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DAILY LISTINGS

NEW!! Sep 18 12 noon: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. SPOGreatMusic Podcast S41E01. Featuring interviews with Ronald Royer (SPO), William Rowson (SSO), Derek Spooner (Scarborough Arts), and Tamar Ilana (FabCollab). Host: Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh. Visit the SPO’s website here for links.

NEW!! Sep 19 7:00: Guitar Society of Toronto. Online Streamed Concert: Tim Beattie, Guitar. Registration is required in advance via Eventbrite. Suggested donation (can be made during registration): $20 per person. Visit the Guitar Society of Toronto’s website here for more information.

Sep 20 2:00: TD Niagara Jazz Festival. LIVEstream.LOVE.WORLD Series #06 with Badié. Live from Paris. Interested but can't attend? All our livestreamed performances are available through our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Enjoy this live streamed performance with our compliments. Donations in support of our Festival and our artists are gratefully accepted here.

NEW!! Sep 21 12:15: Music Mondays. Duo Concertante. Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin and Timothy Steeves, piano) is a Juno-winning violin-piano team from Atlantic Canada that has toured all over the world and produced 11 award-winning CD's. They will be performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Smetana and premiering new works by Carmen Braden and Ian Cusson. The stream and full program notes will be available here.

NEW!! Sep 21 2:00: Temple Sinai. Musical Mondays. Musical and artistic creativity have been integral parts of the Temple Sinai experience since the beginning. This series gives our members an opportunity to meet some of the talented artists from our Temple family who have contributed in the past and will join us for a new Musical Mondays tradition! Join us for an interview with our Musical Legacy Award winner Dramatic Soprano Jaclyn Grossman (rebroadcast). For more information visit our website here.

Sep 23 7:00: Confluence Concerts. Something to Live For: A Billy Strayhorn Celebration. A range of works by the great 20th-century composer and jazz pianist Billy Strayhorn, best known for his long-standing collaboration with Duke Ellington. Larry Beckwith, voice; Alexa Belgrade, piano; Andrew Downing, cello and arrangements; Leighton Harrell, bass; Drew Jurecka, violin; Marion Newman, voice; Patricia O’Callaghan, voice; Alex Samaras, voice; Suba Sankaran, voice. Available online on Confluence Concerts’ YouTube channel. For information call 416-786-2509. All Confluence Online Concerts are offered free of charge and will remain online for two weeks after the premiere on YouTube. All donations are gratefully received. This concert is available until Oct 7. Pre-concert chat at 6:30pm.

NEW!! Sep 27 2:00: TD Markham Jazz Festival. Ready. Set. Connect. Concert #1. Trumpet phenom Alexis Baro kicks off our streamed series with a quintet of award-winning talent! Tune in here prior to each concert.

NEW!! Canzona Chamber Players. George Koller: Livestreamed Solo Recital. A Benefit For St. Michael's COVID-19 Courage Fund. See the concert here. In lieu of a concert ticket, donations to the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation COVID-19 Courage Fund, in Memory of Elizabeth Krehm, can be made here.

Oct 01 8:00: The Pierrot Lunaire. Lunaire Live III: The Harvest Moon. Pianist Adam Sherkin performs music by Chopin: Scherzo No.1 in b, Op. 20; Sersam: Jonatan Medusa (2014); Hannah Kendal: Processional (2018); Charlotte Bray: Bring Me All Your Dreams (2019); Adam Sherkin: Tagish Fires, Op. 21. $20 suggested donation. For more information, visit here.

Oct 01 8:00: Tafelmusik. Mozart Together. Following many months of isolation and remote music making, the musicians of Tafelmusik gather for an emotional return to the concert stage. Filmed at Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, this opening program of the reimagined 2020/21 season is devoted to chamber music originally intended to be played in private homes and salon gatherings among friends and family. Scored for two to eight instruments, these intimate works — almost all of them new to our musicians — capture the immediacy and connection we’ve all been craving. On display will be a more playful side of titans like Mozart, Beethoven, and Boccherini, including a movement from Mozart’s famous Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major in an unusual arrangement for six string instruments, along with music by Michael Haydn, Družeckŷ, Sperger, and Spohr — classical composers eclipsed by these giants. An unforgettable homecoming. For more information, visit here.

Oct 02 12 noon: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. SPOGreatMusic Podcast: Episode 2 - Plagues, Pandemics, and Musicians.  Featuring interviews with special guests. Host: Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh. For links, visit here.

