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 Hannaford Street Silver Band is Canada’s award-winning professional brass band and resident company of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Its mission is to honour the traditions of this art form and place it in a contemporary context with a unique, Canadian point of view. We actively facilitate innovative creative projects and collaborate with the best of Canada’s diverse artists. Our 2018/19 season features brass repertoire gems paired with new music played with the verve and virtuosity you expect from the Hannaford Band: “Cascades” on November 1 features tuba virtuoso Carol Jantsch with guest conductor Jean Michel Malouf; “Christmas Cheer” is on Tuesday December 11 at Metropolitan United Church with Ben Heppner and the Elmer Iseler Singers; “From Russia with Brass” on Sunday, February 10 features the incomparable Philip Smith, conductor and trumpet soloist; and our season concludes on Sunday April 14 with the North Atlantic Drift led by Dr. James Gourlay.
The HSSB demonstrates its commitment to youth, outreach and education by running the Hannaford Youth Program. This vibrant program is a fantastic opportunity for brass and percussion players ages 7 to 24 participate in 3 youth bands. Get into brass, the Hannaford kind!

Raymond Tizzard

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Harbourfront CentreFor more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has been on the cutting edge of all that is current and creative, bringing together the best in both Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from within our country and around the world.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

Diversity has always been at the heart of Harbourfront Centre. In the lakeside places and spaces it encompasses; in the multitude of cultures and backgrounds it celebrates; in the eclectic programming, engagement and entertainment it provides; and in the broad range of people it attracts.

Carmel Garvez

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I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble is one of the world’s most innovative Baroque ensembles, comprised of four of Canada’s leading early music specialists: soprano Gabrielle McLaughlin, violinists Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman, and cellist/gambist Felix Deak. For 20 years, I FURIOSI’s Toronto concert series has been revitalising the face of early music in Canada, inspired by the practice of the Baroque era while invoking the “bizarre and unnatural” aesthetic both cherished and despised in its time. Thematic programming allows the performers to present Baroque music in a uniquely relevant way.
Our 20th Anniversary Season: Saturday, October 6, 2018; Saturday, January 5, 2019; Friday, May 17, 2019. The season will feature a new, commissioned piece by Canadian composer Stephanie Martin, with libretto by Craig Martin.

Gabrielle McLaughlin


International Resource Centre for Performing ArtistsThe IRCPA enables musicians to bridge the gap between training and professional employment. A growing number of musicians are empowered to succeed through IRCPA’s programs. We connect musicians of mixed genres with one another, with artistic coaches, other performers, and with leaders in the industry—a proven need with obvious impact!

Encounters with Adrianne Pieczonka for opera singers and with the Dorian Wind Quintet for wind and brass players or ensembles start the season in October and November.

New this year: Bright Productions is a service for members’ events allowing artists to concentrate on their performance and leave the logistics to IRCPA;

In the works: The Jazzmobile (set to launch summer 2019) will be a tractor-trailer based mobile stage for live performances, intended to build new audiences, employment for musicians, and great exposure for sponsors.

Also planned: Informal round-table meet ups (schedule to be confirmed)

January: What’s New York Up to? Reports from conferences!
March: Negotiations, contracts, touring, payment.
April: Business plans made easy.
May: Money for Musicians: Musicians rights matter!

Ann Summers Dossena

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Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing ArtsSituated 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. It 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 2018/19 season features wonderful artists such as Jan Lisiecki, Stephen Hough, James Ehnes, Danish String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Shuffle Demons, Tafelmusik, Owen Pallett, The Abrams, Julie Fowlis, and B. Rich. Of special note is the inaugural Ka’tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts.

Tricia Baldwin, director
Box office: 613-533-2424; or toll free 1-855-533-2424      


JPEC celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018 by renewing its dedication to jazz preservation, performance and education. JPEC has presented jazz from all over the world in order to introduce audiences to new and diverse music, but as president Ray Koskie says: “Canadian talent is closest to our hearts.”
Officially incorporated in 2008 as a non-profit charitable organization, JPEC was born when Ray and Rochelle assembled a committee of fellow enthusiasts; over the course of 10 years, JPEC has committed itself to jazz, presenting top talent to jazz lovers every year, as well as:

• Petitioning for a full-time, non-profit performing Music/Arts Hub in Toronto, including a detailed plan as to how this could benefit Toronto.
• Coordinating the support of a group of non-profit arts organizations towards this goal.
• Solidifying an education outreach program that arranges jazz workshops in schools with little or no music program.
• Presenting over 30 concerts in the past decade to a strong jazz fan base.

