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december 13 – 15, 2018


creative team

Andrew Burashko

Kevin Lamotte

Dora Tomassi

Artistic Director

Lighting Designer

Production Manager


Andrew Burashko

Douglas Perry



Davide DiRenzo

Rob Piltch



Andrew Downing

Jackie Richardson



John Johnson

Stephen Sitarski



Drew Jurecka

Kevin Turcotte



Amy Laing

David Wall



Jessica Mitchell

Tom Wilson



Chris Murphy

The Canadian Children’s Opera Company



Silent Night/Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis Francis Xavier Gruber & Tom Waits, arranged by Steve MacKinnon

Christmas Time is Here Lee Mendelson/Vince Guaraldi, arranged by Andrew Downing

Christmas on the Isthmus of Panama Terry Allen, arranged by John Roby

Cool Yule Steve Allen, arranged by Tom Szczesniak

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arranged by Andrew Staniland

Fairytale of New York Jem Finer & Shane McGowan, arranged by Aaron Davis

I Pray on Christmas Harry Connick Jr., arranged by Jim McGrath

(I’m Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica Tom Lehrer, arranged by Jim McGrath

Little Drummer Boy Katharine Kennicott Davis, arranged by Rob Carli

Remember (Christmas) Harry Nilsson, arranged by Kevin Fox


River Joni Mitchell, arranged by Jonathan Goldsmith

Santa Baby Joan Javits & Philip Springer, arranged by Bryden Baird

Someday at Christmas Ron Miller & Bryan Wells, arranged by Bryden Baird

There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In Elvis Costello & Stephen Colbert

White Christmas Irving Berlin, arranged by Dan Parr

Christmas in Prison John Prine

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch Albert Hague, arranged by Jim McGrath

Christmas Ditty David Wall, arranged by Mark Kieswetter

Kids Come Back Again at Christmas Sloan, arranged by John Roby

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Johnny Mathis, arranged by Kevin Breit

Happy Xmas/War is Over John Lennon & Yoko Ono, arranged by Kevin Fox

performers andrew bur ashko


Andrew Burashko is the founder and creative force behind Art of Time Ensemble. Born in Moscow, Burashko trained as a concert pianist across North America, making his solo debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17. As a soloist, Burashko performed with some of the world’s most renowned conductors, including Marin Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Pinchas Zukerman. His eclectic musical interests have led him more recently to share the stage with such diverse artists as Branford Marsalis, Brent Carver, and Madeleine Peyroux. In 1998, Burashko formed the Art of Time Ensemble to create unique concerts that ignore the barriers between genres and disciplines, with the aim of exposing audiences to a broad range of artistic possibilities. Under Burashko’s direction, Art of Time Ensemble has become a Canadian destination for today’s most accomplished artists working in music, dance, theatre, film and literature. In addition to their annual concert series in Toronto, Art of Time Ensemble has toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in Russia and Finland.

Andrew Downing is a double bass player, composer and bandleader living in Toronto. Andrew graduated from the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance program. He has studied with Jack Winn, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Shauna Rolston and Joel Quarrington. Andrew plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs in other genres, and is a member of the David Occhipinti Quartet and the Lina Allemano Four.

DAVIDE DIRENZO Davide DiRenzo is an alumnus of the University of Toronto’s Jazz Studies program. He was the house drummer for the hugely successful Canadian Idol television talent competition, and has worked with many of the country’s top performers and recording artists including Jacksoul, Holly Cole, Ashley McIsaac, Melissa Stylianou, Dione Taylor, Heather Bambrick, Eliana Cuevas, Richard Underhill, Bill King’s Saturday Night Fish Fry, Sarah Slean, Carol Welsman, and Alanis Morisette, to list a few. Davide DiRenzo was a member of the Peter Smith Quartet when they were featured during the Sound of Toronto Jazz Concert Series at the Ontario Science Centre.

