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Volume 21 Issue 8 - May 2016

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INSIDE: The Canaries Are Here! 116 choirs to choose from, so take the plunge! The Nylons hit the road after one last SING! Fling. Jazz writer Steve Wallace wonders "Watts Goode" rather than "what's new?" Paul Ennis has the musical picks of the HotDocs crop. David Jaeger's CBC Radio continues golden for a little while yet. Douglas McNabney is Music's Child. Leipzig meets Damascus in Alison Mackay's fertile imagination. And "C" is for KRONOS in Wende Bartley's koverage of the third annual 21C Festival. All this and as usual much much more. Enjoy.


CANARY PAGES ● Canadian Orpheus Male Choir The Canadian Orpheus Male Choir is a TTBB choral ensemble of some 30 members known as the men who love to sing. Join us! Founded in 1977, this Hamilton-based registered charity performs to support charitable causes and to entertain. Covering pop, traditional and folk songs, spirituals, jazz numbers and hits from musicals, we’ve sung in Roy Thomson Hall, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and Hamilton Place, among others, and helped raise some 0,000 for charities. We’ve shared the stage with guest performers like soprano Abigail Freeman and violinist Martin Beaver. Book the COMC for your special event! ‘Like’ Canadian Orpheus Male Choir on Facebook. Subscribe to the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir YouTube channel. Follow @CanadianOrpheus on Twitter! KEITH THOMAS 905-681-1936 ● Cantemus Singers Cantemus Singers, conducted by Michael Erdman, perform mainly renaissance and early baroque repertoire. Our 14-voice group gives equal time to secular and religious compositions of the period in a variety of languages, with particular focus on the rich five- to eight-part compositions less familiar to Toronto audiences. We present three programs a year, in late fall, mid-winter and spring. Although we are primarily an a cappella ensemble, we occasionally join forces with ensembles/players of period instruments. Our choristers are a mix of enthusiastic, well-trained amateurs and semi-professionals, all sharing a common interest in early music. We rehearse Wednesday evenings through the season. Membership is by audition. Our main performance venue is the historic and acoustically lively Church of the Holy Trinity, Eaton Centre. MICHAEL ERDMAN, conductor 416-578-6602 ● Cellar Singers The Cellar Singers, founded in 1968, is an auditioned, adult regional chorus. Under the leadership of Mitchell Pady since 2012, it is dedicated to providing and promoting artistic excellence through education, outreach and the high quality of performance of the choral art. The Cellar Singers aim to promote the choral art form throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka with their performance of standard classical repertoire as well as contemporary Canadian classical and other contemporary styles of music. The Cellar Singers look forward to their 49th season starting September 2016, and welcome new singers to join the rehearsals as they progress to celebrate 50 years of simply beautiful singing. LAUREN TURGEON 705-481-1853 ● Choralairs Choir theWholeNote 2016/17 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY ● Cantabile Chamber Singers Cantabile Chamber Singers is an auditioned choir of 16 to 20 voices, formed in 2006 by artistic director Cheryll J. Chung. We perform eclectic and challenging repertoire spanning six centuries. We especially strive to bring Canadian music to audiences while attracting a new generation to choral music. In addition to our concert season we have participated in choral festivals and other events, including most recently being featured in the Mozart Project of Toronto. Contact us for an audition as a singer, as a soloist or to submit a newly written choral work. Check out our recordings on YouTube, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CantabileTO. Auditions are held in June and September. CHERYLL CHUNG ● Cantala Women’s Choir Founded in 2008, Cantala is an award-winning, vibrant choral group in the Toronto choral community. Cantala is committed to performing diverse Canadian and world choral music at the highest level from the baroque, classical and modern eras. The choir is made up of singers with various levels of choral and/ or singing experience, from all walks of life. With training and experience in singing and vocal pedagogy, our director, Nancy Singla, brings a unique approach and knowledge to choral singing. Cantala strives for exceptional music-making, and its singers are rewarded with a moving, rich choral experience with the support of a like-minded singing community. For audition interviews and more information, please email NANCY SINGLA 416-629-8805 ● Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir is an auditioned, fun, committed women’s choir conducted by Kelly Galbraith, celebrating its 28th season. The singers are interesting, talented, funny and passionate about life and music. Perform with the best instrumental musicians in Toronto! Repertoire includes everything from medieval and baroque to classical and modern with gospel and Celtic. The choir has released six CDs, has performed live on CBC Radio, donated over ,000 to charities and was featured in three films, and was the featured women’s choir in Schafer’s Luminato performance. It has toured the Maritimes, Ontario and New York City. Performances: December 3, 2016 and April 22, 2017 as well as exciting projects and tours to be announced. Auditions are held in May, June and August. KELLY GALBRAITH, director 416-655-7335 ● Celebration Choir Are you a senior and looking for a fun, energetic and eclectic choir? The Celebration Choir is one you should consider! Founded in 2007 within the Toronto Singing Studio and directed by Linda Eyman, this choir of 60 voices features songs to suit every musical taste. Repertoire spans popular to classical to folk with appealing musical arrangements. The Celebration Choir rehearses from September through May on Thursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm, in the gymnasium at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., Toronto. Two formal concerts are presented each season along with community outreach concerts when possible. Rehearsals are very sociable. No audition necessary. A season membership is paid. LINDA EYMAN, music director 416-455-9238 The Choralairs are a nonprofit, 50-member, 4-part harmony adult choir who sing a variety of popular songs, jazz standards, Broadway show tunes and folk songs. Directed by Peter Ness and Gary Heard as our piano accompanist, the choir requires no auditions, just a love of singing and the ability to carry a tune! We rehearse from September to June on Tuesday evenings at Earl Bales Community Centre at Bathurst and Sheppard. We also perform regularly for seniors at residences in the GTA. All are welcome to our free annual concert on Sunday June 5, 2016 at 1:30pm at Earl Bales CC in the Banquet hall. MARTHA: 905-884-8370 Sally: 416-636-8247 ● Chorus Hamilton Chorus Hamilton, formerly the Mohawk College Community Choir, is one of Hamilton’s finest choral ensembles. It was founded by Patricia Rolston in 1968 and has grown into a 70-member community choral society, with singers from all walks of life who have their vocal talent and love for choral music in common. With current artistic director David Holler, the choir performs a large variety of music including chamber music, Broadway and opera selections and large-scale works with orchestra. Chorus Hamilton has collaborated with the Fanshawe Chorus London, the McMaster University Choir, the Redeemer University Sinfonia and Symphony on the Bay. New members are invited to audition every September and January. Please see our website for concert listings and more information. LOUISE DRIEMAN 905-526-7938 C4

