Oct 20 1:00: Propeller Gallery. Sound Scape. Inspired by R. Murray Schafer’s Dream-e-scape. Opening reception with artist Nancy Newton attending. Artscape Building, 30 Abell St. Artist talk on Nov 4 at 2:00. Exhibition from Oct 17 to Nov 4.
Galas and Fundraisers
Oct 12 7:00: Magisterra Soloists. Kaleidoscope: Fundraiser Gala and Silent Auction. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Special guests: Allison Walmsley, soprano; Chad Louwerse, baritone; Young Performer’s Award recipients Tina Huan and Raina Welburn. Design House London, 165 York St., London. $65; $55(online). magisterra.com. 519-615-0163.
Nov 01 5:30: Canadian Opera Company. A Night of Voices: Centre Stage. Experience the country’s most talented young singers as they compete for prizes and a chance to enter the prestigious Ensemble Studio training progam. Cocktail reception followed by Ensemble Studio Competition at 6:30. Followed by Centre Stage Gala. Tickets start at $50. 416-363-8231 and coccentrestage.ca or
Lectures, Salons and Symposia
Oct 04 1:00: Canadian Opera Company. Eugene Onegin: From Novel-in-Verse to Opera. A half-day conference brings together specialists on Russian literarture and opera to discuss Pushkin’s novel in verse and its operatic adaptation and performance history. Victoria College Chapel, University of Toronto, 91 Charles St. W. Reserve free tickets (maximum of 2 per person) at 416-363-8231.
Oct 07 2:00pm Classical Music Club Toronto. Schubert’s 1818 Compositions. Throughout his composing career, Schubert was always a prolific composer. We will examine a selection of his works from one hundred years ago. For further information, visit classicalmusicclubtoronto.org or call John Sharpe at 416-898-2549. Annual membership: $25(regular); $10(sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments.
Oct 09 7:30: The Toronto Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society. Montgomery’s Inn, corner of Dundas St. W. and Islington Ave. Anyone interested in Ellington’s music and his contributions to the art of jazz is welcome. Information at torontodukeellingtonsociety.com or 416-239-2683. Membership fee is $35 per person or $50 per couple, with one free initial visit.
Oct 11 1:30: Miles Nadal JCC. Fascinating Rhythms: The Gershwin Brothers. With pianist/musicologist Jordan Klapman. Composer George Gershwin and his brother Ira became one of the most influential songwriting teams in the history of the American musical theatre. Collaborating on more than two dozen of Broadway’s and Hollywood’s most innovative scores, they elevated musical theatre and popular songwriting to unprecedented levels of sophistication. 750 Spadina Ave. Admission: $5 online at mnjcc.org or at the door. For more information call 416-924-6211 ext 155.
Oct 14 10:30am-5:30pm: Canadian Opera Company. Hearing Hadrian: An Opera for Our Time. In partnership with the Faculty of Music at U of T, the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and the Humanitities Initiative of the Munk School of Global Affairs, this one-day, interdisciplinary confererence focusing on the questions raised by the COC’s production of Hadrian, a new opera by Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor. The event explores Hadrian and its place within the larger context of 21st-century opera and queer storytelling. Includes a Q&A with members of Hadrian’s cast and creative team, a panel on opera and technology with Against the Grain Theatre’s Joel Ivany and Tapesrty Opera’s Michael Mori, and engaging lectures by eminent scholars in musicology, classics, and gender studies. The 519, 519 Church St. Tickets at coc.ca. Free.
Oct 14 6:00: The Music Gallery. X Avant XIII Panel Discussion: Building The Halluci Nation. Curated by Bear Witness (A Tribe Called Red). The Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. Free.
Oct 20 4:00: Canadian Opera Company. Harawi: Song of Love and Death. Simone McIntosh and Rachael Kerr of the COC Ensemble Studio will explore Messiaen’s song cycle. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. Reserve free tickets (maximum of 2 per person) at 416-363-8231.
