Clubs & Groups

Oct 06 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Scenes from Verdi’s Macbeth. Guest speaker: Iain Scott. Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, Room 330. 416-924-3940. $10.

Oct 13 2:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Massenet and His Exotic Operas. For further information, visit classicalmusicclubtoronto.org or contact John Sharpe at 416-898-2549 or torontoshi@sympatico.ca. Annual membership: $25(regular); $10(sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments.

Competitions

Dec 01: Toronto Mozart Violin Competition. Application deadline: Dec 1 but applications are being accepted now. Further information at mozartproject.ca.

Dec 01: Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition. Application deadline: Dec 1 but applications are being accepted now. Further information at mozartproject.ca.

Film Screenings

Oct 19 7:30: Mississauga Festival ChoirPhantom of the Opera. Film screening of the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera. Music for chamber orchestra by Andrew Downing. RBC Theatre, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000 or livingartscentre.ca. $30.

Oct 29 7:30: Toronto Theatre Organ Society. Silent Film Screening: Nosferatu. Live improvised pipe-organ accompaniment. David Simon, organ. Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-499-6262. $20/$17(adv).

Galas, Tributes and Fundraisers

Oct 06 2:00: Orpheus Choir of Toronto. Sidgwick Scholars 30th Anniversary Fundraiser. Opera hits in celebration of the 30th anniversary of our emerging artists program. Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst St. 416-530-4428. Free admission (suggested minimum donation $150).

Oct 11 7:00: Magisterra Soloists. Glitz & Glam Fundraiser. Sonja Gustafson, vocalist. Performances by Young Performer’s Award recipients. Hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. Design House London, 186 York St., London. Information at magisterra.com.

Oct 11 7:00: Musical Colleagues and Friends of Neil Crory. Tribute Concert. Presented by his musical colleagues and friends. A fundraiser for The Neil F. Crory Endowment Fund in support of the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy. An celebration of music and the human voice in honour of legendary CBC Music producer, mentor, impresario, colleague, and friend who died on January 10 at the age of 68. Performers include Phillip Addis; Isabel Bayrakdarian; Isaiah Bell; Benjamin Butterfield; Tracy Dahl; Ellen McAteer; Nathalie Paulin; Brett Polegato; Jean Stilwell; Krisztina Szabó; Daniel Taylor; Erin Wall; Monica Whicher; members of the Stratford Summer Music Academy; Howard Dyck, conductor; Joseph Macerello; Ryan Scott; members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra; pianists Emily Harper, Robert Korgaard, Stephen Ralls, and Peter Tiefenbach. Participating will be CBC Radio-Canada personalities Ben Heppner, Eric Friesen, and Françoise Davoine. This concert will be recorded by CBC Music for future broadcast. Featuring spoken tributes and a pre-concert panel discussion moderated by Robert Harris. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. Tickets and information are available at 416-964-6337 or tafelmusik.org/crory. $60 general admission.

Oct 15 7:00: BALANCE for Blind Adults. An Evening in the Key of B: Benefit Concert for BALANCE. Works by Bach, Brahms and Prokofiev; Arnowitt: jazz compositions; and other works. Michael Arnowitt, piano; Susanna McCleary, fiddle. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave. 416-236-1796 or balancefba.org/events. $45; donations welcomed. Wine and cheese to follow.

Oct 19 8:00: Acoustic Harvest/Live Music East/Patio Records. The Healing Garden Musicfest Fundraiser. Featuring Marla & David Celia and Kobo Town. Opening set: Meg Tennant. St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St., Scarborough. Wheelchair accessible. $30/$25(adv) on our website acousticharvest.ca.

Oct 24 7:30: Canadian Music Therapy Fund. The Second Annual Un-Gala. Come dressed however you feel, listen to great live music, and support an incredible cause. Food truck, open bar, and an intimate performance featuring K-Os, Skratch Bastid, and Matata 6. Propellor Coffee Co., 50 Wade Ave. musictherapyfund.ca.

Oct 31 5:30: Ken Page Memorial TrustThe Irresistible Spirits of Rhythm Halloween Jazz Party. Warren Vaché, cornet; Guido Basso, trumpet/flugelhorn; Ken Peplowski, reeds, Houston Person, tenor saxophone; Russ Phillips, trombone; and others. Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Rd. Call Anne at 416-515-0200. Complimentary cocktail reception, gala dinner service and grand raffle. $200.

