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Volume 17 Issue 2 - October 2011

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2011-2012 PRESENTER PROFILESconsists of lighter fare that is easy to sing and complimentsthe modern liturgy. The Parish Choir rehearsesat 8am on Sundays, prior to the service. Singers interestedin volunteering their time are invited to contactAndrew Adair, interim director of music.The Cathedral Choir is a fully professional ensemblethat sings the 11am Sung Eucharist and the4:30pm Choral Evensong every Sunday throughoutthe year. Its repertoire mainly consists of music fromthe core of the Anglican tradition as well as otherEuropean music.Organ recitals can be heard every Tuesday at 1pmand Sunday at 4pm throughout the year.Andrew Adair, interim director of music416-364-7865●●CENTRE FOR THE ARTS,BROCK UNIVERSITYThe Centre for the Arts, Brock University, in St.Catharines (Niagara region) presents an annualHot Ticket Professional Entertainment seasonof music, dance, theatre, comedy and young audienceperformances, from October to April of eachyear, showcasing national and international artistsin the Sean O’Sullivan and David S. Howes theatres.The 2011/12 season will feature such celebrated artistsas the Juilliard String Quartet, Dee Dee Bridgewater,Arturo Sandoval, Nikki Yanofsky, Manteca, Emilie-Claire Barlow, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, MichaelKaeshammer and many more! Visit us online at for a full season listing and more detailedinformation. More than a performance, it’san experience!Box Office: 905-688-5550 x3257Toll Free:●●CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETYOF MISSISSAUGASince 1997, the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga(CMSM) has created, produced and performed itsSaturday Evening Concert Series and — to develop futureaudiences — as many school shows for familiesand young audiences as funding permits. Currentlythe main educational productions in the CMSM repertoireare Peggy’s Violin: A Butterfly in Time, The Storyteller’sBag, Meet the Musician, The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid,by Canadian composer Patrick Cardy and, most recently,A Carpet of Dreams.A JUNO nomination for Best Children’s Album forPeggy’s Violin: a Butterfly in Time in 2005 launched CMSMonto the international stage. Peggy’s Violin: a Butterfly inTime, Le Violon de Peggy: une histoire de papillon and TheStoryteller’s Bag have been recorded and the CDs aredistributed by The Children’s Group. In 2008, CMSMrecorded and produced a new CD called Classical FairyTales which included The Snow Queen and The LittleMermaid, both by Patrick Cardy. This CD is now availableonline or through the Canadian Music Centre.Peggy Hills, artistic●●CHOIRS ONTARIO,ONTARIO YOUTH CHOIRChoirs Ontario is a not-for-profit arts service organizationdedicated to the support, promotion and celebrationof choral music throughout Ontario. Membershipbenefits include free concert listings and borrowingprivileges from our extensive choral library as well asreduced rates for workshops and VOCAL, our choircamp for adult choristers.Our key programme, the Ontario Youth Choir,provides a unique opportunity for young singersfrom across Ontario to work with some of Canada’soutstanding choral leaders. Every spring 40 talentedyoung singers are selected to participate in OYC’s exceptionalchoral experience. The choristers are challengedwith the finest choral repertoire while enjoyingan exciting programme of rehearsals, masterclassesand voice lessons.Join us in Ottawa from May 17 to 20, 2012, forPodium, Canada’s national choral conference.Canada’s choral community will gather to hear someof Canada’s top choirs, work with renowned choralleaders and enjoy scenic and historic Ottawa, one ofCanada’s leading destination cities! Mark your calendarsnow for Podium 2012 — Choral CélébrationChorale. A Capital Experience! Connect chorally— make life sing!Elizabeth Shannon, executive director416-923-1144;●●CHORUS NIAGARAThe Power of 100! Chorus Niagara is a passionate groupof 100 voices of diverse ages and walks of life. Its missionis to entertain, educate and inspire through theperformance of fine choral music. As the Niagara region’spremiere symphonic chorus, CN performs classicchoral masterpieces as well as new, modern andseldom-heard works, provides a showcase for emergingCanadian talent and attracts singers of all ageswith its Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (CNCC) andSide by Side High School Chorale (SxS). The 2011/12season features “Triumph of the Spirit” (November5, 2011), “Home for the Holidays” (December 10, 11,2011), the premiere of “No Mortal Business” (March 3,4, 2012) and “Deep in my Heart” (June 2, 3, 2012),under the direction of Robert Cooper, C.M.Pam Gilmore, auditions: 905-357-1616Diana McAdorey, managing director: 905-934-5575Lyn Hibbitt, administrator CNCC:●●CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARKMusic plays a very important part at this busy Anglicanparish church. Music for services is led by organistand director of music Eric Robertson. The Choirof Christ Church Deer Park is an auditioned mixedvoicechoir that rehearses Thursday evenings andsings Sunday mornings and on special occasionsfrom September through June. Repertoire is medievalthrough 21st century.The Christ Church Summer Singers is a non-auditionedmixed-voice choir that rehearses and sings onSunday mornings