JOHN JOHNSON Juno Award winner John Johnson is proficient on all the saxophones from sopranino through baritone, as well as piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet. John can often be seen playing with Soul Stew, The Montuno Police, The Barlow Group, Vector, The Boss Brass, and Manteca. He has performed with Molly Johnson, Holly Cole, Diane Krall, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Bill Mays, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, and has appeared as a guest artist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions.

DREW JURECKA Drew Jurecka is a crossover jazz and classical violinist. Drew has played and recorded with a broad spectrum of artists in many genres, from Dave Brubeck to Ron Sexsmith. For five years Drew played with Jeff Healey as part of his Jazz Wizards band. Drew can be heard on three of Jeff Healey’s CDs, and movie and radio soundtracks including Franklin, Republic of Doyle, Make the Politician Work, Gunless, Degrassi, and Little Mosque on the Prairie.

performers AMY L AING


Amy plays regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and has played with the Canadian Opera Company, the Windsor Symphony, Niagara Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, and also held a position with Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax. Amy is an active chamber musician, and was a member of the Madawaska String Quartet. She has performed or recorded with leading Canadian artists including Jesse Cook, The Barenaked Ladies, Jim Cuddy, Steven Page, Sarah Slean, Molly Johnson, Jim Guthrie, Amy Sky, and many more.

Chris Murphy has been 1/4 of the band Sloan since 1991. Yes, 1991!!! Chris is not saying he’s a great singer, but he places Sloan as the number 2 Canadian band of all time (after Rush). Chris is 1/3 of the band TUNS, and 1/4 of the Trans-Canada Highwaymen. In 2017, Chris sang Beatles songs with The Art of Time Ensemble in St. John’s and had a ball doing it. Chris inherited some songs for this Christmas show that he had to learn from scratch so…

JESSICA MITCHELL Singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell has been lauded as ‘country’s Adele’ and likened to Sheryl Crow, and much like them, her genre-bending vocals and tone are universally appealing. She is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book, inspired by the raw honesty and storytelling nature of the genre. Mitchell’s much-anticipated debut album, Heart of Glass, was released May of 2018. She has spent the last decade travelling between Toronto and Nashville, collaborating with top-notch songwriters, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound, culminating in a raw, relatable record that embodies powerful and soulful melodies and lyrical brilliance. Mitchell has recently toured with the likes of Kiefer Sutherland, Terri Clark, Johnny Reid, Bonnie Raitt, and was recently asked to perform at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame to honour Neil Young.

DOUGL AS PERRY Violist Douglas Perry has held senior artistic positions in many Ontario organizations, including Artistic Administrator for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Artistic Director of Arraymusic. He was a founding member of Tafelmusik, and performed with them for over a decade. He has been Principal Viola of the Santa Fe Opera, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and the Canadian Opera Company and has numerous recordings on various labels, including J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #6 with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra.



Jackie Richardson is an award winning actress and one of Canada’s foremost singers of gospel, blues and jazz whose career includes performances in radio, recordings, commercials, theatre, film, TV and live concerts. She has travelled across Canada, performing in all the major cities and force bases and has performed internationally. Jackie has received NAACP, Juno, Betty, Dora, Jessie, Gemini, TBS Lifetime Achievement and Canadian Black Lifetime Achievement Awards and Nominations. She recorded a duet New York Stories with Micah Barnes (The Nylons) and sang Weeping on Bruce Cassidy’s (Blood Sweat & Tears) solo CD. September 2014, the CD Just Passing Through: The Breithaupt Brothers Songbook was released with Jackie singing the title song. Jackie toured the Northwest Territories with Joe Sealy’s Africville Stories and returned with her daughter, Kim Richardson, to perform their show Mother and Daughter Reunion.

Kevin Turcotte has been regarded as one of Canada’s most proficient performers for nearly two decades. He studied music at the prestigious Banff School of Fine Arts and later, at the University of Toronto, where he joined the faculty in the 1990s. He has performed on over 75 recordings and in countless club and concert appearances. He has toured extensively throughout North America and internationally with the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra and Time Warp, with Don Byron.

