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Volume 26 Issue 3 - November 2020

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  • Recording
  • Artists
  • Concerts
  • Musicians
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Jazz
  • Toronto
  • Musical
  • November
Alanis Obomsawin's art of life; fifteen Exquisite Departures; UnCovered re(dis)covered; jazz in the kitchen; three takes on managing record releases in times of plague; baroque for babies; presenter directory (blue pages) part two; and, here at the WholeNote, work in progress on four brick walls (or is it five?). All this and more available in flipthrough HERE, and in print Tuesday Nov 3.


BLUE PAGES 2020/21 SECTION I: PRESENTERS & PERFORMERS Cultural Corridor, and virtually. Concert programs offer variety and include chamber, orchestral, vocal and choral works - featuring the Toronto Mozart Choir. For more information, including concert dates and information on the Toronto Mozart Choir, please visit Lawrence Peddie 416-996-5331 Tapestry Opera, Toronto, ON beginner to professional levels, and holds a major organ convention every second summer. The Toronto Centre has approximately 200 members in the city and GTA, and is led by a vibrant executive committee that meets monthly to coordinate and plan short- and long-term events. This fall, the College’s offerings are primarily online, with a video series featuring Bach’s Orgelbüchlein chorale preludes as well as other performances and workshops; please see our website or Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. Aaron James 416-460-3489 ●●Tapestry Opera Called “the leader of the opera pack” by the Globe and Mail, Tapestry Opera is a rare gem in Canada’s cultural landscape. After four decades of boundary-breaking opera, the company enters its 41st year filled with hope and the drive to explore in its 2020/21 season. Featuring digital comedy opera shorts about the current social and political climate, the first-ever opera writers’ room and group-creation workshop, Tapestry’s 2020/21 season showcases the best of the creativity that comes with adversity. Faced with a year in which indoor live performances are no guarantee, the company instead curated a season full of cancellation-proof digital works. Monthly livestreams from the beautiful Ernest Balmer Studio each embody the spirit of innovation that defines Tapestry; slow-release digital gems pop up on your timelines without warning; and the world premiere of a gorgeous new work, Dragon’s Tale by Ka Nin Chan and Mark Brownell, satisfies the desire for human connection in a free, outdoor performance in June 2021, co-produced with Soundstreams. Jaime Martino 416-537-6066 ●● Toronto Choral Society, The The Toronto Choral Society (TCS) was founded in 1845, to foster a positive musical environment that enables members to learn and develop both musical ability and choral repertoire. The TCS aims to be an integral part of the community of Toronto, presenting important works from the traditional choral repertoire, exploring the music of the many cultures that make up our community, and making an active contribution to the life of the city by participating in community events. During this difficult time TCS hopes you are all safe. While we would love to provide you with more information about our upcoming concerts, unfortunately at this time due to the current lockdown restrictions we will not be performing live concerts until sometime in 2021. We are currently pursuing the possibility of an online concert in November. There are a number of technical issues that still need to be resolved as well as engaging our choir members through online rehearsals. We have been very fortunate with the loyalty of our members and supporters and we will keep you informed as things develop. Debby Blyth 416-499-3000 ●●Toronto Mozart Players Operated by the Mozart Project, the Toronto Mozart Players are composed of professional solo, chamber and orchestral musicians dedicated to performance of the highest calibre. Specializing in the music of Mozart and his contemporaries, the Toronto Mozart Players perform a varied repertoire from the early eighteenth century to the twenty-first century under the direction of David Bowser. With commitment to Canadian repertoire and commissioned works by Canadian composers, the Toronto Mozart Players present world premieres along with classical repertoire. Toronto Mozart Players perform both at Church of the Redeemer, in the Bloor Street ●●Village Voices Village Voices is a non-auditioned community choir with our home base in Markham, Ontario. We perform major concerts in December and in May. We provide opportunities for members to sing together in fellowship, and encourage and promote each individual’s musical growth. We also provide choral music presentations to community-based groups, such as seniors’ homes, local fairs, festivals and churches. Gloria Fung 905-294-7373 ●●Wychwood Clarinet Choir Established in 2009, the Wychwood Clarinet Choir is directed by clarinetist and conductor Michele Jacot. Members of the choir include skilled clarinetists who share a love of musicmaking, friendship and fun. The group rehearses weekly and performs on a regular basis in Toronto’s St. Clair and Wychwood area. The instrumentation of the WCC extends from the contrabass clarinet to the E-flat sopranino. The choir’s repertoire includes many compositions and arrangements written by the group’s own Composers’ Collective, and by the choir’s late composer and conductor laureate, Howard Cable. The Wychwood Clarinet Choir embraces the ideal of “music for life” and is committed to sharing the musical experience in educational settings and in the wider community. Choir members are admitted by audition and pay a modest annual membership fee. Due to COVID-19, we do not know when rehearsals and performances will resume, but the Composers Collective has been very busy, so a large selection of new arrangements will be ready when rehearsals finally begin. Please visit the choir’s website for updates. Richard Moore 416-964-8668 Clarinet-Choir-198466956860238 22 | theWholeNote 2020/21 PRESENTER PROFILES

