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How Jazz Works

September 15, 2017 2:00pm to November 24, 2017 3:30pm

September 15 - November 24

Fridays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Jazz is a vibrant, exciting and vital art form that represents some of the most creative music-making from the early twentieth century through to the present day. This ten-week series will present a broad overview of the development of jazz styles including New Orleans traditional jazz, swing and big band music, bebop, the modern mainstream, and the avant-garde. Lectures will also cover musical features including melody, harmony, rhythm, form and the art of improvisation. Join us for an engaging exploration of the world of jazz!

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/how-jazz-works/3572

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Noah's Ark: A Modern Take on a Biblical Story

October 1, 2017 9:00am to November 29, 2017 9:00am

Osnat Lippa uses digital photography and image manipulation to examine the morality tale of Noah’s Ark.
Third Floor Exhibit
info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x250

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: CITY LIFE: TORONTO FROM 1945 TO 2020

October 19, 2017 10:00am to November 30, 2017 10:00am

Thursdays, October 19–November 30, 10 a.m. to noon
*Please note there is no class on November 9

In this exciting survey of Toronto’s modern history, the city’s former mayor, David Crombie, investigates the powerful ideas, institutions and events that have transformed “Toronto the Good” into one of the world’s most dynamic and culturally diverse metropolises.

Still passionately engaged in Toronto’s civic affairs, Mr. Crombie will draw on years of public service to explore the city’s history, assess its current challenges and opportunities, and look ahead at the issues that will define Toronto in the 21st century. Crombie is also a former Member of Parliament, federal cabinet minister, president of the Canadian Urban Institute and founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.

Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)
6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)

Register: http://ow.ly/6zn430dmV5q

Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum's Warm the Sole Sock Drive

November 1, 2017 10:00am to November 30, 2017 5:00pm

The BSM’s annual sock drive returns for another year.  Socks are one of the first items people request when asking for assistance and are a staple of basic care for the homeless. Did you know that socks are the most needed and least donated item of clothing? For the whole month of November, visitors to the BSM are encouraged to bring a new pair of unworn socks for distribution to those in need. If you make a donation on a Saturday or Sunday during the drive, you can visit the BSM for FREE that day. There will also be a fun sock-themed craft available for kids, drop-in until 4pm on weekends. Help us to give the gift of warmth to our community!

Free admission on Saturdays and Sundays with a donation

The Royal Conservatory

¡Hola España! : The Music of Renaissance Spain

November 1, 2017 10:00am to November 22, 2017 12:00pm

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm

November 1 - 22

In collaboration with The Toronto Consort, this series is an investigation of the vibrant and inventive music, composers and instruments of 16th- and 17th-century Spain, including some of the music which made its way across the Atlantic to the ?New World.? Over four weeks, this series will explore popular songs (villancicos) and evocative sacred works, energetic instrumental dance music, intradas, fantasias and more, in a format which combines listening, lecture, imagery and class discussion.

Registrants will also receive a free ticket to Navidad, the Toronto Consort?s December celebration of Spanish music for the festive season.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/hola-espa%C3%B1a-the-music-of-renaissance-spain/3816

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Built to Remember

November 2, 2017 12:00pm to November 29, 2017 5:00pm

Gallery in the J
Neuberger Holocaust Education Week Feature Exhibit
An exhibit exploring Holocaust museums.
Info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x250

The Royal Conservatory

F.J. Haydn: The Neglected Master

November 10, 2017 10:00am to December 8, 2017 12:00pm

Fridays , 10am - 12pm

November 10 - December 8

By the end of the 18th century, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was the most popular and influential composer in Europe. Mozart revered Haydn, claiming, "He alone has the secret of making me smile and touching me to the bottom of my soul," and Beethoven dedicated his first three piano sonatas to Haydn. And yet today we tend to neglect the works of Haydn, viewing them as light and superficial, and preferring those by Mozart, Beethoven and other composers. Our loss! Known as "Papa" Haydn for his invaluable developments of the symphony, string quartet and sonata, on the surface, Haydn's music contains infectious degrees of humour, warmth, tunefulness, liveliness, even mischief. And yet, underneath these traits are a depth, sublimity, and nobility often associated with other "greater" composers.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/f-j-haydn-the-neglected-master/3792

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

JANE

November 10, 2017 2:30pm to December 10, 2017 12:30pm

Live with Jane Goodall while she conducts her groundbreaking, enthralling work with chimpanzees, which she revealed to be so like humans. Fifty years ago, a National Geographic filmmaker was sent to join her in the Tanzanian jungle, where he captured over 140 hours of 16mm footage that was never used. Today, Academy Award–nominated director Brett Morgen, whose skills of documentary portraiture range from musician Kurt Cobain (Cobain: Montage of Heck) to producer Robert Evans (The Kid Stays in the Picture), takes the footage and sets it to a dreamy orchestral score by Philip Glass in this gorgeous, and ultimately very moving, time capsule. http://ow.ly/KkbV30fj6HB​ 

Andria Teather, Chief Executive Officer of The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, in attendance for a post-screening Q&A on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m.

 

I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art Poster
Toronto Reference Library

I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art

November 11, 2017 9:00am to January 21, 2018 5:00pm

Children's picture books tell many stories about what it is like to grow up in Canada. This exhibit celebrates the work of best-loved Canadian illustrators who bring these stories to life.

I Am Canada showcases original picture book art from Toronto Public Library's Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books and the private collection of Scholastic Canada, which has been introducing young people to the joys of reading for 60 years.

Admission is free. The TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library is open during regular library hours. Free guided tours every Tuesdays at 2 pm.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

November 17, 2017 6:30pm to November 23, 2017 6:30pm

The 1990s TV phenomenon Bill Nye the Science Guy educated and entertained a generation with a mix of facts and zany fun that made learning exciting. Today, the bow-tied Bill Nye has returned to the public eye—but his mission has evolved as the stakes have risen. There’s a dangerous wave of people in power whose fundamental lack of scientific reasoning is causing destruction to the planet we all inhabit. As a public figure, Bill is now taking every opportunity he can to openly call out and debate those who are twisting facts or outright denying them. The Science Guy is back and more vital than ever. http://ow.ly/4McI30eJU0n

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Music on Film: CONDUCT! EVERY MOVE COUNTS

November 21, 2017 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Every two years in Frankfurt, 24 young conductors from around the world are invited to take part in the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conductors' Competition. They only have 20 minutes to work with an orchestra they’ve never met before and to impress an intimidating panel of judges. This documentary Follows five conductors, the 20-year-old Aziz Shokhakimov from Uzbekistan, star New Yorker Alondra de la Parra, Englishman James Lowe, Andreas Hotz from Germany and Japan’s Shizuo Z Kuwahara who conducts with his bare hands. Conduct! is a rich with drama and fascinating insight into the dynamic between conductors and orchestras. http://ow.ly/3tZ130es1VO

Conductor Tania Miller will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

DOLORES

November 22, 2017 2:00pm to November 24, 2017 2:45pm

American feminist, labour leader and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta has never been afraid to speak truth to power. She co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, the first farm worker?s union in the U.S., but was never quite as well-known as her ally César Chávez. This is even true when it comes to the movement's famous slogan, Sí se puede, which inspired Barack Obama's "yes we can" and is often wrongly attributed to Chavez. As shown in this Hot Docs Festival hit spanning over 50 years of footage, Dolores is never less than bold and compassionate, and remains outspoken and committed well into her 80s. http://ow.ly/RB8R30fIwu7

Bata Shoe Museum

Film Screening at the BSM of "The Road Forward"

November 22, 2017 7:00pm

As part of  the National Film Board’s Aabiziingwash (Wide Awake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour, the BSM presents a special free screening of The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history – the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s – with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. The film is a rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.