STEPHEN SITARSKI Stephen Sitarski is Concertmaster of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and held the same position with the Esprit Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS). Sitarski became Artistic Director of the KWS Baroque and Beyond. Stephen is a founding member of Trio Laurier, and is a regular participant in chamber groups and festival events nationally and internationally. Stephen is also on the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University, Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

DAVID WALL David Wall is a composer, lyricist, singer and vocal coach. As lead vocalist of the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir he toured Canada extensively, appearing regularly on television and radio. As a composer, he has worked with directors such as Simcha Jacobovici, Avi Lewis, Michael Maclear and John Greyson and has written many scores for film and television. Recently he has contributed original Yiddish songs and settings of modern Yiddish poetry to his Jewish music projects, including collaborative work with acclaimed jazz pianist Marilyn Lerner.

TOM WIL SON Tom Wilson came to prominence in the ‘90s as the leader of the much-loved Junkhouse, and later found a whole new audience with roots-rock super-group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, who have enjoyed recent success with their album KINGS and QUEENS, a collaboration with some of the finest female artists in the field of Americana and Roots Music. Wilson released solo albums in 2001 and 2006, and his 2005 collaboration with Bob Lanois, The Shack Recordings, was critically acclaimed. As the vocalist and guitarist for LeE HARVeY OsMOND, he released A Quiet Evil, The Folk Singer and Beautiful Scars.

arrangers BRYDEN BAIRD


Bryden Baird is a trumpet player, composer, and arranger, and has acted as Musical Director for Steven Page (formerly of the Barenaked Ladies) and Feist. When not on the road, Baird maintains an active studio career in Toronto. Some recent projects he’s composed for include the film Gunless (with Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo), Chantal Kreviazuk’s symphony tour and the Art of Time Ensemble.

Aaron Davis is an eclectic composer, arranger, and keyboardist, best known as a founding member of the groups The Holly Cole Trio and Manteca, and as a Gemini-award winning composer of music for film. Some of his arranging credits include Alison Krauss, Canadian Brass, Natalie McMaster, and the Art of Time Ensemble. He has recently worked with classical vocal superstar Measha Brueggergosman on her album of jazz and pop standards, I’ve Got a Crush on You (Kelp Records), and a cross-Canada promotional tour.

KEVIN BREiT Kevin Breit has recorded with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k.d. Lang, Hugh Laurie, Cassandra Wilson, Holly Cole, Jane Siberry, Serena Ryder, Taj Mahal, Irma Thomas and countless others. Known for his inimitable guitar playing, exquisite lyrics and eccentric performances, Breit is a humble Canadian musical treasure. With multiple awards including a Maple Blues Award, National Jazz Award and two JUNO awards for his own recordings, as well as for his work on albums that have a collective 10 Grammy Awards, Breit’s unparalleled creativity is infinite. Breit’s latest release, the 11-track instrumental Johnny Goldtooth & The Chevy Casanovas is set for release on Stony Plain Records, November 2017 and it features his interpretations of a mythical character in a twang world.

ROBERT CARLI Robert Carli leads a diverse career as a performer and composer for film and television. He performs as saxophonist regularly with several ensembles, including the Toronto Symphony and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. His music has received numerous awards and nominations, including 5 Gemini Awards and 2 Canadian Screen Awards. In addition to and eclectic mix of Canadian films and TV shows, he has composed music for over 100 episodes of Murdoch Mysteries.

KEVIN FOX With his ability to play numerous musical instruments, Kevin Fox has worked with a variety of artists from Sarah Harmer to Tom Cochrane to Celine Dion. Kevin recently toured with Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida. As a composer/ arranger, Kevin has composed music for film and arrangements for artists such as Damhnait Doyle, Lennie Gallant, Shaye and Dolories O’Riordan of The Cranberries. In June 2004, Kevin released his debut album Come Alive. In 2008 he released his second album, Songs for Cello & Voice, which earned him much critical praise.