through July and August. ChristChurch has also hosted its “Jazz Vespers” for overten years. At 4:30pm every second Sunday fromSeptember to June, this service offers a chance forreflection, prayers for our community and music byToronto’s finest jazz musicians.With its Yonge Street location (at Heath St. nearthe St. Clair TTC station), fine acoustics, full modernfacilities, flexible staging, Steinway grand piano,three-manual tracker organ and seating for 500, ChristChurch is an increasingly popular venue for outsideconcert presenters during the year.Eric N. Robertson, organist and director of music416-920-5211●●CHURCH OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENEThe Church of Saint Mary Magdalene (477 ManningAve., Toronto) supports a varied choral programme.Our Ritual Choir and Schola Magdalena specialize inGregorian chant. Our SMM Gallery Choir won firstprize in the CBC choral competition and last yearreleased a recording of original music by Canadiancomposer Stephanie Martin. Join us for High Mass at11am every Sunday and during the week on major feastdays, or at our more casual 9:30am service, includingTaizé, baroque band, and Orff ensemble. SMM offers aunique musical and spiritual experience in this beautiful,historic and newly renovated Toronto landmark.Stephanie Martin, director of●●CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITYThe Church of the Holy Trinity (Anglican) is one ofthe oldest churches in Toronto (1847) and boasts amagnificent acoustical space with a Bechstein concertgrand piano and the Deer Park Rathgeb Memorial organ.Music for the active and activist congregation isled on Sunday mornings by Becca Whitla. Oasis services–eveninggatherings of music and reflectionsto nourish the soul–take place the last Friday of themonth. Every December since 1938, the church hasstaged “The Christmas Story,” a traditional nativitypageant with organ music and carols from an unseenchoir. May through September, the church presents“Music Mondays,” a noon time series of weekly concertswhich reflect the variety of musical traditionsalive in Toronto’s many communities.Holy Trinity is also the venue for concerts presentedby the Toronto Early Music Centre (416-966-1409) with concerts the second Sunday of each monthfrom 2:30 to 3:30pm, January through June, and EchoWomen’s Choir ( HolyTrinity welcomes other musical and artistic eventsas well as meetings or events that focus on social justiceissues.416-598-4521●●CIVIC LIGHT OPERA COMPANYFounded in 1979, our much-heralded musical theatrecompany is now in its 32nd season, making its homeat the Fairview Library Theatre in Toronto and offeringunique, professional entertainment at affordableprices. Each season we offer four productions.Our 100+ shows range from the well-loved Broadwayclassics to more obscure shows also deserving recognition.We have presented the Canadian premieresof Titanic: The Musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’slost masterpiece Allegro, Irving Berlin’s As ThousandsCheer, Kander and Ebb’s The Rink and Cole Porter’sHigh Society, to name a few. Our world-premiere newmusical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz was staged in2000, 2002 and 2010 to incredible popular receptionand repeated demands for return engagements.This season, we offer the Rodgers and Hammersteinclassic Carousel, Irving Berlin’s holiday favorite WhiteChristmas, the off-Broadway musical comedy sensationForbidden Broadway and the legendary lost musicalgem Dear World, a musical comedy by Jerry Herman(composer of Mame, Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles)based on the classic comedy The Madwoman of Chaillot.Join us as our theatrical journey continues!Joe Cascone, artistic● ● CONTACT CONTEMPORARY MUSICContact Contemporary Music is a contemporarymusic ensemble and concert producing organizationthat highlights collaborations with other media, establishedand emerging composers, performances in

alternative spaces and outreach programmes to underservedcommunities which stress diversity, collaborationand accessibility.Praised by the Globe and Mail for its “thought-provoking”and “highly entertaining” programming andby the New York Times for “methodical and mesmerizing”performances, Contact has firmly establisheditself as one of Canada’s leading interpreters of themusic of our time. Under the direction of percussionistand founder Jerry Pergolesi, Contact has performedat some of the world’s most prestigious new musicfestivals, including the Huddersfield ContemporaryMusic Festival (UK), Open Ears Festival of Sound(Kitchener) and the Bang On A Can Marathon(New York).In addition to concert productions, ContactContemporary Music presents INTERsection, a tenhourmusic marathon at Yonge-Dundas Square andMusic From Scratch, its annual summer workshopfor youth.Jerry Pergolesi, artistic director416-902-7010www.contactcontemporarymusic.orgCONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC●●CONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY MUSICCalled “sublimely skilled” by Dutch publicationBrabants Dagblad, Continuum presents works by emergingand established Canadian and international composers.The core ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin,cello, piano and percussion is often augmented byvoice, other instruments or electronics. The group hasreleased three CDs, has toured Canada and Europeand is broadcast regularly on radio, television andthe