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Volume 23 Issue 8 - May 2018

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In this issue: our sixteenth annual Choral Canary Pages; coverage of 21C, Estonian Music Week and the 3rd Toronto Bach Festival (three festivals that aren’t waiting for summer!); and features galore: “Final Finales” for Larry Beckwith’s Toronto Masque Theatre and for David Fallis as artistic director of Toronto Consort; four conductors on the challenges of choral conducting; operatic Hockey Noir; violinist Stephen Sitarski’s perspective on addressing depression; remembering bandleader, composer and saxophonist Paul Cram. These and other stories, in our May 2018 edition of the magazine.


CANARY PAGES theWholeNote 2018/19 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY One Sunday per month at 4.30pm the meditative Solemn Evensong and Benediction is sung, preceded by an organ recital at 4.00pm. For information, please contact the director of music, Andrew Adair. ANDREW ADAIR 416-531-7955 ●●City Choir Launched in 2010, City Choir is an exciting non-auditioned SATB choir. Our five wellknown directors have worked with us since then – Waleed Abdulhamid, John Millard, Patricia O’Callaghan, Greg Oh, and Suba Sankaran. Open to all who love to sing, we perform music of many styles, as well as original compositions. Based on pay-what-you-can, we meet at 188 Carlton St. on Tuesday nights from September to June. Vocal techniques are taught. There are two main concerts and two cabaret nights, as well as other events. Participation in individual performances welcome. We have sung at the Tranzac Club, the Drake Underground, the Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre, with the Mixed Choir in Apocalypsis (Luminato Festival), and in the SING! a Cappella Festival. ARIANNE SCHAFFER 416-963-9374 ●●County Town Singers We are a 75-voice mixed adult community choir from Durham Region within the GTA, started in 1967. Our motto is “We sing for the love of it.” We present a varied repertoire with many musical styles, though little classical. We practise on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm to 10pm from January to May and September to December, presenting full shows in early May and December. In addition, we perform two or three smaller shows for community groups and charities. We have travelled extensively over our nearly 50 years of existence, most recently to the United Nations in NYC. Informal, easygoing auditions take place in early January and December. Yearly fees are reasonable. For additional infoormation please visit our website or call/text John Van Hoof at 647-981-2205. JOHN VAN HOOF 647-981-2205 ●●Cummer Avenue United Church Choir Cummer Avenue United Church Choir consists of a group of volunteer singers supported by a number of professional section leaders. The choir sings classical and contemporary repertoire and provides strong musical leadership for Sunday worship services 12 months of the year. In addition to full choir anthems, various ensembles and solos are presented by members of the chancel choir. On selected Sundays the choir presents extra choral music such as traditional carols at Christmas and a cantata at Easter. Choral music from all parts of the globe is regularly featured in the choir’s offerings. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from early fall to early spring and on Sunday mornings all year. TAYLOR SULLIVAN 416-222-5417 ●●DaCapo Chamber Choir The 24-voice DaCapo Chamber Choir was founded in 1998 in Kitchener-Waterloo under the direction of Leonard Enns. The mission of the choir is to identify, study, rehearse and present outstanding choral chamber works of the past 100 years and to champion music of Canadian and local composers. In 2018-2019, DaCapo will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with the release of its newest CD, with selections received through NewWorks, its national choral composition competition. The choir is currently in the middle of a 3-season exploration of themes related to the global refugee crisis: 17/18 Displacement, 18/19 Resettlement, 19/20 Renewal. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ DaCapoChoir! SARA MARTIN, MANAGER 519-725-7549 ●●Duly Noted We are Toronto’s treble a cappella ensemble singing everything from madrigals to Shawn Mendes. We are currently 10 women and most of our concerts support local charities. To date we have raised over ,000 for local GTA charities. Find out more about us and when we are performing at JENNIFER KIRNER 416-629-7554 ●●Durham Girls’ Choir Girls from across Durham region come together in this active, fun, performing choir. Our Junior and Senior ensembles provide girls aged seven through 18 an opportunity to sing together, build team spirit, and participate in a variety of public performances. Through weekly rehearsals our members build leadership skills, further their musical education, and create lasting friendships. Registration for our 2018/19 season is now open, and young singers of all talent levels are encouraged to join us as we share the joy of music with our Durham Region community. Visit our website to hear us perform, read what alumni say about the choir, and see photos from our many events throughout the year. We hope you will join us! LAURIE STAPLEY 905-434-7269 ●●Echo Women’s Choir Celebrating its 26th year, Echo is a 60-voice, non-auditioned community choir open to women from all walks of life. Echo rehearses each Tuesday night at the Church of the Holy Trinity (beside the Eaton Centre), performs at city-wide grassroots events, and holds December and April concerts. Co-led by Becca Whitla and Alan Gasser, Echo aims to build a strong, varied and vibrant culture and community through song. Repertoire includes music from world-wide village singing traditions and newly-commissioned music. Echo aims to keep membership fees and concert tickets accessible to all. To join Echo, register on our website. Spring concert, I’ll Be Your Refuge, April 29, 2018, 3pm at Holy Trinity with special guests Leela Gilday and artist-in-residence Annabelle Chvostek. Echo 25th Anniversary CD, One Voice is available for purchase from our website! ALAN GASSER 416-779-5554 ●●Etobicoke Centennial Choir Entering its 52nd season, the Etobicoke Centennial Choir is an auditioned SATB choir that provides a welcoming, high-calibre choral music experience for singers and audiences alike. Our 2018-19 season begins December 8, 2018 with Bach’s Christmas Cantata and other seasonal music. Two contrasting masses are featured on April 6, 2019 - Dvorak’s Mass in D and Paul Winter’s celebration of the earth, Missa Gaia, with band accompaniment. On June 1, 2019 ECC will premier original Bulgarian-inspired world music compositions by Toronto guitarist/composer Anton Apostolov, accompanied by instrumentalists and video installation, along with Morton Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses and a selection of spirituals. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings. New singers are always welcome. Open rehearsals are held in September and January. SHARI ELLIS, MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON 416-428-6267 ●●Exultate Chamber Singers Exultate Chamber Singers is an auditioned group of 30 skilled singers who enjoy performing a variety of chamber choir repertoire, both a cappella and accompanied, including many works by Canadian composers. Now in its 39th year, the choir is under the direction of new artistic director Mark Ramsay C6