JONATHAN GOLDSMITH Jonathan Goldsmith is a gifted musician and producer, and one of the country’s most sought-after film & television composers. He has won three Gemini Awards, among many other accolades. Some of his credits include scoring Sarah Polley’s feature films Away From Her and Take This Waltz, and producing albums for Bruce Cockburn, Jane Siberry, Hugh Marsh, and Martin Tielli. Jonathan is a founding member of the Art of Time Ensemble and has been involved in numerous projects with the organization as a performer, arranger and composer.



Pianist Mark Kieswetter has performed alongside jazz greats including Zoot Sims, Jack Sheldon and James Moody. For over three years, he was the musical director for the legendary Jon Hendricks, working with him in developing the large vocal ensemble Vocalstraâ. He has played in the orchestra for many professional touring companies, and has performed on numerous CDs, including Juno nominated The Beat Goes On (Emilie-Claire Barlow ) and Bread and Buddha (Harry Manx), and his duo CD Green Edge Sky, Green Edge Sun with Toronto bassist Ross MacIntyre.

Dan Parr is a frequent contributor to Art of Time Ensemble concerts, Previous efforts include arranging and composing credits in Herrmannthology and War of the Worlds (2011 & 2012), Songbook 6: Steven Page (2011), and Cantabile: An Evening of Italian Music (2012). More recently, he composed music for Margaret Atwood’s Thriller Suite, presented in The Poem/The Song (2014).

STEVE MACKINNON Steve MacKinnon graduation in Composition from the University of Toronto before going on to write and produce many award winning recordings, including Marc Jordan’s Reckless Valentine (for which he shared the Juno Award for Producer of the Year), Serena Ryder’s If Your Memory Serves You Well, and recordings by Molly Johnson, Sophie Milman, Natalie Cole, Olivia Newton John, RyanDan, The Rankins and more.

JIM MCGRATH Jim McGrath is a Toronto-based composer who divides his time between writing music for film and television and composing for the concert stage. His compositions have been performed by a wide range of ensembles including Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings, The Montreal Chamber Orchestra, The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Jim scored the CBC hit comedy/drama Republic of Doylex, as well as the critically acclaimed series Degrassi, for which he won the Gemini Award for Best Original Score for a Dramatic Series.

JOHN ROBY John Roby composes music for theatre, radio, television and feature films. He was awarded, with Doug Riley & Tyler Yarema, Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2005 by the Canadian Collectors’ Congress. He has scored several feature films including the award winning The Hanging Garden and Beefcake for which he won an Atlantic Film Festival Award for Best Music Composition. He is a two-time winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Theatre Award. The first for the score for Theatre of the Film Noir and the second with Raymond Storey for Best New Musical Girls In The Gang.

arrangers ANDREW STANIL AND Described as a “new music visionary” (National Arts Centre), composer Andrew Staniland has established himself as one of Canada’s most important and innovative musical voices. Among other accolades, Andrew is the recipient of two Juno nominations for Dark Star Requiem in 2017, was awarded the Terra Nova Young Innovators Award in 2016, was the National Grand Prize winner of EVOLUTION (presented in 2009 by CBC Radio 2/Espace Musique and The Banff Centre), and was the recipient of the Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music in 2004. Andrew was an Affiliate Composer to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (2006–09) and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (2002–04), and has also been in residence at the Centre du Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis (Paris, 2005). His recent commissioners include the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Brooklyn Art Song Society, and Les Percussions de Strasbourg. Andrew is currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland.

TOM SZCZESNIAK Tom Szczesniak has performed as a musician on the scores of over 100 feature films, numerous television shows and over 1,000 commercials. As a composer and arranger, Tom written for a variety of cinematic, televised, commercial and theatrical productions, and has been an integral part of several highly regarded music production houses. In 1993, Tom formed a company –  ParkerSzczmith Music Inc – and since that time, has been composing, conducting, playing and arranging under the auspices of this successful and award-winning company. Tom has been honoured to be a multiple recipient of the Socan Award for Film and Television Music and the Emmy Award for Beetlejuice 1991.

production team KEVIN L AMOT TE


Kevin Lamotte is one of Canada’s leading lighting designers and has created lighting designs for most of the country’s theatre, dance and opera companies. He is Director of Lighting Design for the Shaw Festival and has ongoing associations with the National Ballet of Canada and Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company. Kevin is the recipient of the Province of Ontario’s Pauline McGibbon Award, a nominee for the 2006 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, as well as other national awards and nominations including the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (Vancouver), a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto), the Betty Mitchell Award (Calgary) and Prix de la Masque (Montreal). Mr. Lamotte is a member of The Associated Designers of Canada.

