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Volume 20 Issue 2 - October 2014

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  • October
  • Toronto
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  • Concerts
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Includes the 2014 Blue Pages Member Directory


FOR OPENERS | DAVID PERLMANMilestonesThis month’s issue contains at its centre our 15th annual “BluePages” directory of presenters - a compilation of around 150players in Southern Ontario’s musical life. As it says in the BluePages intro, we make no claim to completeness.For one thing, there’s no such thing as completeness in the area oflive musical endeavour; like music itself, new voices and venues ariseout of, and return, to silence. For another thing, there is no perfectlydefinable boundary to the range of genres we include in these pages,partly because we have limited space (in print, anyway) and partlybecause you our readers have limits to the time you want to spendwading through events you are not interested in, searching for theones you might be. Again this is more of an problem in print than indigital media. Speaking of which, there are some VERY significantmilestones just ahead for The WholeNote on the digital front - as nextissue’s opener will reveal.Beyond the question of logistical constraints to the range of whatwe cover, there is also the very interesting question as to whetherthe method of dividing up the musical universe into discrete musicalgenres, each with a separate “beat columnist,” will stand up to thedemands of what promises to be an era of increasingly fluid musicalpractice. (Witness Andrew Timar’s story on David Dacks and theMusic Gallery on page 16 and Wende Bartley’s thoughts on transculturalismimmediately following it.)Anniversaries: devoted readers of this column both know that Ihave a love-hate relationship with the topic of anniversaries. (If youare reading this on our website you can simply click here to read myOctober 2008 reflections on the subject.) It’s a particularly thornytopic in October, when we are trying to come up with a cover imagewhich reflects, on behalf of ALL our Blue Pages members, the rangeand spirit of the music we cover – a task to which we bring the samehigh seriousness that the Canadian Olympic Association does whenchoosing the country’s flagbearer for the opening ceremonies of eachOlympic Games.Anniversaries aren’t always the deciding factor, though. Otherwisethis year would have been no contest, with the Toronto MendelssohnChoir, celebrating an astonishing 120 years of continuous existence(see the write-up of my chat with the TMC’s Noel Edison in“Conversations TheWholeNote” on page 14).Ten years Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin of Off Centre Music Salon“four hands” graced our October cover. This was partly because theyhad started out the same year we did, and with the same lack of anyofficial endorsement or precedent. And partly because of their uniqueformula: virtuosic two- and four-hand piano playing along withchamber music and art song contributions by guest artists, all in thespirit of a 19th century salon, with ideas being tossed around with thesame verve as the music. Happily they are still at it; this October 26is the 20th installment of their annual Schubertiad, kicking off yetanother four-salon season at the Glenn Gould Studio.Turning from the topic of the cover of the magazine to the cover ofthe Blue Pages, how does a photo of the city’s second largest concerthall speak to the range of music we cover? Well, there is the musicthat RTH/Massey presents, spanning a range of genres and cultures.Then there’s the fact that the photo covers two performance spaces –the hall inside, and the great outdoors. Then there’s the hall’s anchortenant, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra whose individual membersare the animators and architects of dozens of other small musicalensembles in the city. And finally, there are the one-time entrepreneurial“upstarts” such as Attila Glatz and Show One Productions, forwhom conquerin,g “the Hall” for the first time was a significant milestoneon their road to credibility in our ever evolving, endlessly fascinatingmusical scene.