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Volume 24 Issue 6 - March 2019

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Something Old, Something New! The Ide(a)s of March are Upon Us! Rob Harris's Rear View Mirror looks forward to a tonal revival; Tafelmusik expands their chronological envelope in two directions, Esprit makes wave after wave; Pax Christi's new oratorio by Barbara Croall catches the attention of our choral and new music columnists; and summer music education is our special focus, right when warm days are once again possible to imagine. All this and more in our March 2019 edition, available in flipthrough here, and on the stands starting Thursday Feb 28.

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Mar 10. Wed-Sun(7:30pm), Sat/Sun(1:30pm). ●●Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. Streisand x9. Conceived by Avery Saltzman. George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-932-9995. and up. Apr 7, 7:30pm. ●●Huronia Symphony Orchestra. A Night at the Opera. Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier St., Barrie. 705-721-4752. ; (st); (ch). Mar 30, 7pm. ●●Lower Ossington Theatre. Once on This Island. Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics and book by Lynn Ahrens. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave. 1-888-324-6282. .99-.99. Opens Dec 6, 7:30pm. Runs to Mar 3. Thurs-Sat(7:30pm), Sat(3:30pm). Sun(12pm/4pm). ●●Lower Ossington Theatre. Million Dollar Quartet. Features music of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave. 1-888-324-6282. .99-.99. Opens Jan 17, 7:30pm. Runs to Mar 10. Thurs- Sat(7:30pm), Sun(4pm). ●●Lower Ossington Theatre. 9 to 5, The Musical. Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick, based on the film. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave. 1-888-324-6282. .50-.50. Opens Mar 14, 7:30pm. Runs to May 26. Thurs- Sat(7:30pm), Sat/Sun(3:30pm). ●●Lower Ossington Theatre. Mary Poppins. Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, book by Julian Fellowes. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St. 1-888- 324-6282. .99-.99. Opens Apr 5, 7:30pm. Runs to May 12. Thurs-Sat(7:30pm), Sat(3:30pm), Sun(12pm,4pm). Note: no shows Apr 18-21. ●●Mirvish. Come From Away. Music, lyrics and book by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. 416-872-1212. and up. Ongoing. Tues-Sat(8pm), C. Music Theatre Wed(1:30pm), Sat/Sun(2pm). ●●Mirvish. The Last Ship. Music and lyrics by Sting. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W. 416-872-1212. and up. Opens Feb 9, 8pm. Runs to Mar 24. Tues-Sat(8pm), Wed(1:30pm), Sat/Sun(2pm). ●●Mirvish. Jersey Boys. Music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. 416-872-1212. -5. Opens Mar 5, 8pm. Runs to Mar 17. Tues- Sat(8pm), Wed(1:30pm), Sat/Sun(2pm). ●●Mirvish. Dear Evan Hansen. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Steven Levenson. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W. 416-872-1212. and up. Opens Mar 5, 8pm. Runs to June 30. Tues- Sat(8pm), Wed(1:30pm), Sat/Sun(2pm). ●●Mirvish. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, book by Joe Tracz, based on the book by Rick Riordan. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. 416-872-1212. -. Opens Mar 19, 7:30pm. Runs to Mar 24. Tues- Sat(7:30pm), Wed/Sat/Sun(1:30pm). ●●Music on Main. In Concert. Schumann: Dichterliebe; Tchaikovsky: Selections from Eugene Onegin; and other works. Samuel Chan, baritone; Lauren Margison, soprano; Vlad Soloviev, piano. Trinity United Church (Newmarket), 461 Park Ave., Newmarket. 905-895-4851. ; (st). Mar 9, 7:30pm. ●●National Ballet of Canada. Apollo & Night & The Sea Above, The Sky Below & Paquita. Music by Igor Stravinsky, Matthew Pierce, Ludwig Minkus and Riccardo Drigo, and Gustav Mahler. George Balanchine, choreography. Julia Adam, choreography. Christopher Stowell, choreography. Robert Binet, choreography. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-345-9595. and up. Opens Mar 1, 7:30pm. Runs to Mar 21. Days and times vary; visit for details. ●●National Ballet of Canada. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Music by Joby Talbot. Christopher Wheeldon, choreography. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-345-9595. and up. Opens Mar 7, 7:30pm. Runs to Mar 17. Tues- Sun(7:30pm), Sat/Sun(2pm). Note: only 2pm on Mar 17. ●●North Toronto Players. The Gondoliers (or, the King of Rock and Roll). Music by Arthur Sullivan, lyrics by W. S. Gilbert, with Michael Harms and John Ricciardelli. Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery Rd. 416-481-4867. . Opens Mar 15, 8pm. Runs to Mar 24. Fri/Sat(8pm), Sun(2pm). Note: extra show Mar 23, 2pm. ●●Onstage Uxbridge. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Uxbridge Music Hall, 16 Main St. S., Uxbridge. $24. Opens Apr 4, 7:30pm. Runs to Apr 13. Thurs-Sat(7:30pm), Sat/Sun(2pm). ●●Opera Atelier. Idomeneo. Music by W. A. Mozart, libretto by Giambattista Varesco. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. 416-703- 3767 x222. From . Opens Apr 4, 7:30pm. Runs to Apr 13. Days and time vary. Visit for details. ●●Opera by Request. Handel’s Alcina. In concert with piano accompaniment. William Shookhoff, piano and music director. All Saints Anglican Church (Windsor), 330 City Hall Square W., Windsor. 416-455-2365. . Mar 3, 2pm ●●Opera by Request. Madama Butterfly. Music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Claire Harris, conductor and piano. College Street United Church, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. . Mar 9, 7:30pm. ●●Opera by Request. Così fan tutte. Music by W. A. Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Claire Harris, conductor and piano. College Street United Church, 452 College St. 416- 455-2365. . Apr 5, 7:30pm. ●●Opera For All. Spring Concert. Selections from popular operas. Opera For All Choir; Álvaro Lozano Gutiérrez, conductor. Trinity- St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-619- 9096. . Reception following. Mar 14, 8pm. ●●Opera York. Don Giovanni. Music by W. A. Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905-787- 8811. -0. Opens Mar 1, 7:30pm. Also Mar 3(2pm). ●●Royal Conservatory of Music. Glenn Gould School Opera: The Magic Flute. Music by W. A. Mozart. Royal Conservatory Orchestra; Nathan Brock, conductor; Joel Ivany, stage director. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. Opens Mar 20, 7:30pm. Also Mar 22. ●●Ryleepuss Productions. Jesus Christ Superstar. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice. Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St, Newmarket. 905-953-5122. ; (sr/st); (ch). Opens Mar 2, 2pm. Runs to Mar 3. Sat/Sun(2pm), Sat(7:30pm). ●●St. Paul’s United Church. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice. St. Paul’s Centre, 62 Peter St. N., Orillia. 705-326- 7351. ; Wed PWYC. Opens Apr 3, 7:30pm. Runs to Apr 6. Wed-Sat(7:30pm), Sat(2pm). ●●Theatre Ancaster. Seussical the Musical. Music and book by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics and book by Lynn Ahrens. Co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. Ancaster High School, Theatre Auditorium, 374 Jerseyville Rd., Ancaster. 905-304-7469. ; (sr); (st). Opens Feb 22, 7:30pm. Runs to Mar 2. Fri/Sat(7:30pm), Sun(2pm). ●●Theatre Ancaster. Divas in Concert. Ancaster High School Auditorium, 374 Jerseyville Rd. W., Ancaster. 905-304-7469. ; (sr); (st). Opens Apr 5, 8pm. Runs to Apr 13. Fri/ Sat(8pm), Sun(2pm). ●●Theatre Aurora. Kiss of the Spider Woman. Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) 120 Diner 120 Church St. 416-792-7725 (full schedule) All shows: PWYC (- suggested) Alleycatz 2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865 All shows: Call for cover charge info. Mondays 8:30pm Salsa Night with DJ Romantico with free lessons. Tuesdays 8:30pm Bachata Night with Weekly Guest DJ with free lessons. Wednesdays 7pm Midtown Blues Jam hosted by Andrew “Voodoo” Walters. Thursdays 7pm Spotlight Thursdays. Fri & Sat 9:30pm Funk, Soul, R&B Top 40 cover after 9pm. Sat 3pm-6pm Matinee Jazz. Sun 4pm Blues in The Alley w/ Big Groove. Mar 1 Blonde Ambition. Mar 2 Lady Kane. Mar 8 Red Velvet. Mar 9 Gyles. Mar 15 Lady Kane. Mar 16 Soular. Mar 22 Gyles. Mar 23 Lady Kane. Mar 29 URequest Band. Mar 30 York Jazz Ensemble (Matinee), Soular (Evening). Apr 5 URequest Band. Apr 6 Lady Kane. Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 905-543-8512 (full schedule) The Blue Goose Tavern 1 Blue Goose St. 416-255-2442 (full schedule) Bloom 2315 Bloor St. W. 416-767-1315 (full schedule) All shows 7pm 19+. Call for reservations. Burdock 1184 Bloor St. W. 416-546-4033 Ticket prices vary by show, but typically -; check website for individual show prices. Mar 1 6:30pm Tom West, 9:30pm Carpé Toronto Presents: Seize The 6ix Showcase. Mar 2 6:30pm Glenn Skuthorpe, 9:30pm Ghostly Kisses. Mar 3 8pm Coax Show: Kristi Lane Sinclair, Wax Mannequin, LAL, Rae Spoon. Mar 5 6:30pm Parmida Vand, Alexandra Willett, Emily Shultz, 9:30pm “Freaks and Geeks 20 th ” Anniversary Tribute Show & Live Reading. Mar 7 9:30pm L CON, Synne Sanden, Raf Wilcot. Mar 8 9:30pm Venus Fest presents Ivy Mairi w/ Carmen Elle. Mar 9 6:30pm Pete Eastmure, 9:30pm Dave McEathron w/ HOTCHA!. Mar 10 9:30pm Mimi O’Bonsawin & Nigel Irwin. Mar 11 9:30pm Women From Space Festival. Mar 12 9:30pm Abraham Brody w/ Obuxum & Boio. Mar 14 6:30pm Noah Derksen w/ Naomi Froese, 9:30pm Small Town Get Up, Minority 905, The Classy Wrecks & Contra-Band. Mar 15 6:30pm Fides Krucker & Tim Motzer- Vanishing. Mar 16 6:30pm Fides Krucker & Tim Motzer-Vanishing, 9:30pm LoungeFM w/ Nutrients & Jagguar. Mar 18 9:30pm Nikki Joshi Presents: The Yellow Wallpaper. Mar 21 6:30pm Kerri Ough w. Ben Whiteley + Caroline Brooks & Sue Passmore. Mar 22 6:30pm The Lifers & Moonfruits, 9:30pm Digawolf Album Release w/ Hex. Mar 24 6:30pm Maya Killtron, Kari van der Kloot & Maya Cheung. Mar 28 9:30pm CWC Project Presents: Laura Swankey, Belinda Corpux, Lieke Van Der Voort, Germaine Liu. Cameron House 408 Queen St. W. 416-703-0811 Castro’s Lounge 2116 Queen St. E. 416-699-8272 (full schedule) All shows: No cover/PWYC C’est What 67 Front St. E. (416) 867-9499 (full schedule) All concerts are PWYC unless otherwise noted. Mar 1 9pm Metronome Chomsky. Mar 2 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers, 9pm Summer and Youth. Mar 8 9pm George Westerholm and The Wild Wildcats. Mar 9 3pm Don Valley Stompers, 9pm Crowfoot. Mar 15 9pm William K-Tell Orchestra. Mar 16 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers, 9pm Julia Tynes Band. Mar 23 3pm The Boxcar Boys. Mar 30 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers. Emmet Ray, The 924 College St. 416-792-4497 (full schedule) All shows: No cover/PWYC Grossman’s Tavern 379 Spadina Ave. 416-977-7000 56 | March 1 – April 7, 2019

ook by Terrence McNally. Theatre Aurora, 150 Henderson Dr, Aurora. 905-727-3669. ; (sr); (st). Opens Feb 28, 8pm. Runs to Mar 9. Thurs-Sat(8pm), Sun(2pm). ●●Theatre Orangeville. Across The Pond - The British Invasion. Featuring Leisa Way and The Lonely Hearts Club Band. Orangeville Town Hall Opera House, 87 Broadway, Orangeville. 519-942-3423. ; (st). Opens Feb 14, 8pm. Runs to Mar 3. Wed/ Sun(2pm), Thurs/Fri(8pm), Sat(7pm). ●●Theatre Unlimited. Curtains. Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Rupert Holmes. Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Rd. 905-615-4720. ; (sr/st). Opens Apr 5, 8pm. Runs to Apr 14. Thurs-Sat(8pm), Sun(2pm). Note: extra show Apr 13, 2pm. ●●Toronto City Opera. La Traviata. Music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave. 416-223-8060. ; (st) Opens Mar 28, 7:30pm. Also Mar 29, Mar 31(2pm). ●●Toronto Musical Concerts. Parade. Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, book by Alfred Uhry. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave. 647-298-9338. -. In concert. Opens Mar 21, 7:30pm. Also Mar 22. ●●Toronto Operetta Theatre. Perchance to Dream. Music by Ivor Novello. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366- 7723. -. Mar 3, 3pm. ●●Trinity College Drama Society. If/ Then. Music by Tom Kitt, lyrics and book by Brian Yorkey. George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Pl. 416-978-8849. ; (sr/ st). Opens Mar 20, 8pm. Runs to Mar 23. Wed-Sat(8pm). ●●University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Monteverdi and the Glory of Venice. Works by Monteverdi. Schola Cantorum; Collegium Musicum; Charles Daniels, tenor; David Fallis, conductor. Trinity College Chapel, University of Toronto, 6 Hoskin Ave. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st); free(UofT st). Mar 10, 7:30pm. ●●University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Opera: La finta giardiniera (The girl in gardener’s disguise). Music by W. A. Mozart, libretto attributed to Giuseppe Petrosellini. Russell Braun, conductor; Michael Patrick Albano, director. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408- 0208. ; (sr); (st). Opens Mar 14, 7:30pm. Runs to Mar 17. Thurs-Sat(7:30pm), Sun(2:30pm). ●●University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Opera: Glancing Back, Looking Ahead. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408- 0208. ; (st). Mar 29, 5pm. ●●Victoria College Drama Society. Mamma Mia! Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and some songs with Stig Anderson, book by Catherine Johnson. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W. 416-978- 8849. ; (sr/st). Opens Mar 7, 8pm. Runs to Mar 9. Thurs-Sat(8pm). ●●Visual and Performing Arts Newmarket. Canadian Children’s Opera Company. Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Cres., Newmarket. 905-953-5122. ; (sr); (st). Mar 31, 2pm. ●●VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert. The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Kurt Weill. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. ; ; . Opens Mar 30, 8pm. Also Mar 31 (2:30pm). ●●VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert. Opera Salon: Viva Verdi. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-366-7723. . Followed by a wine and cheese reception. Apr 3, 7pm. ●●Young People’s Theatre. Under the Stairs. Written by Kevin Dyer, music by Reza Jacobs. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St. E. 416- 862-2222. -. Opens Apr 1, 10:15am. Runs to Apr 16. Days and times vary. Visit for details. Beat by Beat | Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz! Mainly Women, Mostly Joni COLIN STORY The prospect of losing an hour of sleep due to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time – the clock change, I may remind you, will take place at 2am on Sunday March 10 – is a daunting one for musicians and music fans alike, many of whom are no strangers to that particular time of the night. Despite its official allegiance to the day that follows, 2am really does seem like the end of the evening that precedes it; suddenly finding oneself at 3am feels as though it is dangerously close to the following day, and to all of the duties and responsibilities that morning imposes upon us. Daylight Saving Time, however, has one particularly pleasant feature, the effects of which will be felt immediately by the musicgoing community of Toronto: the sunset, which, since the winter solstice, has been depressingly early, will suddenly shift a full hour later, meaning that as of March 10, the sun will set at approximately 7:17pm – at least according to the dubious website I consulted during my extensive research – and will set progressively later as we settle into spring. The consequence of this happy change? Leaving one’s home in the early evening, so daunting when the sun sets on the frigid, ice-covered streets of Toronto at 4:40pm, will suddenly become much more appealing. Given the number of excellent shows happening in March, this is no small gift. Joni Mitchell The legendary singer Joni Mitchell, whose body of work touches upon folk, pop, jazz and many points in between, is a name that will likely be familiar to all WholeNote readers, not least because she has roots in Toronto; in her early 20s, she performed regularly in Yorkville at a time when the neighbourhood was better known for its folk clubs than for its boutique clothing stores. Mitchell, born in 1943, celebrated D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) (full schedule) All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted). Every Sat 4:30pm The Happy Pals Dixieland 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. Mar 2 8pm Mbanqanga. Mar 5 8pm Paul Novotny. Mar 7 8pm Uptown Jazz Swing Band. Mar 8 8:30pm Jazz of the Americas w/ Don Naduriak. Mar 14 8pm Bright Lit, Big City: Fiction, Poetry, Monologues w/ Carolyn Bennett, Jennifer McKinley, Edward Kay, Lisa de Nikolits, Rocco de Giacomo. Mar 19 8pm Paul Novotny. Mar 28 8pm Daniel Barnes & The Low Stress Trio. Mar 29 9pm Hirut Hoot Comedy Cabaret. 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. Mar 1 Mia Sheard’s Joni Mitchell Tribute. Mar 2 Mia Sheard’s Joni Mitchell. Mar 3 David Celia presents Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Mar 5 8am-1pm Toronto Ravel Study, 8pm Jaymz Bee Winter Tiki Party. Mar 6 Cynthia Tauro. Mar 8 International Women’s Day: Laila Biali, Elian Cuevas, Miss Emily, Joni Nehrita, Suzie Vinnick. Mar 13 Steven Bowers w/ Mary Stewart. Mar 14 Avataar + Surefire Sweat. Mar 15 James Taylor Tribute w/ Michael Wyrcraft. Mar 16 Rant Maggie Rant. Mar 17 Rory Block. Mar 19 Rosie + The Riveters. Mar 20 Douglas Cameron + David MacFarlane. Mar 21 Paul Reddick. Mar 22 Stephen Fearing. Mar 23 Jully Black. Mar 24 Don Stevenson Presents the Music of Moby Grape. Mar 25 The Life and Music of Joni Mitchell. Mar 26 Enter The Haggis. Mar 27 Danielle Knibbe CD Release. Mar 28 Brock Zeman + David Olney. Mar 29 Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost. Mar 30 Allison Lupton. Mar 31 2pm Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Brunch. James Taylor and Joni Mitchell at Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration March 1 – April 7, 2019 | 57

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