7- 9pm | Free |  | Limited space  | Tickets can be reserved by emailing rsvp@batashoemuseum.ca or by calling 416.979.7799 x 444

In partnership with the National Film Board of Canada

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

YOU'RE SOAKING IN IT

November 24, 2017 5:00pm to November 30, 2017 1:00pm

"Math men" have replaced the "mad men." Advertisers today have access to an unprecedented level of data about us, our preferences and predilections. With porous levels of digital privacy, advertising is no longer simply something we see, it?s what surrounds us in every new arena. Ads are no longer targeted to us based on creative teams thinking up marketing strategies?they are the result of perpetual surveillance and collection of personal information. Director Scott Harper?s meticulously researched You?re Soaking In it, a Hot Docs Festival hit, reveals the inner workings of advertising today, and its hidden impact on our daily lives and the way we spend. http://ow.ly/s4sh30fIwjL​ 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

November 24, 2017 7:00pm to November 30, 2017 9:15pm

Hedy Lamarr’s stint as a Hollywood starlet had her best known for her tabloid scandals rather than her performances—but behind the scenes she was a secret genius inventor changing the course of history. In the 1940s she starred alongside legends like Clark Gable and James Stewart, and infamously had affairs with the likes of Howard Hughes and JFK. Today Lamarr has re-entered public consciousness as a Hall of Fame-inducted inventor for developing a secret radio system during WWII that paved the way for modern Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. Bombshell tells her whole incredible story for the first time. http://ow.ly/3FAW30ehw8q

The Royal Conservatory

Tania Miller conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

November 24, 2017 8:00pm

Maestra Tania Miller is on the cutting edge of classical music. Her “experience and charisma are audible.” (Hartford Courant)  As Music Director of the Victoria Symphony, and the first Canadian woman ever to be Music Director of a major symphony orchestra, she is used to blazing new paths and being on the cutting edge in the world of classical music. 

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO), part of the Temerty Orchestral Program, is widely regarded as an outstanding ensemble and one of the best training orchestras in North America. It consists of instrumental students in the Performance Diploma Program and Artist Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School. Graduates of the RCO have joined the ranks of the greatest orchestras in the world. 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Game Changers: EAMES: THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER

November 25, 2017 2:00pm

Game Changers: Stories of remarkable individuals and their impact on our world.

A husband-and-wife design team unlike anything the world had ever seen, Charles and Ray Eames made monumental contributions to various fields of innovation, from modern architecture, furniture, industrial design, to fine art and more. Working from their Venice Beach warehouse, the Eames knew how to take on seemingly anything thrown their way, creating the most effective and artful solution for any project. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter gives these artists their due, surveying a lifetime of achievements as well as their partnership and examines the profound influence on modern American life. http://ow.ly/eeAP30fIxO1​ 

The Royal Conservatory

Danilo Pérez with Ben Street & Terri Lyne Carrington and Alfredo Rodríguez Trio

November 25, 2017 8:00pm

Two of the best Latin jazz pianists and band leaders in the world bring their trios to Koerner Hall for an unforgettable double bill celebrating the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk and the 20th anniversary of Pérez’s album, Panamonk.

Extravagantly gifted Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez has enjoyed a precipitous rise to international prominence, championed and produced by Quincy Jones. The Grammy nominated phenom released Tocororo in 2016, musical representation of the exuberance and colours of the world, through Rodriguez's Cuban lens.

“Effortlessly hip," (Guardian) Danilo Pérez’s trio consists of Ben Street on bass and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums. “Danilo Pérez is a man with some serious jazz cred. The Panamanian pianist got his start playing with Dizzy Gillespie and continued with Wayne Shorter. As a composer and bandleader himself, he’s practically peerless.” (NPR)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

November 26, 2017 12:00pm

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and her strange, delightfully confusing encounters in Wonderland with the instantly recognizable characters the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts in this exuberant and entertaining adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic from director Christopher Wheeldon. Marvelously staged, this modern production premiered in 2011 and explodes with imagination and feeling. With bursts of colour, elaborate dance choreography, and an appropriately dazzling visual design that keeps up with Carroll’s mad genius, this is a ballet for all ages that taps into wonderment and the nightmarish in equal measure. http://ow.ly/dm9a30ehHj3

Including two 15 min intermissions.

 

The Royal Conservatory

Holidays in Harmony

November 26, 2017 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Join us at Holidays in Harmony for an afternoon of FREE music programming for adults on Sunday, November 26 from 2:30 – 5:30pm! Enjoy a Showcase Concert featuring Royal Conservatory School faculty and a special holiday Sing-a-Long! Attend a Music Appreciation lecture on Musician Spies and How Music Works, or learn more about the violin, fiddle, viola, cello, guitar, piano, steel pan, and jazz combo in one of our interactive Learn to Play classes. The event concludes with a small reception.  
Please note that this is an adult-only event. Children’s activities will not be available.
Seats are limited. RSVP Now!
 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Game Changers: FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

November 26, 2017 4:00pm

Game Changers: Stories of remarkable individuals and their impact on our world. 

In 1970, educator and activist Angela Davis found herself on the FBI?s 10 Most Wanted list for her affiliation with the Communist Party and the Black Panthers. Unwavering in her reaction to controversy and political pressure, the outspoken Davis fought for freedom and civil rights without compromise. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners tells the story of her life and struggle from the days of her youth to her arrest and trial, linked to the kidnapping of a judge that ended in murder. Director Shola Lynch intelligently examines the inspirational figure?s significance, bolstered by extensive interviews with Davis herself. http://ow.ly/NbgC30fIxVG

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Ten Types of Tenors part IV

November 27, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Discover the wonderful range of the tenor repertory, including such operatic giants as Enrico Caruso, Jon Vickers, Beniamino Gigli and Luciano Pavarotti.
Mondays: Nov 27 – Dec 4, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
November 27 “Dramatic” and “Robusto” Tenors
December 4 “Jugendliche” and “Helden” Tenors
Drop-in: $22
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

CODENAME SALLY

November 28, 2017 7:30pm

Celebrate a literary and human rights anniversary: 25 years ago, Salman Rushdie famously emerged from hiding after the pronouncement of a fatwa against his life by the Ayatollah Khomeini, to attend a PEN Canada benefit in Toronto. There, Ontario premier Bob Rae, who will introduce the film, became the first head of government to welcome Rushdie in a public forum anywhere in the world. Co-conspirators Louise Dennys, Ric Young, Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul, and Marian Botsford Fraser, together with Barbara McDougall, Bob Rae and Rushdie himself, recall the event and the intrigue. There is much to celebrate 25 years later—and much to be mindful of. http://ow.ly/m5wz30fIx4g​ 

PEN Canada President Richard Stursberg, former Ontario Premier Bob Rae and writer Marian Botsford Fraser join writer/producer Sturla Gunnarsson in a special post-screening discussion. 

Presented with PEN Canada. All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to support PEN and their activities.

 

 

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

First Session of the VEMU Estonian Language Book Club

November 29, 2017 7:00pm

On Wednesday, November 29th at 7pm at Tartu College, the first session of the VEMU Estonian Language Book Club will be taking place. Piret Noorhani will be leading the discussion on two books focused on the topic of childhood memories during the Soviet period: Leikude by Erki Kask and Vee peal (On the Water) by Olavi Ruitlane.

No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.

Info: Piret Noorhani, piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Enrico Elisi

November 30, 2017 12:10pm

Pianist Enrico Elisi presents a solo recital with music by J.S. Bach and Kye Ryung Park.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Enrico Elisi is a Steinway Concert Artist

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Duelling Clarinetists: Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw

November 30, 2017 1:30pm

With musician Jonno Lightstone
Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw were the Swing Era clarinetists who reigned supreme, but each had different styles: Goodman was the peddler of popular tunes, while Shaw was the ‘musician's musician’. 
Enjoy this historical lecture complete with live clarinet 

 

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Estonian Music Week Launch

November 30, 2017 6:00pm

On Thursday, November 30th at 6pm at Tartu College the launch of Estonian Music Week (EMW) will take place. From May 24-29, 2018, EMW will be taking place in Toronto. A week long series of musical events will introduce diverse and high quality Estonian music and striking Estonian musicians from Estonia and North American mixed with the best performers of the Canadian music scene.

EMW is one of the main events to celebrate Estonian Republic 100 in Canada. The is festival is organized by the Estonian Studies Center/VEMU (Canada) and Avarus (Estonia). The festival partners and sponsors are: The Royal Conservatory of Music's 21C Music Festical, EV100, Toronto Arts Council, Estonian Foundation of Canada, and Estonian Credit Union (Toronto).

