Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM). OSM Manulife Competition, 2017 edition. Open to woodwinds, brass and voice. Offers over $100,000 in prizes and scholarships every year to talented young Canadian musicians. Competition takes place November 21-25. Information: 514-840-7400 x7415; osm.ca. Registration deadline: May 12, 2017.
Galas and Fundraisers
May 10 6:00: VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto. VIVA! España! Gala Fundraising Dinner. Featuring music from Man of La Mancha and Spanish songs during the cocktail hour. Performers include VIVA!’s Chamber Choir, baritone Cairan Ryan, tenor William Ford, mezzo Rebecca Claborn and the voice and guitar duo of Laura Fernandez and Noah Zacharin. Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm St. 416-788-8482. $135.
May 25 9:00: Canadian Opera Company. Operanation. An array of interactive installations involving food, fashion, cocktails and visual art, including a live musical performance by rising young stars of the COC Ensemble Studio in collaboration with a contemporary artist. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. operanation.ca. $150.
May 31 8:00: Esprit Orchestra. Benefête Seven. An evening to benefit Esprit Orchestra. Includes wine, sweets and savouries. Guest artists: Krisztina Szabó, mezzo, and principal players from Esprit Orchestra. Cocktail attire. PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower, 18 York St., 26th floor. 416-815-7887. $300 (patron); $175 (regular).
June 04 1:00-5:00: Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Face to Face and Fabulous. Reception, followed by luncheon and entertainment by violinist Aisslinn Nosky, the NSO Story Quartet and music director Bradley Thachuk. Fundraising event to benefit the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. The Pavilion, Trius Winery at Hillebrand, 1249 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake. 905-687-4993 x221. $125.
May 14 2:00: Classical Music Club of Toronto. Kurt Weill: Seven Deadly Sins. A selection of recordings relative to one of the early works of the great 20th century composer. 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.
May 16 6:00: Music Gallery / Canadian Music Centre. All In: Creating Safer Spaces For Music. Facilitators Syrus Marcus Ware and Kira-Lynn Ferderber will examine gender, racial and accessibilty impacts on safety, then provide actionable advice. An educational, not discussion-based, format intended for venue owners/staff and presenters, but the public is welcome to attend. The Music Gallery, 197 John St. 416-204-1080. Free. VENUE CHANGE. New venue TBD. Call or check website.
May 22 10:00am-11:00am: Jewish Music Week. Sephardic Music: Medieval Roots. A presentation with ethnomusicologist Dr. Judith Cohen exploring what is – and isn’t – known about the music and musical life of the communities in medieval Spain. The Council House, 4700 Bathurst St. 416-638-4492. Free, ticket required.
May 23 10:00am–11:00am: Jewish Music Week. Nine Jews Who Changed Jazz. Using recorded examples, Larry Green of JazzFM’s Jazzology program introduces us to the music of nine jazz greats. Columbus Centre, Carrier Gallery, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. 416-638-4492; www.jewishmusicweek.com. Free.
May 26 10:00am-11:00am: Jewish Music Week. Music of Canada’s Oldest Synagogue: The Spanish and Portuguese. Cantor Eyal Bitton talks about the melodies of Canada’s oldest congregation established 1768. The music of this synagogue reflects Canadian Jewish history and Sephardi and Ashkenazi influences. Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 470 Glencairn Ave. 416-638-4492;
May 29 7:30: Congregation Darchei Noam. Jewish Music and Musicians: The Life and Music of Irving Berlin. First of a three-part series of music and conversation with musicologist Mike Daley. 864 Sheppard Ave. W. 416-638-4783. $10, $25 for series (members); $15, $35 for series (non-members). Register online: www.darcheinoam.ca and save $5. Also June 5 & 12.
June 05 7:30: Congregation Darchei Noam. Jewish Music and Musicians: Klezmer Music: Its Development and Relationship to Jazz. See May 29 listing. Second of a three-part series.
May 06 1:00-3:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Guest Masterclass with Soprano Joanne Lunn. Focusing on baroque vocal technique. Open to the public. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-9562 x241. Participants $50 (includes concert ticket); auditors free (donations appreciated).
