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Volume 28 Issue 1 | September 20 - November 8, 2022

Our 28th season in print! “And Now, Back to Live Action”; a symphonic-sized listings section, compared to last season; clubs “On the move” ; FuturesStops Festival and Nuit Blanche; “Pianistic high-wire acts”; Season announcements include full-sized choral works like Mendelssohn’s Elijah; “Icons, innovators and renegades” pulling out all the stops.

Our 28th season in print! “And Now, Back to Live Action”; a symphonic-sized listings section, compared to last season; clubs “On the move” ; FuturesStops Festival and Nuit Blanche; “Pianistic high-wire acts”; Season announcements include full-sized choral works like Mendelssohn’s Elijah; “Icons, innovators and renegades” pulling out all the stops.

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“Dance is poetry for the body.”

— Heidi Sander

through to renewal. “Dance is poetry for the body and I’m thrilled

to collaborate with Bonnie to create an experience that is a tribute to

both of our moms,” Sander told me. “Ben’s compositions have added

such a deep layer of expression to my words, and his arrangements are

fluid and impactful, opening up a doorway for movement.” In turn,

Bolt-Martin, writing for a mixed ensemble of great chamber players

(Liesel Deppe, flute, Andrew Chung, violin, Julia Seager-Scott, harp

and Graham Hargrove, percussion), praises the “powerfully visual

nature of Heidi’s writing,” while dancer Bonnie Jordan also celebrates

the new collaborative experiment saying, “I’ve always wanted to dance

to poetry. The way even one single movement to a phrase can speak so

loudly fills my soul.”

How We Live On has one live performance on October 2, in

Stratford, but will also stream live and for 48 hours following the

concert. For more details see innerchamber.ca/how-we-live-on

Fall for Dance

Dance is highlighted on the Toronto scene as well, with the increasingly

popular and always “accessible to everyone” annual celebratory

festival Fall for Dance North. Coming back to a mostly live performance

slate this year, there will still be cinematic and streaming elements for

those not yet comfortable with being in large crowds, elements that

will likely now always be a part of festivals having become so essential

in the restricting years of the pandemic. Highlighted is a new short

film by Canadian choreographer Michael Greyeyes – a shared world

premiere with Soundstreams – as part of the festival centrepiece presentation

ARISE: 2022 at Meridian Hall. ARISE will also showcase a

commission from visionary tap dancer, Dianne Montgomery, a traditional

Indigenous Hawaiian performance from Ka Leo O Laka/Ka

Hikina O Ka Lá, and the FFDN premiere of a monumental work by

increasingly prolific Indigenous Canadian choreographer Jera Wolfe

featuring 110 students from Canada’s National Ballet School.

For more information on all the festival events running from

September 17 to October 8, see ffdnorth.com

Under the Mirvish umbrella

In the world of the traditional musical there is no film more iconic

than Singin’ in the Rain. The stage version of the glorious Comden

and Green story of the coming of talkies to Hollywood is at last

making its North American debut at the Princess of Wales Theatre

under the Mirvish producing umbrella. This is a 2021 remounting of

the hit 2012 production by Jonathan Church of England’s Chichester

Theatre, that has already toured the UK, Ireland and Japan. Reviews

in England and elsewhere have been rapturous so, like many, my

hopes are high that the production will meet our high expectations.

September 23-October 23. mirvish.com.

Mirvish has also recently extended the run of Harry Potter and the

Cursed Child, a unique tour-de-force of technical and actual wizardry

that is anchored by a serious, and very contemporary coming of age

story, centred on the children of the heroes of the movie series: Harry,

Hermione, Ron and .. yes, Draco Malfoy. The production is astonishing

in its non-stop movement, and is anchored by a strong Canadian cast

featuring the wonderful Fiona Reid as Professor McGonagall and Sara

Farb as the new character Delphi. Whirling staircases, dementors and

intertwined storylines are woven together with clever choreography

and Imogen Heap’s perfect score. The run of Harry Potter has now

been extended into 2023. For more information see mirvish.com.

Whatever your music theatre tastes, from mainstream to

renegade, there are wonderful shows to see this fall in Toronto and

around Ontario.

Jennifer Parr is a Toronto-based director, dramaturge, fight

director and acting coach, brought up from a young age on a rich

mix of musicals, Shakespeare and new Canadian plays.

IN WITH THE NEW

Beyond Obligatory

Inclusion?

WENDALYN BARTLEY

As the new season of concerts gets underway in these

somewhat post-COVID days, some of the larger-scale

presenters have, with fingers crossed, announced

ambitious season lineups. As I looked through their listings,

a noteworthy trend was emerging: the regular programming

of contemporary works. Perhaps there’s been a shift away

from the token or obligatory inclusion of music by living

composers which would indicate that past events such as

the TSO’s New Creations Festivals, or several seasons of the

21C Festival have been successful in bringing in an eager

audience interested in listening to current ideas and styles.

GLIONNA MANSELL PRESENTS

A Music Series unlike any other

www.organixconcerts.ca

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Lunch Time

Concerts

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Free-will Offering (suggested $20 Donation)

Kingsway Series Concerts

Matthew Larkin

TH

OCT. 5

All Saints Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor Street West - Toronto

TH

OCT. 12 Peter Nikiforuk

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic, 3055 Bloor Street West - Toronto

TH

OCT. 19 Aaron James

All Saints Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor Street West - Toronto

ND

NOV. 2 Zoe Kai Wai Lei

All Saints Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor Street West - Toronto

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NOV. 9 Ian Grundy

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic, 3055 Bloor Street West - Toronto

TH

NOV. 16 Sebastian Moreno

All Saints Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor Street West - Toronto

For Information: organixconcerts.ca

416-769-5224 Mobile Call/Text:416-571-3680

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