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Volume 20 Issue 9 - Summer 2015

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  • Festival
  • Jazz
  • August
  • Toronto
  • Quartet
  • Musical
  • Concerts
  • Trio
  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Summers


AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES (cont’d) MUSIKAY HAS PAID POSITION OPENINGS for choristers and for alto/countertenor and bass soloists. Visit to schedule an audition. OASIS VOCAL JAZZ, Toronto’s longest running close harmony group, is looking for a new director to take us into our 30th anniversary. Director should have several years vocal jazz directing experience, be able to teach jazz pedagogy, have good interpersonal skills, a willingness to prepare and direct two concerts yearly, and be available Wednesday evenings for a two-hour rehearsal. Requesting a minimum two-year commitment. Season runs September to May. Competitive salary offered. For more info, visit Contact: ORCHESTRA OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS! AUDITIONS JUNE 13, OR BY APPOINTMENT: The Kingsway Conservatory of Music provides a vibrant environment for musical discovery, and its THREE orchestras each offer exciting performance opportunities while challenging a continuum of skill levels, from early learners to advanced string players. Kingsway Children’s Orchestra: RCM Grade 2-4 / Suzuki Book 2-3. Kingsway Chamber Strings: RCM Grade 5-7 / Suzuki Book 4-6. Kingsway Chamber Orchestra: RCM Grade 8-10. Kingsway Conservatory of Music, 2848 Bloor Street West, Toronto 416-234- 0121 INSPIRED LEARNING SHOW CHOIR PIANIST NEEDED: Yorkminstrels Show Choir seeks accomplished accompanist for Wednesday night rehearsals in North York, plus community concerts (e.g. seniors homes). September – June. Reply to Lorraine: 905-881-1465 or Website: DO YOU DRIVE? Do you love The WholeNote? Share the love and earn a little money! Join The WholeNote’s circulation team: 9 times a year, GTA and well beyond. Interested? Contact: Our 3rd Floor “Jazz Cellar” Lounge is an ideal space for: corporate functions | private events | birthday parties | product launches 416-363-5299 | Classified Advertising | SOPRANO SECTION LEAD for an eclectic music program at Leaside United Church, 822 Millwood Road, Toronto. Thursday evening rehearsals and Sunday morning Worship. Contact Sharon Beckstead, Music Director at 416-696-6051, Sharon. for more information. ST. MICHAEL’S CHOIR SCHOOL AUDITIONS Limited places are available for boys in Grades 7-12 at St. Michael’s Choir School for September 2015. Please visit to see if St. Michael’s Choir School is for you. To set up an audition, please call 416-397-6367. VIVA! Youth Singers Of Toronto ( welcomes children and youth (ages 4 to young adults) to audition for the 2015/16 season. Email - - now for a September 1 audition time. Inclusion program invites singers of all abilities to audition THE WYCHWOOD CLARINET CHOIR ( welcomes enthusiastic clarinet players to audition for a place in our group. All ages welcome. Tuesdays 7:30-10 PM. INSTRUCTION & COURSES CHILDREN’S PIANO LESSONS: Friendly, approachable - and strict! Contact Liz Parker at 416-544-1803 or Queen and Bathurst area, Toronto. FUN & SYSTEMATIC LESSONS WITH EXPERIENCED TEACHERS. Piano, Violin, Cello. Beginner to Advanced. Suzuki, RCM, Auditions & Competitions. 647.668.6697 PIANO LESSONS: personalized instruction by experienced teacher, concert pianist EVE EGOYAN (M. Mus., L.R.A.M., F.R.S.C.). All ages and levels. Downtown location. or 416- 603-4640. Master your mind. Mental Skills for Performing Artists Lisa Chisholm FLUTE, PIANO, THEORY LESSONS, RCM EXAM PREPARATION Samantha Chang Royal Academy of Music PGDip, LRAM, FLCM, FTCL, ARCT 416-293-1302 PRIVATE VOICE/PIANO/THEORY LESSONS: Experienced, BFA Certified Teacher located at Christ Church Deer Park (Yonge & St. Clair). Prepares you or your child for RCM exams, competitions & auditions. Contact Jessika: (647) 214-2827. SUMMERSING & SENSIBLE VOCAL TRAINING! Develop and advance your vocal abilities by joining the SummerSing Vocal Gym! Embrace an intensive (and intensively fun) program of individual voice training. Special rates apply now through August. Beginner? No worries. We build from scratch! Let’s get this party started!!! Phone Pattie at (905) 271-6896. FOR SALE / WANTED CLASSICAL RECORD AND CD COLLECTIONS WANTED. Minimum 350 units. Call, text or e-mail Aaron 416-471-8169 or A@A31.CA. OUT OF THE CLOSET THIS SUMMER! Band days just a hazy memory? Someone out there would love to give your nice old guitar, flute, tuba (etc) a new life. Sell your unused instruments or donate them to an educational charity with a WholeNote classified ad! Contact STOLEN FROM CAR – Lorée OBOE & ENGLISH HORN: 0 reward for information leading to return. Serial #’s: oboe TA 78, English horn HV 25. Please call Karen 416-656-4312 or 416-323-2232 x.26 MUSICIANS AVAILABLE HITCH’em & PITCH’em! Do you play in a party band? If you provide live music for wedding & wakes, roasts & retirements, and all kinds of occasions, you can advertise your ensemble right here for as little as plus tax!! Contact by August 24 to book your ad for the September edition! Press kits, image consulting, & social media for performers RESTORE & PRESERVE YOUR MEMORIES Recital and gig tapes | 78’s & LPs | VHS and Hi8 | 35mm Slides |News clippings | Photos & more, transferred to digital files: CD’s, DVD’s, or Video slideshow ArtsMediaProjects 416.910.1091 SOPRANO LEADS AND CHORAL CONDUCTORS - NEED A BREAK? Subbing available, 35+ years’ experience. Limited openings for piano, voice, theory students and coaching. Call Margaret - 647-291-3572. SERVICES GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE if you submit a quality proposal. Freelance grantwriter with fifteen years of successful CC and OAC funding. VENUES AVAILABLE / WANTED BEAUTIFUL, PRIVATE TEACHING STUDIO (Harbord/Spadina) for rent in shared space. 0/mo, TTC, window, cafe, internet, washroom, 416-975-9035. OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT in bright 180 sq. foot space at Eglinton St. George’s United Church. Near Yonge/ Eglinton. Call 416-481-1141 x210 PERFORMANCE / REHEARSAL / STUDIO / OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: great acoustics, reasonable rates, close to Green P Parking, cafés & restaurants. Historic church at College & Bellevue, near Spadina. Phone 416-921-6350. E-mail SPACES AVAILABLE FOR RENT - sizes range from 220 to 1600 square feet, at Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2 Vaughan Rd at Bathurst, 1 block south of St. Clair. TTC Bus & subway accessible. Rehearsal/Concert space, main floor meeting room with kitchenette. Lower level meeting rooms with kitchen. Contact 416-654-0311 or by email NEED HELP WITH YOUR TAXES? Specializing in personal and business tax returns including prior years and adjustments HORIZON TAX SERVICES INC. • free consultation • accurate work For CRA stress relief call: 1-866-268-1319 ARE YOU PLANNING A CONCERT OR RECITAL? Looking for a venue? Bloor Street United Church 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto. 416-924-7439 x22 72 | June | July | August, 2015

