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How I met my teacher

To_The_WholeNote_-_Jacot.jpgAs I sat thinking what I had accomplished on my clarinet, I realized I was just spinning my wheels – not going anywhere. I was playing in my comfort zone and in my tempo zone. I was 81 years of age and wanted to improve. But how? I had no idea” 

One day as I was reading The WholeNote magazine – the best source of what’s happening in the local music scene - I spotted an advertisement for music lessons on clarinet, saxophone and flute. The teacher’s name is Michele Jacot. “Well,” I said to myself, “why not - let’s talk” and we did. I have had other teachers over the many years, but none – and I mean none – were more knowledgeable than Michele Jacot.

Read more: How I met my teacher

The_future_of_music_back_then_1.jpgForty years ago, in late 1975,  John Peter Lee Roberts, who had been in charge of CBC Radio Music since 1964, left that position, leaving behind an impressive legacy of programming leadership. In his 11 years as Radio Music head, Roberts had commissioned 160 new works by Canadian composers. Among these was R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis, now well known from its revival in this year’s Luminato Festival. Originally commissioned as a 60-minute choral work for the Elmer Iseler Singers, the work that Schafer delivered was twice that length and much more complex and ambitious, incorporating 12 choirs, soloists, sound poets, orchestra, electronics and even mime artists.

Read more: The Future of Canadian Music, Back Then

ARTISTIC TIMES AND SPACES

HPO1214 054 Banko MediaLook forward to new artistic collaborations headed by our local orchestras

Another concert season is just around the corner -- and we think that its spirit will be collaborative. In a number of new initiatives across the GTA, local orchestras will be partnering with their neighbourhood art galleries, to bring music together in concert with its visual counterparts.

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) continues its Gallery Series this year -- a collection of chamber concerts hosted in local art gallery spaces. This series seeks to bring HPO musicians and audiences alike into new spaces, offering an intimacy and visual awareness not always obtainable in the larger concert hall. The orchestra has just announced this year’s Gallery Series programming, which extends the series beyond the Hamilton downtown core to neighbourhoods in Hamilton’s east end, Dundas and Burlington.

The best part? The 60-minute concerts in this series are all more-or-less free. “Our belief [is] that art is not just a luxury, but should be affordable and accessible to everyone in our city,” says Robert Daniels, owner of the Earls Court Gallery. Admission for each of these concerts is by donation, and includes an invitation to a reception with the musicians following the performance in the gallery space. No reservations required, but arrive early -- the space in the galleries is limited and first-come, first-served. For more info on the series, check out http://hpo.org/concerts/gallery-series/.

On the TSO calendar this summer is a similar orchestral initiative, dubbed The Decades Project. For the next five years, the orchestra will feature programming from two decades of the 20th century, counting up from 1900 -- this year will feature decades one and two, which means Debussy, Stravinsky, and everything around and in-between.

What makes this venture stand out from other orchestral programming in the city this year is its collaborative vision. The six concert programs bring the TSO musicians together with curators from the Art Gallery of Ontario -- who will themselves take centre stage for pre- and post-concert guided talks. Guest conductors and the TSO Chamber Soloists will also join forces with the orchestra to present this orchestral time-lapse of early 20th-century culture.

For more information on the Decades Project, or on the TSO's other shows this season, visit tso.ca.

INTERsection 2015

Tad Michalak's vision for a new music marathon

Intersection, Contact Contemporary Music's annual weekend festival of adventurous music-making, is back this year with a vengeance. This year's festival programming is specially curated by promoter Tad Michalak (Feast in the East, Burn Down the Capital). On September 5 and 6, Toronto musicians team up with guest artists for two full days of new music performance. September 5 promises a free eight-hour musical marathon at Yonge-Dundas Square. Featured will be composer John Oswald's Spectre, which calls for an astounding 1000 violinists, as well as Christine Duncan's improvising Element Choir, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, shoegaze orchestra Flowers Of Hell, and improv duo Not The Wind, Not The Flag, for starters.

Michalak's programming the following evening brings Montreal-based The Shalabi Effect east of Yonge-Dundas to the Jam Factory. Co-presented with The Music Gallery, this concert marks the debut of the quartet's new limited edition EP. This time round, the intersection at the heart of the show is between avant-garde psych rock and Middle Eastern modes- and from what it looks like, is an experiment well worth watching.

For more information on this year's INTERsection, keep an eye out for updates at contactcontemporarymusic.ca, or at http://burndownthecapital.weebly.com.

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SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

On Tuesday, September 15, Massey Hall and the Aga Khan Museum present the one and only Yo-Yo Ma, with the Silk Road Ensemble. Founded in 2000 by the superstar cellist, this ensemble draws from a large pool of instrumental traditions, presenting a Silk Road soundworld that contains everything from the Chinese pipa to the Indian tabla.

