Category Archives: Spirituality & Religion

Unforced Tears of Exile

Toronto Summer Music Festival’s theme for 2018 is “Reflections of Wartime”, in the centennial of the last year of World War I.  Tonight was my first concert, a presentation titled “Tears of Exile”, a program by Studio de musique ancienne … Continue reading

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A conversation with psychic Anastasia (Stacey) Agouros

I begin a bit differently on this occasion. I will speak about metaphysics & my beliefs. While I grew up infatuated with science, Hamlet put it nicely when he said There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than … Continue reading

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Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance at the RBA

It’s interesting that on consecutive days, the Canadian Opera Company gave their noon-hour concert in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre over to a performance resembling an act of remembrance. Yesterday was Jeremy Dutcher’s concert, in which he seemed to address the … Continue reading

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Jeremy Dutcher at the RBA

I’ve heard Jeremy Dutcher before in collaboration with other artists: As part of the first Electric Messiah in 2015 As part of Toronto Consort’s Kanatha/Canada: First Encounters, a little over a year ago This time we heard him alone. Having … Continue reading

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Thanksszszzz-z-z-z-z

That sound is of course something you hear when you’re not doing it. If you’re asleep you can’t hear snores.  Your snore might wake you up. If you’re living with someone who does snore, and you are hearing this sound? … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s five minute sermon

Nothing changes your perspective on a piece of music like repurposing it. The new context may strain the original to its breaking point. A happy tune works well at a party, perhaps not so well at a funeral. This is … Continue reading

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Precarity in the alternative space of Other Jesus

Evan Webber’s new play Other Jesus, that has been getting presented nightly at St Matthew’s United Church on St Clair, opens a discursive space that I’ve been contemplating. I’m not entirely sure I’m objective about this, given that I’m projecting … Continue reading

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