22nd ANNUAL DIRECTORY OF MUSIC MAKERS

Welcome to The WholeNote’s 22nd annual Blue Pages directory of our region’s music makers. It’s been a bumpy ride getting to this point, and we hope you’ll enjoy perusing the profiles that follow, submitted both by presenters who are forging ahead with pandemically appropriate plans for 2021-22, or whose detailed plans are still uncertain.

Thanks to all those who have once again opted in with a WholeNote membership and profile: for your faith in and support for what we do; and for having faith in yourselves, finding the resilience needed to move forward in these very uncertain times.

And thanks to you, our readers, in print, and online at kiosk.thewholenote.com.

Profiles will be kept up-to-date online here, as new ones arrive or more information is available.

For information on the benefits of a WholeNote membership (of which a Blue Pages profile is a feature), please contact Karen Ages at karen@thewholenote.com or 416-323-2232 x26.


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information@agakhanmuseum.org
www.agakhanmuseum.org

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The Aga Khan Museum provides visitors with a window into the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world heritage. Opened in 2014 in Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum is home to over 1,000 masterpieces showcasing the arts of Muslim civilisations, from the Iberian Peninsula to China. Its dynamic collection of manuscripts, scientific instruments, paintings, ceramics, and metalwork continues to evolve through new acquisitions.

Now spanning the eighth to the 21st centuries, this collection shows the enduring power of tradition in contemporary art. Its mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilisations have made to world heritage. Through education, research, and collaboration, the Museum will foster dialogue and promote tolerance and mutual understanding among people. As a vibrant educational institution, the Museum encourages the full spectrum of public engagement with its diverse permanent collection of more than 1,000 objects and its ever-changing roster of exhibitions and innovative programmes - including music and dance performances, theatre, lectures, workshops, and film screenings.

canary sitelinkBruce Owen
705-726-1181
info@barrieconcerts.org
www.barrieconcerts.org

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The Barrie Concert Association, a charitable non-profit organization, presents 12 live performances of mainly Classical music from September/October to May. One-hour piano/organ recitals are also held the first three Wednesdays of every month - presenting classical, baroque, blues and light jazz.

During the COVID-19 situation, we daily get phone calls from subscribers hoping concerts can resume. They miss the music - and in these times probably need the music more than ever. However we can only start the performances again when it is safe to do so - we must care for the health challenges of the audience. We will keep you posted with developments as they happen.

canary sitelinkDenise Near
705-735-0720
info@barrieconcertband.org
www.barrieconcertband.org

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Barrie Concert BandEstablished in 2014, the Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) offer opportunities for the discovery, creation, performance and celebration of new concert music. In so doing, AMP embodies the Azrieli Foundation’s commitment to discovering, elevating and amplifying artistic voices, granting broad access to meaningful musical experiences that exhibit artistic excellence and advance a shared pursuit of learning and wellness.

Open to the international music community, AMP accepts proposals for works from nominators and individual composers of all faiths, ages, backgrounds, gender identities and affiliations. Submissions for its three prize categories are submitted to two expert juries for evaluation through a biennial open call process.

The AMP prize packages - valued at $200,000 CAD per Laureate - currently make it the largest music competition for music composition in Canada and one of the largest in the world. Past AMP laureates include Israeli-American composers Yotam Haber (2020) and Avner Dorman (2018), Australian composer Yitzhak Yedid (2020), Canadian composers Keiko Devaux (2020), Kelly-Marie Murphy (2018) and Brian Current (2016), and Polish-American composer Wlad Marhulets (2016).

canary sitelinkEldon Earle
416-363-8231
info@coc.ca
www.coc.ca

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Canadian Opera CompanyThe Canadian Opera Company is Canada’s largest opera company, known for its artistic excellence and innovation, as well as attracting some of the world’s best opera performers. The company performs with its own acclaimed COC Orchestra and COC Chorus., and its spectacular home base at the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto serves not only as a national stage but local hub for diverse musical artists and creators that reflect the city’s wide-ranging cultural influences. General director Perryn Leech joined the company in 2021, forming a leadership team with music director Johannes Debus and deputy general director Christie Darville.

canary sitelinkPeggy Wong
416-879-5566
cbsoboxoffice@gmail.com
www.cathedralbluffs.com

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Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra 2021Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra is a volunteer community orchestra that has been based in Scarborough since 1986. Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra brings to life some of the greatest musical masterpieces, presents internationally-acclaimed performers, and helps introduce some of Canada’s rising stars in their debut performances with a symphony orchestra.

Cathedral Bluffs Symphony returns to the stage for its 2021/22 season with six exciting concerts, featuring such works as Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 "Pastorale", Schumann's Cello Concerto, Dvorak's In Nature's Realm, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer, Schumann's Symphony No. 1 “Spring”, Barbara Croall's Nimkii N'gamwin (Thunderbird Song), and Holst's The Planets. Guest conductors include Pratik Gandhi, Martin MacDonald, and Christine Fong.

Looking for an orchestra to play in? Send your inquiries to us via email.

