ZIIBIWAN ALBUM RELEASE 01.25.20 FUNDRAISER:
SIDE HUSTLE MARKET 05.16.20
01.20 TO 06.20
TORONTO'S CENTRE FOR CREATIVE MUSIC
THE MUSIC GALLERY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PATRON SERVICES SUPERVISOR
Bekah Ann Simms
Danny Karl Munshi
ARTISTIC ADVISORY COUNCIL
Bruce A. Russell
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LIDO PIMIENTA PHOTO BY KEVIN JONES
LETTER FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Greetings all— This is my last program guide letter to you! I’m only slightly wistful as I am many degrees more excited for what’s coming next. Our Artistic Associates Pratishtha Kohli and Olivia Shortt have been doing stellar work since joining our team in September. Among their many responsibilities has been event curation, and you’ll get to see the results on February 2 (The Transparency Summit, curated by Olivia) and April 8 (History Series: A Visit To Our York University Archives, curated by Pratishtha). Both events will be a lively combination of dialogue and artistic expression. Stay tuned for much more programming from the Associates next season! There are many other highlights over the next few months. Anishinaabe experimental electronic musician Ziibiwan releases their long-awaited debut album on January 25. Brilliantly eccentric Montreal-based vocalist Gabriel Dharmoo brings his improvising ensemble Phth to our space March 14. Our friends at Continuum present a world premiere, one-act opera collaboration between Atom Egoyan and Rodney Sharman entitled Show Room on June 6.
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Looking forward to one final half season with all my MG friends,
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David Dacks Artistic Director
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Hello friends, It's been a fascinating and exciting first year for me at the Music Gallery. We’re excited to move forward and revitalize our programming with our Artistic Associates, Pratishtha and Olivia. I couldn’t be more delighted to spend time with them! We continue to work hard on our Safe(r) Spaces initiatives to ensure a fair and harmonious environment for artists, staff, crew and audiences. Your membership support helps us cover the costs of offering these initiatives to our community, support artist fees and keep ticket prices accessible. Please consider purchasing or renewing your Music Gallery Membership to help us keep pushing forward on these fronts. I’m particularly excited for our fundraising event in May—The Side Hustle Market. Our community is rich with creatives who push boundaries in music, of course, but many also have other creative outlets to keep their creative juices flowing and help cover rent. Join us for a day of sampling different offerings from our community—from delicious pickles, to doggy hats and tarot readings and more. You’re sure to find something you’ll adore, and learn more about the side hustles that keep our network afloat. Thanks for being part of our community, and we look forward to having you with us for the second half of our 2019-20 season!
Kayla Mcgee Executive Director
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CONCERT SCHEDULE 01.20 TO 06.20
SATURDAY 01.25.20 8:00PM
SUNDAY 03.01.20 8:00PM
Ziibiwan + Phedre + Melody McKiver
Emergents II: Bakarlari
DOORS 7:30PM $15 / $10 MEM, STU / $13 ADV 918 BATHURST ST.
DOORS 7:30PM $12 / $8 MEM, STU 918 BATHURST ST.
SUNDAY 02.02.20 8:00PM
SATURDAY 03.14.20 8:00PM
When Did Transparency Become So Opaque?
Phth + xLq
DOORS 7:30PM PAY WHAT YOU WANT ($10 SUGGESTED) 918 BATHURST ST.
DOORS 7:30PM $18 / $10 MEM, STU / $13 ADV 918 BATHURST ST.
SUNDAY 02.09.20 8:00PM
WEDNESDAY 04.08.20 6:00PM
Continuum: Inside Us
History Series: York University Archives
DOORS 7:30PM AWARD 7:45PM DOOR: $15-$20 / ONLINE: $12-$18 918 BATHURST ST.
FRIDAY 02.28.20 8:00PM
Freesound Series DOORS 7:30PM $20 / $15 MEM, STU, SEN, ARTS / $17 ADV 918 BATHURST ST.
FREE ROOM 305, SCOTT LIBRARY YORK UNIVERSITY 4700 KEELE ST.
SATURDAY 05.16.20 11:00AM-3:00PM
Amirtha Kidambi + Lea Bertucci
Fundraiser: Side Hustle Market
DOORS 8:30PM $15 / $10 MEM, STU / $12 ADV GRAND CANYON 2 OSLER ST.
