Lectures, Salons, Symposia
Apr 9 2:00: Classical Music Club of Toronto. Mozart Mass in C Minor. A selection of recordings (audio and video) relative to one of the great masterpieces of the choral repertoire. For information and location contact John Sharpe 416-898-2549. $25 (annual membership fee); no charge for first-time visitors. Nominal donation accepted to cover cost of refreshments.
Apr 12 7:00: North York Central Library. Opera and Revolution: Rebel without a Chance: How Does Louis Riel Draw the Line between Hero and Anti-hero? Audio-visual presentation by Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding. Harry Somers’ Louis Riel follows seminal political upheavals in Canadian history immediately after confederation in 1867; these events helped build the young country but also led to the execution of its titular hero. Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave. E. To register: 416-395-5710. Free.
Apr 21 9:00am-7:30pm: 35th Annual Canadian Music Week. Music Cities Summit: The Mastering of a Music City. Exploring the relationship between creative city planning and the role music plays in quality-of-life for city residents, with speakers from municipal governments and music industries from around the world including Toronto, Nashville, Milan, Bogota, Detroit, Brooklyn and beyond. Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen St. W. To register: musiccitiessummit.com/register/ cmw.net/conferences/music-summit/3-day-music-summit
Apr 21 9:00am-6:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music / Munk School of Global Affairs. Hearing Riel. Major interdisciplinary symposium investigating the fraught historical subject matter contained in Harry Somers’ opera Louis Riel and its political implications for today. Speakers include Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, author John Ralston Saul, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canadian Opera Company Director Peter Hinton, Métis scholar Adam Gaudry and Indigenous rights lawyer Jean Teillet, great-grand niece of Riel. Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. Free tickets may be reserved in advance, beginning April 4, by visiting coc.ca/HearingRiel or by calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231. Limit of one ticket per person.
Apr 22 10:30am-12:00 noon: Guitar Society of Toronto. Toronto Guitar Weekend: Train like an athlete – Mental and physical strategies from athletics, adapted for musicians. Lecture by Brent Crawford, DMA Candidate, U of Toronto. Church of St. Peter and St. Simon-the-Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. 416-964-8298; http://guitarsocietyoftoronto.com/concert-season/#weekend $15 or all-event registration $135.
Apr 22 1:30-3:00: Guitar Society of Toronto. Toronto Guitar Weekend: The Art of Takemitsu: Examining his Guitar Music and the Connection to the Visual Art of Klee and Miro. Lecture by Shawn Pickup, DMA Candidate, U of Toronto. Church of St. Peter and St. Simon-the-Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. 416-964-8298; http://guitarsocietyoftoronto.com/concert-season/#weekend $15 or all-event registration $135.
Apr 25 6:00: The Music Gallery / Revolutions Per Minute. What Sovereignty Sounds Like: Towards a New Music In Indigenous Tkaronto. A forum for Tkaronto’s Indigenous musical artists to share their perspective on the sounds of sovereignty and emerging musical communities in Canada’s cultural capital. Moderated by classically trained Wolastoq First Nation vocal artist, Jeremy Dutcher; featuring emerging Anishinaabe electronic artist and Tkaronto resident, Ziibiwan. The Music Gallery, 197 John St. 416-204-1080. Free.
Apr 08 1:00: Tafelmusik. Guest Artist Masterclass with oboist Alfredo Bernardini. Working with emerging artists on baroque flute, oboe and bassoon. Open to the public. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-9562 x235. Free (donations appreciated).
Apr 23 1:00-4:00: Guitar Society of Toronto. Toronto Guitar Weekend: Master Class with The Eden Stell Duo. Church of St. Peter and St. Simon-the-Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. 416-964-8298; guitarsocietyoftoronto.com/concert-season/#weekend $15 or all-event registration $135.
Apr 01 10:00am: Canadian Children’s Opera Company. Open House. First Unitarian Congregation of Ontario, Sunderland Hall, 175 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-366-0467. Free.
Apr 01 7:00: Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Join us for a fun evening of music and song. St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor St. E. 416-763-0832. $5 (non-members).
Apr 07 5:30: Rusty Musicians. Baroque Jam. For all woodwinds, strings and keyboard to meet and play together. St. Michael’s and All Angels, 611 St. Clair Ave. W. 647-303-2199. Free.
Apr 19 7:30: Toronto Shape Note Singing Community. Monthly Sacred Harp Singing. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. There are songbooks to borrow. Music room, Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W. 647-838-8764. PWYC donation. 7:00: Short introductory workshop.
Apr 02 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 like 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 Apr 09, 23, 30, May 07.
Apr 09 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. See Apr 02 listing. Also Apr 23, 30, May 07.
Apr 23 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. See Apr 02 listing. Also Apr 09, 30, May 07.
Apr 30 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. See Apr 02 listing. Also Apr 09, 23, May 07.
May 07 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. See Apr 02 listing. Also Apr 09, 23, 30.
Apr 02 1:30-4:00: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by recorder player Matthias Maute. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Rd. 416-779-5750. $20.
Apr 08 10:30am-1:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday. Sing gospel music under the direction of Karen Burke, co-founder of the Toronto Mass Choir and associate professor of gospel choir and jazz vocals at York U. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St. 416-598-0422; tmchoir.org $10 (includes refreshments). Register at the door.
Apr 13 5:00-9:30pm: Canadian Opera Company. Youth Opera Lab. Workshop exploring the traditional music of the Métis people. Led by musician and educator Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk of the Métis Fiddler Quartet. For teens and young adults ages 16-24; includes the opportunity to observe an on-stage rehearsal of the COC’s production of Somers› Louis Riel. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. Free; advance application is required at coc.ca/YOL to secure one of the 25 spots available.
Apr 21 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players’ Society. Amateur recorder players are invited to join in the playing of early music. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-597-0485;
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Apr 23 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for singers and instrumentalists of Berlioz’s Te Deum. Ori Siegel, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-386-0258. $10; $6(members).
Apr 23 2:30: Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society. Exploring Sacred Song in Canada from over 150 Years with Margaret Leask. We will sing songs from pre-Confederation to Canadian congregational songs of our time. Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd. 416-694-6436. Free admission.