February 19, 2020

The 2020 JUNOs: A Year’s Worth of Discoveries

by David Perlman

As always, come JUNOS time, there’s much for us at The WholeNote to be pleased by, looking at the lists of nominees and seeing how many of the albums in question our recording reviews editor David Olds and his industrious…
February 19, 2020

Concert report: In Canada, “Hamilton” expectations are high – and met

by Jennifer Parr

"I'm just like my country, I’m young scrappy and hungry, and I'm not throwing away my shot." On February 12, I finally had the chance to see the musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's  famously hip hop biography of America's lesser-known founding…
February 10, 2020

Concert report: “Where Song Began” - a timely and compelling exploration of Australian birdlife

by Menaka Swaminathan

As a venue, Toronto’s Heliconian Club sets a charming tone for an afternoon concert. On February 2 at 3pm, the intimate space was dimly lit, with a screen projecting the images of three types of birds, in preparation for “Where…
January 30, 2020

Changed by Caroline: Jully Black

by Jennifer Parr

“Change your mind and change your life.” This is what Canada’s beloved “Queen of R&B” Jully Black said to herself when she agreed to make her musical theatre debut as Caroline, the leading role in Caroline or Change for The…
January 30, 2020

Alison Mackay and Suba Sankaran: On the Early Trail of Indigo

by David Perlman

“When did you two first start talking about this project?” I ask my guests. It’s January 14, 2020 and The Indigo Project, the latest in a long series of thematically based multimedia projects from the fertile curatorial mind of Tafelmusik’s…
January 30, 2020

Best of Both Worlds: Composer-percussionist Bob Becker

by Andrew Timar

With a career spanning half a century, renowned Toronto-based percussionist Bob Becker has garnered a global reputation for his instrumental mastery, interpretive skill and rigourous commitment to his art. Reading road kill on balding tiresIn the 1996 issue of Percussive…
January 30, 2020

Always Asking Why: Speranza Scappucci, conductor

by Lydia Perović

Will there come a time when we journalists will be able to stop making a big deal out of women conductors? We are not there yet – systemic barriers in the profession remain all too real – but the fact…
January 30, 2020

Fertile Ground for Thoughts and Dreams: NMC Then and Now

by David Jaeger

Now in its 49th season,Toronto’s New Music Concerts (NMC) remains one of the main presenters of contemporary concert music in Toronto, with a long and diverse legacy of bringing first performances of significant new works to Toronto audiences, covering compositions…
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