June 03, 2021

Concert Report: At season launch, SweetWater Music Festival gives chamber music a personal perspective

by Paul Ennis

SweetWater Music Festival launched its 18th season on May 28 with a special spring musical event, “Up Close & Personal with Edwin Huizinga and Philip Chiu.” Violinist Edwin Huizinga, SweetWater artistic director, and pianist Philip Chiu played works by Brahms…
May 25, 2021

Concert report: AGO Virtual School Programs bring together visual and performing arts – for all ages

by Jane Coombs

Lauren Spring, Art Gallery of Ontario educator, shares a painting on her Zoom screen. It is a tense scene. An old man, fuming, rises from his throne and points threateningly at a young woman draped in white fabric. She reaches…
May 18, 2021

Concert report: Art of Time Ensemble’s A Singer Must Die - a fitting tribute

by Joshua Chong

What would Leonard Cohen make of the moment we are in? I found myself asking that question while watching an all-star group of Canadian artists perform a selection of songs from his vast catalogue in A Singer Must Die, Art…
May 14, 2021

“Creative Collisions”: Kendra Fry becomes general manager at Stratford Summer Music

by Ayah Victoria McKhail

There’s a palpable sense of enthusiasm in Kendra Fry’s voice and there’s a good reason why. On April 1, she made her debut as general manager of Stratford Summer Music (SSM). For seven years, she had been in the same…
May 08, 2021

Quoth the canaries, … evermore!

by David Perlman

BACK IN THE DAY (almost 20 years ago), flushed with the success of our annual fall BLUE PAGES directory of presenters (aimed at readers looking for music to listen to), we decided to start an annual spring choral directory (aimed…
May 08, 2021

Handel’s La Resurrezione: A Premiere 300 Years in the Making

by Matthew Whitfield

If one were to compile an orchestra and soloists to perform a religious work by Georg Frideric Handel, audience members could be forgiven for thinking that Messiah was on the program, so synonymous has this oratorio become with both the…
May 08, 2021

Summer Music in the Garden Bids Farewell to Founding Artistic Director Tamara Bernstein

by Cathy Riches

Anyone who witnessed the first concert in June 2001 – a miserable rainy evening with only a handful of people in the audience – might have been forgiven for thinking the Summer Music in the Garden series was doomed to…
May 08, 2021

Surfing the Third Wave

by Paul Ennis

As I write this while an early spring blooms beyond my locked-down window, music presenters are trying their best to surf COVID-19’s Third Wave. The venerable Women’s Musical Club of Toronto – founded in 1898 – calmly announces on its…
May 08, 2021

Synchronicity and Innovation in a Watershed Spring

by Jennifer Parr

Ever since I began writing this column four years ago, I have searched out and championed companies and artists exploring and breaking down the barriers between musical theatre, opera and dance. Imagine my delight when I discovered a new festival…
May 08, 2021

A Concerto is a Conversation counters a limiting trope

by Gloria Blizzard

A Concerto is a Conversation is this complex tale of two men – their vision, resilience and successes –  told in exactly 13 minutes. In this story of family, transcendence, love and the pursuit of excellence, we follow a young…
May 08, 2021

“Click Unmute!” How the Zoom Boom is Shifting the Choral World

by Menaka Swaminathan

Lockdowns! Vaccines! Homemade focaccia! Yes, we are still talking about the pandemic. The media cacophony rises like the tides: job losses, school closures, suspension of hobbies, failing businesses, whole sectors with the rug swept out from under them, including live…
May 08, 2021

Michael Sankey and Linda Manzer: Master Builders

by Colin Story

While the focus in this magazine is typically on the musicians, venues, and institutions that comprise our shared musical community, it seemed like the time was ripe to focus on something a bit different: master builders who create exceptional instruments,…
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