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Volume 24 Issue 8 - May 2019

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  • Theatre
  • Symphony
  • Concerts
  • Singers
  • Arts
  • Jazz
  • Choral
  • Musical
  • Toronto
  • Choir
What a range of stuff! A profile of Liz Upchurch, the COC ensemble studio's vocal mentor extraordinaire; a backgrounder on win-win faith/arts centre partnerships and ways of exploring the possibilities; an interview with St. Petersburg-based Eifman Ballet's Boris Eifman; Ana Sokolovic's violin concert Evta finally coming to town; a Love Letter to YouTube, and much more. Plus our 17th annual Canary Pages Choral directory if all you want to do is sing! sing! sing!

D. In the Clubs (Mostly

D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) 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. May 1 Zoey Adams & Tony Quarrington. May 22 Larry Bond and Bob Mills. 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. May 1 Denielle Bassels Trio. May 2 John MacMurchy & Alison Young Quintet. May 3 Canadian Jazz Quartet & Friends. May 4 Mandy Lagan Quartet. May 7 Gene DiNovi. May 8 John MacLeod & Friends. May 8 Worst Pop Band Ever. May 10 Lenny Solomon’s Hot Club Experience. May 11 The Heillig Manoeuvre. May 15 Jules Estrin Quartet. May 17 Bob DeAngelis & Friends. May 17 Andrea Superstein Quartet. May 18 Brian Blain’s Blues Campfire Jam. May 22 Russ Little Quartet. May 23 Adrean Farrugia & Sophia Perlman’s Jazz Party. May 24 Ted’s Warren Commission. May 25 Sharon Smith Trio. May 29 Carol McCartney Quartet. May 30 Jeremy Ledbetter Trio. May 31 Bonnie Brett Trio. Only Café, The 972 Danforth Ave. 416-463-7843 (full schedule) Pilot Tavern, The 22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716 All shows: 2:30pm. No cover. May 4 Pat LaBarbera Quartet. May 11 Dave Young Quartet. May 25 Steve McDade 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. Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The 194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475 (full schedule) Call for cover charge info. May 1 6:30pm JV’s Boogaloo Squad, 9:30pm Dave Young Quartet. May 2 6:30pm Kevin Quain, 9:30pm Dave Young Quintet. May 3 4pm Hogtown Syncopators, 6:30pm Hannah Barstow, 9:45pm Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band. May 4 12pm Sinners Choir, 7pm Elena Kapeleris Group. May 5 12pm Humber College Community Music School Recitals, 7pm Winona Collective, 9:30pm Jacob’s Cattle. May 6 6:30pm Peter Hill Quintet, 9:30pm Mike Malone & The Writers Jazz Orchestra. May 7 6:30pm Victor Bateman Trio, 9:30pm Classic Rex Jazz Jam. May 8 6:30pm Carlo – Surf & Soul, 9:30pm Kirk Mac- Donald Quartet. May 9 6:30pm Kevin Quain, 9:30pm Kirk MacDonald Quartet. May 10 4pm Hogtown Syncopators, 6:30pm Ben Edgecombe & Super Breakfast, 9:45pm Steve Koven’s Project Rex. May 11 12pm Sinners Choir, 3:30pm Swing Shift Big Band, 7pm Neon Eagle, 9:45pm Marito Marques. May 12 12pm Tom Richards’ The Big Butter & Egg Men, 3:30pm Red Hot Ramble, 7pm Winona Collective, 9:30pm Janice Mitchell. May 13 6:30pm Peter Hill Quintet, 9:30pm Mike Herriot & the OTR Band. May 14 6:30pm Victor Bateman Trio, 9:30pm Classic Rex Jazz Jam. May 15 6:30pm Carlo – Surf & Soul, 9:30pm Attila Fias Trio. May 16 6:30pm Andrew Superstein, 9:30pm Brian Charette Organ Trio. May 17 4pm Hogtown Syncopators, 6:30pm Ben Edgecombe & Super Breakfast, 9:30pm William Sperandei. May 18 12pm Sinners Choir, 3:30pm York University Big Band, 7pm Triple Bari Ensemble, 9:45pm Brian Krock’s Liddle. May 19 12pm Tom Richards’ The Big Butter & Egg Men, 3:30pm Dr. Nick & The Rollercoasters, 7pm Winona Collective, 9:30pm Christian Howe & Canadian Creative Strings. May 21 6:30pm Victor Bateman Trio, 9:30pm Classic Rex Jazz Jam. May 22 6:30pm Carlo – Surf & Soul, 9:30pm Larry Graves & Surefire Sweat. May 23 6:30pm Kevin Quain, 9:30pm Mark Kelso’s Fezziwig Project. May 24 4pm Hogtown Syncopators, 6:30pm Ben Edgecombe & Super Breakfast, 9:45pm Mark Kelso’s Jazz Exiles. May 25 12pm Sinners Choir, 3:30pm Laura Hubert Group, 7pm Triple Bari Ensemble, 9:45pm Nuf Said. May 26 12pm Tom Richards’ The Big Butter & Egg Men, 3:30pm Need to Know. May 27 6:30pm Peter Hill Quintet, 8:30pm John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra. May 28 6:30pm Victor Bateman Trio. May 29 2pm Afro-Semitic Experience, 6:30pm Carlo – Surf & Soul, 9:30pm Andrew Scott Group. May 30 6:30pm Kevin Quain, 9:30pm Teri Parker’s Free Spirits. May 31 2pm Direct from Israel – Jazz Central, 4pm Hogtown Syncopators, 6:30pm Ben Edgecombe & Super Breakfast, 9:30pm Teri Parker’s Free Spirits. 