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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...

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Old Mill, The 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641 oldmilltoronto.com The Home Smith Bar: With a stone-lined room and deep, plus seating, the Home Smith Bar provides elevated pub food and cocktails along with straightahead live jazz. Oud and the Fuzz, The 21 Kensington Ave. 647-283-9136 theoudandthefuzz.ca An Armenian bar and live music venue, The Oud and the Fuzz features an excellent menu of Armenian food, inventive cocktails, and a rotating cast of top-notch musicians. Pamenar Café 268 Augusta Ave. 416-840-0501 http://cafepamenar.com Café by day, bar by night, Pamenar serves some of the best coffee and cocktails in the city, with a rotating cast of musicians playing both recurring gigs and one-off shows. Pilot Tavern, The 22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716 thepilot.ca With over 75 years around Yonge and Bloor, the Pilot is a multi-level bar that hosts live jazz on Saturday afternoons. Poetry Jazz Café 1078 Queen St West. poetryjazzcafe.com A sexy, clubby space, Poetry hosts live jazz, hip-hop, and DJs nightly in its new home on Queen Street West. Reposado Bar & Lounge 136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474 reposadobar.com A chic, low-light bar with top-shelf tequila, Mexican tapas, and live music. Reservoir Lounge, The 52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887 reservoirlounge.com Toronto’s self-professed original swingjazz bar and restaurant, located in a historic MAINLY CLUBS speakeasy near St. Lawrence Market, with live music four nights a week. Rev, La 2848 Dundas St. W. 416-766-0746 https://larev.ca La Rev offers their guests an authentic taste of comida casera (Mexican homestyle-cooking), and a welcoming performance space featuring some of Toronto’s most talented musicians Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The 194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475 therex.ca With over 60 shows per month of Canadian and international groups, The Rex is Toronto’s longestrunning jazz club, with full bar and kitchen menu. Sauce on Danforth 1376 Danforth Ave. 647-748-1376 sauceondanforth.com With Victorian lighting, cocktails, and an extensive tap and bottle list, Sauce on Danforth has live music Tuesday through Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The Senator Winebar 249 Victoria St 416 364-7517 thesenator.com An intimate, upscale French-inspired bistro with live music serving hearty, delicious comfort food alongside a curated selection of wine and cocktails. Smokeshow BBQ and Brew 744 Mt. Pleasant Rd 416-901-7469 Smokeshowbbqandbrew.com A laid-back venue with an emphasis on barbecue and beer, Smokeshow hosts cover artists and original music Thursday through Sunday, with Bachata lessons on Tuesdays and Karaoke on Wednesdays. Tranzac 292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137 tranzac.org A community arts venue dedicated to supporting, presenting, and promoting creative and cultural activity in Toronto, with live shows in multiple rooms every day of the week. For the past 16 months a fine selection of 8:30 pm shows at The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar have been proudly supported by Friends of the Ken Page Memorial Trust. D E C E M B E R ’ S L I N E - U P LIVE REHEARSAL OPPORTUNITIES ● Dec 18 12:00 noon: Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan/Array Music. Gamelan Meetup. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. www. meetup.com/community-gamelan-everyonemaking-beautiful-music-together/. . Also Nov 27. ● Jan 22 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Reading for singers and instrumentalists. Rafael Luz, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-781-4745 or www.cammac.ca/toronto. ; (members). ● The Choralairs. Welcoming singers in all voice parts as they resume in-person rehearsals (with masks & Covid safety protocols) on Tuesdays. Rehearsals are 7pm- 8:45pm at Edithvale C.C. 131 Finch Ave W. Toronto. Please contact Elaine at 905-731- 8416 or choralairs@gmail.com to let us know if you are coming. Check out our website at: www.choralairschoir.com. ● Etobicoke Community Concert Band. Full rehearsals every Wednesday night at 7:30pm. 309 Horner Ave. Open to all who are looking for a great band to join. Text Rob Hunter at 416-878-1730. ● North Toronto Community Band. Openings for drums, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, French horns. Rehearsals held at Willowdale Presbyterian Church 38 Ellerslie Ave. (just north of Mel Lastman Square). Monday evenings 7:30-9:30 pm. Contact ntcband@ gmail.com. MASTERCLASSES ● Feb 07 9:30am: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Guest Artists Masterclass: Sanya Eng, Harp & Ryan Scott, Percussion. Von Kuster Hall, Music Building, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767 or