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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 theWholeNote 2016/17 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY and premiere commissioned works by Canadian composers. Singers from the Junior Choir and up may choose to perform with VIVA! in the National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker. VIVA!’s 2016/17 season will feature the rhythms and music of Spain in support of the July 2017 tour to Barcelona. VIVA!’s fine musicians and mentors deliver authentic musicmaking in a supportive, singer-centred community. SUSAN SUCHARD, general manager 416-788-8482 ● Vivace Vox Established in September 2007 within The Toronto Singing Studio, Vivace Vox is an exciting and energetic chamber choir. Led by music director Linda Eyman, the group is known for its joy of performance and wide audience appeal. Their far-ranging repertoire – madrigals, jazz standards, spirituals, world and folk music, pop classics, masterworks and music theatre – sweeps away all musical boundaries. Vivace Vox rehearses Thursday evenings 7pm to 9:30pm at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W., Toronto. Membership is by audition. A full-season membership is paid. LINDA EYMAN, music director 416-455-9238 ● VOCA Chorus of Toronto The VOCA Chorus of Toronto is an auditioned ensemble which performs an eclectic mix of repertoire (including premieres of arrangements by our artistic director), in collaboration with some of Canada’s finest artists. Each season consists of two concerts, two retreats (one in town with guest clinician; one out of town), a cabaret, and performances at community events. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights at Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave., Toronto. On Saturday, May 7, 7:30pm at Eastminster, we will present “Vast Eternal Sky,” featuring Fauré’s stunning Requiem, along with a variety of selections by Lauridsen, Gjeilo, Daley, Dawson, Arlen and others. Director: Jenny Crober. Accompanist: Elizabeth Acker. Soloists: Elizabeth Polese, soprano; Lawrence Shirkie, baritone. Talisker Players Orchestra. JENNY CROBER 416-463-8225 ● Vocal Mosaic Founded in 2007, this 65-voice non-auditioned adult choir is characterized by a vibrant mosaic of vocal styles and repertoire. Choristers enjoy singing madrigals, spirituals, popular standards, music theatre, classical pieces and folk songs. Two formal concerts are presented each season along with community outreach concerts when possible. Vocal Mosaic is part of The Toronto Singing Studio and rehearses Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm from September to May at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W., Toronto. Rehearsals are lively and sociable (camaraderie and laughter create good singing)! Vocal Mosaic is directed by Linda Eyman. A season membership is paid. LINDA EYMAN, music director 416-455-9238 ● Voices Chamber Choir Entering into the choir’s 21st season, Voices has firmly established itself as one of Toronto’s finest chamber choirs, having received awards and recognition from across Canada. As part of next season, the choir will perform Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit at our Christmas concert and Mozart’s Requiem as part of our Lenten presentation. The choir will close out our next season with an all-unaccompanied program. Auditions are available throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the choir, please email or call 416-519-0528 for more information. RON CHEUNG 416-519-0528 ●The Wayne Gilpin Singers Beautiful melodies, rocking sax solos, edgy new jazz arrangements of Handel’s Messiah – if any of this appeals to you, read on. The Waterloo-based Wayne Gilpin Singers is an auditioned (a singer-friendly audition, we promise!) chamber choir that sings a wide variety of music, including contemporary Christian, gospel, show tunes, spirituals and more. Resident composer/accompanist Andrew Gilpin pens unique arrangements for an ever-expanding Jazz Messiah, an annual event that twins Handel’s beautiful melodies with modern rhythms and musical styles. Also featured in concert are talented guest artists on bass, drums and saxophone, providing an unforgettable musical experience for both audience and choir. WAYNE GILPIN 1-800-867-3281 ● Windsor Classic Chorale The Windsor Classic Chorale, founded in 1977 by conductor emeritus Richard Householder, is the premier auditioned chamber choir in Windsor and Essex County. The Chorale performs three selfpresented concerts per season. Throughout its history, the WCC has enjoyed collaborating with various arts organizations and solo artists who have travelled from near and far to sing with our organization. The Chorale also frequently partners with composers, commissioning and performing new works. Each year, the Chorale hosts the Windsor Choral Festival to provide music education outreach opportunities for choral singers, to