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Volume 22 Issue 8 - May 2017

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  • Toronto
  • Arts
  • Musical
  • Jazz
  • Festival
  • Symphony
  • Theatre
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Quartet
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 conducted by Kimberley Briggs. The Lawrence Park Handbell Ringers rehearse on Friday mornings. MARK TOEWS 416-489-1551 x28 ●●Leaside United Church Chancel Choir Under the direction of Sharon L. Beckstead, the Chancel Choir of Leaside United Church presents an eclectic mix of music for weekly services of worship from September to June. The annual “Lessons and Carols” presentation is a highlight for the Leaside community. Other special presentations during the year may include hymn festivals and/or secular presentations. SHARON L. BECKSTEAD 416-425-1253 ●●London Pro Musica Choir London Pro Musica Choir entered our 47th season as a vibrant, mixed-voice choir of about 45 members who organize and run the choir. This year we welcomed our new artistic director, Dr. Charlene Pauls. LPMC performs an extensive range of classical and popular music, including jazz, folk, gospel, and musical theatre. The choir rehearses on Monday evenings and accepts new members by audition. From its inception, LPMC has actively sought to foster an interest in Canadian choral music, composers, and musicians. The choir regularly performs with London Symphonia, and has participated in outreach performances for El Sistema, the Huron Country Playhouse, Bishop Cronyn Church Community, and the Ken Fleet Conducting Scholarship Fund. DR. CHARLENE PAULS 519-914-5769 ●●Lyrica Chamber Choir Founded in 2000 by the late Natalyia Gurin and directed since 2005 by Steve Winfield, Lyrica Chamber Choir of Barrie strives to present eclectic and evocative programs of excellent choral chamber music. The 40 singers of Lyrica demonstrate a strong desire to present artistically varied choral programs with a high degree of musicianship to the community of Barrie and surrounding area. Recent highlights include performances of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul and Josef Rheinberger’s Missa in G “St. Crucis” Op. 151. Professional soloists and instrumental musicians regularly join Lyrica for performances. Our accompanist, Brent Mayhew, enhances the choir’s performances with extraordinary skill and sensitivity STEVE WINFIELD 705-722-0271 ●●Masterworks of Oakville Chorus & Orchestra Oakville’s premier choral group – we are a community-based group, dedicated to performing the great works of the western classical tradition, particularly sacred works for choir and orchestra. CHARLES DEMUYNCK 905-399-9732 ●●Menno Singers Founded in 1955, Menno Singers is a 45-voice, auditioned community choir based in Kitchener-Waterloo. While rooted in the thriving Mennonite community of KW, membership is open to all interested singers. Four regular concerts are offered each season with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance through the present day. Menno Singers also sponsors Mennonite Mass Choir every two years. Mass choir alternates performances of the Messiah at Centre in the Square with other works of the oratorio repertoire. The choir is pleased to announce its new artistic director for the 2017/18 season, Brandon Leis. He will continue the strong leadership of the choir as longterm director Peter Nikiforuk completes his 19 years with the choir. BRANDON LIES 519-568-8086 ●●Metropolitan United Church Choirs The auditioned 32-member Metropolitan United Church Choir has eight lead singers, rehearses Thursday evenings and sings on Sunday mornings and special occasions, September through June. Repertoire is Medieval through 21st-century. Singers must have sight-singing ability. A waiting list exists; contact our director in late spring or early fall to join. The Festival Choir adds 10 to 15 singers to the core choir and rehearses Sunday afternoons for six weeks prior to Good Friday. Past concerts have featured Bach, Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé, Gilles and others. The Metropolitan Sparklers (ages 4 to 6), Choristers (7 to 11), Great Heart Ensemble (vocal and instrumental, ages 12 and up) and Metropolitan Handbells are groups open to all. DR. PATRICIA WRIGHT 416-363-0331 x26 ●●Milton Choristers This dynamic, auditioned, four-part community choir has entertained audiences in Halton Region and beyond for 49 years. The 40 member choir performs two major concerts annually, often including premier guest soloists and musicians. We also enjoy performing at numerous local events. Our director, Sheena Nykolaiszyn, is expanding our already varied repertoire. From classical to contemporary, sacred to secular, we sing it all. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 10pm, from September to June. A love of singing, some sight reading and a sense of humour are all you need to become a Milton Chorister. BILL MCLEAN 905-875-1730 ●●Mississauga Festival Choir Founded in 1984, Mississauga Festival Choir (MFC) is a 150-member non-auditioned community choir whose mission is to be a community choir enriching lives through music by performance, education and outreach to the people of Mississauga. Led by artistic director David Ambrose, MFC hosts three subsidiary choirs: Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir, an auditioned group launched in 2008, which explores intimate and challenging works; Raising Voices: an intergenerational choir of music lovers, launched in 2015 to provide the therapeutic value of music to people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers; and Resonance (, a non-auditioned choir launched in January 2016 to provide a much-needed choral opportunity for youth and young adults in Mississauga ages 15 to 25. VICTORIAROSE REGAN 416-407-1658 ●●MNjcc Community Choir Tackle world, jazz, classical, Jewish, folk, Canadian, gospel and pop music. Our 75-member auditioned SATB choir meets Wednesday evenings, September to June. Rehearsals are well structured and singers learn skills in different musical genres, including expression, blend, vocal production, and reading. A wonderful community of dedicated singers. Annual Spring Concerts in the Al Green Theatre, and other community concerts. Ensemble and cabaret opportunities. Good supportive learning materials. Artistic director: Harriet Wichin. Conveniently located near Spadina TTC station. HARRIET WICHIN 416-924-6211 x0 ●●MNjcc Daytime Choir Love to sing? Prefer rehearsing during the day? Join us, and fill your life with the joy of singing in harmony! A fun-filled, relaxed environment. No experience or sight reading necessary. Meets Tuesday afternoons, 1pm to 2:30pm. Learn vocal technique, sing in a wide variety of musical styles, stretch yourself. Includes some performances! Runs all year long. Register for the year, or pay as you go. Conductor: Gillian Stecyk. Conveniently located near Spadina TTC station. HARRIET WICHIN 416-924-6211 x0 C10