(Besides which, its a gorgeous photo.)The WholeNote VOLUME 20 NO 2| OCTOBER 1, 2014 – NOVEMBER 7, 2014Centre for Social Innovation720 Bathurst St., Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4PHONE 416-323-2232 | FAX 416-603-4791Publisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlmanpublisher@thewholenote.comChairman of the Board | Allan Pulkerdirectors@thewholenote.comEDITORIALManaging Editor | Paul Enniseditorial@thewholenote.comRecordings Editor | David Oldsdiscoveries@thewholenote.comSocial Media Editor | Sara Constanteditorial@thewholenote.comListings Editor | David Perlman (acting)listings@thewholenote.comClub Listings Editor | Bob Benjazz@thewholenote.comSALES, MARKETING & MEMBERSHIPConcerts & Events/Membership | Karen Agesmembers@thewholenote.comRetail Sales/Marketing | Garry Pagemarketing@thewholenote.comAdvertising/Production Support/OperationsJack Buell | adart@thewholenote.comClassified Ads | classad@thewholenote.comWebsite/Systems | Bryson Winchestersystems@thewholenote.comCirculation/Subscriptions | Chris Malcolmcirculation@thewholenote.comSUBSCRIPTIONS per year + HST (9 issues)THANKS TO THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORSBeat ColumnistsHans de Groot, Jack MacQuarrie, Benjamin Stein,Paul Ennis, David Olds, David Podgorski,Ori Dagan, Wendalyn Bartley, Jim Galloway,mJ buell, Christopher Hoile, Andrew TimarFeaturesSara Constant, Andrew TimarWilliam Littler, David Perlman, Steve KovenCD ReviewersStuart Broomer, Max Christie, Daniel Foley, JanosGardonyi, Richard Haskell, Tiina Kiik, IvanaPopovic, Cathy Riches, Terry Robbins, MichaelSchwartz, Adam Scime, Bruce Surtees, RobertTomas, Ken WaxmanProofreadingJohn Sharpe, Paul Ennis, Sara ConstantListingsDavid Perlman, Bob Ben,Tilly Kooyman, JennieLea McLeish,Ruth Atwood, Simone DesiletsCirculation TeamAbram Bergen, Andrew Schaefer, Beth Bartley,Bob Jerome, Dagmar Sullivan, Dave Taylor,Garry Page, Gero Hajek, Jack Buell, Jeff Hogben,Joan Andrews, John Dodington, Lorna Nevison,Mark Clifford, Micah Herzog, Niamh Malcolm,Patrick Slimmon, Paul Ennis, Randy Weir, RobertFaulkner, Sharon Clark, Tiffany Johnson, TomSepp, Vicki Stainton, Wende BartleyLayout & DesignBryson WinchesterTHE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL IS ANAGENCY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIOUpcoming Dates & DeadlinesFree Event Listings Deadline6pm Wednesday October 8Display Ad Reservations Deadline6pm Wednesday October 15Classifieds Deadline6pm Friday October 24Advertising Materials Due6pm Friday October 17Publication DateThursday October 30Volume 20 No 3 coversNovember 1, 2014 to December 7, 2014WholeNote 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 StatementOctober 2014: 30,000 printed & distributedCanadian Publication Product Sales Agreement1263846ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTEPublications Mail Agreement #40026682Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:WholeNote Media Inc.Centre for Social Innovation503–720 Bathurst StreetToronto ON M5S 2R4COPYRIGHT © 2014 WHOLENOTE MEDIA INCthewholenote.com6 | October 1 - November 7, 2014

