Monthly Archives: June 2015

TSO Delivers Thank You Note(s) to the City of Toronto with FREE Concert

The TSO Delivers Thank You Note(s) to the City of Toronto with FREE Concert Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 12:30pm at Roy Thomson Hall  June 16, 2015: “If a symphony orchestra plays in a city and no one is around … Continue reading

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Toronto Symphony – Pan American Rhythms

This weekend the Toronto Symphony began a summer of the arts celebrating the Pan Am Games coming to Toronto. There’s much more to come, for example… Toronto Summer Music celebrate their tenth year with a festival titled “The New World” … Continue reading

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Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with the TSO

It’s been a long time between Mahler 2nds with the Toronto Symphony. I heard Andrew Davis lead them with Maureen Forrester in Massey Hall, one of several cherished memories from the old days on Shuter Street, aka the 1970s. Given … Continue reading

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Melissa McCarthy and the F word: Spy vs Spies

For more than half a century we’ve been watching various bodacious hunks enacting our fantasies of control at a time of great anxiety. Cold War jitters made the heroics of James Bond and his ilk extra attractive no matter how … Continue reading

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Goodyear plays Rachmaninov

Now I have a better idea what we missed. Stewart Goodyear was in the news recently when the Toronto Symphony hired him to replace the scheduled pianist at the last minute: until he withdrew due to online harassment. On social … Continue reading

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#AtGdeathdesire: more desire than death

If yesterday’s Dora announcement is anything to go by the youthful Against the Grain crew are a force to be reckoned with, as they’re up for several awards. Tonight AtG opened their latest, Death & Desire. Reading the lists of … Continue reading

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Operatic Doras

Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate excellence.  They serve to promote individuals and their performances, while also raising the profile of an entire industry.  I hope that nothing I say here in any way diminishes the work done by … Continue reading

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