The tickets to this show don't run cheap -- they're in the $60-$200 range -- but The WholeNote has a limited number of tickets up for grabs for interested readers. For a chance to win, just click here to fill out the form and answer the following question:

Which pipa virtuoso was a founding member of the Silk Road Ensemble? (hint: she was also a member of the jury panel for this year's Glenn Gould prize!)

For more details on this concert, visit http://masseyhall.com/eventdetail/YoYoMaSilkRoadEnsemble.

Deadline to apply: 4pm on August 22, 2015. Winners will be selected in late August.

JUST IN: CORRECTED AND NEW LISTINGS

FEATURED LISTING: Loose TEA's "Dissociative Me"

Think Faust - but with a makeover. In this new English-language of Gounod's opera, John Faustus is a recent PhD graduate with a dissociative identity disorder. This 21st-century operatic experiences runs August 18-22, at RED Nightclub -- a venue that artistic director Alaina Viau, artistic director of Loose TEA | Music Theatre, says allowed her to create a "dark and intense world where we can explore common fears of today." Sofa seating and bottle service will both be available. For details, check out our listings or visit http://www.looseteamusictheatre.com.

Other new/corrected August concert listings added online since our summer print issue are as follows:

Aug 13 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Pigeonhawk. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 13 7:00: University Settlement Music & Arts School. Student Recital. University Settlement Auditorium, 23 Grange Rd. 416-598-3444 x243/4. Free.

Aug 14 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Lua Or Die. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, showcasing talents of artists from across the Americas. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 14 6:00: TD Mosaic Festival. Mekaal Hasan Band. Pakistani music concepts united with jazz harmony and rock drive. Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr., Mississauga. 905-615-4311. Free.

Aug 14 8:30: Virgin Mobile. Indie Fridays: Zaki Ibrahim. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-979-9960. Free.

Aug 14 9:30: Harbourfront Centre/Batuki Music Society. Habari Africa Festival: Rocky Dawuni. Ghanaian music star and humanitarian Rocky Dawuni performs Afro-roots and reggae. Harbourfront Centre, WestJet Stage, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. Free.

Aug 15 8:00: Animikii Music Group. Maryam Al-Hashimi. Performing classic music and Arabic songs in a solo piano concert. Musideum, Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $10.

Aug 15 9:00: Harbourfront Centre/Batuki Music Society. Habari Africa Festival: Esie Mensah. Esie Mensah, dancer. Harbourfront Centre, Stage in the Round, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. Free.

Aug 15 10:30: Harbourfront Centre/Batuki Music Society. Habari Africa Festival: Lakeside Late Nights: Mi Casa. South African house collective. Dr Duda, club DJ, producer; J'Something, guitar, vocals; Mo-T, trumpet. Harbourfront Centre, Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. $30/$25(adv).

Aug 18 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Len Hammond. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, showcasing talents of artists from across the Americas. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 18 8:00: Massey Hall. City Cinema. Featuring Live at Massey Hall Season 2 Film: Zaki Ibrahim. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-872-4255. Free. Begins at sunset.

Aug 18 8:00: Musideum. Steve Koven Solo Piano. Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $20.

Aug 20 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Tribe Royal. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, showcasing talents of artists from across the Americas. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 20 8:00: Musideum. David Essig. Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $20.

Aug 21 8:00: Christ Church Cathedral Hamilton. The Evening Watch. Opus 8. Christ Church Cathedral, 252 James St. N., Hamilton. 905-527-1316. Free.

Aug 21 8:30: Virgin Mobile. Indie Fridays: Grand Analog with kLoX. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-979-9960. Free.

Aug 22 7:15: Skyline Music Agency. Zach Deputy. Peter's Players, 830 Muskoka Rd. S., Gravenhurst. 705-687-2117. $75.

Aug 23 2:30: Kawartha Land Trust/Peterborough Symphony. Fresh Airs on Stoney. Open-air concert and reception, plus a pre-concert chat. Dvořák: Wind Serenade Op.44. Musicians from the Peterborough Symphony; Michael Newnham, music director. Juniper Island Pavilion, 510 Stoney Lake-Island 18, Juniper Island. 705-742-1992. Suggested donation $20. Island accessible only by water. Limited water shuttle service ($2) available, must be booked in advance. Free prize draw for concert attendees.

Aug 23 8:00: Musideum. Denis Schingh. Performing original compositions and arrangements of pieces. Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $20.

Aug 25 8:00: Massey Hall. City Cinema. Featuring Live at Massey Hall Season 2 Film: Dan Mangan & Blacksmith. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-872-4255. Free. Begins at sunset.

Aug 25 8:00: Musideum. Sandra Taylor. Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $20; $10(artists).

Aug 26 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Chiron String Quartet. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, showcasing talents of artists from across the Americas. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 27 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Fugitive Minds. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, showcasing talents of artists from across the Americas. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 27 8:00: Musideum. Tim Bartsch. Presenting his life journey through original music and storytelling. Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $20.

Aug 29 7:30: Shoreline Chorus. The Shepherd and The Lamb. Shoreline Chorus with guests The Leith Quartet; Ann-Marie MacDairmid, conductor. Handel: Selected choruses from Messiah; Goodall: The Lord Is My Shepherd (from the Vicar of Dibley); Barber: Agnus Dei, Barber; Dett: Listen to the Lambs; other works. Meaford United Church, 7 Boucher St. E., Meaford. 519-599-2710. $20.

Aug 29 8:10: Gordon Murray Presents. Piano Soirée. Works by Rachmaninoff and others, arranged by Gordon Murray. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 18; Vocalise, Op.34 No.14; Piano Concerto No.2(1st mvt); other works. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity St. Paul's United Church (Chapel), 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631-4300. $15; $10(st).

Aug 31 7:00: Landen Vieira. UberJazz. Jazz Saxophonist Landen Vieira. Landen Vieira, sax; Adrean Farrugia, piano; Malcolm Connor, bass; Ethan Ardelli, drums. The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. 416-792-4497. PWYC.

Sep 02 12:00_noon: Midday Music with Shigeru. Moellman family. Marie-Caroline Bourque, violin; Jeffrey Moellman, piano; Moellman children: Jonathan, Clara, and Paul, violin and piano. Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, 50 Anne St. N., Barrie. 705-726-1181. $5; free(st).

Sep 02 6:00: The Cathedral Church of St. James. Cantatas in the Cathedral. Bach: Cantata BWV78 and organ works. Sheila Dietrich, soprano; Christina Stelmacovich, alto; Tenor TBA; David Roth, bass; Michael Bloss, organ. Cathedral Church of St. James, 65 Church St. 416-364-7865. PWYC. All donations go directly to the artists.

Sep 03 12:00_noon: Encore Symphonic Concert Band. In Concert: Classics and Jazz. John Edward Liddle, conductor. Wilmar Heights Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. 416-346-3910. $10. Incl. coffee and snack. Also Oct 1. 

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Canadian National Brass Project

It’s not every day that professional all-brass ensembles are formed -- and it’s certainly not often that those ensembles kick off their inaugural season with an illustrious ensemble-in-residence position and a province-wide tour. But there is a new band in town, and from the look of the performers on its roster, this group’s music-making will be sure to live up to its reputation.

The Canadian National Brass Project is a self-described “consortium of Canadian orchestral brass players,” under the fearless leadership of horn player James Sommerville. Comprising title chair players from 12 orchestras across North America, the ensemble begins its first summer season with a whirlwind Ontario tour that includes appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (July 22), the Toronto Summer Music Festival (July 23) and the Festival of the Sound (July 26). The group has also been named a professional ensemble-in-residence with the NYOC, a position which will culminate in a free public performance during the orchestra’s rehearsal season at Laurier University and a joint concert with the NYOC brass section (July 24).

For more details on the new ensemble, including the dates on their upcoming tour, visit their Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/canadiannationalbrassproject.

Curating a New World: Toronto Summer Music Festival’s Douglas McNabney

In our latest Conversation @ The WholeNote, publisher David Perlman sits down with TSMF artistic director Douglas McNabney to talk about what goes into putting together a musically memorable summer festival series.

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FEATURED LISTING: A CHAIR IN LOVE

Stories about love and jealousy are an operatic staple, but in this case, it’s a man who makes his dog jealous by falling in love -- with a chair. Opera by Request performs a semi-staged production of this 2005 absurdist opera by John Metcalf, titled A Chair in Love, on July 17 at Array Space on Walnut Ave. Details on the show can be found below in our listings, or at http://operabyrequest.ca/wordpress/?p=323.

Other new/corrected July concert listings added online since our summer print issue are as follows:

Jul 08 7:00: St. Bartholomew's Anglican ChurchTrinity Chamber Orchestra, UK. Beethoven: Symphony No. 1; works by Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Vivaldi. Trinity Chamber Orchestra, UK. 509 Dundas St. E. 647-208-1645. PWYC. $20 donation suggested. Fundraising concert on behalf of St. Bartholomew's Church.

Jul 09 7:00: Metropolitan United ChurchSummer Carillon Recital Series. Amy Johansen, carillon; Robert Ampt, organ. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331. Free.

Jul 10 1:10: Gordon Murray PresentsPiano Potpourri. Featuring classics, opera, operetta, musicals, ragtime, pop, international and other genres. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church. 416-631-4300. PWYC. Lunch and snack friendly.

Jul 16 7:00: Metropolitan United ChurchSummer Carillon Recital Series. Koen and Florian Cosaert, carillon. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E.416-363-0331. Free.

Jul 17 1:10: Gordon Murray PresentsPiano Potpourri. Featuring classics, opera, operetta, musicals, ragtime, pop, international and other genres. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631-4300. PWYC. Lunch and snack friendly.

Jul 17 7:30: Opera by RequestTremblay: A Chair in Love. Abigail Freeman, soprano(A Chair); Michael Robert-Broder, baritone(Truman); Kim Sartor, mezzo-soprano(Doctor); Gregory Finney, bass-baritone(Dog); William Shookhoff, piano. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-455-2365. $20.

Jul 18 7:00: Sistema TorontoGreat Big Music Week Concert. Great Big Music Orchestra; Members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; with special guests. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-545-0200. $25 suggested.

Jul 24 1:10: Gordon Murray PresentsPiano Potpourri. Featuring classics, opera, operetta, musicals, ragtime, pop, international and other genres. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631-4300. PWYC. Lunch and snack friendly.

Jul 24 7:30: Alessandra PaonessaSongs from the Screen. Classical crossover arrangements from film and theater. Includes songs from Disney, The Godfather, Tangled, Lord Of The Rings and more. Alessandra Paonessa, soprano; Daevyd Pepper, tenor; Joshua Tamayo, piano; Samuel Bisson, cello; Sharon Lee, violin. Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. 647-505-2537. $20.

Jul 25 1:00: Jazz Performance Education CentreGary Morgan's PanAmericana. Afro-Cuban, Brazilian big band. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St. 416-505-5934. Free.

Jul 25 8:00: Nonie ThompsonNonie Thompson in Concert. Blues, Irish balladry, Cajun and French-Canadian music. Nonie Thompson, vocals, guitar, harmonica; Eugene Rea, guitar, vocals, mandolin, and whistles; Tom Leighton, accordion, vocals. The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St., Kitchener. 519-820-6805. $20.

Jul 25 8:10: Gordon Murray PresentsPiano Soirée. Works arranged by G. Murray including: Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat, Op.9 No.2; Kálmán: Dream Once Again (from The Gypsy Princess); Grieg: I Love Thee; Sarasate: Gypsy Airs - Allegro molto vivace. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity St. Paul's Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631-4300. $15; $10(st).

Jul 25 9:00: Hillside FestivalDakhaBrakha. Guelph Lake Conservation Area, 7743 Conservation Rd., Guelph. 519-763-6396. $83(day pass). Main Stage.

Jul 26 4:30: Harbourfront CentreFLAUNT Meets DakhaBrakha. DakhaBrakha. 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. Free. WestJet Stage.

Jul 31 1:10: Gordon Murray PresentsPiano Potpourri. Featuring classics, opera, operetta, musicals, ragtime, pop, international and other genres. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631-4300. PWYC. Lunch and snack friendly.

Aug 07 1:10: Gordon Murray PresentsPiano Potpourri. Featuring classics, opera, operetta, musicals, ragtime, pop, international and other genres. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631-4300. PWYC. Lunch and snack friendly.

ET CETERAS

Auditions

Guelph Youth Singers. Children and youth who love to sing, and who are between the ages of six and eighteen, are invited to audition for entry in 2015 to one of GYS’s award-winning choirs (I, II, III and SATB). For more information and to book an audition: 519-821-8574 or admin@guelphyouthsingers.com   www.guelphyouthsingers.com

Competitions

Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts. Youth Music Competition. For singles, groups and bands, vocalists of all musical genres. Open to all youth ages 14 - 20 yrs. "Finale" at the Uxbridge Music Hall during Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts Sep 19. For more information:  905-649-0407. Registration deadline: July 31, 2015.

Festivities

Every Friday in July, 8:00: Virgin Mobile. Indie Fridays. July 10: fiddle meets R&B in Swing where urban rhythms and folklore intertwine, followed by Francophone trad/rock band, Hey Wow with hints of punk, disco, funk, country, and Cajun; July 17: Columbian/Francophone band, La Chiva Gantiva blend Afro-Colombian rhythms with rock, afrobeat and funk, followed by Francophone/Spanish native of Sudbury, Patricia Cano; July 24: Quebec singer-songwriter Kevin Parent, followed by Trad/folk artist, Stef Paquette known for his significant and intelligent lyrics delivered with passion; July 31: 22-year-old MC/producer, Tre Mission, known as the architect of a top to bottom unique sound and aesthetic patching together pieces of hip hop, grime, reggae, dancehall, bass, dubstep, jungle, and house. Yonge-Dundas Square. YDSquare.ca   Free.