You can learn more about who will be performing and many more exciting festival details at the festival launch and/or by keeping your eye on the festival website www.estonianmusicweek.ca.

Laul teeb rinna rõõmsaks!
Song is food for the soul!

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Walter Isaacson and Heather Reisman Discuss Leonardo Da Vinci

November 30, 2017 6:30pm

Leonardo Da Vinci was history’s most creative genius—and now he has a biographer worthy of his talents. In this Canadian premiere, Walter Isaacson, the author of acclaimed bestsellers on Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, sits down with Indigo CEO Heather Reisman to discuss his ground-breaking new biography of the Italian master. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks, Isaacson's well-researched text was the focus of a competitive bidding war and is now being developed into a feature film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Discover how Da Vinci’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation and imagination. http://ow.ly/c04o30eJTIz

Tickets: $17

Member tickets:
Bronze: $12
Silver: $10
Gold: Free

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Indigo. Book signing to follow.

Presented by Simon and Schuster and Indigo.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BIG TIME

December 1, 2017 4:00pm to December 7, 2017 9:30pm

Danish “starchitect” Bjarke Ingels, named “one of architecture’s biggest stars” by The Wall Street Journal, is at the peak of his powers when a concussion threatens to get in the way of his most ambitious project yet—one of the skyscrapers which will replace the fallen Twin Towers in New York City. An insistently cutting-edge thinker, Ingels is at the forefront of a new way of city-building that is centered around fostering community through inclusive structures. Following him over the course of five years, Big Time is an insightful look at a visionary’s creative process as Ingels faces a series of challenges in his personal life while tasked with reinventing Manhattan’s iconic skyline. http://ow.ly/IUgM30gm6Ee

The Royal Conservatory

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

December 1, 2017 8:00pm

Lisa Fischer’s voice is described by Keith Richards as “powerful as the rest of the guys put together.” The powerhouse vocalist has performed at every Rolling Stones concert since 1989, graced shows by artists that include Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, and Nine Inch Nails, and was featured in the Oscar winning documentary film, 20 Feet From Stardom.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

FACES PLACES

December 1, 2017 8:45pm to December 11, 2017 3:30pm

In this popular TIFF award-winner, the "Godmother of the French New Wave" Agnès Varda, now at aged 89 and spirited as ever, teams up with 34-year-old superstar artist JR, visiting French villages and honouring their inhabitants with striking murals. They tour the picturesque countryside in a van outfitted to produce massive prints which they then put up on buildings, creating monuments to everyday individuals. As this unlikely duo moves from town to town they come across a marvelous cast of characters, all the while becoming close friends. Faces Places is a touching and generous celebration of art’s connective power, guided by the curiosity and creativity of two visionaries. http://ow.ly/Epy230gm6Lk

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Hello, Other Moon

December 2, 2017 12:00pm to January 21, 2018 12:00pm

In the Gallery in the J
Illustrations by Yaara Eshet after poems by Ronna Bloom, an exhibition of loss, longing, compassion and a bowl of soup.
Join Yaara Eshet and Ronna Bloom for a conversation on their creative process in poetry, art, inspiration and collaboration on December 3 at 4:00pm
Info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x250

The Royal Conservatory

SongBird North

December 2, 2017 8:00pm

Top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs. Each concert in this series, formerly known as Bluebird North, will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Chanukah Groove for Families

December 3, 2017 10:00am

Come from the December cold and dark into the warmth and light of our Chanukah celebration. Featuring activities for ages 0-10 with their grown-ups, including: face painting, balloon animals, photo booth, dreidel spinning, interactive stories and songs, Jungle Gym and Jungle Gym Junior, crafts for all ages and kosher holiday snacks. All are welcome! 
Register at https://chanukahgroove.eventbrite.ca
$5 per person, babes in arms are free.
Info: laurens@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x390

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

TJFF Presents: DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS

December 3, 2017 2:00pm

Merry Christmakah! From “White Christmas” to “Silver Bells”, Jewish composers have penned the soundtrack to the season and in doing so have helped transform a Christian holy day into a secular celebration. Join us for a head start on the holidays with the Toronto premiere of Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas, Larry Weinstein’s fun and irreverent look at musical geniuses such as Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, Jay Livingston and others, and how they’ve shaped Christmas celebrations through song. Rare archival footage, musical performances and illuminating interviews with writers, performers and popular music connoisseurs come together against the backdrop of Toronto’s own Sea Hi Famous Chinese Restaurant to tell this offbeat holiday tale.

Director Larry Weinstein, producer Liam Romalis, writer/producer Jason Charters, performer David Wall, performer Dione Taylor, performer Aviva Chernick, and interviewee/expert Robert Harris will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Foundation.
 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Ten Types of Tenors part V

December 4, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Discover the wonderful range of the tenor repertory, including such operatic giants as Enrico Caruso, Jon Vickers, Beniamino Gigli and Luciano Pavarotti.
Monday, December 4 “Jugendliche” and “Helden” Tenors
Drop-in: $22
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

IN GOD WE TRUST - True Crime Tuesdays

December 5, 2017 6:30pm

True Crime Tuesdays: All is not what it seems in this six-part doc series, all accompanied by special guest discussions.

Filmmakers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek craft an in-depth look at the crimes of Bernie Madoff in this incisive documentary bolstered by an unlikely protagonist: Madoff’s personal secretary of 25 years. Eleanor Squillari worked closely with Madoff with no idea he was pulling off the biggest financial scam in U.S. history. Devastated by the discovery she had been helping a criminal, she decides to help the FBI and digs into every record and document from over the years. In God We Trust is an effective overview of how Madoff made off with billions of dollars and how one woman helped take him down. http://ow.ly/iZn630erZqS

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Lecture to Celebrate the 98th Anniversary of the Estonian Language Tartu University

December 5, 2017 7:00pm

On Tuesday, December 5th at 7pm at Tartu College, Prof. Andres Kasekamp will be giving a lecture to celebrate the 98th anniversary of the Estonian language Tartu University. The topic will be Thoughts on the Current Situation of Higher Education in Estonia.

In Estonian. 
No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.

Info: Piret Noorhani, piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

The Royal Conservatory

Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst, Torleif Thedéen, and Lucas Debargue

December 5, 2017 8:00pm

Janine Jansen’s violin playing has been described as “so golden, so delicate, almost ethereal” (The Times), “a tantalizing dance of colours and textures” (New York Times), and “a stunning display of sustained intensity” (The Guardian).

 

Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst is known for pushing musical boundaries. "Until you’ve heard Martin Fröst, you really haven’t heard the clarinet” (The Times). The New York Times describes his playing as having “a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinettist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in my memory.”

 

Swedish cellist Torleif Thedéen, described by the Irish Times as “musically arresting and technically commanding,”  has been honoured with a Cannes Classical Award and Editor’s Choice in BBC Music Magazine. 

In 2015, French pianist Lucas Debargue became the most talked-about artist of the International Tchaikovsky Competition where, despite placing fourth, his muscular and intellectual playing combined with an intensely poetic and lyrical gift for phrasing earned him the coveted Moscow Music Critics’ Award as “the pianist whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience.” 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Doc Soup: NO STONE UNTURNED

December 6, 2017 6:30pm to December 7, 2017 6:45pm

Doc Soup: Hot Docs' monthly screening series that presents Festival hits and award-winning docs.

In 1994, in Northern Ireland’s small village of Loughinisland, two loyalist terrorists stormed a pub during a World Cup soccer match and shot 11 people in their backs, killing six and wounding five. A police investigation, which was perfunctory at best, led to zero arrests, leaving the case to eventually go cold. Decades later, lauded documentarian Alex Gibney re-visits this horrific crime, digging deeper into witness testimony and piecing together clues overlooked by law enforcement. Offering convincing evidence of a coverup that reaches to the highest levels of the British government, No Stone Unturned is a riveting cinematic experience that seeks to answer several troubling questions about this infamous terror attack.

Q&A with producer Trevor Birney following all screenings.

