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Volume 28 Issue 4 | February - March 2023

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Volume 28 no.4, covering Feb, March and into early April '23! David Olds remembers composer John Beckwith; Andrew Timar reflects on the life and times of artistic polymath Michael Snow; Mezzo Emily Fons, in town for Figaro, on trouser roles, the life of a mezzo-soprano on the road and more; Colin Story on the Soft-Seat beat; tracks from 22 new recordings added to our Listening Room. All this and more.

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Ongoing, On Demand & Other COMMUNITY GROUPS ● Apr 01 7:00: Toronto Gilbert & Sullivan Society. April Fool’s Day Celebration. Excerpts from The Yeomen of the Guard, humorous anecdotes, a tricky quiz, a singalong, refreshments, and more. St. Andrew’s United Church (Bloor St.), 117 Bloor St E. Free(members); (non-members). All welcome. COMPETITIONS ● Azrieli Music Prizes. Call for Submissions - Choral Competition. Deadline: May 5, 2023. Further information at ● International Music Festival and Competition. Providing musicians with opportunities to perform, to conduct and to write music while receiving professional guidance by leading experts in the classical music industry. Students and young professionals of all nationalities, ages, levels, and musical disciplines are invited to apply. Further information at Visit Registration deadline: Sunday, March 5, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (EST). LIVE REHEARSAL OPPORTUNITIES ● Feb 05 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization (TEMPO). Franco-Flemish Delights. Music from the 15th and 16th century. Femke Bergsma, recorder & instructor. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. or ● Feb 12 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Bach’s Cantata No. 131. Reading for singers and instrumentalists. Mervin Fick, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. or www.cammac. ca/toronto. ; (members). ● May 20 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Beethoven’s Mass in C. Reading for singers and instrumentalists. Robert Cooper, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-482-6562 or ; (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 to let us know if you are coming. Check out our website at: ● Chorus York, Richmond Hill. Welcoming singers in all voice parts as we resume in-person rehearsals (with masks & COVID safety protocols) starting Jan 10, 2023. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 10066 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. Feel free to come and sit in on a rehearsal as we prepare for our spring concert. Contact Mary-Lou at 905-884-7922 or email to let us know that you are coming so we can have some music ready for you. Check out our website at www. for information about the choir. ● 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@ ● Strings Attached Orchestra, North York. Welcoming all string players (especially viola, cello, bass) starting Jan 9. Rehearsals are Mondays 7 to 9 p.m. at the Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. (Bathurst/ Sheppard). Come sit in on a rehearsal as we prepare for our June season finale, with works by Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Warlock, and more. Email us first at to receive music and other details. Check out our website at www. for more information. MASTERCLASS ● 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 Free. ONGOING EVENTS ● Mix 669. Beyond the B-side: Open Mic @ The Mix 669. Adam Golding, host. 669 College St. 647-909-2109. cover. Weekly on Wed at 7pm. 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 for meeting times, information and registration. ONLINE ON DEMAND & PODCASTS ● Arts@Home. A vibrant hub connecting Torontonians to arts and culture. Designed to strengthen personal and societal resilience through the arts. Search listings online at Piano, Voice, Guitar, Harp Strings, Woodwinds, Brass Conducting, Composition Awards, Prizes and Scholarships Recitals, Concerts, Workshops Career advancement Marketing and promotions | 905.604.8854 | Choose between in-person or via recorded performance. 44 | February & March, 2023 There’s a wealth of content on our website that doesn’t appear in the print magazine. HalfTones Sign up on our home page to receive our mid-cycle e-letter, and weekly event listings updates The Listening Room Located in our Recordings tab, this online feature offers enhanced versions of recordings we’ve reviewed, where you can click to listen, and click to buy! Detailed event listings Updated weekly, these are searchable in a variety of ways (date, gene, location etc) Presenters! You can submit an event listing, at any time - using the form in our LISTINGS tab Our blog Offers additional articles and concert reports WHO'S WHO Our online directories Under the Who’s Who tab on our home page you can find ● our 2022-23 Blue Pages annual directory of music makers, with detailed profiles of presenters and organisations; ● our 2023 Summer Music Education directory. Starting February 15 we’ll be uploading this summer’s profiles, with weekly updates as more arrive Starting in spring of 2023 we’ll begin updating ● our Canary Pages choral directory online, followed by ● our Green Pages Summer Music Festivals directory, in late spring, updating into the summer. WHO’S WHO in print! In the April/May print magazine, we’ll include indexes for the Summer Education and Choral directories with “teaser” information to guide online reading. In the combined Summer edition the WHO’S WHO index will also include Summer Festivals For information on how to join any of our directories, please contact Karen Ages. or 416-323-2232 x26. U P D A T E S OUR PUBLICATION SCHEDULE FOR THE REST OF THE 2022-23 SEASON April & May Vol 28 No 5 digital: Friday March 24 print: Tuesday March 28 Summer 2023 (June/July/August) Vol 28 No 6 digital: Friday May 26 print: Tuesday May 30 Halftones (our mid-cycle e-letter) Tues Feb 28 Tues May 2 Tues July 11 Our 2023-2024 publication schedule will be available August 1. INTERESTED IN ADVERTISING? INTERESTED IN WRITING? HAVE A STORY IDEA? BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS Economical and visible! Promote your services & products to our musically engaged readers, in print and on-line. BOOKING DEADLINE: MARCH 14 A vacation for your dog! Barker Avenue Boarding in East York call or text 416-574-5250 A SHARPER EDGE machetes, scythes & axes clippers, scissors and knives ALSO tree felling, trail-making, and chainsaw maintenance 416-705-8427 If you can read this, thank a music teacher. (Skip the hug.) DO YOU DRIVE? Do you love The WholeNote? Share the love and earn a little money! Join our circulation team, and deliver 6 times a year. Currently seeking circulation associates in the GTA (M2, M4 & M5 postal code areas. Interested? Contact: CLASSIFIEDS – ONLINE! FREE online classifieds: if you’re offering immediate paid employment opportunities for musicians. 60 word limit. All other online classifieds: for 60 words for up to two months. Discounts for ongoing bookings. Promote skills and services | buy & sell. Recruit members for choirs, bands, orchestras. Find a music director, or a music teacher | Advertise a venue. INQUIRIES BY EMAIL ONLY: February & March, 2023 | 45

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