NEW!! Oct 02 7:30: Stockey Centre/Festival of the Sound. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue Live. Featuring George Gershwin’s phenomenal Rhapsody in Blue among many other incredible pieces, all performed by a number of our most beloved Festival Artists such as Jamie Parker, Guy Few, Mark Fewer, and James Campbell. This concert is available both in person and virtually. LIVE Concert Tickets: $42.95 + HST. Available only at the Stockey Centre Box Office. Limited tickets available for purchase in person (2 Bay Street) or by phone at 1-877-746-4466. VIRTUAL/LIVESTREAM Concert Tickets: $22.95 + HST. Available only at the Festival Box Office. Unlimited tickets available for purchase online here,  in person (1 Avenue Road), or by phone at 1-866-866-364-0061. Online virtual ticket purchases will be acknowledged within 24 hours via confirmation email.

Oct 02 7:30: The Upper Canada Choristers. Inti Ukana: A Latin American Tapestry. A live-streamed performance on With conductor Laurie Evan Fraser, pianist Hye Won Cecilia Lee, Cantemos Latin ensemble, M.C. Laura Fernandez; guest artists including Bernardo Padron. Visit here or call 416-256-0510 or email info@uppercanadachoristers.org.

NEW!! Oct 04 2:00: TD Niagara Jazz Festival. LIVEstream.LOVE.WORLD Series #07 with Laura Fernandez. Interested but can't attend? ALL our livestreamed performances are available at our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. Enjoy this performance with our compliments. Donations in support of our Festival and our artists are gratefully accepted here. See our full lineup here.

Oct 07 8:00: Arraymusic. Livestream Concert with Ryan Driver and The Titillators. Find the livestream here.

NEW!! Oct 08 8:00: Freesound/The Canadian Music Centre. Freesound 03. Kicking off our 2020-21 season online! We're very excited to be partnering with the Canadian Music Centre to present a concert of fantastic works for clarinet, violin, and piano by Canadian composers Jason Doell and Anna Höstman. Available on the CMC Website Stream here.

NEW!! Oct 09 12:00 noon: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. SPOGreatMusic Performance S41E01. New music performances by members and friends of the SPO. Full performance details are available here.

NEW!! Oct 09 7:00: TD Niagara Jazz Festival. LIVEstream.LOVE.JAZZ Series #41 with Bill Mays. Interested but can't attend? ALL our livestreamed performances are available at our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. Enjoy this performance with our compliments. Donations in support of our Festival and our artists are gratefully accepted here. See our full LIVEstream.LOVE.WORLD.Series Lineup here.

NEW!! Oct 10 8:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Kannamma: A Concert of Thanksgiving. From Bach to the Beatles, from visual arts to dance to drumming to singing this concert of thanksgiving brings together an amazing group of artists in a program of choral music and more that evocatively expresses gratitude. TMC Associate Conductor Simon Rivard and Guest Curator Suba Sankaran have put together a diverse program that brings together songs of thanks, gratitude and love, spanning several centuries, multiple genres and disciplines that cross cultures. Works will include European classical to jazz to pop to South Indian Karnatak music, to refreshing original compositions, complemented by visual arts and dance performance. Program is free to view but please consider a donation in support of our online programming during the pandemic. Enjoy the concert here.

Oct 16 12 noon: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. SPOGreatMusic Podcast: Episode 3 - Socially Distanced: Music for a Solo Instrument: J.S. Bach Plus.. Featuring interviews with special guests. Host: Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh. Find links and further information at our website here.

NEW!! Oct 17 7:00: New Adventures in Sound Art/Charles Street Video. Endosymbiosis: Live Electronic Music Performance with Liquid Light Imagery by Robert Fantinatto. A video and improvised electronic music performance which utilizes a variation on the technique of Liquid Light by replacing the overhead projector with a 4K video camera. The improvised music performed by Fantinatto uses a customized modular synthesizer along with slowed-down water sounds. The performance will be live-streamed over YouTube with Q&A discussion taking place afterwards on the Whereby platform. Online Location issued after Advance Registration at here.

NEW!! Oct 18 2:00: TD Niagara Jazz Festival. LIVEstream.LOVE.WORLD Series #09 with Juneyt. Interested but can't attend? ALL our livestreamed performances are available at our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. Enjoy this performance with our compliments. Donations in support of our Festival and our artists are gratefully accepted here. See our full lineup here.

