Book Launches and Record Releases

Nov 11 8:00: Gathering Sparks. “All That’s Real” CD Release. Eve Goldberg, acoustic guitar/ukulele/vocals; Jane Lewis, piano/ukulele/accordion/vocals with guest musicians. Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 905-641-0331. $25/$20(adv).

Dec 06 8:30: Hugh’s Room Live. Ensemble Vivant: Latin Romance CD Release Concert. 2261 Dundas St. W. 416-533-5483. $40/$35(adv).

Clubs & Groups

Nov 02 1:00: Recollectiv. For anyone living with cognitive challenges from Alzheimer’s, dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, or PTSD. The group meets weekly to rediscover the joy of making music. Community members and music students are welcome to this fun, rewarding and inter-generational experience. 292 Brunswick Ave. 416-599-8440. Free. Also Nov 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7.

Nov 10 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Dvořák’s Bewitching Rusalka. Guest speaker: John Holland, bass-baritone. Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, Room 330. 416-924-3940. $10.

Nov 17 2:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Offenbach Bicentennial Celebration. For further information, visit classicalmusicclubtoronto.org or contact John Sharpe at 416-898-2549 or torontoshi@sympatico.ca. Annual membership: $25(regular); $10(sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments.

Nov 23 7:15: Toronto Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Join us for a sing-through of Trial by Jury, a 35-minute delight and the partnership’s first big success plus a quiz and more! St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor St. E. Refreshments included. $5 for non-members.

Dec 01 2:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Bach: Christmas Oratorio. For further information, visit classicalmusicclubtoronto.org or contact John Sharpe at 416-898-2549 or torontoshi@sympatico.ca. Annual membership: $25(regular); $10(sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments.

Competitions and Applications

Nov 29 application deadline: TD Discovery Series Special Projects. Designed to encourage the creation, development and presentation of special projects by local jazz musicians. Provides successful applicants with marketing and public relations support, including a bursary, from Toronto Downtown Jazz. Projects must take place between Jan 15 and Apr 30, 2020, and must fall outside of the usual scope of an artist’s work. For complete details, please visit torontojazz.com/special-projects.

Dec 01 application deadline: Toronto Mozart Violin Competition. Further information at mozartproject.ca.

Dec 01 application deadline: Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition. Further information at mozartproject.ca.

Festivals, Fairs and Festivities

Nov 30 10:00am: Aurora Community Band. Eighth Annual Holiday Market. Christmas and holiday favourites by the Aurora Community Band. Enjoy one-of-a-kind gifts from unique local vendors. Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church St., Aurora. auroracommunityband@gmail.com. Free admission.

Galas, Tributes and Fundraisers

Nov 02 8:00: Roy Thomson Hall. 6th Annual Dream Serenade Benefit Concert. Dream Serenade is a benefit concert and celebration of the Toronto community of children with developmental or physical disabilities and their caregivers. 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. $34.50-$199.50.

Nov 22 7:00: High Notes Avante Productions. Mental Health Image-Raiser. Luba Goy, Selardor Duo, and friends. An intimate combination of a concert, social and image-raising event. Selardor Duo plays and sings favourite tunes. Talks by special guests who have been touched by mental illness. Enjoy free appetizers, buy a drink, browse the silent auction, and bid on items in the live auction. Heintzman House, 135 Bay Thorn Dr., Markham. Information at 416-605-8915 or highnotesavante@gmail.com or visit Eventbrite. $20.

Nov 24 5:00. Denise Williams In Concert: A Benefit for Orquesta Sinfónica De Oriente, Santiago de Cuba. Ernesto Lecuona: Lamento Africano and Mi Vida Eres Tu; and works by Handel, Mozart, Bellini and Gershwin. Denise Williams, vocalist; and others. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Boor St. W. cubafundraiser2019.eventbrite.com. $40; $30(st).