Nov 02 8:00: Roy Thomson Hall. 6th Annual Dream Serenade Benefit Concert. A benefit concert and celebration of the Toronto community of children with developmental and or physical disabilities and their caregivers. 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. $34.50-$199.50.

Lectures, Salons and Discussions

Oct 02 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Crossing Borders – The Origins and Evolution of Puccini’s Turandot. Led by musicologist Anthony Sheppard. A special guest will perform one of their favourite arias from Turandot. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve free tickets in advance by visiting coc.ca/OperaInsights or calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231.

Oct 03 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Graduate Colloquium in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory. Anthony Sheppard (Williams College). Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 10 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Graduate Colloquium in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory. Marié Abe (Boston University). Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 17 7:00: North York Public Library. Erika Nielsen: Sound Mind. Renowned cellist Erika Nielsen shares her book Sound Mind, chronicling her battle with bipolar disorder and her road to mental health. In conversation with music critic Stephen Cera. Q&A and book signing to follow. North York Public Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St., North York. 416-395-5535. Free.

Oct 19 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. Music and Wellness – Yoga. Feel the integration of live music and movement as a singer and pianist weave melody into this unique yoga experience designed for all levels of ability. Bring your own mat. All instructors are accredited. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve tickets in advance by visiting coc.ca or by calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231. All tickets must be purchased in advance. $24; $20(st).

Oct 19 6:00: The Music GalleryX AVANT XIV: Panel - The Future of Creative Music in Toronto. David Dacks, moderator; Michael Rancic; Jessica Cho aka Korea Town Acid; Amanda Smith; Rich Brown. 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. Free.

Oct 20 6:00: The Music Gallery. X AVANT XIV: Panel - Forward Together. Del Cowie, moderator; Cheryl Duvall; Ange Loft; Chelsea McBride; Keysha Fresh. 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. Free.

Oct 23 5:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. A New Dawn for Art Song Performance. Performance, panel discussion and Q&A. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 24 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Graduate Colloquium in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory. Alan Dodson (Mount Allison). Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 28 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Music and Mental Health Lecture-Recital. In this casual evening music therapist and registered psychotherapist SarahRose Black explores the art and science of music’s effect on our physical, mental and emotional health. Learn about the role of music therapy in the healthcare industry and the practical applications of music to promote well-being. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve free tickets in advance by visiting coc.ca/OperaInsights or calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231.

Oct 29 10:00am: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Just Breathe! A Voice Pedagogy Symposium. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Master Classes

Oct 23 12 noon: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Master Class with Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone. John R. Stratton Visitor in Music. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 24 1:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Master Class with James Gourlay (brass chamber). Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 24 5:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Master Class with James Gourlay (low brass). Boyd Neel Room, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Scholarships

Oct 11. Canadian Music Therapy Fund. The George Stroumboulopoulos Music Therapy Scholarship. Application deadline is Oct 11. For eligibility and further information, contact info@musictherapyfund.ca.

Tours

Oct 06 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent. Visit the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and R. Fraser Elliott Hall, as well as backstage areas such as the wig rooms and dressing rooms, the orchestra pit, and other spaces that only a stage door pass could unlock. Tours available in French on select dates. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. coc.ca. $20(adults); $15(sr/st).

Workshops & Classes

Oct 01 7:00: Vera Causa Opera. Sing Your Heart Out! This workshop series makes learning to sing fun and accessible by exploring pop, jazz, rock, and classical music with games, activities and exercises. For anyone looking to improve singing or public speaking skills, try something new, or just have fun! Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 60 Dickson St., Cambridge. Sign up at ca.apm.activecommunities.com/cambridgeont/Activity_Search/sing-your-heart-out/. $77(members); $90(non-members) for 5 sessions. Also on Oct 8, 15 & 22.

Oct 03 6:45: Vera Causa Opera. Language Lessons: Language Quartet - Learn How to Pronounce Italian, Latin, German, and French. Through spoken and written exercises, participants will develop beginner language and diction skills for each language. A great class for those looking to expand their horizons and learn more about public speaking, languages, and culture. Clemens Mill, 50 Saginaw Parkway, Cambridge. Sign up at ideaexchange.org/programs/event/language-quartet-learn-how-pronounce-italian-latin-german-and-french. $40. Also on Oct 10, 17 & 24.

