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Volume 18 Issue 1 - September 2012

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added his gymnastics to the entertainment of those nearby.Culture Days: Now for an update on Culture Days. This is a nationalevent, now in its third year, which has obtained much less publicitythan it deserves. Cultural Days is a coast-to-coast-to-coast federalgovernment initiative to get artists and arts organizations out in thecommunity and get the public aware of and involved with them.Thousands of activity organizers self-mobilizeat the grassroots level to present andcoordinate free public activities that takeplace throughout the country over the lastweekend of September each year, this yearSeptember 28, 29 and 30. One Culture Daysevent of interest to community band members,that we are aware of, is an invitationto local brass players by members ofthe Hannaford Street Silver Band tosit in and join them for an afternoonof music making. Many members ofthe Hannaford audience are activebrass players themselves, and sothe Hannaford folks thought that itwould be great to get together withthem and make some music. Theband will be in the sanctuary of theMetropolitan United Church in downtownToronto on Sunday, September 30 from 2pmUnionvilleMilleniumBandstandin therain 4pm to play music, enjoy some refreshments, and welcome anyand all brass players of any age or ability level to play with them. (Forthose who might like a practising edge, check back at the Hannafordwebsite for updates on this event. They expect to haveparts available for download from their website. See also listings sectionD, “The ETCeteras,” for other Culture Days events.Happy 140th anniversary to you! A few years ago we made somecomments in this column referring to “Canada’s oldest communityband.” That sparked quite a response from a number of bands, each ofwhich claimed to be “Canada’s oldest band” or “Canada’s oldest continuouslyoperating band.” Rather than re-ignite that discussion, it ismore appropriate to offer congratulations to the Newmarket CitizensBand as they prepare to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the bandbeing recognized as the “Official Town Band of Newmarket.” Whilea band had been playing in thecommunity prior to then, it wasin 1872 that the band was officiallyrecognized as the town band.At that time a petition was circulatedamongst the local businesscommunity by three sons of thefur trader William Roe. One ofthe sponsors was Robert Simpsonof the Simpson department storechain. The grand sum of 9 wasraised to purchase instruments.To celebrate their 140 years ofcontinuous service in the community,the Newmarket Citizens Band are inviting everyoneto a special free concert complete with balloons and birthdaycake. They will present a musical journey through time at theRiverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr., in Newmarket,on September 30. Festivities will get underway at 2pm. Bravoto one of the few bands that still participate in parades including,a half dozen or so Santa Claus parades every year.Something for next month: With the approach of fall, manybands indulge in a bit of retrospection and then plan for concerts,other functions and repertoire for the coming season. An excellentstimulus for that is to meet with members of other bands at theCBA Community Band Weekend. Every October the Canadian BandAssociation (Ontario) conducts such an event. This is an opportunityfor community musicians to meet like-minded individuals, play aJACK MACQUARRIENewHorizonsToronto40 September 1 – October 7, 2012

oad selection of music under the direction of leading Ontario conductorsand perform in a joint concert on the Sunday afternoon withthe host band and a composite band. This year’s weekend, hosted bythe Silverthorn Symphonic Winds, will take place on October 13 and14, in Richmond Hill. Check for further details next month.Endings: Unfortunately, we must report on the passing of two longtimeband community members.John Evans was the drummer for the GTA Swing Band up until lastyear. Brother John, as he was referred to, also played with the SwanseaCommunity Concert Band led by his brother Frank Evans. John was90. There will be a memorial service held in the fall.As an undergraduate at University of Toronto, Ed Nixon was a regularon tuba in the Varsity Band. Years later, when the U of T AlumniBand was formed, Ed was a charter member. I have fond recollectionsof an incident with Ed while we were both in the Varsity Band.It was back in the days when university football fans travelled to outof town games by chartered train. After a night of celebrating a victoryover the Queen’s University team, Ed and I missed our train backto Toronto. The solution was simple: let’s hitchhike home. Wearing ourblue and white uniforms and carrying our instruments, we headedout to the highway and raised our thumbs. However, there was oneproblem: Ed was carrying a sousaphone. We did get a ride in the openrumble seat of an old car. Two carefree happy students, one tromboneand one sousaphone made it back from Kingston with just a bit ofgawking by passing motorists. Wish I had a photo. Ed was 84.ONLINEEDITIONBe first to readthe new issueevery month atthewholenote.comDEFINITION DEPARTMENTThis month’s lesser known musical term is Vesuvioso: an indicationto build up to a fiery conclusion. We invite submissions from readers.Let’s hear your daffynitions.Jack MacQuarrie plays several brass instruments andhas performed in many community ensembles. He canbe contacted at OF ADVERTISERSAldeburgh Connection 30Amadeus Choir 33Amici Ensemble 29Amoroso 58April 30 Productions 47Aradia Ensemble 24ArtHouse 33ATMA 5Bell’Arte Singers 57Canadian Opera Company37, 64Cathedral Bluffs SymphonyOrchestra 20, 56Christ Church Deer ParkJazz Vespers 38City of Toronto HistoricMuseums: Early Music Fair 25Civic Light Opera 35Classical 96 69Cliff Ojala 58Colours of Music 51Cosmo Music 35Early Childhood MusicAssociation of Ontario 57Elmer Iseler Singers 31Esprit Orchestra 4Flato Markham Theatre 18Gallery 345 43Glenn Gould Variations 63Grand Salon Orchestra 48Greater Toronto PhilharmonicOrchestra 19Hamilton Philharmonic 50Heliconian Hall 53I Furiosi 26Jean-Paul Reymont 46Jerry Fink / Holy BlossomTemple 55Junction Trio 47Laptopolist 58Liz Parker 57LIZPR 53Long & McQuade / New Horizons40Lute Legends 43Maestro Music 44Miles Nadal JCC 57Mississauga SymphonyOrchestra 20Mooredale Concerts 17Music at Metropolitan 26, 46Music Mondays / Church ofthe Holy Trinity 43Music Toronto 9, 15, 44, 47New Music Concerts 7, 46Nocturnes in the City 41Norm Pulker 58NYCO 37Oakham House 31Off Centre Salon 30Ontario Philharmonic 18Opera in Concert 37Opera-IS 55Orchestra Toronto 22Orpheus Choir 32, 56Our Lady of Sorrows 45Pasquale Bros 52Pattie Kelly 58Peter Mahon 33Remenyi House of Music 29Royal Conservatory 11Sheila McCoy 58Silverthorn Symphonic Winds 39Sinfonia Toronto 21Small World Music45, 46, 47, 48Soldiers Tower 42Soundstreams 27, 57St. Olave’s Church 48St. Philip’s Anglican Church 38St. Thomas’ Church 45Steve Jackson Pianos 30Sue Crowe Connolly 58Tafelmusik 3, 46Talisker Players 28The Sound Post 27Toronto Centre for the Arts 39Toronto Consort 23Toronto Masque Theatre 25Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 57Toronto Philharmonia 21Toronto Symphony Orchestra 2TorQ Percussion Quartet 44Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus46, 50University of Toronto 13, 44Via Salzburg 18Women’s Musical Clubof Toronto 22Yamaha Music School 58You and Media 58September 1 – October 7, 2012 41

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