Nov 30 7:00: Incontra Vocal Ensemble. Creator of the Stars of Night. Advent and Christmas music by Britten, Mendelssohn, Chilcott, and J. Scott Brubacher. Matthew Otto, artistic director/conductor. Knox College Chapel, Fundraiser to support the Institute for Christian Studies. 59 St George St. 416-979-2331 ext. 260 or email: communications@icscanada.edu. $35.

Dec 02 7:30: Casey House Foundation. Voices for World AIDS Day. A fundraising concert for Casey House, Ontario’s HIV/AIDS hospital. A mixed program of classical and jazz for the whole family. Shannon Mercer, soprano; Asitha Tennekoon, tenor; Julie Nasrallah, host; Emily Steinwall Trio; Pearle Harbour, tragicomedienne; and others. Glenn Gould Studio. CBC Building, 250 Front St. W. 416-962-4040. For further information: caseyhouse.com. Free (suggested donation $20).

Lectures, Salons and Symposia

Nov 16 10:00am: Royal Canadian College of Organists Toronto. The Employment of a Church Musician. Expert panel discussion. Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Ave. 416-929-6400. Free and open to the public.

Tours

Nov 03 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 Nov 10, 17, 24, Dec 1.

Tributes

Nov 17 8:00: The Music Gallery. History Series: Celebrating Casey Sokol. Tribute to one of the greatest teachers of improvisation that Canada has ever produced, as he retires. Part improvised soiree, part interview, with nibbles and drinks to set the tone. 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. PWYC.

Workshops & Classes

Nov 09 1:00: Canadian Music Centre. Theremin Composition Workshop. Join theremin player Pamelia Stickney in the midst of the 100th anniversary of the theremin; lecture/demonstration on writing for the instrument and techniques; discussion of the differences and similarities between writing for theremin and writing for voice or strings. Composer Alexander Rapoport will also be on hand to discuss his use of the theremin in his sonatas. Canadian Music Centre, Chalmers Performance Space, 20 St. Joseph St. 416-961-6601. Free admission.

Nov 17 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for Singers and Instrumentalists of Haydn’s Te Deum and Bruckner’s Te Deum. Maria Case, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 905-877-0671. $10; $6(members).

Nov 23 10:30am: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop. Guest conductor Dr. Andrew Donaldson will lead participants through part-songs, call-and-response freedom songs, and dance songs from various faith traditions and many countries. Cameron Hall, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. Information at tmchoir.org/singsation-saturdays/. $10 fee includes refreshments.

Clubs & Groups

Oct 06 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Scenes from Verdi’s Macbeth. Guest speaker: Iain Scott. Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, Room 330. 416-924-3940. $10.

Oct 13 2:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Massenet and His Exotic Operas. For further information, visit classicalmusicclubtoronto.org or contact John Sharpe at 416-898-2549 or torontoshi@sympatico.ca. Annual membership: $25(regular); $10(sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments.

Competitions

Dec 01: Toronto Mozart Violin Competition. Application deadline: Dec 1 but applications are being accepted now. Further information at mozartproject.ca.

Dec 01: Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition. Application deadline: Dec 1 but applications are being accepted now. Further information at mozartproject.ca.

Film Screenings

Oct 19 7:30: Mississauga Festival ChoirPhantom of the Opera. Film screening of the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera. Music for chamber orchestra by Andrew Downing. RBC Theatre, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000 or livingartscentre.ca. $30.

Oct 29 7:30: Toronto Theatre Organ Society. Silent Film Screening: Nosferatu. Live improvised pipe-organ accompaniment. David Simon, organ. Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-499-6262. $20/$17(adv).

Galas, Tributes and Fundraisers

Oct 06 2:00: Orpheus Choir of Toronto. Sidgwick Scholars 30th Anniversary Fundraiser. Opera hits in celebration of the 30th anniversary of our emerging artists program. Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst St. 416-530-4428. Free admission (suggested minimum donation $150).

Oct 11 7:00: Magisterra Soloists. Glitz & Glam Fundraiser. Sonja Gustafson, vocalist. Performances by Young Performer’s Award recipients. Hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. Design House London, 186 York St., London. Information at magisterra.com.