Dora is happy to be back working on her 5th production with Art of Time Ensemble. Her most recent projects include The Magician’s Nephew and The Baroness and The Pig for The Shaw Festival. Upcoming shows include Art of Time Ensemble’s Christmas show To All A Good Night 4, and then she returns to The Shaw Festival for her 18th season as Stage Manage for the musical Brigadoon. Dora has worked in musical theatre, theatre, dance and opera with many companies across Canada.

production acknowledgements Marah Braye Chief Executive Officer Chris Hutchinson Chief Operations Officer Heather Waddell Director, Planning & Production Duncan Morgan Production Manager Billy Burgomaster Head Audio Harrison Bye Head Carpenter Bennett Hyslop Head Lighting Jamie Ufton Front of House Manager Gloria Tran Front of House Coordinator Ross Egan, Christoph Ibrahim, Maggie Kinnear, Jennifer Lee Assistant Front of House Manager Paola Marcon Box Office Manager Daniel Palmo & Regan Latimer Box Office Coordinators

Stage Technicians employed at the Theatre are represented by Local 58 of The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, it’s Territories and Canada. This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

about art of time ensemble

Renowned concert pianist Andrew Burashko formed Art of Time Ensemble in 1998 by inviting a group of like-minded musicians and prominent figures in dance, theatre and other art forms to perform one-off concerts in Toronto. The company has gone on to become a leader in Toronto’s vibrant performing arts scene, through its subscription season at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, regular appearances at Koerner Hall, album releases, performances with leading Canadian orchestras, and the tours of its unique offerings to dozens of cities throughout Canada and the United States. Exploring the relationship between classical music in its many forms and other genres such as jazz, pop, electronica, rock, folk, electroacoustic, gospel and others, Art of Time seeks to reveal the qualities that lie at the heart of all great music.

art of time gratefully acknowledges and thanks supporters $65,000 or more Benefactor Eli & Phil Taylor Gary Slaight

$10 000 to $50 000 Sustaining Member The Estate of Lawrence Ballon* James & Margaret Fleck Joan & Jerry Lozinski* The George Cedric Metcalf Foundation

Florence Minz Cathal O’Connor* James O’Connor & Michael Taylor** Roger Steers Jane Thompson & Tim Murphy** Antoinette Tummillo & John Carter Sandra Dudley & Ron Youd**

$500 to $999

Member Elizabeth Abel** Martha Burns & Paul Gross Timothy & Carol Deacon* David & Anne Ellins Roger & Kevin Garland* Margaret Grottenthaler & Douglas Harrison Cheryl Hudson & Mike Say Valerie Hussey Richard MacKenzie & Alexandra Rambusch* Barbara & Ian Mason** John McGowan John & Kay McKellar Lois Miles Robert Sirman*

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$1,000 to $4,999

$100 to $499

$5,000 to $9,999

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board of direc tors

Andrew Burashko Artistic Director

Ian Bandeen

David Abel Executive Director

Monica Banting

Kate Bangay Marketing & Communications Manager

David Ellins

Mike Romaniak Production Coordinator Monnet Design Graphic Design Young Associates Chris Mustard & Julia Gaunt-Rannala Bookeeping

Maggie Fairs Margaret Grottenthaler, Chair Cheryl Hudson Valerie Hussey Tim Lang Rick MacKenzie Doron Melnick Lois Miles James O’Connor Robert Sirman Eli Taylor

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Eli & Phil Taylor

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James & Margaret Fleck government support

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