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 (full schedule) All shows with cover charge ( after 10pm arrival, free after 11pm arrival) May 3 Julian Fauth and Danny B. May 4 Alex Pangman. May 10 Julian Fauth and Bill Heffernan. May 11 Freeman Dre. May 17 Julian Fauth and Fraser Melvin. May 18 QuiQue Escamilla. Film Screenings ●●May 04 7:30: St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Islington. Saturday Night at the Movies. Accompanied by featured organist Thomas Gonder. St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Islington. 3962 Bloor St. W., Etobicoke. Free parking at rear. Refreshments. Contact 416-231-4014 or Admission at the door. ●●May 27 12:45pm: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Fiddler on the Roof Singalong. You know the story, you love the songs! Now’s your chance to sing along with Tevye, Tzeitel, Lazar Wolf and the rest of the villagers in Anatevke. Based on the Broadway musical, this award-winning classic film features songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. With words projected on the screen, it’s easy to sing out with the rest of the audience to Matchmaker, To Life, Sunrise Sunset and, of course, Tradition! Introduction and behindthe-scenes trivia by Aliza Spiro. Jacob Family Theatre in the Posluns Auditorium, Baycrest Centre, 3560 Bathurst St. 2nd floor. 416-638- 4492. Free admission. Galas and Fundraisers ●●May 04 2:30: Music4Life Ensemble. Music for a Cure. Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Dr., Ajax. ; (sr); (st); free(child 12 and under); (Music4Life Supporter); (Music4Life Supporter). Benefit concert for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Free postconcert reception. ●●May 05 3:00: Klaritas Vocal Ensemble. A Concert for Charity. Works by Latvian and Canadian composers, including Ēriks Ešenvalds, Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Erika Yost, Rita Strautiņš and others. Klaritas Vocal Ensemble; The Hamilton Men’s Ensemble. Christ Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church, 18 Victoria Ave. S., Hamilton. For information: 416-346- 1955. Admission by donation (suggested minimum of ). All proceeds will provide aid to needy seniors in Latvia and contribute to the Hamilton church’s renovation fund. ●●May 05 2:00: Corey Gemmell, Tom Mueller Elmer Iseler Singers Lydia Adams, Conductor and Artistic Director E. The ETCeteras May 24 Julian Fauth and Ken Whiteley. May 25 Sinners Choir. May 31 Julian Fauth and Ken Yoshioka. Tranzac 292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137 (full schedule) 3-4 shows daily, various styles, in four different performance spaces. Mostly PWYC. & Friends. Bach, Beethoven and Die Bande: A Fund-Raising Recital for Orchestra Toronto. Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No.1 in G BWV1007; Solo Violin No.1 in g BWV1001; Beethoven: Septet in E-Flat Op.20 for violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, horn and bassoon. Tom Mueller, cello; Corey Gemmell, violin; special guests from Orchestra Toronto. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-467-7142. ; (for 2). Concert to benefit Orchestra Toronto. Cash bar; cash raffle. ●●May 11 1:00: Recollectiv. Sing It Again!: A Fundraising Concert. An afternoon of song with Recollectiv, Heather Bambrick (host), and other musical guests. Raffle and cash bar. Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. Information and tickets at ●●May 16 9:00: Canadian Opera Company. Operanation. Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. VIP dinner currently sold out with a wait list. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Tickets at or 416- 363-8231. 0. ●●May 23 6:00: People for Education. Telling Tales Out of School. A gala benefit to support People for Education. Includes beverages, hors d’oeuvres, admission to gala performance, live and silent auctions. Elvira Kurt, host; Sofia Kay, singer/songwriter; Sharon and Bram; and other performers. Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Ave. 416- 534-0100 or telling-tales/. 5; 0 (per ticket, two or more). ●●Jun 02 3:00: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Annual Fundraising Tea and Silent Auction. Live music, free food and beverages. CDs, books, and sheet music for sale. Parish Hall, Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. For information call 416- 779-5750. Admission PWYC. Suggested donation . Lectures, Salons and Symposia ●●May 06 7:00: Canadian Opera Company/Woodbridge Library. Opera Talks: La Bohème. A 60-minute lecture with 2019/20 Season OPEN AUDITIONS For singers in all voice categories Email resume: or telephone: 416-217-0537 62 | May 1 - June 7, 2019

