October 22, 2020

Concert report: With UBGNLSWRE, the Music Gallery captures 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…
October 04, 2020

TSO, RCM, and Sinfonia Toronto: Hybrid solutions for viral times

by Paul Ennis

“There’s nothing like the sound of 2,000 people applauding,” said Matthew Loden, Toronto Symphony Orchestra CEO, on September 23, as he welcomed back TSO new music director, Gustavo Gimeno, and principal flutist, Kelly Zimba, during the TSO’s Virtual Opening Night…
October 04, 2020

Reflections: Life as a “Classical Unicorn”

by Luke Welch

From an early age, I was quick to realize that there were not (m)any other young Black pianists who were learning how to play classical music – at least that I had ever met. I was around seven years old at…
October 04, 2020

Drastic vs. Gnostic: Missing the Touch of It All

by Robert Harris

I’ve written before about how difficult I’ve been finding it to listen to much music these anechoic coronavirus days. My recordings aren’t doing it for me; the livestream efforts I check out, however admirable, leave me cold; I sadly and…
October 03, 2020

Concert Report: AGO Live offers TSO (and others) the opportunity for compelling, live music-making

by Jane Coombs

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has mastered the now-ubiquitous virtual program, hosting Facebook Live recitals and “Watch Parties” of archived performance videos – check out #TSOatHome – while the doors of Roy Thomson Hall remain bolted shut. This September, however, the…
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…
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