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Volume 21 Issue 4 - December 2015/January 2016

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What's a vinyl renaissance? What happens when Handel's Messiah runs afoul of the rumba rhythm setting on a (gasp!) Hammond organ? What work does Marc-Andre Hamelin say he would be content to have on every recital program he plays? What are Steve Wallace's favourite fifty Christmas recordings? Why is violinist Daniel Hope celebrating Yehudi Menuhin's 100th birthday at Koerner Hall January 28? Answers to all these questions (and a whole lot more) in the Dec/Jan issue of The WholeNote.


872-4255 -5. See Jan 1(GTA). Also Jan 3 (Hamilton). Attila Glatz Concert Productions/Roy Thomson Hall. Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416- 872-4255 -5. Dec 31. Canadian Opera Company. Siegfried. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231 -5; (under 30). Jan 23,27,30 & Feb 2,5,11,14. Canadian Opera Company. The Marriage of Figaro. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363- 8231 -5; (under 30). Feb 4, 9,13,17,19,23,25(7:30),7,21(2:00),27(4:30). Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. 10 Trinity Sq. 416-598-4521 x301 Suggested donation /(child). Advance ticket reservations available. Dec 5,6,12,13,19,20(mat),4,11,12, 18,19,20(eve). FAWN Chamber Creative. L’homme et le ciel. Music Gallery, 197 John St. 416-204- 1080 ; (member); (under 30). Dec 3,4. Karpov Ballet. The Nutcracker. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 905-305-7469 . Dec 20 3:30 & 7:30, Dec 21 7:30. C. Music Theatre Living Arts Centre. Ballet Creole: Soulful Messiah. 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000 or 1-888-805-8888 -. Dec 17. MasseyHall/Against the Grain Theatre. AtG’s Messiah. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-872-4255 -.50. Dec 16,17,18(8:00),19(2:00). Nathaniel Dett Chorale. An Indigo Christmas…Soulful Messiah. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-340-7000 nathanieldettchorale. org. -. Dec 4,5,6. No Strings Theatre. Amahl and the Night Visitors. Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. 416-551-2093 ; (sr/st); (under 12). Dec 20. Peggy Baker Dance Projects. Phase Space. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St. 1-800- 838-3006 ; (sr/st/CADA). Pre-show chat with Peggy Baker 30 minutes prior to each performance. Runs Jan 22-24,27-31; start times vary. Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. 1-855-872-7669 .24-5.26. Feb 5,6. St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society. Iolanthe. St. Anne’s Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin St. 416-922-4415 ; (sr/ st). Jan 29-31, Feb 4-7; start times vary. Toronto Consort. Beowulf. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337 -; -(sr); (st/30 and under). Mar 11,12 8pm; pre-concert talk 7pm. Toronto Masque Theatre. Mummers’ Masque. Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St. 416-410-4561 ; (sr); (30 and under). Dec 17-19 8pm. Toronto Operetta Theatre. The Student Prince. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366- 3656. -. Dec 27,28,31(8pm). Jan 2,3(3pm). University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Opera Student Composer Collective: The Machine Stops. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408- 0208 Free. Jan 24. Voicebox: Opera in Concert. Falstaff. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723 -. Feb 7. Also in B. Concerts Beyond the GTA Attila Glatz Concert Productions. Salute to Vienna. Hamilton Place, 10 MacNab St. S., Hamilton. 905-546-4040 .50-.50. Jan 3. Also Jan 1 (Toronto). Viennese Apple Strudel & Café Reception D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) (Hamilton only) Don Wright Faculty of Music. Falstaff. Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519- 661-3767 ; (sr/st). Jan 29,30 Feb 5-7. Western Performs! preview concert in Weldon Library Atrium Jan 19. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Hot Ticket: Louise Pitre. 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 905-688-0722 firstontariopac. ca. . Dec 3,5. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition. 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 905-688-0722 ; (child). Dec 8,9. Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Cirque de la Symphonie. Hamilton Place, 10 MacNab St. S., Hamilton. 905-526-7756 – ; -(sr); (under 35); (child). Mar 12. Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. A Night in Vienna. 390 King St. W., Kingston. 613-533-2424, (balcony); (floor seating w/ food); 0(table of 8). Feb 6. King Edward Choir. Amahl and the Night Visitors. Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier St., Barrie. 705-305-6797 ; (st). Dec 12. 120 Diner 120 Church St. 416-792-7725 (full schedule) Every Tue 7pm Lisa Particelli’s GNO jazz jam PWYC. December 2 6pm Alan Cohen feat. Tracey Gallant ; 9pm Zoe Ackah & Carl Harvey PWYC. December 3 6pm Laura Fernandez . December 4 6pm Annie Bonsignore . December 5 6pm Denielle Bassels . December 6 6pm Ambre McLean ; 8pm Chris Hercules . December 9 6pm Alan Cohen feat. Bob Brough ; 9pm Zoe Ackah & Carl Harvey PWYC. December 10 6pm Melissa Lauren & Nathan Hiltz . December 11 6pm Eliza Pope . December 12 6pm Cynthia Tauro . December 13 6pm Samantha Windover ; 8pm Emily Steinwall & Youngchan Na . December 16 6pm Alan Cohen feat. Bob Cohen ; 9pm Zoe Ackah & Carl Harvey. December 17 6pm Sheri Marshall . December 18 6pm Guy Moreau . December 19 6pm Patricia Cano & Kevin Barrett . December 20 6pm Renee Yoxon & Ori Dagan ; 8pm Sheila Soares . December 23 6pm Alan Cohen feat. Tracey Gallant ; 9pm Zoe Ackah & Carl Harvey PWYC. December 27 6pm Jill Peacock ; 8pm Andrea Pang . December 30 6pm Alan Cohen with guests ; 9pm Zoe Ackah & Carl Harvey PWYC. Alleycatz 2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865 All shows: 9pm unless otherwise indicated. Call for cover charge info. December 2 Ben & Glen. December 4 Taxi. December 5 Soular. December 9 Yoyo Mama. December 11, 12, 18, 19, 26 Lady Kane. December 16 The Brad Harrison Quintet. December 17 Rock Therapy. December 23 Carlos Morgan Jazz. December 31 New Years Eve Party with Jamesking. Annette Studios 566 Annette St. 647-880-8378 Every Mon 9:30pm Jazz Jam w/ Jared Goldman Quintet. Suggested donation /(st). Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 905-543-8512 (full schedule) December 2 8pm Matthew Pullicino (drums), Olivia Brown (bass), & more. /PWYC. December 9 8pm A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Aaron Zukewich Trio . December 12 8pm Brad Cheeseman (bass) Trio with Robert Chapman (guitar), Adam Fielding (drums) . Blakbird, The 812b Bloor St. West 647-344-7225 (full schedule) Bloom 2315 Bloor St. W. 416-767-1315 All shows: 19+. Call for reservations. Blue Goose Tavern, The 1 Blue Goose St. 416-255-2442 Every Sun 4pm Blues at the Goose with the Big Groove Rhythm Section and special guests. Castro’s Lounge 2116e Queen St. E 416-699-8272 (full schedule) All shows: No cover/PWYC Every Wed 6pm The Mediterranean Stars. C’est What 67 Front St. E. 416-867-9499 (full schedule) December 5 3pm The Boxcar Boys. December 12 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers. Chalkers Pub, Billiards & Bistro 247 Marlee Ave. 416-789-2531 (full schedule) De Sotos 1079 St. Clair Ave. W 416-651-2109 (full schedule) Every Sun 11am-2pm Sunday Live Jazz Brunch hosted by Anthony Abbatangeli No cover. Dominion on Queen 500 Queen St. E 416-368-6893 (full schedule) Call for cover charge info. Emmet Ray, The 924 College St. 416-792-4497 (full