Nov 06 09 7:30: The Toronto Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society. Montgomery’s Inn, corner of Dundas St. W. and Islington Ave. Anyone interested in Ellington’s music and his contributions to the art of jazz is welcome. Information at torontodukeellingtonsociety.com or 416-239-2683. Membership fee is $35 per person or $50 per couple, with one free initial visit.
Oct 6 11:00am: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Parsons and Poole Masterclass. Sara Davis Buechner, piano. Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767. Free.
Oct 26 1:00: Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. Celebrating Shabbat in Song. We invite you to celebrate Shabbat with us at our monthly Friday afternoon program. Enjoy a Jewish-themed concert featuring popular musicians and renowned cantors, as well as a participatory Shabbat ceremony, challah and traditional treats. Presented in partnership with the Bernard Betel Centre and Healthy at Home. 750 Spadina Ave. Free. For more information call 416-924-6211 ext 155.
Oct 30 6:30: Royal Conservatory. Music on Screen: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. Directed by Catherine Bainbridge. 2017. 102 min. A Hot Docs and Sundance award-winner, Rumble reveals an essential missing chapter in the history of popular music: the Indigenous influence by First Nations and Native American musicians including Robbie Robertson, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charley Patton, Jimi Hendrix, and others, Blending audio archives, concert footage, and interviews with industry icons from Tony Bennett to Steven Tyler and Martin Scorsese. Q&A hosted by Max Rubino, including short performance by Oneida/Six Nations singer-songwriter Lacey Hill. Information at hotdocscinema.ca. Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. $17.
Oct 14 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 Oct 28. Tours are available in French on select dates.
Oct 05 12:30: Canadian Opera Company. Exploring Opera. This program welcomes families with children of all ages to explore an opera in the COC’s 2018/19 season through accessible music and drama activities. The first one-hour workshop focuses on Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky. No previous experience with opera or the performing arts is required. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). For more information and to reserve free tickets, visit coc.ca/EO.
Oct 09 5:00-9:30: Canadian Opera Company. HadrianYouth Opera Lab: Queerness, Classics and More. This free event for teens and young adults ages 18 to 24 provides an opportunity to explore and dissect an opera being presented on the COC’s mainstage. Participants in this first Lab of the 2018/19 season will explore the many themes of the COC’s world premiere of Hadrian, led by opera educator Bryna Berezowska and special guests. No previous experience with opera is necessary. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Complete the application available atcoc.ca/YOL by Oct 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Oct 13 10:30am: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop. For everyone who loves to sing. Guest conductor David Bowser, Founder and Artistic Director of the Mozart Project and Artistic Director of Pax Christi Chorale, will lead participants through Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Bring your voice; we provide the music. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St. $10 fee includes refreshments. More info: tmchoir.org/singsation-saturdays/
Oct 14 1:00: Thornhill United Church. Rejoice: Expressing Our Faith Through Music. A workshop with singer/hymn-writer Linnea Good and drummer/guitarist David Jonsoon. David will also lead a mini-workshop on drumming in worship from 1 to 2pm. Linnea and David will also lead music in our morning service at 10:30am. Thornhill United Church, 25 Elgin St., Thornhill. 905-889-2131. $15; free(children).
Oct 14 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop. Coached by viol player Felix Deak. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. St. Leonard’s Church, Canon Dykes Memorial Room, 25 Wanless Ave. 416-779-5750. www.tempotoronto.net. $20.
Oct 21 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Haydn’s Creation: Reading for Singers and Iinstrumentalists. Elaine Choi, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-551-5183. $10; $6(members).
Oct 26 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players Society. Renaissance and Baroque Workshop for Recorders and Other Early Instruments. Coach, Janos Ungvary. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. (entrance off Belsize). 416-480-1853. Guests: $20. Refreshments included. http://www.rpstoronto.ca/
Nov 04.1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop. Coached by recorder player Sophie Larivière. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Rd. 416-779-5750. www.tempotoronto.net. $20.