internet.Continuum’s 2011/12 season includes: “Fuzzy Logic”(November 6, Music Gallery), featuring a new workby Alex Eddington on the subject of sheep; “Back toBack” (December 9, Music Gallery), a celebration ofthe work of Vinko Globokar in co-operation withthe Music Gallery and Toronto New Music Projects;“ORGANized” (February 12, Music Gallery), featuringthree world premieres for ensemble and mechanicalorgans and a new work by Brian Current; andthe staging of Contes pour enfants pas sages — 8 cautionaryentertainments by Christopher Butterfield (May 27to 29, 918 Bathurst St.), featuring soloists BenjaminButterfield and Anne Grimm along with Choir 21, allunder the direction of David Fallis.For complete information Waring, co-artistic directorRyan Scott, co-artistic directorJosh Grossman,●●COUNTERPOINT COMMUNITYORCHESTRACounterpoint Community Orchestra (CCO) wasformed in 1984 by gay and lesbian musicians.Together we provide fine music and create a deepersense of community and diversity in downtownToronto. People from all walks of life play with usand we welcome any person with a positive outlooktowards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered andtwo-spirited people.Our 28th season concerts begin December 3, 2011.The second concert is on March 3, 2012 and the finalconcert of the season is on May 12, 2012.Rehearsals are held Mondays at 8pm at the 519Church Street Community Centre. Concert performancesare at Saint Luke’s United Church, SherbourneSt. at Carlton in Toronto.We welcome players, committee volunteers and volunteersfor our board of directors. Player levels rangefrom beginner to professional. We will help you growmusically. Come and join a fun group of people andmake great music! Our first program features Mozart’sSymphony No.41 and works by Shostakovich, von Suppéand Sousa.As a registered charity for tax purposes we welcomedonations.Paul●●COUNTY TOWN SINGERSCTS started as a small community choir to celebrateCanada’s centennial year. Under the direction ofBarbara Ouellette, we are still “singing for the loveof it” 42 years later. We are a 60- to 70-voice auditionedchoir with a varied repertoire, from showtunes to spirituals, folk music to classical. We holdtwo major concerts per year in December and May,as well as concerts at smaller venues such as nursinghomes and performances at special functions suchas the Men’s Provincial Curling Championship, theWhitby Library opening and Heritage Day events.Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:30pm to 10pm at theWhitby Seniors Centre. Auditions are the first twoWednesdays of September and January.Doreen●●DACAPO CHAMBER CHOIRThe DaCapo Chamber Choir was founded in 1998 inKitchener-Waterloo under the direction of LeonardEnns. The mission of the DaCapo Chamber Choir isto perform outstanding choral chamber works of thepast 100 years and to champion music of Canadianand local composers.The performance season consists of three annualconcerts in Kitchener-Waterloo. The 2011/12 seasonis centered around the theme of home: “ImaginingHome” (November 12, 13), “Creating Home”(February 25, 26) and “Celebrating Home” (May 5,6). The November concert will also feature the 2011NewWorks winning entry, The Echo by Patrick Murray.DaCapo is the winner of the 2011 NationalCompetition for Canadian Amateur Choirs in thecontemporary category (and second place finalistin the chamber category). The Choir also receivedthe ACCC’s 2010 award for Outstanding ChoralRecording for its most recent CD, ShadowLand, featuringthe JUNO-nominated Nocturne by LeonardEnns. For more information about the choir, its currentseason, the NewWorks choral composition competition,the ShadowLand CD or to purchase ticketsonline, please visit the choir’s●●DEANGELIS ENTERTAINMENTDeAngelis Entertainment Inc. is a full-service entertainmentcompany dedicated to providing highcalibre live entertainment for both the commercialand corporate markets. They are the producersof JUNO award-winning instrumentalists BobDeAngelis and his Champagne Symphony and .JohnMacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra, and are alsothe creators and producers of the hit comedy dinnertheatre “Joey and Gina’s Comedy Wedding.” Theyare also the parent company of A2D2, a phenomenalToronto-based “Cirque” company that provides awide range of circus acts, specializing in spectacularaerial apparatuses, performed with live musiciansand orchestra.DeAngelis Entertainment Inc. is committed to providingaudiences with memorable music and entertainmentexperiences and, for corporate clients, thepromise of personal, professional service and customizedentertainment for their special events.Joni● ● EAST YORK CHOIRThe East York Choir, founded in 1986, is a mixed-voice,auditioned ensemble performing eclectic repertoire(including several premieres of arrangements by ourartistic director, Jenny Crober) in collaboration withother artists. Our season consists of two concertsas well as performances at benefits and communityevents. Our very talented, versatile accompanist isElizabeth Acker.EYC guest artists have included some of Canada’sfinest performers: guitarist Michael Occhipinti; theTalisker Players orchestra; Latin band Cassava; bassistRob Clutton; singers Jennie Such and AlexanderDobson; percussionists Ray Dillard, Nick Coulter,Andy Morris, Larry Graves and Fulé Badoe; storyteller/theWholeNote 2011-2012 PRESENTER PROFILES

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