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Volume 24 Issue 4 - December 2018 / January 2019

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When is a trumpet like a motorcycle in a dressage event? How many Brunhilde's does it take to change an Elektra? Just two of the many questions you've been dying to ask, to which you will find answers in a 24th annual combined December/January issue – in which our 11 beat columnists sift through what's on offer in the upcoming holiday month, and what they're already circling in their calendars for 2019. Oh, and features too: a klezmer violinist breathing new life into a very old film; two New Music festivals in January, 200 metres apart; a Music & Health story on the restorative powers of a grassroots exercise in collective music-making; even a good reason to go to Winnipeg in the dead of winter. All this and more in Vol 24 No 4, now available in flipthrough format here.

Jazz Jam. Every Sun

Jazz Jam. Every Sun 4:30pm New Orleans Connection All Star Band; 10pm Sunday Jam with Bill Hedefine. Every Wed 10pm Action Sound Band w/ Leo Valvassori. Hirut Cafe and Restaurant 2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560 Every Sunday 3pm Hirut Sundays Open Mic. First and Third Tuesday 8pm Fingerstyle Guitar Association. Dec 7 8pm Marty Harris Jazz Quintet. Dec 13 8pm Uptown Jazz Swing Band. Dec 14 8:30pm Jazz of the Americas w/ Don Naduriak and Friends. Dec 15 8pm Andrea Kuzmich presents: Holiday Spirit Cabaret. Dec 20 8pm John Findlay Holiday Jazz & Blues & Originals. Dec 22 8pm Bruce Cassidy Jazz Trio. Dec 28 9pm Hirut Hoot Pre-New Year’s Eve Comedy. Jan 10 8pm Bright Lit, Big City. Jan 11 8:30pm Jazz of the Americas w/ Don Naduriak and friends. Jan 25 9pm Hirut Hoot Comedy. Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, The Hugh’s Room 2261 Dundas St. W 416 533 5483 All shows at 8:30pm unless otherwise noted. See website for individual show prices. Dec 1 Carlos del Junco. Dec 3 7:30pm The Cherry Trees Band + Friends Fundraiser. Dec 4 China Crisis. Dec 5 Dr. Draw. Dec 6 The Milestones. Dec 6 The Mistletones. Dec 7 The Arrogant Worms. Dec 8 Glendale One. Dec 9 12:30pm Gospel Brunch – A Whiteley Family Special. Dec 12 Songwriter Sessions December. Dec 13 A Bluesy Christmas. Dec 14 John Sheard’s British Invasion. Dec 15 Ha-Ha Happy Holidays w/ Martha Chaves + Friends. Dec 16 1pm The Ault Sisters. Dec 18 Quartette. Dec 20, 21 Craig Cardiff. Dec 22 A Very Tiki Christmas. Dec 28 Don Ross. Dec 29 Suzie Vinnick. Dec 30 Wintergarten Orchestra. Dec 31 Diana Braithwaite + Chris Whiteley. Jan 5 Rob Tardik. Jan 6 Martin Taylor. Jan 10, 11, 12, 13 The 15 th and Final Edition of “The Way We Feel”: a Celebration of the Music of Gordon Lightfoot. Jan 18 Dan Hill. Jan 19 Garnet Rogers. Jan 25 Poor Angus. Jan 26, 27 Rik Emmett & Dave Dunlop. Jazz Bistro, The 251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299 (full schedule) Jazz Room, The Located in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N., Waterloo. 226-476-1565 (full schedule) All shows: 8:30-11:30pm unless otherwise indicated. Attendees must be 19+. Cover charge varies (generally -) Dec 1 Hilario Durán’s “Contumbao.” Dec 7 Joni NehRita. Dec 8 John MacMurchy. Dec 14 Sonja Gustafson. Dec 15 David Restivo Quintet. Dec 16 Woodhouse + Barbra Lica. Dec 21 The Tom Nagy Christmas Experience. Dec 22 Jason White. Dec 28 Steve McDade Sextet. Dec 29 Juliet Dunn. Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307 (full schedule) D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) Every Fri 7:30pm Afterwork Global Party Series free before 8pm; Every Fri 10:30pm Havana Club Fridays ; Every Sat 10:30pm Salsa Saturdays . Dec 2 2:30pm Intensive Carolling – Benefit for Sunnybrook’s Neonatal ICU, 6:30pm Greg Stafford – New Orleans Stomp! Dec 9 6pm We Sing For Their Supper. Dec 11 8pm Red Hot Samba Night. Dec 12 6:30pm The Double Cuts Western Swing Band Presents: Let Us Be Frank. Dec 16 7pm Venus Fest Presents Bernice, Kith & Kin, and Winter Bingo. Dec 19 7pm Tongue in Cheek Productions Presents Verbotenlieder. Dec 20 9pm Christmas Dance Party – Nyssa w/ John Orpheus, Ice Cream and Rapport. Dec 30 Gary Morgan and Pan- Americana. Dec 31 6:30pm New Year’s Eve Salsa Party w/ Salsa del Norte. Jan 24 7pm At Last – A Tribute to Etta James. Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club 951 Gordon St., Guelph 519-767-2440 (full schedule) All shows: PWYC. Every Tue Open Stage hosted by Paul and Jamie. Mây Cafe 876 Dundas St. W. 647-607-2032 (full schedule) Mezzetta Restaurant 681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687 (full schedule) Every Wed 9 & 10:15pm Wednesday Concert Series. Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St. 416-531-5833 (full schedule) Dec 4 8pm Belleville-Ville. Dec 5 8pm David McFarlane. Dec 6 8pm Ava Luna w/ Carmen Elle, Prince Ness. Dec 7 9pm Shade /// Brenda // Vypers. Dec 8 8:30pm Fried Dough w/ Let There Be Light, Autumn Stones + DJs. Dec 10 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra. Dec 13 Howlin’ Circus w/ Dorjee Sounds, Mango Reinhardt. Dec 14 9pm Only Yours & Friends Holiday Fundraiser. Dec 15 7pm Blowup – 24 th Annual Christmas Britpop Ball. Dec 20 8:30pm After The Mountain, Prancer, BUCK. Dec 21 9pm All Seeing Eyes w/ Catl, Pat McCormack. Jan 1 8pm Belleville- Ville. Jan 5 8pm Class of 2019: Orville Peck, Gloin, Nikki Fierce, The Effens, Weak Hands. Jan 14 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra. N’awlins Jazz Bar & Dining 299 King St. W. 416-595-1958 All shows: No cover/PWYC. Every Tue 6:30pm Stacie McGregor. Every Wed 7pm The Jim Heineman Trio. Every Thur 8pm Nothin’ But the Blues with Joe Bowden. Every Fri & Sat 8:30pm N’awlins All Star Band; Every Sun 7pm Brooke Blackburn. Nice Bistro, The 117 Brock St. N., Whitby. 905-668-8839 (full schedule) Live jazz and dinner, .00 per person. Dinner from 6pm and music from 7pm to 9pm. Dec 5 Farrucas Latino Duo. Jan 23 Zoé Chilco Duo. Old Mill, The 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641 (full schedule) The Home Smith Bar: No reservations. No cover. food/drink minimum. All shows: 7:30-10:30pm unless otherwise listed. Dec 1 Chris Wallace Quartet. Dec 4 Gene DiNovi. Dec 5 Chris Gale Quartet. Dec 6 Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia. Dec 7 Canadian Jazz Quartet & Chase Sanborn. Dec 8 Brian Blain. Dec 13 Ben Dwyer Trio. Dec 14 Jordana Talsky Trio. Dec 15 Dave Caldwell Quartet. Dec 19 Dan McCarthy Quartet. Dec 20 Richard Whiteman. Dec 21 Joanne Morra Trio. Dec 22 Amy McConnell & William Sperandei. Dec 31 Alex Pangman and her Alleycats New Year’s Event. Only Café, The 972 Danforth Ave. 416-463-7843 (full schedule) Pilot Tavern, The 22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716 All shows: 3pm. No cover. Dec 1 Ernie Tollar Quartet. Dec 8 Doug Watson Quintet. Dec 15 Sugar Daddies Sextet. Dec 22 Adrean Farrugia Quintet. Dec 29 Nick Morgan Quintet. Jan 5 John Pittman Quintet. Jan 12 Frank Botos Quartet. Jan 19 The Hector Quartet. Jan 26 Allison Au Quartet. Poetry Jazz Café 224 Augusta Ave. 416-599-5299 (full schedule) Reposado Bar & Lounge 136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474 (full schedule) Reservoir Lounge, The 52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887 (full schedule). Every Tue & Sat, 8:45pm Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Every Wed 9pm The Digs. Every Thurs 9:45pm Stacey Kaniuk. Every Fri 9:45pm Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis. Dec 31 New Year’s Eve w/ Tyler Yarema and Janice Hagan. Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The 194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475 (full schedule) Call for cover charge info. Dec 1 12pm The Sinners Choir, 3:30pm Paul Reddick, 7pm Neon Eagle, 9:45pm Steve Koven’s Project Rex. Dec 2 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band, 3:30pm Club Django, 7pm Whitney Ross-Barris, 9:30pm Lerner / Filliano / Grassi. Dec 3 6:30pm U of T Student Jazz Ensembles, 9:30pm Dave Restivo & Friends. Dec 4 6:30pm John Hollenbeck’s “Claudia” Sextet, 9:30pm Kandinsky Effect. Dec 5 6:30pm JV’s Bugaloo Squad, 9:30pm Kandinsky Effect. Dec 6 6:30pm Artie Roth Quartet, 9:30pm Barry Elmes Quintet. Dec 7 4pm Hogtown Syncopators, 6:30pm Laura Hubert Band, 9:30pm Barry Elmes Quintet. Dec 8 12pm