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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

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y local and international artists, delicious food, and exciting activities for the whole family!” South Coast Jazz 10th Anniversary Festival ● “Toronto’s mini-opera festival is presenting 3 exciting works this summer with emerging Canadian artists!” Sun Life UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues Intersection Music & Arts Festival ● September 1 - 3, 2023 ● ● “Intersection brings new & experimental music directly to the streets of Toronto.” Leith Summer Festival ● June 24 - August 27, 2023 ● ● “Each summer, the Leith Summer Festival takes place in the intimacy of an historic church with excellent acoustics that are enjoyed by musicians and audiences alike.” Markham Village Music Festival ● June 16-17, 2023 ● ● “Largest outdoor music festival in York Region. 5 stages of entertainment, craft & food booths, Barkham, Kidz Zone. Fun for the whole family!” Music Mondays ● June 5 - September 4, 2023 ● ● “A summer lunchtime concert series in the heart of downtown Toronto at the historic Church of the Holy Trinity beside the Eaton Centre. Mondays at 12:15. PWYC” Music Niagara ● June 18 - August 29, 2023 ● ● “Set in beautiful Niagara-on-the- Lake, Music Niagara Celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season, featuring acclaimed international artists, festival favourites The Fitzgeralds, Steve McDade Jazz Quintet, Quartetto Gelato, The Toronto All-Star Big Band, Chopin competition legend pianist Dang Thai Son and many more.” No Strings Theatre: SummerStage 2023 ● July 17 - August 20, 2023 ● ● “It’s summer and all the world’s a stage! Check out No Strings Theatre’s Summer- Stage - The Storyteller by Kathleen Mills in the heart of downtown Toronto in July, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, on a horse farm near Orangeville in August, and a dinner theatre event at the Granite Pub!” Ottawa Chamberfest ● July 20 - August 4, 2023 ● ● “Ottawa Chamberfest, under the motto “Changing lives through music”, presents chamber music year-round through our annual summer festival, a year-round concert series, and community engagement and education activities. We will celebrate 30 years in 2024.” Rhythms of Canada (Aga Khan Museum) ● June 30–July 3 ● rhythms-of-canada-2023 ● “The Rhythms of Canada festival is back this summer with even more lively performances ● August 11- 13, 2023 ● ● “South Coast Jazz, “10 Years, 10 Decades of Music” expands to Brantford’s Sanderson Centre Aug 12. Take a musical journey from the 1930’s to today. Multiple venues, a diverse lineup, accessible for everyone-including prices! Charu Suri, Mark Holmes/Platinum Blonde, Mark Kelso-Jazz Exiles, Alex Pangman & more.” Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues ● September 15 - 17, 2023 ● ● “3 day outdoor music festival with 2 stages for continuous music, Vendor’s Village and Liquid Lounge. Something for everyone.” Stratford Summer Music ● July 20 - August 13, 2023 ● ● “From our Opening Night Gala - Affairs of the Heart to a grand finale featuring John Pizzarelli, Stratford Summer Music 2023 offers music for all ages that people will be talking about for years to come! Discover why we call this the city where all roads lead to music!” Summer Music in the Garden ● June 21 - August 27, 2023 ● ● “Experience live music by the water this summer with Harbourfront Centre’s Summer Music in the Garden. Free concerts in the Toronto Music Garden from June to August, featuring a dynamic lineup of JUNO-award winning Canadian musicians, celebrated international artists and more.” Summer Opera Lyric Theatre ● July 28 - August 6, 2023 ● ● July 21- 23, 2023 ● ● “Join us for our 30th Anniversary Festival featuring Jesse Cook, Alex Cuba, 3D Jazz Trio and many other performers. Admission is FREE!” SweetWater Music Festival ● September 12-17, 2023 ● ● “Join us for our 20th Anniversary Festival in beautiful Owen Sound & Meaford this September, for Baroque to Jazz!” TD Markham Jazz Festival ● August 18 - 20, 2023 ● ● “Main Street Unionville, Markham, ON - 25 acts, 3 stages - all free!” TD Sunfest ‘23: Canada’s Premier Celebration of Global Cultures ● July 6 - 9, 2023 ● ● “Songlines Magazine calls London’s TD Sunfest “more than a festival; it’s a vibe!” This jewel of summer features 40+ top global music & jazz ensembles, and 200+ unique food & craft exhibitors.” Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity Through Music ● July 2 - August 6; September 29 - October 1, 2023 ● ● “Westben is where music and nature spring to life! The 24th season opening July 2 includes 26 concerts featuring over 70 artists in 3 outdoor venues near Campbellford. Classical, Broadway, jazz, fiddle, country and music by our neighbours from Alderville First Nations.” SUMMER MUSIC EDUCATION CAMMAC Music Centre ● June 25 - August 20, 2023 ● en/2023-summer-music-retreats/ ● “Pair your summer vacation fun with a unique musical experience in the heart of the Laurentians. Eight one-week immersive programs feature a wide variety of classes & activities for amateur musicians of all ages and levels.” COC Summer Music Camp ● July 4 - July 28, 2023 ● ● “The COC is thrilled to launch Summer Music Camps! Young artists are immersed in a world of music & performing arts, working with teaching artists to hone creative skills, explore singing, composition, drama, & design, in a creative & non-competitive environment.” Guitar Workshop Plus ● July 9 – 14, 2023 Toronto (various dates for US sessions) ● ● “Guitar Workshop Plus is the premier summer music education program in North America. Learn, jam, play, and hang out with the finest musicians in the industry. The Ultimate Experience in Music Education.” Interprovincial Music Camp ● August 20 - 25; August 26 - Sept 3, 2023 ● ● “You belong at IMC - the highlight of a young musician’s summer!” JazzWorks Jazz Camp ● August 21 - 27, 2023 ● ● “Open to adult community and professional musicians: join us at beautiful Lac MacDonald to study and perform - small ensembles, workshops, jazz theory & history, masterclasses, original composition combos, faculty-led jam sessions, concerts and more!” Kodály Certification Program Levels I & II ● July 3 - 14, 2023 ● ● “In this intensive program, participants will strengthen their personal musicianship and pedagogical skills, with content grounded in a contemporary understanding of the philosophy inspired by Zoltán Kodály.” Lake Field Music ● August 6 - 13, 2023 ● ● “A music camp for adults: play, sing, and be inspired in a collegial environment. Stay on campus and immerse yourself in workshops, ensembles, choirs, and performances.” Music at Port Milford ● July 9 - August 6, 2023 ● ● “Chamber Music Academy in Prince Edward County. Music at Port Milford enters its 37th Season” No Strings Theatre SummerStage - CARMEN ● July 22 - August 20 ● ● “Announcing No Strings Theatre’s SummerStage 2023 YAP opera intensive at a rural farm near Orangeville, featuring George Bizet’s Carmen.” Stratford Summer Music 2023 Jazz Academy ● July 31 - August 5, 2023 ● ● “If you are an emerging artist 22 years of age and under, please join us for this exciting week which will include daily workshops, combo sessions and guided practice sessions by some of the country’s most recognized and active jazz musicians.” 50 | Summer 2023

CHOIRS Achill Choral Society ● ● “We welcome diversity in our membership and in the broad range of contemporary, classical, and traditional music we perform. We value learning and growing musically and are committed to excellence.” Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto ● ● “Entering our 50th year, the award-winning, semi-professional Amadeus Choir champions the best of choral music and premieres works of Canadian and international composers.” Bel Canto Singers ● ● “We are a four-part adult community choir, performing two concerts per year (spring and Christmas) from a repertoire of classical masters, Broadway and movie tunes, opera choruses and pop songs.” Brampton Festival Singers ● ● “Brampton Festival Singers are a group that have a fun, light, easy-going vibe to our rehearsals. A great way to recharge your energy for the week ahead!” Canadian Celtic Choir ● ● “The Canadian Celtic Choir is a Londonbased SATB choir that has built a solid reputation as one of the most in-demand choirs in SW Ontario.” Cantabile Chamber Singers ● ● “A welcoming choral community that has an emphasis on informed interpretation, innovative programming and social awareness. We welcome composers to submit new works.” Chorus York ● ● “Come Sing With Us.” City Choir ● ● “Launched in 2010, City Choir is an exciting non-auditioned SATB choir. Repertoire includes original compositions and is very diverse.” Common Thread Community Chorus ● ● “Common Thread: Community Chorus of Toronto is a non-audition chorus which promotes a sense of community by performing joyful and empowering music.” Cummer Avenue United Church Choir ● ● “Cummer Ave. United Choir provides musical leadership Sunday mornings, offering a wide variety of musical styles.” Echo Women’s Choir ● ● “Echo is a 40-voice, non-auditioned community choir in the heart of downtown Toronto, with a strong, varied, and vibrant singing culture accessible to all.” The Edison Singers ● ● “The Edison Singers is an outstanding ensemble of professional singers whose energy, spirit and commitment to this choir is remarkable and truly inspiring.” Etobicoke Centennial Choir ● ● “Etobicoke Centennial Choir offers singers a rewarding community choir experience - diverse repertoire and high musical standards in a fun, warm and welcoming community of music lovers.” Exultate Chamber Singers ● ● “A welcoming group of skilled, musical singers with a wide-ranging repertoire and a commitment to the development of singers, composers, and conductors both within Exultate and in the larger choral community.” Georgetown