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Volume 20 Issue 1 - September 2014

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Of White Nights and Shapeshifting GiantsFor a publication committed to providingour readers with a comprehensivepicture of what’s going on, there arecertain kinds of events that are particularlyhard to pin down in print – because theyconstantly shift shape until the moment theyhappen. One such shapeshifter is CultureDays (this year taking place September 26 to28, city, province and country wide).Founded in 2009, Culture Days is dedicatedto the cause of getting Canadians to“make culture a daily habit.” Thousands ofarts organizations now take part, providingways for individuals to “participate free in interactive and behind-thescenesactivities to discover their cultural spirit and passion.”The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir September 27 “Singsations”choral workshop featured elsewhere in this issue (page 39) is onegood example. Another great example is “Conduct Us” which takesplace from 12 noon to 1:45pm on September 26 at Roy ThomsonHall. It will give three “conductors” chosen from the audience bya draw, to conduct the full Toronto Symphony Orchestra alongsidemusic director Peter Oundjian. (Doors open at 10am andwannabe conductors intending to register for the draw are advisedto arrive early.) Entering fully into the spirit of the event, the TSOhas announced that “to help set the stage for your big debut, PeterOundjian and actor Colm Feore have recorded three fun Learn How toConduct videos set to the three different scores that will be on offer onSeptember 26th.”Best of all, “Conduct Us” is a province-wide initiative with overa dozen local musical ensembles confirmed, each with their ownunique twist: The Orillia Wind Ensemble,Vocal Ensemble, Silver Band and JubileeChorale; The Guelph puppet troupePandora’s Sox; Timmins SymphonyOrchestra, the Georgian Bay Symphony,the Oakville Symphony Orchestra, theKingston Symphony, the Stratford SymphonyOrchestra, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestraand the Kawartha Youth Orchestra ... The listof participant ensembles for this one initiativekeeps growing; and “Conduct Us” is justone strand among thousands!So you can see why, as stated at the beginningof this story, this shape-shifting giant of an event is impossiblefor us to chronicle. Blessedly, the Culture Days website offers you, thereader, a friendly set of tools to find your own way to something closeto your heart, and on home turf. Visit culturedays.caOnce you’ve revelled in the three-day wonder of it all, we’ll still bearound, faithfully chronicling the other 362 culture days in the yearthat are “yours to discover” here, every day.Nuit Blanche 2014 AnnouncedNo less of a citizen’s joy and listings editor’s nightmare, is the ninthedition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which will take place, in Toronto,Saturday, October 4 from 6:53 p.m. until sunrise on Sunday October 5.This year’s lineup features more than 120 art projects created by nearly400 local, national and international artists who will transform thestreets of Toronto for one magical night. Details for the full programare available at Perlman, listings editorD. The ETCeterasRobert Cooper, Artistic DirectorWant to sing withan outstanding choralconductor?Seeking a vibrantand welcoming choralcommunity?Like to be part ofCanadian premieres?Rehearsals: 7 p.m. Tuesdaysat Yorkminster Park Baptist Church1585 Yonge StreetInterested? For auditionscontact: Helen Coxon atorpheuschoir@sympatico.caor call 416-420-9660Sing WithOrpheus!2014-15 Highlights Include:WW1 commemorationprogram featuring music fromO What a Lovely WarConcert celebrating Christmasand the New Year with theHannaford St. Silver BandShowcasing our place in theecosystem featuring LeonardEnns’ Ten Thousand Rivers ofOil and Gjeilo’s Sunrise MassAnd much more!www.orpheuschoirtoronto.comGALAS & FUNDRAISERS●●Sep 9, 1:30: Oakville Opera Guild. Tea WithOpera: “Toronto – An Opera Town? FromAssembly Rooms to the Four Seasons.” Presentedby Ann Reynolds. Proceeds from TeaWith Opera programs provide the main fundingfor the Oakville Opera Guild’s annualscholarship awarded to a young singer studyingat U of T’s Opera Program. Auditorium,Oakville Central Library, 120 Navy St., Oakville.905-337-0477. .●●Sep 22, 7:30: Toronto Masque Theatre.The Fine Art of the Masque. Gala to markthe group’s eighth commission. Featuringan informal chat with some of the creators,drinks, food, and performances bymezzo Marion Newman and soprano TeriDunn. 21 Shaftesbury Ave. 416-410-4561. $20;(under 30); reduction for●●Sep 25, 8:00pm Small World Music Festival.Festival Opening Launch Party FeaturingOs Tropies. Gypsy jazz and Brazilian funk.Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St.●●Sep 28, 5:30–9:00 pm: Sinfonia Toronto.Sinfonia Toronto’ Sweet Sixteen Birthday.Director Nurhan Arman chats with Classical96.3 personality Alexa Petrenko; performanceby Sinfonia Toronto‘s concertmasterMary-Elizabeth Brown; dinner buffet; desserts;Great Musical Limerick Line-up; silentauction. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue,416-499-0403. ( tax receipt)●●Oct 16, 9:00pm: Canadian Opera Company.Operanation: Light Up the Night. Galafundraiser featuring music, dancing, fashion,culinary arts and visual arts with a Spanish56 | September 1, 2014 – October 7, 2014