The Royal Conservatory

The Nutcracker Ballet

December 7, 2017 1:00pm to December 14, 2017 3:00pm

Thursdays, December 7 & 14

1-3pm

Eggnog, mistletoe, turkey with cranberry sauce, quality time with family and friends, favourite carols, Handel's Messiah, these are just some of the wonders of the holiday season in Toronto. To that list must be added The Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky, annually presented during the holidays by the National Ballet of Canada, and now a very popular event for Toronto children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. This series, with Rick Phillips and Toronto Star dance critic Michael Crabb, will uncover the history, music, choreography, wonders and lasting appeal of one of the most-loved ballets in the repertoire.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/the-nutcracker-ballet/3775

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Jump & Jive @ the J: A Sock Hop in Celebration of Chanukah

December 7, 2017 1:00pm

Featuring The Rev-Tones & The Pistons
Dust off your poodle skirt, leather jacket and saddle shoes and get ready to shake, rattle and roll! Enjoy hits from the 1950s and early 1960s - including Elvis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Ricky Nelson - performed by an 8-piece rock & roll band.
In the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC.
Concert: 1:00-2:30pm
Post-show reception: 2:30-3:30pm
Admission: $18.00
Info: lisa@mnjcc.org (416)924-6211 x155
Register in advance: (416) 924 -6211 x0

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

CHAVELA

December 8, 2017 3:30pm to December 17, 2017 5:15pm

A singular force of nature, Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas dared to live openly and proudly as a queer diva who followed in nobody’s footsteps as she pushed her culture’s boundaries. A controversial icon who spoke her mind, dressed against the norm, and created beautiful music, Vargas was also a tortured soul who struggled with alcoholism and fame. With never-before-seen interview footage, the award-winning Chavela gives you the chance to discover this extraordinary woman­­­-her story, wisdom, infectious spirit and emotionally stirring art. Featuring remarkable musical performances and touching tributes from loved ones and experts, including filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Assaf Amdursky in Concert

December 9, 2017 7:30pm

A special solo concert with one of the most prominent and influential popular artists in Israel, Assaf Amdursky.
In the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC.  This is the first of seven events that will celebrate Israel's 70th birthday.
Reservations: https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/117949/chk/ac9e
Info: lirazr@mnjcc.org
Or call 1-800-881-0939

The Royal Conservatory

Dianne Reeves Quintet

December 9, 2017 8:00pm

Dianne Reeves’s powerful, expressive voice has made her one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world. Heard live, the effect is that of a force of nature. An artist who embodies jazz’s enduring values of elegance, class and improvisational poise, she has won a string of Grammy Awards, including an unprecedented three consecutive Best Jazz Vocal Performance awards plus another for her contribution to the soundtrack of George Clooney’s film, Good Night and Good Luck. Her recording, Beautiful Life, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, melding jazz with elements of R&B, pop, and Latin music. Reeves is a performer with a gift for imbuing any performance space with the intimacy of a living room, who always gets to the heart of a song. She returns to Koerner Hall for an evening of vocal jazz classics and Christmas favourites. 

The Royal Conservatory

Khatia Buniatishvili

December 10, 2017 3:00pm

Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili’s extraordinary talent has been recognized by London's Evening Standard for her “jaw-dropping virtuoso technique.” She has been a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and collaborated with Coldplay, violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon, and renowned orchestras under the batons of conductors Zubin Mehta and Charles Dutoit. The Financial Times of London has described her Liszt as “magisterial,” and in this solo recital she will perform works by Liszt and Mussorgsky. “A distinct and ever-present characteristic of Buniatishvili’s playing is that it is so full of imagination.” (Epoch Times)

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society: The Concert

December 10, 2017 4:00pm

Co-presented with The Royal Conservatory of Music
Guest speaker: Musicologist Jordan Klapman
(France, 2009, Radu Mihaileanu director, 119 min)
Former Bolshoi conductor Andrei Simoniovich Filipov was fi red for engaging Jewish musicans. Now he works at the Bolshoi as a cleaner. Learning that the orchestra has been invited to play in Paris, he conspires to conduct the concert. Witness his triumph over his disastrous past in this delightful comedic drama. In French and Russian with English Subtitles.

4:00 and 7:30 pm
Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
Box office is open on site at 3:30 pm for the 4:00 pm screening for rush ticket sales only. Box office is open on site at 6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm screening.
Advance Tickets are available online for the 7:30 pm screening only – no phone or in person sales.
Advance 7:30 pm tickets on Eventbrite
There are no online or other advance tickets available for the 4:00 pm screenings.
Day-of single tickets for each screening are subject to availability and are processed on a rush-only basis.
All single ticket door sales are cash only.
$15 General Admission (including seniors)
$10 Young Adults (age 18-35)
Info: esthera@mnjcc.org (416) 924 6211 x606
 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

HUMAN FLOW

December 13, 2017 8:45pm to December 21, 2017 6:00pm

World renowned artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei creates an immersive and compassionate portrait of the refugee crisis in this globe-spanning documentary. Shot in 23 countries, Human Flow is a singularly expansive and urgent look at one of the most pressing issues of our time that captures its staggering scale and devastating toll. Taking us to far flung places-from Afghanistan to Greece to Germany to Iraq to Kenya and beyond-we meet extraordinary individuals and hear their stories as they bear unbelievable hardship with courage and resilience. A tremendously moving testament to the human spirit, Human Flow challenges our world to come together and shape a new, more compassionate, global society.

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HOME ALONE Quote-Along

December 15, 2017 9:30pm

Calling all ladies, gentlemen and little jerks: It's time to don your ugly Christmas sweater for our fourth annual Home Alone quote-along! Just like last year, we're showing it with subtitles, karaoke-style, so you can get rowdy and shout out your favourite lines (“Buzz, your girlfriend, WOOF!”), scream with Kevin and enjoy some lovely cheese pizza. "Keep the change, ya filthy animal!"

Hosted by the hilarious Gillian Bartolucci.

8:30 PM: Doors Open
9:30 PM: Screening

Bring a donation of rice or dried beans in support of The Stop and we’ll give you a prop bag full of goodies!

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Free Screening: WHITE CHRISTMAS

December 16, 2017 12:00pm

Michael Curtiz’s timeless Christmas musical is back! Irving Berlin’s excellent score features many cherished Christmas songs, including the film’s namesake ”White Christmas” itself! Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) are old army buddies and entertainers, and they set out to save their friend’s struggling inn in Vermont with a grand gesture?and hopefully win over their sweethearts in the process. Ever since its release in 1954, White Christmas has been a perennial holiday favourite, as generation after generation of filmgoers have fallen in love with its music, dance and charm.

Tickets: FREE

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

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Exhibition on Screen: CANALETTO AND THE ART OF VENICE

December 16, 2017 2:45pm

In this alluring Exhibition on Screen season opener, become immersed in the life and work of Venice view-painter Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768). Known for his paintings of Italy's most magical city, Canaletto created over 200 works that immortalize Venice’s scenery, architecture and daily life in the 18th century. Embark on a breathtaking tour of the sites that inspired him, from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Featuring the expertise of Royal Collection Trust curators and Venetian historians, learn about the man, his art and this singular place.

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Free Screening: NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION

December 16, 2017 9:00pm

Chevy Chase leads this National Lampoon's holiday favourite as family man Clark Griswold, whose attempts to put on a proper Christmas for his kin goes terribly and hilariously awry. From electric shocks to exploding turkeys to being under siege by a SWAT Team, it’s an unforgettable holiday get together that will make you better appreciate your dysfunctional family’s Christmas dinner snafus. With a stellar supporting cast featuring Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Juliette Lewis and a non-stop onslaught of laugh-out-loud gags from writer John Hughes, Christmas Vacation is a bonafide comedy classic.

Tickets: Free

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

Free Screening: A CHRISTMAS STORY

December 17, 2017 12:00pm

Yes, Bob Clark’s hilarious perennial holiday classic A Christmas Story is back again this year! Poor little Ralphie. Like other nine-year-old children all over the country, all he wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder B.B. gun with a compass and “this thing that tells time.” But his mother, his teacher, not to mention Santa Claus, have other ideas. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Whether this is your first or 50th time watching, A Christmas Story is great for young and old alike. Join the Parker family for another year of dodging snowballs and smelly hound dogs!

