April 17, 2021

“More Than Dance, We Are A Movement”: Sandra Laronde reflects on 20 years of Red Sky Performance

by Jennifer Parr

Red Sky Performance celebrates its 20th anniversary season in 2020/2021. Recognized nationally and internationally as one of Canada’s most prolific and acclaimed creators of contemporary Indigenous works, the company had planned a large-scale international tour for this year, but thanks…
April 15, 2021

Concert Report: The Shoah Songbook shines a spotlight on forgotten Jewish music

by Leah Borts-Kuperman

On Sunday, April 4, the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company presented a new series by Likht Ensemble involving five installments of rarely-performed music by Jewish artists, composed during the Holocaust. The Shoah Songbook online performances launched on the eve of…
March 31, 2021

Concert Report: Confluence Concerts songful celebration of composer John Beckwith’s 94th birthday

by Wendalyn Bartley

Confluence Concerts most recent event was a marathon of composer John Beckwith’s music for solo voice – three 90-minute back-to-back online recitals. The production was a family affair, curated and co-hosted by the composer’s son, Larry Beckwith, and granddaughter Alison…
March 23, 2021

Concert Report: Toronto Consort’s Of Tricksters and Trolls - a whirl of haunting repertoire

by Jane Coombs

A wraithlike water-dweller, a covetous goddess, a phantom bride. Welcome to the world of Of Tricksters and Trolls, the Toronto Consort’s latest performance released March 16 on their new streaming platform, Early Music TV. Filmed earlier this year at the…
March 20, 2021

Inside out as the best way forward: Musical playgrounds, virtual and real

by Richard Marsella

This global health pandemic has certainly illustrated the old Italian proverb, “tutto il mondo è un paese” – indeed, all the world is a village, and every village needs a playground.  In my capacity as the executive director of the…
March 20, 2021

Take One: Morgan-Paige Melbourne’s multidimensional practice

by Gloria Blizzard

When pianist and composer Morgan-Paige Melbourne recorded her first album, it was during the March 2020 lockdown. She did it on her own, with one podium microphone and an iPad. She placed her mic underneath the piano to capture the…
March 20, 2021

From limbo to grey zone: Inconsistent lockdown protocols hamper the live performing arts

by Paul Ennis

On February 22, in response to the continuing uncertainty about when the Ontario government would ease the COVID-19 lockdown protocols disproportionately affecting the live performing arts, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), which represents 164 professional theatre, dance…
March 20, 2021

The Many Virtues of Necessity

by Jennifer Parr

This is such a strange time to be writing about music theatre. As I scour the Internet for news of new works and remounts, the contrast with this time last year is impossible to escape. On top of that, as…
March 19, 2021

Listening Fast and Hearing Long

by Steve Wallace

Jazz is not easily boiled down to any one element but when you get right down to it, learning to play jazz is largely about learning how to listen. Really listen, hard, to many things simultaneously while making spontaneous decisions…
March 19, 2021

Up Close and Impersonal? A New Kind of Educational Intimacy

by Colin Story

“You know, we’ve still never seen each other in person.” So said one of my favourite guitar students, a man in his early 40s whom I teach on Wednesday evenings. I’ve been teaching him for nearly a year, since spring…
March 19, 2021

SHHH!! means “Listen to This”

by Max Christie

Many of us are finding things to do outside of our usual range of work activities, since one thing afforded by the current pandemic for many performing musicians, if not for those in other professions, is time. Zac Pulak, one…
March 19, 2021

Toronto ‘woke leftist’? Sounds like a plot for an opera

by Robert Harris

Here’s a reminder for those of you who think we Canadians have no substantial international intellectual clout. You are wrong. So wrong. And how do I know? Because Le Monde, France’s leading newspaper, told me. You see, Paris is up in…
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