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Volume 28 Issue 6 | Summer 2023

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Fast start to the summer and it just keeps going: Luminato walks with Little Amal; the Historical Organ Society comes to town; composer Carmen Braden is keeping busy; Phil Nimmons turns 100; TSM's metamorphosis; and check out live links in ads, listings and our easy surfing directory of summer festivals. See you August 30 for Volume 29 no.1


LIVE OR ONLINE | Jun 1 to Sep 7, 2023 Thursday June 1 ● 11:00am: Encore Symphonic Concert Band. Monthly Concert. 35-piece concert band performing band concert music, pop tunes, jazz standards (2 singers) and the occasional march. Trinity Presbyterian Church York Mills, 2737 Bayview Ave. www. . ● 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Voice Series: Prayers, Hopes, and Letters. A program of arias and duets including music from Verdi’s Otello, and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Charlotte Siegel and Ariane Cossette, sopranos. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. Free. ● 12:00 noon: Music at Met. Thursday Noon at Met Concert Series. Works by Mozart, Brahms, Strauss, Rossini, and others. Veronika Anissimova, soprano; Ivan Jovanovic, piano. Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. E. Free. LIVE & STREAMED. With in-person only carillon recital at 11:30am. ● 7:00: Danielle Basells. Little Bit a’ Love Album Launch. Jazz, pop, swing. Performers: Camilo Restrepo (7pm); Dizzy and Fay (7:30pm); Denielle Bassels (8pm). Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. www.eventbrite. ca/e/denielle-bassels-little-bit-a-love-livealbum-launch-tickets-574626682877. ; (general admission + CD). ● 7:00: El Mocambo. Come As You Are Pride Kickoff. Madison Violet with special guest Sarah Macdougall and an afterparty with DJ Secret Agent. 464 Spadina Ave. ● 7:00: Opera Revue. Debauchery at The Dakota. Strauss: Meine Lippen; Weill: Youkali; Bizet: Toreador; Satie: Je te veux; Mozart: Là ci darem la mano. Danie Friesen, soprano; Alexander Hajek, baritone; Claire Elise Harris, piano; A’Slayna Von Hunt, Tucker, Bianca Boom Boom, and Thrasher, burlesque dancers. The Dakota, 249 Ossington Ave. 647- 637-7491 or www.operarevueoperarevue. com/debauchery-at-the-dakota. -. Also May 31. ● 7:30: ORGANIX Concerts/Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto. Italian Arts Festival. Eugenio Maria Fagiani, organ. Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, 28 Norfolk St., Guelph. 416- 571-3680 or ; (RCCO/CIOC). ● 8:00: Alliance Française de Toronto. Virtuosi by the Leleu Brothers. Thomas Leleu, tuba; Romain Leleu, trumpet. Spadina Theatre, Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Rd. . ● 8:00: Hugh’s Room Live. Lester McLean @ 3030 Dundas West. Hugh’s Room, 3030 Dundas St. W. (live); (livestream). LIVE & LIVESTREAM. ● 8:00: The Jazz Room. Francesco Cafiso with the Roberto Occhipinti Trio. Jazz Room, Huether Hotel, 59 King St N., Waterloo. . Also May 31(7:30pm) at the Columbus Centre, Toronto. ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Brahms 2 + Benedetti Plays Marsalis. Marsalis: Violin Concerto (Canadian Premiere); Brahms: Symphony No.2. Nicola Benedetti, violin; Elim Chan, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From . Also Jun 3. ● 8:30: Fallsview Casino Resort. POP 2000 Tour. Featuring Smash Mouth, Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC, O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, and LFO. Fallsview Casino Resort, OLG Stage, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls. 1-877-833-3110 or ● 8:30: SING! The Toronto International Vocal Arts Festival. In Concert: Naturally 7 with Asian Riffing Trio. The