●●MNjcc Specialty Choirs Eight-week sessions (fall, winter, spring) devoted to different genres: jazz, Broadway, Motown. See what’s next! Enjoy diverse repertoire, vocal technique, and train your ear to harmony. No experience or audition required. Join any or all. Conductor: Gillian Stecyk. Meets Thursday evenings, 7pm to 8:30pm. Conveniently located near Spadina TTC station. HARRIET WICHIN 416-924-6211 x0 ●●Musicata - Hamilton’s Voices Musicata - Hamilton’s Voices is a 28-voice chamber choir based in Hamilton. The group was established in 1982 as the John Laing Singers by Conductor John Laing. 2016/17 marks the first season of an exciting new identity for us. Since becoming artistic director in 2011, Roger Bergs has built on John Laing’s solid foundation of choral excellence, moving the choir in adventurous new directions. Musicata concerts feature excellent instrumentalists, outstanding program notes and lively conductor’s comments, all of which provide a concert experience that is both educational and delightful. Experienced singers with good musical skills and a sense of adventure are welcome to inquire about joining us at any time. PRESIDENT 905-628-5238 ●●Nathaniel Dett Chorale The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is a 21-voice SATB professional choir based in Toronto, dedicated to performing Afrocentric music of all genres, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. Founded by artistic director D. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor in 1998, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada’s premier performer of Afrocentric composers and a touchstone for the education of audiences and communities regarding the full spectrum of Afrocentric choral music. The mission of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale is to build bridges of understanding, appreciation and acceptance between communities of people through the medium of music. The chorale has a three-concert season in Toronto, tours extensively each season and has released several CDs and DVDs. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is artist-in-residence at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas. Membership is by audition. D. BRAINERD BLYDEN-TAYLOR 416-736-2100 x33068 ●●newchoir newchoir is Toronto’s first adult rock choir, performing choral SATB arrangements of contemporary rock and pop songs with 130 voices. The choir rehearses weekly on Monday nights. Performance opportunities include two concerts per season, gigs and fundraisers. CAROLINE SURI 647-203-3408 ●●Oakham House Choir Society Oakham House Choir was founded in 1986. It is led by music director Matthew Jaskiewicz and specializes in large oratorio and choral masterworks. Oakham House Choir is one of the few Toronto choirs in which amateur singers perform with a professional orchestrathe Toronto Sinfonietta. The choir (located at Ryerson University) has more than 80 members, including students, alumni, Ryerson faculty and staff and community members. Rehearsals begin in early September and take place on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at Oakham House, 63 Gould St. Concerts are planned for the end of November and end of April the following year. Please check our website for details on membership, present and past programs. Experienced choristers are invited to contact us (email preferred) for more information. MATTHEW JASKIEWICZ, MUSIC DIRECTOR 416-763-8746 ●●Oakville Children’s Choir The Oakville Children’s Choir is a welcoming, professional and inclusive community that provides exceptional music education, leadership development and performing opportunities to a diverse group of children and youth between the ages of 4 and 25. The OCC provides world-class choral, musical and performance training to young people in Halton through its various choir programs. It is a comprehensive music education program where choristers develop creativity, self-esteem, self-confidence and leadership skills. A love and appreciation of choral music is instilled through participation and outreach in the community. Developing leaders one voice at a time! KATHERINE 905-337-7104 ●●Oakville Choral Society The Oakville Choral Society has been an integral part of the Oakville community since 1960. Directed by David Bowser, we are a community-based choir of 60 to 80 members who love music, possess a true passion for singing and enjoy contributing culturally to the community. No auditions are required, however, a love of music and a willingness to learn are important. We perform a wide repertoire and are often joined by professional soloists and orchestra. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7:45pm to 10pm at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 318 Queen Mary Dr., Oakville, and registration is held in September and January. We hold two performances annually, in late April/early May and early December. LYNDA STURGEOFF 905-338-3823 MISSISSAUGA FESTIVAL CHOIR theWholeNote 2017/18 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY C11

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