November 19, 2020

This fall, the GGS adapts opera for online – plexiglass and all

by Jennifer Parr

How do you teach opera during a global pandemic? This was the question facing the team at the Glenn Gould School (GGS) in Toronto, tasked with planning its annual fall opera production. It was April 2020, and no one knew…
November 19, 2020

The Oud & The Fuzz – community-building in challenging times

by Meghan Gilhespy

When I first walked into The Oud & the Fuzz, it was a profoundly sensorial experience. The aromas of incense and Armenian cooking envelop you. Black-and-white photos of weathered brick buildings in the city of Gyumri, Armenia, catch your eye.…
November 02, 2020

MSC’s UnCovered Reinvented

by Jennifer Parr

As Halloween approaches, I would normally be looking forward to going to Toronto’s beautiful Koerner Hall for one of my favourite events in the fall music theatre calendar – The Musical Stage Company’s annual UnCovered concert. Clearly, this won’t be…
November 02, 2020

Exquisite Departures in trying times

by Andrew Timar

Method for the Madness Toronto weather the third week of October is still comfortably moist and mild. In the park across from my midtown street, mature deciduous trees are still tenuously holding to a blend of burgundy, flaming red, orange,…
November 02, 2020

“Classical” Baggage vs Necessary Luggage

by Robert Harris

Happy Halloween. So it seems we’re going to have some time on our hands in the musical world, whether we like it or not. It’s clear now. We’re not getting back to anything resembling normal musical life until the fall…
October 30, 2020

This fall, two Toronto keyboard collectives are pushing forward – and embracing the new

by Jane Coombs

Over the last few weeks, The Piano Lunaire founder Adam Sherkin has been braving the cool autumn wind in order to rehearse with fellow pianist Stephen Runge – the two musicians recently managed to find a space suitable for playing…
October 22, 2020

Concert report: With UBGNLSWRE, the Aga Khan Museum and Music Gallery capture the present moment

by Wendalyn Bartley

This year’s X Avant festival at the Music Gallery, now in its 15th year, was of a different sort. Stretched over three weeks, and by necessity entirely streamed online, this year’s edition was curated by Music Gallery Artistic Associates Pratishtha…
October 22, 2020

Celebrating Alanis Obomsawin: 2020 Glenn Gould Prize Laureate

by Paul Ennis

“No matter how difficult times are, try to remember that everywhere in the world there are a lot of good people and somehow, in the worst times, you meet someone who will help take you away from the danger. Do…
October 04, 2020

Discoveries along the Goldberg Trail

by Adam Sherkin

Growing up Canadian, Torontonian and a pianist, the spirit of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as transmuted by Glenn Gould, was ever within my reach. Indeed, for a time, Bach’s masterful set of variations was inextricably linked with Gould, for Canadian…
October 04, 2020

Anatomy of a Collaboration: Edwin Huizinga and Measha Brueggergosman

by David Perlman

Two leisurely phone calls – well an old-fashioned phone call and a zoom chat, to be precise – bracket this story. The phone call, bright and early on the morning of Saturday  Sep 19, was with violinist/composer Edwin Huizinga, calling…
October 04, 2020

A Time to Fall for Dance

by Jennifer Parr

In these still surreal times defined by restrictions, we are all increasingly hungry for live performance. With opera and theatre still considered too dangerous or problematic to bring back quite yet,dance has begun to return, although to unusual venues.  The…
October 04, 2020

Adventures in Sound Art: Machine Language and Livestreams

by Wendalyn Bartley

It was quite a pleasant surprise this month, after months of inactivity when I received the October listings to see that there is a variety of different performances coming up in October. If you are a fan of new and…
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