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Volume 21 Issue 7 - April 2016

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FOR OPENERS | DAVID PERLMAN In The Cracks Between The Stones In the cracks between the stones, new soil gathers and waits, just as in the interstices between clearly defined genres of music and canons of taste, new collaborations arise; musical preferences and practices morph and change. Between and around and beyond and outside of our temples of art, our cathedrals of culture, our venues custom-built for this or that, music creeps and seeps and sprouts and shouts in new and unexpected places. As the clearly defined lines between the “this” and the “that” start to erode – this is a proper concert, that is not; this is classical, that is jazz; this is the performer, that is the audience; this is art, that is politics; this is music, that is noise – so too, opportunities for growth, new and hopeful, take root in the soil in the cracks between the stones. And as those cracks widen and expand, the stones themselves, the hard chunks of convention, of dictum and dictate and decorum, begin to fragment under the relentless, battering, grass-root pressure of the fact that art will always just happen to exist. Case in point #1: Is this a concert or a what? I wrote a note to David Goldbloom the other day. His day job is psychiatry, at College and Spadina, within the walls of what in the neighbourhood we still collectively refer to as “The Clarke.” He also plays the piano and for a while, many years ago, helped steer Off Centre Music Salons, pianists Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin’s eclectic concert-cum-salon series, now entering its third decade. I last got in touch with Goldbloom in September 2005 in connection with a story I was writing about Off Centre Music Salon for the October 2005 issue, at the time of their tenth anniversary. Just prior to that, Goldbloom had helped bring about, and spoken at, an Off Centre event built around the theme of composers and their doctors – Mozart and Mesmer; Brahms and Billroth; Rachmaninov and Dahl. This time I wrote to him because I noticed he had just been announced as a speaker at this year’s “High Notes Gala for Mental Health” which takes place April 28 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. It’s an event that’s hard to describe – a blend of speakers, professional and personal, and performers across a wide range of musical genres – think Luba Goy, Richard and Lauren Margison, Ron Korb and David Goldbloom and you start to get a sense of the range. And it’s not so much a fundraiser (although it is that) as part of the attempt to bring the conversation about creativity and mental illness out of the shadows. “What’s changed over the ten years since we last talked?” I asked. “I would say that we have come a long way and we have not come far enough” he replied. “When I spoke [at Off Centre] a decade ago, it was about long-dead composers and their long-dead therapists, knowledge that was already in the public domain. ‘High Notes for Mental Health’ is not an historical exegesis as much as a bold statement about problems facing every Canadian family now. It’s a conversation about the present, not the past, about those people close to us, not distant admired musicians. Today I would aim for the kind of personal disclosure that requires both courage and candour, that illustrates that people with talent and success – as well as those without – can be vulnerable to the impact of mental health problems and illnesses, without it necessarily eroding their identity or their gifts. The WholeNote VOLUME 21 NO 7| APRIL 1 - MAY 7, 2016 Centre for Social Innovation 720 Bathurst St., Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4 PHONE 416-323-2232 | FAX 416-603-4791 Publisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlman Chairman of the Board | Allan Pulker EDITORIAL Managing Editor | Paul Ennis Recordings Editor | David Olds Social Media Editor | Sara Constant Listings Editor | John Sharpe Club Listings Editor | Bob Ben SALES, MARKETING & MEMBERSHIP Concerts & Events/Membership | Karen Ages Record Industry Sales/Marketing | Thom McKercher Directory Sales and Services | Adrienne Surtees Advertising/Production Support/Operations Jack Buell | Classified Ads | Website/Systems | Bryson Winchester Website/Systems Support | Kevin King