Nancy Miller

Jubilate SingersJubilate Singers is a choir whose members enjoy singing music from many lands, in the original languages. We welcome singers to join our large chorus, or to audition for our chamber group. We rehearse Tuesday evenings near Lawrence and Yonge, and all are welcome to come and sit in on a rehearsal. We are masterfully supported by our conductor, Isabel Bernaus and our accompanist, Sherry Squires. We also have opportunities to work with clinicians who help our development as singers. Our repertoire includes songs that may not have been heard before, as well as classic and familiar folk tunes. The 2018/19 season will mark our 50th year, and we plan three concerts of celebration. Our first concert will be on the theme of Celebration, and feature settings of “Jubilate Deo,” and Eric Whiteacres “Light and Gold.” Our second concert is “Homes and Native Lands”: songs about home and longing for home. Our June concert will be a collaboration with the North York Concert Orchestra to present a choral-orchestral program including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Pauline McKenzie

Ken Page Memorial TrustThe Ken Page Memorial Trust is a non-profit charitable fund supporting jazz and the musicians 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 programmes conducted by established professionals, and to 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; it also presents seasonal performances of Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band. Most recently the Trust provided grants to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Springboard to Music, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Humber College Community Music School and the Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship in memory of Ron Collier.
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.

Anne Page

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra has performed to a great acclaim, sold-out audiences, and standing ovations at CBC Glenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto. In addition, the KSO offers a six-concert subscription series at Flato Markham Theatre and Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as three community-outreach and two educational concerts. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include Bruckner’s Fourth, Shostakovich’s Sixth, and Scriabin’s First symphonies, as well as a world premiere of Symphony No. 9 by Chan Wing-Wah featuring Hong Kong Oratorio Society and Vancouver Oratorio Society. Christina Petrowska-Quilico will present a recently discovered piano concerto by the Canadian composer André Mathieu, pianist Michael Berkovsky will be featured in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini and cellist Andrew Ascenzo - in Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante. In June 2019, the KSO and Markham Contemporary Music Festival will return to Cornell Recital Hall for series of concerts presenting pieces by Schnittke and Schönberg. The concert season will conclude with performance at the CBC Glenn Gould Theatre, led by renowned European Maestro Jiří Petrdlík, and a Canada Day celebration at Unionville Millennium Theatre.

Jobert Sevilleno, president and CEO
905-305-7469 or 905-787-8811

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King Edward ChoirFounded in 1952, Barrie’s King Edward Choir enters its 66th season, under the direction of Maestro Oliver Balaburski. The choir began as a ladies’ ensemble, 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 40 singers committed to creating beautiful music in a passionate, informed and evocative manner. 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 by audition throughout the year.
Our 2018/19 season: “Christmas with KEC,” featuring John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, December 15, 2018; “Last Night at the Proms” with the Barrie Concert Band, March 2, 2019; and “Spring Sing” with Parts 2 & 3 of Handel’s Messiah, May 4, 2019.

Peter Sullivan, board president


The Kingston Road Village Concert Series is the brainchild of TSO bassist Timothy Dawson. Supported by his wife Kim Dunlop and a hard working group of community volunteers, this series has offered a diverse and lively group of concerts in the Upper Beach area of Toronto since 2012

2018/19 Concert Series:

Friday October 5, 7:30pm: Countertenor Madness! Featuring countertenor Daniel Taylor and his fabulous four U of T graduate student countertenors, along with Miguel Brito, piano, Mexico City tenor Jesús Cortés;

Sunday, November 4, 1:30pm: Tom Allen presents Missing Pages, a chamber musical investigating Theodore Molt, the sole Canadian to meet Beethoven (on December 16, 1825);

Sunday, December 9, 2-3pm: Holidays of the
Global Village with Chris McKhool and friends (family concert);

Sunday March 24, 3 to 4pm: Let’s Hit Something! TorQ Percussion Quartet (family concert) Sunday. (This concert is preceded by a two-hour percussion workshop led by Michel Bruyere, Buffy Ste-Marie’s drummer);

Sunday, April 7, 1:30pm: National Piano Trio. Pianist Heidi Wall, violinist Corey Gemmell, and cellist Wolf Tormann play Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

Timothy Dawson

Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music SocietyK-W Chamber Music Society (KWCMS) is perhaps the most active chamber music presenting organization in Canada, with some 70 concerts per calendar year. We offer concerts in a true chamber – a very large living room seating just 85, with a superb Steinway for concerts requiring piano. Located in central Waterloo, overlooking Waterloo Park, there are ample good restaurants and two fine hotels within easy walking distance. We have world-class, nationally known, and sometimes locally important artists. We have concerts for chamber music ensembles – string quartets (notably the Penderecki Quartet, one of Canada’s top quartets), piano trios and more; plus solo piano, guitar and various duos. See our website for information on forthcoming concerts, subscriptions, and more. Our current season includes a special series of the complete Dvorak quartets, performed by the Zemlinsky Quartet of Prague (October 18 to 27). Email us: kwcms@yahoo.ca
Our website includes an easy tab for getting on our email list, keeping you informed on all near-future events.

