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Volume 24 Issue 9 - June / July / August 2019

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In this issue: The Toronto Brazilian bateria beat goes on; TD Jazz in Yorkville is three years young; Murray Schafer's earliest Wilderness forays revisited; cellist/composer Cris Derksen's Maada'ookkii Songlines to close Luminato (and it's free!); our 15th annual Green Pages summer music guide; all this and more in our combined June/July/August issue now available in flipthrough format here and on stands starting Thursday May 30.


GREEN PAGES FESTIVAL CLASSICA ➤ May 24 to June 16 Saint-Lambert, Montréal, QC The 9th Festival Classica will be held in Saint-Lambert, along with satellite concerts presented in 8 cities in the Montérégie region, on the island of Montréal and on the North Shore. From Berlioz to the Bee Gees: more than 65 indoor and outdoor concerts, featuring Natalie Choquette, Stéphane Tétreault, Jean- Philippe Sylvestre, Valérie Milot, Alexandre Da Costa and many more artists! In 2019, we mark the 150th anniversary of the death of the famous composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer and cellist Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), as well as the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Albert Roussel (1869-1937). 888-801-9906 FESTIVAL OF THE SOUND ➤ July 19 to August 10 Parry Sound, ON Concerts - cruises - films - talks: Canada’s finest jazz and classical summer music festival is back for it’s 40th great season! Experience world-class chamber, jazz and folk music combined with the beautiful landscape of Georgian Bay! In its illustrious history, the Festival of the Sound has become a go-to destination for musicians and music lovers alike. The festival is recognized as a top summer offering by organizations such as the CBC and Festivals & Events Ontario and consistently attracts musicians of international acclaim. Cruise the bay with the Hannaford Brass, Scantilly Plaid and Dave Young, or party on land with Janina Fialkowska, Moshe Hammer, Leslie Fagan, New Zealand String Quartet and many, many more! With a summer featuring tango, celtic, roots and latin jazz concerts, make this your year to attend! 1-866-364-0061 THE FIFTH CANADIAN CHOPIN PIANO COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL ➤ August 23 to 29 Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St W., Toronto, ON The Canadian Chopin Society presents a festival and competition celebrating the legacy of Chopin and artistry of young Canadian pianists. The week-long event is an opportunity to follow the pianists who will compete for the chance to represent Canada in the prestigious “International Chopin Piano Competition” in Poland. Plan to be a part of this excitement, and deepen your connection with Chopin! Highlights include an evening with musicologist Alan Walker, author of recently released biography of Chopin; a recital by Polish-Canadian pianist Krzysztof Jablonski in Koerner Hall; and dazzling competition performances. Full listing of events, schedules, festival passes are available on our website. 416-242-8601 GUELPH JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ September 11 to 15 Guelph, ON The 2019 Guelph Jazz Festival features world-class creative, improvised music in ticketed and free concerts in a lively community setting. Highlights of this year’s program include Jen Shyu, Nine Doors; Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio; Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey and Hank Roberts; Brodie West Quintet; Erwan Keravec solo and duo with Hamid Drake; NAIL: Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ab Baars and Ig Henneman; Karuna: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet; Paula Shocron, Guillermo Gregorio and Pablo Díaz; Susan Alcorn; John Kameel Farah; Chik White; The Titillators; Malcolm Goldstein and Rainer Wiens; Atlas Revolt; Way North. Additionally, the festival’s free colloquium features artist talks, keynotes, panel discussions, interviews, and other complementary programming. Tickets and passes on sale July 2. 519-763-4952 HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ August 7 to 11 Shelburne, ON The Heritage Music Festival, featuring the 69th Canadian “Open Old Time Fiddle Championship”, will take place August 7 to 11 in Shelburne, Ontario. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features a variety of entertainers, including The Washboard Union, Country Superstars “Live in Concert”, and Scott Woods, as well as Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for thousands of dollars in prizes. Community events include camping, “Bands and Brews” at the Fiddle Park, a giant fiddle parade, a pork BBQ, and non-denominational church service. Proceeds of the Heritage Music Festival support Shelburne Rotary’s many charitable projects. 519-278-0016 HIGHLANDS OPERA STUDIO ➤ July 22 to August 26 Haliburton, ON Our 2019 season celebrates “Women in Opera”! Hear the best young opera stars of today and tomorrow in the beauty of the Haliburton Highlands, only 2.5 hours northeast of the GTA. Established in 2007 by internationally-acclaimed Canadian tenor Richard Margison and Canadian stage director/violist Valerie Kuinka, Highlands Opera Studio is an advanced, intensive professional training and networking program for emerging opera professionals. Chosen from 150+ applicants from across Canada and internationally, hear the 2019 participants in public masterclasses, multiple concerts, community events, and fully-staged operas; Ariadne auf Naxos, Suor Angelica, and 2 new prize-winning Canadian operas: The Chair and Book of Faces. Love to sing? Get involved in the Highlands Opera Community School! 1-855-455-5533 HONENS FESTIVAL ➤ September 5 to 8 Calgary, AB Highlight performances for the 2019 Honens Festival include the Miró Quartet (with Calgary native William Fedkenheuer), award-winning Polish piano / accordion Duo 19:21, and pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Nicolas Namoradze (2018 Honens Prize Laureate), Pedja Mužijević, Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, and Katherine Chi (2000 Honens Prize Laureate). Honens Family Day at the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts takes place on Saturday, September 7 and includes masterclasses (piano and violin), storytellers, and a 70th birthday tribute to revered Canadian composer Alexina Louie (who will make a special cameo appearance). The festival wraps up at Central Memorial Park with the ever-popular Open Air. 48 | Summer 2019