Circulation/Subscriptions | Chris Malcolm SUBSCRIPTIONS per year + HST (9 issues) THANKS TO THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS Beat Columnists Paul Ennis, Wendalyn Bartley, Brian Chang, David Podgorski, Hans de Groot, Andrew Timar, Ori Dagan, Jack MacQuarrie, Bob Ben, mJ buell, David Olds, Features David Perlman, Wendalyn Bartley, Leslie Ferenc, Andrew Timar, Karen Ages, Sara Constant, David Jaeger CD Reviewers Alex Baran, Bob Ben, Stuart Broomer, Raul Da Gama, Hans De Groot, Janos Gardonyi, Richard Haskell, Roger Knox, Jack Macquarrie, Ted Quinlan, Dr. Réa Beaumont, Terry Robbins, Adam Scime, Bruce Surtees, Robert Tomas, Ken Waxman, Dianne Wells, Elliot Wright Proofreading Vanessa Wells, Jennifer Liu, John Sharpe, Paul Ennis Listings John Sharpe, Bob Ben, Kevin King Tilly Kooyman, Ruth Atwood, Simone Desilets, Jennifer Liu, Katie White Circulation Team Abram Bergen, Beth Bartley / Mark Clifford, Bob Jerome, Dagmar Sullivan, Dave Taylor, Garry Page, Gero Hajek, Jack Buell, James Harris, John Dodington, Jeff Hogben, Jonathan Spencer, Lorna Nevison, Manuel Couto, Micah Herzog, Patrick Slimmon, Paul Ennis, Robert Faulkner, Sharon Clark, Tiffany Johnson, Tom Sepp, Vanita Butrsingkorn, Wende Bartley Layout & Design Bryson Winchester an Ontario government agency un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario Upcoming Dates & Deadlines Free Event Listings Deadline 6pm Friday April 8 Display Ad Reservations Deadline 6pm Friday April 15 Classifieds Deadline 6pm Saturday April 23 Advertising Materials Due 6pm Monday April 18 Publication Date Tuesday April 26 (Online) Thursday April 28 (Print) Volume 21 No 8 covers May 1 - June 7, 2016 WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibility or liability for claims made for any product or service reported on or advertised in this issue. 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If any of the performers were to ask the audience to raise their hand if someone they know and care about has experienced some form of mental illness, every hand would be up in the air.” Case in point #2: The “Garage” is not a garage, it’s Galloway’s: I think it was six years ago that Jim Galloway and I, three times, took the freight elevator from just outsideThe WholeNote office on the fifth floor at 720 Bathurst Street down to the then-abandoned ground floor and surveyed the space, rife with potential, its high ceilings, exposed brick walls, old wooden pillars and beams. I remember how his eyes gleamed at the thought of what a jazz venue it might be, in the spirit of the Montreal Bistro and some of the other venues he loved and lamented in the 16 years he wrote his column for The WholeNote. The building at 720 Bathurst was between owners then, and for a few heady weeks, oh how we dreamed and schemed. Almost miraculously, after five years of ownership by the Centre for Social Innovation, that ground floor space still exists, with room for dreams and schemes and for a “wee big band” to play in, right in front of that selfsame freight elevator. So that, dear friends, is what will be happening April 14 from 7pm to 10. For one shining moment the back half of the space, whimsically called “The Garage” because of its large rollup door, will become “Galloway’s” as the “Wee Big Band” under the direction of Martin Loomer makes the building ring with music in memory of Jim. Join us! (Invite details are on page 18.) Case in point #3: Salon West Meets the 18th Century I found myself ever so slightly out of my comfort zone the other day, attending a gathering of something called Salon West, in a little rooftop solarium, with seating for around 25 people, on the fifth floor of the Spoke Club at Portland and King. Salon West bills itself as “a forum for much-needed dialogue on the arts and public policy in Toronto,” with the goal of “creating positive change through the arts” and inspiring “actionable solutions to the issues facing our great city.” Guests on this particular day (March 23) were both from Tafelmusik - violinist Julia Wedman - and the orchestra’s recently appointed managing director, William Norris, described in the Salon West program note as being “dedicated to pushing the boundaries of a traditionally conservative art form to attract new audiences.” It was a fascinating encounter. As readers of last November’s magazine may recall, Norris, from his description of his previous role with London’s Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, is already firmly committed to finding new ways of taking this music that he is clearly passionate about to new audiences, on their own turf. And he has strong views too about how some of the more rigid aspects of concert etiquette impose on how we listen to music constraints that the composers of that music would themselves have been uncomfortable with. “The music tells you when to applaud and not to,” for example, is a tenet with interesting implications. Just think of the cracks in decorum that might result if it were applied without qualification to our town’s typical concert halls! Wedman’s contribution was to interweave brief moments of music and musical treatise (Telemann, Mattheson) with detailed information about the unique characteristics of her baroque-style bow and instrument, before concluding with two movements from Bach’s Sei Solo Sonatas and Partitas. It was an object lesson in everything, from technical and intellectual skill to visceral and emotional commitment, that this music demands of its practitioners. I left with a spring in my step – with the image in my mind of a solution already well under way, rather than some burdensome problem to be gnawed over; 25 to 30 people sat and stood, listening as one to unamplified Bach in a rooftop room at twilight, oblivious to the noise of the building’s mechanical plant and the dull roar from dining and meeting rooms below. Happy reading! There are many more musical moments inside! INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 5 at the First Chamber Players 56 Adam Sherkin 41, 51 Adi Braun 49 Annex Singers 52 ArtsMedia 64 Associates of the TSO 16, 43 ATMA 5, 69 Aurora Cultural Centre 44, 52 Blythwood Winds 41 Canadian Children’s Opera Company 22 Canadian Opera Company 13, 43, 49, 57 Canadian Sinfonietta 48 Castle Frank House of Melody 47 Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra 45 Christ Church Deer Park Jazz Vespers 61 Church of the Holy Trinity 41 Claude Watson Secondary Arts Program 46, 51, 65 Eglinton St. George’s United Church 45 Elmer Iseler Singers 31 Fanshawe Chorus London 56 Festival of the Sound 20 First Ontario Performing Arts Centre 55 Grace Church on-the-Hill 42 Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra 44 Hannaford Street Silver Band 25, 45 High Notes Inc. 35 Horizon Tax 64 I Furiosi 47 Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts 4, 54, 55 Ken Page Memorial Trust / The WholeNote 18 Kindred Spirits Orchestra 53 Lawrence Park Community Church 52, 65 Li Delun Music Foundation 53, 63 LizPR 64 Long & McQuade 14 Manning + Ulster Refugee Project 44 MasterPerforming 64 Masterworks of Oakville Chorus & Orchestra 53 Mississauga Festival Choir 52 Mississauga Symphony 50 Mooredale Concerts 45 Music at Metropolitan 41, 50 Music at St. Andrews’s / Embassy of Austria 46 Music Toronto 9, 23, 40, 43 Musicians in Ordinary 47 Musikay 44 Naxos 71, 72 New Music Concerts 40, 48 Oakham House Choir 50 Off Centre Music Salon 33 Opera Atelier 41 Orchestra Toronto 48 Orpheus Choir 30 Pasquale Bros. 62 Pavlo / Hejaz Entertainment 46 Pax Christi Chorale 11 Peterborough Symphony 57 Remenyi House of Music 15 Rhodes Piano 64 Rich Brown 72 Royal Canadian College of Organists 47 Royal Conservatory 39, 45, 85, 87 Saluki Music 64 Scarborough Philharmonic 26 Show One Productions 27 Sine Nomine 49 SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival 19 Soundstreams 29 Southern Ontario Chapter Hymn Society 63 St. James Cathedral 37, 49 St. Jude’s Celebration of the Arts 42 St. Olave’s Church 45 St. Philip’s Jazz Vespers 61 Steinway Piano Gallery 12 Syrinx Concerts 26, 40, 51 Tafelmusik 2, 38, 40, 49, 88 Talisker Players 51 Toronto Children’s Chorus 52 Toronto Consort 17, 52 Toronto Downtown Jazz 19 Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 31 Toronto Operetta Theatre 21 Toronto Symphony Orchestra 3, 43, 49 Toronto Summer Music Festival and Academy 63 Toy Piano Composers 38 Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre 65 U of T Faculty of Music 27, 42 Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga 48 Universal Music Canada 69 Village Voices 53 VOCA Chorus of Toronto 53 Westben Arts Festival Theatre 22 Women’s Musical Club of Toronto 51 April 1, 2016 - May 7, 2016 | 7

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