The Sinners Choir, 3:30pm Swing Shift Big Band, 7pm Neon Eagle, 9:45pm Paris Monster. Dec 9 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band, 3:30pm Red Hot Ramble, 7pm Whitney Ross-Barris, 9:45pm Paris Monster. Dec 10 6:30pm U of T Student Jazz Ensembles, 9:30pm Bob Rice’s Latin Jazz Big Band. Dec 11 6:30pm Chris Banks Trio, 9:30pm Joe Williams 100 th Anniversary: Blue Standard w/ All-Star Big Band. Dec 12 6:30pm JV’s Bugaloo Squad, 9:30pm Big Smoke Brass. Dec 13 6:30pm Artie Roth Quartet, 9:30pm Pete McCann Quartet. Dec 14 4pm Hogtown Syncopators, 6:30pm Peter Hill Quintet, 9:30pm Pete McCann Quartet. Dec 15 12pm The Sinners Choir, 3:30pm Jake Chisholm Group, 7pm Neon Eagle, 9:45pm Pete Mills Quartet. Dec 16 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band, 3:30pm Buddy Aquilina Quintet, 7pm Groove Connection, 9:30pm Geoffrey Keezer Trio. Dec 17 6:30pm Annual Be-Bop Christmas Show, 9:30pm Norbert Botos Quintet. Dec 18 6:30pm Chris Banks Trio, 9:30pm Virginia MacDonald. Dec 19 6:30pm JV’s Bugaloo Squad, 9:30pm Kirk MacDonald Quintet. Dec 20 6:30pm Artie Roth Quartet, 9:30pm Kirk MacDonald Quintet. Dec 21 4pm Hogtown Syncopators, 6:30pm Laura Hubert Band, 9:45pm Bob Brough Quartet. Dec 22 12pm The Sinners Choir, 3:30pm Jerome Godboo, 7pm Justin Bacchus, 9:45pm Ferguson/Tremblay. Dec 23 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band, 3:30pm Dr. Nick, 7pm Whitney Ross-Barris, 9:30pm Jonathan Lindhorst. Dec 26 8pm A Very Teehan & Juhas Holiday Extravaganza. Dec 27 6:30pm Artie Roth Quartet, 9:30pm Florian Hoefner Trio. Dec 28 4pm Hogtown Syncopators, 6:30pm Laura Hubert Band, 9:45pm Dave Young Quintet. Dec 29 12pm The Sinners Choir, 3:30pm George Lake Big Band, 7pm Neon Eagle, 9:45pm Alex Dean Quintet. Dec 30 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band, 3:30pm Need To Know, 7pm Whitney Ross-Barris, 9:30pm Three-Fifths Baked. Dec 31 7pm Annual New Year’s Eve Funk Bash w/ Grooveyard. January 1-31: Dave Young w/ Terry Clarke, Joanna Majoko, Matt Woroshyl, Robert Diack, Vinnie Sperrazza, Anthony Fung Group, John Raymond w/ Gilad Hekselman & Colin Stranahan, and more (check The Rex website for complete listings when available). Salty Dog Bar & Grill, The 1980 Queen St. E. 416-849-5064 (full schedule) Every Tue 7-10pm Jazz Night. Every Thu 8:30pm Karaoke. Every Fri 9:30pm Blues Jam - house band with weekly featured guest. Every Sat 3pm Salty Dog Saturday Matinée. Sauce on Danforth 1376 Danforth Ave. 647-748-1376 All shows: No cover. Every Mon 9pm Gareth Parry’s Book Club. Every Tue 6pm Julian Fauth. Every Wed Paul Reddick & Friends. Every Thu 8pm Steve Koven and Artie Roth. Sat and Sun Matinees 4pm various performers. The Senator WineBar 249 Victoria St 416 364-7517 All shows with cover charge ( after 10pm arrival, free after 11pm arrival) Dec 1 Alex Pangman. Dec 7 Julian Fauth. Dec 8 Kevin Quain. Dec 14 Julian Fauth & Dr. Nick. Dec 15 The Lesters. Tranzac 292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137 (full schedule) 3-4 shows daily, various styles, in four different performance spaces. Mostly PWYC. 74 | December 1, 2018 – February 7, 2019

E. The ETCeteras Competitions ●●Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. Piano & Violin Competition 2019. Application deadline: Jan 21, 2019. Further information and syllabus at ●●Jan 16 7:00: University of Toronto & Sparks / Wiry Cries / Women on the Verge. SongSLAM, New Music Festival. SongSLAM is a unique opportunity for emerging classical music composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes. For the first time in Canada, teams will present a new song for voice and piano in any language for the voting audience who will vote for their favourites. Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto 80 Queens Pk. for more info. Film Screenings ●●Jan 20 1:00 & 4:30: Miles Nadal JCC. AKA Doc Pomus. A documentary about Brooklynborn Jerome Felder who fell victim to polio as a child and grew up to become songwriter Doc Pomus. He wrote countless classic hits including, Save the Last Dance for Me, This Magic Moment and Viva Las Vegas. A story of an unforgettable man and his memorable music. Special guest speaker: Director William Hechter. Presented by The Toronto Jewish Film Society. A co-presentation with ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto. The Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. Admission: general admission, young adult. 