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Volume 11 Issue 10 - July 2006

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Summertime, and the

Summertime, and the listings ain't easy! It's always this time of year that is most stressful here at the jazz listings department of the WholeNote. Many of the jazz clubs don't have their listings prepared in time for the August component of the summer issue, making it tough to provide comprehensive summer listings. We have included them to the best of our ability. However, the absolute best way to keep abreast of these things is to check websites - most clubs will have August updates near the end of the month. Even better than the "best", why not head down to your venue of choice, hear some great music and pick up a calendar? We are hoping to provide even better club coverage in time for the beginning of the new concert season! There is a plethora of album releases this summer, including (to name a few), CDs from vocalists Amanda Martinez (July 11, Montreal Bistro) and Marieve Herington (July 13th, Red Guitar), as well as from the Ryan Oliver Quartet (July 20th, The Rex). The Rex is also hosting a release party for the Chris Hunt Tentet+2 some time in August! A note to musicians and presenters! Get on board for the new season! Email your venue, or upcoming gigs to Our deadline fo r September is August 18th! Have a wonderful summer! Brass · Woodwind · String Instruments · Guitar Buy direct from the Dist ributor AUTHORIZED DEALER FOR: Armstrong, Artley, Besson, Benge Boosey & Hawkes, Buffet, Conn Getzen, Jupiter, Keilworth , King Ibanez Guitars, Scher! & Ruth String In st . Back to Ad Index JAZZ LIVE by Sophia Perlman 1055 Restaurant and Bar 1055 YongeSt.416482-8485 Alleycatz 2409 Yonge St. 416481-6865 Every Mon Salsa Night. Every Tue Chris Plock. Every Wed Jasmin Bailey and Co. Every Thu P1ppaSeed. Jul 1 BB.Divine. Jul 7, 8 Sonic Playground. Jul 14, 15Sou/ar. Jul21Soular. Jul 22 GrooveMatrtx. Jul 28 ladyKane. Jul 29Soular. Aug 4, 5,ladyKane. Aug 11 Sou/ar. Aug 12 Groove Matrix. Aug 18 lady Kane. Aug 19 Groove Matrix. Aug 25 lady Kane. Aug 26 Groove Matrix. Arbor Room Hart House@ the University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-2452 Ben Wicks 424 Parliament 416-961-9425 Black Swan 154 Danforth Avenue416469-0537 Boiler House 55Mill St.416-203-2121 Every Fri Kevin Clark with Elizabeth Shepherd. Cameron House 408 Queen St. West 416-703-0811 C'estWhat 67 Front St. E Every Wed Hot Fa' Ghandi Every Sat (matineEi TheHotFiveJazzmakers Cervejaria Downtown 842 College St. Every Wed The Jay Danley Ouintet. Chick N'Deli 744 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416489-3363 Every Tue Jam Nyht. Jul 3 Advocats Big Band. Jul 6-8 Nancy BJul 20· 22 Ce Ce Pastor. Jul 27-29Adam'sRib. Aug 3·5 Orangeman. Commensal, Le 655 Bay St. 416-596-9364 Validated pari

