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Volume 25 Issue 8 - May / June 2020

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  • Choir
  • Performing
  • Performances
  • Orchestra
  • Musicians
  • Jazz
  • Recording
  • Toronto
  • Musical
  • Concerts
"COVID's Metamorphoses"? "There's Always Time (Until Suddenly There Isn't)"? "The Writing on the Wall"? It's hard to know WHAT to call this latest chapter in the extraordinary story we are all of a sudden characters in. By whatever name we call it, the MAY/JUNE combined issue of The WholeNote is now available, HERE in flip through format, in print commencing Wednesday May 6, and, in fully interactive form, online at Our 18th Annual Choral Canary Pages, scheduled for publication in print and flip through in September is already well underway with the first 50 choirs home to roost and more being added every week online. Community Voices, our cover story, brings to you the thoughts of 30 musical community members, all going through what we are going through (and with many more to come as the feature gets amplified online over the course of the coming months). And our regular writers bring their personal thoughts to the mix. Finally, a full-fledged DISCoveries review section offers cues and clues to recorded music for your solitary solace!

LISTINGS The WholeNote

LISTINGS The WholeNote listings are typically arranged in five sections: A. GTA (GREATER TORONTO AREA) covers all of Toronto plus Halton, Peel, York and Durham regions (Zones 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the map below). Listings in section A are arranged by date and time. In this issue, there are no confirmed listings for Section A. B. BEYOND THE GTA (zones 5, 6, 7, and 8) is the remaining regions of Southern Ontario we regularly cover in our listings. Listings in section B are arranged by date and time. In this issue, there are no confirmed listings for Section B. C. MUSIC THEATRE covers a wide range of music types: from opera, operetta and musicals, to non-traditional performance types where words and music are “in some fashion equal partners in the drama.” Listings in section C are arranged alphabetically by presenter then by name of show. In this issue, there are no confirmed listings for Section C. D. IN THE CLUBS (MOSTLY JAZZ) is organized alphabetically by the name of the venue, followed by contact information and daily or recurring event details, if available, for that venue. In this issue all venues normally listed in Section D remain closed until further notice. E. ETCETERAS is for musical events other than live performances, such as galas, fundraisers, competitions, screenings, online and livestreamed events, lectures, symposia, masterclasses, workshops, singalongs and other date-specific music-related events which, in our discretion, we believe may be of interest to our readers. In this issue, all events submitted for listing fall into the realm of online and/or live-streamed activity. HOW TO LIST: Listings in The WholeNote in all five sections above, are a free service, available in our discretion, to eligible presenters. Where the upcoming issue is a single-month issue (September, October, November, February, March, April) the listings deadline is the 8th of the month prior to the month covered by the issue Where the upcoming issue is a two-month issue (December/ January, May/June or July/August) the listings deadline is the 15th of the month prior to the publication of the issue. THE MAY AND JUNE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN n our previous issue, Volume 25 No. 7 (April 2020), we printed all of the listings we had received up to the time of going to press indicating I cancellations and postponements for performances affected by COVID-19. We did so because we believed it was important to document the full extent of the immediate and widespread impact on the community of safety measures arising from efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are continuing to document this impact online, by retaining, rather than deleting, all of the impacted listings of which we had knowledge, and adding appropriate tags: cancelled, postponed; rescheduled. This information is available, in detail at “Just Ask” under the listings tab at, and is regularly updated as performers and presenters own plans for rescheduling these events crystallize. However, since the impact of social and physical isolation measures is now, for the foreseeable future, all-encompassing, rather than page after page of listings for cancelled events, we offer the following summary. (We also encourage you to visit the websites of each of these presenters to find out the latest information on their plans for the future.) • SECTION A – GTA LISTINGS: By the time this issue of The WholeNote went to press, we had received and processed 195 listings for the months of May and June from over 85 presenters in the GTA. • SECTION B – BEYOND THE GTA LISTINGS: We had received 64 listings from over 30 presenters in the parts of Ontario beyond the GTA. • SECTION C – MUSIC THEATRE: We had received 45 listings from over 25 music theatre presenters across all of Ontario. • SECTION D – IN THE CLUBS (MOSTLY JAZZ): We typically list music, mostly jazz, taking place in from 30-40 clubs throughout the Greater Toronto Area. At time of press all remained shuttered. What follows on the next page is their basic web and telephone contact information so you can stay up to date on developments, venue by venue. (Some, we should add, are still open food and/or beverage takeout and delivery, so supporting them in these capacities now would be a way of showing appreciation for the role they play musically at other times.) • SECTION E – The ETCeteras: all live Etcetera events are subject to the same constraints as in the previous sections. However significant numbers of online and live-streamed activities are emerging instead. Please see the next page. The WholeNote’s Listings Editor, John Sharpe, can be reached at UPCOMING LISTINGS DEADLINE: The next issue covers the period from July 1 to September 7, 2020. All listings must be received by 11:59pm, Monday June 15. HOW TO SUBMIT LISTINGS: Listings may be sent to the attention of listings editor John Sharpe at, or by using the appropriate online form on our website at Please note we do not receive listings by telephone, but you can call 416-323-2232 x27 for guidance or further information. HOW TO SEARCH OUR LISTINGS BY EXPANDED DATE RANGE OR GENRE: visit Lake Huron 6 Georgian Bay 7 2 1 5 Lake Erie 3 4 8 City of Toronto Lake Ontario 32 | May 2020