Tickets: FREE

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

The Royal Conservatory

Emilie-Claire Barlow

December 17, 2017 7:00pm

Two-time Juno Award winning vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow celebrates her newest recording Lumières d’hiver, featuring original takes on an eclectic mix of Christmas and wintry tunes. Classics like River, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Noël Blanc, will be performed alongside Quebec favourites, As-Tu Vu le Père Noël, Marie Noël, and surprises such as a French version of the Wilson Sisters pop tune Hey Santa, and Tricot Machine’s Combien de Noel. An engaging performer, imaginative arranger Emilie-Claire and her incredible band bring fresh interpretations of holiday favourites, classics from her popular repertoire, and of course, Winter Wonderland.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Free Screening: LOVE ACTUALLY

December 17, 2017 8:00pm

Love is in the air this holiday season—a lot of love, and a lot of laughter. From the makers of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill, comes a singularly splendid romantic comedy that’s overflowing with heartwarming romance, witty banter and Christmas cheer. Love Actually shares the stories of eight couples and all the ways their lives intertwine with a star-studded cast featuring Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Keira Knightley.

Tickets: FREE

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

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BLUEFIN

December 19, 2017 6:30pm

Off the breath-taking coast of Prince Edward Island in North Lake-the so-called “tuna capital of the world”- the prized giant Bluefin tuna disappeared after years of overfishing, only to recently return in staggering numbers. But something isn’t right. Once wary of humans, they are now seemingly unafraid. Just what has happened to this majestic creature and its habitat? John Hopkins’ eye-opening documentary unravels this baffling mystery, revealing of how our exploitation of resources can alter environments and ecosystems in unexpected ways.

Director John Hopkins will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

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Free Screening: ELF

December 21, 2017 9:00pm

Buddy does not look like your usual Christmas elf. For one thing, he's six foot three and he’s had a beard since he was 15. But that might have something to do with the fact that he’s actually a human who wandered into Santa’s toy sack as a baby and grew up among the elves. The hilarious story of Buddy the Elf’s return to the realm of humans has become a holiday classic. Whether seeking out some comedic holiday cheer, or just hoping to meet another human that shares your affinity for elf culture, Elf does not disappoint.

Tickets: FREE

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

NAPLES '44

December 22, 2017 4:00pm to December 30, 2017 6:30pm

This beloved and iconic Italian city is the subject of this singular documentary that brings remarkable stories of courage and survival to life while capturing the exotic sights and sounds of one of the world's most colourful and mysterious places. Naples ’44 is adapted from the notebook of Norman Lewis, a British officer who entered Naples during WWII with the American Fifth Army. Writing down all the unbelievable things he saw, Lewis created a vivid record of history from an on-the-ground perspective. This creative imagining of the man in the present day shows him to revisiting Naples and recalling a series of unforgettable tales with stunning archival footage and narration from Benedict Cumberbatch.

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RAMEN HEADS

December 22, 2017 6:00pm to December 31, 2017 5:00pm

Ramen, the beloved and deceptively simple combination of slurpable broth and noodles, is a traditional Japanese dish that many may enjoy, but that a few elevate to an art. Osamu Tomita, one of the most revered ramen chefs in Japan, takes viewers on a tour of the best ramen shops in his country while serving up secrets, recipes and insight into the philosophy and history of the culinary phenomenon. There are fewer foods more comforting than a hot bowl of ramen-especially in the winter-and Ramen Heads will leave you with both an insatiable craving and a new appreciation for the chefs who make it so delicious.

Free Screening: THE HOLIDAY

December 22, 2017 8:30pm

Nothing chases away the winter blues quite like a Christmas rom-com! Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) and Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) live on opposite sides of the Atlantic, but they have the same problem—the men in their lives are no-good cheaters! They need to get out of town for a fresh start. Luckily, they find each other online and agree to swap houses for a holiday vacation. Will a trip across the pond help turn their love lives around? Jack Black and Jude Law support in this film from Nancy Meyers, director of Something’s Gotta Give and What Women Want.

Tickets: FREE

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

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Performance on Screen: THE NUTCRACKER

December 23, 2017 12:00pm to December 26, 2017 12:00pm

The young girl Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, the magician Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy — the most beloved and recognizable ballet in history is the ultimate nostalgia for some and always a revelation for newcomers. Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker has become the definitive version of this beloved staple with Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score bolstered by dazzling stage magic and featuring the most familiar composition in all of ballet, The Nutcracker Suite with the sublime Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with this enchanting classic. http://ow.ly/gmcn30ehHG1

Includes one 15 min intermission.

 

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DIE HARD Quote-Along

December 23, 2017 9:00pm

It’s just not Christmas on Bloor Street without a visit to Nakatomi Plaza. This year, we’re blowing the roof off with a special quote-along edition. Kick off your Christmas with a night filled with audience participation, festive drink specials, a hilarious pre-show and more. That’s right, Hans, we have the detonators! Bring your friends and family (but leave the younger kids at home) for Die Hard on the big screen, with the sound cranked and subtitles for quoting along. Yippee ki-yay!

8:30 PM: Doors Open
9:30 PM: Screening

Bring a donation of rice or dried beans in support of The Stop and we'll give you a prop bag full of goodies!

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

2017 Cannes Lions Awards: The World's Best Commercials

December 25, 2017 6:30pm to December 31, 2017 2:30pm

Every year, over 12,000 members of the global creative communications industries come together to screen the best advertisement work from around the world at the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity. From the hundreds of ads selected for the festival, ranging from the hilarious and off-the-wall to the touching and unique, we’re screening the best of the best in a showcase of excellence from the realm of creative communications. Brought to you by The Globe and Mail, please join us at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema this holiday season to see this inspiring work once again.

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The Dude's New Year's: THE BIG LEBOWSKI

December 31, 2017 9:30pm

Join us for one of our most hallowed and wildest cinema traditions: the sixth annual Dude’s New Year’s event featuring The Big Lebowski! The Dude, Walter, Donny and the gang are back for another round of White Russians, Creedence and unforgettable hijinks. Hundreds of “Little Achievers” will ring in the New Year in style (sunglasses and bathrobes recommended). From the very first frame until well after the ball drops, even the nihilists will have something to believe in. Watch the countdown on the big screen and toast the New Year. Don’t forget to visit the White Russian express bar!

8:00 PM: Doors Open
9:30 PM: Screening

Tickets: $22 (Members: $17, $15, $9). Ticket includes screening, one drink, popcorn and party favours.

***note that FREE Members Tickets cannot be used towards this event
 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BUS 174 - True Crime Tuesdays

January 9, 2018 6:30pm

True Crime Tuesdays: All is not what it seems in this six-part doc series, all accompanied by special guest discussions.

In Rio de Janeiro in the year 2000, an armed man hijacked a bus and held the passengers hostage while the incompetent and under-trained police force struggled to contain the situation. Quickly, it became a televised event on national Brazilian networks, reaching over 35 million people. The armed man is named Sandro do Nascimento, and he's one of Brazil’s countless homeless who has already endured his own share of tragedy. In Bus 174, filmmakers José Padilha and Felipe Lacerda look beyond this terrible incident and at the systemic neglect that has prisons overrun in inhumane conditions and the streets filled with forgotten people like do Nascimento. http://ow.ly/4A4i30erZWw

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere.

The Royal Conservatory

Maple Blues Awards

January 15, 2018 7:00pm

Join us for the annual all-star concert, awards event, and after party! This celebration of Canada’s blues music features the finest musicians from across Canada representing the most current blues music on the scene, all backed by the renowned Maple Blues Band.

The Royal Conservatory

Comedy in Mozart Operas

January 17, 2018 10:00am to February 7, 2018 12:00pm

About half of Mozart's operas have comic storylines and a rich array of characters etched musically with a knowing tongue in cheek. With the action set everywhere from exotic harems to the upstairs/downstairs world of aristocratic mansions, the operas are comedies of manners that highlight the foibles of the passionate human heart. This four-week series traces the evolution of Mozart's comic genius, focusing especially on the decade from 1782, which started with Die Entführing aus dem Serail, included Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte, and ended with Die Zauberflöte. 