musicologist Margaret Cormier providing an insider’s look at the music. You’ll learn about what makes La Bohème one of the world’s most loved operas. Woodbridge Library, 150 Woodbridge Ave., Woodbridge. Advanced registration is recommended by calling the Woodbridge Library branch of the Vaughan Public Library at 905-653- 7323. Free. ●●May 07 7:30: The Heliconian Club. The Joy of Singing. Presented by Stephanie Bogle. In this interactive lecture Stephanie will talk about her career in Europe, and then get people to participate in some vocal exercises and talk about vocal technique, style and health. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazleton Ave. 416-922-3618. Tickets , children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult. ●●May 12 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Staging Othello and Otello with the Stratford Festival. Explore the story of Othello as told through Shakespeare’s Othello and Verdi’s Otello in partnership with the Stratford Festival. Shakespeare scholar Jane Freeman investigates how Shakespeare, Verdi, and the artists performing each work employ the tools of their respective crafts to convey the human character. Learn how each genre’s unique qualities lend themselves to telling the world’s grandest narratives. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve tickets in advance at OperaInsights or at 416-363-8231. Free. ●●May 19 2:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Verdi’s Otello. In conjunction with the Canadian Opera Company’s current production, our program will survey a number of audio and video recordings. For further information, visit or contact John Sharpe at 416-898-2549 or Annual membership: (regular); (sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments. ●●May 19 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Johannes Debus, Music Director, Canadian Opera Company, guest speaker. Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, Room 330. 416-924-3940. . ●●May 25 3:30: Toronto Bach Festival. Bach and the French Style. Lecture featuring Dr. Ellen Exner. Discover more about how Bach’s TORONTO BACH FESTIVAL FREE BACH LECTURE with Dr. Ellen Exner Sat May 25 @ 3:30pm exposure to the French Style as a young musician shaped his compositional approach across many genres. St. Barnabas-on-the- Danforth, 361 Danforth Ave. 416-466-8241 or Free. ●●May 27 10:00am: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. The Hallel Lecture. Cantor Benjamin Maissner shares everything you want to know about Hallel, the beautiful psalms recited on joyous festivals and Rosh Chodesh. He will explore the wide variety of Hallel music through the centuries –– from rich choral traditions and community singing, to authentic Chazzanut of the Golden Age of the Cantorate. Accompanied by Nadia Adler, piano. Jacob Family Theatre in the Posluns Auditorium, Baycrest Centre, 3560 Bathurst St. 2nd floor. 416-638-4492 Free admission. ●●May 29 10:00am: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Current Trends in Israeli Music. Benjamin Rubin shows how popular music in Israel both reflects and affects changes in Israeli society. Arabic, Mediterranean, Spirituality and Rap: Israeli popular music today is vital, dynamic, diverse, colourful and beautiful –– demonstrated with a playlist of leading performing artists. Original English translations of lyrics provided. Columbus Centre, Carrier Room, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. 416-638-4492 Free admission. ●●May 30 10:00am: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. The Holocaust’s Impact on Music. In this compelling session, Eric Gertner examines the impact of the Nazis’ coming to power and the Holocaust on Jewish musicians and Jewish music. Beginning with 1933, Eric will take us through the changing musical decades to the present, when we witness for the first time in history a Grammy nomination for a Yiddish album. Columbus Centre, Carrier Room, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. 416-638- 4492 Free admission. Tours ●●May 05 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent. Includes information and access to the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and R. Fraser Elliott Hall, as well as backstage areas such as the wig rooms and dressing rooms, the orchestra pit, and other spaces that only a stage door pass could unlock. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416- 363-8231. (adults); (sr/st). Also May 12, 26. A tour is available in French on May 26. Workshops ●●May 04 10:30am: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop. Presented by. Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff of Avanti Singers and Brock University who will lead participants through some great Kyrie-Gloria pairings from early masses of Palestrina and Byrd through to contemporary settings. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St. Information at fee includes refreshments. ●●May 07 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by recorder player Matthias Maute. