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Volume 27 Issue 1 - September / October 2021

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Blue pages and orange shirts; R. Murray Schafer's complex legacy, stirrings of life on the live concert scene; and the Bookshelf is back. This and much more. Print to follow. Welcome back from endless summer, one and all.

| VAGUES – a new work

| VAGUES – a new work of dance, song, music and words (with live musicians on stage) that takes an honest look at the arduous road to justice and unity. Digidance is also back this fall, with a screening highlighting the state of the environment in Brazil with Deborah Colker’s Dog Without Feathers, in which the mud- and dust-covered dancers explore the beauty and destructive impact of Brazil’s Capibaribe River. Audio immersion Focusing on sound rather than sight, two more productions coming up this fall grabbed my interest as necessary theatre calling out to be created – focusing on important local historical events that yet relate very clearly to our lives today. The Hogtown Collective take us on an audio journey back to The Christie Pits Riot in 1933 when “Toronto the Good became suddenly ground zero for a series of brazen anti-Semitic acts... with devastating consequences.” Created by Sam Rosenthal and Drew Carnwath as an audio walking tour, the listener is immersed in the story of one Jewish boy’s personal journey through the old neighbourhood to the scene of the crime: the notorious Christie Pits ballpark itself.” Described by the creators as “an engaging and dynamic story of innocence and experience; of redemption and hope”, the story will be enhanced by original music written by Measha Brueggergosman including the new song Champions by Brueggergosman and Lennie Gallant. Coincidentally, using the same format of an audio-immersive historical walking tour, the Luminato Festival (transposed from June to October) is highlighting a more recent fraught political event, the riots around the G20 Summit in Toronto in June, 2010. Henry G20, conceived and directed by Christine Brubaker and co-written by Brubaker and Constantine X. Anastasakis, takes Shakespeare’s famously either pro- or anti-war play, Henry V, as a starting point, freely adapting and adding to the original to explore the unanswered questions from that fateful weekend where hundreds of people, protesters and innocent bystanders were arrested and detained as part of the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. The PodPlay, with augmented reality experiences that are tied into the walking tour, can also be enhanced by Henry G20 Protest Radio, a curated combination of music and audio memories of the G20 demonstrations that can be played in between the theatrical chapters of Henry G20, as you travel between the locations in the city where the drama actually unfolded. Vital signs The strong pulse of this rich and varied season of necessary theatre in live and digital formats is a strong answer to tough questions: How can artists help to keep our world vital and safe for all? How can we keep our hearts up while facing the realities of the world around us? How better to share these stories with each other, experiencing all points of view, all heritages, all cultures, all possibilities, than (in the most fundamental ways) to make a virtue of theatrical necessity? NEW DIRECTIONS IN MUSIC 2021 2022 NEW DIRECTIONS IN MUSIC Garden of Vanished Pleasures A discovery of hope, resilience, and solace. Devised and directed by Tim Albery. SEPT 23 – OCT 10, 2021 SEASON SUPPORTERS QUICK PICKS To DEC 5: All live and virtual shows at the Stratford Festival. To SEP 29: Canadian Stage Dream In High Park Season continues. dream-in-high-park SEP 23 to 25: dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival. InTO Focus. Dream in High Park (PWYC). Plus new podcast The D-Word (free) at beginning SEP 20. SEP 11 to OCT 29: Seventh edition of Fall for Dance North (FFDN). Live and digital array of original livestreams, global dance films, in-person outdoor performances, installations and more. SEP 18 to OCT 17: Looking for the Dance – The Photography Exhibit of Mikhail Baryshnikov at the Lighthouse Artspace at 1 Yonge St. SEP 29 to OCT 17: Touch, presented by Lighthouse Immersive in association with Côté Danse at 1 Yonge St. Running time is 45 minutes. SEP 29 to OCT 11: Dog Without Feathers. Choreography by Deborah Colker, presented by Digidance. Event link: SEP 23 to OCT 10: Garden of Vanishing Pleasures. Soundstreams and Crow’s Theatre. Songs by Cecilia Livingston and Donna McKevitt with texts from filmmaker Derek Jarman’s journals. Digital, SEP 30, LAUNCH DATE: The Christie Pits Riot, radio drama podcast. Find the Audio Walking Tour app at: SEP 30 to OCT 2: Uncovered: The Music of Dolly Parton. Live at Koerner Hall and online; the show is being filmed for further online viewing later from NOV 24 to DEC 11. OCT 14 to NOV 11: Luminato: Henry G20 and other events Koerner Foundation The Mary-Margaret Webb Foundation JB Doherty Family Foundation Jennifer Parr is a Toronto-based director, dramaturge, fight director and acting coach, brought up from a young age on a rich mix of musicals, Shakespeare and new Canadian plays. 12 | September and October 2021

GREAT CHAMBER MUSIC DOWNTOWN STRINGS Oct. 21 Nov. 18 Dec. 9 Jan. 13 Feb. 3 Feb. 24 Mar. 24 Apr. 28 Parker Quartet St. Lawrence Quartet Gryphon Trio Juilliard Quartet Ensemble Made in Canada Miró Quartet Esmé Quartet Lafayette Quartet Juilliard Quartet Esmé Quartet PIANO Oct. 26 Nov. 9 Jan. 25 Mar. 29 Apr. 12 David Jalbert Stephen Hough Vanessa Benelli Mosell Benjamin Grosvenor Marc-André Hamelin Stephen Hough Marc-André Hamelin LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR ALL CONCERTS Please check our website for updates. TICKETS: 416.366.7723, option 2 | 27 Front Street East, Toronto

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