● Chorus Niagara Worth the drive to Niagara! Chorus Niagara, the Power of 100, is a passionate group of singers of diverse ages and walks of life. As the Niagara region’s premier symphonic chorus, CN performs classic choral masterpieces as well as new, modern and seldom-heard works, provides a showcase for emerging Canadian talent and attracts singers of all ages through its Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (CNCC), Side by Side High School Chorale and Robert Cooper Choral Scholars program. The spectacular 2016/17 season features a diverse program including Elijah, Messiah, The Phantom of the Opera – a ‘silent’ film with live choral soundtrack – and a passionate celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, all performed in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. ROBERT COOPER, artistic director DIANA MCADOREY, managing director 905-934-5575 ● Chorus York Chorus York is an auditioned amateur community choir based in Richmond Hill. We perform three to four concerts per year and sing a variety of choral music from Bach to Broadway. We are diverse in terms of age and culture, but we all share a love of fine choral music. BRUCE MORROW 905-884-7922 ● Christ Church Deer Park Continuing its long tradition of musical excellence, Christ Church Deer Park boasts an innovative music program. Our choir, consisting of professional members and skilled volunteers, performs a rich treasury of sacred choral music and hymnody at the 10am Sunday liturgy. The choir also performs at other special events, feast days, Evensongs and concerts throughout the year. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and offer an opportunity to develop musicianship through vocal instruction, while being part of an open and welcoming community. In addition, we present Jazz Vespers, a popular, informal service held bi-monthly from September to June and featuring some of the city’s finest jazz musicians. For more information contact Matthew Otto, choir director and organist. MATTHEW OTTO 416-920-5211 x28 ● Church of St. Mary Magdalene Steeped in musical heritage and assisted by a generous acoustic, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene offers a music program strongly rooted in the musical tradition established by Healey Willan. Every Sunday at the 11am Solemn Mass, the Gallery Choir sings a mass and motet from the west gallery while the Ritual Choir sings the Gregorian propers from the east end. Both choirs rehearse on Thursdays. At the 9:30am Sung Mass, the SMM Singers sing a motet and lead congregational singing. Membership is informal: rehearsals are at 9am every Sunday. One Sunday per month at 4:30pm the meditative Solemn Evensong and Benediction is sung, preceded by an organ recital at 4pm. For information, please contact Andrew Adair, director of music. ANDREW ADAIR 647-201-3739 ● Columbus Belle Voci Columbus Belle Voci is a 35-member SATB choir that performs music from all genres – popular, classical, Broadway, opera and Italian folk – comprised of experienced professional and amateur singers. Maestro Paolo Busato, director of Columbus Belle Voci, conducted the Paris Children’s Opera Choir in France before Presidents Francois Mitterrand and Ronald Reagan, and conducted the choir in St. Peter’s Basilica in Italy. The Maestro also conducts a small exclusive ensemble titled Solisti Belle Voci de Columbus, a group of experienced soloists who perform solos, duets and small ensemble pieces with the Master Choir and their own concerts. Rehearsals are Monday evenings at 7:30pm at the Villa Colombo Sala Fusco, 40 Playfair Ave., Toronto, ON, and the ensemble rehearses some Wednesdays and Saturdays. New members are welcome – you must be able to read music and submit to a small audition. Those wishing to join the ensemble must approach the Maestro privately. CATRIONA DELANEY 647-267-9040 ● County Town Singers We are a 65-voice mixed adult community choir from Durham Region within the GTA, started in 1967. Our motto is “We Sing For the Love of it.” We present a varied repertoire with many musical styles, though little classical. We practise on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm to 10pm from January to May and September to December, presenting full shows in early May and December. In addition, we perform smaller two or three smaller shows for community groups and charities.We have travelled extensively over our nearly 50 years of existence, most recently to the United Nations in NYC. Informal, easygoing auditions take place in early January and December. Yearly fees are reasonable. For additional info please visit our website or call/ text John Van Hoof at 647-981-2205. JOHN VAN HOOF 647-981-2205 ● Cummer Avenue United Church Chancel Choir Cummer Avenue United Church Chancel Choir consists of a group of volunteer singers supported by a number of professional section leaders. The choir sings classical and contemporary repertoire and provides strong musical leadership for Sunday worship services 12 months of the year. In addition to full choir anthems, various ensembles and solos are presented by members of the chancel choir. On selected Sundays the choir presents extra choral music such as traditional carols at Christmas and a cantata at Easter. Choral music from all parts of the globe is regularly featured in the choir’s offerings. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from early fall to early spring and on Sunday mornings all year. TAYLOR SULLIVAN 416-222-5417 CANADIAN MEN’S CHORUS theWholeNote 2016/17 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY C5

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