May 27, 2022

Zosha Di Castri in the Half-light

by David Perlman

New York-based Canadian composer, Zosha Di Castri spoke to me via Zoom May 9, ten days before her piece, In the Half-light, receives its world premiere performance under the baton of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Director Gustavo Gimeno.  Given the…
May 27, 2022

Creating Musical Spaces Indoor and Out | Two Visions

by Wendalyn Bartley

Music in the Barns Creating musical events in unusual spaces is one of the signature features of Music in the Barns, an organization founded in 2008 by violist Carol Gimbel. At the time, Gimbel had an artist studio in the…
May 26, 2022

Inspired by Inspiration at TSM

by Paul Ennis

Toronto Summer Music (TSM) is back, bigger than ever – July 7 to July 30 – with “Inspirations” as its theme. Toronto’s go-to summer classical music event will present an ambitious program of 26 mainstage concerts. Eight of them will…
May 26, 2022

Almost Too Many Shows to See

by Jennifer Parr

It seems that the resurgence of music theatre is for real this time. After so many short-lived restarts and sudden heartbreaking lockdowns, it is invigorating to finally have almost too many shows to see! Music theatre and dance are now…
May 26, 2022

The Seeds of a New Golden Age?

by Matthew Whitfield

For what feels like the first time in a long time, Toronto’s musical community is once again a busy and bustling place. Even a quick glance through this issue of The WholeNote will reveal a plethora of exciting and vibrant…
May 26, 2022

The Joy of Singing in the Noise of the World

by David Perlman

I recently bumped into violinist Larry Beckwith, Artistic Producer of Confluence Concerts, who told me he had an idea for a choral story. We were at New Music Concerts’ tribute evening, at Longboat Hall, honouring NMC’s founding artistic director, flutist…
May 26, 2022

Cem Zafir’s Something Else! Hamilton, ON June 16-19, 2022

by Stuart Broomer

Since launching in 2014, Hamilton’s Something Else! Festival has created its own distinct format, making it one of the key events for the more creative edges of jazz and improvised music in Southern Ontario.  For 2022, the festival has grown…
May 25, 2022

TD Toronto Jazz: New artists, new stages

by Colin Story

After two years of postponements, cancellations, and all of the attendant uncertainty of the pandemic, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival is back for 2022, from June 24 to July 3.  In some ways, it never left; though live shows have…
April 25, 2022

A house full of richness: Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

by Paul Ennis

The fearlessness it takes Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s meteoric rise began when his passionate playing won him the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition. Then he upped his fame quotient when he performed three short pieces at the wedding of Prince Harry…
April 25, 2022

“As If The Music Knows What It Is Doing” THE TORONTO BACH FESTIVAL 2022

by Matthew Whitfield

Why Bach? Over 270 years after his death, Bach’s music continues to inspire and attract both new and familiar audience members to concerts in numbers that are perhaps unmatched by any other Western composer. Why, all these centuries, later, is…
April 25, 2022

Women from Space: Redefining the sonic landscape

by Stuart Broomer

Women from Space is a very special festival, highlighting creativity across a diverse range of music and mixed-media work, often improvisatory, sometimes electronic, scheduled each year to coincide with International Women’s Day weekend. First launched in 2019 just a week…
April 25, 2022

Language as Music as language – Orphan Song at Tarragon Theatre

by Jennifer Parr

I believe that theatre is at its most exciting when it is taking chances and pushing at the walls that define genre. Even if the risks taken don’t pay off 100%. The world premiere of Orphan Song by Canadian playwright Sean…
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