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Volume 22 Issue 8 - May 2017

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  • Toronto
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From science fact in "Integral Man: Music and the Movies," to science fiction in the editor's opener; from World Fiddle Day at the Aga Khan Museum to three Canadians at the Cliburn; from wanting to sashay across the 401 to Chamberfest in Montreal to exploring the Continuum of Jumblies Theatre's 20-year commitment to the Community Play (there's a pun in there somewhere!).


CANARY PAGES theWholeNote 2017/18 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY opportunities and life skills through age-appropriate vocal and dramatic training. Members regularly perform with the Canadian Opera Company and other major professional arts organizations. Rehearsals are weekdays after school in the downtown area. Auditions are held April to June. A nonauditioned in- and after-school workshop program was launched in 2008 as part of the OPERAtion KIDS outreach arm of the CCOC. KEN HALL 416-366-0467 ●●Canadian Men’s Chorus Completing its seventh season, the Canadian Men’s Chorus, under the artistic direction of Greg Rainville, is a highly accomplished men’s chamber choir, performing from the classical repertoire and other genres. The Canadian Men’s Chorus is noted for its beautiful sound, exciting and varied performances and the ability to take audiences on an emotional journey. This auditioned ensemble presents an annual concert season. Commissioning new Canadian music is a major focus, with over 40 new choral works premiered since the CMC was co-founded in 2010 by Greg Rainville and Arlene Jillard. Regional concerts include Stratford Summer Music, CentreSpace for the Arts in London, ON, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and Gravenhurst and Lindsay. For more information, please visit our website. ARLENE JILLARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 519-305-1351 ●●Canadian Orpheus Male Choir The Canadian Orpheus Male Choir is a TTBB choral ensemble of some 36 members known as the men who love to sing. Founded in 1977, this Hamilton-based not-for-profit corporation has a 40-year tradition of performing concerts for the benefit of charitable organizations. 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. Book us to perform at your next special event: COMC.marcom@gmail. com. ‘Like’ Canadian Orpheus Male Choir on Facebook. Subscribe to the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir YouTube channel. Follow @CanadianOrpheus on Twitter! ROD ROBERTS, PRESIDENT 905-648-4456 ●●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. 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 ●●Cantabile Choirs of Kingston Since 1996, the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, under the leadership of acclaimed composer/ conductor Dr. Mark Sirett, have won over audiences with performances of a diverse range of choral music. Known for joyful concerts featuring non-traditional staging and diverse repertoire sung with skill and enthusiasm, Cantabile’s 300 singers engage and entertain at every event. Our 2017/18 season: Sing! Nov 4: “The Poet Sings” – a concert of music based on texts by our greatest poets. Dec 22/23: “When the Angels Sing” – candlelit concerts of beautiful holiday music. Mar 3: “Sing Me to Heaven” – featuring guest conductor Jonathan Willcocks. Apr 14: “Sing Me a Rainbow” – Cantabile’s youngest singers performing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. May 26: “Sing with Heart and Soul” – opera/operetta creatively reimagined by special guests, the Bicycle Opera Project. HOLLIE STEWART 613-549-0099 ●●Cantemus Singers Cantemus Singers was established in 2008 by our conductor, Michael Erdman, to help expand Toronto’s exposure to and appreciation of Renaissance and early Baroque secular vocal music. Our 12-voice a cappella ensemble focuses mainly on the interesting and evocative madrigals, lieder, chansons and villancicos of the 16th century. We also perform religious works, often the 5- to 8-part compositions less frequently heard by Toronto audiences. We present three programs a year, in late fall, mid-winter and spring. Our choristers are a mix of enthusiastic, welltrained 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 ●●Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir is an auditioned, committed women’s choir conducted by Kelly Galbraith, celebrating its 29th 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 2, 2017 and April 21, 2018, as well as exciting projects and tours to be announced. Auditions are held in May, June and August. Participate in the final recording session for their latest CD! KELLY GALBRAITH 416-655-7335 ●●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. STAN HUNTER 705-764-0191 ●●Choirs Ontario Choirs Ontario offers a range of programs and resources, as well as networking and professional development opportunities, which help members build capacity, develop leadership and grow and diversify their audiences. Our goal is to raise the profile and quality of choral music, support the choral community, and educate the next generation of choral artists and audiences. The organization celebrates the achievements of choral music and promotes public awareness of the art form through several awards and competitions, including the President’s Leadership Award and the Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition. These awards are designed to recognize the accomplishments of individuals who have contributed to Ontario’s choral music through conducting, composition, and community leadership. Choirs Ontario, formerly the Ontario Choral Federation, was established in 1971 to promote, C4