Beat by Beat | Bandstand Those Vanished Local Tattoos JACK MACQUARRIE It would appear that, after a few false starts, summer may have arrived. As we view the news of band activities for the next few months, there are all manner of concerts planned by bands throughout Southern Ontario, but they are almost without exception by individual bands. This is in stark contrast to when I first started in boys’ bands. Our summer was filled with parades and many local multiple-band tattoos in surrounding communities. Outdoor band festivals are now few and far between in this part of the world. The most recent such event that I can recall in this part of the country was the Great Canadian Town Band Festival which was held for a number of years, ten years ago or more, in the small town of Orono. Throughout its existence, I was active in this festival. Its demise was not due to lack of interest on the part of participants or audiences. Rather, after a few years the organization and operation became too much for the small cadre of volunteers. Although there was consideration given to moving the festival to another larger community, this never materialized. Whether they are called band tattoos or band festivals, these kinds of outdoor events involving a number of community bands haven’t even been relegated to history books. They just seem to have passed into oblivion. Not only were there tattoos in former days, but there was a wide variety of other outdoor band events, both amateur and professional. I can still remember the fascination of a circus band with a diverse array of performers parading down a city’s main street. In fact, for a time, one of my boyhood ambitions was to play in a circus band. It seems that the only large outdoor events with bands to be seen now are those overwhelming halftime shows of American football games with all of the extra non-musical hoopla. NABBSS: You may recall that at this time last year our household was gearing up for a trip to Halifax and participation in the very first North American Brass Band Summer School (NABBSS). As part of this summer school we were also participants in the 35th Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. With many hundreds of professional-level participants from Canada, the United States and several European countries performing for ten days in a packed arena, this event is a far cry from the local amateur tattoos referred to earlier. Even these largescale events are increasingly few and far between. I have not heard of single such event in Ontario for some years. While we are not able to participate in this year’s NABBSS, I am sure that it will be as rewarding as last year’s was. The school will run from June 26 to July 8. When I last checked, there were still openings. Inquiries should be addressed to Further Reminiscences: For years a major attraction at the CNE was the featured guest band at the main bandshell. For a few summers I had the pleasure of operating the sound system on that main bandshell. In particular, I had the privilege of working for two weeks with Major F. Vivian Dunn, later Sir Vivian Dunn. Prior to every concert of the Band of the Royal Marines Plymouth Division, he would discuss all of the music to be performed and just which instruments were to be given proper microphone pickup. By a somewhat strangely routed train of thought (but bear with me), this reminds me of a famous but rarely seen ceremony, called Beat the Retreat, the origins of which date back to the reign of James II of England (James VII of Scotland) in the late 1600s, a time when drums were a major means of communicating with troops. It was a time when wars were mostly carried out in daylight hours, and the beating of drums was the signal to retreat at the end of a day’s fighting. Over time, beating the retreat became a more elaborate ceremony, where the Captain of the Main Guard would have his drummers beat the signal which would then be repeated by drummers of each regiment. Many years later, of course, armies obtained more sophisticated means of communicating, but by then Beating the Retreat had been established as an important ceremonial event. The Royal Marines in particular have retained the ceremony, along with saluting their ceremonial head who is bestowed with the title of Captain General. Most recently that has been His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. Every three years the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, with some 200 musicians on parade, perform their Beat the Retreat ceremony at London’s Horse Guards Parade in celebration of the birthday of their Captain General. That is where Major Dunn comes in again! The year after he and his band performed at the CNE bandshell, he wrote The Captain General march to honour then Captain General, His Majesty King George VI. Three years ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Saeculum Aureum, a 2CD set, performed by The Band of The Royal Regiment of Canada. The Captain General, a stirring march with amazing counter-melodies, was one of the finest selections on that recording. The "It's Nev T Late!" Band *dust off that old horn or start from scratch *healthy, educational, and fun! *New Classes begin in September 647-201-8780 June | July | August, 2015 | 73

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