October 08, 2021

Music and the Movies: Fire Music

by Meghan Gilhespy

This fall from September 30 to November 25, Hot Docs is streaming the new Tom Surgal film Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz, which explores the birth of free jazz from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. Presented…
October 08, 2021

Trevor Copp brings mime and orchestral music together—and into the 21st century

by Jane Coombs

For many of us, Saint-Saëns’ Le Carnaval des animaux was one of the first pieces of classical music we were able to recognise as children. Though written in 1886, when Saint-Saëns should have been working on his “Organ” Symphony, the…
September 24, 2021

R. Murray Schafer’s Complex Legacy

by David Perlman

“Murray had the tendencies of a renegade and rascal, but one with a benevolent and honourable artistic purpose in mind,” wrote Esprit Orchestra conductor and music director Alex Pauk, in a September 10, 2021 remembrance for The Globe and Mail.…
September 24, 2021

Necessary Theatre is Calling Out to be Created

by Jennifer Parr

Back in my M.A. thesis-writing days in the late 1980s at the University of Warwick where I was studying English and European Renaissance Drama, I latched onto the phrase “necessary theatre” to describe a kind of theatre that is calling…
September 24, 2021

“Still Feels Beautiful Every Time” | Small World Music @ 25

by Andrew Timar

Twenty-five years is a respectable milestone for an organization dealing with culturally diverse music, and Toronto’s veteran leader in this category, Small World Music, is celebrating in style. It has launched “25 for 25”, an ambitious yearlong festival, with the…
September 24, 2021

Take the plunge now? Or wait and see?

by Paul Ennis

As various musical presenters of all sizes either hunker down for another few months or take a deep breath and take the plunge for a return to live concertizing, it’s particularly heartening to see Music Toronto, going into their 50th…
September 24, 2021

For the clubs it’s not a moment too soon

by Colin Story

Ah, September. Across the country – as books are cracked open, backpacks are zipped up, and “”back to school” carries a whole different set of connotations: a pervasive sense of COVID-related anxiety weighing heavy on the collective national consciousness. It…
September 24, 2021

Something Else! + Watch it Burn! at the Bay Series

by Stuart Broomer

Hamilton, OntarioSeptember 25, October 2, October 9 Since 2014, The Zula Arts Collective and director Cem Zafir have been programming the further shores of jazz and improvised music in Hamilton, from an annual festival to various concert series throughout the…
September 24, 2021

Delving into the librettist’s art

by Sophie Bisson

Salverson, Julie. Ed. When Words Sing: Seven Canadian Libretti. Playwrights Canada Press When Words Sing: Seven Canadian Libretti, edited by Canadian author Julie Salverson, is the first publication to feature in-depth overviews of Canadian operas via their libretti. Each opera…
September 24, 2021

The Desire to Move Forward On Full Display

by Robert Harris

I’m not sure I’m entirely surprised that it was a Canadian who wrote “Don’t it always seem to go/That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” Joni Mitchell’s 1970 lament for the loss of a bit of Hawaiian…
September 07, 2021

Eighteen Picks: TIFF Tips 2021

by Paul Ennis

Once again, it’s time for the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9 to 18) and The WholeNote’s 10th annual TIFF Tips guide to festival films in which music, in one way or another, plays an important role. Our picks are…
August 24, 2021

What to listen for as Guelph Jazz Festival takes to the parks

by Stuart Broomer

First launched in 1994, the Guelph Jazz Festival has defined itself as a champion for the music’s creative edges, whether artistic or social, over the years, having presenting major international artists such as Randy Weston and Anthony Braxton. For its…
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