Registrants will receive a ticket to the Canadian Opera Company's Dress Rehearsal of The Abduction From Seraglio on Saturday, February 3rd, 7:30pm at The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Royal Conservatory

Recorder Romp!

January 25, 2018 10:00am to February 1, 2018 12:00pm

If you thought the recorder was just an instrument for school concerts, think again! In February 2018, Tafelmusik presents A Recorder Romp, which highlights the instrument in ebullient concertos by Vivaldi and Telemann for one, two, three and more soloists, and a set of 'nightingale' variations from 17th-century Holland. The music and instruments which grace these concerts will be explored in this two-session RCM survey course by Tafelmusik's recorder soloist Alison Melville, who will also offer some 'insider' insight on the individual and collaborative creative processes which bring such a program to life. Join us to enhance your enjoyment of the concert, and to broaden your horizons about this often-misunderstood instrument!

Registrants will also receive a 15% discount to Tafelmusik's Recorder Romp performance featuring Alison Melville on February 8 - 11, 2018 at Jeanne Lamon Hall in Trinity St. Paul's Centre.

"Melville shapes the phrases marvellously; music, breath, and ornaments are as one. This is art beyond time - the moment might last forever." - Early Music America.

The Royal Conservatory

Calypso Rose with Kobo Town

January 26, 2018 8:00pm

Together, calypso and soca living legend, Calypso Rose, and nu-calypso pioneers, Kobo Town, create a lively Caribbean party. Calypso Rose is a true people’s diva who has been giving rousing performances since the 1950s, while Toronto’s Kobo Town takes a fresh approach to the old school calypso of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Royal Conservatory

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Playlist & Skratch Bastid

January 27, 2018 8:00pm

Over the past 15 years, Canada’s own turntable champion and crowd favourite, Skratch Bastid, has been steadily taking his craft to new heights and pushing the boundaries of live DJing. His phenomenally successful collaboration with the Afiara String Quartet, Spin Cycle, premiered at Koerner Hall. Skratch returns with a new stereotype-busting, genre-defying show that features west Philadelphia’s DMC Champion and multiple Grammy and American Music Award winner, DJ Jazzy Jeff, known for his wildly successful hip hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, with Will Smith.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Music on Film: STRAD STYLE

January 30, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

The ancient art of violin-making requires a life’s dedication to the craft. Or does it? Danny Houck, a self-described “nobody” in rural Ohio becomes obsessed with famous violin makers Stradivari and Guarneri and wants to follow in their footsteps. With no formal training, just the internet and the “summoning” of help from the old masters, Danny vows to replicate Guarneri’s Il Cannone, a world famous violin, for virtuoso Razvan Stoica to play at his next concert. With the clock ticking, and Danny improvising his way through the process, Strad Style is a portrait of an eccentric dreamer with an unlikely ambition. http://ow.ly/DyX330es3TQ

Jonathan Crow, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster (who plays a Guarneri similar to the one in the film), and one of his students will participate in a post-screening discussion with Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

The Royal Conservatory

Daniil Trifonov

February 1, 2018 8:00pm

“Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair.” (The New York Times) A sensation before he was 20, Trifonov has proven that he is more than just a young phenomenon and has become one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht described him as a pianist for the rest of our lives.”

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 1

February 2, 2018 10:00am to April 27, 2018 11:30am

If you've always wanted to understand how music "works," this practical session combining guided listening and active participation in basic musicianship exercises is for you. Explore the building blocks of music and how they create the magic of the music you love! We'll deconstruct selections from classical, folk, and popular repertoires---including Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Pachelbel's "Canon," Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," Bach's cello suites, and pieces by Bernstein, the Beatles, B.B. King, and Gershwin, among many others---and unlock the secrets of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, form, genre, and more. Along the way, we'll cover topics such as basic staff notation, scales, intervals, time signatures, note and rest values, meters, chords, and cadences. In the final class, we'll put all the pieces together and apply our cumulative learning to an enlightening study of Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 5. Participants will emerge from this course with a deeper understanding of the music they experience.

The Royal Conservatory

Gerald Clayton and Friends

February 3, 2018 8:00pm

Gerald Clayton’s music is steeped in the blues. He searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy. Inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

The Royal Conservatory

Double Agents: Musician Spies

February 6, 2018 10:00am to February 27, 2018 12:00pm

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a court musician had access to the private chambers of royalty, diplomats and other dignitaries both at home and abroad, and therefore was a prime candidate for the secret intelligence service of monarch and realm. This course will surveil the double careers of John Dowland (1563-1626), Thomas Morley (1557-1602), Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder (1543-1588), Peter Phillips (1560-1628) and one of Cavalli's opera singers, Atto Melani (1626-1714), and others, while exploring the wider musical worlds in which they played their double roles of musician and spy.

The Royal Conservatory

Great Violin Concertos

February 8, 2018 10:00am to March 8, 2018 12:00pm

Often said to be the instrument closest to the human voice, the musical properties and characteristics of the violin have attracted composers through the centuries. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and many others composed violin concertos that are now popular repertoire in concerts around the globe. With the ability to "sing" melodies, as well as handle fast, agile sequences, the violin's versatility combines tender lyricism with pyrotechnical brilliance, making it one of the most communicative and expressive of all instruments. As one of today's top violinists, Joshua Bell, has said, "When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story." This series will trace the development of the violin concerto from the Baroque to the present day, using classic recordings featuring legendary violinists from the past and present.

The Royal Conservatory

Beethoven Symphonies: The Universe in Music

February 13, 2018 1:00pm to April 10, 2018 3:00pm

Beethoven (1770-1827) once said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” That belief is perhaps no better illustrated than in his nine symphonies. They are the most famous and frequently-performed symphonies ever composed - often likened to other great masterpieces of art, such as the plays of Shakespeare or the sculpture of Michelangelo. But what makes them so legendary, and what can they express and communicate to us today, in our busy, hectic lives, two hundred years later? In this series, we’ll look into Beethoven’s life and times, their impact on him and his art, and his powerful skills and methods of musical communication and expression through his wonderful world of the symphony.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

AILEEN: LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER - True Crime Tuesdays

February 13, 2018 6:30pm

True Crime Tuesdays: All is not what it seems in this six-part doc series, all accompanied by special guest discussions.

Serial killer Aileen Wuornos murdered seven men between 1989 and 1990 and was sentenced to death. Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Wuornos focuses on her last days leading up to her 2002 execution featuring an exclusive final interview. What's apparent is that she's not of sound mind. She contradicts herself, makes bizarre statements and is clearly unwell and yet she's cleared as sane and executed. Broomfield pays special attention to her difficult childhood that led to her running away when she was 13, creating a challenging portrait of the making and unmaking of a serial killer in the American justice system. http://ow.ly/Lar930es0aa

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

The Royal Conservatory

Rachmaninoff: Russian Romantic Extraordinaire

February 14, 2018 10:00am to March 7, 2018 12:00pm

One of the greatest pianists in history, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) continued the line of great Russian Romantic music championed by the likes of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. As he claimed, "I am a Russian composer and the land of my birth has influenced my temperament and outlook. My music is the product of my temperament, and so it is Russian music."  Although the solo piano music and the piano concertos form the backbone of his work, Rachmaninoff also created lush, rich Romantic symphonies, tone poems, choral music and operas. Several of his melodies have been borrowed for use as tunes in the popular music field. Like Pushkin or Tolstoy in Russian literature, Rachmaninoff captured the true Russian heart and soul in music.

The Royal Conservatory

Ian Bostridge with Julius Drake

February 14, 2018 8:00pm

“Voices just don’t get much more distinctive than that of Ian Bostridge.” (The Baltimore Sun) The acclaimed English tenor is well known for his performances as an opera singer and as a song recitalist. His international recital career has taken him to stages around the world, and his recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards. He is also an award-winning author, Guardian columnist, and humanitas professor of classical music and music education at the University of Oxford. Bostridge returns to Koerner Hall on Valentine’s Day with “the peerless Julius Drake at the piano” (The Times) to perform an all Franz Schubert program.