support and celebrate choral music across the province. The same year, Ontario Youth Choir, a summer intensive choral training program for youth was launched. In 2014, Sing Ontario, an annual choral festival for community choirs, and Choirs Ontario on the Road, workshop series in regions across the province, were launched. To this day, Ontario Youth Choir continues to be our most successful and longestrunning program. ELENA KONEVA 416-923-1144 ●●Choralairs Choir of North York The Choralairs are a non-profit, 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 with 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 in the Bathurst and Finch area. We also perform regularly for seniors at residences in the GTA. All are welcome at our annual concert on Sunday June 11, 2017 at 1:30pm (doors open at 1pm) at Bernard Betel in the auditorium; 1003 Steeles Ave. W. (and Bathurst); admission (at the door). SALLY; 416-636-8247 MARTHA; 905-884-8370 ●●Choralis Camerata Choralis Camerata has rapidly developed into an accomplished 50-member SATB chamber choir. Now in its 11th full season under artistic director David Braun and accompanist Lynne Honsberger, our mission is bringing quality classical, gospel and contemporary music to the communities of Niagara. In December 2010, we added another dimension of performance by staging Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. Choralis Camerata has embraced familiar choral treasures such as the Requiems by Mozart and Gabriel Fauré, A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Wachet Auf by J.S. Bach, The Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois, Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns, Gloria by John Rutter and Handel’s Messiah. In April 2017 Choralis Camerata made its debut performance in Cairns Recital Hall at the new FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, presenting A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. JOANNE GEORGE 905-646-9225 ●●Chorus Hamilton Chorus Hamilton (formerly Mohawk College Community Choir) is a Registered Charitable Arts Organization and is one of Hamilton’s finest choral ensembles. Founded in 1968 to participate in the opening of Mohawk College’s Fennell Campus, the choir is now a 75-member semi-professional choral society. The ensemble performs a large variety of music, from chamber music to the greatest largescale works in the choral repertoire, with orchestral accompaniment and world-class soloists. The choir collaborates regularly with orchestras and other symphonic choirs. Visit our website for concert listings and more information. LOUISE DRIEMAN 905-526-7938 ●●Chorus 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, Chorus Niagara performs classic choral masterpieces as well as innovative new, modern, and seldom-heard works, providing a showcase for emerging Canadian talent. CN attracts singers of all ages through its Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (CNCC), Sideby-Side High School Chorale (SXS) and Robert Cooper Choral Scholars program (RCCS). Concerts are performed in the beautiful Partridge Hall in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. You can also view our flash mob with nearly 50 million views on YouTube, or attend our annual Singathon in February! ROBERT COOPER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DIANA MCADOREY, MANAGING DIRECTOR 905-934-5575 ●●Chorus York Chorus York is an amateur performance community choir based in Richmond Hill. We perform three to four concerts per year and sing a variety of choral music from Mozart to Broadway. We are diverse in terms of age and culture, but we all share a love of fine choral music. Recent concerts include 2016 Christmas, Spring Sing April 2017, Canadian Treasures June 2017, and Night at the Proms with Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra. New members are always welcome, please send inquiries to 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, director of music. MATTHEW OTTO 416-920-5211 x28 CHORUS NIAGARA theWholeNote 2017/18 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY C5

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