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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 Nancy Nourse, artistic director Lisa Jack, conductor 416-485-8262 ●●Gallery 345 Now in its 11th year, Gallery 345 is one of the finest piano and chamber music salons in Toronto. I have staged over 565 performances in the past ten years, ranging from intimate solo piano concerts to 20-piece jazz bands. The gallery is known for its great acoustics. It has been my great pleasure over the years to present so many performers in a wide variety of musical genres. There is nothing like being in the room where the music is played. The gallery’s focus is solo piano, classical, jazz, art song, improvisation and contemporary classical performance. Weekends book first, so think about booking Sunday-Thursday. Rental fees are very reasonable. I always want to get the music heard. All performance is performer-driven. The performer needs to get the word out to family and friends to help bring in an audience. While I do what I can to promote events, it is up to the performers to advertise and promote their events. All events are posted on my website:, on Facebook and in The WholeNote magazine and other social media. Gallery 345 is also an excellent event space to rent for private parties, weddings, photoshoots, recording sessions, fundraisers, CD launches, cinema, book and poetry readings and more. The gallery is a 2500 SF hard loft with 13’ ceilings, a PA system, video projector, two washrooms, prep kitchen, outside patio and seats 120. The beautiful 9’ concert grand Baldwin is always ready. Edward Epstein 416-822-9781 ●●Georgetown Bach Chorale We are a renowned choral ensemble with approximately 20 voices specializing in Baroque repertoire from the likes of Vivaldi, Charpentier, Handel, and of course, J.S. Bach. We pride ourselves on providing performance opportunities for local young artists, both vocally and instrumentally, a wonderful visual reminder to our audiences that classical music is for all ages! This season you will hear Bach cantatas with a twist; ‘Recorder Sopranino’ virtuoso Tatsuki Shimoda will join the orchestra. Bach rarely included this instrument in his cantatas, but you will be mesmerized by this performance! Taneyev’s incredibly difficult Piano Quintet in G minor will be showcased in February, with a roster of world-class string players. An all-Mozart concert ends the year with the famous Requiem in D minor and will feature Ronald Greidanus in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.17, playing stunning cadenzas of his own composition. It is a Performance Season not to be missed, once again offered in the glorious venues of our own Halton Hills. Ginger Louws 416-760-9860 ●●Glionna Mansell Corporation Glionna Mansell Corporation is a music marketing agency, organ dealer and concert producer in the organ and choral performance genre. The company is an active supporter/promoter of emerging artistic talent alongside experienced world-stage performers. The activities and entities operating under the Glionna Mansell banner include: ORGANIX Concerts Inc., Allen Organ Company in Ontario and Gordon Mansell Concert Organist. ORGANIX Concerts is the 2017/18 recipient of the RCCO National Award of Excellence. President and artistic director Gordon Mansell is music director and titular organist at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Gordon Mansell, president, artistic director, concert organist 416-769-5224; 1-877-769-5224 ●●Grand Philharmonic Choir The Grand Philharmonic Choir (GPC) organization is one of this country’s leading choral institutions. The GPC consists of four choirs: a 110-voice main choir; a 35-voice chamber choir; a youth choir; and a children’s choir. Led by artistic director Mark Vuorinen, the GPC presents 20+ concerts a year, many in Kitchener’s acoustically superb Centre In The Square and in local church buildings. Repertoire is a rich blend of traditional masterworks as well as new works by Canadian and international composers. Auditions are held throughout the year. Amy Dale 519-578-6885 ●●Hannaford Street Silver Band The Hannaford Street Silver Band is Canada’s award-winning professional brass band and resident company of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Its mission is to honour the traditions of this art form and place it in a contemporary context with a unique, Canadian point of view. We actively facilitate innovative creative projects and collaborate with the best of Canada’s diverse artists. We also run a very successful youth music program consisting of three bands. Our 2017/18 season features brass repertoire gems paired with new music played with the verve and virtuosity you expect from the Hannaford Band: “Tango,” on October 22, sees James Gourlay and the Payadora Tango Ensemble. “Christmas Cheer” celebrates the season with Ben Heppner and the Elmer Iseler Singers on December 12, in the beautiful acoustic of Metropolitan United Church. “Island Time!” on February 18 brings back steelpan soloist, Liam Teague. “Dutch Treats” on April 8 pairs conductor/composer Johan de Meij with New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist, Joe Alessi. David Archer 416-425-2874 ●●I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble is one of the world’s most innovative Baroque ensembles, comprising four of Canada’s leading early music specialists: soprano Gabrielle McLaughlin, violinists Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman, and cellist/gambist Felix Deak. Now in its 19th season, I FURIOSI’s Toronto concert series has been revitalising the face of early music in Canada, inspired by the practice of the Baroque era while invoking the “bizarre and unnatural” aesthetic both cherished and despised in its time. Thematic programming allows the performers to present Baroque music in a uniquely relevant way. This year’s concerts: Friday, October 6, 2017, Friday, March 2, 2018 and Saturday, June 9, 2018. All concerts take place at Calvin Presbyterian Church at 8pm. Gabrielle McLaughlin 416-536-2943 ●●International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA) The IRCPA’s mission is to make career resources available to musicians, connecting them with one another, with artistic coaches and with leaders in the industry for knowledge exchange, coaching and employment opportunities. Resources are needed to nurture artistic growth, and training to manage the business side of careers. Membership and monthly open discussions are free. Workshops have a 3-for-1 deal with a fee of , meaning each of the three participants pays . More details at Ann Summers Dossena 416-362-1422 ●●Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario in Kingston, the new award-winning Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts brings together B10 | theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES

exceptional spaces and programs for Queen’s students and the Kingston community. This 90,000 square foot venue was designed by Oslo/New York-based firm Snøhetta and Ottawa’s N45, with acoustics and theatre design by ARUP and Theatre Projects Consultants, and includes the 566-seat Concert Hall, 100-seat Studio Theatre, 92-seat Film Screening Room, Rehearsal Hall and Art & Media Lab. Anchored by a transformational gift to the Initiative Campaign from Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, the Isabel was inspired by the Baders’ love – of the arts, of Queen’s, and of each other – and is named in Isabel’s honour. The Isabel presents seven dynamic performance series. The 2017/18 season features wonderful artists such as Louis Lortie, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Angela Hewitt, Suzie LeBlanc, Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan, Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, New Canadian Global Music Orchestra and visual artist Ernestine Tahedl. Tricia Baldwin, director Box office: 613-533-2424; or toll free 1-855-533-2424 ●Jubilate ● Singers The Jubilate Singers is a mixed-voice community choir under the direction of Isabel Bernaus. Beginning in September 2017, the Jubilate Singers will feature both a non-auditioned main choir and an auditioned chamber choir. We specialize in choral world music reflecting the cultural diversity of Toronto. Recent concerts have highlighted music from Africa, Latin America, Spain and Catalonia, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia, as well as selections from the Canadian and American choral repertoire. Our 2017/18 season includes “Building World Harmony,” “Latin American Rhythms,” and “Bridges.” We rehearse on Tuesday nights near Yonge and Lawrence. Interested singers are encouraged to sit in on a rehearsal before deciding to join. A welcoming, friendly experience to sing music you won’t get anywhere else. Look for our performances on YouTube. Norm Martin 416-488-1571 ●●Ken Page Memorial Trust The Ken Page Memorial Trust is a non-profit charitable fund supporting jazz and the artists who create the music. The aims of the Trust are to encourage emerging talent, foster an understanding of the evolution of the music, promote jazz education through workshops, masterclasses and outreach programs conducted by established professionals and provide financial KEN PAGE MEMORIAL TRUST aid to jazz musicians on an emergency basis. The KPMT holds Annual Jazz Fundraisers featuring some of the world’s leading jazz artists and honours jazz professionals with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently the Trust provided grants to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Springboard To Music, Humber College Community Music School and the Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship in memory of Ron Collier, TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Donations are our lifeline. Board members are unpaid and every dollar is dedicated to furthering our mission. Contributions are gratefully received and if you are currently a donor we extend our sincere appreciation. If you would like to help us make a difference please visit our website. Anne Page 416-515-0200 ●●Kindred Spirits Orchestra The Kindred Spirits Orchestra has performed to great acclaim, sold-out audiences and standing ovations at the renowned CBC Glenn Gould Studio, in downtown Toronto. As of 2011, the KSO has also been presenting a full subscription series at the Flato Markham Theatre, in addition to several community-outreach events and educational programs. An ardent supporter of contemporary music, the KSO also brings to life great pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries during its annual Markham Contemporary Music Festival. Led by the charismatic maestro Kristian Alexander, the KSO continues to attract avid audiences across the GTA. Highlights of the 2017/18 concert season include Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No.9, Rachmaninoff’s Second, Shostakovich’s Eleventh and Prokofiev’s Third symphonies, as well as Ravel’s Boléro, a world premiere of a concerto for harp by Chan Wing-Wah featuring Dr. Teresa Suen, a Canadian premiere of a concerto for flute by Ma-Shui Long with Ron Korb and a Chinese New Year concert with pipa player Wu Man, pianist Leonid Nediak and TV host Yi Qin. The KSO will return to the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in June 2018 for a special concert conducted by American maestro Victor Liva. Kristian Alexander, music director Michael Berec, associate conductor Jobert Sevilleno, president and CEO Office: 905-604-8339 Box office: 905-305-7469 ●●King Edward Choir Founded in 1952, Barrie’s King Edward Choir began as a ladies’ choir, taking its name from the school in which they practised. Under the direction of Jean Dobson, it blossomed into a group encompassing all voices and today is a mixed group of 45 singers committed to creating beautiful music in a passionate, informed and evocative manner. This season, we are excited to welcome Oliver Balaburski, well-known in the Barrie music community, as our new artistic director. Our mandate is to offer choristers and audiences alike opportunities to experience a broad range of choral music, including contemporary, Canadian and world music, while introducing more a cappella singing to our repertoire. We continue to collaborate with other artists and strive to create educational opportunities for youth in our community. New members are welcome to join at any time throughout the year. Our 2017/18 season: “A Ceremony of Carols,” featuring an international selection of Christmas music, November 25, 2017; “Choralfest,” April 15, 2018; and “Time Travel,” music from across the centuries, May 2018, exact date TBA. Peter Sullivan, board president 705-739-7281 theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES | B11

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