Jan Narveson

Latvian Festival of Song and Dance in CanadaFounded in 1953, the Latvian Festival of Song and Dance in Canada is presenting its 15th festival from July 4 to 7, 2019 in Toronto. Latvian choirs and folk dancers from across Canada and around the world will come to Toronto to celebrate Latvia’s centenary with concerts and dance events in downtown Toronto. The festival is also a celebration of the lasting contributions to the cultural tapestry of Canada by Latvian-Canadian émigrés. Highlights will include the launch of a new Centrediscs recording of instrumental works by Latvian-Canadian composers Talivaldis Kenins, Janis Kalnins and Imant Raminsh, featuring pianist Arthur Ozolins, violinist Laura Zarina and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. Choral concerts will include the Canadian debut performance of the State Choir LATVIJA at Koerner Hall, a concert of sacred music at Trinity St. Paul’s, and an international mass choir concert at the Mattamy Centre featuring contemporary and traditional repertoire by Latvian composers. Please visit our website to learn more!          

Laura Adlers

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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 air-conditioned Sanctuary. Musical groups include the Adult Choir (volunteer and professional singers) and the Lawrence Park Handbell Ringers. There are also musical opportunities for kids and youth. On November 9 - Fridays @ 8 and RCCO Toronto present the brilliant organist Ken Cowan in a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of Lawrence Park’s Casavant Organ. On December 16 at 10:30am, the Choir leads in a Service of Lessons and Carols along with trumpeter Robert DiVito.

Mark Toews
416-489-1551 x28

Li Delun Music FoundationThe 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 Year’s 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.

Rosalind Zhang


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.

Robert Hart

Led by artistic director, Mervin William Fick, MCS Chorus/Mississauga is a mixed voice chamber choir of 35 auditioned singers with a strong focus on classical choral repertoire.
MCS Chorus offers a diversified season of ticketed concerts, extensive community engagement events and multi-generational musical education programming. The 2018/19 concert season includes Handel’s Messiah, F.J. Haydn’s Nelson Mass as well as a concert of Vivaldi, Pergolesi and two of Handel’s Chandos Anthems.
MCS’ outreach performances include “Canada Is,” a concert with narrative celebrating the history, regions and people of Canada, as well as seasonal performances and concerts with partner choirs in Mississauga and Toronto.
MCS Chorus also presents an interactive in-school performance of Canadian music, poetry, and visual art for grade three to six students within the Peel District School Board.
Visit our website for more information.

Jennifer Crawford

Miles Nadal JCCThe 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.
Our vibrant choral program includes the Community Choir, Daytime Choir and Specialty Choirs (Broadway, Classical and Jazz). Adult instrumentalists enjoy our Klezmer Ensemble, Daytime Ukulele classes, and Adult String Ensembles. Children can be registered for Preschool Suzuki Music Classes, Suzuki Tuesday group and enrichment classes, and Suzuki music/arts summer camp. We also offer Talks on Music, daytime concerts 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 screening capabilities, the MNjcc is perfect for arts and corporate events.

Deanna Di Lello

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Mississauga Festival ChoirThe Mississauga Festival Choir was founded in 1984 to honour the City of Mississauga’s 10th anniversary. It has been an integral part of the city’s arts scene ever since, providing exemplary music education and performances to the people of Mississauga. Founded by Dr. Lori-Anne Dolloff and led by David Ambrose since 2006, MFC is a true community choir open to all singers – no audition is necessary.
MFC is proud of its strong community ties, and each season raises funds for neighbourhood charities through its Festival of Friends event, raising more than $20,000 for many causes over the past 10 years and also represents the people of Mississauga internationally, having toured Scotland, Ireland, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague.