PAY WHAT YOU WANT ($10 SUGGESTED) 918 BATHURST ST.
SUNDAY 04.19.20 8:00PM
THURSDAY 06.04.20 FRIDAY 06.05.20 8:00PM
Continuum: Show Room
DOORS 7:30PM $22 / $18 ADV / $15 MEM, STU 918 BATHURST ST.
DOORS 7:30PM DOOR: $20-$25 / ONLINE: $15-$20 918 BATHURST ST.
SATURDAY 04.25.20 8:00PM
SATURDAY 06.20.20 8:00PM
Emergents III: Vaso + Unquartet
Din Of Shadows VI: Mortal Chorus
DOORS 7:30PM $12 / $8 MEM, STU 918 BATHURST ST.
DOORS 7:30PM $15 / $10 MEM, STU / $12 ADV 918 BATHURST ST.
Tickets can be purchased at musicgallery.org. 918 Bathurst is not currently wheelchair accessible due to stairs (two half flights to enter the performance space, and one flight to access the washrooms). We are working as quickly as possible with 918 Bathurst to make the building accessible for all. Please read and abide by our code of conduct found here: musicgallery.org/code-of-conduct.
CONCERT SCHEDULE 01.20 TO 06.20
FRIDAY 04.17.20 9:00PM
01.25.20 DOORS: 7:30PM CONCERT: 8PM 918 BATHURST ST. $15 REGULAR $13 ADVANCE $10 MEMBERS, STUDENTS
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Anishinaabe experimental-electronic producer Ziibiwan has travelled a long road in just a few short years. Whether in their own music or in DJ sets, their spacious rhythmscapes evoke tranquility, the natural world and wisdom from elder generations within modern contexts. For their much-anticipated debut album release Giizis, Ziibiwan has gathered a few of their close allies to celebrate the occasion. Some of Toronto’s most brilliantly experimental pop comes from Phedre. Their richly-textured compositions have grown into instrumental sets of high-bpm
rhythmic soundscapes, performed live using sequencers and synthesizers. The ever-changing bass-heavy sets pay tribute to club, breakbeat, jungle and techno, while maintaining Phèdre’s own unique sense of musical beat exploration. Melody McKiver has worked with Ziibiwan for a number of years and is no stranger to the MG, having last appeared on our stage alongside Lido Pimienta. Melody’s musical work integrates electronics with Western classical music to shape a new genre of Anishinaabe compositions. Their debut EP Reckoning was nominated for an
Indigenous Music Award, and they were a participant in the Banff Centre for the Arts’ inaugural Indigenous Classical Music Gathering. Melody is involved in their community as a mentor with the Indigenous Music Mentorship Program, and is employed as a youth worker in Sioux Lookout, providing mental health and cultural supports to First Nations students. April Aliermo of Phedre will be remounting her MG-premiered composition Artemis Of Colour in quad sound in our Sun Room.
02.02.20 THE MUSIC GALLERY PRESENTS
WHEN DID TRANSPARENCY BECOME SO OPAQUE? CURATED BY
The Music Gallery presents a panel on transparency in music and arts programming in Tkarรณn:to. It will be centered on how we can honestly talk about programming, curation and producing in a way that organizations can both benefit and learn from. This panel will explore questions around what programmers and curators (ie. people with power) can do to highlight how they are doing (as well as not doing) the necessary work in their organizations to program, hire and work in a more inclusive and intersectional manner.
DOORS: 7:30PM EVENT: 8PM 918 BATHURST ST. PAY WHAT YOU WANT ($10 SUGGESTED)
Performance by ASL x Opera Project (Carly Gordon and guests) Moderator: Cole Alvis Panelists: Ian Cusson, Menon Dwarka, Teiya Kasahara, Anubha Momin, Asad Raza
DOORS: 7:30PM AWARD: 7:45PM CONCERT: 8PM 918 BATHURST ST.
DOORS: 7:30PM CONCERT: 8PM 918 BATHURST ST.