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Rd. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. 416-779-5750. . ●●May 10 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players Society. Renaissance and Baroque workshop for recorders and other early instruments. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. (entrance off Belsize). 416-480-1853. Guests: . Refreshments included. ●●May 17 4:30: Canadian Opera Company. Exploring Opera. Families with children of all ages are welcome to explore an opera in the company’s 2018/19 season through accessible music and drama activities. This onehour workshop focuses on Otello by Verdi. No previous experience with opera or the performing arts is required. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). For information, visit Advance registration is required at the website. Free. ●●May 31 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players Society. Renaissance and Baroque workshop for recorders and other early instruments. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. (entrance off Belsize).416-480-1853. Guests: . Refreshments included. ●●Jun 02 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for singers and instrumentalists of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater. Alexandra Bourque, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-386-0258. ; (members). ●●Jun 03 10:00am: Labyrinth Ontario. Bulgarian Singing with Tzvetanka Varimezova. Tzvetanka brings her decades of experience as a choir director, vocal teacher, and highly respected performer to teach solo and group styles of Bulgarian singing. The workshop covers specific vocal techniques and several styles of Bulgarian repertoire. Vocalists of any background are welcome. Students at all levels are welcome. Easterminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. Further information at Also Jun 4-7. 0. ●●Jun 03 10:00am: Labyrinth Ontario. Lyra with Sympathetic Strings with Kelly Thoma. This individualized workshop covers technique and repertoire on a contemporary version of the traditional Cretan Lyra which Kelly has been involved in developing. It also serves as an introduction to Cretan music and to Kelly’s own compositional and performance practice. Players of any experience level are welcome. Those needing an instrument should contact Labyrinth Ontario at labyrinthontario@ Students at all levels are welcome. Easterminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. Further information at labyrinthontario. com. Also Jun 4-7. 0. ●●Jun 03 10:00am: Labyrinth Ontario. Modal Music Composition with Ross Daly. Blending lecture, demonstration, performance, and hands-on composition, this workshop draws from Ross Daly’s decades of study of modal traditions. Suitable for performers and composers of all backgrounds. An instrument capable of playing quarter tones is recommended. Students at all levels are welcome. Easterminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. Further information at labyrinthontario. com. Also Jun 4-7. 0. Classified Advertising | WholeNote CLASSIFIEDS can help you recruit new members for your choir, band or orchestra; find a new music director or accompanist; sell your banjo! Starting at only $24/issue. INQUIRE BY May 25 for the COMBINED SUMMER (June/July/August) issue. AUDITIONS & EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ADVANCED AMATEUR SINGERS! Auditioning all vocal parts, especially tenors for Madrigal workshops starting in September. We will be singing 1-on-a-part 5 and 6 part English and Italian Madrigals. Call or text Sheila at 416-574-5250. Available pro bono positions with the KINDRED SPIRITS ORCHESTRA: Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Violins, Violas, Violoncellos and Contrabasses. For information, visit or email NAVAL RESERVE BAND IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO IS LOOKING FOR MUSICIANS: Clarinet, French Horn, other positions available. Take pride and join. Get paid to play. Email TENOR AND BASS SECTION LEADERS NEEDED, for Anglican Church in Unionville Paid positons. Contact BUY & SELL CLASSICAL RECORD AND CD COLLECTIONS WANTED. Minimum 350 units. Call, text or e-mail Aaron 416-471-8169 or A@A31.CA FRENCH HORN: double horn in excellent condition. Suitable for a committed student or working musician. TRUMPET Bach Stradivarius model 37 (never used); TENOR saxophone, Yamaha; TRUMPET, Olds Ambassador; Phone 416-964-3642. Excellent Recording Venue Sessions available as short as 4 hours Steinway Concert Grand if desired Humbercrest United Church (Jane St. & Annette St.) 416-767-6122 May 1 - June 7, 2019 | 63

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