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Volume 28 Issue 3 | December 2022 - January 2023

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Creative Collisions offer land-use hope for community and arts space; "Take Dec 10 for Example" -- Orchestral Explosion; Landmark novel finds music theatre form; Behind the scenes at Salute to Vienna; Collaborative serendipity on the joint-concert front; Amnesia and the alternative: QSYO's take on "Comfort and Joy". A bumber crop of record reviews (and not a Holiday compilation among them)! All this and more...

LIVE OR ONLINE | Dec 6,

LIVE OR ONLINE | Dec 6, 2022 to Feb 15, 2023 Holidays with Gemma New. Hamilton Children’s Choir; Hamilton Youth Philharmonic Orchestra; Gemma New, conductor. Boris Brott Great Hall, FirstOntario Concert Hall, 1 Summers Ln., Hamilton. 905-526-7756. -. ● 3:00: That Choir. That Choir Carols. Greg Pike, conductor. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-419-1756 or info@thatchoir.com or www.thatchoir. com. PWYC. Also Dec 18(8pm). ● 7:00: Rose Theatre. A Next Generation Leahy Christmas. 1 Theatre Ln., Brampton. 905-874-2800 or www.therosetheatre.ca. -. ● 7:30: Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto. Let Us All Be Merry. New and favourite seasonal songs with opportunities for the audience to join in. Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto; Emerging Canadian Voices; Alexis Baro, trumpet. Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. info@amadeuschoir. com or 416-446-0188. ; (sr); (st). ● 7:30: Chorus York, Richmond Hill. Christmas Around the World. A program of international Christmas music. Chorus York; Jennifer Min-Young Lee, artistic director. Guests: The Bells of St. Matthew’s; Joan Plume, director. St. Matthew’s United Church, 333 Crosby Ave., Richmond Hill. www.chorusyork.ca or 905-884-7922. . ● 7:30: Guelph Chamber Choir. Messiah. Guelph Chamber Choir & Baroque Orchestra; Charlene Pauls, conductor. River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph. 519-993-6414. ; (sr); (ages 16-30); (under 15). (Livestream). LIVE & LIVESTREAM. ● 7:30: Howard Gladstone. Howard Gladstone with Laura Fernandez. Howard Gladstone, singer, songwriter & guitar; Laura Fernandez, vocalist & composer; Tony Quarrington, guitar, Bob Cohen, bass. Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. . . ● 7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Taylor Academy: Academy Chamber Orchestra. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or www. rcmusic.com/performance. Free. ● 7:30: Tafelmusik. Messiah. Handel: Messiah. Karina Gauvin, soprano; Christopher Lowrey, countertenor; Valerio Contaldo, tenor; and Brett Polegato, baritone; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir; Ivars Taurins, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 1-833-964-6337. From . Also Dec 16. ● 7:30: Upper Canada Brass. December Delights. John Iveson: Charivari - A Latin Fantasy; Leonard Ballantine: Don’t Doubt Him Now; Norman Bearcroft: Song of Exultation; Kevin Lau: Great North Overture; Jerome Naulais: Niagara Falls. Upper Canada Brass. Guest: Tom Hutchinson, cornet. St Mary’s Anglican Church, 10030 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 705-792-5766 or www.Bit. ly/3Ndv9x9. . ● 7:30: VOCA Chorus of Toronto. A Winter’s Eve. An array of seasonal selections, including works by Astor Piazzolla, Ola Gjeilo, and Sarah Quartel, featuring her cycle A Winter Day. Jenny Crober, conductor; Elizabeth Acker, piano; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Daniel Morphy, percussion; Jonno Lightstone, clarinet. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. www.vocachorus.ca. ; . ● 8:00: Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Stories of the Season. Martin MacDonald, conductor. P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E., Scarborough. 416-879-5566. From . Free for children under 12. ● 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Yuletide Spectacular. KW Mass Choir; Grand Philharmonic; Carousel Dance Company; Andrei Feher, conductor. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener. 519-745- 4711 or 1-888-745-4717. -. Also Dec 16, 17(2:30pm), 18(2:30pm). ● 8:00: Rose Theatre. This Is Brampton: Hype. 1 Theatre Ln., Brampton. 905-874- 2800 or www.therosetheatre.ca. . ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Mix: SongBird North. Temerty Theatre, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or www.rcmusic.com/performance. . ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. Handel: Messiah. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From . Also Dec 18(3pm), 19, 20, 21. ● 8:00: Voices Chamber Choir. Rejoice and Sing. Ron Ka Ming Cheung, conductor. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, 151 Glenlake Ave. www.voiceschoir.com. ; (sr/st). Sunday December 18 ● 2:00: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra/Bach Elgar Choir. Handel’s Messiah. Gemma New, conductor; Bach Elgar Choir. Central Presbyterian Church (Hamilton), 165 Charlton Ave. W., Hamilton. 905-526- 7756. -. Also Dec 16(7:30pm). General admission seating. ● 2:30: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Yuletide Spectacular. KW Mass Choir; Grand Philharmonic; Carousel Dance Company; Andrei Feher, conductor. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener. 519- 745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717. -. Also Dec 16(8pm), 17(2:30 & 8pm). ● 3:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. Handel: Messiah. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Lauren Fagan, soprano; Stephanie Wake-Edwards, mezzo; Michael Colvin, tenor; Elliot Madore, bass-baritone; Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From . Also Dec 17(8pm), 19(8pm), 20(8pm), 21(8pm). ● 4:00: Link Music Lab. Hani Niroo: Yalda in the Jungle. Hani Niroo, vocals; Naghmeh Farahmand, tombak’; Marzieh Rahimzadeh, santur. Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. . . NOTE: The event is in the Farsi language. ● 4:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Nine Lessons & Carols. Following the historic tradition of King’s College in Cambridge. 1585 Yonge St. www.yorkminsterpark.com. Free. ● 5:00: St. Thomas’s Anglican Church. Nine Lessons and Carols. Willcocks (arr.): Sussex Carol; Tavener: Today the Virgin; Culloten: Still, Still, Still; Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est; Traditional carols. St. Thomas’s Church Choir; Elizabeth Anderson, director & organ. 383 Huron St. 416-929-3232. Freewill offering. ● 7:00: Jazz Bistro. A Jewish Boy’s Christmas. Sam Broverman, Whitney Ross-Barris, Peter Hill, Jordan O’Connor, Tony Quarrington, Chris Tsujiuchi, Ilana Waldston, and members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. 251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299. cover. ● 7:00: Music at Met. Christmas at Metropolitan: Candlelight Lessons & Carols. Choir, handbells, choristers, youth band, and Canada’s largest pipe organ. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. www. metunited.ca/drawnear. Free. ● 7:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Mix Series: Punch Brothers. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408- 0208. From . ● 7:30: Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts. The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra: A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas. Carmen Bradford, vocalist; The Count Basie Orchestra; Scotty Barnhart, director. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 289-868-9177. -. Student pricing available. ● 7:30: St. Olave’s Anglican Church. Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. A collection of Christmas carols, anthems and readings all done by candlelight. St Olave’s Choir; Hanné Becker, director. 360 Windermere Ave. 416- 769-5686. Donations welcome. ● 8:00: That Choir. That Choir Carols. Greg Pike, conductor. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-419-1756 or info@thatchoir.com or www.thatchoir. com. PWYC. Also Dec 17(3pm). Monday December 19 ● 7:30: Knox Presbyterian Church. Longest Night Service. Hard times and the absence of loved ones can make the Christmas season a difficult one for many. A place where you can acknowledge hard things and join with others in a place of healing and peace while we worship, this service is open to all and is ideal for those who are hurting or needing to grieve hard things during this holiday season. 630 Spadina Ave. 416-921-8993. Free. Religious service. ● 7:30: The Edison Singers. The First Nowell: Christmas Carols Through the Ages. Noel Edison, conductor. Court House Theatre, 26 Queen St., Niagara-on-the-Lake. 226-384- 3100. ; (st/18 and under). Let Us All Be Merry! 34 | December 6, 2022 - February 15, 2023 thewholenote.com/just-ask

● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. Handel: Messiah. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Lauren Fagan, soprano; Stephanie Wake-Edwards, mezzo; Michael Colvin, tenor; Elliot Madore, bass-baritone; Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From . Also Dec 17, 18(3pm), 20, 21. Tuesday December 20 ● 7:30: Orpheus Choir of Toronto. Finding Our Way: Time for Cheer. Carols and seasonal songs. Orpheus Choir of Toronto; Gabriella Sundar Singh, narrator. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 416-530-4428. ; (sr); (st). ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. Handel: Messiah. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Lauren Fagan, soprano; Stephanie Wake-Edwards, mezzo; Michael Colvin, tenor; Elliot Madore, bass-baritone; Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From . Also Dec 17, 18(3pm), 19, 21. Wednesday December 21 ● 12:30: ORGANIX Concerts. Christopher Dawes, Organ. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 3055 Bloor St. W. 416-571-3680 or www.organixconcerts.ca. Freewill offering ( suggested). ● 6:00: Arraymusic. Quantum Listening with Anne Bourne. Free outdoor listening walk and sounding with the lake. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. www.arraymusic.ca or annebourne.field@gmail.com. Purchase ferry ticket in advance at www.secure.toronto.ca/ FerryTicketOnline/tickets2/index.jsp. PWYC. Also Nov 26(1pm). ● 7:00: Sultans of String. Sultans of String Christmas Caravan Show. Sultans of String; Rebecca Campbell, vocalist; Donné Roberts, guitar; Marito Marques, drums; Saskia Tomkins, nyckelharpa. Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. 416-699-6091 or www.sultanschristmascaravan.eventbrite. com. (adv); (at door). Foodbank donations accepted. ● 7:30: The Edison Singers. The First Nowell: Christmas Carols Through the Ages. Noel Edison, conductor. Knox Presbyterian Church, 51 Church St., Elora. 226-384-3100. ; (st/18 and under). ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. Handel: Messiah. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Lauren Fagan, soprano; Stephanie Wake-Edwards, mezzo; Michael Colvin, tenor; Elliot Madore, bass-baritone; Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From . Also Dec 17, 18(3pm), 19, 20. Thursday December 22 ● 7:30: Crow’s Theatre. Soundstreams: Electric Messiah. Re-imagines Handel’s great masterpiece with inspirations from different genres to create a feast of musical styles for curious listeners. Genres range from classical to jazz, improv, hip-hop and soul with a cast of vocal soloists, electric organ, harpsichord and guitar, synthesizer, turntables and hypnotic dance. 345 Carlaw Ave. www. tickets.crowstheatre.com. From $28. Also Dec 23(7:30pm), 24(1:30 & 7:30pm). ● 8:00: Hugh’s Room Live. Suzie Vinnick. 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W. www.hughsroomlive.com. ● 8:00: Massey Hall. Barenaked Ladies. 178 Victoria St. 416-872-4255. From . ● 8:00: Old Mill Toronto. A Jewish Boy’s Christmas. Sam Broverman, Whitney Ross- Barris, Peter Hill, Jordan O’Connor, Drew Jurecka, Chris Tsujiuchi, Ilana Waldston and members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. 21 Old Mill Rd. cover. ● 8:00: Roy Thomson Hall. In the Christmas Mood With the Glenn Miller Orchestra. 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. From . Friday December 23 ● 7:00: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. Words and music. 19 Trinity Sq. www.thechristmasstory.ca or 416- 598-4521 X301. Suggested donation: ; (child). Words and music on also on Dec 10(2pm), 17(2pm). ● 7:30: Crow’s Theatre. Soundstreams: Electric Messiah. Re-imagines Handel’s great masterpiece with inspirations from different genres to create a feast of musical styles for curious listeners. Genres range from classical to jazz, improv, hip-hop and soul with a cast of vocal soloists, electric organ, harpsichord and guitar, synthesizer, turntables and hypnotic dance. 345 Carlaw Ave. www. tickets.crowstheatre.com. From $28. Also Dec 24(1:30 & 7:30pm). ● 8:00: Roy Thomson Hall. The Tenors. 60 Simcoe St. www.ticketmaster.ca. From .50. Saturday December 24 ● 1:30: Crow’s Theatre. Soundstreams: Electric Messiah. Re-imagines Handel’s great masterpiece with inspirations from different genres to create a feast of musical styles for curious listeners. Genres range from classical to jazz, improv, hip-hop and soul with a cast of vocal soloists, electric organ, harpsichord and guitar, synthesizer, turntables and hypnotic dance. 345 Carlaw Ave. www. tickets.crowstheatre.com. From $28. Also Dec 24(7:30pm). ● 5:30: Music at Met. Christmas at Metropolitan: Family Christmas Eve. Contemporary service with music & activities. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. www.metunited.ca/drawnear. Free. Religious service. ● 11:00: Music at Met. Christmas at Metropolitan: Christmas Eve With Communion. The Christmas story under candlelight with choir and organ. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. www.metunited.ca/ drawnear. Free. Religious service. Sunday December 25 ● 11:00am: Music at Met. Christmas at Metropolitan: A Folktale Christmas. A cozy service with storytelling and music. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. www.metunited.ca/drawnear. Free. Religious service. Wednesday December 28 ● 3:00: Toronto Operetta Theatre. Die Fledermaus. Music by Johann Strauss II. Kirsten LeBlanc, soprano; Andrea Núñez, soprano; Keith Classen, tenor; Scott Rumble, tenor; Derek Bate, conductor; Guillermo Silva- Marin, stage director. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723 or 1–800-708-6754 or www. tolive.com. -. Also Dec 29, 30, 31 (all at 8pm). Thursday December 29 ● 1:30: Jester’s Court. A Jewish Boy’s Christmas. Sam Broverman, Whitney Ross-Barris, Peter Hill, Jordan O’Connor. 279 Queen St., Port Perry. lynn@lynnmcdonaldjazz.com. cover. ● 8:00: Toronto Operetta Theatre. Die Fledermaus. See Dec 28. Also Dec 30(8pm), 31(8pm). Saturday December 31 ● 4:00: David Hickey. Crystal Journey New Year’s Eve Concert. Crystal Journey & The Bhadra Collective. Burlington Lions Hall, 471 Pearl St., Burlington. www.eventbrite.ca or 905-928-9706. From . ● 8:00: Toronto Operetta Theatre. Die Fledermaus. See Dec 28. Sunday January 1 ● 2:30: Attila Glatz Concert Productions. Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert. Roy Conducted by Robert Cooper With Gabriella Sundar Singh (Kim's Convenience) Tickets at orpheuschoirtoronto.com thewholenote.com/just-ask December 6, 2022 - February 15, 2023 | 35

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