Concert Hall, 888 Yonge St. From . Friday June 2 ● 7:00: Browntasauras Records. Nick Maclean Quartet. Featuring Brownman Ali. Nick Maclean, piano; Brownman Ali, trumpet; Bennett Young, bass; Jacob Wutzke, drums. Contxt, 254 Lansdowne Ave. 416-389-2643 or ; (adv). ● 7:00: Jazz at Durbar. Matt Pines Jazz Trio. Matt Pines, piano; Peter Telford, double-bass;, and Rebecca Enkin, vocals. Durbar Indian Restaurant, 2469 Bloor St. W. 416-762-4441. . ● 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Pomegranate. Music by Kye Marshall. Libretto by Amanda Hale. Canadian Opera Company Chorus & Orchestra; Rosemary Thomson, conductor; Jennifer Tarver, director. Canadian Opera Company Theatre, 227 Front St. E. 416-363-8231 or 1-800- 250-4653 or From . Also Jun 3, 4(2pm). At 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. ● 7:30: North Wind Concerts. Traverso- Palooza. Works by Boismortier, Dornel, Quantz, Hotteterre, Woollen, and the performers. Leslie Allt, Laura Chambers, Jin Cho, Anthea Conway-White, Alison Melville, and Emily Richardson, baroque flutes. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-305-1732 or events/detail/997. Pay-What-You-Wish. ● 8:00: Massey Hall. Death Cab for Cutie: Asphalt Meadows Tour. With special guest Lomelda. 178 Victoria St. com/. From . Also Jun 3. ● 8:00: TONE Festival. RAWL / Naomi McCarroll-Butler / Unguent. Tibet Street Records, 102 Ossington Ave. /(adv). Enter through back alley. Saturday June 3 ● 12:30: Tafelmusik. Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute: Baroque Portraits. An informal chamber recital by TBSI faculty members. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. Free. No tickets required. Event listings are free of charge to artists, venues and presenters. This issue contains event listings from June 1 to September 7, 2023. IN THIS ISSUE ● Live and/or livestream (date-specific daily listings for performances, workshops, etcetera ● Directory of alternative venues (mainly clubs mostly jazz) ● Ongoing, On Demand and Other (not tied to a specific date) HOW TO LIST 1. Use the convenient online form at 2. Email listings to Please note, we do not take listings over the phone. PLACEMENT Listings are received every day and published in all media for which they are received in time. • WEEKLY LISTINGS UPDATE (e-letter & online) • JUST ASK (searchable online listings database) • PRINT (see list of 2023/24 publication dates on page 9). DEADLINES Weekly Listings Update and Just Ask: Eligible listings received by 6pm Tuesday, each week, will be included in the following Sunday’s e-letter, and simultaneously posted to our searchable online listings database. Print: Our next print issue, Volume 29 no.1 covers September 2023. The print submission deadline for that issue will be Tuesday August 15. Please note: the Weekly listing e-letter typically looks 2-3 weeks ahead; the Just Ask database is searchable as far into the future as we have listings. Listings received for the Weekly Update prior to an upcoming print deadline do not need to be resubmitted unless there are changes. REGISTER FOR THE WEEKLY LISTINGS UPDATE at All other inquiries about WholeNote listings should be addressed to John Sharpe, Listings Editor at 36 | Summer 2023

