Category Archives: Personal ruminations

Thirteen questions for James Quandt, Senior Programmer, TIFF Cinematheque

  James Quandt is the Senior Programmer for TIFF Cinematheque.  He has curated hundreds of directorial retrospectives, national surveys and thematic programmes that have contributed to the interest in and revival of forgotten masters and films, has been with TIFF since the … Continue reading

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Kindred Spirits in Markham

At the risk of saying something really obvious: there’s a great deal of music going on in Toronto, and all around the city too.  I ventured just north of the city to one of several community venues, the charming 527 … Continue reading

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BACH IS BACK: 2nd Annual Toronto Bach Festival

2nd Annual Toronto Bach Festival: May 26 – 28, 2017 Toronto (Canada) February 9, 2017… Artistic Director John Abberger is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Toronto Bach Festival is taking place May 26, 27 and 28, 2017 in Toronto. … Continue reading

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Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach: Straub & Huillet @ tiff

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach is the original title of the 1967 film by Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub, that I just saw on a new 35 mm print, courtesy of TIFF / Bell Lightbox, in anticipation of an upcoming … Continue reading

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Triump of the Will, the post-virtuoso era

This morning in the shower contemplating the meaning of life, I saw a solution to an old problem. The Book of Revelation confused me (and I suspect I’m not alone) in seeming to suggest that The Apocalypse could simultaneously offer … Continue reading

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Pollyanna’s 2016

At the end of 2015 I said the following: It was a year when the Pollyanna sentiment seemed to be in the ascendancy.  Trudeau beat Harper. I can’t help wondering, would that have been the case if the Paris attacks … Continue reading

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The mysterious politics of the TSO

Why a series of pieces with the word “mystery”? Sometimes a person may feel clueless. There are times when I feel satisfied with myself and my abilities. I go to a concert or watch a production in a theatre, and come … Continue reading

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