DOOR $15 STUDENTS, ARTS WORKERS, SENIORS, MEMBERS $20 GENERAL
$20 REGULAR $15 STUDENTS, SENIORS, ARTS WORKERS, MEMBERS $17 ADVANCE
ONLINE $12 STUDENTS, ARTS WORKERS, SENIORS, MEMBERS $18 GENERAL
JULIET PALMER PHOTO BY DAHLIA KATZ CONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND THE MUSIC GALLERY PRESENT
INSIDE US Inside Us charts the delicate and dramatic convergence between technology and the human body. The concert features the premiere of Juliet Palmer's The Choreography of Trauma, Palmer's personal response to the Trauma Bay, oscillating between technical virtuosity and the emotional and physical stress of this life-and-death area of medicine. Inside Us features The Element Choir under the direction of Christine Duncan, and Jazz Soprano Laura Swankey with video and audio. Martijn Voorvelt's “Frederick's Doctor”, for tenor Christopher Mayell and ensemble, rounds out this exploration of music and health sciences. Continuum is delighted to participate in this interdisciplinary engagement with collaborators at Sunnybrook Research Institute. COMPOSERS:
Juliet Palmer * (CA) Martijn Voorvelt † (NL) * World premiere † Commissioned by Continuum
THE FREESOUND SERIES AND THE MUSIC GALLERY PRESENT
FREESOUND 02 From text scores and improvisation, to calm, stable chords, Freesound kicks off its second season by exploring the experimental music of America and Europe. With works by Pauline Oliveros, Laurence Crane, Maya Verlaak, and Paolo Griffin, Freesound 02 presents an ensemble of 13 musicians, navigating the ins and outs of music that makes you think.
03.01.20 DOORS: 7:30PM CONCERT: 8PM 918 BATHURST ST.
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EMERGENTS II: BAKARLARI
$12 REGULAR, ADVANCE $8 MEMBERS, STUDENTS
PART OF THE EMERGENTS SERIES
In this concert, Montreal-based soloists collective Bakarlari plays in Toronto for the first time. Active across Canada and internationally as improvisers and performers of experimental music, the members of Bakarlari— trumpeter Émilie Fortin, tubist Michael Mansourati, and
clarinetist Charlotte Layec—have come together with a focus on new solo music: performances of rarely-heard pieces for their instruments, the development of new single-instrument projects, and the creation of concerts that bring together their three distinct sonic vocabularies.
At the Music Gallery, Bakarlari will present their latest project, pairing contemporary solo works for trumpet, tuba, and clarinet with new pieces developed with early-career and Toronto-based composers. Between them, the collective will play solo compositions by Olga Neuwirth, Cort Lippe, and Elliott Carter
alongside new collaborations with composers Alexandre David, Quinn Jacobs, and Olivia Shortt—as well as a first-ever ensemble appearance for the premiere of a new trio by Toronto/ Hamilton-based composer Christina Volpini.
03.14.20 DOORS: 7:30PM CONCERT: 8PM 918 BATHURST ST. $18 REGULAR $13 ADVANCE $10 MEMBERS, STUDENTS
PHTH PHOTO BY JONATHAN GOULET
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PHTH + xLq XLQ PHOTO BY TYLER SLOANE
Adventurous new Montreal-based vocal collective Phth (Sarah Albu, David Cronkite, Gabriel Dharmoo, Kathy Kennedy, Elizabeth Lima, Vahram Sarkissian and Andrea Young) brings its mindbending fusion of improvisation, co-composition and new music interpretation to The Music Gallery. The ensemble features some of the most adventurous vocalists in
Canadian contemporary music with practices spanning from extended voice to noise, early music and experimental theatre. The group will present their daring interpretation of Claude Vivier’s “Love Songs”. For this performance, they invite local emerging pop-art duo xLq as a guest performer.