theme. Performance by the COC EnsembleStudio and a guest contemporary musician.Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts,145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231.●●Nov 1 (deadline to apply): Etobicoke PhilharmonicOrchestra. Young ComposersCompetition 2014. Canadian composers ages32 and under. Winning composition will beperformed by the ETO; cash prizes presented.416 -239-5665. For details:;●●Nov 28 (deadline to apply): Toronto Sinfonietta.Ninth Annual Concerto Competition forthe best performance of a solo work with anorchestra. Gala concert of competition winnersis Saturday Feb 21, 2015. Age categories:under 16, 16-19. Rules and application formsat www.torontosinfonietta.comDEMONSTRATIONS & TOURS●●Sep 20, 10:30am: SweetWater Music FestivalSweetWater Luthier Exhibit. The artof crafting stringed instruments. FeaturedOntario luthiers: Itzel Avila, Johan Lotter,John Newton, David Prentice, Sibylle Ruppert,Mark Schnurr and Greg Walke. St. Andrew’sChurch (Owen Sound) 519-371-2833 Free.●●Sep 20, 1:00: SweetWater Music FestivalSweetWater Luthier Live Demonstration.Special guest artists from this year’s festivalwill play instruments crafted by local luthiers.St. Andrew’s Church (Owen Sound) 519-371-2833. Free.●●Oct 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:30am: CanadianOpera Company. Tour the Four Seasons Centrefor the Performing Arts. 90-minute toursincluding backstage access to wig rooms,Do you love to Sing & Act?Then the Toronto BeachesChildren’s Chorus is for you!We have 4 divisions for kids ages 4-16.For more information please call416 698 9864 or visit us atwww.torontobeacheschildrenschorus.caSing OntarioA choral festival & workshop series forchoirs and conductorsNovember 15 – 16, 2014Toronto, Ontariowith Mark Sirett, Robert Cooper, Brenda Uchimaru,Darryl Edwards, Elise Bradley, Anne Longmore,James Pinhorn, Jennifer Swanchoirsontario.orgdressing rooms, orchestra pit and more!Four Seasons Centre for the PerformingArts, 145 Queen St. W. 416 -306- 2329. $20;(sr/st).FESTIVALS, FAIRS & FESTIVITIES●●Thursdays, 6:30–9:00: Native CanadianCentre of Toronto/Culture Days. Big DrumSocial. Drumming, food and friendship. EveryThursday evening. 16 Spadina Rd. 416-964-9087. Free.●●Sep 4–14, various times: CabbagetownBIA. 38th Annual Cabbagetown Festival ofthe Arts. Live music Sep 6 and 7, with over30 bands and artists, food vendors, theatre,busking and more. Events free. For full programmingsee●●Sep 6, all day: Contact ContemporaryMusic. New Music Intersection. ArrayEnsemble members perform at the NewMusic Intersection day long event at DundasSquare. Yonge and Dundas. 416-532-3019.Free.●●Sep 7, 9:00–11:30am: Etobicoke CommunityConcert Band. “Taste of the Kingsway”Pancake Breakfast. Free concert on the mainstage. Bloor St. at Montgomery Rd.,●●Sep 8, 15, 22 and 29, 12;30: Virgin Mobile/Yonge-Dundas Square. Lunchtime Live! Eatlunch outside while enjoying live music atYonge-Dundas Square. Sep 8: HeavyweightsBrass Band; Sep 15: Melanie Brulée; Sep 22:Patrick Brealey; Sep 29: The Sinners Choir.1-888-999-2321. Free.●●Sep 11–14, various times: Supercrawl.Festival along James St. in Hamilton promotingarts and culture in the city. Eventsinclude Hamilton Children’s Choir performingselections from its recent Korean tour; HamiltonPhilharmonic Orchestra with ThoughtBeneath Film (September 13 at 6:15). Forcomplete events schedule,●●Sep 25 to Oct 5, various: Small WorldMusic Festival. Various concerts and eventsaround the city highlighting music fromSerbia, Trinidad, Iran, Germany, Pakistan andmore. For individual concert listings, see listingsSection A.●●Sep 26–28, various times: Culture Days.Culture Days Festival Toronto. Weekend festivalfeaturing thousands of artists, musiciansand performers in cities nation-wide, to raiseKerry Stratton,Conductor and Music DirectorAUDITION NOTICEHansel & Gretel - A Fairy Tale Operaby Engelbert HumperdinckThis fully-staged, paid non-equity showcase sung inEnglish with orchestra will be performed January 31 andFebruary 01, 2015, produced by Toronto Concert Orchestra.Rehearsals: week of Jan 26-30 2015AudiTiOns (paid principal roles only) in Toronto:September 28, 29, 30, 2014 • Deadline: September 24, 2014Casting:Peter (a broom-maker) baritoneGertrud (his wife) mezzo-sopranoHänsel (their son)mezzo-sopranoGretel (their daughter) sopranoThe Gingerbread Witch mezzo-sopranosandman the sleep Fairy sopranodewman the dew Fairy sopranoContact for auditions: wojciech.okulicz@gmail.cominfo: September 1, 2014 – October 7, 2014 | 57

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