Oct 11 7:00: Musical Colleagues and Friends of Neil Crory. Tribute Concert. Presented by his musical colleagues and friends. A fundraiser for The Neil F. Crory Endowment Fund in support of the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy. An celebration of music and the human voice in honour of legendary CBC Music producer, mentor, impresario, colleague, and friend who died on January 10 at the age of 68. Performers include Phillip Addis; Isabel Bayrakdarian; Isaiah Bell; Benjamin Butterfield; Tracy Dahl; Ellen McAteer; Nathalie Paulin; Brett Polegato; Jean Stilwell; Krisztina Szabó; Daniel Taylor; Erin Wall; Monica Whicher; members of the Stratford Summer Music Academy; Howard Dyck, conductor; Joseph Macerello; Ryan Scott; members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra; pianists Emily Harper, Robert Korgaard, Stephen Ralls, and Peter Tiefenbach. Participating will be CBC Radio-Canada personalities Ben Heppner, Eric Friesen, and Françoise Davoine. This concert will be recorded by CBC Music for future broadcast. Featuring spoken tributes and a pre-concert panel discussion moderated by Robert Harris. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. Tickets and information are available at 416-964-6337 or tafelmusik.org/crory. $60 general admission.

Oct 15 7:00: BALANCE for Blind Adults. An Evening in the Key of B: Benefit Concert for BALANCE. Works by Bach, Brahms and Prokofiev; Arnowitt: jazz compositions; and other works. Michael Arnowitt, piano; Susanna McCleary, fiddle. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave. 416-236-1796 or balancefba.org/events. $45; donations welcomed. Wine and cheese to follow.

Oct 19 8:00: Acoustic Harvest/Live Music East/Patio Records. The Healing Garden Musicfest Fundraiser. Featuring Marla & David Celia and Kobo Town. Opening set: Meg Tennant. St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St., Scarborough. Wheelchair accessible. $30/$25(adv) on our website acousticharvest.ca.

Oct 24 7:30: Canadian Music Therapy Fund. The Second Annual Un-Gala. Come dressed however you feel, listen to great live music, and support an incredible cause. Food truck, open bar, and an intimate performance featuring K-Os, Skratch Bastid, and Matata 6. Propellor Coffee Co., 50 Wade Ave. musictherapyfund.ca.

Oct 31 5:30: Ken Page Memorial TrustThe Irresistible Spirits of Rhythm Halloween Jazz Party. Warren Vaché, cornet; Guido Basso, trumpet/flugelhorn; Ken Peplowski, reeds, Houston Person, tenor saxophone; Russ Phillips, trombone; and others. Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Rd. Call Anne at 416-515-0200. Complimentary cocktail reception, gala dinner service and grand raffle. $200.

Nov 02 8:00: Roy Thomson Hall. 6th Annual Dream Serenade Benefit Concert. A benefit concert and celebration of the Toronto community of children with developmental and or physical disabilities and their caregivers. 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. $34.50-$199.50.

Lectures, Salons and Discussions

Oct 02 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Crossing Borders – The Origins and Evolution of Puccini’s Turandot. Led by musicologist Anthony Sheppard. A special guest will perform one of their favourite arias from Turandot. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve free tickets in advance by visiting coc.ca/OperaInsights or calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231.

Oct 03 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Graduate Colloquium in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory. Anthony Sheppard (Williams College). Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 10 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Graduate Colloquium in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory. Marié Abe (Boston University). Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 17 7:00: North York Public Library. Erika Nielsen: Sound Mind. Renowned cellist Erika Nielsen shares her book Sound Mind, chronicling her battle with bipolar disorder and her road to mental health. In conversation with music critic Stephen Cera. Q&A and book signing to follow. North York Public Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St., North York. 416-395-5535. Free.