 

canary sitelinkAndrew Adair
416-531-7955
andrew.timothy.adair@gmail.com
www.stmarymagdalene.ca

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Steeped in musical heritage and assisted by a generous acoustic, St. Mary Magdalene offers a music program strongly rooted in the tradition established by Healey Willan. Every Sunday at 11am: Solemn Mass - the Gallery Choir sings a mass and motet from the west gallery, while the Ritual Choir sings the Gregorian propers from the east end. Both choirs rehearse on Thursdays. At the 9:30am Sung Mass, the SMM Singers sing a motet and lead congregational singing. Membership is informal: rehearsals are at 9am directly before the service; regular attendance is not mandatory.

One Sunday per month at 4:30pm, the meditative Solemn Evensong and Benediction is sung, preceded by an organ recital at 4pm.

For information, please contact the director of music, Andrew Adair.

canary sitelinkKevin Uchikata
647-970-8057
www.ccorchestra.org

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Counterpoint Community Orchestra has been operating as a community orchestra in downtown Toronto for 37 years. Formed in 1984, it was the first LGBTQ+ orchestra in Canada and in the world. Counterpoint is a full symphony orchestra with repertoire drawn from the Baroque through to the contemporary periods. Prior to the pandemic, rehearsals were held at the 519 Community Centre on Church Street and our three concerts at The Church of St Peter and St Simon-the-Apostle on Bloor Street East.

During the pandemic, Counterpoint Community Orchestra went virtual and has showcased a few of our members playing various pieces on our website. We are diligently planning our current 2021/22 season and look forward to being back in person in the near future. For more information, please visit our website.

canary sitelinkSara Martin, manager
519-725-7549
info@dacapochamberchoir.ca
www.dacapochamberchoir.ca

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DaCapo Chamber ChoirThe 24-voice DaCapo Chamber Choir was founded in 1998 in Kitchener-Waterloo under the direction of Leonard Enns. The mission of the choir is to identify, study, rehearse and present outstanding choral chamber works of the past 100 years and to champion music of Canadian and local composers. Although there is still much uncertainty ahead, we are moving forward with a (tentative) 2021/22 concert season.

In November, we will complete the “Road to Refuge”, and introduce the year's environmental theme. The concert will begin with several reflective works, as we acknowledge ongoing global challenges and remember the personal and general losses of the past two years. In March, the focus will be on nature - particularly on our avian friends. In May, we will cap off the environmental theme with a new commission by Nicholas Ryan Kelly. Guest artists include Catherine Robertson, Miriam Stewart Kroeker, and Jennifer Enns Modolo.

During our "hiatus," we released archival concert recordings and "Garage Choir" recordings on our YouTube channel. And our NewWorks CD is available to stream on all major platforms (read the review of this CD in the April 2019 issue of The WholeNote.) Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @DaCapoChoir!

canary sitelinkRachel Condie
519-661-3767
musicevents@uwo.ca
www.music.uwo.ca

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Don Wright Faculty of MusicDon Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London, Ontario is situated in a research-intensive university on a campus that is inviting and striking. It is a supportive environment that enables students to grow artistically and academically, with a strong focus on community. Our students are among 650 of the brightest and most talented young artist scholars, who come to study in one of our many undergraduate and graduate programs. With the faculty and staff, they are committed to excellence in creative and scholarly work.

In our 2021/22 season, we invite you to experience the incredible diversity of musical styles and genres our students, faculty and guest artists have to offer. From student ensemble performances (from choirs and opera to orchestra, band, jazz, percussion, contemporary and early music), faculty concerts, and our signature “Fridays@12:30” series, we are pleased to bring select performances to you at home via livestream. Our goal is to share performances online throughout the year, and hopefully in person once safe and permitted to do so, while closely following university and local health authority guidelines (check website often). Safety and health is critical, as is offering students a musical experience.

canary sitelinkCatherine Wilson
416-768-8856
cwpianist@me.com
www.ensemblevivant.com

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Ensemble Vivant“…chamber music at its evocative best!” – WholeNote 2020 review.

Pioneering tour-de-force Ensemble Vivant's innovative, genre-diverse programming is rich with passionate, deeply communicative playing that touches the hearts and souls of listeners of all ages. EV are Opening Day recording artists with 14 internationally acclaimed CDs.

“…the highest-level chamber music-making. No matter the genre, there is magic in EV's music-making.” - Jazz legend/composer Rick Wilkins, C.M.

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

EV: Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director; Corey Gemmell, violin; Norman Hathaway, viola; Tom Mueller, cello; George Koller, bass. Collaborators: Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; Mike Murley, sax; Juan Carlos Medrano, percussion; and many others.

EV’s live and virtual invaluable educational/performance programs for children (endorsed by the scientific community) are conducted through the not-for-profit registered charity Euterpe: Music Is The Key (musicisthekey.org). Euterpe’s vitally important work was awarded a 3-year Ontario Trillium grant (2020) and a Canada Council Grant (2021).

canary sitelinkEric Alper
647-971-3742
eric@thatericalper.com

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Eric Alper Public RelationsFor the past 25+ years, Eric Alper has been at the forefront of the Canadian entertainment industry – making the ‘Public’ in Public Relations his business. His enthusiasm, encyclopedic knowledge of the past and present have made him the go-to music in Canada. He is also host of one of the top-rated SiriusXM shows “ThatEricAlper”. With over one million followers, friends and connections across his social media platforms, it’s clear to understand why he has been named a “must follow” by Billboard, Paste and National Post among others. He has been a six-time nominee for Publicist of the Year during Canadian Music Week, and a 19-time JUNO Award winner overseeing PR campaigns.

