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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 STONEBRIDGE WASAGA BEACH BLUES ➤ September 13 to 15 Wasaga Beach, ON Since the first wave of legendary Blues performers crashed ashore in Wasaga Beach in 2010, Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues has exploded to become a world class destination embraced by both new and die-hard blues fans. Keep an eye on the Wasaga Beach Blues website for the updated schedule as performers are confirmed. Until then, expect nothing less than an insanely talented lineup of musicians to be burning up the two main stages. Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues 2019 is undoubtedly gearing up to outdo itself - once again. For the time being, perhaps it can be best described as a “hidden gem that features world class Blues, with an intimate venue with a casual and relaxed atmosphere.” It does not get better than that. 705-607-7744 STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC ➤ July 15 to August 25 Stratford, ON A world of music for everyone. Canadian and international musicians of excellence return to Stratford Summer Music for our 19th season of concerts and events with new artistic director, Mark Fewer. Featured artists include Amir Amiri, Tom Allen, Laila Biali, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Rémi Bolduc, James Campbell, Steven Dann, Simone Dinnerstein, Janina Fialkowska, Ben Heppner, Jodi Proznick, Stéphane Tétreault and Dave Young. Returning this year will be the newly branded “Friday Night Live at Revival” (formally the “Cabaret Series”), “Illustrated Musical Lectures” by Robert Harris, “Music for an Avon Morning”, “BargeMusic” and “Musical Brunches” at The Prune. Also, new series added this year include “Music and Health”, “Stratford Originals” and “Musical Families.” Visit our website or call our box-office for more information. 1-866-288-4313 SUMMER MUSIC IN THE GARDEN ➤ June 27 to September 15 479 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON The popular “Summer Music in the Garden” concert series returns for its 20th 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 blanket or 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 for up-to-the-minute rain call. 416-973-4000 SUMMER OPERA LYRIC THEATRE ➤ July 26 to August Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto, ON Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (SOLT) continues its tradition of bringing the summer opera mini-festival to the city. This summer, SOLT concentrates on diversity and inclusion, comedy and tragedy, found in the great works for the lyric stage and the lessons we can learn about ourselves and those who we love. The festival includes 3 operas: Verdi’s La Traviata, Canadian Team Davies and Benson’s Earnest, the Importance of Being, and the double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea, performed by aspiring young artists. Music directors: Michael Rose, Suzy Smith and Jo Greenaway. Tickets are available through the box office of St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts; single tickets are . 416-366-7723 SUN LIFE FINANCIAL UPTOWN WATERLOO JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ July 19 to 21 Waterloo City Centre, 100 Regina St. S, Waterloo, ON This annual music Festival in downtown Waterloo is free and features world class international, national and local jazz performers. Over the 3 days, we will feature a wide variety of music that will appeal to music lovers of all ages and tastes – from intimate solo performers to the high energy of rock/fusion; from traditional small ensembles to dynamic big bands and even electro-funk-rap. There will be something for everyone. After the performance, you can meet the artist and purchase their latest CD. Between sets, there are many interesting food and beverage options available onsite – enjoy a craft beer or your favourite wine with a variety of food from different vendors. Since we are downtown, you can also head to a local restaurant. Come and join us – it promises to be our best Festival yet! 519-394-0093 SWEETWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ September 20 to 22 Owen Sound and Meaford, ON SweetWater is all about ‘evolution’ for its 16th festival of world-class music. The 2019 festival will be artistic director Mark Fewer’s final one at the helm. He’s got a few musical treats left on his bucket list. The stellar line-up includes the SweetWater debut of world-famous countertenor Daniel Taylor, Adrian Butterfield, David Braid, Kenneth Slowik, and Rachel Brown. SweetWater’s next artistic director, violinist Edwin Huizinga, will also be a featured performer. Free, interactive activities include the family fav “Mozart for Munchkins”, community play-along “Classical Jam”, and string instrument showcase “Luthier Exhibit”, and “Luthier Performance” - moderated by Robert Harris. Friday night opening gala () Saturday early evening concert and Sunday matinee (), late night jazz (). Festival pass (4 Concerts) 0. 519-371-2833 TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE SUMMER FESTIVAL ➤ June 3 to 15 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 3 and “The Grand Finale” on June 15. For tickets and more information, visit our website. 416-964-6337 52 | Summer 2019