NEW!! Oct 22 8:00: Tafelmusik. Passions of the Soul. A livestreamed event curated and directed by Elisa Citterio. Bliss, grief, delight: experience a kaleidoscope of emotions with 18th-century music that will open your heart and mind. This concert is a microcosm of our season theme, “Passions of the Soul.” In their quest to awe and inspire, 18th-century composers strove to describe the desires of the soul and touch the hearts of listeners with poignant and captivating music. Works featured include Lalande’s Chaconne (inspired by the magnificent fountains of Versailles); Locatelli’s Sinfonia Funebre, and Telemann’s suite La Bourse, an irreverent depiction of the roller-coaster of emotions experienced by investors in the stock market. Single ticket purchasers will be able to re-access the concert for a full 24 hours after the original broadcast time. You can revisit your ticket link, contained in your confirmation email, to watch until October 23, 2020 at 7:59pm. $30 + service fees. Box Office: 1-833-964-6337. Visit our website here.

NEW!! Oct 23 12 noon: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. SPO Music Performance S41E02. New music performances by members and friends of the SPO. Full performance details and links can be found here. Today's theme: Socially Distanced: Music for a Solo Instrument, J.S. Bach Plus.

NEW!! Oct 23 7:00: TD Niagara Jazz Festival. LIVEstream.LOVE.JAZZ Series #43 with Jay Reed. Interested but can't attend? ALL our livestreamed performances are available at our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. Enjoy this performance with our compliments. Donations in support of our Festival and our artists are gratefully accepted here. See our full lineup here.

NEW!! Oct 24 7:00: New Adventures in Sound Art and Charles Street Video. Adeva (version000_01): Electronic Music and Video Performance by Debashis Sinha. Debashis Sinha’s explorations of how his Bengali heritage can manifest through the toolset of contemporary electronic music continues with this livestream performance. This is a project started in 2019 at the MUTEK JP AI Music Lab, where Sinha began exploring machine learning and AI and their applications in sound, and where he realized their use as a dramaturgical tool in the story-based explorations and re-imaginings of Hindu myth he has been creating for nearly two decades. The text and sound world of the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) is subjected to machine learning algorithms and processes to create content that lies just beyond the reach of human comprehension — a piecing together of half-understood and half-perceived bits of wisdom that is reconstructed by Sinha, and the listener in the moment of performance. The performance will be live-streamed over YouTube with Q&A discussion taking place afterwards on the Whereby platform. It is a co-presentation of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) and Charles Street Video. Online location issued after Advance Registration here.

NEW!! Oct 25 2:00: TD Markham Jazz Festival. Ready. Set. Connect. Concert #2. Spy Jazz with June Garber + Irene Torres, hosted by Jaymz Bee and featuring an exceptional band – Eric St. Laurent (guitars) George Koller (basses), Great Bob Scott (drums and percussion), Attila Fias (keyboards) and Alison Young (saxes). Tune in here prior to each concert.

NEW!! Oct 26 7:30: Art of Time Ensemble/Toronto International Festival of Authors. The Poem/The Song. Available online until Thursday, October 29th, 7:30pm. The Poem/The Song presents music inspired by poetry in a variety of contrasting musical settings. Highlights include two-time Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood reading her poem Thriller Suite accompanied by an original musical composition from Canadian composer Dan Parr, Franz Liszt's musical impression of Petrarch's Sonnets, music from the worldwide smash-hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, which was inspired by the poetry of T.S. Eliot, a fantastical setting of Walt Whitman by composer George Crumb and songs by Leonard Cohen. Performers include singers Thom Allison, Gregory Hoskins and Carla Huhtanen. RSVP here.

Oct 30 12 noon: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. SPOGreatMusic Podcast S41E04 - Beethoven: The Man and His Chamber Music - Part 1. Featuring interviews with special guests. Host: Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh. Find links and further information here.

NEW!! Nov 06 12 noon: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. SPO Music Performance S41E03 - Beethoven: The Man and His Chamber Music - Part 1. New music performances by members and friends of the SPO. Full performance details and links can be found here.

NEW!! Nov 29 2:00: TD Markham Jazz Festival. Ready. Set. Connect. Concert #3. Donovan Locke brings his rich voice and great spirit to an afternoon of memorable standards and more. Tune in here prior to each concert. 