Jennifer Johnston


Mississauga Symphony OrchestraThe Mississauga Symphony Orchestra is passionate about, and committed to, maintaining and continuing the tradition of classical symphonic music in Mississauga. We take pride in our designation as the best hybrid orchestra in Canada, a term that describes an orchestra with a mix of professional musicians and highly skilled amateurs. The use of local soloists, including members of the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra and the winner of our annual Youth Concerto Competition, supports the development of local talent, which ensures continued interest in the wonderful art form that we hold dear. With the inclusion of the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2014, the organization has become the centre of classical music in Mississauga, built around the pillars of music education, performance, and entertainment. The MSO has grown significantly since its inception in 1972, and is now designated as one of Mississauga’s six pillars of arts, culture and heritage. Under the direction of Maestro Denis Mastromonaco since 2013, the MSO continues to offer entertaining and increasingly sophisticated programs from the classical and popular repertoires of symphonic music with a quality of programming that meets the highest artistic standards.

Ryan Tobin

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Celebrating 30 Years! Great Music for All. For 29 years, a legion of music lovers of all ages has passed through our doors. In gratitude, we’re honoured to present a pre-eminent 30th season, which is fresh, bold, and deep. Our 2018-19 season showcases three string quartets, recognized as top-tier in their respective countries. We will present two Masters – Mozart and Beethoven – in their own concerts, and two more exotic music ensembles – a violin-viola-piano trio and a wind/piano quintet.
The players: Calidore String Quartet, Dorian Wind Quintet, Artistic Directors Trio, The Heath Quartet, Christian Blackshaw, piano, and New Orford String Quartet. Six-concert subscriptions are $140/$130 adult/senior and $90 under age 30. Concerts are Sundays 3:15pm, Walter Hall (UofT) - general admission seating.
MUSIC & TRUFFLES KIDS – Give your child their first taste of classical music! Artists featured in five of our six mainstage events will also perform a one-hour mini-concert for young people ages 6 to 11 and their parents, grandparents, friends at 1:15pm (no concert March 17th). Subscriptions $75 and include a Lindt chocolate truffle for everyone at the end of each concert.

Wonny Song (AD of Orford Music) is our artistic director.

Christina Cavanagh
416-922-3714 x103

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Music at Metropolitan presents a variety of concerts at Metropolitan United Church, featuring Metropolitan’s choir, soloists and guest artists. This season includes two events celebrating Metropolitan’s 200th anniversary: an organ recital by Dr. Ryan Jackson on Friday, October 19 at 7:30pm; and an anniversary arts event on Saturday, November 3 at 7pm. Other concerts include: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and other works on March 9; the Bach Family and Improvisation on April 6; our annual Good Friday concert on April 19 featuring music (Baroque and Romantic) and poetry by Patricia Orr for Good Friday; “Barbara” French Cabaret on May 5; and Praise and Protest: Jazz, Blues and Gospel on May 25. Our special Christmas events include the Deck the Halls carol sing with the Metropolitan Silver Band and organ on December 9 at 1:30pm, and our Candlelight Carol Service on December 16 at 7 pm. 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.

Dr. Patricia Wright
416-363-0331 x26


Music at St. Andrew’s is a community outreach program of historic St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Toronto. This vibrant program was inspired by the church’s 2011 purchase of a Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano. We’re pleased to share this fine instrument with the greater community. The piano is featured extensively in our free Friday Noontime Recitals each fall and spring. Our sixth season launches October 5 with performances by U. of T. postgraduate music students and professionals. On Saturday, December 1 our historic, candle-lit church will provide an atmospheric setting for an evening of dramatic readings from A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens’ beloved tale will be brought to life by Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, classical music expert Rick Phillips and other talented readers. Musical interludes and a gingerbread reception will complement the readings. Our annual Mardi Gras concert returns Friday, March 1, 2019 with an exuberant evening of beads, parades and authentic New Orleans jazz performed by Patrick Tevlin’s Magnolia Brass Band & Friends.

Music at St. Andrew’s presents great music at affordable prices!

Concerts take place at St. Andrew’s Church,
73 Simcoe St., Toronto.

Dan Bickle
416-593-5600 x231

Music GalleryThe Music Gallery is Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music. We present and promote experimentation and innovation in all forms of music, and encourage cross-pollination between genres, disciplines and audiences. Since 1976, we have occupied a valued position within Toronto’s musical ecology presenting both internationally renowned contemporary music and a wide spectrum of local artists and projects.

We are now located in the beautiful 918 Bathurst St. Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education. We present the X Avant Festival during October, Emergents (emerging artists) and Departures (off-site) series as well as unique main stage concert experiences throughout our season. We also partner with artists and arts organizations to co-present their work in our space, assisted by our highly experienced technical crew. Our season runs September through June with off-season events.

