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May 21, 2014
National

Join us at the Canadian Music Centre for Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf, as well as more exciting events!

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Saturday, May 24 2014 | 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Free Admission

The 15th annual Doors Open Toronto will offer free access to 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. The theme for this year's event is Secrets and Spirits … exploring the mysteries behind the door.

Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design, attracting more than two million visits to nearly 600 locations throughout Toronto since its inception. Join us at the Canadian Music Centre to have a peek into our beautiful historic building, Chalmers House, and to experience performances and open workshops from several local performing artists:

10:00 - 10:30 AM : Roger Beckett, voice and piano
10:30 - 11:00 AM : Andy Griffiths, voice and guitar
11:00 - 11:30 AM : Doug MacNaughton, baritone and guitar
11:30 - 12:00 PM: William Beauvais, guitar
12:00 - 12:30 PM : Charlotte Knight and Erika Reiman, soprano and piano
12:30 - 1:30 PM : Lelland Reed and Nathan Petitpas, flute and marimba
1:30 - 2:00 PM : Hannah Tarder-Stoll, soprano and Suzy Smith, piano
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM : Dr. Rea Beaumont presents a solo piano work by Barbara Pentland
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM : Dann Mitton and Narmina Afandiyeva, voice and piano
3:00 - 3:30 PM : Su Jeon, piano
3:30 - 4:00 PM : junctQín, piano and toy piano (Monkey Music for toy piano and Cymbal Monkey by Matthew Hindson and Exposiciones for toy piano and CD by Andrian Pertout)
4:00 - 4:30 PM : Bryan Holt, cello
4:30 - 5:00 PM : Greg de Denus, piano, jazz
5:00 - 5:30 PM : Brasileirinho, flute and guitar

Canadian Music Centre
20 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON, M4Y 1J9

The CMC is an accessible building, please ring the door bell at the easterly door from the sidewalk, at grade.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 7:00 PM
Free Admission

Don't read music? Don't worry! The Score Reading Club is a great way to share, discuss, and listen to new music!

Gregory Millar presents 3 Preludes by Stewart Grant
Rodney Sharman presents Madame Press Died Last at Ninety by Morton Feldman
Rick Sacks presents Apollo's Touch by Rodney Sharman

Join us on Thursday, May 29 for a special presentation that will include CMC Associate Composer Rodney Sharman, in town from BC as part of the Arraymusic Young Composers Workshop. Rick Sacks, percussionist and artistic director of Arraymusic, will perform Rodney's piece for solo vibraphone, Apollo's Touch. Sharman will present a piece by one of his composition teachers, Morton Feldman. Pianist Gregory Millar, will also be on hand to perform and discuss 3 Preludes for piano by CMC Associate Composer Stewart Grant.

The event is free and we hope you can attend!

Canadian Music Centre
20 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON, M4Y 1J9

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Friday, May 30, 2014 | 7:00 PM

The Music Gallery and the Canadian Music Centre present:
100 Years of Hugh Le Caine
Part of the Post Classical series

Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm
Tickets $15 regular | $10 member
$12 Advance BUY NOW

Celebrating the 100th birthday of the founder of Canadian electronics

Even among knowledgeable devotees of electronic music, Canadian scientist and composer Hugh Le Caine is more likely someone they’ve heard of than someone they know much about. This celebration of Le Caine’s 100th birthday aims to change this perception.

Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977) has been called a hero of electronic music. At an early age he began building musical instruments and experimenting with electronic devices. Shortly after World War II he developed the electronic sackbut. This was a sophisticated monophonic performance instrument now recognized as the first voltage-controlled synthesizer, which paved the way for the majority of commercially available synthesizers available today.

Le Caine developed some twenty additional instruments. Gayle Young, composer/performer, author and former publisher of Musicworks Magazine, writes in The Sackbut Blues, her biography of Le Caine, “Perhaps the most important aspect of Le Caine’s designs for his instruments was the ‘playability’ that he took care to build into them. His fixation with ‘beautiful sound’ led him repeatedly to design electronic instruments capable of producing a nuance-filled expression typical of the orchestral tradition.”

Young will be the host of this multi-media presentation and relate a wealth of knowledge about Le Caine’s life and work. She will be joined by special guest speakers Alcides Lanza and Robert Aitken, both of whom worked with Le Caine and will recount their experiences.

Finally, the difficult task of translating Le Caine’s unique sounds (his instruments are all housed in museums) is brought to life by Dave MacKinnon and Rob Cruickshank. McKinnon’s band, the Fembots, are renowned for their custom built instruments which set them apart from most other Toronto bands of the last 10 years. Here MacKinnon indulges his love of tape loops with an homage to Le Caine’s Special Purpose Tape Recorder. Cruickshank takes Le Caine’s most famous work, “Dripsody” (1955) and recreates the piece’s transformation of a recording of a single drip of water into an intense electro-acoustic storm.

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about one of the great figures of electronic music! Keep checking www.musicgallery.org for updates to this event.

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