  • Canadian traditional print and online press campaign for the latest single and/or EP/album
  • TV and radio appearances in markets where applicable, including media and industry tours
  • Canadian Tour Publicity for target/region-specific outreach, as well as nationally broadcasted media placements
  • Spotify/All DSPs Playlist promotion
  • Online publicity for editorial, reviews, product features and promotions/giveaways
  • PR campaigns for all formats of radio in Canada, including interviews and promotions/giveaways
  • canary sitelinkPiret Noorhani
    416-925-9405
    www.vemu.ca

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    Estonian Studies Centre (ESC) delivers cultural and educational programming. ESC is home to Estonian Museum Canada (VEMU), a contemporary memory institution welcoming all visitors to be inspired by Estonian culture, history and traditions. Its inclusive programming and innovative exhibitions encourage cross-cultural understanding and dialogue. We organize 50-70 events per year. These include conferences, seminars, lectures, exhibits (5-7 per year), workshops, book launches, film screenings, theatre shows, concerts (including the Estonian Music Week festival).

    canary sitelinkRob Hunter, president
    416-245-1983
    hunterrg1@bell.net
    www.eccb.ca

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    Etobicoke Community Concert Band 2021Last season we were going to celebrate our 25th anniversary, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to shut down our operation along with most others. The band began to rehearse once again in June and July outdoors. It started off slowly with about one half of the band attending, but by the start of August, we had more than three quarters back playing. At present we are waiting for the TDSB to approve our permits, which will allow us to hold our regular Wednesday night rehearsals. Due to the uncertainty, we have our October 2021 concert on hold, but we plan to be ready to perform our popular annual “Christmas Gala” with many new tunes as a thank you to our very supportive audiences. Once we have a concert under our belts, we plan on presenting our “25th Anniversary Gala” and play the music from our past, present and future.

    There is always room for new members to join us, and if you wish to be a part of this exciting concert band, please check out our website and look for "Join the Band". Rehearsals are held every Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 10pm at Etobicoke Collegiate, 86 Montgomery Rd. in Etobicoke. Come out, sit in and if you wish, join us - you won't regret it.

    canary sitelinkToby Fletcher
    416-239-5665
    info@eporchestra.ca
    www.eporchestra.ca

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    Etobicoke Philharmonic OrchestraCelebrating 60 years, the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra features programming that engages and inspires our diverse community through the performance and exploration of symphonic music.

    Despite the current challenges to live performance, the EPO continues to promote the musical growth of its members, patrons and community with imaginative performances, rehearsals, and creative outreach initiatives that unite and inspire.

    Look for us live as soon as it is safe to return to in-person performances. In the meantime, join us on our online portal (eporchestra.ca) where you will find all things EPO presented with the same energy and enthusiasm you have come to expect from your EPO.

    You will enjoy mini-concerts, interviews, and conversations from soloists and orchestra members talking about their role in the orchestra, how important music is in their lives, and how much they appreciate the opportunity to perform for the community of Etobicoke.

     

    canary sitelinkRaymond Tizzard
    416-424-2874
    ray@hssb.ca
    www.hssb.ca

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    The Hannaford Street Silver BandThe Hannaford Street Silver Band is Canada’s award-winning professional brass band. Its mission is to honour the traditions of this art form and place them in a contemporary context with a unique Canadian point-of-view. Guided by the vision of artistic director David Pell, the band facilitates innovative creative projects and collaborates with the best of Canada’s diverse artists. Our 2021/22 season features concerts that showcase collaborations with artists such as Measha Brueggergosman and vocalist Suba Sankaran with Toronto’s amazing Indo-fusion band Autorickshaw. This season includes live and streamed concerts with both our 10-piece virtuoso ensemble and the full 27 member brass band.

    The HSSB is committed to youth and music education through the vibrant Hannaford Youth Program. Directed by Anita McAlister, this program is a fantastic opportunity for brass and percussion players ages 7 to 24 to participate in three bands where they learn music, social and leadership skills.

    canary sitelinkAndrew Chung
    innerchambermusic@gmail.com
    www.innerchamber.ca

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    INNERchamber Inc.INNERchamber Inc. presents live chamber music concerts and is currently in its 12th season, with a regular audience base, frequently selling-out concerts. We are live-streaming all concerts for this 2021/22 season. This series fills a niche for Stratford and the surrounding community who are looking for live classical music concerts performed by local professional musicians. A takeaway or dine-in meal (if permitted in COVID protocols) from our restaurant partner, Revival House, can be enjoyed by patrons living in Stratford, Ontario. Concerts occur between September and June, when the cultural events of other festivals are on hiatus.

    canary sitelinkAnn Summers Dossena
    416-362-1422
    sumintl@rogers.com
    www.ircpa.net

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    International Resource Centre for Performing ArtistsThe International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA) is a service organization for musicians providing resources needed to bridge the gap between training and employment by encounters with nationally and internationally experienced artists keeping skills sharpened while providing savvy information about the industry, how it currently functions. and who's who in the business. Resources are also offered for mid-career artists who may need to change direction. Membership is without cost. Sign-up forms are on our website. Paid public performances are live-streamed and can be used as auditions.

