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Volume 28 Issue 5 | April & May 2023

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April and May is Canary Time in the world of WholeNote -- the time when choirs in larger than usual numbers refresh the info in our online "Who's Who" to inform prospective choristers and audiences what they have to offer. Also inside: There's a new New Wave to catch at Esprit; Toronto Bach Festival no 6 includes a Kafeehaus; another new small venue on the "Soft Seat Beat" (we assume the seats are soft!); an ever-so Musically Theatrical spring. And more.

IN THE CLUBS Ongoing, On

IN THE CLUBS Ongoing, On Demand & Other CONRAD GLUCH College St. Jazz Festival, continued from page 32 Trash Panda Brass Band The inaugural CSJF is “focused on gender representation, cultural diversity, and emerging artists,” and its lineup is reflective of this mandate. Day 1 begins with pianist Jennifer Lo, appearing with her trio at Free Times Cafe. Day 2 features the vibraphonist Racha Moukalled’s trio at Sellers & Newell, as well as bassist/vocalist Carlie Howell’s group, saxophonist Alison Young’s trio, and vocalist Chloe Watkinson, all at The Emmet Ray. (Also of note: Carlie Howell will moderate a panel on gender representation in jazz at Sellers & Newell in the afternoon, prior to the start of the day’s performances.) On day 3, Grapevine Duo (trombonist/vocalist Charlotte McAfee-Brunner and guitarist Jared Higgins) appears at Bar Pompette, the vocalist Laila Biali’s trio plays the College Street United Church and the festival closes with a triple bill at Revival, as Trash Panda Brass Band, vocalist Tara Moneka’s Diljah Sextet, and vocalist Queen Pepper all take the stage. Colin Story is a jazz guitarist, writer and teacher based in Toronto. He can be reached at, on Instagram and on Twitter. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ● Azrieli Music Prizes. Focus on Choral Music. Performance partner: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Chorus. Deadline: May 5, 2023. No entry fee. Visit www. FESTIVALS ● Estonian Music Week 2023, May 25 & 27. May 25: Mari Kalkun, Triskele, Kirke Karja Trio, and others at multiple venues in Toronto. See daily listings for details of the May 27 concert, Nordic Perspectives, by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra; Kara-Lis Coverdale, piano; Kirke Karja, piano; and Triskele, voice & traditional instruments in Hamilton. Further information at or ● Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, Jun 1–4. Registry Theatre (Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun). THEMUSEUM (Fri). KPL Theatre (Sat). Trillium Lutheran (Sat). Victoria Park (Sun). AOK Craft Beer and Arcade (Sun). Featured performers: The Returned by Portal Dance, ce qui nous traverse, Yang Chen, Medusa, Peter Hatch, Lithophonica, Earth Ether Ensemble; Melody McKiver, Counterstasis Trio with special guest Kathryn Ladano, Erin Donovan with her company Hear Here Productions, and the finale concert with Daniel Ramjattan. Festival also includes workshops for local students and community engaging with Erin Donovan and guests from Hear Here Productions involving music, movement, and the written word. For information, visit ● SING! The Toronto International Vocal Arts Festival, May 29-Jun 4. Performers include Naturally 7, Countermeasure, Mezzotono, and others. For information and tickets, visit IN-PERSON 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. LECTURES & SYMPOSIA ● Apr 24 10:00am: Beach United Church. Lecture Series: Joni Mitchell - Words and Music. Six-week lecture series with Dr Mike Daley. 140 Wineva Ave. joni-mitchell-words-music-lecture-serieswith-dr-mike-daley-tickets-530653728587. From . Also Apr 17, May 1, 8, 15, 29. ● May 28 1:30: Toronto Bach Festival. Annual Bach Lecture - J.S. Bach: Cantor, Capellmeister, Director. Presented by Daniel R. Melamed. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. Tickets: 416-466-8241. . MAINLY CLUBS continued from page 51 Tavern regularly hosts indie, rock, and other musical genres on its stage. Old Mill, The 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641 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 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 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 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. 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 A chic, low-light bar with top-shelf tequila, Mexican tapas, and live music. Reservoir Lounge, The 52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887 Toronto’s self-professed original swingjazz bar and restaurant, located in a historic speakeasy near St. Lawrence Market, with live music four nights a week. Rev, La 2848 Dundas St. W. 416-766-0746 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 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 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 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 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 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. 52 | April & May, 2023

TORONTO BACH FESTIVAL ANNUAL BACH LECTURE May 28 | 1:30pm ● Jul 4-7. University of Toronto. Choral Conducting Symposium. Dr. Jamie Hillman, Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting, University of Toronto; Dr. Felicia Barber, Associate Professor of Choral Conducting, Adjunct, Yale University; Dr. Darryl Edwards, Professor, Voice Studies, University of Toronto; Dr. Joy Lee, Collaborative Pianist, University of Toronto. For information, visit MASTERCLASS ● Apr 14 7:30: Remenyi House of Music. Piano Masterclass. Martín García García, piano. Remenyi House of Music, Unit 15, 109 Vanderhoof Ave. masterclass-with-martin-garcia-garcia-tickets-548005829187. . MUSICAL THEATRE ● Luminato Festival/TO Live. Treemonisha: A Musical Reimagining. Music by Scott Joplin. Book & Libretto adapted by Leah-Simone Bowen. Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. www. Previews: from . Regular: from . Previews Jun 6, 7 & 8. Runs Jun 10, 11, 14-17. ● Musical Stage Company/Canadian Stage. Kelly v. Kelly. Book by Sara Farb. Music & Lyrics by Britta Johnson. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St. From . From May 26 to Jun 18. Start times vary. ● Scarborough Music Theatre. Godspell. Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Book by John Michael Tebelak. Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd., Scarborough. 416- 267-9292 or scarborough-music-theatre/productions/godspell/. ; (sr/st); (group rate). Runs May 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20. ● Theatre Myth Collective. Inge(new) – In Search of a Musical. Music by Rosalind Mills. Lyrics by Julia Appleton. Book & Additional Lyrics by Evan Tsitsias. Tracy Michailidis, Astrid Van Wieren, Cory O’Brien and Elora Joy Sarmiento, performers; Evan Tsitsias, director; Kieren MacMillan, music director. Red Sandcastle, 922 Queen St. E. Tickets: www. or . From May 24 to June 4, 2023, every evening at 8pm, with 2:30pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. University of Toronto Choral Conducting Symposium July 4-7, 2023 Dr. Jamie Hillman Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting, University of Toronto Dr. Felicia Barber Associate Professor of Choral Conducting, Adjunct, Yale University Dr. Darryl Edwards Professor, Voice Studies, University of Toronto Dr. Joy Lee Collaborative Pianist, University of Toronto April & May, 2023 | 53

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