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. 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. 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. 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 (full schedule) All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted). Hirut Cafe and Restaurant 2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560 Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, The 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) Attendees must be 19+. Cover charge varies (generally -$25) Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307 (full schedule) Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club 951 Gordon St., Guelph 519-767-2440 (full schedule) Mezzetta Restaurant 681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687 (full schedule) Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St. 416-531-5833 (full schedule) N’awlins Jazz Bar & Dining 299 King St. W. 416-595-1958 All shows: No cover/PWYC. 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. 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. 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. 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). Revolucion, La 2848 Dundas St. W. (416) 766-0746 (full schedule) Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The 194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475 (full schedule) Call for cover charge info. Salty Dog Bar & Grill, The 1980 Queen St. E. 416-849-5064 (full schedule) Sauce on Danforth 1376 Danforth Ave. 647-748-1376 All shows: No cover. The Senator Winebar 249 Victoria St 416 364-7517 (full schedule) Tranzac 292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137 (full schedule) 3-4 shows daily, various styles, in three different performance spaces. Mostly PWYC. E. Online, Live-Streams, ETCeteras ● Brampton Folk Club. Online Open Mics via Zoom. May 22 7:30. For information on how to join please contact, 647-233-3655, or visit ● Canadian Brass: welcomes friends around their virtual fireplace for learning and laughs. All events take place on canadianbrass. ● Canadian Opera Company #Opera at Home is an initiative to share one clip every day on social media channels to help bring opera to our audiences during this challenging time. With one clip, every day at 11am there are already 44 of these for viewing, so you might have some catching up to do! Find the link on their homepage ● Canzona Chamber Players. Jessica Tong, Violin: Livestream Solo Recital. May 31, 2:00. Livestream: CanzonaChamberPlayers. ● Canzona Chamber Players. Marie Bérard, Violin Livestream Solo Recital. May 17, 2:00: Livestream: CanzonaChamberPlayers. ● Canzona Chamber Players: Winona Zelenka, Cello: Livestream Benefit Solo Recital. May 03, 2:00 Donations to the St. Michael’s Hospital COVID-19 Courage Fund, in memory of Elizabeth Krehm, can be made at Livestream: You- ● Classical Jukebox Founded as a response to the days of Covid19 social separation, this site is designed to provide you the ability to sing and perform your favorite classical pieces from the comfort of your own home, with accompaniments by organ and piano accompanist, Matthew Larkin. In addition, Classical Jukebox offers another service - assisting with the creation of Virtual Choirs and virtual choir videos for those missing that collaborative and artistic outlet in their lives. ● Danny Michel Live From Lockdown Sundays, May 03, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, at 3:00. A weekly live, interactive online concert on Sundays at 3pm, on ZOOM from his studio in the woods. Unlike Facebook live, fans can see each other, interact, chat, play along & be a part of the show.Buy a ticket for .00, get a private link in your email and join the party on Zoom (free download available) ● Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Friday Night with the KWS. Online broadcasts of archival concerts every Friday at 8pm. Select broadcasts will feature video and others will be audio-only. Content for each concert will be announced each week via KWS social media platforms.facebook. com/kwsymphony and kwsymphony/videos. ● Koerner Hall CONCERTS FROM HOME There are more than 25 classical, jazz, and roots music concerts currently available online. See page 22 for details. live-from-koerner-hall-concert-livestream. ● Music Gallery and Canadian Music Centre Music Gallery At Home: Performances and Interviews. May 1, Suzanne Kite; May 8, Slowpitchsound; May 15, Nick Dourado; May 22, Charles C.Smith. musicgalleryto. ● Ori Dagan A series for Jazz Appreciation Month, every Thursday at 7pm. facebook. com/oridaganjazz. ● Piano Lunaire. Flower Moon. May 7, 7:30 Adam Sherkin, piano. Llivestream event without audience. For information, call 416- 535-4612. Suggested donation only. Online at Due to the ongoing pandemic, The Piano Lunaire will present all upcoming events online until further notice. They can be Livestreaming, Zooming, Facebook Live? Online concerts, fundraisers, workshops, masterclasses? Share the details so we can publish them! May 2020 | 33

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