● 1:00: SING! The Toronto International Vocal Arts Festival. 2023 Mass Choir Event (Concert and Workshops) feat. Retrocity. Choirs, individuals, and world-class artists sing as one in the SING! Mass Choir. A full day of workshops, followed by an evening concert. The Concert Hall, 888 Yonge St. From .50. ● 2:00: Barrie Concert Band. Barrie Concert Band Goes Broadway. Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier St., Barrie. 705-735-0720 or ; (st). ● 2:00: Grand Harmony A Cappella Chorus. Reaching New Heights. Straighten Up and Fly Right; The Place Where the Lost Things Go; Nowhere To Go But Up/Let’s Fly a Kite; With a Little Help from my Friends; Imagine. Maple Reserve Men’s Quartet; Key of She Quartet; Rezonation Quartet; Vocal Vitality Ensemble. Community Christian Reformed Church, 1275 Bleams Rd., New Hamburg. 519-291-1656 or (e-transfer). ; (st); Free(under 6). A fundraiser to assist with expenses to the Sweet Adelines International Stage in Louisville, KY in Oct 2023. ● 2:00: The Jazz Project. Pass Me the Jazz! They Say It’s Spring; The Look of Love; Here Comes the Sun; Bass Singin’ Blues; Pass Me the Jazz. Chamber choir (10 singers) plus jazz trio (piano, bass and drums). Church of the Transfiguration, 111 Manor Rd. E. 647-285- 0338. . ● 4:00: ORGANIX Concerts/Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto. Italian Arts Festival. Mario Ciferri, organ. Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-571-3680 or ; (RCCO/ CIOC). ● 4:00: Whistling Gardens. Arcady: Emerging Artists Recital in the Gardens. Works by Ronald Beckett, Emma Verdonk, and Benjamin Gabbay. Sophia Korz, singer & songwriter; Roanna Kitchen, soprano; Olivia Maldonado, soprano; and Maria Milenic, mezzo; Benjamin Gabbay, piano. 698 Concession 3, Wilsonville. Tickets: or 519-428-3185 or in person at Whistling Gardens’ Garden Centre. Tickets include a same-day pass to the botanical gardens and fountain shows. From ; (under 18). COSE Celebration of Small Ensembles June 3 at 5pm Far From Triumphing Court Unspoken Poetry Colour You Like ● 5:00: Music Toronto. Celebration of Small Ensembles. (1) Far From Triumphing Court: Renaissance and Contemporary Songs Centred in Indigenous Storytelling. duo nistwayr (Jonathon Adams, baritone; Jesse Plessis, piano; Lucas Harris, lute). Works by Dowland, Purcell, Crumb and Plessis. (2) Unspoken Poetry. Interro Quartet (Steve Sang Koh, violin; Eric Kim- Fujita, violin; Maxime Despax, viola; Sebastian Ostertag, cello). Works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Grażyna Bacewicz, Hildegard von Bingen, and Rebecca Clarke. (3) Colour You Like. Radia (Ryan Davis, viola) with the Gryphon Trio (Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin; Roman Borys, cello; Jamie Parker, piano). Aperture Room, Thornton-Smith Building, 340 Yonge St. www. (3-concert pass); (single); (st/arts). ● 7:00: Opera Sustenida. Il trovatore: The Movie - Live Launch & Concert. Live performances from your favourite divas and special guest artists, tarot readings, audience Q&A, and a sneak peek at Il trovatore: The Movie. Opera Sustenida: Stephanie DeCiantis, soprano; Nicole Whitney Dubinsky, soprano; Daniella Theresia, mezzo; Suzanne Yeo, piano. Guests: Hassan Anami, tenor; Andrew Tees, baritone; and Dylan Wright, bass. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ; (VIP). Each ticket holder will also receive 1 Digital Viewer ticket to watch the full Il trovatore: The Movie running on YouTube - Jun 4-Jul 5. ● 7:30: À La Mode Choir. In the Key of Arrr! Works by Bengt Ollén, Loreena McKennitt, The Arrogant Worms, and Great Big Sea. Music Hall Hamilton, 24 Main St. W., Hamilton. 289-682-0385 or www.alamodechoir. com. . ● 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Pomegranate. See Jun 2. Also Jun 4(2pm). At 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. ● 7:30: Etobicoke Centennial Choir. Musica Borealis: Music of Northern Lands. Eriks Esenvalds: Northern Lights; Sibelius: This Is My Song (from Finlandia); Grieg: Ave Maris Stella; John Rutter: A Ukrainian Prayer; Paul Halley: Song for Canada; and other works. Karen Mac- Leod, soprano; Mélissa Danis, mezzo; Lauren Halasz, alto; David Finneran, Etobicoke Centennial Choir Saturday, June 3, 7:30 pm musica borealis music of northern lands tenor; Carl Steinhauser, piano; Henry Renglich, conductor. Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd. 416-779- 2258 or www.etobicokecentennialchoir. ca. . ● 7:30: Hamilton Children’s Choir. Illumini Feature Concert: Irresistible Revolution. Guests: Hamilton You Poets. St. James Anglican Church, 137 Melville St., Dundas. From $28. ● 7:30: Jubilate Singers. Dreams. Rosephanye Powell: I Dream a World; Victor Mio: A Dream Within a Dream; Sewepagahm: Sleepy Song; Ben Bolden: Tread Softly, Deborah Park: New Work (world premiere). Jubilate Singers; Ivan Jovanovic, piano; Isabel Bernaus, conductor. Church of St. Peter and St. Simon-the-Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. 416-485-1988. ; (sr); (st). ● 7:30: Kitchener Waterloo Community Orchestra. KWCO Features Kiwanis Festival Concerto Winners. Mozart: 1st Movement from Piano Concerto No.23 in A K.488; Rachmaninoff: 1st Movement from Piano Concerto No.1 Op.1; Mozart: 1st Movement from Piano Concerto No.20 in d K.466; and symphonic works by Brahms. Angela Liang, piano; Anthony Vu, piano; Jonathan Zhao, piano; Kitchener Waterloo Community Orchestra. Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo. 519-744-2666. (adults/sr); (college/univ st); Free(high school st and younger). The KWCO strongly encourages the wearing of masks out of respect for the vulnerable members of our community. ● 7:30: Opera by Request. Madonnaizetti. Carol McLeod, soprano. Other artists TBA. College St. United Church, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. Admission by donation. Jubilate isabel bernaus conductor singers ivan Jovanovic piano Dreams Gabriel FaurÉ Deborah ParK roS e P haNYe P o W ell roberT SChuM a N N S herrY l S e W e Pa G ahaM Church of St. Peter & St. Simon 525 bloor St. e. Sat. June 3 7:30 pm ● 8:00: Acoustic Harvest. 25th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser. James Gordon, Mary Kelly, Chris McKhool & The Sultans of String, John Prince & A Piece of the Rock, Garnet Rogers, and others. St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St., Scarborough. www. or 416-729-7564. /(adv). ● 8:00: Chamber Music Society of Mississauga. Moneka Arabic Jazz. Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 647-892-8251 or . ● 8:00: Massey Hall. Death Cab for Cutie: Asphalt Meadows Tour. With special guest Lomelda. 178 Victoria St. com/. From . Also Jun 2. ● 8:00: North York Concert Orchestra. Unforgettable & Unfinished. Ryan Trew: Come Closer; Schubert: Symphony No.8 in b D.759 “Unfinished”; Bernstein: Overture to Candide. Rachel Krehm, soprano. Pan Pacific Hotel Ballroom, 900 York Mills Rd., North York. 1-888-687-6926. ; (sr); (under 30). ● 8:00: ORGANIX Concerts/Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto. Italian Arts Festival. Eugenio Maria Fagiani, organ. Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-571-3680 or www. ; (RCCO/ CIOC). ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Show One Presents: Polina Osetinskya - Baroque Music from the Greatest Movies of All Time. Bach: Italian Concerto in F; Bach: Chorale Prelude “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” (“I cry to you, Lord”); Bach: Toccata in e; Bach: Siciliano from Sonata No.2 in E-flat for flute and harpsichord (attributed to Bach); Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in c; Handel: Sarabande from Suite No.4 in d; and other works Lunchtime Concerts Mondays at 12:15 June 5 - A Celebration of Persian Music June 12 - Warren Nicholson, guitar June 19 - Odin Quartet with pianist Alex Panizza June 26 - Ezra Duo July 3 - Conrad Gold, organ Admission: PWYC Church of the Holy Trinity Summer 2023 | 37

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