Their chance meeting set in motion what would become the I = I collective’s mandate; that music can break down barriers that generations of propaganda and palpable threat of war had cemented.
The Concert Hall had lost power. And while many producers might not have kept their cool, especially first timers, Dan Deutsch, founding member of the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative, came out on stage and created an intimate and informal environment. As if at a dinner party, the audience reacted accordingly. Toronto’s Alliance Francaise hosted this very special evening, the inaugural concert of the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative, on March 31st. The Toronto Symphony’s Shalom Bard conducted. Three new pieces written by the I = I Collective were the foundation of the concert. Guest appearances by noted Persians, kamanche player Saeed Kamjoo and tar player Shahin Fayaz punctuated the Converging Paths concert. Iranian Parisa Sabet, Israeli Dan Deutsch and Canadian Noam Lemish created I = I in 2013. But the seed germinated in a synchronistic meeting at a University of Toronto social for new students, in the doctorate program for musical composition, a year earlier. Read on…
The WMCT’s Career Development Award prizes of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 – among the highest awards for classical music in Canada.
On Sunday April 26, I had the pleasure of attending the tenth presentation of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto (WMCT)’s Career Development Award (CDA). Established 25 years ago and presented every 3 years, the CDA aims to assist “exceptional young Canadian musicians who are already engaged in a professional performing career.” This year’s finalists were chosen from 10 nominees by CBC producers over the past year. The live competition held in Water Hall featured the top three finalists, Pianist-Author Pierre-André Doucet, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, and cellist Stéphane Tétreault for prizes of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 – among the highest awards for classical music in Canada. Our gracious host for the afternoon was Julie Nesrallah of CBC Radio 2, who was absolutely delightful. Read on…
(Credits: Photo by Natalie Logan / “1976” choreographed and performed by Dana Michel)
“…there is this contract written somewhere, whereby people will come and (witness) whatever it is you are after.”
Dana Michel is curled up in the corner of an old couch, one knee up, protective, like armour. She is a dancer and choreographer and the first year Resident Artist at Dancemakers Centre For Creation. Dana has already given one interview and I think would prefer to chill out before rehearsing for her revamp of 1976. We are in the rehearsal space at The Distillery District. The period building’s high ceilings and bright light from the massive windows are perfect to magnify the energy of this intense woman. We had a chance to chat about how she journeyed from the practical world of accounting and her job as a medical secretary. But the turning point in which she began dancing, choreographing and performing professionally, in what would be considered late in a dancer’s career, was seminal. Read on…
This is the beauty of independent theatre. It is vibrant and alive and on the edge.
Red One Theatre Collective cordially invites you to George and Martha’s home for an intimate evening of soul wrenching mayhem. Cocktails will have been served throughout the day, including perhaps some rubbing alcohol. Follow them into the wee hours of the following morning as you witness the alcoholic fuelled demise of a damaged marriage. Disappointment and disillusionment will be served as appetizers. Edward Albee’s iconic play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf breaks down the doors of the Storefront Theatre, whose curtains rise at 7 pm. Get ready for a wild ride, baby! Read on…
All the audience needs to do is let the music settle and move them.
Saturday, November 29th, at 8 pm, marks the newest concert for Music In The Barns. Stepping away from the New Canadian Music featured in last season’s series, Artistic Director Carol Gimbel has chosen a deeply traditional programme. Elegantly featuring the talents of pianist Cullan Bryant and violinist Moshe Hammer, New York City artist Lana Jean Israel adds to the multi-disciplinary event with her modernistic projection designs at the post performance reception. Read on…
“There was also something you can’t put your finger on that’s intuitive about the way that we responded to one another’s playing. I don’t even know how to put it into words. It’s chemistry, like in any relationship.” ~ Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt
In 2013, the Dover Quartet’s sensational performance earned them the top and special prizes at the String Quartet Competition in Banff. They have been in high demand ever since on the performance circuit.
As part of their breakneck touring pace throughout the US and Canada, they will be performing in Toronto this Thursday afternoon in the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto’s 117th series, and at Jeffery Concerts on Friday at 8 pm in London, Ontario. Read on…
(Photo credit: Nick Kozak)
“These composers whose music we hear so much, they were living, breathing people, who had a very practical side to their lives, their performing career.” ~ Adam Sherkin
Adam Sherkin’s free noon-hour series at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts:
(Nov 6, 2014, 12:00pm) Rachmaninoff: Preludes of the North
Thursday, November 6th marks the second in pianist Adam Sherkin’s series of six noon hour concerts, held in the lobby of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
Each of the monthly concerts introduces a notable classical composer-pianist. Each is also being performed by an excellent composer-pianist – Adam composes contemporary classical music and will be including his own works in each concert. Read on…
BeMused Network Open House!
November 24, 2014 • 5:30-7:30pm
Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue)
It has been almost a year since we’ve launched BeMused at Canadian Film Centre’s ideaBOOST launchpad, and you are invited to our Open House to celebrate this important milestone! Come meet the artists, patrons, and partners who have helped shape our inaugural year. I will also be sharing news about the latest developments at BeMused Network. Read on…
Tickets to Thin Edge New Music Collective at BeMused Network!
$13 student, artist, senior / $18 general
(Nov 6, 2014, 8:00pm) Cuatro Esquinas (The Four Corners)
Performances at Gallery 345.
Designing a program for a concert often requires skillful finesse between what is new and what is familiar to the audience. What excites me is seeing the balance in the plethora of new and challenging works that members of the Thin Edge New Music Collective (TENMC) and visiting special guest Laura Ventemiglia have specially prepared for their audience in Cuatro Esquinas (Four Corners) — also TENMC’s first international collaboration project. Read on…
(Image credit: “The Seven Lively Arts” mural by R. York Wilson at the Sony Centre in Toronto)
The future library will not be a bricks and mortar institution, but distributed and decentralized.
Imagine a library full of not books, but performing artists. As you walk down the aisle, you can experience any sort of performance you can think of – and a great number of ones you couldn’t even imagine.
If such a library existed, I would spend all my spare time there, happily getting lost, exploring every art form. Read on…