encourage the performance of Canadian choral works and to promote community through choral singing. DR. BRUCE J.G. KOTOWICH, artistic director MONIQUE SIMONE, accompanist Dr. Danielle Sirek 519-984-6510 ●Yorkminstrels Show Choir Love musical theatre? No time to commit to a show? Join the Yorkminstrels Show Choir. Our Broadwayfocused group needs you! We perform off-book with costumes and simple choreography, at senior’s residences and at private, corporate and community events in the GTA. We rehearse on Wednesday nights from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at Cummer Lodge in North York, September through June. We always welcome new members – please join us! SANDI HORWITZ 416-229-9313 ●Young Singers Experience the magic of music and release your child’s musical artistry through choral music! A unique musical education is offered to youth in the Durham Region in a supportive and challenging environment. Four distinct choirs include two nonauditioned ensembles for ages 6 to 14, an auditioned treble choir for ages 10 to 15, and an auditioned SATB choir for ages 14 and older. Repertoire which develops musical skills and vocal technique embraces all styles and genres and often includes choreography. In addition to annual winter and spring concerts and regular community appearances, these proud choral ambassadors have enjoyed recent tours to Ireland and China, with plans to travel in 2017 as they celebrate their 25th anniversary season! ANNA LYNN MURPHY 905-686-9821 ●Young Voices Toronto Children’s Choir For nearly 30 years, Young Voices Toronto (YVT) (previously known as High Park Choirs of Toronto) has been developing children’s choral and musical ability, promoting inclusiveness, fun, teamwork, cultural diversity and choral excellence. The result is children who have confidence in themselves, in each other, and who produce a beautiful and unique sound. Our artistic director, Zimfira Poloz, is a worldrenowned choral music educator and adjudicator specializing in children’s voices. YVT has the distinction of being the Children’s Choir-in-Residence at the University of Toronto since 2002. SHANNON CHARNOCK 416-762-0657 C16

The WholeNote listings are arranged in four sections: A. GTA (GREATER TORONTO AREA) covers all of Toronto plus Halton, Peel, York and Durham regions. B. BEYOND THE GTA covers many areas of Southern Ontario outside Toronto and the GTA. Starts on page 51. C. MUSIC THEATRE covers a wide range of music types: from opera, operetta and musicals, to non-traditional performance types where words and music are in some fashion equal partners in the drama. Starts on page 53 D. IN THE CLUBS (MOSTLY JAZZ) is organized alphabetically by club. Starts on page 54. E. THE ETCETERAS is for galas, fundraisers, competitions, screenings, lectures, symposia, masterclasses, workshops, singalongs and other music-related events (except performances) which may be of interest to our readers. Starts on page 57. A GENERAL WORD OF CAUTION. A phone number is provided with every listing in The WholeNote — in fact, we won’t publish a listing without one. Concerts are sometimes cancelled or postponed; artists or venues may change after listings are published. Please check before you go out to a concert. HOW TO LIST. Listings in The WholeNote in the four sections above are a free service available, at our discretion, to eligible presenters. If you have an event, send us your information no later than the 8th of the month prior to the issue or issues in which your listing is eligible to appear. LISTINGS DEADLINE. The next issue covers the period from June 1 to September 7, 2015. All listings must be received by Midnight Sunday May 8. LISTINGS can be sent by e-mail to or by fax to 416-603-4791 or by regular mail to the address on page 6. We do not receive listings by phone, but you can call 416-323-2232 x27 for further information. LISTINGS ZONE MAP. Visit our website to see a detailed version of this map: Lake Huron 6 Georgian Bay 7 2 1 5 Lake Erie 3 4 8 City of Toronto LISTINGS Lake Ontario A. Concerts in the GTA IN THIS ISSUE: Aurora, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon East, Etobicoke, Georgetown, King City, Leaskdale, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, North York, Oakville, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Sharon, Toronto Island, Whitby. MUSICAL THEATRE The following musicals do not appear ●●National Ballet of Canada. Le Petit Prince. in the concert listings. Details for ●●Scarborough Music Theatre. Damn these performances can be found in Yankees. C. Musical Theatre on page 53. ●●Shaw Festival. Alice in Wonderland. ●●Civic Light Opera Company. You’re a Good ●●Starvox Entertainment. Forever Plaid. Man, Charlie Brown. ●●Stratford Festival. A Chorus Line, A Little ●●Lower Ossington Theatre. Anne of Green Night Music. Gables. ●●Toronto Catholic District School Board. ●●Mirvish Productions. If/Then, Kinky Boots, Mary Poppins. Riverdance 20 Years. ●●Young People’s Theatre. The Wizard of Oz. Sunday May 1 ●●2:00: Canadian Opera Company. Maometto II. Rossini. Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone (Maometto); Bruce Sledge, tenor (Governor Erisso); Leah Crocetto, soprano (Anna); Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo (Calbo); and others; David Alden, director; Harry Bicket, conductor. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. –5. In Italian with English Surtitles. Also May 3, 5, 7, 11 and 14. Start times vary. ●●2:00: Louis De Nil. Art Song Recital. Handel: Bajazet’s Arias from Tamerlano; Britten: Canticle II (from Abraham and Isaac); Vuillemin: Rondels mélancoliques; Rachmaninoff: Op. 29 (selections); Schubert: Lieder (selections). Louis De Nil, tenor; César Aguilar, countertenor; Helen Becqué, piano. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 514-261-4988. PWYC. ●●2:00: Metropolitan United Church. Second Marg and Jim Norquay Celebration Concert. Charlotte Burrage, mezzo; Clarence Frazer, baritone. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331 x26. ; (18 and under). ●●2:00: Royal Conservatory. Academy Chamber Orchestra. Works by Bach, Beethoven, Britten and Paganini. String students from The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free (ticket required). ●●2:00: Royal Conservatory. The Hungarian- Finnish Connection. Saariaho: Changing Light for soprano and violin; works by Liszt, Bartók, Sibelius, and others. Leslie Ann Bradley, soprano; Stephen Hegedus, bass-baritone; Rachel Andrist, piano; Robert Kortgaard, piano. Guest: Erika Raum, violin. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. . ●●2:00: Visual and Performing Arts Newmarket (VPAN). Fung-Chiu Piano Duo. Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Cres., Newmarket. 905-953-5122. ; (sr); (st). ●●2:30: Spectrum Music. La Suite du Petit Prince. Bilingual storytelling and music with projected images. String quartet; jazz quintet. Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Rd. 416-937-6180. ; free(child). 2:00: Preconcert chat. ●●3:00: Community Baroque Orchestra of Toronto. Capriccio Stravagante. Vivaldi: Autumn from The Four Seasons; and works by Muffat, Buonamente and Farina. Guest: Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, conductor and violin. Ballroom, 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. 416-604-3440. Free. ●●3:00: Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation. Day Two: Classical Turkmen Music Days in Canada. Works by Nury Halmamedov and other Turkmen composers. Mamed Guseynov, piano/composer; Daria Rubanova, soprano. 2647 Bayview Ave., North York. 647- 344-6898. . Also May 4(Columbus Centre), May 7(Ismaili Centre). ●●3:00: Echo Women’s Choir. Songs of Hope and Resistance: Celebrating May Day and International Workers’ Day. Jara: Plegaria a un Labrador (Worker’s Prayer); Barnwell: Would you Harbor Me?; Maruxiña (mine workers’ song); Le Temps des cerises; Kucho; and other songs. Jennifer Foster, guitar; Becca Whitla and Alan Gasser, conductors; special guests: Ewlina Ferenc, vocals; Yura Rafalui, hammered dulcimer. Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Sq. 416-779-5554. /(adv); (sr/child/un/under-waged). Wheelchair accessible. ●●3:00: Etobicoke Suzuki Music. Strings: The Next Generation. Large ensembles of violin, viola and cello performers age 3 to 18. Works from Bach to Michael Jackson. Plast Concert Hall, 516 The Kingsway, Etobicoke. 416-239- 4637. Food bank donation. ●●3:00: Flute Flight. Spring Fling! Works for flute ensemble with piano and string quartet. Cosmopolitan Hall, Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Dr. Richmond Hill. 416-908-9924. ; (sr/st); (under 12). ●●3:00: Menno Singers/Pax Christi Chorale of Toronto. A Cappella Masterworks. Works by Rheinberger, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Willan, Schafer and others. Grace Church onthe-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-488-7884. ; (sr); (st). ●●3:00: Oakville Chamber Orchestra. Concerto Competition Grand Prize Winners. Catherine Ma, piano; Michaela Johns, cello. St. Simon’s Anglican Church, 1450 Litchfield Rd., Oakville. 905-483-6787. ; (sr); (st). ●●3:00: Syrinx. In Concert. Works by Brahms and Dvořák; new Canadian work by David Myska. String quintets with Scott St. John, violin; Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin; Douglas McNabney, viola; Sharon Wei, viola; Tom Wiebe, cello. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-654-0877. ; (st). Post-concert reception. ●●3:00: Toronto Operetta Theatre. Los Gavilanes (The Sparrow Hawks). By Jacinto Guerrero. Miriam Khalil (Adriana); Sarah Forestieri (Rosaura); Ernesto Ramirez (Gustavo); Guillermo Silva-Marin (Juan); and others; Larry Beckwith, conductor; Guillermo Silva- Marin, stage director. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-2773. -. May 1, 2016 - June 7, 2016 | 35

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