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Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan, Sat Sept 16

August 6th, 2017
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Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 8 pm, $15, $10 for students. Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan met during their 6 year artistic residency at  Soulpepper Theatre. They have since then collaborated on a variety of music performances. This repertoire is a fascinating evening of stories and songs ranging from Millard’s gothic Canadian solo repertoire to O’Callaghan’s elegant and playful cabaret selections, to Greg Oh’s remarkable solo work, including remarkable stories about the world of modern orchestral piano playing.
1st set: John Millard on banjo and vocals. Greg Oh piano. New and recent songs by John Millard plus a selection of songs from the musical Ratbag by Martha Ross and John Millard. Joined by Patricia O’Callaghan
2nd set: Greg Oh performs short works by Phillip Glass and John Cage. Patricia O’Callaghan performs works by Randy Newman, Charles Ives, Leonard Cohen, Jaques Brel, Fernando Obradors, Astor Piazzolla and Divine Comedy.

Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music-Classical, Music-Jazz, Music-singer/songwriter

Chamber music concert by Brott Festival musicians, Sun July 30

July 22nd, 2017
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Sunday July 30, 2017, at 7:30 pm. $5. On the evening of Sunday, July 30, classical music will take the stage! Come join the Musicians of the Brott Festival National Academy Orchestra for a concert of intimate chamber music. Ten musicians will present music featuring flute, oboe, bass trombone and string quartet. The concert will finish with Schubert’s mesmerising cello quintet, featuring two violins, viola, cello and double bass.
Players: Dana Boyd, oboe; Guillaume Cóté, cello; Carolyn Farnand, viola; Gregory Lewis, violin; Olivier Lizette, bass trombone; Joel MacDonald, cello; Blake Martin, double bass; Christian Paquette, flute; Lev Nesterov, violin; Jessica Timmermans, violin.
Program: Mozart flute quartet and oboe quartet; McCarty piece for Bass Trombone and String Quartet; Schubert Cello Quintet. Read more…

Event, Music-Classical

Back to the 1780s! The WÖR band from Belgium, Mon July 10 at 7:30

June 8th, 2017
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Monday July 10, 2017, at 7:30 pm, $15. SPECIAL SHOW! Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online

Matapa World Festival Series presents the WÖR band from Belgium, on a festival tour in Ontario.  The musicians: Fabio Di Meo, baritone & soprano saxophone; Bert Ruymbeek accordion; Jeroen Goegebuer violin; Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven bagpipes, musette, soprano saxophone; Jonas Scheys guitar. Back to the 1780’s! If it sounded good back then, why not today?
“Wör’s album is brilliant. It’s very exciting to hear a young band reinterpreting old manuscripts in a refreshing and new way” Sam Sweeney – BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year 2015
With their finely textured arrangements WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their music shines an inventive spotlight, with a modern twist, on tunes from the manuscripts of De Gruijtters (Antwerp, 1746), Van Belle (Van Belle, 1743), De Prins (Leuven, 1781) and many more.    
“They’re all astonishing musicians, coaxing fantastic sounds out of their chosen instruments. But more than this, they craft intricate and fresh arrangements for each piece.” Stephen D. Winnick – Huffington Post

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-World, Special event

Opera comediennes Millan & Faye: The Opera! Sat April 9

February 24th, 2016
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Millan&Faye_650Saturday April 9, 2016, at 8 pm. $20.  Call 905-543-8512 or 905-912-9083 to reserve (online ticketing is closed).
Millan & Faye Present: The Opera!
In a special appearance at Artword Artbar, opera comedienne Kyra Millan and her music partner Tina Faye invite the audience into the world of opera through a brilliantly funny, whirlwind concert full of operatic favourites and well-known classical tunes, as well sketches and improv that celebrate the sublime and sublimely ridiculous elements that make up opera. View their YouTube hit Top Ten Opera Deaths.
Soprano Kyra Millan is happiest creating quirky shows that allow her to blend education and performance, as her unique career has been a balance of both. Millan&Faye_10_OperaDeaths_c680An opera Comedienne, she is embarking this year on her first Ontario tour of her original show “Millan & Faye Present: The Opera”, with her music duo partner Tina Faye. Commissioned four years running by the Canadian Opera Company, they will begin their tour at the Four Seasons Centre in March of 2016. Other recent performances have included headlining Harbourfront’s Voice and Strings Festival in 2014, and a surprise appearance for the TSOs Pianos In The City earlier this year. In winter 2013, she created her first full-length show ‘Christmas with Hi and Lo’ – which she created in collaboration with Canadian jazz icon John Alcorn, and performed to sold-out audiences.
Christina Faye is an accomplished pianist now making her home in Toronto. Currently she is the music director at Christ Church Scarborough Village, and accompanist for the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir, as well as being an in demand collaborative and solo pianist. Christina is a member of the dynamic and successful ‘Yegada Piano Trio’ with cellist Mateusz Swoboda and violinist Edwin Huizinga, and piano/vocal duo ‘Seirínes’ with acclaimed soprano Adria McCulloch. In all of her collaborative and solo work, Christina explores and promotes contemporary Canadian music and seeks to bring new and exciting experiences to her audiences.

Event, Music-Classical, Special event

Classical guitar: William Beauvais, CD launch, Sun Feb 28, 7 pm

December 28th, 2015
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William_BeauvaisSunday February 28, 2016, at 7 pm. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Tickets: $25 (Concert + CD), Concert only $20 regular, $15 student/seniors/unemployed. To reserve, call 905-543-8512 or email
Classical guitarist William Beauvais launches a new CD Old Wood – New Seeds: new solo works for guitar by William Beauvais. With special guest Brent Wirth.
The new CD is also for sale for $15.00 at the door.
Preeminent Canadian guitarist/composer William Beauvais has been composing, recording, performing and improvising for over thirty years. Read more…

Event, Music-Classical

Nano Valverde + Ayekan Ensemble, Sat Feb 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm!

December 10th, 2015
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AyekanSaturday February 6, 2016, at 7 pm. $15 at the door.
An evening of Latin American music by Nano Valverde + Ayekan Ensemble, an ensemble of quena (bamboo flute), flute, guitars, violin, double bass. Band members Nano Valverde, Peter Dean, Tim FitzGerald, Irena Josipovic, Samantha Chang, and Miguel Vasquez will be playing Nano Valverde’s compositions. Special guest for the evening is Marcelo Puente, Chilean singer-songwriter. For more information about Ayekan:
Nano’s compositions and arrangements are grounded in South American Folk music, but also show the influences of a wide variety of other traditions, most importantly the minimal music movement most closely associated with the composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass. In bringing together these different styles and traditions in their performances, Ayekan seeks to break down the barriers that still separate musical styles and cultures: folk and classical, Latin American and European, traditional and contemporary.

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk