Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Coffee Mill and old Yorkville: multiculturalism & a changing city

When I saw the piece earlier this week in the Toronto Star about the impending closure of The Coffee Mill, I knew I had to go one last time. Tonight four of us went for a last nostalgic whiff, even … Continue reading

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Alex Colville: love and menace

The new show at the Art Gallery of Ontario is called “Alex Colville”. Other shows have had epithets attached. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera was titled “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting” Francis Bacon and Henry Moore was titled … Continue reading

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Equinox: Day vs Night

Opera Five have a fundraiser coming up on September 9 starting at 6 pm at Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu 198A Davenport Rd. The theme is Equinox: Day vs. Night. Two teams of singers, team Day and team Night fight for the … Continue reading

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Fading Gigolo

When is a Woody Allen movie not a Woody Allen movie? Maybe when you cast him in someone else’s film. Fading Gigolo (2013) is a dark quirky romantic comedy that has superficial resemblances to a Woody Allen film. It’s a … Continue reading

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Tonight I saw Love in the Age of AutoCorrect, a Loose TEA Music Theatre adaptation of Stravinsky’s Mavra and Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne on the Terrace of Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu. I’m trying to catch up (the world is changing, right?  … Continue reading

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The Most Popular Operas

I teach a course at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies called “The Most Popular Operas”, a great excuse to watch and listen to some of the most wonderful music ever composed. “Popular operas”? While the first video you get … Continue reading

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Forbidden Music

Although my luggage for the trip to the cottage included a pile of books on diverse subjects –popular culture, a novel, psychology, and a few musicology books—the one that seized my imagination was the darkest of the group. How could … Continue reading

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