1:30pm tickets available on Eventbrite. 4:30pm tickets available at the door only. For more information 416-924-6211 x0 or visit ●●Jan 29 6:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement (2009). A showcase of the power and influence of music, this film chronicles a musical and cultural past of those who cried out in song against inequality, poverty, war, and in support of workers, civil and human rights. The film includes a narrative of voices ranging from those of former Mississippi Freedom Riders who sang every day as they risked life and limb, to Grammy Award-winning artists and musicians who continue to pen inspired lyrics and songs capable of moving a nation, if not the world. Q&A hosted by Mervon Mehta. Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Tickets are each (Members: // Free). Tickets at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema box office or at ●●Feb 07 7:30: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Alicia Svigals: The Yellow Ticket. Live score for a screening of the 1918 silent film The Yellow Ticket featuring Pola Negri. Alicia Svigals, composer/violin; Marilyn Lerner, piano. 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 905- 688-0722. ; (member); (st). Galas and Fundraisers ●●Dec 02 12:00 noon: Toronto Children’s Chorus. Sing Loo! More than 300 choristers from the Toronto Children’s Chorus will perform seasonal carols during this free concert to thank TCC donors. Come and go as you please. All are welcome. Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West. 416- 932-8666 x231. specialappearances. Free concert, donations welcome. ●●Feb 02 2:00: Amadeus Choir. Songs From a Celtic Heart Annual Fundraising Event. Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr. For tickets 416-446-0188. , , , off on tickets purchased before Jan 15. Also at 7pm. Lectures, Salons and Symposia ●●Dec 06 1:00: Miles Nadal JCC. Beatles & The British Invasion. With celebrated rock & roll photographer John Rowlands. The Beatles’ arrival in New York on February 7, 1964, opened North America’s doors to a wealth of British musical talent and officially launched what became known as The British Invasion. John Rowlands, who toured with the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five, shares his personal stories and private collection of photographs he captured of these legendary bands. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. Admission: . Spaces limited. To register, call 416-924-6211 x0 or visit ●●Dec 06 3:30: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. METH Colloquia. Led by Max Katz, College of William and Mary. Faculty of Music, Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park. Free. ●●Dec 07 10:00am: Istituto Italiano di Cultura. The Life and Adventures of Lorenzo Da Ponte. Dr. Sebastiano Bazzichetto will explore the captivating life of this fascinating man with an even more fascinating and adventurous life. ; (IIC st). Reservations are required: ●●Dec 08 2:00: Toronto Public Library. Going Nuts Over The Nutcracker. In The Nutcracker, Clara, an army of mice, a brigade of toy soldiers, a Nutcracker prince and a Sugar Plum fairy all dance out their story to the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s famous score. Immerse yourself in the ballet’s story, dance, music, costumes and props and top things off by taking home a craft of your very own making. Program is intended for children ages 6-12. Register in person in the branch or by calling 416-396-8970. Malvern Branch, 30 Sewells Road. Free. ●●Dec 09 2:00 Classical Music Club Toronto. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Part II). Alicia Svigals: The Yellow Ticket. Live score for a screening of the 1918 silent film comes to FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre February 7. Following up on last year’s December program we will again sample the wide range of audio and video recordings of this extremely popular work. For further information, visit or contact John Sharpe at 416-898-2549 or torontoshi@ Annual membership: (regular); (sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments. ●●Dec 12 6:00: Toronto Public Library. Russian Music and Poetry Nights. Join us in the beautiful Barbara Frum Library for our monthly Russian Poetry and Music Salons, hosted by local poets and musicians. All are welcome for this free event. Barbara Frum Branch, 20 Covington Rd. Free. Also on Jan 16. ●●Dec 12 7:00 Toronto Public Library. Music of the Ancients: Classical Chinese Music. Master musicians Professor PingXin Xu and XiaoYun Miao perform selections from the spare, contemplative music of the 9th century to the invigorating style of present times. Several instruments will be introduced. North York Central Library 5120 Yonge St. Call 416- 395-5639 to register for this free program. ●●Dec 27 7:00: Toronto Public Library. Music of the Ancients: Renaissance Music. Join students from the University of Toronto’s Early Music Studio for an evening of music from the late 1300s to the beginnings of the Baroque era. Delight in a fascinating world full of sacred and secular songs with dance, carols, madrigals, troubadours and countertenors! North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street. 416-395-5639. ●●Jan 14 1:30: Miles Nadal JCC. That’s Entertainment! The Evolution of the Hollywood Musical. Film critic Adam Nayman will examine the roots, evolution and present status of the classic Hollywood musical, considering questions of aesthetics, social commentary, race and ethnicity, and changing musical forms. Films studied will include The Jazz Singer, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret and La La Land; influential directors such as Busby Berkeley and Vincente Minnelli; and major stars including Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bill Robinson, Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. Drop-in: . For more information, visit ●●Jan 17 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Instrumental to Opera: The Orchestra Academy. New members of the COC Orchestra Academy are introduced. Through engaging discussion and spirited mini-performances, the Academy shares the daily challenges and rewards of being in the industry. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Admission is free. Tickets must be reserved in advance by visiting OperaInsights or by calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231. ●●Jan 24 1:00: Miles Nadal JCC. Bring the Piano Starring Randy Vancourt. This Junonominated composer, writer, and performer presents a strange-but-true one-man musical comedy that follows a musician on his piano-lugging journeys. This delightful musical comedy highlights the adventures and outrageous experiences of the life of a travelling musician, appearing everywhere from the Yukon to the South Pole — well, almost — and stopping off along the way to become a dad. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. Admission: . To register, please call 416-924-6211 x0 or visit ●●Jan 25 3:30: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Music Graduate Colloquium: Andrew Goldman. Andrew Goldman, Postdoctoral Scholar, Western University. “Using Neuroscience in Music Research: Critical Challenges and Contributions.” All Colloquium series events take place on selected Fridays in Talbot College 101. For FAQ, parking and other useful patron information visit events/useful-information.html or contact Audrey Yardley-Jones, Graduate Program Assistant 519-661-2111 ext. 85354. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. ●●Jan 25-26 9:00: University of Toronto. DM@X. The fifth annual Digital Media at the Crossroads returns to examine the future of content in digital media. DM@X keynote speakers, panels and guests offer digital media students and professionals two days of wide-ranging, informative and provocative programming. Open to students, faculty and the general public. Faculty of Music, Walter December 1, 2018 – February 7, 2019 | 75

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