schedule) All shows: No cover/PWYC Fat City Blues 890 College St. 647-345-8282 Garage @ CSI Annex, The 720 Bathurst St. 416-619-4621 December 1 ‘Live From the Annex’ monthly Cabaret (adv). Gate 403 403 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-2930 All shows: PWYC. December 1 5pm Howard Willett Blues Duo. December 2 5pm Lisa Angela: Sultant of Soul; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 3 5pm Joanne Morra & The France St. Jazz Ensemble; 9pm Darcy Windover Band. December 4 5pm Evan Desaulnier Jazz Trio; 9pm Fraser Melvin Blues Band. December 5 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends; 9pm Melissa Boyce Jazz & Blues Band. December 6 5pm Rob Thaller & Joanna Reynolds Jazz Duo; 9pm Simone Morris Jazz Trio. December 7 5pm Mike and Jill Daley Jazz Duo; 9pm Bruce Chapman Blues Duo. December 8 5pm Thom Mason Jazz Trio; 9pm Kristin Lindell Jazz Band. December 9 5pm Michelle Rumball with friend; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 10 5pm Heather Luckhart: Blues/Roots/Jazz Band; 9pm Kevin Laliberté Jazz & Flamenco Trio. December 11 5pm Jazz Forge; 9pm Denielle Bassels Jazz Band. December 12 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends; 9pm Donné Roberts Band. December 13 5pm Six Points Jazz Orchestra; 9pm Ilios Steryannis Jazz Trio. December 14 5pm Chris Wallace Jazz Quartet; 9pm Chris Staig Trio. December 15 5pm Sarah Kennedy and Matt Pines Jazz Duo; 9pm The Ault Sisters. December 16 5pm Concord Jazz Quintet; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 17 5pm Firm Farm Trio; 9pm Annie Bonsignore Jazz Duo or Trio. December 18 5pm Denise Leslie Jazz Band; 9pm Tiffany Hanus Jazz Band. December 19 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends. December 20 5pm Jeff Taylor and the SLT; 9pm Hello Darlings. December 21 9pm Rob Davis Blues Duo. December 22 5pm Clair Lee Jazz Trio; 9pm K.C Bower: The Cooling Agents. December 23 5pm Amber Leigh Jazz Trio; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 27 5pm Cheryl White Rhythym & Blues Band; 9pm The Grace San Andres Group. December 28 9pm Kalya Ramu Jazz Band. December 29 5pm Abbey Sholzberg 58 | December 1 2015 - February 7, 2016

Beat by Beat | Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz! Happy Hours At Grossman’s BOB BEN Until this autumn, I’d never been to Grossman’s Tavern for a show. Sure, I’d wandered in a few times in the middle of the day, and heard a song or two if a band happened to be playing. But I’d never made plans with people to go to Grossman’s and make a night of it. A few weeks ago, on a Sunday, I was wandering in Chinatown and I walked into Grossman’s to find a band packing up their stuff. I asked the musician who seemed the least in a hurry whether there would be more music tonight. He said another band, hosting a blues jam, would be starting in an hour. So, for an hour I sat alone in Grossman’s, looking around, inadvertently eavesdropping, and sending copy-and-pasted text messages to anyone I thought might be interested: “blues @ grossman’s? bring your ax.” Grossman’s is, like most establishments in Chinatown, completely unpretentious. The sign above the Spadina Avenue entrance is unassuming and easy to miss. The dimly lit room is decorated with posters and photos depicting performers who have played at Grossman’s, and little else. The food is standard pub fare, with no fancy additions or inventive names. The prices are downright affordable. I believe the menu states the total after tax. (I swear they’re not D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) paying me to write this.) Brian Cober led the 10pm National Blues Jam from the guitar, although the drummer, whose full name I never got, also seemed to have a great deal of sway. The bass player appeared to be a guest. Cober shouted form at