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Volume 18 Issue 2 - October 2012

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FOR OPENERS | DAVID

FOR OPENERS | DAVID PERLMANAn Opening Fare WellMy mighty mother, of whom I shall say a little more at the end of thisfarewell, had a story she loved to tell about how as a fledgling activistin the 1940s she proved her credentials to the assembled members ofthe South African Communist Party cell of which her then boyfriendwas a member, by announcing her passion for the music of Shostakovich;then later, when she tired of the aforementioned boyfriend (andhis politics), she greatly simplified her exit from the relationship byconfiding to the scandalized cohort her abiding love for the symphoniesof Tchaikovsky.The WholeNote’s annual Blue Pages are always a nice reminder of howdiverse the musical tastes of our community are and how much opportunitythere is in a relatively peacable land to indulge one’s own musicaltastes without having to deny anyone else theirs. It is a relief when mattersof taste don’t have to be a matter of life and death. Enjoy the read,and may you find something delightfully unexpected (or unexpectedlydelightful) in the course of it.What’s in a Name? The recent opening of the Regent Park Arts andCultural Centre has given a dozen other organizations the same opportunityas the Regent Park School of Music to take big steps forward. Theorganization Artscape, long an advocate for artists in the community,should take a bow for somehow harnessing the energies of developersand City departments to a common purpose. And beyond that, it’s nosmall talent to turn common purpose into a viable business plan. Thisis where commodities such as “naming rights” come into the picture,no less here than for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, orthe O’Keefe/Hummingbird/Sony Centre. That being said, the announcement,right as we were getting ready to go to press, that the Regent ParkArts and Cultural Centre was henceforth to be known as the “DanielsSpectrum” came as a bit of a jolt. It is hard to watch community historyand the idea of art and culture casually obliterated like that. But evenif Daniels, the major developer of the new Regent Park, had to plastertheir name on this building along with all the others, why Spectrum?To any good hockey loving Torontonian “I’m off to the Spectrum” soundslike you’re going to watch a road game in Philadelphia. Even calling itthe Daniels Arts and Cultural Centre would have been better, eh? “I’moff to the ACC” means something in this town.Minor cavil aside, the building is going to be a real asset, for theperformance spaces it includes and for the arts and community organizationsit will house well. Thanks to the staff of Regent Park School ofMusic for helping us capture the story and thanks to RSM students Dillon,Megan, Ryan and William Chan; Siddartha Kundu; Boris, Sima andYakov Tarnopolski; and Alex, Lilly and Sally Twin, for helping make thestory a reality by appearing in our cover photo.I said I would return to the subject of my mighty mother at the endof this, and here we are. Ina Perlman’s life’s work, two continents away,during the darkest days of South African apartheid, was with the hungryand the homeless and the dispossessed, first in the tens, then hundreds,then thousands and more. She’d have been furious at being mentionedpublically like this. But she’d have liked the company she is keepingin this particular issue of the magazine. Because she understood theidea of small beginnings, things like The WholeNote Blue Pages, likethe Regent Park School of Music.Music cannot feed the body. But it can make a person hopeful enoughto want to eat.Saturday October 20, 2pm: Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre.Space is the Place. Community celebration of music and dance. FeaturingHymn to Universe, a dance work by B. Coleman. Sun Ra Arkestra;students from Regent Park School of Music; Bill Coleman, choreographer.585 Dundas St. E. 416-703-5479. Free; community gatheringto follow. Be there. —David Perlman, publisher@thewholenote.comThe WholeNote The Toronto Concert-Goer’s GuideVOLUME 18 NO 1 | OCT 1 – NOV 7, 2012720 Bathurst St., Suite 503Toronto ON M5S 2R4MAIN TELEPHONE 416-323-2232FAX 416-603-4791SWITCHBOARD & GENERAL INQUIRIES Ext 21Chairman of the Board | Allan Pulkerdirectors@thewholenote.comPublisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlmanpublisher@thewholenote.comCD Editor | David Oldsdiscoveries@thewholenote.comEvent Advertising/MembershipKaren Ages | members@thewholenote.comAdvertising/Production Support/OperationsJack Buell | adart@thewholenote.comDirector of MarketingGarry Page | marketing@thewholenote.comListings DepartmentSharna Searle | Listings Editorlistings@thewholenote.comOri Dagan | Associate Editor: Jazz, The ETCeterasjazz@thewholenote.com, etc@thewholenote.comWebsiteBryson Winchester | systems@thewholenote.comCirculation, Display Stands & SubscriptionsChris Malcolm | circulation@thewholenote.comPatrick Slimmon | patrick@thewholenote.comOMDC AND THE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCILARE AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIOTHANKS TO THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORSBeat ColumnistsART OF SONG | Hans de GrootBANDSTAND | Jack MacQuarrieCLASSICAL & BEYOND | Sharna SearleCHORAL SCENE | Benjamin SteinDISCOVERIES | David OldsEARLY MUSIC | Simone DesiletsIN THE CLUBS | Ori DaganIN WITH THE NEW | David PerlmanJAZZ NOTES | Jim GallowayMUSICAL LIFE | mJ buellMUSIC THEATRE | Robert WallaceON OPERA | Christopher HoileWORLD VIEW | Andrew TimarFeaturesPaula Citron, Rebecca ChuaCD ReviewersStuart Broomer, Hans de Groot,Daniel Foley, Janos Gardonyi, Jim Galloway,Tiina Kiik, Roger Knox, Jack MacQuarrie,Cathy Riches, Terry Robbins, Michael Schwartz,Bruce Surtees, Ken WaxmanProofreadingSharna Searle, Paul Ennis,Karen Ages, Ori DaganListingsOri Dagan, Sharna Searle, Adam WeinmannLayout & DesignUno RamatSUBSCRIPTIONS per year + HST (10 issues)Upcoming Dates & DeadlinesFree Event Listings Deadline6pm Monday October 15Display Ad Reservations Deadline6pm Saturday October 15Advertising Materials Due6pm Thursday October 18Publication DateWednesday October 31Next issue, Volume 18 No 3 coversNovember 1 to December 7, 2012WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibility orliability for claims made for any product or servicereported on or advertised in this issue.Printed in CanadaCouto Printing & Publishing ServicesCirculation StatementSeptember 2012: 30,000 printed & distributed.Canadian Publication Product Sales Agreement1263846ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTEPublications Mail Agreement #40026682Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:WholeNote Media Inc.503–720 Bathurst StreetToronto ON M5S 2R4COPYRIGHT © 2012 WHOLENOTE MEDIA INCthewholenote.com6 thewholenote.com October 1 – November 7, 2012

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