TD MARKHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ August 14, 16 to 18 Markham, ON The TD Markham Jazz Festival is an exciting and vibrant 3 1/2 day musical delight featuring well known professional jazz, blues and crossover musicians performing on three stages on beautiful Main Street Unionville, in Markham. The festival starts on Wednesday, August 14 with a ticketed opening night kickoff party at the Markham Museum! From August 16-18, Main Street comes alive with 30+ free performances all day and evening on outdoor stages, on the street, and in bars and restaurants. Come and enjoy over 150 acclaimed professional jazz musicians performing all styles of jazz and blues. While here, visit art galleries, socialize in pubs and restaurants, dance up a storm at our beer and wine garden stage, and enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping - all in a magical environment that will create memories to last! 905-471-5299 TD NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ July 19 to 21 – St. Catharines, ON July 26 to 28 – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Recently voted “Best New Festival in Ontario,” the 6th annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival is an exciting not-for-profit jazz festival dedicated to celebrating the art form of jazz in the Niagara Region. The festival inspires, educates and develops future jazz audiences while combining live jazz with a Niagara experience – food, wine, culture and natural wonders. The summer festival (July 19 to 21 and July 26 to 28) includes free family events: World Music on the Beach and Jazz in the Park, as well as the all-new Niagara’s Summer Mardi Gras and Soul Jazz in the Vineyard, a Dixieland Jazz Lunch, a Nat King Cole tribute and more… Featuring: Shuffle Demons, Allison Young, Heavyweights Brass Band, Kellylee Evans, Ori Dagan and more…. Info, tickets, & passes: www.niagarajazzfestival. com; 1-844-LIV-JAZZ (548-5299); TW/INST/FB: @jazzniagara; #LiveLoveJazz 1-844-LIV-JAZZ (548-5299) TD Niagara Jazz Festival Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC ➤ July 11 to August 3 Toronto, ON TSM’s 2019 festival, “Beyond Borders”, explores and celebrates the cross-cultural influences that have pervaded classical music from the times of Mozart and Mahler, right up to the composers of today. We attract music lovers of all ages, and families across the GTA, to enjoy classical music in a relaxed, engaging, and fun environment. Don’t miss performances by Adrianne Pieczonka, Jon Kimura Parker, Daniel Taylor, Angela Hewitt performing Bach’s beloved Goldberg Variations, the Dover Quartet, The Art of Time Ensemble with Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Slean, the Rolston String Quartet, conductor Gemma New, and world premieres by celebrated Canadian composers Alexina Louie and Christos Hatzis. In addition, we have a variety of free events and family events, chats, educational activities and much more! 647-430-5699 TD SUNFEST: CANADA’S PREMIER WESTBEN CONCERTS AT THE BARN CELEBRATION OF WORLD CULTURES ➤ June 2 to August 4 ➤ July 4 to 7 6698 County Road 30, Campbellford, ON Victoria Park, London, ON Welcome to Westben’s 20th anniversary season with 25 performances and events Find your summer vibe - hot dancing shoes and cool Sunfest cerveza beer are of classical, broadway, jazz, folk, comedy, fiddle and Indigenous music. See James a must during the special 25th edition of “Canada’s Premier Celebration of Ehnes, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Jeremy Dutcher, Basia Bulat, Brent Butt, World Cultures”! Voted one of the best overseas music festivals by the UK’s Joyce El Koury, Jason Howard, Rose Cousins, Kuné, André Laplante, Mayumi prestigious Songlines Magazine, TD Sunfest transfigures London’s Victoria Park Seiler, The Fitzgerald Family, Matt Dusk and more. Ask about our “Dare to into a culturally diverse jewel, where 40 top world music and jazz groups from Pair” series of wine tasting, local foods and storytelling, as well as the new all corners of the planet entertain on five stages. Our 2019 international headliners range from Middle Eastern sensation 47Soul to Spain’s Grammy-winning the peaceful hills of Northumberland County two hours east of Toronto, near “Secret Concert” and “VIP Chocolate Voices Experience”. Nestled amongst Marinah and Chile’s 12-piece Newen Afrobeat orchestra. Canadian acts include Campbellford, Westben’s primary performance venue is a custom-built, timberframe barn located on a 50-acre farm. Enjoy a glass of wine on the meadow or Quebec’s AfrotroniX and Le Vent du Nord, and with more than 225 exhibitors, this beloved free-admission event will whet festival goers’ appetites for scrumptious global cuisine and unique crafts and visual arts. 877-883-5777 take a stroll by the pond. Westben - always a new experience! 519-672-1522 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 2019 | 53

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