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Metro Youth Opera presents a transformative operatic experience

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$20 (Student) / $25 (Senior) / $30 (Adult) at Metro Youth Opera


I have been getting to know many of the indie opera companies in Toronto, the latest one of which is Metro Youth Opera, founded by Kate Applin who founded the company in 2010, with their first production of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti in 2011.

Her latest production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel & Gretel opens April 25 with a 3 day run at Native Earth’s Aki Studio Theatre in the Daniels Spectrum Building (585 Dundas Street East), a vibrant arts and culture hub nested in Regent Park. Read on…

Toronto’s Palywright Projects celebrates Caryl Churchill

“If a woman or midwife could perform any kind of medical procedure, they were suspect. Churchill’s ‘Tom Vinegar’ is a play about how strong voiced women are misinterpreted and misunderstood.” ~ Lynne Griffin

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Tickets: $10-15 / 4-show Pass: $45 / Playwright project


The 2014 Playwright Project is running this week, from April 23 to May 4.  Run by project Director Alex Johnson, the mandate is to “celebrate Toronto as a city of neighbourhoods by uniting its artists and audiences in one week of exciting stories.”

In it’s third year, the Playwright Project has featured dozens of local theatre companies and the works of Tennessee Williams and Sam Shepard in the past with performances at various venues across Toronto.  Stepping out of habit this year features four works by feminist playwright Caryl Churchill and will be housed under one roof at The Downstage Theatre (798 Danforth Avenue). Read on…

Toronto Masque Theatre reimagines the Myth of Europa

“Bringing together popular and contemporary music with old music in a way you imagine people’s iPods with all sorts of different genres…to me that’s what the masque is all about.” – Larry Beckwith

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Tickets: $45/$40/$20 at Toronto Masque Theatre


Audiences at Toronto Masque Theatre’s two-day run of The Myth of Europa (8pm on Friday and Saturday at the Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre) are in for a “very intimate show,” says the theatre’s founder and artistic director Larry Beckwith.

The show is inspired by on the classical myth of Europa and Zeus: the Greek god Zeus falls in love with the beautiful mortal Europa, and transforms himself into a tame white bull. When Europa climbs on the bull’s back, Zeus kidnaps and seduces her. It’s a well told story that will be presented through music of the past, and also that of the present. Read on…

Explore art’s timelessness with Spectrum Music’s “Early Expressions”

“I’m smiling because I love these themes and taking people on these journeys. We’ll ask people how they think today’s art might be interpreted 30,000 years from now, and set up a space for the music to unfold.”

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Tickets: $8/$12 on BeMused Network or $10/$15 at the door


This Thursday at the Annex Theatre (736 Bathurst Street), Spectrum Music will be taking audiences on a journey to explore the ancient paintings in the Chauvet Cave in France, and exploring the connection between art of the past and those in the present in their Early Expressions concert.

These paintings are captured in Herzog’s 2010 documentary “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”. What is stunning about these paintings is that even though we don’t know much about the people who created it, we can all still relate to the creative urge to express oureslves through art. Read on…

Three Years of Essential Opera culminates in Three New Operas

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It’s a privilege to be a part of the new music community in Toronto. It’s working with a family of artists who are growing and working together that makes this a very special evening.

Event: Etiquette/Regina/Heather
Presenter: Essential Opera
Date: Saturday April 5, 2014
Venue: Heliconian Hall
Tickets: $20 advance at BeMused Network

For small independent producers such as Essential Opera, every production is a milestone, but this Saturday’s Etiquette/Regina/Heather—a night of three short operas newly commissioned especially for this concert—is particularly special for a number of reasons.

“It was the night of our first show back in 2011 that Elisha Denburg emailed us before we had even gone to bed about the idea of presenting Regina.” Said Maureen Batt, co-artistic director of Essential Opera during our phone interview.

“There was a terrible snow storm that prevented him from attending, but he had heard rave reviews from those who were in attendance. We were immediately on board even though we knew it would take time to come together.” Read on…

Satisfy your Wanderlust with Ozere, Ventanas & Briga

The common thread that unites these three female artists is how these varied folk traditions have informed—and transformed—their music-making.

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Tickets: $15 on BeMused Network or $20 at the door


On Sunday night, the stars line up for the Toronto-based Ozere and Ventanas along with the Montreal-based Briga Trio to share the stage at Lula Lounge. Wanderlust promises to be a eclectic night of folk instrumentals, vocals and flamenco dance, as interpreted and reinvented by three up-and-coming Canadian female artists in this emerging genre.

Read on…

Cooking up a storm with Symphronica

If it’s been a little quiet around here, it’s because we’ve been taking a break from our usual blog activities. Of course, we can’t wait to get back to doing it all bigger and better.

What we have been doing is teaming up with Ron Davis on Symphronica, happening at Lula Lounge three Sundays in a row on October 27, November 3 and November 10.

The concept of blending jazz, pop and classical music reflects our belief that the boundaries between musical genres, not to mention arts disciplines, should be bridged more often. Ron Davis, a Canadian performer and composer, also shares our passion for supporting local and independent artists and building these bridges.

While busy with grassroots outreach associated with Symphronica, we are also gearing up for BeMused Network’s launch and showcase as part of Canadian Film Centre’s ideaboost program, which we have been involved in since May. If you are not on our mailing list and want to be among the first to beta test our service, click here to sign up!

Check out Symphronica below!

SYMPHRONICA Sizzle Reel from RonDavisMusic on Vimeo.

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