February 23, 2021

Concert report: Tafelmusik’s Il Seicento - a stunning virtual experience

by Matthew Whitfield

In December 2020, nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario was placed under lockdown for a second time, further limiting the already restrictive measures taken to control the spread of this virus. With firm (though somewhat inconsistent) restrictions making large-scale…
February 09, 2021

Dominion Foundries: Pushing Back Against Heritage Loss

by Brian Chang

A couple of blocks from the Distillery District in the downtown Toronto Port Lands, there is a series of buildings, over a hundred years old, that once made up the Dominion Wheel and Foundries, manufacturing railway equipment for Canadian National…
February 09, 2021

Frank Horvat’s Music for Self-Isolation Gets in Under the Wire at RTH

by Andrew Timar

One Sunday morning a few years ago, when the possibility of a multi-year pandemic seemed lightyears remote, I assisted in tidying up at a small event at a local community centre. Absentmindedly humming as I stacked chairs, I was unaware…
February 09, 2021

Regulatory Whiplash on the Livestream Scene

by Paul Ennis

On January 14, the Herculean efforts of The Royal Conservatory to save as much of their extensive 2020/21 concert season as possible suddenly turned Sisyphean when the Ontario government extended and tightened restrictions for everyone in the province. It was…
February 09, 2021

Singing the Way to Freedom

by Jack Buell

In May 2019 The WholeNote had a call from Lauris DaCosta, on behalf of The Hymn to Freedom Project, asking if we’d give permission for  our Feb 2013 cover, featuring Jackie Richardson and Joe Sealy, to appear in a music…
February 09, 2021

The Lively Art of Stocking the Stream

by Jennifer Parr

How does a theatre company stay connected to its audience when no one is allowed to be in the theatre to rehearse or perform, or to take part with the audience? As we have seen, the answer is usually to…
February 09, 2021

The Rocking Horse Winner and Other Tales

by David Jaeger

Of late, the topic of  mentoring has been on my mind. Your Dictionary defines a mentor as “someone who guides another to greater success,” but one of my favourite quotes on this topic comes from flutist and composer, Robert Aitken:…
February 09, 2021

Suspended Animation, or Animated Suspense?

by Robert Harris

My daughter said something to me last week that has had me thinking. She said that there’s been one very positive aspect to this world of suspended animation in which we’ve been living for almost a year now. And that…
February 09, 2021

What Happens When Your Art Skips a Beat?

by Wendalyn Bartley

As we continually lurch our way (back) towards some form of concert life in the midst of this seemingly neverending pandemic saga, how composers and musicians find solutions remains an ongoing story of adaptation, ingenuity and perseverance. Take the 21C…
February 08, 2021

Assessment as a Two-Way Street | Music School Auditions under Lockdown

by Colin Story

At the beginning of January, I received a call from a friend of mine – a drummer – who was in the process of applying to the Master of Music program in jazz at the University of Toronto. Had he…
February 08, 2021

Remembering Jack MacQuarrie - December 25 1925 - January 10 2021

by David Perlman

During a very brief period of palliative care and shortly after celebrating his 95th birthday, Jack passed away this past January, at Markham Stouffville Hospital. His Bandstand column occupied this very spot in The WholeNote, right before the listings, for…
December 23, 2020

Concert Report: Soundstreams’ Electric Messiah continues to reimagine a classic

by Marie Trotter

I still remember my first Messiah: seated in the rather uncomfortable pews at St. Paul’s Basilica in Toronto, gazing up at the church’s ceiling instead of following along with the text in the program, and only drifting back into attentiveness…
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