Milestones 2: TorQ at TenTARA MCMULLEN PHOTOGRAPHYIf you had found yourself at Stratford SummerMusic this past July anytime between July 15 andJuly 20, you might well have spotted a sign ortwo pointing the way to something called “TomPercussion Island.” Had you followed the signs, you’dhave found yourself meandering among what TheWholeNote’s new music columnist Wende Bartleydescribed in our summer issue as “nine percussionbasedinstrumental exhibits on display for audiencesto engage with, including a tongue drum made from ahollowed-out apple tree trunk, fire drums made fromcut and tuned fire extinguishers, a piano dulcimermade from a 110-year-old piano flipped on its side anda Dream Gong Maze for you to get lost in.”If you were lucky, you’d also have run into thepercussion quartet TorQ there, “performing theirown ‘pop-up concerts’ or joining with the publicin exploring the sounds of these instruments in theoutside environment.”“This past summer’s Stratford residency was great”TorQ’s Jamie Drake told me. “The educational side ofthings has always been a huge part of what we do – upto 70 elementary and secondary school shows a year(mostly through Prologue to the Performing Arts). Thiswas a chance to take it a step further, to show a broaderpublic how accessible it all can be – the joy of makingmusic with other people … It’s always been part ofwhat we do. I think the very first public performancewe gave was a school show in Smiths Falls which iswhere Rich [Burrows] is from.”From left to right, as they appear in this issue’scover photo, taken at the side door of the The Cameron(from left) Morphy, Campbell, Drake and BurrowsHouse in downtown Toronto in 2009, TorQ consistsof Daniel Morphy, Richard Burrows, Adam Campbelland Jamie Drake, and they are heading into the fall ata hectic pace.“It feels like our momentum has really picked upin the last year or so,” Drake says. “Most immediately,we’re incredibly excited to be making our debutwith the TSO - we’re playing a number of educationalshows for school groups in November, and then we’representing a concert titled “Shake, Rattle and Roll” inApril as part of their Young People’s Concert series.We’ve just started touring in the U.S. and 2014-2015will see us perform in Illinois, Alaska, Utah and Idaho,among other places. We’re also going to be touringDinuk [Wijeratne]’s concerto, Invisible Cities, atuniversities across Canada. And on top of all of that,we’re continuing with our Toronto concert series. SoContinues on page 74INDEX OF ADVERTISERSAllan Pulker 60Amadeus Choir 29, 44Amely Zhou 40Aradia Ensemble 48Art of Time Ensemble 35ATMA 5Canadian Chopin Society22Canadian OperaCompany 34Cathedral BluffsSymphony Orchestra 24Celebrity SymphonyOrchestra 47Christ Church Deer ParkJazz Vespers 26Church of theIncarnation 26ContinuumContemporary Music 45Elmer Iseler Singers29, 40Elora Festival & Singers53Esprit Orchestra 4, 42Hannaford Street SilverBand 16Heliconian Hall 55I FURIOSI 46International Divas40, 76Jazz Bistro 54Ken Page MemorialTrust 13, 49Kindred SpiritsOrchestra 43Living Arts Centre 13Liz Parker 60Long & McQuade 37Marjorie Sparks VoiceStudio 60Melanie Conly 46Mississauga Symphony44Moeller Organs 60Mooredale Concerts 20Mozart Project (The) 59Music at Metropolitan39, 49Music Gallery 25Music Toronto 9, 41,46, 49Musicians in Ordinary 46Nagata Shachu 44New Music Concerts 17Nine Sparrows ArtsFoundation 51Norm Pulker 60Off Centre Music Salon36Opera York 33Orchestra Toronto 44Organix 21Orpheus Choir 30Pasquale Bros 55Pax Christi Chorale 45Peter Mahon 30Prostate Cancer Canada38Remenyi / IcelandicConsul 48Remenyi House of Music18Roy Thomson Hall 3,42, 48Royal Conservatory 11,46, 47ScarboroughPhilharmonic 23Schmidt Piano andOrgan 25Sheila McCoy 60Sinfonia Toronto 47Soulpepper 19, 46St. James Cathedral 28St. Michaels ChoirSchool 43St. Olave’s Church 50St. Philips’ Jazz Vespers26Steinway Piano Gallery 7Tafelmusik 2, 41Talisker Players 49Tallis Choir 43That Choir 28Toronto Chamber Choir50Toronto Consort 12,31, 51Toronto MendelssohnChoir 41, 42Toronto OperettaTheatre 34Toronto Sinfonietta 58Toronto SymphonyOrchestra 75, 50TorQ PercussionEnsemble 50Trinity St. Paul’s Church32True North Brass / LinusEntertainment 73U of T Faculty of Music 15Ukrainian Art SongProject 36Vesnivka Choir 29Visual and PerformingArts Newmarket 51Yorkminster ParkBaptist Church 27, October 1 - November 7, 2014 | 7

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