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Volume 23 Issue 2 - October 2017

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In this issue: several local artists reflect on the memory of composer Claude Vivier, as they prepare to perform his music; Vancouver gets ready to host international festival ISCM World New Music Days, which is coming to Canada for the second time since its inception in 1923; one of the founders of Artword Artbar, one of Hamilton’s staple music venues, on the eve of the 5th annual Steel City Jazz Festival, muses on keeping urban music venues alive; and a conversation with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, as he prepares for an ambitious recital in Toronto. These and other stories, in our October 2017 issue of the magazine.


BLUE PAGES 2017/18 18th ANNUAL DIRECTORY OF MUSIC MAKERS Welcome to the Blue Pages, The WholeNote’s 18th annual directory of concert presenters. The 148 profiles that follow provide an extraordinary snapshot of the remarkable creativity and musical diversity present in the GTA and southern Ontario, as well as a brief but unique window into who’s doing what this season. The Blue Pages give us a glimpse of the roles these organizations will play in cultivating the region’s rich musical landscape this year. We hope you enjoy this taste of what’s in store for 2017/18 as you peruse these pages of choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera companies and more. The ongoing support of the organizations listed here helps keep The WholeNote alive and allows us to fulfill our mission. Presenters who missed this issue of the magazine still have the opportunity to be a part of this directory, which lives year-round on our website at www. For more information on this and the benefits of WholeNote membership, contact Karen Ages at or 416-323-2232 x26. Whether you are in the audience or onstage, we wish you all the best for the 2017/18 concert season! BLUE PAGES TEAM 2017/18 PROJECT MANAGER Karen Ages PROJECT EDITOR Kevin King PROOFREADING Sara Constant LAYOUT & DESIGN Susan Sinclair WEBSITE Kevin King ON THE COVER Just west of Yonge Street and north of the 401, Toronto Centre for the Arts sits symbolically at the crossroads of southern Ontario’s network of regional performing arts centres, providing opportunities across the province to performers and audiences alike. ●● Academy Concert Series Celebrating its 26th season, the Academy Concert Series offers innovative and intimate chamber music concerts on period instruments. The three-concert series brings to audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries and the passion and sonorous colour palate of the 19th and early-20th centuries, all with historical performance practices. The programs are thematic and deliberately crafted to highlight a specific time, place and/or composer, featuring both accomplished and emerging artists. The three concerts presented this season are: November 4, 2017 – “Sweet for Bach,” a program conceived by Tafelmusik’s principal cellist Christina Mahler, includes four cellists playing solo Bach suites and cello ensembles. January 20, 2018 – “Dvořák on the Low,” with violinist Mark Fewer and bassist Joseph Phillips. March 10, 2018 – the return of violinist Scott St. John and guitarist Lucas Harris in a remounting of one of ACS’s most talked-about concerts from five years ago, “A Portrait of Paganini.” Concerts take place on Saturdays at 7:30pm, at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave.). Kerri McGonigle 416-629-3716 kerri.mcgonigle@ ●Aga ● Khan Museum The Aga Khan Museum presents some of the finest live music, dance and film from around the world in extraordinary settings: from a state-ofthe-art auditorium to an open-air courtyard, a Persian-inspired salon, and a variety of spaces shared by exhibitions and educational programming. Performances at the Museum join culturally diverse artists in conversation, highlighting the arts of Muslim civilizations from the Iberian Peninsula to China and celebrating the many ways that cultures connect through art. Please visit www.agakhanmuseum. org for a full calendar of performances and film screenings. Raheela Nanji 416-646-4677 ●All ● Saints Kingsway Anglican Church All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church is a vibrant hub for music in Toronto’s west end. The All Saints Kingsway choir, in addition to providing musical leadership for worship services, sings a range of concerts, requiems and oratorios throughout the year. Recent performances have included Fauré’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Atonement and Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. The choir is made up of paid section leads and volunteers, and invites new singers throughout the year. We partner with ORGANIX Concerts to host the Kingsway Organ Series of lunchtime organ recitals, which take place every second Wednesday from September through July. We also co-host monthly jazz vespers, along with St. Philip’s Anglican Church. This Etobicoke Jazz Vespers series of twice-monthly services runs from September through June. In addition to these musical offerings, All Saints Kingsway regularly acts as a concert venue for choirs and musical ensembles, such as the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and the Kingsway Conservatory of Music. Our space is available for rental as a concert or workshop venue. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor 416-233-1125 x5 ●Alliance ● Française Toronto Founded in Paris in 1883 by Louis Pasteur, Ferdinand de Lesseps and Jules Verne, Alliance Française has always embodied the modern values of humanism, respect of linguistics and cultural diversity. The AFT offers the GTA community a wide range of French as a second language classes to children, teenagers and adults at all levels. AFT also adds to the multicultural vibrancy of the city with a cultural program of over 100 events representing the Francophonie of the world and is a founding member of the “Bloor Cultural Corridor.” Laetitia Delemarre 416-922-2014 x35 ●Amadeus ● Choir of Greater Toronto Led by conductor and artistic director Lydia Adams since 1985, the award-winning Amadeus Choir performs the best of choral music and premieres works of Canadian and international composers through a self-produced Toronto concert series, guest performances and special events. Through touring, recordings and radio broadcasts, the choir is known well beyond Toronto. The Amadeus Choir collaborates with many B2 | theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES

professional performing arts organizations in the GTA. The choir also engages in educational and community outreach through choral workshops for students, music educators, composers and conductors. A part of Toronto’s cultural community for 43 years, the choir comprises members from across the GTA. Annual auditions are held in May and June. Phone or email us for more information! Lydia Adams, conductor & artistic director Shawn Grenke, associate conductor & accompanist Mary Gray, president 416-446-0188 ●Amici ● Chamber Ensemble Amici Chamber Ensemble celebrates 30 years as one of Canada’s finest and most distinguished chamber music ensembles. Artistic directors clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas, cellist David Hetherington and pianist Serouj Kradjian invite some of the finest musicians to join them in innovative and eclectic programming, celebrating friendship through music. Amici Chamber Ensemble’s annual concert series has featured world-renowned musicians as frequent guests, including Isabel Bayrakdarian, Lara St. John, Jonathan Crow, Russell Braun, Michael Schade, Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, André Laplante and James Sommerville. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered over 20 works by Canadian composers, among them Allan Gordon Bell, Chan Ka Nin, Brian Cherney, Malcolm Forsyth, Jacques Hétu, Alexina Louie and Jeffrey Ryan. Alongside numerous broadcasts of their concerts on national radio, Amici Chamber Ensemble’s recordings have placed them firmly among the world’s best chamber musicians and garnered the ensemble two JUNO awards, most recently the 2013 Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble, for Levant. Other prestigious honours include several JUNO award nominations, including a 2011 nomination for the ATMA Classique disc Armenian Chamber Music. Kaija Corlazzoli, general manager 416-871-4275 Aurora Cultural Centre ●Annex ● Singers The Annex Singers of Toronto is a vibrant and accomplished community choir under the dynamic and creative leadership of artistic director Maria Case. Now in its 38th season, the 60-voice auditioned choir performs three programs a year, collaborating with professional vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles. Recent performances include Charpentier’s Messe de ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE Minuit, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. The Annex Chamber Choir, a 24-voice ensemble, performs in alternating years. We offer choral development workshops led by some of Toronto’s most innovative musical coaches and clinicians, and engage in community outreach. This season we present the choral drama “December Diaries” on December 9 and 10, 2017, at Jane Mallett Theatre, and “North by Northeast,” contemporary choral music by Baltic and Scandinavian composers, at Grace Church on-the-Hill, May 5, 2018. The Chamber Choir presents “Camerata,” featuring Mark Chambers, cello, at St. Andrew’s United Church on March 3, 2018, at 3pm and 7:30pm. We rehearse Monday evenings at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church (383 Huron St.). Experienced singers who wish to audition, contact our membership coordinator. Joanne Eidinger 416-458-4434 ●Arraymusic ● Arraymusic embraces and nurtures work that is radically in-between. Arraymusic’s mission is to ignite and sustain a passion for contemporary Canadian musical art within an international, interdisciplinary context. Three programs define what Array does, why we do it and how we realize our goals: 1) Array’s Contemporary Music Program produces, presents and supports work on the cutting edges of current musical/sound art practice; 2) Array’s Creative Music Hub offers The Array Space for rent and fosters a creative music/art scene; and 3) Array For All engages diverse audiences through innovative and inclusive programs. Arraymusic believes that experiencing art can give rise to real change and that if one engages with art fully, subtle but profound positive transformations can take place which, by extension, can impact communities and enhance our lives. Array is devoted to co-creating and presenting speculative new music that creates more questions than it answers. Array believes that sharing music involved in exploration, which finds wonder in the discovery of the unexpected, stimulates the imagination and raises questions and alternative ways of thinking. Sandra Bell 416-532-3019 ●Art ● of Time Ensemble Renowned concert pianist Andrew Burashko formed Art of Time Ensemble in 1998 by inviting a group of like-minded musicians and prominent figures in dance, theatre and other art forms to perform one-off concerts in Toronto. The company has gone on to become a leader in Toronto’s vibrant performing arts scene, through its subscription season at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, regular appearances at Koerner Hall, album releases, performances with leading Canadian orchestras, and tours of its unique offerings to dozens of cities throughout Canada and the United States. Exploring the relationship between classical music and other genres such as jazz, pop, electronica, rock, folk, electroacoustic, gospel and others, Art of Time seeks to reveal the qualities that lie at the heart of all great music. The ranks of Art of Time Ensemble’s artists are deep and their talents unmatched; featured collaborators include authors Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, jazz legend Branford Marsalis, vocalists Madeleine Peyroux, Sarah Slean, Hawksley Workman and Tony Award-winner Brent Carver, composers Gavin Bryars and Jonathan Goldsmith and many more. Kate Bangay, marketing & communications manager 647-344-2254 theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES | B3

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