Continuum Marks 30 Years With Souvenir Film Project


“Doing this is so hard, the musicians and composers have to come from a love and understanding of new art music.”

Tickets to Continuum Contemporary Music at BeMused Network!
$10 student / $20 artist & senior / $30 general
(Oct 19, 2014, 8:00pm) Souvenir(Oct 20, 2014, 8:00pm) Souvenir
Performances at Betty Oliphant Theatre.

As Continuum Contemporary Music celebrate their 30th years of championing new works by contemporary composers, their first concert of the season at the Betty Oliphant Theatre on Oct 19 & 20 presents a film project 20 years in the making.

Initiated by founding artistic director Jennifer Waring and her friend and filmmaker Gary Popovich, “Souvenir is a tale of the history of the universe and humanity’s place in it. The film features six commissioned works by different composers as the soundtrack. This is an unusual performance for Continuum, as it features a large-scale projection against which the Continuum ensemble and guests artists will perform on stage. Read on…

Spectrum Music Launches Remarkable Season


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


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


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


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…

Fundraiser for Thin Edge to Reach New Heights


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…

Day and Night Battles it out at Opera 5 Fundraiser


In the Classical world, where things can be a bit too serious, it is good to see opera that are fun and exciting while going to the depths that this rich art form is capable of.

Get your tickets at BeMused Network!
(Sept 9, 2014, 6:00pm) Equinox: Day vs. Night Fundraiser ($25)
(Sept 19 to 21 2014, 7:30pm) Offenbach & Hahn  (Student $20 / General $25)

There is a perceived air or atmosphere around Classical music as a whole by the general public: More often than not, the average Canadian deems it a class of entertainment too far removed from their understanding to appreciate and enjoy. We’ve seen some response to this in the past few years; orchestras have been adding concerts featuring video game music, high-profile soloists have become more accessible to their audiences. But what about opera? Read on…

Become Glenn Gould’s “Uninvited Guests”


“At the center of the technological debate is a new kind of listener…an uninvited guest at the banquet of the arts, one whose presence threatens the familiar hierarchical setting of the musical establishment.”

At 7:15pm on Monday September 8th, the public is invited to check out a remix of Glenn Gould by Billy Iannaci and Andrew Testa, held in the lobby of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District under the auspices of the Glenn Gould Estate, just before a ticketed performance of “Glenn” by Soul Pepper Theatre that evening.

Without irony, we invite artists interested in collaborative opportunities organized by BeMused Network to meet up before the free performance, and join us afterwards in cross-disciplinary conversations inspired by the “Uninvited Guests” project. Read on…

Symphronica Bridging Musical Differences


Music can bridge differences between people and bring them together under a common spirit. That’s the underlying vision of Symphronica.

Subscribe to series for $70 (30% savings). Only until Sept 18, 2014.
All shows start at 7:30pm on Wednesdays at Lula Lounge.

(Sept 18, 2014) Neo-ArtMusik • (Nov 20, 2014) Gould meets Gaga
(Jan 22, 2015) Art of the Guitar • (April 30, 2015) The Drumbeat Returns

A well-known Canadian jazz pianist and composer, Ron Davis is the quintessential renaissance figure: Originally trained in the classical tradition, he had always looked for an opportunity to combine his two loves in a hybrid setting, even while he was a practicing lawyer and later a professor of French linguistics at the University of Toronto.

The search bore fruit in Symphronica, now a 10-years-and-counting musical child of a creative mind that sees connections between conventional boundaries, with an intuitive way of connecting with the audience. Read on…

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