October 16, 2019

Five concerts to catch at the 2019 Festival of Arabic Music and Arts

by Andrew Timar

The third annual Festival of Arabic Music and Arts (FAMA), presented by the Canadian Arabic Orchestra (CAO), graces venues across the Greater Toronto Area, Montreal and Halifax in more than 12 concerts, shows and plays from October 25 to November…
October 16, 2019

With its latest festival, Lula celebrates a women-led, percussion-heavy lineup

by Cathy Riches

You might ask yourself, “Is it really necessary to have a festival specifically for women in percussion?” The answer, as it turns out, is a resounding “yes.” Tracy Jenkins, co-artistic director of Lula Music and Arts Centre, had heard from…
September 30, 2019

Fall for Dance North 2019: Taking Dance to the People

by Jennifer Parr

Fall for Dance North (FFDN) is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Toronto this October 2 to 6, and enjoying a stronger presence and larger following than ever before.  If this is your first time coming across this festival, that isn’t…
September 26, 2019

Relaxed Performance Brings Barriers Down

by Vivien Fellegi

Roy Thomson Hall is humming today as parents, children and an autism service dog troop in to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s matinee performance of “Let’s Dance,” featuring moves from ballet to hip-hop. Most make a beeline for the Resources Table,…
September 26, 2019

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir at 125

by David Perlman

Remarkably, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir has had only eight conductors in the course of its 125-year history that will be celebrated in an anniversary gala concert at Koerner Hall this coming October 20. Even more remarkable, five of those –…
September 26, 2019

Soundstreams and the Trumpets of October

by David Jaeger

Soundstreams’ founder and artistic director Lawrence Cherney has long been impressed by the breadth and depth of trumpet repertoire across the ages, and as a former trumpet player myself, I am always happy to hear him out on the charms…
September 26, 2019

Change Is Coming at the Music Gallery

by Andrew Timar

An August 13, 2019 press release from the Music Gallery, Toronto’s bastion of new sound presentation was not the usual early season announcement of upcoming concerts. It read in part: “David Dacks, artistic director of the Music Gallery, has announced…
September 26, 2019

Run, Rabbit, Run: New music & the traditional symphony

by Robert Harris

In September of 2010, a long time ago, now, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra opened their season with a performance of John Adams’ orchestral showpiece, Harmonielehre, named after the early 20th-century harmony text by Arnold Schoenberg. I was excited to hear…
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