Choral Society ● ● “Proud of its community choir history of over a half century, the GCS always welcomes new members.” Grand Harmony Women’s A Cappella Chorus ● ● “Join our harmonious community of singers!” Harbourfront Chorus ● ● “Fun community choir!” Healey Willan Singers ● ● “Friendly, Supportive and Fun. A new musical family awaits you.” Incontra Vocal Ensemble ● ● “Encounter something unique with Incontra Vocal Ensemble.” Jubilate Singers ● ● “Specializing in choral world music representing the cultural diversity of Toronto.” Leaside United Church Choirs ● ● “Music is central to worship at Leaside United Church. The rich music program includes the Chancel Choir and the Junior Choir.” London Pro Musica Choir ● ● London Pro Musica Choir was founded in 1970 as a chamber choir, organized and run by its members and remains the oldest, unaffiliated concert choir in London with a membership of about 40 singers. Metropolitan United Choir ● ● “We’re a fun-loving, semi-professional and family-like liturgical and concert choir, who sing rep from Lassus to Bach to Lady Gaga.” Milton Choristers ● ● “4-part Community Choir in Milton, Halton Region” Mississauga Chamber Singers ● ● “The Mississauga Chamber Singers bring clarity and intimacy to great choral masterpieces from a wide range of A Capella works to timeless works for choir and orchestra.” Oriana Women’s Choir ● ● “Oriana explores the possibilities in choral music for upper voices, and fosters the creation of new Canadian choral music. New singers are welcome to join us at any rehearsal!” Pax Christi Chorale ● ● “Experience the deep joys of choral singing in a diverse and welcoming community with Pax Christi Chorale.” Peterborough Singers ● ● “For 2023-2024 we will be performing a Yuletide Cheer concert, Handel’s Messiah, The Songbook of Elton John, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.” Serenata Singers ● ● “Enjoy singing in harmony? Please join our warm and welcoming choir. We rehearse on Wednesday mornings in Scarborough.” Tafelmusik Baroque Choir ● ● “The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in historically informed performances of baroque and classical repertoire, was formed in 1981 as a complement to the Tafelmusik Orchestra.” Toronto Beach Chorale ● ● “Toronto Beach Chorale conducted by Artistic Director Mervin W. Fick is a vital musical presence in the Toronto Beach neighbourhood, with a reputation for artistic excellence.” Toronto Chamber Choir ● ● “Shining new light on early music.” Toronto Children’s Chorus ● ● “The Toronto Children’s Chorus is recognized worldwide as a leading choral organization for children and youth.” Toronto Choral Society ● ● “Please come aboard to our next concert “A Sea Symphony”, on June 4, 2023. Sail along with The Toronto Choral Society, as we take you on a musical journey on the high seas, at Eastminster United Church.” Toronto Classical Singers ● ● “Great composers, good tunes, complex sonorities, the full range of musical possibilities and a very good time.” Toronto Mendelssohn Choir ● ● “The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is proud to be one of Canada’s oldest, largest, and most recognized choral ensembles, renowned for over 125 years for delivering the highest standard of musical performance.” Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir ● ● “Fantastic choir that brings the joy of song to many people of all ages. To learn more, please visit our website.” Univox Choir ● ● “A mixed-voice community choir for young adults based in Toronto that offers spirited performances of choral music, both old and new.” Upper Canada Choristers ● ● “We are a diverse, inclusive mixed-voice community choir, committed to excellence, whose mandate is to nurture the love and appreciation of singing choral music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.” Vesnivka Choir ● ● “We are a friendly inclusive community choir that performs Ukrainian classical, sacred and traditional folk repertoire. Join us for a unique singing experience.” VIVA Singers Toronto ● ● “VIVA is a family of choirs for all ages with a mandate to give singers the opportunity to achieve artistic excellence in a creative choral community. Every Voice Matters!” VOCA Chorus of Toronto ● ● “The VOCA Chorus of Toronto is a dynamic, auditioned ensemble which performs eclectic repertoire, including Canadian premieres, in collaboration with some of Canada’s finest artists.” Voices ● ● “Fun, Challenging and Rewarding. Come sing with this dynamic group of choral singing enthusiasts.” West Toronto Community Choir ● westtorontocommunitychoir ● “Our vibe is fun and social, with a focus on community engagement and shared musicmaking. There are no auditions. We value diversity of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, education, and political perspective and are open to all.” Windsor Classic Chorale ● ● “Windsor-Ontario’s Premier Chamber Choir” Summer 2023 | 51

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