Olympic pairs figure skating shines spotlight on Canadian classical music

February 15, 2018
National

"In Canada's classical music circles, it's a common refrain that musicians must do better at championing contemporary Canadian music. Gone is the period in the 20th century when "new Canadian music" was often synonymous with "hard on the ears," when many composers seemed to write not works of art, but challenges, both for the listener and the player.

Related Composers: Alain Lefèvre





50 years after his death, Healey Willan’s music lives on

February 15, 2018
National

"If Canadian composer Healey Willan isn’t getting the last laugh, he’s getting the last chord.

His longtime home base, the Anglican Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto, is hosting a concert on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of his death, one of several commemorations taking place this year in Canada and abroad. There is even a burgeoning Healey Willan Society based in Chicago..."

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Related Composers: Healey Willan





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Annesley Black

Profile Type: Educator

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http://www.editionjulianeklein.de/

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Esprit Orchestra weaves cellphones into its concert

February 8, 2018
National

Devices are welcome at the tech-savvy production taking place on Feb. 11.

"The cellphone has graduated from concert irritant to instrument.

Esprit Orchestra is putting out the welcome mat for the ubiquitous personal communication device for its Feb. 11 Plug In program at Koerner Hall

“It’s a whole new world of sound,” says music director Alex Pauk of the evening’s music offerings, which include two compositions about the telephone.

Related Composers: Alex Pauk, Eugene Astapov





Composer Vincent Ho Receives Two JUNO Nominations

February 7, 2018
National

"Canadian composer Vincent Ho's The Shaman|Arctic Symphony, featuring striking live recordings of two monumental orchestral works commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and released last fall on Centrediscs, has just been nominated for two JUNO Awards.

Related Composers: Vincent Chee-Yung Ho





Roberta Stephen Award

February 6, 2018
National

The Roberta Stephen Award, worth $500, offers support to a Canadian woman composer aged 36 or older for professional development such as further studies, conferences, or workshops, or composers’ festivals. The prize was created by the generous provision of composer and publisher Roberta Stephen and is administered by the Association of Canadian Women Composers. Two awards in the amount of $500 are available each year.

Deadline: March 30, 2018






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Region: National
John Dupuis

Organization: Royal Conservatory of Music
Profile Type: Performer
I Play: Piano

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John Dupuis has appeared in concert as soloist and in collaboration with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and singers in North America, Europe, and Asia. Germany’s Südwest Presse described his Chopin playing as “brilliant” and his interpretation of Schubert’s “Der Wanderer” Fantasie was lauded by Blüthner Piano as “one of the best”. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Dupuis performed a series of concerts for Blüthner, the programs of which included the late piano works of Franz Schubert. He also gave a number of master classes during the same series and was awarded the title “Master Class Artist”.

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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Award of Excellence 2018

February 1, 2018
Prairie

The Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region recently created its Award of Excellence and in considering which organization should be the recipient of its inaugural citation, the answer came immediately: the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

For its long-standing commitment to the fostering of Canadian music and Canadian composers, and especially in light of the twenty-seven year history of the incredibly special and unique Winnipeg New Music Festival, the CMC Prairie Region hereby awards the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: The Award of Excellence.






One on One with Markus - Yoko Hirota

January 31, 2018
National

"​Yoko Hirota started playing the piano at the ago of four, in the Yamaha music program in Japan.

When she was just seven years old, she was being asked to practice eight hours a day.

It was a huge commitment and dedication says Hirota, but it lead to a career in music.

She and her husband Robert LeMay both teach in the music department at Laurentian University in Sudbury..."

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Building Accessibility Notice

January 31, 2018
National

Please note that the accessible entrance to our Toronto building will be temporarily unavailable on Thursday, February 1 from 9:00am-11:00am. The main entrance to the building (along the front steps) will remain open.

If you are planning to visit on February 1 and require the accessible entrance please consider scheduling your visit in the afternoon. Contact info@musiccentre.ca with any questions, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Canadian Music Centre
20 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON, M4Y 1J9
PH: 416-961-6601