Kayla McGee

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“...The chamber music recital is not just alive, it’s kicking.” (Musicaltoronto.org)
A legacy organization in classical music, Music Toronto presents the world’s best chamber ensembles and pianists. Twelve concerts we are proud to present. We are calling it Canada 151. And what a lineup!
Superstar pianist Marc-André Hamelin; the St. Lawrence Quartet with baritone Tyler Duncan; Ensemble Made in Canada; Louise Bessette: Quebec’s remarkable new music pianist; the Gryphon Trio; the Lafayette and Saguenay (formerly Alcan) Quartets playing octets; Marc-André Hamelin (again!) playing Dvorak with the legendary Juilliard Quartet. Cuban jazz great Hilario Durán with Roberto Occhipinti, bass and Mark Kelso, drums - and Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin, and Roman Borys, cello, of the Gryphon Trio.
But we also pride ourselves on our international artists. Renowned UK pianist Danny Driver, and three débuts: the young Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen; the rising star French Van Kuijk Quartet; and the established Israeli-American Ariel Quartet.
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!

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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. D. 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 Toronto concert season, 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 at York University. Membership is by audition. The 2018-19 season marks the 20th anniversary of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Celebrations will include a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of R. Nathaniel Dett’s death; a world premiere by composer-in-residence, Dr. Stephen Newby - Seattle Pacific University; and the launch of a composition competition.

D. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor
416-736-2100 x33068

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New Music Concerts’ 48th season begins, on Saturday October 6, with Linda Bouchard’s intriguing multi-media work Murderous Little World featuring the Bellows and Brass ensemble and video by Yan Breuleux and Frédéric St-Hilaire,. November 11 sees the tenth iteration of the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal’s Generation project with young composers James O’Callaghan, Thierry Tidrow, Patrick Giguère and Sophie Dupuis, followed on December 2 by a tribute to arts philanthropist Michael Koerner, featuring Ben Heppner. On January 25, “A Portrait of Toshio Hosokawa” provides the final event of the University of Toronto New Music Festival, and on February 24 German pianist Moritz Ernst presents a survey of 20th and 21st century keyboard music in a non-subscription fundraising event. On April 28, New Music Concerts remembers two cherished friends, Gilles Tremblay and Pierre Boulez, in a concert featuring pianist Louise Bessette and contralto Patricia Green. The season concludes with “Iridescence” featuring virtuosic works by three Canadians, Ana Sokolović, Samuel Andreyev and Matthias McIntire.

Robert Aitken, founding artistic director
David Olds, general manager


newchoir is Toronto’s first adult rock choir performing with a rock band. Our 130-voice choir sings SATB arrangements of well-known rock and pop songs from the last 50 years. A special Canadian guest artist is featured at our spring concert (at Koerner Hall) each season, with the choir singing back-up harmonies.

Caroline Suri

Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation marks its 25th 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, begins its 2018/19 season.

Colleen Burns

18 years ago Nocturnes in the City started as a five-concert series at Prague Restaurant at Masaryktown in Scarborough. It was a great success from the beginning and five years later, the classical concerts were moved to a downtown location. Many Czech and Slovak artists have performed in last 17 years to mainly Czech-Canadian audiences: Singers Eva Urbanová, Zdeněk Plech, Gustáv Beláček, Eva Blahová; pianists Antonín Kubálek, Karolina Kubálek, Jan Novotný, Boris Krajny, and Martin Karlíček; violinists Ivan Ženatý and Bohuslav Matoušek; famous quartets (the Panocha, Zemlinsky, Pražák and Kocian); not to forget clarinetists Joaquin Valdepeñas and Peter Stoll, and jazz musicians, George Grosman, Drew Jurecka , Emil Viklický and others.

This season marks 100 years from the birth of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and will be celebrated by a special concert on October 28 when the Zemlinsky Quartet with pianist Slávka Vernerová-Pěchočová present two Antonin Dvořák string quartets and one piano quintet. One week before - October 21, the same pianist will present in solo recital works by three Czech composing giants – Dvořák, Smetana and Janáček. There will be two jazz concerts in the beautiful ambience of Prague Restaurant. Reasonably priced, excellent productions.

Milos Krajny

The OCO exists to enhance the quality of life for all Oakville residents by providing high quality, meaningful chamber music experiences. We do so by offering high value, accessible concerts and outreach programs to a diverse audience. We provide professional development for promising, high potential musicians, including our core musicians and participants in our annual Youth Concert Competition, to grow and train in a healthy, creative environment.

Bethany D. Reed

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Oakville Choir for Children and YouthThe Oakville Choir for Children & Youth 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 over 250 auditioned choristers ranging in age from four through 25 years.
The OC 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 OC 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.

