At a time when countless concerts and performances have been cancelled across the country, Sonic Boom, Canada’s beloved record store has created an online venue for Canadian artists to launch their Spring record releases.
Echo Women’s Choir offers a rousing and inspiring alternative to holiday season fare in its December concert When She Won’t Back Down. Special guests for the evening are the Latin American band Las Brujas del Barrio.
Last night, I had the pleasure of attend The Musical Stage Company‘s Uncovered: Stevie Wonder And Prince — an opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest works by these two artists reimagined under Reza Jacobs‘ direction. The night included Thom Allison (Broadway), Colin Asuncion (singer & cabaret performer), Aimee Bessada (multi-instrumentalist & songwriter), Jully Black (Juno award-winner), Michelle Bouey (2018-19 Banks Prize winner), Divine Brown (Juno award-winner), Alana Hibbert (Stratford & Shaw Festivals), Lydia Persaud (singer-songwriter) Jackie Richardson (Gemini & Dora award-winner), Cary Shields (Broadway) among others. Accompanying Jacobs were Jamie Drake, Justin Gray, and Erika Nielsen.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) welcomes another visit from incoming Music Director Gustavo Gimeno this week, October 9, 10 & 12! Gimeno Conducts Daphnis et Chloéfeatures four works by French and Russian composers that give the entire Orchestra the opportunity to shine.
Toronto Masque Theatre’s (TMT) season of desire & transformation continues with a double bill of two very different explorations of love & loss, obsession & heartbreak: one a dramatic cantata from the 18th century, the other a popular19th-century melodrama. This double bill of love & loss will feature Handle’s Baroque dramatic cantata Apollo & Daphne and Richard Strauss’s Romantic melodrama Enoch Arden.
Simply put, when you’re the only koto-playing indie soul jazz singer-songwriter in the west (the koto is a traditional Japanese 13-stringed instrument) whose trademark red hair and genre-bending dancefloor grooves have taken you on multiple tours throughout Asia and Australia, despite being Vancouver born and a Toronto native, you’re bound to raise an eyebrow (or 2000?). This is the fate of Jessica Stuart from The Jessica Stuart Few who will be in concert to celebrate their new album The Passage, tonight October 27 at 8:30pm, Supermarket.READ MORE
Two of Toronto’s finest musicians, violinist Conrad Chow and pianist Michael Berkovsky share their versatility and brilliant technique in an enthralling afternoon of tango and jazz with live dancers. Tango & Jazz Nuevo will takek place Sunday, May 22nd at the George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts. READ MORE
Sellers & Newel, one of my favourite second-hand bookstores, continues its the Sellers & Newel Speakeasy on Wednesday, September 16th, 8pm with the wonderful sounds of Orit Shimoni and special guest Tim Hamel. READ MORE
The good people at one of my favourite second-hand bookstores, Sellers & Newel, are launching a new series. On Thursday, June 11, they launch the Sellers & Newel Speakeasy which will featuring live music in one of Toronto’s smallest bookstore. READ MORE
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has added another funk and soul master to this year’s lineup! Responsible for revolutionizing R&B during the ’70s and twisting soul music into funk, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will headline opening night on Friday, June 19 for a FREE special performance as part of Music Mania weekend. READ MORE