Oct 19 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. Music and Wellness – Yoga. Feel the integration of live music and movement as a singer and pianist weave melody into this unique yoga experience designed for all levels of ability. Bring your own mat. All instructors are accredited. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve tickets in advance by visiting coc.ca or by calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231. All tickets must be purchased in advance. $24; $20(st).

Oct 19 6:00: The Music GalleryX AVANT XIV: Panel - The Future of Creative Music in Toronto. David Dacks, moderator; Michael Rancic; Jessica Cho aka Korea Town Acid; Amanda Smith; Rich Brown. 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. Free.

Oct 20 6:00: The Music Gallery. X AVANT XIV: Panel - Forward Together. Del Cowie, moderator; Cheryl Duvall; Ange Loft; Chelsea McBride; Keysha Fresh. 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. Free.

Oct 23 5:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. A New Dawn for Art Song Performance. Performance, panel discussion and Q&A. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 24 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Graduate Colloquium in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory. Alan Dodson (Mount Allison). Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 28 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Music and Mental Health Lecture-Recital. In this casual evening music therapist and registered psychotherapist SarahRose Black explores the art and science of music’s effect on our physical, mental and emotional health. Learn about the role of music therapy in the healthcare industry and the practical applications of music to promote well-being. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve free tickets in advance by visiting coc.ca/OperaInsights or calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231.

Oct 29 10:00am: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Just Breathe! A Voice Pedagogy Symposium. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Master Classes

Oct 23 12 noon: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Master Class with Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone. John R. Stratton Visitor in Music. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 24 1:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Master Class with James Gourlay (brass chamber). Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Oct 24 5:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Master Class with James Gourlay (low brass). Boyd Neel Room, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public.

Scholarships

Oct 11. Canadian Music Therapy Fund. The George Stroumboulopoulos Music Therapy Scholarship. Application deadline is Oct 11. For eligibility and further information, contact info@musictherapyfund.ca.

Tours

Oct 06 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent. Visit 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. Tours available in French on select dates. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. coc.ca. $20(adults); $15(sr/st).

Workshops & Classes

Oct 01 7:00: Vera Causa Opera. Sing Your Heart Out! This workshop series makes learning to sing fun and accessible by exploring pop, jazz, rock, and classical music with games, activities and exercises. For anyone looking to improve singing or public speaking skills, try something new, or just have fun! Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 60 Dickson St., Cambridge. Sign up at ca.apm.activecommunities.com/cambridgeont/Activity_Search/sing-your-heart-out/. $77(members); $90(non-members) for 5 sessions. Also on Oct 8, 15 & 22.

Oct 03 6:45: Vera Causa Opera. Language Lessons: Language Quartet - Learn How to Pronounce Italian, Latin, German, and French. Through spoken and written exercises, participants will develop beginner language and diction skills for each language. A great class for those looking to expand their horizons and learn more about public speaking, languages, and culture. Clemens Mill, 50 Saginaw Parkway, Cambridge. Sign up at ideaexchange.org/programs/event/language-quartet-learn-how-pronounce-italian-latin-german-and-french. $40. Also on Oct 10, 17 & 24.

Oct 08 5:00: Canadian Opera Company. Youth Opera Lab: Movement and Dance., a familiar fairytale about a beautiful mermaid who falls in love with a human prince. Discover how ballet is cleverly used in Dvořák’s Rusalka to highlight the divide between the human world and the supernatural. No previous experience in opera is necessary. Participants are selected based on interest and relevance shown in their online application. Free to ages 16-24 and includes dinner, an interactive workshop with a professional artist, and a glimpse at the first rehearsal with orchestra. Participate in the lab and receive two free tickets to the dress rehearsal of Rusalka on Thurs, Oct 10, 2019. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Registration begins Sept 18. Complete the application available at coc.ca/YOL by Sept 26 or email education@coc.ca for more information.

Oct 20 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Readings for Singers and Instrumentalists of Schubert’s Mass in E-flat. Mervin Fick, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 647-458-0213. $10; $6(members).

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