and continues its tradition of presenting four concerts per season. In addition, the group sponsors a composer-in-residence, collaborates with other regional choral ensembles, supports aspiring young music professionals with singing and conducting opportunities, and engages in a number of community outreach initiatives. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 5:45pm to 7:45pm at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 383 Huron St. For audition information, please see our website. ELANA HARTE 416-917-5987 ●●Fanshawe Chorus London Fanshawe Chorus London has built a world-class reputation since its inception at Fanshawe College in 1969, by performing the finest in classical choral orchestral music. As a elite auditioned community choir conducted by artistic director David Holler, the chorus provides college-level training for adult singers and gives emerging vocal soloists the opportunity to perform professionally with orchestra. The chorus has won the prestigious Ontario Lieutenant-Governor’s Award twice, and was selected to sing at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Canada Day celebrations during the 2010 visit of HRM Queen Elizabeth II. Winner of London’s Classical Vocal Group of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017, Fanshawe Chorus London offers talented adult singers an inclusive welcoming community committed to “Making Hearts Sing.” APRIL VOTH 519-433-9650 ●●Florivox Choir Florivox is an all-women community choir for young adults that is part of the larger Vox Choirs organization. The organization holds relationship building, social responsibility and musical excellence as its core principles. No audition is required for membership but most choristers have previous choral experience or some musical proficiency. Our season runs September to June and rehearsals take place Mondays, 6:15pm to 8:30pm, at New Horizons/ Dovercourt Baptist Church. Regular attendance is expected. Selected repertoire spans five centuries, including choral classics, contemporary works and popular music, ranging from Vivaldi to Dan Forrest to Joni Mitchell. To join please visit us at: MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR 416-568-3802 ●●Georgetown Bach Chorale Now entering its 17th season, the Georgetown Bach Chorale is an auditioned chamber choir specializing in Baroque period music performed with Baroque orchestra. Orchestral performances are conducted by the artistic director, Ron Greidanus, from the harpsichord. The members of this organization are passionate about presenting the highest level of performances which, in the 2018-2019 season will include Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. We are always looking for new talent who share our vision and like to have a lot of fun! RON GREIDANUS 905-873-9909 ●●Georgetown Choral Society GCS, with some 95 amateur singers, has been delighting audiences since its formation in 1971. Our rehearsal and performance home is the Christian Reformed Church in Georgetown, Ontario. Our choral director, Christopher Dawes, is among Canada’s leading church musicians, concert organists and choral accompanists; a freelance professional musician, performing across a wide spectrum of the Toronto music scene and occupying a range of musical leadership positions. GCS is a registered charity performing a variety of musical genres, including classical, pop and folk, and from sacred to secular, at a level normally associated with professional groups. It has performed at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, the Ford Centre in North York and the Mississauga Living Arts Centre. It has also performed internationally in the Netherlands, England, Ireland and at New York City’s Lincoln Center. LAURENT THIBAULT 905-877-7795 ●●Georgian Bay Children’s Choir GBCC, located in Owen Sound, invites singers ages five through 20 to join our multi-level program, designed to promote music literacy in many styles, genres and languages. We perform year-round at community events, seniors homes, church services, annual family concerts in May and December, as guests of other groups including the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra and Georgian Bay Concert Choir, and at music festivals, local, national and international. We create a safe and encouraging environment for children to “find their voices, and then let them soar freely.” Regular season rehearsals run September through May, with additional rehearsals as required. Revenue is raised through membership fees, fundraising and donor sponsorship, with a generous bursary fund to ensure that no child who “needs to sing” is denied the opportunity. Come Sing with Us! LINDA HAWKINS 519-371-1237 ●●Grace Church on-the-Hill The choir of Grace Church on-the-Hill proudly embraces our excellent Anglican choral tradition while looking towards the future for new inspiration. Our choirs for both adults and children sing weekly from September to June. Our children’s choirs provide the ideal learning environment for young musicians, and we have funding available to subsidize the cost of music lessons for our children! Choristers of all ages develop lifelong friendships, self-esteem, and the joy of coming together to sing. We take a choir tour every year. Some tours are small, like a day trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and some tours are larger, such as our two week tour to sing in cathedrals in Dublin and Oxford in 2016. We welcome new members every September. STEPHEN FRKETIC 416-488-7884 ECHO WOMEN’S CHOIR theWholeNote 2018/19 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY C7

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