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ETCeteras listings are based on information sent to WholeNote in advance by event presenters. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, some events may subsequently be cancelled or postponed in different areas. Please visit presenters' websites or contact them directly for updated information. The deadline for the next weekly update is Tue Dec 15 at 6pm. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!


NEW!! Dec 12 7:00: Neapolitan Connection. Virtual Virtuosi Series: Bach and Friends. Borislav Strulev, cello. Call 416-231-0006 or visit here. $15. Video access until Dec 19. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 12 7:00: Opera Atelier. Something Rich & Strange. Measha Brueggergosman, soprano; Mireille Asselin, soprano; Cynthia Smithers, soprano; Danielle MacMillan, mezzo; Colin Ainsworth, tenor; Christopher Enns, tenor; Artists of Atelier Ballet; Members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; David Fallis, conductor. Tickets and info here. LIVESTREAM

NEW!! Dec 12 7:30: Mississauga Festival Choir. A Light in the Darkness. Festive favourites and a sing-along. Mississauga Festival Choir and special performances by our young adult Choir, Resonance. Watch here. YOUTUBE

NEW!! Dec 12 7:30: The Annex Singers. A Child's Christmas in Wales. Dramatic reading of Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales with choral works by Morley, Rossini and Walton. Richard Partington, actor; Melanie Conly, soprano; Joshua Clemenger, tenor; Parker Clements, bass; Kelly Lefaive, fiddle; Derek Gray, percussion. Visit here or call 416-847-1065. Free. Donation appreciated. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 12 8:00: Elora Singers. A Village Messiah. Selections from Handel's Messiah. Elora Singers; Members of The Festival Orchestra. Visit here or call 519-846-0331. From $15. Available until Jan 3, 2021. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 12 8:00: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Mysticism & Spirit: Masterworks by Scriabin & Wagner. Scriabin: Piano Concerto in f-sharp Op.20; Wagner: Symphony in C. Gregory Vandikas, piano; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Onstage discussion with pianist Gregory Vandikas and composer Michael Berec. Call 905-604-8339 or visit here. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 12 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival: Violin Sonatas (Part 2). Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos.5-7. James Ehnes, violin; Stewart Goodyear, piano. Call 416-408-0208 or visit here. $50. LIVESTREAM 

NEW!! Dec 12 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival: ARC Ensemble. Beethoven: Piano Trio in D (arrangement of Symphony No. 2 Op.36 by composer); Folk song arrangements for voice and piano trio; String Quintet in C Op.29. Artists of The Royal Conservatory (ARC); Monica Whicher, soprano. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. Call 416-408-0208 or visit here. $50. LIVE & LIVESTREAM

NEW!! Dec 13 11:00am: Xenia Concerts. Livestream Concert with the Despax Quartet. Visit here or call 416-927-1555. Free. LIVESTREAM 

NEW!! Dec 13 1:00: Metropolitan United Church. Deck the Halls! Sing-along carols and other holiday music. Metropolitan Silver Band. Visit here for Facebook link. ONLINE 

NEW!! Dec 13 3:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival: Violin Sonatas (Part 3). Beethoven: Violin Sonata Nos.8-10. James Ehnes, violin; Stewart Goodyear, piano. Call 416-408-0208 or visit here. $50. LIVESTREAM 

NEW!! Dec 13 7:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Against the Grain Theatre. Messiah/Complex. Handel: Messiah. Jonathon Adams, Looee Arreak, Spencer Britten, Rihab Chaieb, Deantha Edmunds, singers; diverse choirs from across Canada; and other performers; Johannes Debus; conductor; Joel Ivany and Reneltta Arluk, co-directors. Register here. Available until Dec 26. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 13: TSO / Toronto Star Musical Advent Calendar. For twelve days, until Dec 24, the TSO provides a bite-sized holiday musical treat online at Each calendar door will reveal TSO musicians with their own interpretations and arrangements of seasonal favourites. Look for the Advent Calendar on the home page of the Toronto Star online edition. Available without a paywall here. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 14 7:30: Brott Music Festival. Handel's "Messiah": Brott To You. Shantelle Przybylo, soprano; Andrea Ludwig, mezzo; Bud Roach, tenor; David John Pike, baritone; Arcady Chorus; National Academy Orchestra; Boris Brott, conductor. Call 905-525-7664 or visit here. Features Q&A with Boris Brott. Available until Jan 1, 2021. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 15 7:30: Interlochen Arts Academy. Sounds of the Season. Selections by creative writers, musicians, dancers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists. For tickets visit here. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 15 9:30: Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Pianist Daniel Vnukowski Performs the Nutcracker Suite to Support Musicians in Need. Works by Bach, Handel, Tchaikovsky, and a special arrangement by Daniel Vnukowski on Metallica in the style of Rachmaninoff. Daniel Vnukowski, piano. Watch on Facebook or YouTube. Free. Pre-concert talk requires registration available here. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 16 8:00: Achill Choral Society. Star Light, Holiday Bright! Choral selections from our past few years, with songs celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Winter Solstice. Introduction by renowned choral composer Eleanor Daley. Shawn Grenke, conductor; Nancy Sicsic, piano; and others. Tickets and direct links here. ONLINE

CANCELLED!! Dec 16 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. Beethoven Quartets: Concert V. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in a Op.132; String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Op.130 with Grosse Fuge. Penderecki String Quartet. First United Church (Waterloo), 16 William St. W., Waterloo. 519-569-1809. 