BLUE PAGES 2020/21 SECTION II: ARTS SERVICES BLUE PAGES SECTION II: ARTS SERVICES ●●Big Picture Communications Luisa Trisi’s lifelong love of arts and culture led her to launch Big Picture Communications in 1999. Passionate about city-building, community, and creativity, Luisa thrives on connecting people and ideas. She has worked with many of North America’s leading figures in classical music, dance, and theatre, and has produced publicity campaigns and panel discussions for major arts hubs, cultural initiatives, national festivals, and conferences. Luisa provides an array of strategic communications services including writing, media relations, content creation, and editorial planning for a broad range of individual clients and cultural organizations. Throughout her twenty-plus years of experience, she has established an extensive network of industry and media contacts. Prior to launching Big Picture Communications, Luisa held positions with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, and Theatre Columbus. As Director of Communications and an instructor at Ryerson Theatre School for almost a decade, Luisa designed and taught courses on entrepreneurship to students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Luisa Trisi 416-456-0499 ●●Bobolink Agency, The Robert Missen, the Burlington-based proprietor of The Bobolink Agency, celebrates 35 years representing some of Canada’s most distinguished classical and jazz performing artists, ensembles and attractions. His two artist management companies, Robert Missen Artists (1990 to 2005) and The Bobolink Agency (2010 to present), have arranged and promoted tours of such artists as Ben Heppner, Maureen Forrester, Veronica Tennant, Sylvia Tyson, Michael Burgess, Elmer Iseler Singers and The Men of the Deeps. In the upcoming seasons Bobolink will be undertaking tours with RH Thomson (A Christmas Carol), Heather Bambrick and The Canadian Jazz All Stars, and musical theatre star Chilina Kennedy among others. Black Artists Matter, a special new roster, will feature attractions celebrating such esteemed Black Canadian artists as Joe Sealy and Jackie Richardson (“Africville Stories”), Thom Allison in “Unforgettable - The Nat King Cole Story”, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley in “Sugar and Gold - The Underground Railroad Story”, and special programs from the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and Toronto Mass Choir. Stay tuned for a new Toronto venture entitled “Words and Music”, which celebrates cabaret, Bach cantatas, and art song recitals. Robert Missen 905-632-6047 ●●International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA) The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA) is a service organization for musicians, providing resources needed to bridge the gap between training and employment. Encounters with nationally and internationally experienced artists keep skills sharpened and provide savvy information about the industry, how it currently functions, and who’s who in the business. Resources are also offered for mid-career artists who may need to change direction. Membership is without cost. Sign-up forms are on our website. Paid public performances are live-streamed and can be used as auditions. IRCPA proposes a new Centre for Music by converting an unused heritage building. If we are successful, there will be practice/rehearsal studios, meeting rooms, recording studio, two performance venues, and office space for arts organizations such as the IRCPA. There is also space for an affordable residential building for the music community in perpetuity. The main floor includes a Community Centre, box offices, instrument repair shops, cafe/restaurant. We welcome volunteers to help with this new Centre for Musicians to meet, exchange ideas, create and collaborate. A great opportunity for artists to live, work and perform in Toronto. Ann Summers Dossena 416-362-1422 Updated online at WHO’S WHO FIND OUT IN THE WHOLENOTE ONLINE all the time THE BLUE PAGES | Directory of Music Makers SPECIAL FOCUS | Summer Music Education THE CANARY PAGES | Directory of Ontario Choirs THE GREEN PAGES | Guide to Summer Music in Ontario and Beyond Inquiries to: members@ THE WHOLENOTE.COM/WHO theWholeNote 2020/21 PRESENTER PROFILES | 23

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