Katherine Hamilton

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Now in its 24th 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, when concerts told a story and created personal connections for audience and performer alike.
“The moment is supreme.” Schubert’s words. Not ours. And yet ones that have always – for better or for worse – governed the spontaneous and free spirit of Off Centre. This season, we turn those words on their head. A season of supreme moments. Groundbreaking Musical Moments. We journey from the tumult and exuberance of 1889, to the intricately woven song cycles of Schubert himself; from the intimacy of an overheard epistolary conversation between composers, to Russia, where the artist contemplates the astonishing and harrowing ages and stages of life.
This fall, we welcome you back to our “home” at Toronto’s Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre – to do just that. To find those magical connections. To celebrate the supreme moments.

Boris Zarankin and Inna Perkis

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Opera AtelierOpera 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 presents a two-opera season in Toronto, and tours internationally. The company is dedicated to the education of youth and young artists, and offers a robust slate of education, enrichment and outreach opportunities.

Opera Atelier’s 2018-2019 season brings art to life with two rare and exceptional creations. We open with a French Baroque double-bill of Charpentier’s Actéon and Rameau’s Pygmalion (October 25 to November 3, 2018) at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. This production will then tour to Chicago’s Harris Theater and the Royal Opera House at the Palace of Versailles. The season continues in spring 2019 with Opera Atelier’s award-winning production of Mozart’s Idomeneo, featuring Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman’s return to the opera stage in Toronto. Visit our website for more information.

Alexandra Skoczylas

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Opera For AllOpera For All is an inclusive and accessible community opera choir for seasoned choristers and complete beginners. From its origin in 2016 at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, we have evolved into a not-for-profit organization. Everyone is welcome! Regardless of experience. Led by Spanish conductor, Maestro Álvaro Lozano Gutiérrez (also a renowned baritone), you will learn and sing popular opera choruses and perform on stage. No auditions. No experience or note-reading required. We provide the resources for home practice: vocal tracks, diction tapes, lyric sheets and translations. Why Opera For All? Because opera is an art-form that most people don’t get to enjoy. Aside from opera appreciation courses and live-streamed performances from the Met, we don’t see choirs dedicated to opera repertoire in our communities. That’s why there is Opera For All. A safe space to sing and have fun. And meet really nice people too. About Álvaro: Alvaro began studying piano at 10, then violin and trumpet. He was working as an accompanist for opera singers when the vocal coach said he had a good voice and should study opera. He went on to a 12-year career, in lead roles, in 42 operas before earning a Masters in conducting.

Elizabeth Abraham


In our 22nd 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 great Canadian singers in a traditional production of Puccini’s La Boheme, with music director Denis Mastromonaco and stage director Penny Cookson. Opera York’s second half of the season is led by music director Geoffrey Butler, in the full production of Mozart’s classic Don Giovanni. Opera York continues to provide affordable and accessible lectures, operatic concerts for seniors and educational programming. November 2 and 4, 2018: Puccini’s La Boheme, Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts. March 1 and 3, 2019: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts.

Tickets 905-787-8811. www.rhcentre.ca

Philip Trow


Orchestra TorontoOne of Canada's longest-running and best loved community orchestras, Orchestra Toronto is an orchestra created by passionate musicians within the community - for the community. We offer the enjoyment of music, the fostering of education, music appreciation and the support of emerging Canadian talent. Our organization of volunteers is committed to making symphonic music accessible to a broad and diverse public beyond the concert hall. With a concert season of five performances in the splendid acoustic of the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, we offer musical excellence, a warm sense of community, and innovative programmes. Our commitment to music in the community extends beyond our schedule of weekly rehearsals and five performances: we offer student fellowships for accomplished musicians under age 18; five annual conducting apprenticeships; and an annual concerto competition for young soloists.

Jennie Worden

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Oriana Womens ChoirOriana Women’s Choir is an auditioned ensemble of 30 amateur female singers with a long history of performance at a high artistic standard. Led by artistic director Mitchell Pady since 2011, Oriana explores the possibilities in choral music for the female voice, collaborating with a diverse range of artists to push the boundaries of typical expectations for women’s choir performances. We foster the creation of Canadian choral music, regularly commissioning works from Canadian composers for women’s voices. Oriana presents a three-concert series in November, February and May, at Grace Church on-the-Hill. 2018/19 repertoire includes Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols paired with Susa’s Carols and Lullabies, the Canadian premiere of David Lang’s Love Fail, and an exploration of the compositional inspiration to create music for women’s voices. We look forward to welcoming you to the concerts in our 47th season!

