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Volume 23 Issue 9 - June / July / August 2018

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PLANTING NOT PAVING! In this JUNE / JULY /AUGUST combined issue: Farewell interviews with TSO's Peter Oundjian and Stratford Summer Music's John Miller, along with "going places" chats with Luminato's Josephine Ridge, TD Jazz's Josh Grossman and Charm of Finches' Terry Lim. ) Plus a summer's worth of fruitful festival inquiry, in the city and on the road, in a feast of stories and our annual GREEN PAGES summer Directory.


GREEN PAGES STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC ➤ July 16 to August 26 Stratford, ON Canadian & international musicians of excellence return to Stratford Summer Music for our 18th season of concerts and events. Featured artists include Blind Boys of Alabama, Jeremy Dutcher, Angela Hewitt, Jan Lisiecki, Ron Sexsmith, Tanya Tagaq, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Stéphane Tétreault. There will also be Friday night cabarets at Revival House, Bach Musical Brunches at The Prune Restaurant on Saturdays and Sundays, free lunchtime BargeMusic, early morning BachWalks, and making its Canadian debut, The Moon Museum, a 27-foot replica of the moon by artist Luke Jerram, set on Tom Patterson Island and featuring free programs of world music from August 16-25. Make music part of your Stratford experience today. Visit our webpage or call our box-office for more information. 866-288-4313 SUMMER MUSIC IN THE GARDEN ➤ June 28 to September 16 479 Queens Quay West Toronto, ON M5V 3M8 The popular Summer Music in the Garden concert series returns for its 19th season by the shores of Lake Ontario. Treat yourself to 18 free concerts this summer, featuring outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles. Concerts take place in the Toronto Music Garden on most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm, and are approximately one hour in length. Bench seating is limited, so feel free to bring a lawn chair – and don’t forget your hat or umbrella and sunscreen as shade is also limited. Concerts proceed weather permitting. Please call our info desk at 416-973-4000 for up-to-the-minute rain call. 416-954-4502 SUMMER OPERA LYRIC THEATRE ➤ July 27 to August 5 Toronto, ON Founded in 1986, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre has been bringing together young vocalists, professional singers and teachers of great stature. SOLT features the stars of tomorrow, as our young artists advance towards careers at the national and international level. The SOLT 2018 Opera Workshop presents three great works for the stage: Manon by Massenet, Semele by Handel, and Mozart’s Fior and Dora (Così fan tutte). The diversity of roles and the amazing variety of style, both vocal and dramatic, makes this summer opera festival a special treat for Toronto’s opera fans. Toronto’s Mini Opera Summer Festival at Robert Gill Theatre is conveniently located in the heart of the city. Please add SOLT 2018 to your summer calendar! 416-366-7723 SUN LIFE FINANCIAL UPTOWN WATERLOO JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ July 20 to 23 Waterloo, ON Bringing the community together through jazz! For its 26th season, the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is exploring improvisation in music and art including an improvised aerial act performed to live music, and a visual artist creating a work based on one of our performances in full view of our patrons. Artists include Manteca, Jim Gelcer, Fern Lindzon, Turboprop, Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night Club, Coco Love Alcorn, Francisco Pais, Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles, Mike Downes, Marito Marques and Ted Warren. Events begin Friday July 20 at 5:30 pm and continue through to Sunday July 22 at 4:30 pm. 519-279-0189 SWEETWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ September 21 to 23 Owen Sound and Meaford, ON SweetWater marks 15 years of world-class music in 2018 celebrating a legacy of unforgettable performances. Artistic Director Mark Fewer is bringing back many vets including James Campbell, Matthias Maute, Guy Few, Denise Djokic, Aiyun Huang, Mark Edwards, Douglas McNabney, and Dean McNeil. Others will make their SweetWater debuts including soprano Suzie LeBlanc and Alexander Tselyakov. Plus, discover tomorrow’s music stars such as Yolanda Bruno and Quatuor Despax. There are also free, interactive activities including Mozart for Munchkins, Classical Jam, Luthier Exhibit, and Luthier Performance. Opening Gala (), Saturday Early Evening & Sunday Matinee (), Saturday Matinee & Late Night Jazz (). Festival Celebration Pass (5 Concerts) 5. Saturday Sunday Pass (4 Concerts) 0. 519-371-2833 TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE SUMMER FESTIVAL ➤ June 11 to 23 Toronto, ON Musicians from around the world gather in Toronto for the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival, featuring the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and presented in conjunction with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Join us for a series of five free concerts in Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre; Walter Hall, University of Toronto; and Grace Church on-the-Hill. All concerts are open to the public. Tickets required for “Opening Night” on June 11 and “The Grand Finale” on June 23. For tickets and more information, visit 416-964-6337 TD MARKHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ August 15, 17 to 19 Markham, ON The TD Markham Jazz Festival is an exciting and vibrant 3 ½ day event featuring well known professional jazz musicians performing on three stages on beautiful Main Street Unionville, in Markham. The Festival starts on Wednesday August 15 with a ticketed Opening Night concert, including a reception and silent auction at the intimate Varley Art Gallery. From August 17-19, Main Street comes alive with 30+ free performances all day and evening on outdoor stages, on the street, and in bars and restaurants. Enjoy acclaimed Canadian and International artists performing all styles of jazz and blues. Early confirmed artists include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Deva Mahal, Dan Hill, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Jaymz Bee’s Tiki Collective, Barbra Lica, and Adrean Farrugia with Brad Goode. 905-471-5299 G8 | Summer 2018