The Royal Conservatory

Leon Fleisher conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

February 16, 2018 8:00pm

Legendary pianist and conductor, Leon Fleisher, represents the highest standard of musicianship. He is the Ihnatowycz Chair in Piano at The Royal Conservatory and will be celebrating his 90th birthday in 2018.

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO), part of the Temerty Orchestral Program, is widely regarded as an outstanding ensemble and one of the best training orchestras in North America. It consists of instrumental students in the Performance Diploma Program and Artist Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School. Graduates of the RCO have joined the ranks of the greatest orchestras in the world. 

Please join us for a prelude performance in Koerner Hall at 6:45pm.

The Royal Conservatory

Exploring Early Keyboard Instruments

February 20, 2018 1:00pm to March 11, 2018 9:00pm

Unravel the mysteries of earlier keyboard instruments, taken from "behind the glass" in museum exhibits into twenty-first century reality. This course offers a rare opportunity to interact with historical keyboard instruments and learn about how they evolved and how they relate to one another. Concertgoers, advanced music students, and early music enthusiasts will learn more about instruments such as the harpsichord, clavichord, and the fortepiano. This series features an instrument exhibit and lecture recital using instruments from the Michael and Sonja Koerner Collection at the Royal Conservatory. The final lecture recital will be given by Lawrence Wiliford, tenor, and Andrea Botticelli.

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Music on Film: MAMA AFRICA

February 27, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Africa’s first international music star Miriam Makeba was a brilliant musician as well as an outspoken activist. Mama Africa is a comprehensive biography that pays tribute to her incredible legacy. Forced into exile after starring in the anti-apartheid film Come Back Africa in 1959, Mekeba performed with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie and married to musician Hugh Masekela and Stokely Carmichael, a radical Black Panther. Director Mika Kaurismaki draws from rare archive footage of over 50 years of performances and candid scenes as well as new interviews with friends and family in this inspiring portrait. http://ow.ly/xtM630es2FD

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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Hammers, Keys & Strings: Exploring the Piano

March 1, 2018 1:00pm to March 29, 2018 3:00pm

Have you ever wondered how the piano works? Or how to tune a piano? Join Damon Groves, RCM Piano Technician, to learn the history, construction, and inner workings of today's modern piano. This course includes lectures, videos and loads of hands-on activities to satisfy your keyboard curiosity. Topics include a brief history of keyboard instruments, piano construction, tuning and the complexities of the grand piano action.

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Nicolas Altstaedt with Fazil Say

March 2, 2018 8:00pm

A combination of two brilliant soloists. “Nicolas Altstaedt is as an artist a category on its own.” (Hamburger Abendblatt) The German-French cellist is renowned worldwide for his creativity and versatility in captivating performances on both gut and modern strings. "Compelling.” (The New York Times) Born and raised in Turkey, Fazıl Say has been inspiring audiences and critics for more than 25 years with his extraordinary pianistic talents. His concerts are unique:  they are direct, open, exciting; in short, they go straight to the heart. “To put it mildly, Fazil Say is one of a kind … Say is a formidable and curious composer and performer, wholly capable of bringing freshness and a new light to music that we have heard many times before.” (Bachtrack)

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Angélique Kidjo

March 3, 2018 8:00pm

“Africa’s premier diva.” (TIME) Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, and songwriter Kidjo roves across boundaries, genres, and ethnicities. Her songs embrace rhythm & blues, soul music, jazz, and Beninese melodies, as well her own original works with “irresistible energy and joie de vivre.” (Los Angeles Times)

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THE PROMISE - True Crime Tuesdays

March 6, 2018 6:30pm

Young lovers Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom were arrested in London in 1986 for cheque fraud—only to arouse suspicion when their love letters linked them to the gruesome murder of Elizabeth’s parents a year prior in Bedford County, Virginia. Extradited to the U.S., both have been in jail ever since, but Jens now maintains he committed the murders out of love for Elizabeth, who manipulated him. The Promise reveals all the bizarre twists and turns of this dark love story, featuring actors Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots reading the chilling letters. http://ow.ly/t7Oo30es0L7

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

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SongBird North

March 17, 2018 8:00pm

Top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs. Each concert in this series, formerly known as Bluebird North, will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians.

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Clemens Hagen with Kirill Gerstein

March 18, 2018 3:00pm

Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen is a versatile recording artist, collaborator, member of the Hagen Quartet, and soloist with major orchestras worldwide. Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein has been described as “brilliant, perceptive and stunningly fresh” by The New York Times. Hagen and Gerstein will perform an all Ludwig van Beethoven program. 

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Black Arm Band: “Dirtsong”

March 23, 2018 8:00pm

Black Arm Band is celebrating the past and revolutionizing the future of indigenous Australia through music, as the collective’s multimedia performances are performed in 11 Indigenous languages. Their music speaks of endurance, challenge, unity, and the triumph of the spirit when faced with overwhelming adversity.

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Diego El Cigala

March 24, 2018 8:00pm

“A conjurer of impulsiveness and abandon.” (The New York Times)

The late Paco de Lucía once said, “Diego has one of the most beautiful flamenco voices of our time, a voice of sweetness that flows over everything.” This multiple Grammy Award winning flamenco guitarist has captivated audiences all over the world with his gravelly voice and passionate interpretations, and now returns to Koerner Hall for the third time.

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Takács Quartet

March 25, 2018 3:00pm

The Takács Quartet is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more,” and the Financial Times has written “even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.” The Quartet is known for innovative programming, such as their performance of Philip Roth’s Everyman with Meryl Streep at Koerner Hall in 2015. We welcome them back for a program that includes works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. 

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Music on Film: THE ORCHESTRA OF PIAZZA VITTORIO

March 27, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

In a bid to save their beloved Apollo Theatre, musician-conductor Mario Tranco and documentarian Agostino Ferrente come up with a plan to put together an orchestra entirely made up of immigrants. With escalating tension around immigration in Italy, where foreigners are not easily welcomed, Tranco and Ferrente make a political statement. We follow their five-year journey to assemble a group in Rome until it comes together in beautiful harmony. The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio has gone on to record several albums and go on major tours. See how this unlikely group got started in this rousing documentary. http://ow.ly/8JnZ30es3Fn

Members of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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THE IMPOSTER - True Crime Tuesdays

April 3, 2018 6:30pm

True Crime Tuesdays: All is not what it seems in this six-part doc series, all accompanied by special guest discussions.

In 1994, a young boy named Nicholas Barclay went missing in San Antonio, Texas. Three years later his family is overjoyed to hear he has turned up in Spain, claiming he was kidnapped. When he returns, he seems quite different, both in personality and physically, but his desperate family accept him, apparently not realizing that he is in fact another person, Frédéric Bourdin, a serial imposter. One of the strangest characters you’ll encounter in non-fiction, Bourdin claims to have assumed 500 false identities. This chilling documentary follows all the twists and turns of this bizarre true story. http://ow.ly/hYhH30es141

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere.

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Bernstein @ 100 featuring Jamie Bernstein, Wallis Giunta, Sebastian Knauer, and the ARC Ensemble

April 6, 2018 8:00pm

This concert will be a joyful celebration of Leonard Bernstein, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, lecturer, and composer of scores for West Side Story, On the Town, and other popular musicals, on the occasion of his centenary.

German pianist Sebastian Knauer “manages to give such an impression of spontaneity that he never seems to cover the same ground twice.” (The Times)

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, is a narrator, writer, and broadcaster who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others.

Canadian Wallis Giunta, alumna of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, has been praised by Opera News for her “delectably rich, silver-toned mezzo-soprano, with a beautiful sense of line and effortless, rapid runs.” 

The ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory), whose members are all senior faculty of The Glenn Gould School, has become one of Canada's pre-eminent cultural ambassadors. The Ensemble “sets the skin rippling at every turn, with its ear-tingling corporate intonation and magical phrasing.” (The Strad

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New Canadian Global Music Orchestra and Odessa/Havana

April 7, 2018 8:00pm

The Royal Conservatory’s New Canadian Global Music Orchestra features top notch musicians from all over the world who now live in Canada. Played on instruments from every corner of the globe, they perform original music which they wrote together and that can, arguably, only be created in Toronto.

