September 22, 2020

Concert report: Box Concerts take opera outside – and to audiences

by Marie Trotter

Midway through his performance of “Una furtiva lagrima” from The Elixir of Love, Toronto tenor Asitha Tennekoon glanced behind him and smiled. In the trees above a makeshift stage, outside Ehatare Retirement Home in Scarborough, unseen birds sang along to…
September 22, 2020

With “Dinner and a Show”, Crow’s Theatre goes online for a cause

by Jennifer Parr

“Is there a radical hope to be found in the humble drama classroom?” This question was asked (and answered in the affirmative) by Towards Youth, a play by Andrew Kushnir produced by Crow’s Theatre and Project Humanity in the early…
September 05, 2020

Music and the Movies: Q&A with The Cuban’s Hilario Durán

by Colin Story

In the opening credits of The Cuban – a new film released in Canada in July, written by Alessandra Piccione and directed by Sergio Navarretta – the viewer is treated to a watercolour montage of Cuban imagery, accompanied by evocative,…
September 02, 2020

Opera Squared: Anna Theodosakis on Brott Opera’s Don Giovanni

by David Perlman

It was a phone call from Hamilton, from Boris Brott, that put me on the trail of this story. Brott is indefatigable: between May 2 and August 13 the Brott Music Festival offered up 18 online productions, none more intriguing…
September 02, 2020

9th Annual TIFF Tips

by Paul Ennis

In this year like no other, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has adapted to the pandemic’s parameters by making most red carpet events virtual and scaling back on how films will be presented.  TIFF’s 45th edition – running from…
September 01, 2020

Loose Tea: Unleashed by Lockdown

by Jennifer Parr

Loose Tea Music Theatre, an indie opera and music theatre company based in Toronto, was already a vibrant, though small, presence on the Toronto scene before the pandemic hit, producing innovative socially conscious productions that pushed the boundaries of interdisciplinary…
September 01, 2020

Back to the Future: The Struggle for Equity in Jazz Studies programs

by Colin Story

As a first-year undergraduate at Capilano University’s Jazz Studies program in 2005, I, like the rest of my cohort, was automatically enrolled in a mandatory jazz history course. It was a survey course, designed to teach us how to listen…
September 01, 2020

Lessons Learned from the CEE’s – COVID-Era Experiences

by David Jaeger

A significant event in the history of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble (CEE) took place during the last week of February, 2020: the nearly 50-year-old ensemble was engaged by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Music for a four-day residency at their…
September 01, 2020

Leon Fleisher (July 23, 1928 - August 2, 2020) – The Music is the Star

by Paul Ennis

Leon Fleisher devoted his life to the piano, first as the foremost American pianist of his generation. The much-lauded collection of LPs he recorded in the 1950s and 60s was capped by a matchless collaboration with George Szell and the…
September 01, 2020

COVID’s Metamorphoses

by Robert Harris

I think it’s becoming clear that, at least here in North America, the unimaginable is going to be a reality. There just aren’t going to be any major live performing arts events for us to go to for a year.…
August 21, 2020

An Array for Challenging Times

by Andrew Timar

When I wrote about Arraymusic five years ago in a WholeNote series on Toronto concert spaces, I described it as a “seminal venue”—one that maintained a strong place as both a presenting organization and as a rental space for experimental…
August 07, 2020

Concert report: TSM 2020 – reimagined

by Paul Ennis

Toronto Summer Music’s first-ever online festival came to a rousing conclusion on August 1, with TSM artistic director and TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow leading an elite group of instrumentalists in Beethoven’s ever-popular Septet in E-flat Major Op.20. Crow stood at…
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