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Orpheus Choir of TorontoOrpheus’ vision is to celebrate the transformational power of choral music as an agent of social change and a passionate medium of artistic expression. The 65-voice choir, under artistic director Robert Cooper, champions the new and unusual in choral performance, commissioning and introducing new works and performing overlooked masterpieces. Regularly working directly with living composers and singing a wide range of repertoire styles in concerts with high production value, Orpheus has introduced audiences to many fascinating and accessible works from the current generation of leading composers. Orpheus supports young emerging vocal talent through its highly respected Sidgwick Scholars Program and our newer Vocal Apprentice Program for high school singers. Winners of the 2018 Choral Canada Award for Outstanding Innovation, Orpheus continues to move audiences with an “expect something different” experience! In 18/19, the Choir presents an “Orpheus Cinema” production, providing a choral soundtrack to the 1924 silent film classic, Peter Pan; performs A Child’s Christmas in Wales with Stratford star Geraint Wyn Davies; celebrates women in the choral art in “Raising Her Voice,” and leaves programming to the audience in “Orpheus By Request.”                   

Lisa Griffiths

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Pax Christi ChoraleHailed 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.
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.
2018-19 Season Highlights:

“Slavic Devotion” on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:30pm. and Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:00pm at Grace Church on-the-Hill
“England’s Golden Age” on Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3:00pm at Grace Church on-the-Hill
Miziwe... (Everywhere...) on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Koerner Hall

Helen Nestor


Penthelia SingersFounded in 1997, Penthelia Singers has earned a reputation for presenting high quality, innovative concerts of choral repertoire in a multitude of styles and languages. A vibrant ensemble of women, we are committed to excellence in performing culturally diverse and musically sophisticated repertoire spanning the renaissance to the 21st century. The choir seeks opportunities to collaborate with special guest artists such as Suba Sankaran (world music), Raigelee Alorut (Inuit throat singing) and Steve Mancuso (Brazilian capoeira) to workshop different styles of music, as well as work with many talented instrumentalists who support our performances. Penthelia Singers is a welcoming group of women committed to high standards of music-making, diversity, community outreach and enjoyment through the learning process.

Alice Malach


The Peterborough Singers is an auditioned 100-voice community choir of adults and youth which attracts both members and audience from Peterborough, the Kawarthas, Northumberland and locations along the lakeshore. Last season we celebrated our 25th anniversary under the energetic and creative leadership of founder and music director Sydney Birrell. Concerts this season are “Yuletide Cheer,” Handel’s Messiah, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Fauré’s Requiem, and the February concert “Soul II.” Our February concert is always devoted to popular music, something outside the box of regular classical programming. Rehearsals take place Wednesday evenings in Peterborough, and prior to many rehearsals we provide ongoing educational initiatives which allow members to greatly improve their skill levels if they choose. Auditions take place in the spring and fall.                   

Peg McCracken

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 festivals. RCCO Toronto is a community in the GTA for professional and amateur organists, church and synagogue musicians, choral conductors and others who values the “King of Instruments.”
This year’s activities include recitals by Ryan Jackson at Metropolitan United on October 19, Ken Cowan at Lawrence Park Community Church on November 9 (with a master class on November 10), and Michael Bloss at St. Paul’s Bloor St. on December 9. Our annual free Halloween concert, “Phantoms of the Organ,” will take place on Friday October 26 at 9pm at Holy Trinity Church, Eaton Centre. The ever-popular biennial “Pedals, Pipes and Pizza,” a March break event for children of all ages will take over Yorkminster Park Baptist on Wednesday, March 13, and the fifth annual “Bach Walk” moves to the Danforth on March 23. Full program details for our 2018/19 season can be viewed on our website.

Mark Ruhnke, president
Karen Price, membership convenor

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Reaching Out Through MusicFounded in 2007, Reaching Out Through Music provides musical opportunities to the youth 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 collaborative 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. ROTM has a tradition of hosting benefit concerts yearly (often with popular silent auctions), featuring both world-renowned artists and our own students. Under the direction of Cheryll Chung, and assisted by Jacqueline Teh, the St. James Town Children’s Choir is expanding and increasing the number of musical learning opportunities for its members, culminating in a Gala Fundraising concert on April 27, 2019. Our dedicated teachers and volunteers look forward to an enriching season.