Oct 08 5:00: Canadian Opera Company. Youth Opera Lab: Movement and Dance., a familiar fairytale about a beautiful mermaid who falls in love with a human prince. Discover how ballet is cleverly used in Dvořák’s Rusalka to highlight the divide between the human world and the supernatural. No previous experience in opera is necessary. Participants are selected based on interest and relevance shown in their online application. Free to ages 16-24 and includes dinner, an interactive workshop with a professional artist, and a glimpse at the first rehearsal with orchestra. Participate in the lab and receive two free tickets to the dress rehearsal of Rusalka on Thurs, Oct 10, 2019. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Registration begins Sept 18. Complete the application available at coc.ca/YOL by Sept 26 or email education@coc.ca for more information.

Oct 20 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Readings for Singers and Instrumentalists of Schubert’s Mass in E-flat. Mervin Fick, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 647-458-0213. $10; $6(members).

Competitions

Sep 01: Azrieli Music Prizes. Celebrating Excellence in New Composition. Call for submissions closes Sep 1. Further information at azrielifoundation.org/music.

Sep 02: Queen’s University. Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition. Applications accepted until Sep 2. Further information at getaccepted.com/theisabel.

Sep 30: Schulich School of Music, McGill University. Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers. Application deadline: Sep 30. Further information at mcgill.ca/gsc.

Dec 01:Toronto Mozart Violin Competition. Application deadline: Dec 1 but applications are being accepted now. Further information at mozartproject.ca.

Film Screenings

Sep 25 6:30: Cameron Tingley. Life As We Know It. Humorous short films about modern society set to a dynamic musical score. Riverdale Public Library, 370 Broadview Ave. 416-469-3033. Free.

Galas and Fundraisers

Sep 19 5:00: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. 24th Annual Giant Used Book Sale. All proceeds from this sale go to the Mississauga Symphony. Over 60,000 items in excellent condition at bargain prices: Adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction, music sheets, scores and books, vinyl, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and games. Sheridan Centre, 2225 Erin Mills Pkwy, Mississauga. Also Sep 20 (10am), 21 (10am), 22 (11am). Cash only.

Oct 06 2:00: Orpheus Choir of Toronto. Sidgwick Scholars 30th Anniversary Fundraiser. Opera hits in celebration of the 30th anniversary of our emerging artists program. Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst St. 416-530-4428. Free admission (suggested minimum donation $150).

Lectures, Salons and Symposia

Sep 16 4:30: The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. An up-close and personal conversation with Barbara Hannigan, soprano, conductor and director, Equilibrium Program for young professional singers and conductors. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. Have questions for Barbara? Send them to barbara@ircpa.net. Have questions about the event? Call 416-362-1422. Free. Pre-register via the website: ircpa.net

Sep 19 7:00: North York Central Library. Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin. An informative talk by musicologist Dr. Mike Daley about life of American soul and gospel singer Aretha Franklin. Musical and video examples will be included. North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. 416-395-5639. Free. Registration required.

Sep 21 10:30am: SweetWater Music Festival. String Instrument Showcase: Luthier Exhibit. Some of Canada’s best string instrument makers show off their creations. Harmony Centre, 890 4th Ave. E. Owen Sound. 519-477-1403. Free.

Sep 21 1:15: SweetWater Music Festival. Luthier Performance and Talk. Featuring Mark Fewer and music journalist Robert Harris, who will also moderate a talk with outgoing and incoming artistic directors Mark Fewer and Edwin Huizinga. Local musicians play along with featured SweetWater musicians led by incoming artistic director Edwin Huizinga. Harmony Centre, 890 4th Ave. E., Owen Sound. 519-477-1403. Donations appreciated.

Sep 22 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Eric Domville, guest speaker. Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, Room 330. 416-924-3940. $10.