Screenings

July 07 6:55: Virgin Mobile. Live at Massey Hall. Filmed concert of Canadian indie rock band Rural Alberta Advantage. Followed at 7:30 by film Be Kind Rewind (2008) with Mos Def, Jack Black, Danny Glover, and Mia Farrow. Following Be Kind Rewind will be Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2005) with Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu and Common in a mix of sketch comedy and musical interludes. Yonge-Dundas Square.  YDSquare.ca   Free.

July 28 7:55: Virgin Mobile. Live at Massey Hall. Filmed concert of Canadian folk singer/songwriter Basia Bulat. Followed at 8:30 by film Dreamgirls (2006) with Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, and Jennifer Hudson. Film brings to life the story of a trio of black female soul singers crossing over to the pop charts in the early 1960s. Yonge-Dundas Square.  YDSquare.ca   Free.

Spoken Word, Performance Art

July 13 to 18 and 20 to 24, 7:40: Necessary Angel/bluemouth inc. It Comes in Waves. A unique hybrid of dance, song, theatre, and installation exploring the ageless question of how we confront our own mortality (and that of our loved ones). Features an ensemble cast comprised of Dan Wild, bluemouth inc. artistic directors Ciara Adams, Stephen O’Connell, and Lucy Simic, and Richard Windeyer who plays several instruments alongside Gabi Charron Merritt. Audiences meet at Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak, 283 Queens Quay W.  necessaryangel.com  $35-$47; $30 for arts/st/sr; $30 previews, available at eventbrite.ca.

Workshops

July 13 to July 17: Contact Contemporary MusicMusic From Scratch. Week-long workshop for youth between the ages of 18 and 25 to create music with Contact and visiting composer Christien Ledroit. 
Schedule: Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-1:00: Open rehearsals with Contact (optional for participants); 
Monday-Friday 2:00-5:00: daily meetings in a collaborative workshop setting; Friday 5:30: Concert Performance. Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St. For more info and to register: 416-961-6601 x207; mfava@musiccentre.ca.

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“NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY”

Matthias Maute, photo credit to Bill BlackstoneSummer music opportunities for amateurs and the uninitiated

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that musical learning has to be put on hold. Educational opportunities feature heavily in this year’s summer music festival programming, and in many cases, have been fashioned especially for non-professionals who are hoping to refresh an old musical skill or pick up a new one.

Among the city’s larger music presenters, the Toronto Summer Music Festival leads this push for amateur music-making opportunities with its brand-new Community Academy. Developed for adult advanced amateurs, the Community Academy is set up to complement the festival’s programming and academy for young professionals, offering participants a chance to hone their musical skills with coachings, rehearsals, masterclasses and an academy-wide morning choir. Piano participants will study under Glenn Gould School dean James Anagnoson, chamber musicians will work with guests from the Toronto Symphony and COC orchestras and choir participants will sing under the direction of Matthias Maute and Laura Pudwell. There are still spaces available for the chamber choir and chamber music workshops, both of which run August 2 to 9. For details, visit http://www.torontosummermusic.com/index.php/community-academy/.

Also happening this summer is Music from Scratch, an annual workshop for young composers run by Contact Contemporary Music and the Canadian Music Centre. The week-long workshop for ages 18 to 25 (this year July 13 to 17) is totally free of charge, and emphasizes that there is no composing experience required to participate. Students will study with guest composer Christien Ledroit, as well as the Contact ensemble. If you or someone you know are interested in learning about composition, it’s a good place to start -- details at http://www.contactcontemporarymusic.ca/musicfromscratch/.

There is, of course, a wealth of other educational workshops throughout the city and beyond this summer, for everyone from professionals to first-time musicians. If you’re looking for a musical camp, course or workshop to participate in but don’t know where to start, try browsing through the Resources tab at www.thewholenote.com, where we have directories for summer music education opportunities as well as for summer festivals, many of which offer lectures, masterclasses and other music ed components.

Finally, looking forward beyond the summer -- Long & McQuade’s New Horizons Band, a community band project that invites seniors of all levels of experience to pick up a new instrument or practise an old one, has just started a new group at the store’s North York location. Rehearsals will begin this September; you can visit http://www.newhorizonsbloor.ca/ to get a feel for the organization, and email newhorizonsny@long-mcquade.com to get more info on the North York group.

Enjoy the summer weather and keep your eyes peeled for music-making and concertgoing opportunities -- the city is as musically rich in this season as at any other time of the year!

RECORDINGS RELEASED

There are a number of album launch events on the horizon from Toronto artists -- here are a few to watch for in the coming days.

Teng Li: 1939

Coming this Monday is a new project from TSO principal violist Teng Li. “1939” features viola works by early 20th-century composers Jongen, Ullmann, Hindemith, Hua and Klein, with Li collaborating with pianist Meng-Chieh Liu and violinist Benjamin Bowman. Li is an unerring musical interpreter with a history of top-notch new music chops (you may have heard her more soloistic work last fall in her appearance with Esprit Orchestra), so this album is likely to be a noteworthy one. For updates on the release, check out Teng Li’s website (http://www.tengliviola.com/) or keep tabs on her Twitter account @violaflying.

