Monthly Archives: April 2017

TSO Maundy Thursday matinee

Today I had the pleasure of hearing the Toronto Symphony in an afternoon concert, repeating most of last night’s program. The energy is different in the middle of the day especially mid-week. The matinee extends a win-streak of wonderful playing … Continue reading

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Dialogue on use of Indigenous Songs in Canadian Compositions, hosted by COC

In a press release, the Canadian Opera Company have announced a closed meeting on April 19th –the eve of the premiere of their new co-production of Louis Riel—to discuss “First Nations song protocol and the use of Indigenous songs in … Continue reading

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Questions for Evan Webber: Other Jesus

Evan Webber is a writer and performance maker who lives in Toronto. Evan’s work considers the relationship between time and text, and between narratives and institutions. Evan is an Associate Artist of Public Recordings, a collaborative operation that conjoins artistic research, performance … Continue reading

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Robert Lepage speaks white in 887

Although I missed Robert Lepage’s 887 the first time it came to Toronto in 2015 (during the Pan Am Games) I’m glad I was able to see it today with Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel, in a short run … Continue reading

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Dausgaard leads TSO

Judging by the way the Toronto Symphony are responding to their current series of guest conductors, I have to wonder. Are they better than we realize? Perhaps it’s unrealistic to expect so much excitement from a resident music-director. Or then … Continue reading

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Othon: au revoir à Straub et Huillet

The mystery of Straub and Huillet has not been solved by watching their films.  This afternoon TIFF presented the final screenings of Not Reconciled: The Films of Jean-Marie Straub and Daniéle Huillet. And while the TIFF series may be over … Continue reading

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TSO’s Beethoven & Stravinsky

There are several different currents flowing through Roy Thomson Hall right now, and each one is inspiring the Toronto Symphony and their audience in different ways. We’re hearing two minute Sesquis: original little jewels to commemorate the Canadian Sesquicentennial. We’re … Continue reading

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Extra Trouble – Jack Smith in Frankfurt

“Extra Trouble – Jack Smith in Frankfurt” at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt a.M. Th. 22.11. — Su. 25.11.2012 Guest blog by Zoe Barcza recalling November 2012 The festival “Extra Trouble – Jack Smith in Frankfurt” (a dense weekend of screenings, talks, … Continue reading

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