100 classical, jazz, pop, and world music concerts, including three specially-curated series – TD Jazz: The Roots of Jazz, Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage and the Invesco Piano Series – and many more inspiring artists! Visit our website to browse the full lineup of 2017/18 season concerts by date.
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 and Pickering triangle. Anyone interested in hymns and congregational song may join us or participate in our activities.
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.
Upcoming S.O.C.H.S. events – please join us:
Sunday October 15, 2017 – “Songs from a Luther Pilgrimage.”
Join Rev. Joan and Rev. Dr. Peter Wyatt as they reflect in word, image and song on their pilgrimage to Martin Luther’s homelands.
Church of the Holy Trinity, Trinity Square, Toronto Eaton Centre.
Refreshments 2:30pm. Program 3pm to 4:30pm.
Sunday April 22, 2018 – “How Can I Keep From Singing?”
Mark W. Ruhnke. What do the hymns we sing tell us of our journey as a singing people? St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor St. E., Toronto. Refreshments 2:30pm. Program 3pm to 4:30pm.
Scaramella presents intimate, one-of-a-kind period instrument chamber music concerts, bringing together accomplished and artful musicians from Canada and abroad for fresh and vivacious performances. Children 14 and under are welcomed, free of charge.
For 2017/18, Scaramella’s programs are centred loosely on mythological goddesses of the arts: Terpsichore (the muse of dance, also associated with the flute), Calliope (the wise and beautiful-voiced muse of epic poetry) and Saint Cecilia (patron saint of musicians). But Scaramella’s muses are human, as well as symbolic, since in addition to beloved Toronto locals, our concerts this season feature a number of extraordinarily talented musical guests, from Quebec, Alberta and Switzerland. It’s a season of graceful, eloquent and heavenly music, and we very much hope you’ll join us!
More details are available on our website: www.scaramella.ca. Tickets are available at the door, or for advance purchase using the order form on the website.
November 11, 2017: “Les idées heureuses” (flute, gamba, harpsichord)
January 27, 2018: “Ode to Music” (viols and theorbo)
April 7, 2018: “Boccherini and Friends” (quintets with double bass)
The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is dedicated to enriching the musical life of the Greater Scarborough community, eastern Toronto and neighbouring regions, by presenting high-quality musical performances that offer an affordable, enriching and convenient live entertainment experience. The SPO is dedicated to educational outreach and youth engagement, including the support, encouragement and mentoring of young musicians. Supporting Canadian composers and their music is also a priority.
Our 2017/18 season features the Romantic spirit in music, including three great Romantic symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Mahler. Beautiful and passionate music abounds this season.