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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 WAYNE GILPIN SINGERS ●●Windsor Classic Chorale ●The ● Yorkminstrels Show Choir ●Young ● Singers The Windsor Classic Chorale is an auditioned volunteer choir with a variety of backgrounds in professional music fields, and with a shared passion for music, singing and community. Founded in 1977 by Director Emeritus Richard Householder, the Chorale has become a core component of the local arts community, presenting an annual concert season and singing at a variety of other events throughout the Windsor area, from the Heritage Auditorium at the University Of Windsor to Pelee Island’s Stone & Sky historic quarry series, to All Saint’s Church, to Viewpointe Winery’s tractor parade, to carolling at Jackson Park’s Bright Lights to Caesar’s Windsor’s Colosseum, stage backing The Tenors. The Windsor Classic Chorale believes in honouring the tradition of choral music by singing it well, contributing to its growth and promoting it in our community. ALLISON BROWN 519-567-7407 The Yorkminstrels Show Choir is an SATB choir, founded in 1974 as an arm of the Yorkminstrels musical theatre company. We sing mostly Broadway music, with oldies, contemporary and seasonal songs added to the mix. With our repertoire, costumes and movement, the show choir has evolved into a unique group. We take entertainment into the community, doing occasional concerts throughout the season at seniors’ residences, and for condo/church/ synagogue groups and fundraisers. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings at Cummer Lodge in North York, from September through June. A simple audition is required; note-reading is not essential. We are a warm, fun-loving and welcoming group, so if you enjoy singing, learning harmony and performing, we invite you to join us! SANDI HORWITZ 416-229-9313 Experience the magic of music and release your child’s musical artistry through choral music! A unique musical education is offered to youth in the Durham Region in a supportive and challenging environment. Five distinct choirs include three non - auditioned ensembles for ages four to 14, an auditioned treble choir for ages 10 to 15, and an auditioned SATB choir for ages 14 and older. Repertoire which develops musical skills and vocal technique embraces all styles and genres and often includes choreography. In addition to winter and spring concerts and regular appearances; these proud choral ambassadors have enjoyed recent tours to Ireland and China. Young Singers is in their 26th season! ANNA LYNN MURPHY 905-686-9821 theWholeNote 2017/18 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY Missed the Canary Pages? If a choir you think should be here is not, it’s not too late! Choirs can join the online Canary Pages at www. For more information, contact Karen Ages at or 416-323-2232 x26 THE 2018 CANARY PAGES TEAM PROJECT MANAGER: Karen Ages PROJECT EDITOR: David Perlman PROOFREADING: Sara Constant LAYOUT & DESIGN: Susan Sinclair WEBSITE: Kevin King Thank you for taking a gander at this year’s Canaries! If you are looking for a specific group of songbirds, visit our directory online, at canary where you can do more browsing, or conduct a more focused search – by genre, geography, audition type, gender, age range, skill level and more. C18

GREEN PAGES EARLY- BIRD SUMMER MUSIC GUIDE Summer is just around the corner! The WholeNote’s 14th annual Green Pages will be published as usual in our upcoming big SUMMER edition (June/July/August). The print magazine hits the stands June 1 but there are always a few festivals that begin earlier! So some of these are featured on this page and the next. The Green Pages includes festival profiles and pictures, concert and event listings. Look forward to an exciting overview of the summer musical map – classical, jazz, opera, folk, world music and much more – in beautiful and sometimes unexpected locations. Online at, festival profiles are added as they arrive, and updated, supplemented with photos, videos, links to social media and more. So if you can’t wait for June 1, visit us online at, where you can do more browsing or begin a more focused search. Meanwhile, summer music is already under way. Here’s a tempting sample of the goodness to come! LULAWORLD Toronto, ON ANNA ENCHEVA FESTIVAL CLASSICA May 25 to June 16 Saint-Lambert, South Shore of Montreal, Montreal, North Shore of Montreal !! For its 8th edition, Festival Classica will present 60 indoor and outdoor concerts. Under the theme of From Schubert to the Stones, the Festival will run from May 25 to June 16, 2018 in Saint-Lambert, several cities on the South Shore, and on the island of Montreal and the North Shore. Festivalgoers will be treated to exceptional performances by numerous renowned artists, including Stéphane Tétreault, Guillaume Andrieux, Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, Russell Braun, Alice Ader, the Solistes de l’OSM, the Orchestre Métropolitain and Marc Martel. Unique concerts will be presented in tribute to remarkable composers: André Mathieu, Claude Debussy and Jacques Hétu! 888-801-9906 LULAWORLD May 31 to June 10 Toronto, ON !! The annual LULAWORLD festival showcases new work and collaborations by local and international Latin, Brazilian, jazz, folk and global artists. In addition to three CD releases, highlights of LULAWORLD 2018 include a community brass band that you can perform with, special guest salsa artists from Puerto Rico, Los Angeles and Montreal, a residency with Olodum’s Mestre Memeu direct from Brazil, Indigenous reggae, rock and blues by Shauit and Digging Roots, Philadelphia-based jazz poet Ursula Rucker, and a music and street mural exchange with Valparaiso, Chile. The festival includes ten free, family-friendly outdoor performances on June 1 and 2 in collaboration with the Dundas West Fest community street festival. LULAWORLD is presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre. 416-588-0307 MONTREAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL June 1 to 17 Montreal, QC H3A 1E3 !! The Montreal Chamber Music Festival presents its 23rd season, offering a wonderful array of gems from the chamber music repertoire, exciting premieres, and new collaborations, with performances by many of our most revered artists along with brilliant new discoveries. Beginning with a new spring series at The Ritz-Carlton Montreal in April and May, the Festival moves to Pollack Hall for the TD JAZZ and classical series in June. With our theme “Droit au Cœur!” (Straight to the Heart!), we emphasize our love for chamber music, the most intimate and collaborative of art forms. Highlights include the Canadian premiere of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet and special events to celebrate the “Year of the Cello” in concert and film. 514-489-7444 MUSIC MONDAYS May 7 to September 3 Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto, ON M5G 1B1 !! A lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity – welcome to our 27th season! Music Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent since its inception in 1992. Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. We feature an eclectic mix of everything from classical solo and chamber music to jazz, fusion and world music. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience. Please join us. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at 12:15pm from May to Labour Day. 416-598-4521 x223 May 2018 | 41

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