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Volume 4 Issue 9 - June 1999

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  • Toronto
  • Festival
  • Theatre
  • Jazz
  • Symphony
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  • Musical
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  • August

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'99 , Canadian ~mposer Matjan from rooftop hotelloWlges: music Mozetich's new work, New Work from favourite Hollywood (JWle 6f Mozetich also talks musicals and hit parade tWles about the work in a pre-perform- recreate an era (July 20 to 31). ance lecture. Anne of Green Gables, Canada's Chamber music most successful musical, holds highlights include the Amici trio the stage from August 4 to 29. with guest violinist Martin The Grand Theatre also Beaver premiering Our Finest hosts singer and boogie-woogie Hour by Chan Ka Nin. The piano player Marcia Ball at the concert also features Olivier . laWlch of the Limestone City Messiaen's Quartetfor the End of· Blues Festival on August 26. Time (May 30). Other highlights: Valerie Tryon plays ail evening of .For prices and schedules call Chopin and Lizst (JWle 2); and Grand Theatre Box Office The Ymg Quartet give a concert 1-800-615c5666, ofBeethoven, Shostakovich, and locally 613 530-2050. Mozart {JWle 3). Jazz gliitar legend Sonny Greenwich and his band play May 29; fusion fiddler Mark O'Connor plays JW1e 4, and jazz singer Shirley Eikhard plays JW1e 5. World music offerings at Streetfest include the Tuvan ensemble Yat-Kha, who combine traditional throat-singing with punk guitar and high tech electronics; and progressive edge Cape Breton band Slainte Mhath (slawn-cha va). . For schedules and ticket information call 519 763-3000 or visit www.freespace.natFgsf T~E AboRiGiNAL VoicES festival of native · Canadian culture fWlS JW1e 16-21 at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Musical performers include Anishnabe musicians Keith Secola & The Wild Band of Indians on acoustic and electric . guitar, vocals and native flute _ (JWle 19); female a capella trio mali (JWle 20), and Inuit rocker' Lucie ldlout (Jw1e 20) . . Call tha Harbourlront Centra Info Lina at 416 9 7 3-3000 or visit www.aboriginalvoicas.com or www.harbourfront. on.ca Tli£ GRANd TkEATRE . in Kingston brings tis lt' s It Grand Summer!, a ieStivalof theatre and music that pickS up where the defunct Kingston Summer Festiva11eft off. A new production of the 50s nostalgiatrip musical Grease hits the boards July 2 to 10. Blue Champagne is a staged flashback .to the 1930s and 40s, when swing was broadcast live over radio TkE CiT)' concert series in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto kicks off with The Dukes of Harmony and the Bobby Herriot Orchestra. Each Wednesday Wltil August 10 the Square will be filled with music, "everything from Aboriginal arid African to jazz, Cumbian and Zouk music from the French Caribbean". Uptown you can catch the Summer in the Square series in North Yark's Mel Lastman Square. The kickoff concert on Canada Day includes the R&B action of the McAuley Boys, flamenco-jazz guitarist Robert Michaels, and the Celtic music of The Barra MacNeils from Cape Breton. July 4 to August 29 the ~'SWlday Serenades" series showcases Big Band, Swing, Latin, and Klezmer, all designed to pull you onto the dance floor. July 4 features are a a tribute to Glenn Miller and a 1 OOth anniversary party for Duke Ellington with. Anna Romain and the Norman Amadio Orchestra. For full informa.tion call the City of Toronto Event Hotline at 416 395-7350 or visit www. cit)' toronto. on. ca T~E du MAuRiER DowNTOWN JAzz FEsTivAL brings swing, blttes, funk, maple jazz, avant-garde, jazz voices and more to Toronto Harbourfront Centre and other local venues from JWle 25 to July 4. See Jim Galloway's Jazz Notes on page .15 for more details. · Call the Harbourfront Centre Info Line at416 973-3000 or visit www. harbourfron t. on. ca T~E GEORGiAN TkEATRE FEsTivAL in Meaford on the south end of Georgian Bay always presents musical fare as part of a larger stage season, and this year is no exception. Pianist John Arpin opens the season JW1e 26 with the traditional Gala Musical Openitlg of selections from Rodgers and Hart, Jerome Kern, and Scott Joplin. During the . summer the festival stages Godspell, one of the most popular musical theatre pieces ever, from July 2 to August 6. The season closes August 15 with another gala featuring Peter Appleyard and his Great Canadian Swing Band. For further information call the Maaford Town Hall and Opera House 1-888-541-4444; or locally 519 538-3569, or visit www.maaford.com RoyAL CANAdiAN BiG BANd Music FEsTivAL in London, Ontario features dances and concerts in the spirit of Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians. Events occur all year, but the main· festival concerts and dances fW1 JW1e 26 to July 4, with such acts as Tony Barton and His Orchestra in tribute to Guy Lombardo (Canada Day), David Reddoch's tribute to Frank Sinatra with Jim Davey directing the Canadian Modernaires Orchestra (July 2), the Sophisticated Swing Orchestra (July 3), and the Bill Sherry Big Band (July 4). Free dances include the Gord Cooper Orchestra (JWle 26), the Margaret Stowe Band (J~e 30), and the Johnny . Noubarian Trio (Canada Day). Call 1-800-461-BAND (2263} or . locally 519 663-9467, a-mail bigband@exaculink.com or visit www.pobox. com;-bigband RiTMO y ColoR: A . Festival of Latin American Arts fWls July 9 to 11 at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Acts include Brazilian "fom)" music of Pernambuco of Cilscabulho; Colombia's Bloque; Cuba's La Farnillia Valera . Miranda, and Zalrean Ricardo Lemvo and his band Makina Loca 'with their blend of African and Cuban rhythms. Also: the Brazilian Machado Brothers, the Tex-Mex R&B groove of New Orleans' The Iguanas; the "Klave Kanadiense" showcase of Toronto's fmest Latin music. Call the Harbourfront Central Info Line at 416. 9 7 3-3000 or visit www.harbourfront.on.ca T~E GREAT CANAdiAN BluEs FEsTivAL hits Toronto from July 16-18. Venues include Harbourfront Centre, The Silver Dollar, and The Horseshoe Tavern. Son Seals and Syl Johnson from Chicago share mainstage concerts with Lousiana Red, Colorado's Otis Taylor, Toronto veterans Curley Bridges and Bobby Dean, and New York dobro maestro Bob Brozman. Canadian acts include JW1o blues nominees Fathead, Michael Pickett, Carlos del JW1co, and yoWlg guitarists Trevor Finlay from Ottawa and Montreal's Steve Hill. Call tha Harbourfront Centre Info Line at416 973-3000 o; visit www.harbourfront. on.'ca ThE CANAdiAN ORGAN FEsTivAL is held in Hamilton from July 19 to 23. For further information write Prof. W. Renwick, School of Arts, Drama and Music, McMaster , Hamilton ON L8S 4M4. E-mail renwick@mcmaster.ca or visit www.humanities.mcmastar.ca/ -renwick/home.htm DivAs & DREAds comes to Toronto's.Harbourfront Centre July 30 to August 2, just in time for Caribana. Performances include Equatorial Guinds Afro-pop reggae band Hljas del Sol (July · 30); Jazz Jamaica's combination of reggae, ska and jazz (July 31); Burkina Faso-born balafon griot Seydu Zon and Allilkolni (Aug I). Trinidadian soca kings David Rudder and Charlie's Roots perform August 2 before the