They are joined by award-winning trumpeter and composer, David Buchbinder, and Grammy Award nominated Cuban piano master, Hilario Durán, with their band, Odessa/Havana, renowned for textured and tuneful music with powerful, swinging, and lyrical playing.

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Beatrice Rana

April 8, 2018 3:00pm

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana came to public attention in 2011 after winning First Prize and all special jury prizes at the Montreal International Competition. Her very promising career was brought to an even higher level in 2013 when she won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In September 2015, she was named a BBC New Generation Artist and, in April 2016, she was awarded a fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She will perform works by Schumann, Ravel, and Stravinsky.

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Fatoumata Diawara and Okavango

April 12, 2018 8:00pm

Fatoumata Diawara draws elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely contemporary folk sound – refracting the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of her ancestral Wassoulou tradition through an instinctive pop sensibility. Fatou’s warm voice and rhythmical guitar playing is centre stage following a set by 2017 Juno Award-winning group Okavango.

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DakhaBrakha

April 13, 2018 8:00pm

Ukrainian “ethnic chaos” band DakhaBrakha’s concerts are truly a one of a kind experience, blending Ukrainian harmonies, surprising instrumentation, and theatrical flourishes. “The creative quartet from Kiev, Ukraine, makes music that sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard, with strands of everything I’ve ever heard... they play tight-knit tunes featuring accordion, drums, reeds and shakers while wearing tall, Marge Simpson looking wool hats that made me jealous.” (NPR)

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The Hot Sardines and Flávia Nascimento

April 14, 2018 8:00pm

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, a magnetic, one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. This NYC outfit, complete with a tap dancer, has been called “consistently electrifying live.” (Popmatters) Hot Sardine’s sound – wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around – is steeped in the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and Waller used to make: straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. And, by the way, Miz Elizabeth’s grandfather wrote the Centennial Song for Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967.

Since establishing herself in Québec City in 2001, Brazilian-born Flávia Nascimento criss-crosses the City in all its popular events and shows, as the leader of the musical bands Pé na Rua and Forrossanova.

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Max Raabe and Palast Orchester

April 18, 2018 8:00pm

Dashing, dapper, and debonair, Max Raabe might have walked straight out of the Golden Age of Berlin in the 1920s. With his elegant poise, suave sophistication, and silky-smooth baritone voice, he brings to life the songs and style of a bygone age. “The appeal is the timeless quality in the music, but also the humour,” he says. He meticulously recreates standards as they used to be sung – in formal evening wear, with an orchestra, giving proper credits to the composers – and his deadpan jokes show that Raabe is not only a unique talent but also a very funny man.

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Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and special guest Freddie Hendrix in tribute to The Jazz Epistles

April 21, 2018 8:00pm

Iconic South African jazz instrumentalists reunite and perform on the same stage after almost 60 years – they last appeared together in 1960 at the State Theatre in Pretoria during the country’s first Freedom Day celebrations. The bohemian bebop ensemble was “a group of musicians who were obviously in love with the American modern jazz of artists such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and John Coltrane, but also beginning to forge a more distinctively South African sound which they would develop as individual artists over the coming decades.” (AllMusic) With Hugh Masekela on trumpet, Abdullah Ibrahim on piano, and his band Ekaya, the evening will feature music from their seminal Jazz Epistles recording - the first album recorded by a black South African band - Jazz Epistle, Verse 1, alongside music from each of the artist’s illustrious careers in the following years. 

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Gerald Finley with Julius Drake

April 22, 2018 3:00pm

Grammy Award-winning Canadian baritone “[Gerald] Finley possesses a warm, glowing baritone with a generous low range and silken top notes, as well as a knack for spinning out long and smooth legato lines. But just as important, he is an intelligent and committed actor.” (The New York Times)

Having received multiple Gramophone Awards with British pianist Julius Drake for their recordings, the artists return to Koerner Hall to perform works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, as well as American and English folk songs.

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Music on Film: SONG OF LAHORE

April 24, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Once a beacon of musical culture in Pakistan, Lahore was a city that brought together the best in artists and musicians. Now divided by social and religious upheaval, it is a place tragically disconnected from its musical roots. In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a new space for traditional music. An experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments all of a sudden garners international acclaim and Wynton Marsalis invites the group to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York. Song of Lahore is a testament to the human ability to create under oppression. http://ow.ly/Spcl30es31N

Sitar master Anwar Kurshid, saxophonist Luiz Deniz, and percussionist Matias Recharte will participate in a post-screening discussion with Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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Amici Chamber Ensemble 30th Anniversary with Isabel Bayrakdarian and Friends

April 27, 2018 8:00pm

The Amici Chamber Ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special concert featuring exquisite soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Friends. Joaquin Valdepeñas, one of the most distinguished clarinetists of his generation, cellist "[of] rare delicacy and clarity” David Hetherington, and "keyboard acrobat" pianist Serouj Kradjian have invited some of the finest musicians to join the celebration. Isabel Bayrakdarian, possessing “a soprano voice that combines lyricism with remarkable dramatic instincts,” (Time) Royal Conservatory faculty members, and principals from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra join Amici in a celebratory concert that features some of their favourite repertoire, including works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Bernstein. 

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Gautier Capuçon with Jérôme Ducros

April 28, 2018 8:00pm

French cellist Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. He is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and exuberant virtuosity, as well as for the glorious sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, which showcases his phenomenal technical skills. “It’s the rare performer who can bring such ease and refinement to this music, while still giving everything he plays a sense of dramatic urgency.” (San Francisco Chronicle) An artist with a remarkable flair for chamber playing and a composer himself, Jérôme Ducros is “a brilliant and very gifted and sensitive pianist.” (The Subterranean Review) Together, they will perform sonatas by Brahms and Rachmaninov, and some of their favourite French and Russian pieces. 

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Crosscurrents: Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland

April 29, 2018 7:00pm

American and Indian jazz meet as legendary tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and jazz bassist Dave Holland are joined by saxophonist Chris Potter, Bollywood playback vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, one of India’s finest pianists Louis Banks, and renowned guitarist Sanjay Divecha.“[Hussain’s] virtuosity is barely to be believed.” (The Washington Post) “Holland is a master bassist and bandleader, one of the most sophisticated composers and arrangers in the jazz world.” (The Boston Globe)

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SongBird North

May 5, 2018 8:00pm

Top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs. Each concert in this series, formerly known as Bluebird North, will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians.

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Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI with Carlos Núñez

May 10, 2018 8:00pm

One of early music’s living legends, Spanish viol master Jordi Savall, leads his ensemble Hespèrion XXI and Carlos Núñez in a special program titled “Celtic Universe.” The evening will be a musical dialogue between ancient, historical, and modern traditions of north and south Europe: Ireland, Scotland, the French Brittany, Galicia, and the Basque Country.

Jordi Savall has had a truly exceptional life and career that has produced over 120 records, most released on his own label, and combined with a “never-ending tour” that takes him to the four corners of the world every year. His ensemble Hespèrion XXI is a Grammy Award winner for Best Small Ensemble Performance.

When the Los Angeles Times suggested that “if it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Núñez could be the man,” it may have been an understatement. Few pop stars pack the energy, virtuosity, imagination, daring, and charisma into their concerts and recordings as Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez. He is the world’s most famous player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia, Spain’s northwest, Atlantic Ocean-abutting region rich in vibrant, uniquely expressive Celtic traditional music. 

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Yuja Wang

May 13, 2018 3:00pm

“Quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today, and there’s nothing left to do but sit back, listen and marvel at her artistry.” (San Francisco Chronicle) Returning for her fourth Koerner Hall appearance, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. “One of the most gifted pianists of her generation … A passionate performer, Ms. Wang meshes an impeccable technique and insightful artistry.” (The New York Times) 

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Katia and Marielle Labèque

May 27, 2018 3:00pm

“The best piano duo in front of an audience today.” (The New York Times) Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. “Whether Mozart or Stravinsky, their musical line always sounds as if it’s being woven for the very first time ... the illusion of improvisation is the genius of their performances … there is a deceptive sprezzatura that is born of throwing the preparation to the winds and hanging onto each other’s ears.” (The Times)

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