Quartetto Gelato: All Original, 100% Canadian

This upcoming release from Toronto’s Quartetto Gelato has a title that is somewhat self-explanatory -- the CD features contemporary commissions by Canadian composers, all recorded here in Toronto. The disc’s track list includes pieces by Rebecca Pellett, Michael Occhipinti, Hilario Duran, Jossy Abramovich, Charles Cozens and Howard Cable. Quartetto Gelato is hosting a CD release party for this disc on Tuesday June 23, at The Reservoir Lounge -- for more info, check out their website at http://quartettogelato.ca/.

Elaine Keillor: Poetic Sketches

Pianist Elaine Keillor will perform works from “Poetic Sketches,” her latest Centrediscs release, at the Canadian Music Centre on Wednesday June 24. The disc, named after a 1991 set of Five Poetic Sketches by Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz, will also feature piano works by Patrick Cardy, John Weinzweig, Alexina Louie, Kelly-Marie Murphy and Elma Miller. The launch event is free to attend, but requires an RSVP -- please see https://www.musiccentre.ca/node/132282 for details.

CORELIX: Be Free

Mike Romaniuk, of Lemon Bucket Orkestra fame, releases a debut EP with fellow Torontonian Jason Cho tomorrow for free download. While the duo, named CORELIX, is not necessarily classical -- and in fact, definitely falls more under an indie or alternative folk classification -- it might pique your interest. Details at http://corelixmusic.com/.

PRIZES, PRIZES - TD Toronto Jazz Festival

In this issue: The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is nearly here! Win tickets to hear special festival performances by the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Kurt Elling and Al Di Meola. Just click on the following links for a chance to win -- feel free to enter all of the contests!

Tickets to the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra: June 21

Tickets to the Kurt Elling: June 23

Tickets to Al Di Meola: June 25

JUST IN: CORRECTED AND NEW LISTINGS

FEATURED LISTING: Regent Park School of Music with the TSO

First, a few quick corrections -- we made a few small errors in our listings from the print magazine, and have now corrected them on our website:

We listed Opera By Request’s upcoming performance of A Chair in Love at Arrayspace as June 17 in error -- it takes place on July 17. The corrected listing is as follows:

Friday July 17 7:30: Opera by Request. Tremblay: A Chair in Love. Abigail Freeman, soprano(A Chair); Michael Robert-Broder, baritone(Truman); Kim Sartor, mezzo-soprano(Doctor); Gregory Finney, bass-baritone(Dog); William Shookhoff, piano. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-455-2365. $20.

We also listed the Toronto Concert Orchestra’s “Symphony in the Gardens” summer series at Casa Loma as free of charge in error -- the regular Casa Loma admission rates apply for this concert series. The corrected listing for the next concert in this series, on Tuesday, June 23, is as follows:

Tuesday June 23 7:30: Toronto Concert Orchestra. Symphony in the Gardens: Piaf Encore. La vie en rose; Sous le ciel de Paris; Milord; Hymn à l'amour. Pandora Topp, vocalist. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. 416-923-1171. $24; $18(sr/st); $14(4-13); Free (under 4).

We listed the June 27th Gordan Murray Presents Piano Soirée as taking place at St. Paul's church in Dundas. This event is taking place at Gordon Murray's usual venue Trinity St. Paul's United Church in Toronto.

Jun 27 8:00: Gordon Murray PresentsPiano Soirée. A Tribute to the Music of Sigmund Romberg (arr. G. Murray). Romberg: Will You Remember? (from Maytime), The Desert Song & One Alone (from The Desert Song), I Bring a Song of Love. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631-4300. $15; $10(st).

Finally, the following Metropolitan United Church events were listed in our June listings when they are in fact taking place in July as listed below.

Jul 09 7:00: Metropolitan United ChurchSummer Carillon Recital Series. Amy Johansen, carillon; Robert Ampt, organ. 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331. Free.

Jul 16 7:00: Metropolitan United ChurchSummer Carillon Recital Series. Koen and Florian Cosaert, carillon. 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331. Free.

Jul 23 7:00: Metropolitan United ChurchSummer Carillon Concerts. Margaret Pan, carillon. Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331. Free.

FEATURED LISTING: Regent Park School of Music with the TSO

This Saturday, June 20, 12pm-4pm, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be joining forces with over 200 students from the Regent Park School of Music for a free outdoor concert in the park. Alongside student performances, the TSO will be playing works by Copland and Moncayo, and Toronto’s newchoir will make a special guest appearance. The Regent Park School of Music has provided high-quality subsidized music education to over 1,700 students in the Regent Park and surrounding communities since 1999. Join them for the concert to show your support and hear some truly outstanding music-making, from students and professionals alike. Details at rpmusic.org.