the other members of the band, indicating stop time, dynamic shifts and chord changes. Of course, blues tunes generally draw on established conventions, so there was no danger of a train wreck. Had I not Patrick Tevlin been watching, I would have assumed that this group had been playing together for years. Of those I texted, two showed up. At peak hours, it seemed everyone was a regular but us three. They all knew the protocol, the repertoire and the people. We, huddled in the corner as a little pocket of blues jam novices, played it by ear. One of the two people I drew was a trombonist, and once he saw a bari sax player go up without being called, he did the same (after speaking to a member of the house band at intermission, of course). When I was called up to join the band on the drums, they called tunes I’d never heard before. I know jazz standards; I do not know blues standards. But again, with fairly simple forms, I caught on quick and had a ton of fun. I took a mental note. To do: learn blues repertoire. Jazz Trio; 9pm Tim Shia Jazz Band. December 30 5pm Linda Carone Jazz Band; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 31 5pm Whitney Ross-Barris Jazz Band. Grossman’s Tavern 379 Spadina Ave. 416-977-7000 (full schedule) All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted). Every Sat The Happy Pals Dixieland jazz jam. Harlem Restaurant 67 Richmond St. E. 416-368-1920 (full schedule) All shows: 7:30-11pm (unless otherwise noted). Call for cover charge info. December 4 Madette. December 5 Gyles. December 11 Danica Bucci. December 12 Kristen Fung. December 18 Quisha Wint. Hirut Cafe and Restaurant 2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560 Every Sun 3pm Open Mic with Nicola Vaughan PWYC. December 4 Arlene Paculan: Wonder Women Jazz Music and Poetry / PWYC. December 5 Open Mic Brigade Jazz/ world/folk hosted by Robbie Patterson PWYC. December 11 8pm Don Naduriak Quintet – Coose Happy /PWYC. December 12 8pm Jazzforia /PWYC. December 19 8pm Lizzie Violet Music and Poetry Night PWYC. Dec 31 9pm Hirut Hoot Cabaret: music & comedy /. Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, The Hugh’s Room 2261 Dundas St. W. 416-531-6604 All shows: 8:30pm (unless otherwise noted). December 1 5:30pm Texas Holdem Poker Tournament Players: (adv)/(door); Non-players (adv)/(door). December 2 Trent Severn – CD Release (adv)/.50(door). December 4 Three Dog Night Tribute – Just An Old Fashioned Rock Show (adv)/(door). December 5 Rik Emmett with Dave Dunlop (adv)/(door). December 7 Johnny A (adv)/.50(door). December 8 Home for Christmas – The Woodhouse (adv)/.50(door). December 9 8pm The JAZZ.FM91 Songwriters Series – A Kosher Christmas . December 10 A Quartette Christmas (adv)/(door). December 11 Dala .50(adv)/(door). December 12, 13 8:30pm(Sat)/7:30pm(Sun) Songs in the Key of Cree – A Retrospective Cabaret Celebrating the Music of Tomson Highway .50(adv)/(door). December 14 Catherine MacLellan .50(adv)/(door). December 15 The Arrogant Worms (adv)/(door). December 16 Boreal – Songs for the Snowy St. Philip’s Anglican Church ● Sunday, January 3, 4:00 PM | Jazz Vespers with Lou Pomanti Trio Sunday, January 17, 4:00 PM | Jazz Vespers St. Philip’s Nancy Anglican Walker Church Trio with Kieran Overs (bass) St. Philip’s and Ethan Anglican Ardelli (drums) Church | Etobicoke 25 ● St. Phillips Road (near Royal York + Dixon) 416-247-5181 Sunday, January • 31, 4:00 PM | • free Dixieland will offering Vespers with Bob DeAngelis Dixieland Band Sunday, February 7, 10:30 AM | Mardi Gras Mass and Gumbo Lunch with Bob DeAngelis Dixieland Band St. Philip’s Anglican Church | Etobicoke 25 St. Phillips Road (near Royal York + Dixon) 416-247-5181 • • free will offering December 1 2015 - February 7, 2016 | 59

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