July and August can be a dormant period in Ontario for opera lovers, but this summer is a bit more active than usual. Those longing for fully staged operas with full orchestra will mostly have to seek them elsewhere, but the number of local operatic activities in summer seems to grow all the time. First of all, one can depend on the productions of the Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and Research Centre (SOLT) under the guidance of General Director Guillermo Silva-Marin. Now in its 21th season SOLT has three staged workshop productions on offer. First up is Puccini's "La Boheme" sung in English on August 4, 6, 9 and 12. Next is Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" sung in French with English dialogue on August 5, 8, 10 and 12. And to finish is Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito" sung in Italian on August 5, 9, 11, and 13. All are performed with piano accompaniment at the Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St. (entrance on St. George Street). An offer of three operas for only ends on June 30-for this phone 416-922-2912. Otherwise for single tickets phone 416-978-7986 or visit the website at New this year is the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, a project of the Silver Creek Music Foundation formed in 2003 by Artistic Director Agnes Grossman. According to the TSMAF website, "The mission of this project is to provide instructional programs in music performance at the highest level - including chamber music, percussion and opera - for musicians at the threshold of their professional careers; and, at the same time, to provide the public with an extended festival of concerts, seminars and events, featuring guest artists, resident performance faculty, and Academy students". Besides a benefit concert by Russell Braun at Walter Hall on August 9, the Festival will present a fully staged production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" with orchestra at the MacMillan Theatre on August 17, 19 and 20. For more information and tickets phone 1-888- 222-6608 or visit For fans of Theodore Baerg, you can see him on stage this summer at the Stratford Festival, where he is starring as Emile de Becque in Michael Lichtefeld's excellent production of Rodgers and Hammmerstein's "South Pacific" until October 28. His voice is amplified as has unfortunately become the norm for musicals at Stratford, but its richness comes through in such standards as "Some Enchanted Evening" and "This Nearly Was Mine". Those in the mood for light opera could also head to the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque for a rare production of John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera" from July 21-September 2. Meanwhile, the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend will present Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" from August 17-September 2. As for modern Canadian opera, Patria Music/Theatre Projects presents a revival ofR. Murray Schafer's work j ULY 1 - SEPTEMBER 7 2006 Back to Ad Index On OPERA by Christopher Haile The stage at The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix - photo from the 2001 staging of the work "The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix" on August 31, September 1-3 and 6-9 in the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve. For tickets and more information phone 416-596-8585 or visit For those willing to travel out of province, a favourite destination is Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York (July 7-August 29). Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" is conducted by former COC chorus master Gary Thor Wedow. Rossini's "II Barbiere di Siviglia" features Canadian John Tessier as Count Alma viva and is directed by former Toronto Arts Productions General Director Leon Major. Janacek's masterpiece "Jenufa" features Canadian Roger Honeywell in the role ofLaca. And the Festival will present the world premiere of "The Greater Good, or The Passion of Boule de Suif" by Stephen Hartke based on the Guy de Maupassant short story about a group of French citizens trapped behind enemy lines during the Franco-Prussian War. For more information phone 607- 547-5704 or visit To catch more Canadians in performance will involve an all-day drive to Cincinnati, Ohio. On July 13 and 15, Cincinnati Opera is presenting "Un Balla in maschera" starring Richard Margison as Riccardo and Eva Urbanova, familiar from many COC appearances, as Amelia. On July 20 and 22 "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" is scheduled featuring Opera Atelier favourite Nathalie Paulin as Antonia. For tickets phone 513-241-2742 or visit www On the way there, you could stop off to see a few rarities at the Ohio Light Opera Festival (June 15-August 12) in Wooster, Ohio, such as "The New Moon" by Sigmund Romberg (1928), "The Firefly" (1912) by RudolfFriml or "The Queen's Lace Handkerchief' (1880) by Johann Strauss, Jr. For more information phone 330-263-2345 or visit http: // olo. Enjoy the summer! WWW.THEWHOLENOTE. COM musical life WEAREALL M us1c' s CHILDREN by mJ Buell July/ August's Child .... Portrait taken circa '64, at which time he was aged 8. (fhe object in his hands is for the birds). Identify him for a chance to win tickets to a September 6 concert featuring his music, or a recording of his music. Think you might know who July/August's Child is? Send your best guess to (Winners will be selected by random draw among correct entries received by August 15th, 2006.) MUSIC'S CHILDREN IS MAKING A LIST of possible mystery children for the 2006-2007 season!! Know someone whose photograph should appear on this page? Your suggestions are most welcome! musical life "How I MET MY TEACHER" asks about summer What are you doing this summer? How does this feed what you do the rest of the year? compiled and edited by mJ Buell Suzie LeBlanc I'm just going for a long walk. After the Indian River Festival (PEI, July 2nd ), I'll begin in Newfoundland in July, and I'll probably end up in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. I'm recording a second album of Acadian songs in October, and so during my travels, I'll be collecting and recording songs from people I meet on my way. I'll ask them to teach me a song which I'll tape, and then I'll learn it as I walk and hike in beautiful places like the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland. I hope to find impromptu kitchen music parties, and spend time CONTINUES NEXT PAGE 27

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