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Volume 21 Issue 9 - Summer 2016

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It's combined June/July/August summer issue time with, we hope, enough between the covers to keep you dipping into it all through the coming lazy, hazy days. From Jazz Vans racing round "The Island" delivering pop-up brass breakouts at the roadside, to Bach flute ambushes strolling "The Grove, " to dozens of reasons to stay in the city. May yours be a summer where you find undiscovered musical treasures, and, better still, when, unexpectedly, the music finds you.


GREEN PAGES TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE SUMMER FESTIVAL ➤ June 6 to 18 Toronto, ON Musicians from around the world gather in Toronto for the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival with four free concerts open to the public, featuring the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and participants of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. “Delightfully Baroque” on June 6 at Trinity- St. Paul’s Centre; “Musical Interlude” on June 11 at Walter Hall, University of Toronto; “TBSI Orchestras and Choirs” on June 15, also at Walter Hall, University of Toronto; and the Grand Finale on June 18 at Grace Church on-the-Hill. All concerts are general admission. Free tickets for the Grand Finale must be obtained in advance and will be made available to the public Tuesday, June 14 at 10am at the Tafelmusik Box Office (427 Bloor St. W.). 416-964-6337 TD Sunfest ’16: “Canada’s Premier Celebration of World Cultures” London, ON 2016 Opera Workshop presents three great works for the stage: The Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach, Julius Caesar by Handel and A Tale of Two Cities by Victor Davies and Eugene Benson – SOLT’s first world premiere in celebration of its 30th anniversary. These productions provide a diversity of roles and an amazing variety of style, both vocal and dramatic. Check our website for more details. 416-366-7723 SUN LIFE FINANCIAL UPTOWN WATERLOO JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ July 15 to 17 Waterloo, ON The Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is an annual threeday free music festival held in Waterloo, Ontario, encouraging all genres of jazz. This year, in our 24th season, we proudly present Michael Kaeshammer, the Heavyweights Brass Band, Gabriel Palatchi, Ariel Pocock, Snaggle and more! We invite you to UpTown Waterloo for one of the country’s most anticipated jazz festivals. Visit our website for a full lineup and more details. 519-885-1921 SWEETWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ September 16 to 18 Owen Sound and Meaford, ON Artistic director Mark Fewer has assembled a stellar lineup for the 13th edition of SweetWater. The Festival will once again offer up an entirely new take on classical and jazz music performed by some of the world’s best musicians. Featured performers this year include the Gryphon Trio, James Campbell, Aiyun Huang, Matthias Maute, Nicholas Michael Smith, David Braid, Steven Dann, Meredith Hall and Joseph Phillips. Plus, lots of other weekend events including Mozart for Munchkins, Classical Jam playalong, Luthiers display and more. Friday Night Gala at the Historic Leith Church is and all concerts on Saturday and Sunday are . Festival Weekend Pass 0 (5 before July 31). Student tickets . 519-371-2833 TD MARKHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ August 18 to 21 Markham, ON The TD Markham Jazz Festival is an exciting and vibrant four-day event, featuring well-known professional jazz musicians performing on three stages on beautiful Main Street Unionville in Markham. The festival launches on Thursday, August 18 with a ticketed event, followed by a reception and silent auction at the intimate Varley Art Gallery. From August 19 to 21, Main Street comes alive with 30+ free performances during the day and under the stars on outdoor stages, and on the street and in bars and restaurants. Come and listen to acclaimed Canadian and international artists along with up-andcoming artists performing all styles of jazz and blues. Early confirmed artists include Dr. Lonnie Smith from New York, JUNO nominee Rich Brown, Dione Taylor, and Peripheral Vision. 905-471-5299 TD NEWMARKET JAZZ+ FESTIVAL ➤ July 29 to August 1 Newmarket, ON TD Newmarket jazz+ Festival is proud to announce that Canadian superstar Colin James headlines this year, performing Saturday night on July 30 inside RTC’s Arena One, opening with George St. Kitts. Saturday noon to 10pm: mixed music with Lorne Lofsky, from jazz, pop and big band to blackboard blues! Friday night: Mardi Gras/Caribana Dance Music Party from 6pm to 1am. Sunday: mixed music experience from noon, finishing off with “Chicago” tribute band Brass Transit and the fabulous George Olliver. Monday: Family Day – mixed music plus Mad Hatter Tea Party & Wonderland; costumes/ dress-up closing with the amazing George St. Kitts Sounds of Motown Show. Location Change: Festival now at Ray Twinney Complex with indoor and outdoor areas, each including vendors, beer/wine, children’s creative zone and more! Safe and accessible! Full festival lineup and hours on our website. 905-841-6893 G8 | Summer 2016