    The IRCPA continues to advocate for a new Centre for Musicians with practice/rehearsal studios, meeting rooms, recording studio, performance venues, office space for arts organizations such as the IRCPA. Affordable residential building for the music community is also needed in perpetuity. A community centre, for all genres of musical artists with shops, cafe/restaurant. We welcome volunteers to help with this initiative for a new centre for musicians to meet, exchange ideas, create and collaborate. A great opportunity for artists to live, work, create and perform together.

    canary sitelinkPauline McKenzie
    416-223-7690
    pkenzie3@gmail.com
    www.jubilatesingers.ca

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    The Jubilate Singers is an auditioned chamber choir that shares the joy of singing music from Canada and around the world in many different languages. In recent years we have presented concerts of Latin American music, a program featuring music from the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions, and a collaboration on African music with the Ubuntu Dance and Drum Theatre. We have also performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the North York Concert Orchestra and, of course, an all-Canada program for the sesquicentennial. During the pandemic we have honed our virtual rehearsal techniques, and for 2021/22 we are prepared to move between virtual, hybrid, and in-person rehearsal and performance, as conditions allow. For the Fall we are preparing a varied program for a concert-length virtual choir video. Our winter concert will be all about ‘Dreams’, and the theme of the spring program is ‘Love and Nature’. We are an inclusive and welcoming choir and are always looking for new members!

    canary sitelinkAnne Page
    416-515-0200
    moraig@huntingstewart.com
    www.kenpagememorialtrust.com

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    Ken Page Memorial TrustThe Ken Page Memorial Trust is a non-profit charitable fund supporting jazz and the artists who create such lasting memories for all of us. 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 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 and among others provides grants to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and the Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship Award in memory of Ron Collier held at Humber College. Donation appeals through the KPMT Annual Review have established a special fund for musician support once local venues resume regular live music programming. Sincere thanks to all our loyal patrons who have responded so generously.

    Due to COVID-19, some events are postponed. For more details, and if you would like to help us make a difference in the community, please visit our website.

    canary sitelinkJobert Sevilleno
    905-604-8339
    gm@ksorchestra.ca
    www.ksorchestra.ca

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    Kindred Spirits OrchestraThe Kindred Spirits Orchestra is a critically acclaimed, auditioned-based civic orchestra performing at the Flato Markham Theatre, the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, and the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The KSO is an Ontario not-for-profit corporation and a registered public charity with the Government of Canada. The KSO business structure is based on a unique model that integrates the best practices of managing symphony orchestras in Europe, the USA, and Canada. In addition to performing concerts, the KSO offers several educational, community outreach, professional development and international cultural exchange programmes.

    During the 2020 pandemic, the KSO quickly evolved and, by leveraging digital technologies and the Internet, transitioned to offering live concerts via broadcast and stream. As a result, the KSO is now attracting patrons from beyond the geographical boundaries of the Greater Toronto Area and from as far away as the USA, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

    The upcoming 2021/22 concert season will offer nine concerts featuring masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, as well as lesser known pieces by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Bartók, Korngold, Dukas and others.

    canary sitelinkLinda Litwack
    416-782-7837
    lalitwack@rogers.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/linda-litwack-15371320

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    Linda Litwack PublicityHaving begun her career as a summer reporter on the Winnipeg Tribune, arts publicist Linda Litwack is a long-practised matchmaker between artists and the media. Her services include various forms of writing and editing - from media releases and bios to radio spots, online postings and CD booklets - working with designers, photographers and other professionals, and, of course, liaising with the media.

    In addition to media, music and other contact lists, she maintains a list of friends, usually offering discounts for special events. Since leaving CBC publicity (20 years in radio and three in TV), she has collaborated with numerous creative people on intriguing projects, mostly in classical music but also in theatre, TV documentaries, books and the visual arts. Longtime clients have included Show One Productions, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, and the Upper Canada Choristers. Linda chaired the Program Committee of the historic Toronto Jewish Folk Choir for a number of years and ran the choir in its final seasons. She is also a board member of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists.

    canary sitelinkSandy
    905-290-7104
    info@mcschorus.ca
    www.mississaugachambersingers.ca

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    Mississauga Chamber SingersA New Sound in the City. Mississauga Chamber Singers celebrate the transition from the larger MCS Chorus/Mississauga to a chamber choir bringing clarity and intimacy to great choral masterpieces.

    The transition to chamber choir engages skilled singers within the choral ensemble, creating artistically dynamic performances with a widening scope of the classical choral music. In addition, this enables the choir to better reach the communities in Mississauga by becoming more flexible and able to perform in a wider variety of performance spaces.

    Led by artistic director, Mervin William Fick, Mississauga Chamber Singers perform classical choral repertoire, from a wide range of A Capella works to timeless works for choir and orchestra.