May 27 12:00 noon: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Masterclass with New York Voices. Little Trinity Church, 425 King St. E. 416-694-6900. $15 or $40 day-pass.
May 22 12:00 noon–4:00: Jewish Music Week. Music Movie Marathon. 12:00: Israel Rocks: A Journey through Music of Visions and Divisions. This documentary shows Israel and its people through music. 1:20: Fiestaremos! Presents the inspiring work of musician Judy Frankel, who traveled the world uncovering, recording, transcribing and performing as many Sephardic folk songs as she could find, playing a vital role in preserving a history and tradition for future generations. 2:15: Kol Nidre. Nothing to do with the Kol Nidre prayer, this quirky film combines family melodrama and romance with popular songs, cantorial music and comedy. Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Ave. 416-638-4492;
Singalongs, Jams, Circle
May 17 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.
May 07 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 May 14 & 28, June 4.
May 14 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. See May 07 listing. Also May 28, June 4.
May 28 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. See May 07 listing. Also May 14, June 4.
June 4 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. See May 07 listing. Also May 14 & 28.
May 06 10:30am–1:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday. Sing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms under the direction of conductor Dan Rutzen, artistic director of The Greater Toronto MegaCity Chorus. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St. 416-598-0422;
www.tmchoir.org $10, includes refreshments. Register at the door.
May 11 7:00-8:45pm: World Fiddle Day Toronto. Workshop led by musician Anne Lederman. Join players of bowed string instruments to learn tunes from world string traditions for our community World Fiddle Day event (May 20). Long & McQuade Clinic Space, 935 Bloor St. W. 647-217-4620; for music and more info:
worldfiddledaytoronto.ca Practice sessions by donation. Next session May 14.
May 12 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; torecorder.wordpress.com $15 (non-members). Refreshments.
May 13 2:00-4:00: Silence Guelph. Guitar workshop with Pierre Bensusan (intermediate to advanced). 46 Essex St., Guelph. 519-831-4670; $50 per participant. Pre-registration required.
May 14 1:00-3:30: World Fiddle Day Toronto. Workshop led by musician Anne Lederman. See May 11.
May 14 1:30-4:00: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by recorder player Caroline Tremblay. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Rd. 416-779-5750. $20.
May 20 10:00am-10:00pm: World Fiddle Day. Day-long celebration of bowed string instruments. Morning workshops 10:00am-1:00: Anne Lederman (Métis style), Anne Lindsay (Scandinavian style), Kousha Nakhaei (Persian fiddle and kamanche), Pascal Gemme / Yann Falquet (Quebec fiddle/guitar), Amely Zhou (Chinese erhu), DnA: Diana and Andrew Dawydchak (Old Time Canadian Fiddle/Stepdance). 2:00-5:00: Around-the-World Jam (free for audience members). 5:00-6:30: Youth Showcase. 7:00-10:00: Concert with guest artists. Ismaeli Centre and Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. 647-217-4620; worldfiddledaytoronto.ca Members/under 25 free; non-members $25.
May 27 1:30: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Blue Jupiter Workshop: Rockstar 101. With Broadway performer, singer, film actress and Blue Jupiter manager Diana Preisler. Little Trinity Church, 425 King St. E. 416-694-6900. $15 or $40 day-pass.
May 27 3:00: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Musica Intima Vocal Ensemble Masterclass in A Cappella Choral Singing. Little Trinity Church, 425 King St. E. 416-694-6900. $15 or $40 day-pass.
May 27 4:15: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Elaine Overholt Clinic: Better Solo Singer = Better A Cappella Singer. Little Trinity Church, 425 King St. E. 416-694-6900. $15 or $40 day-pass.
June 02 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players’ Society. Amateur recorder players are invited to join in the playing of early music. AGM 2nd half. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-597-0485; torecorder.wordpress.com $15 (non-members). Refreshments.
June 04 2:00-4:30: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for singers and instrumentalists of Poulenc’s Gloria. Xavier Brossard-Ménard, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 905-877-0671. $10; $6(members).