04.08.20 DOORS: 7:30PM EVENT: 6PM ROOM 305 SCOTT LIBRARY YORK UNIVERSITY 4700 KEELE ST. FREE THE MUSIC GALLERY AND YORK UNIVERSITY PRESENT
YORK ARCHIVES SHOW AND TELL CURATED AND HOSTED BY
PRATISHTHA KOHLI When the Music Gallery was located at the Church of St. George The Martyr, we waited patiently for the Line 1 Subway extension to be completed so that we shuttle up to York University, the home of our archives from 1976-2012. We’ve moved since then but at least the subway extension is complete and we are thrilled to finally collaborate with York for a show and tell of our photos, posters and recordings from days gone by. Representing decades of work, these archives are a living history of the development of the Music Gallery’s sound and mandate. Through linking the values of those who passed through these halls, and the sounds that were developed in these spaces, this Show and Tell recounts the story of the Music Gallery better than any historian could. GENERAL IDEA, "P" IS FOR POODLE SPONSORED BY THE MUSIC GALLERY, 1983
04.17.20 DOORS: 8:30PM CONCERT: 9PM GRAND CANYON THEATRE 2 OSLER ST. $15 REGULAR $12 ADVANCE $10 MEMBERS, STUDENTS
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AMIRTHA KIDAMBI & LEA BERTUCCI
The duo of Amirtha Kidambi on vocals and Lea Bertucci on tapes and electronics takes a more integrated approach than simply filtering voice through electronic processing. Bertucci manipulates Kidambi’s voice through tactile methods with tape machine, including manual speed control by physically touching the reels as Kidambi’s live voice is fed through the machine. Kidambi reacts in turn with a vocal arsenal of timbral techniques, creating a visceral feedback loop of noise, processed, and polyphonic voices. Influenced equally by jazz, Carnatic and western classical vocal techniques, the duo takes a thoroughly freely improvised approach. Their album Phase Eclipse featuring studio improvisations along with a full live concert from The Kitchen, was released on Astral Spirits this past November. Joyful Joyful are a Peterborough/Toronto-based duo whose strange and beautiful soundscapes have been quietly attracting notice since they began performing four years ago. Drawing on traditional, sacred, and experimental music, Joyful Joyful doesn’t sound like anything else. A thicket of cables and effects transforms a single, visceral voice into a shimmering and otherworldly chorus, making Joyful Joyful’s dense drone-hymns at once sorrowful, soaring, and deeply moving.
PART OF THE DEPARTURES SERIES CURATED BY
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04.19.20 DOORS: 7:30PM CONCERT: 8PM 918 BATHURST ST.
CO-PRESENTED WITH THE ARTIST
$22 REGULAR $18 ADVANCE $15 MEMBERS, STUDENTS
ALPHABET OF WRONGDOING LP RELEASE
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In Alphabet of Wrongdoing, Snowblink’s Daniela Gesundheit reimagines ceremonial Jewish prayers and blessings encircling themes of reckoning, forgiveness, mortality, striving, and atonement. The texts and melodies are traditional and ancient; the context and arrangements are modern, impressionistic, and subversive. Both the album and the performance investigate communal gestures of forgiveness—attempts to “Restore dignity to experience through music…” (poet Alan Felsenthal). In her “ethereal voice” (The Globe and Mail) Gesundheit asks: Can we transmute a world’s weight of unforgivable acts, an Alphabet of Wrongdoing?
04.25.20 DOORS: 7:30PM CONCERT: 8PM 918 BATHURST ST. $12 REGULAR, ADVANCE $8 MEMBERS, STUDENTS
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EMERGENTS III: VASO PART OF THE EMERGENTS SERIES
SARA CONSTANT In the final Emergents concert of the season, Toronto players join forces to present new takes on string ensemble music. Toronto-based trio unQuartet takes the model of the classical string quartet sound as the basis for projects in free improvisation and interdisciplinary arts. Combining their backgrounds in classical, jazz, improvised and electronic music, unQuartet members Meghan Cheng (violin), Nelson Moneo (viola) and Cheryl O (cello) have worked together since 2017 to develop new experimentations centred on spontaneous musical creation. In this concert, unQuartet will present a set of free and structured improvisations, in combination with projected visuals designed by the ensemble.
Formed in 2018 at the Scotia Festival of Music under the guidance of violinist Tim Fain and composer Philip Glass, the Vaso String Quartet brings together four musicians with a specialization in contemporary chamber music. Since then, Vaso—Aysel Taghi-Zada (violin), Hua-Chu Huang (violin), Peter Ayuso (viola), and Kellen Degnan (cello)—has worked in collaboration with performers and composers from across the Canadian and international new music scenes. In their appearance at the Music Gallery, Vaso will present a program of new music for string quartet—and, together with the members of unQuartet, bridge the gap between a classic string ensemble sound and the breadth of its experimental possibilities in music.