    The Mississauga Chamber Singers performs a diverse season of extensive community engagement events, multi-generational musical education programming and ticketed concerts. Come and hear the difference!

    canary sitelinkRyan Tobin
    905-615-4404
    ryan.tobin@mississaugasymphony.ca
    www.mississaugasymphony.ca

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    Mississauga Symphony OrchestraThe Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (MSO), with a combination of 90+ community musicians and professional section leads, has earned the reputation as the best hybrid orchestra in Canada. The MSO has been active in Mississauga for an astonishing 50 years, and is now designated as one of Mississauga's six pillar institutions of arts, culture, and heritage. Based out of Hammerson Hall, a world-class performing arts facility located within the Living Arts Centre, the MSO provides performance opportunities and personal development to talented amateurs while combining the strands of excellence and education by assisting young professional performers and composers through solo performance opportunities, commissions, and mentoring.

    Under the direction of maestro Denis Mastromonaco since 2013, the orchestra offers entertaining and increasingly sophisticated programs from classical and popular repertoires of symphonic music, performed to the highest artistic standards. With the inclusion of the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2013, the organization has become the centre of classical music in Mississauga, built around the pillars of music education, performance, and entertainment.

    canary sitelinkPatricia Wright
    416-363-0331
    patw@metunited.ca
    www.metunited.ca

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    Music at MetropolitanMusic at Metropolitan has a long history of presenting a variety of choral and instrumental concerts and special events. During this time, we are planning limited in-person events and online events; please visit our website and watch for Wholenote listings. Our planning includes “Thursday Noon at Met'' in person and livestreamed concerts featuring our Casavant pipe organ - the largest in Canada - as well as our various singers and instrumentalists. Stay tuned! And please stay safe and well.

    canary sitelinkDan Bickle
    416-593-5600, x231
    Dbickle@standrewstoronto.org
    www.standrewstoronto.org

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    Music at St. AndrewsMusic at St. Andrew’s is a community outreach program of historic St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Toronto. This program was inspired by the church’s 2011 purchase of a Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano, which we share with the greater community. The magnificent piano is used extensively in our free, mostly classical “Friday Noontime Recitals” featuring University of Toronto postgraduate music students and professionals. The weekly 45-minute recitals run from October to November and February to May. Our seventh year was cut short by COVID-19, but the recitals will return Friday, October 1. Attend in person (current COVID-19 protocols apply, pre-register please) or watch online afterwards. More details on our website. On December 4, St. Andrew’s will provide an atmospheric setting for our annual dramatic readings from A Christmas Carol, plus seasonal music. Watch for more programming details on our 2021/22 season.

    Music at St. Andrew’s presents great music at affordable prices! Concerts take place at St. Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe St., Toronto.

     

    canary sitelinkDavid Dacks
    416-204-1080
    david@musicgallery.org
    www.musicgallery.org

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    The 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, though this season most of our programming will be delivered online. We present the “X Avant Festival” during October, and “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 some off-season events.

    canary sitelinkShannon Perreault
    416-923-7052
    wmct@wmct.on.ca
    www.wmct.on.ca

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    Music In the AfternoonThrough its “Music in the Afternoon” concert series, the WMCT presents chamber music concerts featuring musicians on the threshold of international recognition, as well as established artists and ensembles.

    The WMCT is committed to presenting a full season of five hybrid concerts (in-person and virtual on-demand) for its 124th (2021/22) season. Concerts include: Blake Pouliot, violin; with Hsin-I Huang, piano (September 30, 2021); Beverley Johnston, percussion and Friends (November 25, 2021); Andrew Haji, tenor; with TBA piano (March 3, 2022); Cameron Crozman, cello; with Philip Chiu, piano (March 31, 2022); and Meta4 String Quartet (April 28, 2022). Artists and programs are subject to change. Please visit www.wmct.on.ca for regular season updates.

    Concerts will be held Thursday afternoons at 1:30pm at our traditional venue, Walter Hall (Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto), and will adhere to all recommended health and safety protocols.

    canary sitelinkHeather Lacey
    416-366-7723
    heather@music-toronto.com
    www.music-toronto.com

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    Music Toronto - celebrating our 50th season. What to say?

    A legacy organization in classical music, we present the world’s best chamber ensembles and solo pianists. Nowhere else in Toronto can you hear the Juilliard and St. Lawrence Quartets, Stephen Hough and Marc-André Hamelin live on stage in a perfect small concert hall downtown. Up close and personal.

    But not only the world’s greats. Favourite Canadians artists like David Jalbert, the Gryphon Trio, Ensemble Made In Canada and the Lafayette Quartet. Acclaimed international artists like the Miró Quartet and pianists Vanessa Benelli Mosell and Benjamin Grosvenor. And watch for the Toronto debut of the Korean Esmé Quartet who have enjoyed a very rapid rise to well-deserved stardom.

    The greats, the acclaimed, the well-known and loved, the new – music making at its finest. We also celebrate our 50th anniversary with two commissioned works, Kelly-Marie Murphy for pianist David Jalbert and Jeffrey Ryan for the Gryphon Trio.

    Please join us for the special experience that is live in-person chamber music. It will inspire your thoughts and engage your emotions.

    canary sitelinkJohn-Michael Scapin
    647-671-4195
    tickets@operaatelier.com
    www.operaatelier.com

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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’s productions are performed with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra on period instruments, and incorporate music, dance and theatrical staging with strong production values.