Virginia Evoy


Ron Davis SymphRONica“Superb!” – The Royal Philharmonic Society
“Endlessly inventive!” – Jazz.FM91
“One of the most tenacious and engaging musical artists in Canada.” – The WholeNote
“He has firmly established himself as an innovative force within the world of jazz.” – National Post

Ron Davis’ SymphRONica is the unexpected creative jazz/chamber combination led by pianist/composer Ron Davis. SymphRONica has topped the charts, for its genre-bending and defying blend of sounds. SymphRONica has performed to worldwide raves, from New York to Glasgow, from Trafalgar Square to the Pan Am Games.
SymphRONica combines jazz, world, groove, pop, classical music and a stellar group of Canadian musicians into a mix that can be found nowhere else. Ron and his musical collaborators have spent years working together, and it shows on stage and in the studio. Just as Toronto is a city of many people from many places, SymphRONica is composed of musicians from diverse backgrounds (Kevin Barrett, Aline Homzy and Mike Downes to name but a few). Every one of them plays with intense passion, improvisational brilliance, and pure pleasure.
In the words of Jazz.FM: “An opportunity to hear how Ron Davis interprets anything is an opportunity worth taking.”

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Toronto’s premiere venue for bringing the world’s finest, Roy Thomson Hall continues to host Canada’s biggest events through its 2018/19 season. This fall, the season kicked off with another successful run of The Toronto International Film Festival, hosting gala screenings and Hollywood stars. Roy Thomson Hall is also the proud home to The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and pleased to present another exciting season of classical performances.
National Geographic Live! returns for an eighth season of talks, featuring some of the world’s most adventurous explorers sharing stories of their triumphs and challenges.
Our free choir and organ concert series continues into its 22nd year, and we celebrate our favourite new year’s traditions at the Hall, ringing in 2019 with “Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits,” and welcoming the year with “Salute to Vienna” on New Year’s Day.

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Royal Conservatory of MusicThe Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall is “the greatest venue in this city” and “magnificent in its acoustics, as much as in its design” (Toronto Star) and voted “Best Concert Hall” in NOW’s Best of Toronto Awards 2017. The 2018/19 concert season marks Koerner Hall’s 10th anniversary, with spectacular concerts by the world’s top classical, jazz, roots, and world music artists. The concert season also features The Conservatory’s renowned faculty and students performing in The Royal Conservatory’s two additional concert venues, all located in the TELUS Centre at 273 Bloor St. West.

Alicja Stasiuk       
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Scaramella ConcertsScaramella presents intimate, one-of-a-kind, period instrument chamber music concerts, bringing together top-notch musicians from Canada and abroad for fresh and vivacious performances. Children 14 and under are welcomed, free of charge.
Scaramella’s overarching theme for 2018/19 is singing. The season opens with Scottish ballads from a 1787 collection, with Montreal tenor/guitarist Nils Brown backed by a team of versatile instrumentalists whose classical and folk music interests collide. January’s program centres on the cello (said to be the closest sounding instrument to the human voice) with Juno-nominated Elinor Frey. And April’s concert features countertenor Daniel Cabena in a sampling of Vivaldi’s chamber cantatas complemented by a bassoon as part of the continuo section. Do please join us!
More details are available on our website: www.scaramella.ca. Tickets are always available at the door, or for advance purchase using the order form on the website.
October 6, 2018: “Scots Musical Museum” (2 singers, flute, violin, bass, harpsichord, narrator) January 12, 2019: “Singing Cello” (cello, G violone, archlute); April 6, 2019: “Red Priest” (countertenor, bassoon, gamba, organ)

Joëlle Morton


Scarborough Philharmonic OrchestraThe Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is dedicated to enriching the musical life of the Greater Scarborough area by presenting high-quality musical performances that offer a friendly, affordable, enriching, and convenient live-entertainment experience.
The six concerts of the 2018/19 season will feature great romantic music by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky, as well as lively Canadian works and a thrilling film-music concert. Soloists include Kara Huber, piano; Aaron Schwebel, violin; and Annie Ramos, soprano. The SPO is dedicated to educational outreach, youth engagement, and mentoring of New Generation Artists. Please visit www.spo.ca and @SPOGreatMusic for more information.

Ronald Royer, music director
Devin Scott, executive director

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For over a decade, Svetlana Dvoretsky and Show One Productions have presented some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, ballet companies, dance and theatre productions in Canada. Show One is responsible for many debuts and has produced very special collaborations, including a big ticket premiere of the play “Brodsky/Baryshnikov” that featured the long-awaited return of Michael Baryshnikov to Toronto, and the world premiere of the exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime performance by Dmitri Hvorostovsky with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov in an unprecedented gala evening at the Canadian Opera Company (COC) this past season.
The upcoming Show One season will feature a rare recital by our beloved Sondra Radvanovsky at Koerner Hall; a world-renowned Slava Snow Show; and the Eifman Ballet featuring their brilliant production “Tchaikovsky”, as well as the return of the Vakhtangov Theatre with the play “Masquerade”. Further compelling projects are continually added to the roster. Check our website for more details.

Svetlana Dvoretskaia


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