TD SUNFEST ’16: “CANADA’S PREMIER CELEBRATION OF WORLD CULTURES” ➤ July 7 to 10 London, ON Celebrate the enchantment of summer with Canada’s premier free-admission festival of the global arts – a Songlines Magazine (UK) 2016 pick as one of the key Overseas World Music festivals. Now in its 22nd year, TD Sunfest transfigures downtown London’s Victoria Park into a culturally diverse jewel, where over 30 outstanding groups, representing almost every region of the planet, entertain on five stages. This summer’s headliners range from legendary Chilean jazz band Congreso to luminaries Budiño (Galicia/Spain), Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), and the Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (Benin/Finland). New this year is the Government of Ontario-supported “Afrikalia: African Heart Beats.” And with almost 300 Park exhibitors, TD Sunfest ’16 will whet festival-goers’ appetites for scrumptious international cuisine and unique crafts and visual art. 519-672-1522 TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ June 24 to July 3 Toronto, ON Whatever flavour of jazz you enjoy, find it at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival as we celebrate our 30th anniversary this summer, running from June 24 to July 3, 2016. More than 1,500 musicians will perform in over 350 concerts. Discover a new artist, explore different genres and attend a live concert surrounded by thousands, as the city’s largest music festival takes over for 10 incredible days of non-stop activity. Experience music the way you want it! Featured performers include Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Oliver Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Gregory Porter, Molly Johnson, Sharon Jones, Joe Jackson, Joey Alexander, Ramsey Lewis, Robi Botos, Bill Charlap, Heather Bambrick, Alfredo Rodriguez, Robert Glasper and more! 1-888-655-9090 TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ July 14 to August 7 Toronto, ON Toronto Summer Music Festival 2016 celebrates the musical traditions of Great Britain – from the baroque to the 20th-century pop British Invasion! Join us in exploring the great British composers Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and Walton among many others, as well as composers who made prolonged and frequent stays in England such as Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Grieg. You won’t want to miss incredible superstar guest artists such as pianists Jeremy Denk and Christopher O’Riley, opera superstar and 2015 Richard Tucker Prize winner Jamie Barton, the Parker & Dover Quartets or the semi-staged production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, presented in collaboration with Against the Grain Theatre, the Banff Centre, and the Canadian Opera Company. 416-408-0208 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY WESTBEN ARTS FESTIVAL THEATRE ➤ June 25 to July 31 Campbellford, ON Westben is located in the rolling countryside near Campbellford, Ontario, two hours east of Toronto. Now in its 17th season, Westben presents over 25 performances of classical, Broadway, jazz, world, folk and blues music and improv comedy with artists such as Linda Kash, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Buzz Brass, Ashley Condon, Heather Bambrick, Ken Whiteley, Cadence, Còig and more. The world premiere of Brian Finley’s opera The Pencil Salesman opens June 25, followed with “Connecting in Song,” a nine-day exploration of the themes of human connection as inspired by The Pencil Salesman with seminars, chats, workshops and studio tours. The Jazz Fringe Festival wraps up the summer season on July 31. Come join us! Westben will change the way you experience music. 1-877-883-5777 XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ June 24 to July 2 Rochester, NY Enjoy nine days of amazing music at the 15th anniversary of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. More than 1500 artists will perform from around the world. From legendary performers and familiar favorites to rising stars and new discoveries – this is a festival that navigates all genres of creative improvised music. See more than 320 shows in three series, the Club Pass Series with 225 shows including three international series – Oh Canada!, Made in the UK and Nordic Jazz Now – Headliner Series, and 99 free shows and events. Park once and walk to all venues. Young musicians can also attend free workshops led by world-renowned musicians performing at the festival. See our website for the complete lineup. 585-454-2060 Thank you for taking a look at this year’s Green Pages! If you are looking for a specific form of summer festivities, visit us online at, where you can do more browsing or conduct a more focused search. Summer 2016 | G9

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