    Based in downtown Toronto, Opera Atelier produces twice a year in the heart of the city’s theatre district. The company is also in high demand internationally, and tours extensively in support of its mandate.

    Opera Atelier is dedicated to the education of youth and young artists, and offers a robust slate of education, enrichment and outreach opportunities that engage and educate new and existing audience members of all ages.

    This Fall, Opera Atelier will premiere a new film, titled Angel - a multi-disciplinary storytelling event that explores the mythology surrounding mankind’s loss of innocence and subsequent enlightenment, plus the creation of Lucifer as the first great anti-hero.

    canary sitelinkJennie Worden
    416-467-7142
    executive.director@orchestratoronto.ca
    www.orchestratoronto.ca

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    Orchestra TorontoThe "crown jewel of Canadian community orchestras," Orchestra Toronto is an orchestra created by passionate musicians within the community, for the community. Under the musical leadership of Michael Newnham, we offer the enjoyment of music, foster education and music appreciation and support emerging Canadian talent. With a five-concert season performed in the George Weston Recital Hall in North York, our organization of volunteers is committed to making symphonic music accessible to a broad and diverse public beyond the concert hall.

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    executivedirector@paxchristichorale.org
    www.paxchristichorale.org

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    Pax Christi ChoraleSince its founding in 1987 to celebrate the bicentennial of Mennonites in Canada, Pax Christi Chorale has built a loyal following. Today, under the artistic leadership of Dr. Elaine Choi, the choir continues to broaden its community and deepen its impact as a leading arts organization in the Greater Toronto Area. Pax Christi Chorale champions great choral music among a diverse community, and welcomes audience members, choristers, and volunteers from all backgrounds and walks of life.

    Pax Christi Chorale performs a vast repertoire, from the great historic masterpieces of the oratorio tradition, to newly commissioned works by Canadian composers. We encourage a choral culture in which choristers are invited to contribute and encouraged to improve their musicianship. We aspire to a disciplined atmosphere of respect and professionalism in our rehearsals and concerts. Our overarching aim is to experience the deep joys of choral singing, and to communicate that joy to our audience.

    The highlight of Pax Christi Chorale's 2021/22 season will be the Toronto premiere of Considering Matthew Shepard, a modern-day oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson on the themes of healing and forgiveness.

    canary sitelinkAndrea Budgey
    416-638-9445
    sinenominetoronto@gmail.com
    www.pims.ca/amici/sine-nomine

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    SINE NOMINE Ensemble for Medieval MusicSINE NOMINE was formed in Toronto in 1991 to research and perform music from before 1500, and has given concerts in Canada, the United States, and the UK. The members have varied backgrounds in vocal and instrumental performance (wind instruments, fiddles, lutes, and percussion), musicology, medieval history, language, literature, liturgy, and manuscript studies. In preparing repertoire, we draw on all of these specialties, and experiment with improvisation and ornamentation, as well as medieval pronunciations and tuning systems, hoping to create performances which are intelligible and enjoyable to modern audiences – and which would not have been wholly foreign to medieval listeners! We blend vocal and instrumental music from medieval courts and churches with readings, and occasionally drama, liturgy, or dance, to provide insight into the artistic and intellectual culture of the Middle Ages.

    Details of our 2021/22 Toronto season remain fluid, pending public health developments, and will be announced at a later date. Our current project is a detailed exploration of a 14th-century Italian manuscript with an unusually rich combination of vocal music and instrumental dances.

    canary sitelinkScott Pietrangelo
    647-970-1397
    info@soundcrowd.ca
    www.soundcrowd.ca

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    SoundCrowdSoundCrowd, Toronto’s first large-scale contemporary a cappella ensemble, burst onto the scene in 2016 backing up former Barenaked Ladies' frontman, Steven Page, at the Danforth Music Hall. The brainchild of artistic director, Scott Pietrangelo, they have since studied and performed under the direction of Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off) at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, created exciting viral videos with over 200,000 views and growing, been seen at special events at the Princess of Wales Theatre, The Opera House, the Distillery District, Nathan Phillips Square, Richmond Hill, Fort York, the Harbourfront, and even on national television - flashmobbing the hosts of CTV’s The Social' for its 1000th episode. In its five short years, SoundCrowd has shared billing with the likes of Chantal Kreviazuk, Cadence, Margaret Atwood, Tomson Highway, Countermeasure, Retrocity, cast members of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen and various productions of Les Miserables. The group stayed very active during 2020/21 despite not being able to sing together in-person, creating virtual choir videos and performing online cabarets and concerts. For more information about everything SoundCrowd, please visit our website.

    canary sitelinkTim Crouch
    416-504-1282
    info@soundstreams.ca
    www.soundstreams.ca

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    SoundstreamsSoundstreams is one of the world's leading contemporary music companies, and the largest global presenter of new Canadian music. Founded in 1982, founder and artistic director Lawrence Cherney is committed to showcasing the work of Canadian and international composers, has commissioned over 170 new works, and programmed hundreds of unique and compelling concerts including chamber music events, multi-choir spectaculars, operas, music theatre works, and seven highly successful international festivals. Soundstreams serves a broad community of music lovers through their yearly “Main Stage” series and free outreach and education programs that include “Encounters”, the “Insider” program, “RBC Bridges”, and “SoundMakers.”

