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Volume 29 Issue 1 | September 2023

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Bridges & intersections: Intersections of all kinds in the issue: the once and future Rex; philanthropy and music (Azrieli's AMPs); music and dance (TMChoir & Citadel + Compagnie); Baroque & Romantic (Tafelmusik's Beethoven). also Hugh's Room crosses the Don; DISCoveries looks at the first of fall's arrivals; this single-month September issue (Vol. 29, no.1) bridges summer & fall, and puts us on course for regular bimonthly issues (Oct/Nov; Dec/Jan; Feb/Mar, etc) for the rest of Volume 29. Welcome back.


MAINLY CLUBS Ongoing, On Demand & Other 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. FESTIVALS ● Kensington Market Jazz Festival. Sep 29-Oct 1. No advance tickets. Cash only. ● Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues. Sep 15-17. Jordan John, Durham County Poets, KC Roberts and The Live Revolution, Ben Racine Band, and others. per day / for 3 days / 0 VIP pass for 3 days / Free(under 12). Stonebridge Town Centre. ● SweetWater Music Festival. Baroque and Beyond. Sep 12-17. Guest Musicians: SHHH Ensemble (piano-percussion duo), Lori Gemmel (harp), Tom Allen (host), Daniel Taylor & Ellen McAteer (vocalists), and others. Owen Sound, Meaford, and Leith. LIVE REHEARSAL OPPORTUNITIES ● Choralairs. Singers in all voice parts are welcome as in-person rehearsals resume (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: www. ● Chorus York, Richmond Hill. Welcoming singers in all voice parts, with masks & COVID safety protocols. Every Tuesday from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church (Wallace Hall), 10066 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. Please contact Mary-Lou at 905- 884-7922 if you wish to sit in on a rehearsal. Check out our website for more 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 ● Strings Attached Orchestra, North York. All string players (especially viola, cello, bass) are welcome. Mondays 7 to 9 p.m. from Sep to Jun. Email us first at to receive music and other details or visit our website at www. for more information. MUSICAL THEATRE ● Shaw Festival. Gypsy. Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Jay Turvey, stage director; Paul Sportelli, music director; Genny Sermonia, choreographer. Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) or www.shawfest. com. From . Runs to Oct 7. ● Shaw Festival. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing - One Act - In Concert. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Musical Arrangements by Fred Wells. Orchestration by Michael Gibson & Jonathan Tunick. Conceived by Walter Bobbie. Directed and choreographed by Allison McCaughey. Music direction by Paul Sportelli. Shaw Festival Theatre, BMO Stage, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) or ; (under 30). Runs to Sep 30. ● Shaw Festival. The Amen Corner. By James Baldwin. Directed by Kimberley Rampersad. Music supervision by Paul Sportelli. Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) or Runs to Oct 8. Recommended for Grade 9+ | Age 14+. ● Stratford Festival. Monty Python’s Spamalot. Book and Music by Eric Idle. Music by John Du Prez. Directed by Lezlie Wade. Avon Theatre, 99 Downie St., Stratford. From .50. Runs to Oct 8. ● Stratford Festival. Rent. Book, Music, and Lyric by Jonathan Larson. Directed by Thom Allison. Stratford Festival Theatre, 55 Queen St., Stratford. From . Runs to Oct 28. 34 | September 2023

● Toronto Consort. Canoe: A Two-Act Opera. Libretto & Story by Spy Dénommé- Welch. Music by Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan. Unsettled Scores. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. or 416-964-6337. Pay what you like: / / , Previews: . Previews: Sep 12(7:30pm) & 13(7:30pm). Performances: Sep 15(7:30pm), 16(2pm & 7:30pm). ● TYT Theatre. Pinkalicious the Musical. Recommended for ages 4+. Wychwood Barns Park, 76 Wychwood Ave. www.tyttheatre. com/onstage. From . Also shows at 12_ noon & 3:30pm: Sep 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, Oct 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22. ONGOING EVENTS ● Trinity College, University of Toronto. Evensong. Traditional Anglican choral music. Trinity College Chapel Choir; Thomas Bell, director of music; Peter Bayer, organ scholar. Trinity College Chapel, University of Toronto, 6 Hoskin Ave. 416-978-2522 or Trinity College. Free. Evensong is sung every Wednesday starting Sep 13 at 5:15pm in the beautiful Trinity College chapel during term time. ● Encore Symphonic Concert Band. Monthly Concert Band Concert. The first Thursday of every month present at 11am. 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. . ONLINE EVENTS Come sing with us! ● Arts@Home. A vibrant hub connecting Torontonians to arts and culture. Designed to strengthen personal and societal resilience through the arts. ● North Toronto Community Band. Openings for clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba and auxiliary percussion. Rehearsals held at Willowdale Presbyterian Church 38 Ellerslie Ave. (just north of Mel Lastman Square). Monday evenings 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Contact ● 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. PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES ● Sep 8 6:00: North York Central Library. Open Mic at the Library: North York Edition. DO YOU DRIVE? Do you love The WholeNote? Music, poetry & storytelling. Are you a musician, poet, or storyteller? If so, then you’re invited to share your talents at the North York Central Library Open Mic. Guitar, piano & djembe provided. 7 minutes for each performance. For adults, teens, and seniors. North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. Sign-up is at 5:30pm. For more information, contact the Language, Literature & Fine Arts Department at 416-395- 5639. Free. Also Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8. ● Sep 16 2:30: SweetWater Music Festival. Classical Jam Sesh. Bring your instruments for a classical jam session of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3. Local musicians are invited to join featured SweetWater musicians led by Artistic Director Edwin Huizinga. Anyone who plays a string instrument, at any level of expertise, is welcome to be a part of this fun, community-building experience in a comfortable, welcoming environment! Print your own part and bring your own stand. Harmony Centre, 890 4th Ave. E., Owen Sound. Free. WORKSHOPS & MEETINGS ● Aug 27 12:00 noon: Arraymusic. Public Workshop: Community Gamelan - Array / The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan. Jubilate singers Isabel Bernaus conductor Come sing with us! Our friendly and inclusive chamber choir performs exciting choral music from around the world. openings in all sections Share the love and earn a little money! Join our circulation team, and deliver 6 times a year. Currently seeking circulation associates for the GTA. Interested? Contact: Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. at door. ● Sep 10 2:00: Arraymusic. Public Workshop: Improvisation with Allison Cameron. Open to musicians of any level! Beginners welcome (and encouraged!). Use your instrument as a tool for sound exploration. Work with a professional composer/musician to play and create graphic scores. Have fun in a chill and welcoming environment. Array If you can read this, thank a music teacher. A SHARPER EDGE machetes, scythes & axes clippers, scissors and knives ALSO tree felling, trail-making, and chainsaw maintenance 416-705-8427 Search listings online at Chamber Choral Early/Baroque Folk/Roots Jazz & Blues Musical Theatre New Music Space, 155 Walnut Ave. Free. Donations accepted. Also Oct 1. ● Sep 22-24. North American Guild of Change-Ringers. Annual General Meeting and Ringing Course. St. James Cathedral, 106 King St E. This will be a time for peal attempts,dinners,social events and ringing. To register and for more information please visit Orchestra Organ Piano Solo Voice Strings World Music …and more 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. NEXT BOOKING DEADLINE: TUESDAY SEPT. 12 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: September 2023 | 35

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