Please find below other new/corrected June concert listings added online since this month’s print issue.

Jun 19 11:30am: Bloor-Yorkville BIA. Summer Music in the Park with The Locos. Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland St. Free, weather permitting.

Jun 19 1:00: Artscape/The Daniels Corporation. The Journey – A Living History of the Regent Park Revitalization. A musical covering the history of Regent Park. Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. 416-656-0707 x104. Free. June 19: Community Presentation; June 20: Public Event.

Jun 19 8:30: Zula Presents. Something Else! Festival. An evening of jazz and improvisation. OSWALD/MALONE/LEE/FRASER(John Oswald, composer; Terry Fraser, percussion; David Lee, bassist; Mike Malone, trumpet); ALDCROFT/THOMSON(Ken Aldcroft, guitar; Scott Thomson, trombone); Ellwood Epps, trumpet. Artword Artbar, 120 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 289-993-1993. $15/$12. Tickets and passes can be reserved by phone or email cem@zulapresents.org.

Jun 19 9:00: Small World Music. Bruno Capinan. Solo release of Brazilian samba-inspired album, Tudo Está Dito. Bruno Capinan, vocals. Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. 416-536-5439. $20(door). Doors open 5pm.

Jun 20 1:00: Artscape/The Daniels Corporation. The Journey – A Living History of the Regent Park Revitalization. A musical covering the history of Regent Park. Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. 416-656-0707 x104. . June 19: Community Presentation; June 20: Public Event.

Jun 20 1:00: Toronto Public Library. We Keep The Stories: Writer in Residence Concluding Celebration. Join Drummers, Dancers, Elders, Storytellers as they share stories, songs and dances and bid farewell to Toronto Public Library’s first Aboriginal writer in residence. North York Central Library, Concourse, 5120 Yonge St. 416-395-5639. Free. Must call to register.

Jun 20 1:30: Bloor-Yorkville BIA. Summer Music in the Park with the Atilla Fias Duo. Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland St. Free, weather permitting.

Jun 20 2:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Regent Park School of Music. Free Outdoor Concert. Students of the Regent Park School of Music join the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the students' year-end celebration recital. Moncayo: Huapango; Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo; Regent Park School of Music student performances. Earl Lee, conductor; students of Regent Park School of Music. Regent Park Aquatic Centre, 640 Dundas St. E. 416-593-7769 x267. Free. In case of rain, event will be at Sts Cyril & Methody Macedonian-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church, 237 Sackville St.

Jun 20 8:00: Rough Idea. Summer Snow. Two sets of absolutely improvised music. Michael Snow, piano, Cat analogue synth; Ken Vandermark, baritone and tenor saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet; John Oswald, alto saxophonee. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. . $20/$33(patron reserved).

Jun 20 8:30: Zula Presents. Something Else! Festival. An evening of jazz and improvisation. Not The Wind, Not The Flag(Colin Fisher, guitar, bouzouki, ney, tenor sax, guzheng, hulusi, misc. percussion; Brandon Valdivia, trapset, mbira, slit-drum, percussion); Brodie West, alto saxophone; Ellwood Epps, trumpet. Artword Artbar, 120 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 289-993-1993. $15/$12. Tickets and passes can be reserved by phone or email cem@zulapresents.org.

Jun 20 8:30: Zula Presents: Something Else! Festival. Free-Improvisation Workshop. Discussion of technical and practical aspects an instrumentalist or an improviser would want to know... Led by Ellwood Epps. Artword Artbar, 120 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 289-993-1993. Free.

Jun 20 9:00: Beaches BBQ & Father's Day Bash. Julian Taylor Band. With 54:40. Woodbine Park, 1681 Lake Shore Blvd. E. 416-922-3620. Free.

Jun 20 11:00: Ted Evans Band feat. Teagan McLaren. In Concert. A night of live music, summer celebration, and two giveaways with two of Kingston's budding artists. Rock & Roll, Acoustic, Alternative Blues, Folk. Musiikki Cafe, 73 Brock St., Kingston. 613-542-2233. Free.

Jun 21 8:30: Zula Presents. Something Else! Festival. Multi-instrumental free improvisation. See Through Trio(Tania Gill, piano; Karen Ng, saxophone; Pete Johnston, bass); Chris Palmer, guitar; Dale Morningstar, guitar, keyboards, amplified stationary bicycle, etc. Artword Artbar, 120 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 289-993-1993. $15/$12. Tickets and passes can be reserved by phone or email cem@zulapresents.org.