COMPETITIONS

NEW!! International Songwriting Competition (ISC).  ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash plus additional merchandise and services. Both amateur and professional songwriters worldwide are eligible to enter. Entrants may submit songs in any of the following categories: AAA (Adult Album Alternative); AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Blues; Children's Music; Christian; Comedy/Novelty; Country; EDM (Electronic Dance Music); Folk/Singer-Songwriter; Instrumental; Jazz; Latin Music; Lyrics Only; Music Video; Performance; Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Teen; Unpublished; Unsigned Only; and World Music. Deadline is Sep 23, 2020. Enter here.

CONTINUING EVENTS

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.

NEW!! Arraymusic. Living Room Talk: Ryan Driver. This week is a little bit different as we are talking with singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/all-around-brilliant-dude Ryan Driver. We speak a bit about his history with Arraymusic and long-time collaboration with Martin Arnold, the Street Sweeper Bristle Bass, and more. You can find the talk here.

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.

Canadian Brass: welcomes friends around their virtual fireplace for learning and laughs. All events take place here.

Classical Jukebox Founded as a response to the days of COVID-19 social separation, this site is designed to provide you the ability to sing and perform your favorite classical pieces from the comfort of your own home, with accompaniments by organ and piano accompanist, Matthew Larkin. In addition, Classical Jukebox offers another service - assisting with the creation of Virtual Choirs and virtual choir videos for those missing that collaborative and artistic outlet in their lives. Further information can be found here.

Esprit Orchestra. Soundbites. The latest Soundbite in our series is an excerpt from the World Premiere performance of Quinn Jacobs' Music About Music. This concert is conducted by Eugene Astapov and was performed by Esprit Orchestra in Trinity St. Paul's Centre on April 5, 2019. Listen here. Enjoy a conversation with Quinn Jacobs and Alex Pauk here.

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.

Koerner Hall. Concerts from Home.There are more than 25 classical, jazz, and roots music concerts currently available online. Check out the available items here.

Danny Michel. Live From Lockdown Sundays. A weekly live, interactive online concert on Sundays at 3pm, on ZOOM from his studio in the woods. Unlike Facebook live, fans can see each other, interact, chat, play along & be a part of the show. Buy a ticket for $7.00, get a private link in your email and join the party on Zoom (free download available) here.

Orchestre Métropolitain. Live stream of Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1-8. On the websites of Orchestre Métropolitain and Bourgie Hall over the course of the summer of 2020. Visit here and here.

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.

Recollectiv: Currently holding on-line meetings. A unique musical 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, making this a positive intergenerational experience for all. Participation is free with pre-registration. Contact info@recollectiv.ca for meeting times, information and registration.

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

Toronto Operetta Theatre. An archival video of Toronto Operetta Theatre's production of Jacinto Guerrero's Los Gavilanes (The Sparrow Hawks) performed in April 2016 at the Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto.This zarzuela tells the story of Juan, who returns to his native village in Spain from Peru as a wealthy man, at last worthy of marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Adriana. Separated for over twenty years, Adriana is unforgiving. In his absence, Adriana had married and is now a widow with a daughter, Rosaura. Adriana’s mother Leontina proposes that Juan marry Rosaura scandalizing the village. Juan is hesitant to complicate the situation especially as Rosaura is known to be in love with a young villager called Gustavo. This production features Guillermo Silva-Marin and some of Canada's most amazing voices to dazzle your ears and eyes. Watch scenes here.

VOICEBOX|Opera in Concert. Archival Video Project: Fierabras by Franz Schubert. Schubert’s opera had its Canadian premiere in 2019. If you missed our full production, please take a look at our gift to you with this video of excerpts featuring an amazing cast under the masterful conducting of Kevin Mallon and the Aradia Ensemble. It is a rare opera at its highest degree of excellence in performance. In the midst of wars between the Frankish Christians and Spanish Moors of the late 700s, conflicts are brought to an end with the intercession of a younger generation, where love conquers all. See the video here.

WORKSHOPS

Oct 4 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization (TEMPO). Online Workshop. Lawrence Lipnik will be leading our October event. Lawrence has performed with many acclaimed early music ensembles from ARTEK and Anonymous 4 to Piffaro and the Waverly Consort, and is a founding member of the viol consort Parthenia and vocal ensemble Lionheart. He teaches recorder and viol on Amherst Early Music Online. The workshop continues until 3:00pm. Please visit the TEMPO website here for more information on how to participate online.

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