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Volume 25 Issue 9 - July / August 2020

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July/August issue is now available in flipthrough HERE, bringing to a close 25 seasons of doing what we do (and plan to continue doing), and on stands early in the week of July 5. Not the usual bucolic parade of music in the summer sun, but lots, we hope, to pass the time: links to online and virtual music; a full slate of record reviews; plenty new in the Listening Room; and a full slate of stories – the future of opera, the plight of small venues, the challenge facing orchestras, the barriers to resumption of choral life, the challenges of isolation for real-time music; the steps some festivals are taking to keep the spirit and substance of what they do alive. And intersecting with all of it, responses to the urgent call for anti-racist action and systemic change.

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E. Online, Streamed, ETCetera ETCETERAS are musical events other than live performances. In this issue, all events submitted for listing fall into the realm of online and/or live-streamed activity. Excuse all the links! for interactive browsing visit NOTE: All times are Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. ● Arts@Home. A hub connecting Torontonians to arts and culture. Designed to strengthen personal and societal resilience through the arts. Features resources for educators and people of all ages in Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, Media, and more. Subsections include Film and Photography, as well as offerings from Indigenous arts organizations. All tools and activities are free of charge. Created and curated by Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada’s National Ballet School, Harbourfront Centre, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Prologue for the Performing Arts, RCM, TO Live, the TSO, and Young People’s Theatre, with City of Toronto support, in consultation with arts educators from various school boards. Visit ● Array Ensemble. Living Room Talk #8: Composer Germaine Liu. A discussion with composer/performer Germaine Liu about her works commissioned by Arraymusic, See (2020) and Draw (2020, along with videos of The Array Ensemble performing their world premieres at our Four New Works concert January 25th, 2020 -- David Schotzko and Rick Sacks, percussion; Sheila Jaffe, violin; and Lydia Munchinsky, cello on See; and David Schotzko, percussion, Lydia Munchinsky, cell, and Germain Liu, drawing, on Draw. To check out Arraymusic’s complete offerings in June with artist bios, program notes, and more, visit ● Kevin Barrett. Live from Lockdown. Every Friday. A live-streamed set of solo guitar tunes, directly from lockdown in his studio in Kensington Market, Toronto, timed for West Coast late lunch (1pm PDT), Toronto/Ottawa/ NYC late afternoon (4pm EDT), and 9pm in Edinburgh and the UK!. Special requests and dedications, birthday shout-outs, and a few opinions. But, mostly, lots of music! Tune in to Kevin’s Facebook page on Friday! If you can’t join live, the video will be available afterwards on Kevin’s page. And each week’s episode is archived on his YouTube channel. ● Beaches Jazz Festival. Starts July 17 at 6pm. Free streaming from July 17 to 26. In support of the Michael Garron Hospital front line workers. Nine days of incredible free virtual performances, workshops, lectures and more. Grab your favourite drink and festival snack and get ready, ... all from the comfort of your own home! Streamed online on our website, YouTube, Facebook Live and IGTV. For more information: ● Canadian Brass: welcomes friends around their virtual fireplace for learning and laughs. All events take place on canadianbrass ● Canadian Opera Company #Opera at Home is an initiative to share one clip every day at 11am on social media channels to help bring opera to our audiences during this challenging time. There are already 44 of these for viewing, so you might have some catching up to do! Find the link on their homepage ● Canadian Opera Company. Opera Makers: Activities for Young Creatives. A new video series teaching a wide range of creative skills. Each week, a new video tutorial led by a leading teaching artists will focus on a different aspect of opera production, with topics ranging from singing and composing to movement and set design. Hands-on experience to develop skills invaluable on and off the stage. Registration not required; parents/guardians can sign up to receive these FREE mini-tutorials straight in their inbox by visiting OperaMakers. Upcoming: July 2 - Brain & Body Boost; July 8 - Aria Mad Libs ● Canadian Opera Company. Songs of Hope: From Our Homes to Yours. July 9 at 7:30pm. Building on the historical tradition of at-home salon concerts, the young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio invite you into their homes to share a personally selected piece that we hope will bring you all a bit of solace and cheer. Available to view online at Sign up there to have concert information delivered straight to your inbox, as well as performance reminders. For an overview of COC digital programming and initiatives, visit the COC Digital Content Hub at ● Dr. Jelena Cingara. Online Piano Recital. July 4 at 7:30pm. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition for solo piano and works by Dora Pejacevic. Streamed on events/872418063262440/. For info: 908- 992-9211. Single ticket price at eventbrite. com/myevent?eid=108496435760 ● Classical Jukebox Founded as a response to the days of COVID-19 social separation, this site enables you to sing and perform your favourite classical pieces from the comfort of your own home, with accompaniments by organ and piano accompanist, Matthew Larkin. In addition, Classical Jukebox offers another service - assisting with the creation of Virtual Choirs and virtual choir videos for those missing that collaborative and artistic outlet in their lives. ● Collingwood Summer Music Festival. Virtual Concerts. Artistic Director Daniel Vnukowski is running a series of FREE virtual concerts throughout the summer months. For information: 705-300-2405 or Visit for information about the virtual concerts. ● Dr. Mike Daley. Legends of Vocal Jazz. Starting June 15 at 9am. Live, streamed lecture series. June 29 - Billie Holiday, July 13 - Ella Fitzgerald. eventbrite. ca/e/the-legends-of-vocal-jazz-tickets-105995976820 ● Esprit Orchestra. Soundbites Series. Glimpses into selected excerpts from compositions Esprit has performed in recent seasons, selected by the composers themselves, who also, in the associated Soundbite Insights links, provide brief personal commentaries on how the music was inspired and created, why the music is meaningful to them and what effect it is intended to have on the listener. Soundbites and Soundbite Insights can provide you a way for deeper appreciation of pieces you’ve heard at our concerts or with a new musical adventure! ● Harbourfront Centre. Summer Music in the Garden at Home. Starts July 5, every Sunday at 4pm and Thursday at 7pm. Just as our gardens come to life again, so too does the music of Toronto. Harbourfront Centre’s Summer Music in the Garden series goes virtual, bringing the Toronto Music Garden right to your home. Featuring artists from Ontario, Quebec and around the world. Music by Bach, Ravel, Borodin and Telemann are accompanied by meditative raags and ancient lute techniques. Sign up for reminders at to remain up to date on concerts and even a few surprises. For information 905-973-4000. Website: ● International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. IF 2020. Aug 8 at 8pm. An all-night, online celebration of improvisational arts that will feature video performances from 150+ artists from 15+ countries. This 24-hour festival is free to attend and will feature a dynamic array of improvisational artists, including musicians, spoken word poets, dancers, and theatre practitioners. ● International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. Conversation with Jazz Icon Sheila Jordan and Ori Dagan. July 15 at 3pm. Sheila Jordan is a legendary figure in jazz history--an NEA jazz master and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. She has recorded as a session musician with an array of critically acclaimed artists in addition to recording her own albums. Jordan pioneered a bebop and scat jazz singing style with an upright bass as the only accompaniment. Charlie Parker often introduced Jordan as “the singer with the million dollar ears.” Zoom in free with RSVP or questions to ● Istituto Italiano di Cultura. So Long, Toronto: Musical Soundbites. A series of musical presentations by Luca Dell’Anna, piano; Mirko Signorile, piano; Claudio Jr. De Rosa, sax; and Redi Hasa, cello. Due to the restrictions in place, future plans for a return performance in Toronto had to be cancelled. Their time in Toronto was incredibly special, and so, they have each agreed to present a live, online concert, as an homage and a thank you to our city. Luca Dell’Anna - July 2. Visit the Istituto Italiano di Cultura website for more information. ● Kingston Symphony. Finale of Beethoven’s Third Symphony (Eroica). Forty members of the orchestra perform the finale of the Eroica, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 while in isolation in their homes. To view the virtual performance, please click on watch?v=F2eVauBqiAY. For more information on the Kingston Symphony, please visit ● Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Friday Night with the KWS. Online broadcasts of archival concerts every Friday at 8pm. Select broadcasts will feature video and others will be audio-only. Content for each concert will be announced each week via KWS social media platforms. facebook. com/kwsymphony and kwsymphony/videos. ● Koerner Hall CONCERTS FROM HOME There are more than 25 classical, jazz, and roots music concerts currently available online. live-from-koerner-hall-concert-livestream ● Danny Michel. Live From Lockdown Sundays. A weekly live, interactive online concert on Sundays at 3pm, on ZOOM from his studio in the woods. Unlike Facebook live, fans can see each other, interact, chat, play along & be a part of the show. Buy a ticket for .00, get a private link in your email and join the party on Zoom (free download available) ● Music Gallery at Home. Summer Reruns featuring Bandcamp watch-parties on Fridays at 7pm and talks on Mondays at 7pm. ● July 13 - Future of Creative Music Toronto (X Avant Festival 2019). Moderated by David Dacks, with Michael Rancic (NOW Magazine), Jessica Cho aka Korea Town Acid, Amanda Smith (FAWN Chamber Creative) and Rich Brown (Rinsethealgorithm, ● Aug 7 - Bandcamp Watch Party: SlowPitch- Sound (MG Remixed, 2016) + co-presented with IF: Improvisation Festival. ● Aug 10 - Forward Together (X Avant Festival 2019). Moderated by Del Cowie, with Cheryl Duvall (Thin Edge New Music Collective), Ange Loft (YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN), Chelsea McBride (Socialist Night School) and Keysha Freshh (The Sorority). ● All performances and