Sep 29 2:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Tchaikovsky on Original Instruments. Continuing the recent trend of performing Romantic period music on period instruments, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is presenting a series of concerts at Koerner Hall Sep 19 to 22 featuring Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and several pieces by Mendelssohn. Our program will include performances by Orchestra MusicAeterna under its founding conductor, Theodor Currentzis, as well as Jos van Immerseel and his Anima Eterna period ensemble. For further information, visit classicalmusicclubtoronto.org or contact John Sharpe at 416-898-2549 or torontoshi@sympatico.ca. Annual membership: $25(regular); $10(sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments.

Oct 06 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Iain Scott, guest speaker. Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, Room 330. 416-924-3940. $10.

Masterclasses

Sep 07 9:00am: Honens Festival. Master Class. William Fedkenhauser (violinist of the Miró Quartet) and Nicolas Namoradze (piano) share their artistic advice and experience with the best and brightest of Albertan musicians. TransAlta Pavilion (piano) & Room ED2008 (violin), Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, Mount Royal University, 4825 Mt. Royal Gate SW, Calgary. 403-299-0140. Free.

Sep 10 12:10: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. Voice Studies Performance Class. Includes panel discussions and master classes with special guests and performances by Voice Studies students. Visit music.utoronto.ca for details. Walter Hall, University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Also Sep 19, 24, Oct 1.

Sep 20 1:00-3:00: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. Master Class with Barbara Hannigan. Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with the Contemporary Music Ensemble and Maeve Palmer, soprano. Walter Hall, University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park. 416-978-3750. Free.

Sep 20 3:00-4:00: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. In Conversation with Barbara Hannigan and Brett Dean. Q&A with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Visiting Artists. Walter Hall, University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park. 416-978-3750. Free.

Sep 30 12:00noon: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. Tamara Wilson: Riki Turofsky Master Class in Voice. American soprano Tamara Wilson has given master classes and lectured to students throughout the US. Geiger-Torel Room, University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park. 416-978-3750. Free.

Sing-alongs, Jams, Circles

Sep 02 7:00: Synergy Dance Lab. A new monthly event for dancers and dance lovers. Jen Gillmor will host an open creative movement jam with her live music offerings. At 8:15pm the space will be opened to the public to enjoy watching as various dancers will improvise performances with Jen at the musical helm. One or more dancers will be the pre-programmed special guests each month while other dancers from the jam are encouraged to take the stage for this low-pressure, spontaneous and supportive performance opportunity. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. Come enjoy the synergy of improvised music and dance. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-532-3019. For further information: Jen Gillmor at gillmor.jennifer@gmail.com or 416-899-3342. Also Oct 7. $12.

Sep 21 12:00. SweetWater Music Festival. Classical Jam: Community Play Along. Local musicians play along with featured SweetWater musicians led by incoming Artistic Director Edwin Huizinga. Harmony Centre, 890 4th Ave. E., Owen Sound. 519-477-1403. Free.

Tours

Sep 22 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent. Includes information and access to the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and R. Fraser Elliott Hall, as well as backstage areas such as the wig rooms and dressing rooms, the orchestra pit, and other spaces that only a stage door pass could unlock. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. coc.ca. $20(adults); $15(sr/st). Also Sep 29 & Oct 6.

Workshops

Sep 21 10:30am: SweetWater Music Festival. Mozart for Munchkins. Violinist Edwin Huizinga and guitarist Graham Campbell lead a program for children and their families. Includes an Instrument Petting Zoo so kids can get a chance to play an instrument. Harmony Centre, 890 4th Ave. E., Owen Sound. 519-477-1403. Free.

Sep 21 11:00am: Thin Edge Music Collective. Workshop. Guest artists Ko Ishikawa and Miyama McQueen-Tokita will discuss the intricacies of writing for the traditional Japanese instruments sho and bass koto. Includes a panel discussion with composers Daryl Jamieson, Hiroki Tsurumoto, Yuka Shibuya, and Takeo Hoshiya. Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St. 416-961-6601. Free.

Sep 22 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for Singers and Instrumentalists of Bach’s Magnificat. Lydia Adams, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-781-4745. $10; $6(members).

Sep 28 10:30am: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop. As part of TMC’s 125th-anniversary celebrations, conductor David Fallis will lead participants through some of the great choral works commissioned by the TMC. Cameron Hall, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. More information at tmchoir.org/singsation-saturdays. $10 fee includes refreshments.

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