NEW!! Dec 16 8:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Festival of Carols. Performances of new works, some favourites from previous seasons, story-telling. and sing-along carols. Visit here. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 17 7:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Sing-Along Messiah on Screen. Handel: Messiah. Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Rufus Müller, tenor; Locky Chung, baritone; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir; G. F. Handel, conductor. Visit here. Available through Dec 26. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 17 7:00: TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Bachman + Bachman. Randy Bachman and Tal Bachman, performers. Visit here. On JAZZ.FM91, YouTube and Facebook. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 17 7:30: Art of Time Ensemble. To All A Good Night. Stephen Colbert & Elvis Costello: There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In; John Prine: Christmas in Prison; Tom Lehrer (arr. Jim McGrath): (I'm Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica; Tom Waits (arr. Steve McKinnon): Silent Night/Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis; Johnny Moore & Lou Baxter (arr. Jim McGrath): Merry Christmas Baby. Jessica Mitchell, Jackie Richardson, Liam Russell, David Wall and Tom Wilson, singers. For the YouTube link, visit here or call 647-344-2254. Available until Dec 20. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 17 7:30: Canadian International Organ Competition. Christmas Across Canada #2. Visit here. $10. Available until Dec 23. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 17 8:00: Holy Blossom Temple, Metropolitan Community Church, and the Imdadul Islamic Centre. Gift of Light: An Interfaith Holiday Concert for COVID-19 Relief. Come together in spirit and song to honour frontline workers and celebrate the holiday season. A TSO quartet is part of a great line-up of musical guests including Steven Page, Jackie Richardson, and tenor Richard Margison. Visit here. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 17 8:00: Soundstreams. Electric Messiah. Features a theatrically exciting cast, a brand-new commission, and a feast of musical styles ranging from jazz to soul/hip-hop, Electric Messiah brings the past to life in a fresh way that reflects the city in which we live. Visit here. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 18 12:00_noon: Metropolitan United Church. Friday Noon at Met. Works for Advent by Reger and Dupré. David Simon, organ. Visit here. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 18 12:00_noon: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. SPO Music Performance S41E06. New holiday music performances by members and friends of the SPO. Today's theme: SPO Music for the Holidays. Details here. ONLINE

CANCELLED!! Dec 18 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. Beethoven Quartets: Concert V. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in a Op.132; String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Op.130 with Grosse Fuge. Penderecki String Quartet. First United Church (Waterloo), 16 William St. W., Waterloo. 519-569-1809. LIVE

NEW!! Dec 18 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Yuletide Spectacular Online. Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor; Mike Nadajewski and Glynnis Ranney, hosts; Chilina Kennedy, vocalists; and surprise guests. Visit here. Choose what you pay from $15. Available until Dec 20 at 11:59pm. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 18 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. TSO On Demand: Holiday Pops. Andrea Menard, vocalist; Robert Walsh, guitar; Steven Reineke, host; Simon Rivard, RBC Resident Conductor. Visit here or call 416-598-3375. $20. On sale from Nov 26, 2020 and available to view until Jan 3, 2021. ONLINE

NEW!! Dec 19 1:00pm: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story: A Pandemic Pageant. Visit here. Tickets by donation ($10 suggested). A link to the screening will be sent via email. On demand after Dec 11. ONLINE


Arts@Home. A vibrant hub connecting Torontonians to arts and culture. Designed to strengthen personal and societal resilience through the arts. Visit here to learn more about this exciting collaborative initiative. ONLINE

NEW!! Canadian Opera Company. Solo Spotlight With the COC Orchestra: Featuring COC Music Director Johannes Debus in conversation with a member of the orchestra as they share candid anecdotes and special musical demonstrations. On Dec 15 COC Concertmaster Marie Bérard demonstrates her favourite violin solo from Act III of Verdi’s tragic love story La traviata. Free. Visit here. ONLINE

NEW!! Esprit Orchestra. Online Concert: World Premiere of Chris Paul Harman’s Suite for Two Cellos. Commissioned and performed by VC3 Cello Duo. Visit here to watch. ONLINE 

Kevin Barrett. Live from Lockdown. Kevin Barrett does a live-streamed set of solo guitar tunes, coming directly from lockdown in his studio in Kensington Market, Toronto. Tune in to Kevin's Facebook page on Friday here. If you can't join live, the video will be available afterwards on Kevin's page with each week's episode archived on his YouTube channel here. YOUTUBE & FACEBOOK