TD NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ July 19 to 29 Niagara-on-the-Lake & St. Catharines, ON Recently named ‘Best New Festival in Ontario’ the TD Niagara Jazz Festival is an exciting jazz festival dedicated to celebrating the art form of jazz in the Niagara Region. Inspiring, educating & developing future jazz audiences while combining live jazz with a Niagara experience – food, wine, culture & natural wonders. Festival events occur throughout the calendar year with a focus on a summer festival in July in the Niagara Region. (July 19 - 29). The TD NJF features 3 FREE outdoor events with food, wine, craft beer, artisans & a kids zone; high caliber ticketed events in wineries & a Dixieland Jazz Cruise. This year’s featured performers include: Heather Bambrick, Phil Nimmons, David Braid, Al Muirhead, Denielle Bassels & more... 1-844-LIV-JAZZ (548-5299) TD SUNFEST ‘18: CANADA’S PREMIER CELEBRATION OF WORLD CULTURES ➤ July 5 to 8 London, ON Celebrate the enchantment of summer with Canada’s premier festival of the global arts. Now in its 24th year, FREE-admission, TD Sunfest transfigures London’s Victoria Park into a culturally diverse jewel, where over 35 top world music and jazz groups from all corners of the planet entertain on five stages. 2018 headliners range from red-hot bands like Liniker e Os Caramelows (Brazil) and Hannah Williams & The Affirmations (UK), to legendary acts like Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics (Nigeria/UK). New this year is the Government of Ontario-supported program “Roots, Riddims & Reggae,” showcasing the diverse sounds of the Caribbean. And with 225+ exhibitors, TD Sunfest ’18 will continue to whet festival-goers’ appetites for scrumptious international cuisine and unique crafts & visual art. 519-672-1522 TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ June 22 to July 1 Toronto, ON TD Toronto Jazz Festival, running from June 22 to July 1, celebrates its 32nd edition as it returns to the Bloor-Yorkville area, the hub of the Festival. This summer, legendary musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Bela Fleck and all the original Flecktone members, Gregory Porter, Holly Cole, The Bad Plus will headline, joining rising stars like Elise LeGrow, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Lake Street Dive. Yorkville will play host to over 175 free concerts, featuring the very best in jazz from Toronto, across the country and around the world. Experience forward thinking musicians pushing the boundaries of jazz at Heliconian Hall, a showcase highlighting JUNO winners and nominees, and everything from big bands to samba to New Orleans brass bands. 855-985-5000 TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC ➤ July 12 to August 4 Toronto, ON Reflections of Wartime - 2018 marks 100 years since the end of WWI and this TD Niagara Jazz Festival Niagara, ON year’s Festival will explore music written during or inspired by times of war and conflict, past and present. Don’t miss performances by the Borodin Quartet, New Orford Quartet, a staged L’Histoire du Soldat featuring the TSO Chamber Soloists, Ben Heppner’s tribute to Gospel Music, a World War II Big Band Concert, and a celebration of Vivaldi at the Church of the Redeemer and much much more including many free, PWYC, and educational events. 647-430-5699 WESTBEN CONCERTS AT THE BARN ➤ June 9 to August 5 Campbellford, ON Experience music in a natural setting at Westben. Now in its 19th season, Westben is where the best of music and nature spring to life! Nestled amongst the peaceful hills of Northumberland County two hours east of Toronto, near Campbellford, Westben’s primary performance venue is a custom-built, timber-frame barn. The Barn seats 400 and combines state-of-the-art acoustics with a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere. On sunny days from June to August, massive walls and doors roll away allowing music to waft over the surrounding meadow. Westben’s 19th season features classical, broadway, jazz, folk and fiddle music, with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Sarah Harmer, Colin Mochrie, Michael Kaeshammer, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Danel String Quartet, Wallis Giunta, Alexander Dobson and more. 877-883-5777 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 2018 | G9

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