05.16.20 EVENT: 11AM–3PM 918 BATHURST ST. PAY WHAT YOU WANT [PWYW] ($10 SUGGESTED)
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FUNDRAISER: SIDE HUSTLE MARKET PHOTO BY KAREN LIEBSTER @SKYEANDROX
So many great artists we know have side hustles—another creative avenue to generate income outside of music. With the value gap increasing and it becoming harder to make money from album sales, the modern artist has become a multi-hat wearing purveyor of all things homemade, crafty, delicious, and visual. Our annual fundraising event is a day of community engagement: encouraging and celebrating musicians and music workers with side hustles. Local musicians/artisans will show off their wares while DJ David Dacks + more will spin their tunes. A silent auction, door prizes and other FUNdraising activities will round out the day. As always, proceeds from this event help us keep programming shows that pay artists what they're worth. If you’re a musician with a side hustle and you’d like to book a sales table, please contact email@example.com.
06.05.20 DOORS: 7:30PM CONCERT: 8PM 918 BATHURST ST.
DOOR $20 STUDENTS, ARTS WORKERS, SENIORS, MEMBERS $25 GENERAL
CONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND THE MUSIC GALLERY PRESENT
SHOW ROOM A ONE ACT CHAMBER OPERA IN CONCERT FORMAT
$15 STUDENTS, ARTS WORKERS, SENIORS, MEMBERS $20 GENERAL
PHOTO BY ANDREW SHOPLAND
PHOTO BY ULYSSE DEL DRAGO
SHOW ROOM is a psycho-sexual exploration of exhibitionism situated in a one room boutique with three characters and a lot of clothes. What these characters put on and take off becomes as much a part of the action as the things they say. As clothes are folded, their lives unfold in unexpected ways.
Rodney Sharman,* Composer (CA) Atom Egoyan,* Libretto (CA) Marie-JosÃ©e Chartier, Director Carla Huhtanen, Soprano Andrea Ludwig, Mezzo Soprano Nicolas Hobbs, Baritone * World premiere
06.20.20 DOORS: 7:30PM CONCERT: 8PM 918 BATHURST ST.
DIN OF SHADOWS AND THE MUSIC GALLERY PRESENT
DIN OF SHADOWS VI: MORTAL CHORUS
Din of Shadows’ sixth production is an ode to the human voice, a staple of the experimental music theatre world in which we operate. The show will consist of four works that feature the voice in different forms: singing vs. speaking, live vs. recorded, natural vs. processed. With vocalists accompanied throughout the evening by instrumentals, dancers and visuals, there will be action taking place across three stages surrounding the audience.
$15 REGULAR $12 ADVANCE $10 MEMBERS, STUDENTS
The programme includes two premieres: a self-reflective mixed media trio by Angela Blumberg and Julia Mermelstein, and a nomadic sonic installation for six performers by Quinn Jacobs. Alongside these new works are two recent gems of the genre: Cecilia Livingston’s ear-bending quartet Strange Flesh, with new choreography for four dancers by Blumberg, and Matt Curlee’s speaking percussion solo The Yellow Wallpaper, a vastly tactile Victorian declamation based on the short story of the same name by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
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19/20 Concert Season
The Mouths That Roar
Friday January 10, 2020 @ 7:30 – Post-concert chat and reception to follow Gabriel Dharmoo Composer/Performer Janice Jackson Soprano The Music Gallery 918 Bathurst Street
Piano Erhu Project (PEP)
Pieces for Bob
A Portrait of Matthias Pintscher
Thursday February 13, 2020 @ 8 Introduction @ 7:15 – NMC Ensemble Brian Current Direction Harbourfront Centre Theatre 231 Queen’s Quay W.
Saturday April 4, 2020 @ 8 Introduction @ 7:15 – NMC Ensemble Robert Aitken and friends Celebrating Aitken@80 Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre 427 Bloor St. W.
Photo by Jonathan Goulet
Special thanks to our supporters
Robert Aitken & Brian Current Co Artistic Directors
Thursday, March 26 2020 @ 8 Introduction @ 7:15 – Cory Hamm Piano Nicole Ge Li Erhu Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre 427 Bloor St. W.
Sunday May 31, 2020 @ 8 Introduction @ 7:15 – NMC Ensemble Matthias Pintscher Direction Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre 427 Bloor St. W.
Tickets and Pricing
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Call 416-961-9594 to reserve or visit newmusicconcerts.com