    Soundstreams exists to strengthen public engagement with new Canadian music and music theatre/opera through commissioning, developing, producing, and disseminating that music. We aim to inspire, foster, and enable excellence at the highest international standards.

    canary sitelinkAndrew Eusebio
    1-833-964-6337
    info@tafelmusik.org
    www.tafelmusik.org

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    TafelmusikLed by music director Elisa Citterio and executive director Carol Kehoe, Tafelmusik is an orchestra, choir, and experience that celebrates beauty through music of the past.

    Founded over 40 years ago on the pillars of passion, learning, and artistic excellence, Tafelmusik continues to bring new energy to baroque music and beyond. Historically informed performances of 17th- to 19th-century instrumental and choral music (led by chamber choir director Ivars Taurins) share the stage with vibrant, insightful multimedia programs, and bold new music written just for the group. Each piece is played on period instruments, underscored and illuminated by scholarship.

    Through dynamic performances, international touring, award-winning recordings, and comprehensive education programs, Tafelmusik invites audiences to engage with beauty and experience the breadth of emotion music can inspire.

    canary sitelinkJason Douglas van Eyk
    416-322-5928, x326
    jason@azrielifoundation.org
    www.azrielifoundation.org/amp

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    Azrieli Music PrizesEstablished in 2014, the Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) offer opportunities for the discovery, creation, performance and celebration of new concert music. In so doing, AMP embodies the Azrieli Foundation’s commitment to discovering, elevating and amplifying artistic voices, granting broad access to meaningful musical experiences that exhibit artistic excellence and advance a shared pursuit of learning and wellness.

    Open to the international music community, AMP accepts proposals for works from nominators and individual composers of all faiths, ages, backgrounds, gender identities and affiliations. Submissions for its three prize categories are submitted to two expert juries for evaluation through a biennial open call process.

    The AMP prize packages - valued at $200,000 CAD per Laureate - currently make it the largest music competition for music composition in Canada and one of the largest in the world. Past AMP laureates include Israeli-American composers Yotam Haber (2020) and Avner Dorman (2018), Australian composer Yitzhak Yedid (2020), Canadian composers Keiko Devaux (2020), Kelly-Marie Murphy (2018) and Brian Current (2016), and Polish-American composer Wlad Marhulets (2016).

    canary sitelinkEsther Farrell
    226-384-3100
    executivedirector@theedisonsingers.com
    www.theedisonsingers.com

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    The Edison Singers is a fully professional chamber choir led by internationally-acclaimed artistic director and conductor, Noel Edison. Our vision is to reach out to communities large and small with the world’s finest choral music. We produce annual concert series in three Ontario communities: Toronto Area, Niagara Area, and Wellington County. These three centres are the hubs for our choral calendar, and our aim is to become an integral part of the musical life of each community. We also plan to create more musical hubs over the next number of years.

    For The Edison Singers' 2021/22 season, we will be offering five sets of concerts. The first performance will be in early November. Please visit our website for updates.

    canary sitelinkTricia Baldwin
    613-532-3340
    tricia.baldwin@queensu.ca
    www.queensu.ca/theisabel

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    Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing ArtsThe Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (the Isabel) is a home for the creative arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a hub of vibrant artistic study, creation, and exhibition in our community. The building houses the Queen’s Department of Film and Media and the DAN School of Drama and Music, as well as the Isabel house season, which brings some of the most exciting and acclaimed musicians to its 567-seat concert hall. Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Isabel brings together world-class arts spaces and programs with a captivating sense of place, creating a dynamic venue for our students and community to learn, discover, think, do, and experience together.

    Opened in September 2014, the Isabel was designed by Oslo/New York-based firm Snøhetta and Ottawa’s N45, with acoustics and theatre design by ARUP and Theatre Projects Consultants. 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. For a virtual tour, visit www.queensu.ca/theisabel/content/virtual-walkthrough.

    canary sitelinkPeg McCracken
    705-745-1820
    singers@peterboroughsingers.com
    www.peterboroughsingers.com

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    Peterborough SingersThe Peterborough Singers was founded in 1993 under the energetic and creative leadership of artistic director Sydney Birrell. We are an auditioned 110-voice choir of adults and youth which attracts members and audiences from Peterborough, the Kawarthas, and throughout the Lakeshore. The Singers are proud of their tradition of supporting young emerging artists each season. We perform four concerts a year: a Yuletide concert, Handel’s Messiah, a popular music concert and a major oratorio.

    We are cautiously optimistic that we will be presenting our full roster of concerts in our 2021/22 concert season. Our annual Yuletide concert on November 27 will feature the Venebrass Quintet as we usher in the festive season.

    Our December presentation of Handel's Messiah will include four young soloists from the University of Toronto. In February 2022, we will be performing the songs of Paul Simon, featuring a talented group of local musicians lead by musician/arranger Steve McCracken and featuring Beau Dixon. We are also planning a performance of Verdi’s Requiem and will be accompanied by a full brass ensemble led by Paul Otway alongside Leslie Fagan, Laura Pudwell, Jonathan Liebich and Ernesto Ramirez.

