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ICE, ICE, baby…

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Photo credit: Carrie Schneider The Drama Department of Etobicoke School for the Arts (ESA) is presenting A Doll’s House from February 20 to 28 at The Theatre Centre, at the same time as The Whisper Opera. In preparation for sharing the backstage this February, students from ESA asked the International Contemporary…  Read More

Introduction to Salon 21: Hearing Music

Join us on Friday, February 20, for an ear-opening Salon 21 experience, at Salon 21: Hearing Music. With audiologist Dr. Ross Harwell, we will be examining the tricks our ears play on us when listening to music. To get your brain moving in anticipation of this event, check out this curious auditory illusion, from Diana Deutsch,…  Read More

Volunteer Profile: Linda & Paul Gordon

For many years now, Soundstreams has had a dedicated group of volunteers, who donate their time as ticket-takers, ushers and all-around helpers at special events. We are extremely thankful to these individuals, who always present a smiling face at our concerts, and who have likely ripped your ticket, or shown you to your seat! Linda…  Read More

Q&A with soprano Tony Arnold

The Canadian premiere of David Lang's The Whisper Opera will feature New York's International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Tony Arnold as sole soprano. Hailed by The New York Times as “a bold and powerful interpreter,” Tony has gained international acclaim for sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores. As a member of ICE,…  Read More

Corporate Donor Profile: Steam Whistle

Soundstreams would not exist without the support of our generous coporate donors and partners. We are thankful to the organizations and foundations that support us, and donate to a variety of initiatives. Since 2009, Steam Whistle Brewing has been an in-kind sponsor to Soundstreams, providing their premium pilsner for our special events, fundraisers and concerts….  Read More

Program Notes: The Whisper Opera

Almost all the music you could ever want is on the internet right now, recorded perfectly and played perfectly and accessible immediately, 24 hours a day.  On the one hand this is fantastic—I can hear huge amounts of music, from different genres and time periods and traditions and cultures, any time I want.  On the…  Read More

Lightning Round Q&A: Staff Edition

In every interview we conduct with various Soundstreams performers, conductors and composers, we always end with a “lightning round” of questions. To cap off an excellent year, we decided to do a staff edition of our lightning round! Find out what airport and concert hall were chosen by multiple people, plus our not-so-secret guilty pleasure…  Read More

Donor Profile: Penelope Tyndale

Soundstreams would not exist without the support of our dedicated patrons. We are thankful to our many friends, volunteers, and supporters, who attend our concerts and Salon 21 series, discuss new and contemporary music with us, and whose time and donations support Soundstreams artists and events. Penelope Tyndale is a long-time Soundstreams supporter and a…  Read More

Lightning Round Q&As

In every interview we conduct with various Soundstreams performers, conductors and composers, we always end with a “lightning round” of questions. Find out what Toronto concert hall is a favourite of several people, the quirky songs people chose as their “guilty pleasure song”, and what airports you should try to avoid. As we wrap up 2014,…  Read More

Patricia Rozario to headline “Song for Athene”

Our next choral concert in April will feature the works of the late Sir John Tavener, and we are delighted to announce that Patricia Rozario will be our featured performer in Song for Athene on April 16, 2015. Rozario is extremely well-known and respected in the vocal and opera community. Her unique voice and artistry…  Read More

Giving Tuesday is December 2

You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Tuesday, December 2 is a new day in the holiday season – a day to give back! Giving Tuesday is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. Today, charities, companies, and individuals join together to rally for favourite causes…  Read More

Lawrence Cherney honoured as Alumni of Influence

On Thursday, November 6, our Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney was named one of University College’s Alumni of Influence of 2014 (above, on left, accepting his award from Professor Donald Ainslie, Principal of University College). More than 170 alumni, students, and friends of University College gathered at Hart House 2014 for the third annual Alumni of Influence…  Read More

Soundstreams donors make our music possible

Soundstreams donors are arts enthusiasts, people who believe in Soundstreams' mission to foster exciting new Canadian music, encourage Canadian talent, and enrich the lives of music lovers everywhere. We asked donor Penelope Tyndale to share her reasons for supporting Soundstreams and she wrote this: “I enjoy the thrill of new discoveries, the adventure of never…  Read More

Emerging Composer Workshop 2015

Applications to Soundstreams’ 2015 Emerging Composer Workshop are now open! We are thrilled to share that we will be hosting two visiting international guest mentors in 2015: prominent Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and pioneering electronic-music composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière. Combined, they represent a complete spectrum of approaches between acoustic, electroacoustic, and electronic music—perfect for today’s aspiring composers who are…  Read More

Q&A with David Fallis

We caught up with David Fallis over the phone, to discuss the themes of Vespers, comparing the differences and similarities of the Monteverdi and Tremblay pieces, as well as some of his musical favourites. Soundstreams: The theme of the Vespers concert is “ancient meets modern.” How does this theme appeal to you and why? David…  Read More

Program Notes: Vespers

The Christian service of Vespers or evening prayers, refers to the earliest office in the Roman Catholic Liturgy, dating from the second century. It was also referred to as the Office of Lights, given that it was celebrated at the hour that candles were lit in the Church, not only for light, but for symbolic…  Read More

Inviting all choral and vocal music lovers

A message from Artistic Director, Lawrence Cherney Our next three concerts are a glorious back-to-back celebration of choral and vocal music: Vespers on November 25 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, The Whisper Opera at The Theatre Centre, February 26 to March 1, and Song for Athene on April 16 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Each of these…  Read More

Encore Q&A with Norman Woo

Norman Woo (second-from-left in above photo), Soundstreams Board Member and Director of Corporate Development, Manulife Insurance, is a proud member of our new Encore program. Norman sat down with us to answer some questions about the program, the benefits of joining and the shows included in the subscription. Soundstreams: Why did you decide to join Soundstreams…  Read More

Q&A with Soundmakers Composer In Residence Aaron Gervais

Our new SoundMakers Composer In Residence is Canadian Aaron Gervais. Based in San Francisco, Aaron enjoys frequent performances of his work by leading ensembles, presenters, and festivals in North America and Europe. His output focuses primarily on chamber music and opera but also includes orchestral music, live electronics, solo works, and music for theatre and dance….  Read More

Video of The Seasons

Missed our season-opening concert on September 30? Watch our concert footage, filmed Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Repertoire: Max Richter: Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Toronto premiere) John Luther Adams: Dream in White on White Paul Frehner: Mojave Dreaming (world premiere) Dream in White on White by John Luther Adams (1995) Sanya Eng, harp…  Read More