And headlining this year’s Bison Noir is rising star singer / songwriter Gabriel Kahane performing his 2018 release, “Book of Travelers”. 403-975-7438 KINCARDINE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ August 12 to 17 Kincardine, ON Celebrating its 28th anniversary, KSMF is well-known for excellent programming and presentations. This year, August 12 to 17, the Evening Concert Series has a wonderfully eclectic, top-quality smorgasbord of music for you, from trailblazing artists such as Ensemble Made In Canada – “Mosaïque” to relaxing entertainment with Dan Needles and Ian Bell in “True Confessions from the Ninth Concession,” to a classical extravaganza Saturday 17: Vivaldi’s Gloria and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah with full chorus and symphony orchestra. Don’t miss the free “4 O’Clock in the Park” concerts in downtown Victoria Park. Music classes run August 12 to 16 for everyone from beginners to experienced players. Guitar, strings, bands and vocals on Lake Huron - Music and the Beach! 519-396-9716 XV LATVIAN FESTIVAL OF SONG AND DANCE IN CANADA ➤ July 3 to 7 Toronto, ON The Latvian Song Festival Association in Canada has presented a festival every five years since 1953. We present choral, instrumental and dance performances, featuring Latvian composers and choreographers from Canada and abroad. This summer, over 2000 Latvian singers and folk dancers from around the world will perform at venues in downtown Toronto. Guest artists include the State Choir LATVIJA (Maris Sirmais), folk-dance ensemble LIGO (Janis Purvins) and folk ensemble RAXTU RAXTI. We will celebrate Latvia’s centenary and the contributions of Latvian-Canadian artists to Canadian culture. Each of our concerts will include music by Imant Raminsh, Talivaldis Kenins and Janis Kalnins. In addition, we will launch a new Centrediscs recording of orchestral and chamber music by these composers. 416-948-0634 LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL ➤ June 29 to August 24 419134 Tom Thomson Lane, Leith, ON Leith Summer Festival presents five concerts in the Historic Leith Church during the summer. This acoustically wonderful venue offers an intimate encounter between musicians and audience. The season opens on June 29 with Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano and Robert Kortgaard, piano. Next is Angela Park, piano; and Andrea Tyniec, violin with a captivating program on July 13. The Payadora Tango Ensemble performs on Sunday, July 28 in a matinee performance of tango, drawing from the traditional to the contemporary. On August 10, Peter Tiefenbach, piano; Mireille Asselin, soprano; Matthew Dalen, tenor; and Adam Harris, baritone, present “The Cannabis Cantata”. The season wraps up with the Rolston String Quartet performing Haydn, Ligeti and Schubert on August 24. Tickets at the Roxy Box Office at 519-371-2833 or 519-664-2092 Elora Festival Elora, ON LUMINATO ➤ June 7 to 23 Toronto, ON Each June, Luminato, Toronto’s international festival of arts and ideas, takes over the city with a flurry of cultural activities and events designed to provoke, delight and inspire audiences of all ages. Over the festival’s 12-year history, more than 9.1 million people have experienced over 3,600 productions featuring 15,000+ artists from more than 40 countries around the world. Luminato 2019 takes place June 7 to 23 at various venues across the city, jampacked with the most exciting theatre, music, visual art, opera, dance, film and more from Canada and around the world. Spanning 17 days, the festival lineup features both paid and free indoor and outdoor events, including a larger-thanlife mirrored maze and massive choral event. 416-368-4849 MARKHAM VILLAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ June 14 to 15 Main Street Markham Rd., Markham, ON Markham Village Music Festival closes Markham Road from Hwy 7 to Bullock on Friday evening and Saturday. The festival features 4 stages of entertainment with a variety of music and dance. Special this year - a salsa stage on Friday and Saturday night, “Exodus: Bob Marley” tribute. Throughout the festival, there will be many performances from our diverse communities, lots of craft and food vendors (including food trucks) and a Farmers’ Market. The Kids Zone will be in Morgan Park, one block from Main Street. There will be carnival rides, a youth entertainment stage, petting zoo, arts, crafts and much more. Fun for the whole family! 647-983-9054 MONTREAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ June 7: Salle Pollack, McGill University, 555 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC June 11 to 16: Salle Bourgie, Montreal Museum of Fine Summer 2019 | 49

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