Ottawa Chamberfest. Chamber Chats: At Home / Chez vous. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. Hosted by celebrated broadcaster/writer Eric Friesen. Interactive episodes combine chat with pre-recorded and live performances and feature guest artists and lecturers from all over the world. For information: 613-234-8008. Visit the website here. ONLINE

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. a•P•art {of} performance series, every Thursday at 7:30pm here. ONLINE

The Toronto Consort. Early Music TV. Begins November 29, 2020. A subscription-based video streaming service dedicated to music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque. Founded and curated by The Toronto Consort. A Medieval Christmas debuts on December 14, 2020 and includes serene works like laude, English carols, and Notre Dame polyphony by Pérotin and anonymous medieval masters. This on-demand service is available here


Toronto Consort. Explorer: Discovering the World of Early Music. Explorer is a blog for the curious; a place of learning, sharing, and community. This all-new offering will present an assortment of curated content in a range of formats, like original short- or long-form articles, original video and audio recordings, and educational content on relevant topics relating to Early Music, history, and world music, as they relate our beloved repertoire. Visit here for further information. ONLINE


Recollectiv: A unique musical online meeting group made up of people affected by memory challenges caused by illness (such as dementia) or brain injury (stroke, PTSD, etc.) and their care partners. Volunteers of all ages also form part of the band, providing a positive intergenerational experience for all. Participation is free with pre-registration. E-mail Recollectiv here for meeting times, information and registration. ONLINE


Canadian Opera Company. Key Change. The COC’s new podcast offers a fresh take on today's opera issues. Co-hosted by classical singer and culture critic Robyn Grant-Moran, a member of the COC’s Circle of Artists, alongside COC Director/Dramaturg-in-Residence Julie McIsaac, the first season of bi-weekly episodes explores the operagoing experience from a variety of perspectives, with special guests from the opera field and beyond. Subscribe to Key Change wherever you get your podcasts.


NEW!! Canadian International Organ Competition. Christmas Across Canada #1. Visit here. $10. Available until Dec 16. ONLINE

NEW!! Confluence Concerts. Walter Unger Salon: Aging and Creativity. Celebrated authors and educators Linda and Michael Hutcheon curate a salon based on their 2015 book Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten, focusing specifically on the late works of Olivier Messiaen and Leonard Cohen. Patricia O'Callaghan, soprano; Robert Kortgaard, piano. Visit here for details. Available until Dec 21 on Confluence Concerts' YouTube channel. ONLINE

Kingston Symphony. Finale of Beethoven’s Third Symphony (Eroica). Forty members of the orchestra perform the finale of the Eroica, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 while in isolation in their homes. To view the virtual performance, please click here. For more information on the Kingston Symphony, please visit here. ONLINE

New Music Concerts. Sonic Grace: An NMC Audio Diary. Listen to David Hetherington perform Carter's Figment recorded live with New Music Concerts at the Music Gallery on Dec. 18, 2007, by clicking here. ONLINE

Niagara Symphony Orchestra. NSO Digital Online. Visit here to view video performances by members of the NSO. ONLINE

Sinfonia Toronto. Beethoven@250 Livestream. Beethoven: Six Ländler, WoO 15; Symphony No.7 in A Op.92 (chamber version). Nurhan Arman, conductor. ONLINE, . Vimeo. $15. LIVESTREAM. To view the livestream and performance video until Jan 3, 2021 visit 

NEW!! Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. A Tafelmusik Christmas. Co-curated by Ivars Taurins and Elisa Citterio. Bach: Christmas Oratorio; Charpentier: Christmas Pastorale; Vivaldi: La Pastorella; French noels arranged by Lalande and Corrette; Heinchen: Pastorale. Elisa Citterio, director; Ivars Taurins, director; Members of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Visit here or call 1-833-964-6337. $25(regular); $32(deluxe). Single ticket buyers can re-access the concert until Dec 22 at 8pm. ONLINE

TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Online Premiere. Measha Brueggergosman, soprano; Lennie Gallant, guitar. The internationally acclaimed opera singer and concert artist co-wrote "Champions" with Lennie Gallant. The concert is available here. ONLINE

Thirteen Strings! Virtual Concert. Purcell: Excerpts from The Fairy Queen. Handel: Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 5 in D. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (Marc Djokic, violin). Elgar: Serenade for Strings. Find the link here. Free. ONLINE

Toronto Operetta Theatre. An archival video of Toronto Operetta Theatre's production of H.M.S. Pinafore performed March 4-8, 2020, at Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Enjoy the video here. ONLINE

NEW!! Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. The TSO was thrilled to harness the healing power of music to help The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation celebrate the virtual opening of its new, world-class Cancer Centre. Watch TSO musicians perform six musical pieces by Bach, Mozart, Elgar and Sibelius (two quartets, two duets, two solos) in the new spaces. To view the video visit here. ONLINE

VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert. Archival Video Project: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. Enjoy some archival scenes from our 2019 production here. ONLINE

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