Jun 22 8:30: Zula Presents: Something Else! Festival. Eric Boeren 4tet & Ellwood Epps. Proponents of the Amsterdam creative music scene combine the New Dutch Swing sound with Dutch-jazz adaptations, followed by a short solo set by Ellwood Epps. Eric Boeren Quartet(Eric Boeren, cornet; Michael Moore, alto saxophone, clarinets; Wilbert de Joode, bass; Han Bennink, percussion); Ellwood Epps, trumpet. Artword Artbar, 120 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 289-993-1993. $18/$15. Tickets and passes can be reserved by phone or email cem@zulapresents.org.

Jun 24 9:00: Somewhere There/Rough Idea. The Eric Boeren Quartet. Eric Boeren Quartet(Eric Boeren, cornet; Michael Moore, alto saxophone, clarinets; Wilbert de Joode, bass; Han Bennink, percussion). Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. 416-546-4033. $25/$20(adv).

Jun 25 5:00: Roy Thomson Hall/East Coast Music Week. Live on the Patio: Ten Strings and A Goat Skin. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-593-4822. Free. Food & drinks available.

Jun 25 6:30: Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. Big Drum Social. Part of National Aboriginal History Month festivities. 16 Spadina Rd. 416-964-9087 x308. . Every Thursday evening in June.

Jun 26 11:30am: Bloor-Yorkville BIA. Summer Music in the Park with David Leask. Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland St. Free, weather permitting.

Jun 26 4:00: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Movie Screening: The Great Museum. Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. 416-637-3123. $9.73 plus taxes. Additional screenings Jun 26-Jun 30.

Jun 27 1:30: Bloor-Yorkville BIA. Summer Music in the Park with the Brendan Cassidy Trio. Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland St. Free, weather permitting.

Jun 30 9:00: Massey Hall. City Cinema. Featuring Live at Massey Hall Season 1 Film: Coeur de pirate. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-872-4255. Free. Begins at sunset.

Jul 01 1:00: University of Toronto. Canada Day Carillon Recital. Hear the 51 bells of the historic Soldiers' Tower war memorial for a one-hour recital. Roy Lee, carillon. Soldiers' Tower, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-3485. Free. Outdoor event. Seating will be provided.

Jul 03 1:10: Gordon Murray Presents. Piano Potpourri. Featuring classics, opera, operetta, musicals, ragtime, pop, international and other genres. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity St. Paul's United Church - Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631-4300. PWYC. Lunch and snack friendly. Also on Jul 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 07, 14, 21, 28 and Sep 04.

Jul 07 9:00: Massey Hall. City Cinema. Featuring Live at Massey Hall Season 1 Film: The Rural Alberta Advantage. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-872-4255. Free. Begins at sunset.

Jul 07 9:30: Curtis Nowosad Quintet. Canadian Tour. In support of their sophomore album Dialectics. Selections from Dialectics, original compositions by Nowosad, selected interpretations of music by Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Mercer/Schertzinger. Curtis Nowosad Quintet(Curtis Nowosad, drums; Derrick Gardner, trumpet; Steve Kirby, bass; Will Bonness, piano; Jon Gordon, alto saxophone). The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. 514-591-5406/514-276-6870.

Jul 24 7:30: Alessandra Paonessa. Songs from the Screen. Classical crossover arrangements from film and theater. Includes songs from 'Disney', 'The Godfather', 'Tangled', 'Lord Of The Rings' and more. Alessandra Paonessa, soprano; Daevyd Pepper, tenor; Joshua Tamayo, piano; Samuel Bisson, cello; Sharon Lee, violin. Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. 647-505-2537. $20.

Jul 28 8:00: Massey Hall. City Cinema. Featuring Live at Massey Hall Season 1 Film: Basia Bulat. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-872-4255. Free. Begins at sunset.

Aug 14 5:00: Roy Thomson Hall/Small World Music Society. Live on the Patio: Nano Stern. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-593-4822. Free. Food & drinks available.

Aug 18 8:00: Massey Hall. City Cinema. Featuring Live at Massey Hall Season 2 Film: Zaki Ibrahim. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-872-4255. Free. Begins at sunset.

Aug 25 8:00: Massey Hall. City Cinema. Featuring Live at Massey Hall Season 2 Film: Dan Mangan & Blacksmith. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-872-4255. Free. Begins at sunset.

Aug 27 5:00: Roy Thomson Hall. Live on the Patio: The Massey Hall Band. Performing Queen's It's a Kinda Magic, starring Giles Taylor. 60 Simcoe St. 416-593-4822. Free. Food & drinks available.

Aug 28 5:00: Roy Thomson Hall. Live on the Patio: The Massey Hall Band. Performing Queen's It's a Kinda Magic, starring Giles Taylor. 60 Simcoe St. 416-593-4822. Free. Food & drinks available. 

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