talks will be streamed live via the Music Gallery Facebook Page and via : ● New Music Concerts. NMC Media Archives. Available now. A NMC performance on Apr 12, 1987, of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) at the Premiere Dance Theatre with renowned puppeteer Bill Baird’s marionettes. Max Ferguson, narrator; Bill Baird’s Marionettes directed by Peter Baird; Stanley McCartney, clarinet; Peter Lutek, bassoon; James Spragg, cornet; Robert Aitken, conductor. Follow along with the score at and visit for the video. ● Opera Revue. Isolation Series. Comic operatic duo Danie Friesen and Claire Harris film and record operatic parodies as well as legit opera and art song for a weekly release. This week features a long distance collaboration with two singers in Glasgow, Scotland. Platforms: Facebook/Youtube. Join us every Saturday. For info: ● Orchestre Métropolitain. Live stream of Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1-8. On the websites of Orchestre Métropolitain and Bourgie Hall over the course of the summer of 2020. and ● Ottawa Chamberfest. Chamber Chats: At Home / Chez vous. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. Hosted by celebrated broadcaster/writer Eric Friesen. Interactive episodes combine chat with pre-recorded and live performances and feature guest artists and lecturers from all over the world. For information: 613-234-8008. Website: ● Project: Humanity. Online Benefit Concert with Linda McRae, Singer-Songwriter. July 1 at 8:00pm. Benefit COVID-19 Artist Partnership Program (CAPP). Visit tour to reserve your free ticket. ● Recollectiv: Currently holding on-line meetings. A unique musical group made up of people affected by memory challenges caused by illness (such as dementia) or brain injury (stroke, PTSD, etc.) and their care partners. Volunteers of all ages also form part of the band, making this a positive intergenerational experience for all. Participation is free 38 | July and August 2020

with pre-registration. Contact for meeting times, information and registration. ● Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. a•P•art {of} performance series, every Thursday at 7:30pm on RHCPA ● Suite Melody Care: virtual performances created for hospital patients and elderly in Canada and the United States to bring them some joy through music during these challenging times, in the safety and comfort of their own rooms and with their own personal devices. The first of these performance videos is available at ● Tafelmusik. Tafel Talks: Musicians & Physicians. June 23 at 7 PM. Online panel discussion and Q&A with Emi Ferguson, Kensho Watanabe, and Dr. Jennifer Wilson, moderated by Meghan Moore. Exploring the parallels between two professions that demand intensive training, continual improvement and reassessment, and a high level of precision. Moderator Meghan Moore will join three panelists with personal experience in both fields to discuss the overlap of skills, talent, and aptitude required to practise music and medicine professionally. Tickets are and are now on sale at ● TD Niagara Jazz Festival. The Virtually Possible Festival. May 19-July 18. Featuring nine virtual, captivating, Big Easy-centric “Sessions” (curated and hosted by musician and New Orleans resident Christopher Butcher of “Heavy Weights Brass Band”) that will explore the art, history, food, famous locations and especially the music of New Orleans – sort of a “Mardi Gras 101” that will culminate in the TDNJF’s Mardi Gras event itself on July 18! For the latest information please click on To access the exclusive “Mardi Gras Sessions” hosted by Christopher Butcher, visit ● Temple Sinai. Musical Mondays. June 29 at 2.00 p.m. Hosted by David Eisner. Musical and artistic creativity have been integral parts of the Temple Sinai experience since the beginning. This series gives our members an opportunity to meet some of the folks who have contributed and will contribute to this tradition. Join us on June 29 for an interview with our member, guitarist and vocalist Danny Marks. For more information visit us online at or email or call the Temple Office at 416-487-4161. ● Toronto Concert Orchestra. Symphony in Your Garden. All concerts at 7:30pm. Visit We round out the program by taking a trip down memory lane as we recall some of our most memorable “O Canada” performances: July 14 - Stories of Piaf; July 28 - Around the World in 40 Minutes; Aug 11 - Songs Under the Stars; Aug 25 - Grand Finale: Tribute to Kerry [Stratton]. ● Toronto Consort. Explorer: Discovering the World of Early Music. Explorer is a blog for the curious; a place of learning, sharing, and community, presenting an assortment of curated content in a range of formats, like original short- or long-form articles, original video and audio recordings, and educational content on relevant topics relating to Early Music, history, and world music, as they relate our beloved repertoire. Visit for further information. ● Toronto Operetta Theatre. Video Series: The Gypsy Baron. We miss your presence in the theatre and we want to be back there as soon as possible. While we wait for such time, we have prepared memorable stage moments from our archival records. Starting with excerpts from Johann Strauss’s THE GYPSY BARON (Performed at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Dec 2019/Jan 2020). Visit here to play this excerpt. More will come in a few weeks - stay tuned! ● Toronto Summer Music announces its first-ever online festival! Save the dates: July 16 – August 1 2020. 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