www.music.uwo.ca/events. Free. ONGOING EVENTS ● Mix 669. Beyond the B-side: Open Mic @ The Mix 669. Adam Golding, host. 669 College If you can read this, thank a music teacher. (Skip the hug.) MosePianoForAll.com St. 647-909-2109. cover. Weekly on Wed at 7pm. ONLINE EVENTS ● Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir. A Chorister’s Christmas - Online Video Broadcast. Directed by Nick Halley. With the Maritime Brass Quintet and Paul Halley, organ. Recorded live in All Saints Cathedral, Halifax, this year’s concert program features a new slate of carols both iconic and fresh, ranging from the 12th-century female composer Hildegard of Bingen to 21st-century arrangements of classic carols. The online broadcast is a ticketed event (pay what you can with a suggested range of - ). Click https:// www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-choristers-christmas- 2022-online-broadcast-capella-regalis-tickets-464989655577 to purchase your viewing access. Available Dec 23 at 4pm to Dec 31 at 11pm. All times are Atlantic Standard Time. ONLINE GROUPS ● Recollectiv: A unique musical online meeting group made up of people affected by memory challenges caused by illness (such as dementia) or brain injury (stroke, PTSD, etc.) and their care partners. Participation is free with pre-registration. Email info@recollectiv.ca for meeting times, information and registration. A vacation for your dog! Barker Avenue Boarding in East York call or text 416-574-5250 BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS Economical and visible! Promote your services & products to our musically engaged readers, in print and on-line. BOOKING DEADLINE: JANUARY 24 classad@thewholenote.com Sat. Dec 3 Rich Brown's Rinse - The Algorithm Quartet: Rich, bass; Luis Deniz, sax; Jeremy Ledbetter, keyboard, Janu Issac, drums Wed. Dec 7 Pat LaBarbera Quartet - Pat on sax; Brian Dickinson, piano; Neil Swainson, bass; Terry Clarke, drums Sun. Dec 18 Jacob's Cattle Quintet: Roy Patterson, guitar; Aline Homzy, violin; Burke Carroll, pedal steel; Andrew Downing, bass; Adam Fielding, drums Wed Dec 21 Lorne Lofsky Quartet: Lorne on guitar; Rob Piltch. guitar; Neil Swainson, bass; Barry Romberg, drums. On Dec 31, 2022 the Ken Page Memorial Trust will wrap up its affairs after 24 remarkable years filled with wonderful memories. With warmest wishes for a happy, festive month ahead, we thank you - as always - for your support of the music. DO YOU DRIVE? Do you love The WholeNote? Share the love and earn a little money! Join our circulation team, and deliver 8 times a year. Currently seeking circulation associates in the Hamilton/ Halton area and Bloor St West (M6 postal area). Interested? Contact: circulation@thewholenote.com 42 | December 6, 2022 - February 15, 2023 thewholenote.com/just-ask

BLUE PAGES 23rd annual directory of MUSIC MAKERS Welcome to the third, cumulative printing of our 23rd annual “Blue Pages” index of music presenters and arts services providers. The organizations listed below (with a bit of “teaser” info!) have opted in via their WholeNote membership. New additions since the last print index are highlighted in red; and a number of participants accidentally omitted from the last index are in blue. Full profiles can be found online at thewholenote.com - hover over our “Who’s Who” tab, then click on “2022-23 Presenter Profiles” to see the details of what’s coming up this season. Profiles will remain online for the year, and we’ll be adding more as they come in, so check back often. For information on WholeNote membership and how to join the Blue Pages, email members@thewholenote.com Wishing you all a happy musical season! Aga Khan Museum “Experience the magic of performance at the Aga Khan Museum as local and global artists connect cultures through the power of the arts.” agakhanmuseum.org Alliance Française Toronto “Alliance Française Toronto is dedicated to the Greater Toronto Area Community and committed to promoting and presenting cultural events that highlight the diversity of Francophone Culture, such as concerts, exhibitions, lectures or cinema.” alliance-francaise.ca/en Amadeus Choir “Toronto’s 90-member Amadeus Choir is delighted to present a 2022/23 season of live choral performances with new commissions, classic favourites, outdoor and indoor performances, and a stellar roster of guest artists.” amadeuschoir.com Amici Chamber Ensemble “Amici Chamber Ensemble celebrates 33 years as one of Canada’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles. Artistic Directors clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas, cellist David Hetherington and pianist Serouj Kradjian invite some of the finest musicians to join them in innovative and eclectic programming, celebrating friendship through music.” amiciensemble.com Annex Singers of Toronto “Now in its 43rd season, The Annex Singers is a spirited, auditioned, 65-voice choir with an eclectic repertoire spanning seven centuries.” annexsingers.com Art of Time Ensemble “Exploring the relationship between classical music in its many forms and other genres such as jazz, pop, electronica, rock, folk, electroacoustic, gospel and others, Art of Time seeks to reveal the qualities that lie at the heart of all great music.” artoftimeensemble.com Azrieli Music Prizes “The Azrieli Music Prizes: Discovering, creating, performing and celebrating excellence in music composition.” azrielifoundation.org/amp Barrie Concert Band “Over the years, the Barrie Concert Band has participated in various city events, presenting regular winter and summer concerts, and providing music at local churches and seniors’ homes. The band performs an average of 8 concerts per year and is available for special functions.” barrieconcertband.org Canadian Opera Company “The Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada.” Canadian Sinfonietta coc.ca “The Canadian Sinfonietta (CS) performs both as a larger orchestra and in smaller ensembles, with a mission to attract new concert goers through a balance of traditional and new works. Programs often feature multi-cultural music, nonwestern instruments, and diverse Canadian artists.” canadiansinfonietta.com Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra “Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra has been bringing to Greater Toronto audiences some of the greatest musical masterpieces, and new Canadian compositions, since 1986. Our 2022/23 season, under the baton of Maestro Martin MacDonald, promises six evenings of exceptional orchestral music.” cathedralbluffs.com Church of St. Mary Magdalene Gallery Choir “Every Sunday an award winning choir of volunteers sings music from the early Renaissance to the most recent Canadian composers.” stmarymagdalene.ca Confluence Concerts “An act or process of merging”: “Confluence produces joyous, daring and thought-provoking events within a warm atmosphere of intimacy and discovery. Artistic Associates Larry Beckwith, Marion Newman, Andrew Downing, Patricia O’Callaghan and Suba Sankaran curate a wide variety of collaborative programs.” confluenceconcerts.ca COSA Canada: The Centre for Opera Studies & Appreciation “We excite the music in everyone - the story-singers on stage, and the story-catchers in the audience! Join in our house concerts, premieres, productions, artist spotlights and opera pops!” cosacanada.org Counterpoint Community Orchestra “Counterpoint’s 39th season features 3 new works plus Schumann, Dvorak, Mozart and more.” ccorchestra.ca DaCapo Chamber Choir “We aim to foster an appreciative community of listeners, but more importantly we intend our performances to serve a humanizing and sensitizing function—to foster a truly civil community characterized by appreciation, acceptance, and celebration.” dacapochamberchoir.ca Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University “In our 2022/23 season, we are proud to welcome you in person to experience the incredible diversity of musical styles and genres our students, faculty and guest artists have to offer.” music.uwo.ca Edison Singers “The Edison Singers is a fully professional chamber choir. This upcoming season is literally our second new beginning. We can’t wait to see you at a performance this season.” theedisonsingers.com Elmer Iseler Singers “Elmer Iseler Singers is a 20-voice Toronto-based professional chamber choir directed by Lydia Adams. Founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, EIS is known for tonal beauty and interpretive range.” elmeriselersingers.com Ensemble Vivant “Chamber music at its evocative best!” ensemblevivant.com Esprit Orchestra “Founded in 1983 by Music Director and Conductor Alex Pauk, Esprit Orchestra’s commitment to commissioning and advancing contemporary music has set it apart as one of the few organizations of its kind on a global scale.” espritorchestra.com Etobicoke Centennial Choir “After a joyous return to live performance in May 2022, Etobicoke Centennial Choir looks forward with great anticipation and hope to a full season of live choral music!” etobcokecentennialchoir.ca Etobicoke Community Concert Band “Great music … right in your own backyard!” eccb.ca Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra “Priding itself on being an affordable, accessible and welcoming concert experience, the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra (EPO) has been celebrating symphonic music in Etobicoke for over 60 years.” eporchestra.ca Exultate Chamber Singers “Founded in 1981, Exultate Chamber Singers is an award-winning adult mixed-voice chamber choir of richly varied ages and cultural backgrounds. Together they form a passionate, committed ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire.” exultate.net Flute Street “Flute Street is comprised entirely of flutes, from the tiny twelve inch piccolo through to the very rare twelve foot double contrabass flute.” flutestreet.ca thewholenote.com December 2022 - January 2023 | 43

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