    Join us and celebrate the music.

    canary sitelinkLucas Harris
    416-763-1695
    lucasharris@live.ca
    www.torontochamberchoir.ca

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    Toronto Chamber ChoirThe Toronto Chamber Choir has held a prominent place in Canada’s early music scene since 1968. An accomplished group of 30-40 auditioned singers, the TCC specializes in Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, collaborating with period instrumentalists, but also explores music from other time periods and diverse cultures. A typical season presents two evening concerts as well as two afternoon “Kaffeemusiks” that contextualize our repertoire through narration and a multimedia component.

    Rehearsals take place Wednesday evenings with occasional Saturday daytime ‘retreats’ featuring guest presenters. In September 2021, we plan to sing together in person at our new rehearsal venue, Church of the Transfiguration (111 Manor Rd. E). We welcome diversity in our membership and are currently seeking new members, with auditions held anytime by arrangement with the director.

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    416-598-0422
    marketing@tmchoir.org
    www.tmchoir.org

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    Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirCanada’s world-renowned large vocal ensemble launches an exciting 2021/22 season under the artistic leadership of our new artistic director Jean-Sébastien Vallée. We plan to return (with safety protocols in place) to rehearsing and performing together and are excited to welcome back our patrons - either in person at our Yorkminster Park concerts or online enjoying the live-streamed concerts. In this season of reconnecting, the TMC will present concerts that bring together different artists and composers in compelling ways.

    On November 2, the TMC launches its season with “Coming to Carry Me Home” - bringing together Brahms’ Requiem and Nathaniel Dett’s Chariot Jubilee. December 1 sees the return of TMC’s popular “Festival of Carols” concert.  April 15 - Sacred Music for a Sacred Space with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. May 28 - Endangered - featuring a commission by Barbara Assiginaak and the Canadian premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered.

    Visit the TMC website for updates on 2021/22 programs and how to purchase in-person and online tickets.

    canary sitelinkLawrence Peddie
    647-478-7532
    info@mozartproject.ca
    www.mozartproject.ca

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    Operated by the Mozart Project, the Toronto Mozart Players are composed of professional solo, chamber and orchestral musicians dedicated to performance of the highest calibre. Specializing in the music of Mozart and his contemporaries, the Toronto Mozart Players perform a varied repertoire from the early eighteenth century to the twenty-first century under the direction of David Bowser. With commitment to Canadian repertoire and commissioned works by Canadian composers, the Toronto Mozart Players present world premieres along with classical repertoire.

    Toronto Mozart Players perform both at Church of the Redeemer, in the Bloor Street Cultural Corridor, and virtually. Concert programs offer variety and include chamber, orchestral, vocal and choral works - featuring the Toronto Mozart Choir.

    For more information, including concert dates and information on the Toronto Mozart Choir, please visit our website.

    canary sitelinkLaurie Evan Fraser
    416-256-3809
    lef@uppercanadachoristers.org
    www.uppercanadachoristers.org

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    Upper Canada ChoristersThe Upper Canada Choristers is an SATB community choir in Toronto with a history of collaboration with choirs and professional guest artists. UCC is committed to excellence and diversity. Cantemos is UCC’s auditioned Latin-American ensemble. Founding artistic director Laurie Evan Fraser, and accompanist Hye Won Cecilia Lee, provide the professional musical leadership for this vibrant organization.

    Despite the challenges we face in these uncertain times, the choir continues to meet and rehearse regularly in person and on Zoom, following protocols as advised by Public Health.

    Our 2021/22 concert season opens with To Sit and Dream - Voices of Women, devoted to choral works written by women through the ages, including Ontario’s Sarah Quartel. The concert will be live-streamed from Grace Church on-the-Hill on October 1. On December 3, the choir will perform From Darkness Into Light featuring Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and non-seasonal music with themes of light. Our spring concert on May 13, “The French Connection”, features the Faure Requiem with baritone soloist Bradley Christensen.

     

    canary sitelinkRoy Greaves
    647-292-4204
    wychwoodclarinetchoir@yahoo.ca
    www.wychwoodclarinetchoir.com

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    Wychwood Clarinet ChoirWychwood Clarinet Choir spent the COVID season on Jamkazam and creating videos. It wasn’t perfect, but we kept our special clarinet choir alive. The Wychwood Clarinet Choir was founded in 2009 and is directed by conductor and clarinetist Michele Jacot. Choir members are clarinetists who share a love of playing music in a collegial environment. The choir’s instrumentation extends from the contrabass clarinet to the E flat sopranino. We perform new compositions and arrangements, many written or transcribed by our Composers’ Collective. Choir members are admitted by audition and pay an annual membership fee. We strive to create opportunities for serious amateur musicians to develop their musical skills and we are committed to sharing our music in educational settings and in the wider community. The group rehearses on Wednesday evenings and performs on a regular basis in Toronto’s St. Clair and Wychwood area.

    During our COVID-canceled 12th season, we released videos of special performances and new works on YouTube. Our website has updates and links to this past season’s virtual performances. We hope to see you in-person in the coming year.

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