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Spectrum Music Launches Remarkable Season

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This is contemporary music that doesn’t leave the audience behind, and actively makes the music relevant to our daily lives.

Tickets to Spectrum Music at BeMused Network!
$15/$10 single tickets. $49/$34 subscriptions.
(Oct 8, 2014, 6:30pm) Tell It Like It Is(Dec 6, 2014, 8pm) Journeys
(Feb 7, 2015, 8pm) Starry Night(Oct 8, 2014, 9pm) Your Wish Is Our Concert
All performances at Alliance Française de Toronto.


Spectrum Music’s season launch at Alliance Française this Wednesday evening at 9pm is both a party and a mixer. Set against a soundscape created by composer and cellist Nick Storring, this is a rare opportunity to experience the other-worldly vocal and electronics duo, Barnyard Drama, featuring Christine Duncan & Jean Martin.

Founded in 2010 as a collective of contemporary music composers with their feet planted in the classical and jazz tradition, Spectrum Music has cultivated a strong roster of performers who are regular collaborators, with the support of Duncan herself as artistic advisor, and advisor emeritus Andrew Downing. Read on…

Spectrum Music’s Interface at Nuit Blanche

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A living metaphor of what happens when the boundaries between performers and audiences are erased.

Art installation meets live improvisation with audience interaction at Spectrum Music‘s remount of Matthew Roberts’ electro-eco-acoustic “Interface” during the upcoming Nuit Blanche in Toronto. “Interface” is a participatory audio-visual installation that uses live performers, electronics, and human touch in synergy to create morphing soundscapes. It is a living metaphor of what happens when the boundaries between performers and audiences are erased.

“Interface” was first presented at the season launch concert for Spectrum Music last year. With their 2014-2015 season launch slated for next Wednesday, the re-mounting of “Interface” at a larger scale as part of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche activities is a fitting pre-launch party. Find them at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) with new performers every hour form 7pm to 7am. Read on…

Go Concert Hopping this Thursday

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The middle of the week, and sometimes even the middle of the day, is a time when rewarding musical experiences can often be found. Here is a concert hopping itinerary for this Thursday, October 2nd: Start the afternoon with a lunchtime concert with pianist Adam Sherkin, then follow up with the Paris-based Trio Wanderer presented by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. After a nice dinner, wrap up the day with the Eybler Quartet at Heliconian hall. And if you’re hungry for more, come back for a bonus concert on Friday night with Ensemble Polaris.

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Essential Opera Grows with Paride ed Elena

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Essential Opera offers an appealing format for local audiences to experience a more intimate form of opera, and pique audiences’ interest in opera with fresh vocal talents.

Get your tickets to see Essential Opera at BeMused Network!
(Sept 27, 2014, 8:00pm) Paride ed Elena at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto ($25/$20)
(Oct 1, 2014, 7:30pm) Paride ed Elena at Registry Theatre in Kitchener ($25/$20)


Essential Opera is kicking off its 5th season with remarkable signs of growth. They will be presenting Gluck’s well-loved Paride ed Elena on the stage of Trinity St. Paul’s Centre on September 27 (home to Tafelmusik and Toronto Consort), followed by the Registry Theatre in Kitchener on October 1.

While financial considerations informed their concert format with piano accompaniment, the company has come up with an essential formula: Great music presented with wonderful vocalists and personalities to present the operatic experience in miniature. There is enough to engage all our operatic senses, while the spaces in between encourage deeper listening and trigger our imagination. Read on…

The Art of (Performance in) Public Space

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The spaces and places that ‘host’ the performances are transformed, as are all the artists and audiences who are part of that experience.

Everywhere around us, conversations are happening about the ways the arts sector is changing: At the bar after a show, at community events, at industry meet-ups, and even at policy discussions. One such conversation is coming soon to Salon West, a series of curated conversations led by “thoughtful individuals from different sectors to discuss the arts and culture scene that makes our city a great place to be”.

Related Blog Post: Q&A with Clay and Paper Theatre’s David Anderson

The September 26, 6pm event at the Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Ave.) is entitled “Toronto The Bad, The Good and the Ugly: The Art of Public Space.” It is a call for all of us to develop a more thoughtful response and understanding of public spaces, and our role in shaping it.

The Salon will feature three guest speakers: Javid Jah (Graffiti Artist/Architect), Elle Alconcel (Curator from Daniels Spectrum) and Ashley McKenzie-Barnes (MANIFESTO! Visual Arts Director). Read on…

Fundraiser for Thin Edge to Reach New Heights

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Private support from their audiences and collaborators will not simply elevate that platform to new heights; it will be the ultimate vote of confidence that will drive them to reach even higher.

Thin Edge New Music Collective has been making a splash in Toronto’s contemporary music scene with their unusual ensemble of instrumentalists and active collaborations with composers across Canada and overseas.

Related Post: Music Premieres on the Edge

The group has just announced their 2014-2015 season, starting with a private fundraiser concert on Sunday, September 21. The event is hosted by a benefactor, but everyone is welcome to come celebrate TENMC’s fourth season, and help the hard work already put into the season go even further. Read on…

The Chamber Experience in Toronto

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The magic of chamber music comes from experiencing breath-taking musical moments up close and personal, as if you were a part of it.

To appropriate the byline of I FURIOSI, chamber ensembles are like the rock bands of classical music, and the best of them are certainly admired the way rock stars are, just in genre-appropriate ways.

What is described as “chamber” today is not limited to music performed in a private household (often in a “room” of varying sizes), but refers generally to a small ensemble that performs music requiring an intense connection and synergies between the artists. Read on…

No One Defends a Starving Artist

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If artists regularly self-qualify themselves as ‘starving’ in such a casual and off-handed way, what kind of respect can we expect to gain?

On my way home, there is a man that chants monotonously to people coming in and out of the subway station. He doesn’t look well, there is resignation in his voice, and passers-by are consistently ignoring him.

“sparesomechangeimstarvingplease”

The scene serves as meditation as I get on the train, a chance to reflect on a recent conversation with a performing artist. He had quietly lamented how colleagues too often described themselves as “starving artists”, even if only as a joke or an ice-breaker.

It was only a passing comment that he made, but I was reminded of the many instances where I defended the value of art to those less than sympathetic to artists, only to feel stonewalled by their one-dimensional impression.

How did this impression become so ingrained in the public consciousness?

What are we doing, or not doing, to change it? Read on…

High Notes Gala shines light on Mental Health Illness

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“Music is very powerful and can evoke emotions in people. It lifts our spirits in many ways and can do something good.” ~ Ingrid Taheri

We have featured a lot of independent performing artists on our blog, celebrating the fresh faces and new ideas that create experiences relevant to today’s audiences. This spirit of experimentation and exploration isn’t limited to just independent artists; professionals that service artists are also going through a similar renaissance. Read on…

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