~ Caribana carnival parade. Call the Harbourfront Centre Info Line at 416 9 7 3-3000 or visit www.harbourfront.on.ca RltyTitMs of TltE WoRLd at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre August 6 to 8 is "an in-depth exploration of musical instru~ ments from around the planet". The festival includes the Portuguese "morna"-style singing of Cape Verde-borne Fantcha, and Angolan singer and guitarist Waldemar Bastos (Aug 6); the Afro-Latin music of Peru's Susan Baca, and Congolese tenor Sam Mangwana (Aug 7); and the guitar and percussion-based Portuguese creole songs of Guinea-Bissau native Lilison Di Kinara. Other highlights include The Kamkars, a nine-member Kurdish family from Iran, the Lau Wing Chuen Chinese Performing Arts Association, les Gitanes de Sarajevo, and the Pham Duch Thanh Ensemble. Call the Harbourfront Centre Millennium, August 13 to 15 at Toronto's Harbollrfront Centre is an Indo-Canadian celebration of traditions and heritage through music, dance, literature, film, . handicrafts, cuisine, and more . Musical peformers include Dr. Trichy Sankaran on mrdangam, Irshad Khan on sitar, Aditya Verma on sarod, and Aruna Kalle on srangi. Featured vocalists are vocal carnatic singer Burnha Krishnan, Hindustani classical and devotional singer Gauri Guha, and Ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia. Call the Harbourfront Centre Info Line at 416 9 7 3-3000 or visit www.harbourfront.on.ca JVC J.~zz FEsTivAL TORONTO, Aug 20-22 presents both free and ticketed concerts, including Manhattan Transfer and Bill Frisell. More information, late in Jw1e. Call the Harbourfront Centre Info Line at 416 9 7 3-3000 or visit www.harbourfront.on.ca Info Lin"e at416 973-3000 or TltE BEACitES INTERNA"" visit www.harbourfront.on.ca / TiONAL JAZZ FEsTiVAL TltE SouTitERN ONTARio CltAM bER Music INSTiTUTE returns to Oakville from August 8 to 22 and hosts a series of public performances in conjunction with their annual professional-level string quartet school. This year the Penderecki Quartet in a program of Mozart, Beethoven, and composer-in-residence Linda C. Smith on August 12. On August 16 the St. Lawrence Quartet performs a program of Schumann and Schubert with guest artist Marcel Saint-Cyr. And students display their skills at the Student Showcase concert on August 22. All performances are held at Calvary Baptist Church, 1216 Lakeshore Road W., Oakville. For more information phone 905 527-4068, fax 905 527- 0809, or e-mail socmi@hwcn. org PANORAMA INdiA ••• Towards the New takes over Queen St. East in late July. From July 22 to 24 over · forty bands will play jazz, calypso, blues, and Latin music along Queen between Woodbine · Ave. and Beech Ave. Performers include the Latin music of Gitano and Enriquez, the dixieland of the Pickering Dixieland Band, Ragtime, the swing and big band sounds of Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm, Swing Shift, and Brass Routes, plus blues, bebop, and fusion. On July 24 and 25 Kew Gardens hosts free concerts from noon to dusk, with each artist allotted a fifty minute set. July 24 sees the likes of Emily-Claire Barlow, Michael Kaeshan1mer & Guests, Warren Hill, Dominicanada, and Lucky Peterson. On July 25 the stage hosts the Pat Labarbera Quartet, the T.S. Monk Sextet, the Johnny Bassett Blues Band, the Bill King Sextet, and Sugar Ray Norcia. Souvenir sales support ' local charities. Call the Bell Beaches Jazz .Festival Hotline at 1-888-277- 0796 or visit

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