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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Canadian Opera Company Launches New Online Venutre: COC Radio


Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s award-winning website has taken its first steps to becoming an online resource for opera in Canada by launching COC Radio. Through this exciting new venture, visitors to will now be able to find, in one place, a variety of audio and digital features available for downloading and live streaming, all aimed at exploring an opera and its background as well as the artists appearing with the COC.

Among the features accessible through COC Radio, visitors can listen to recordings of productions by the COC’s broadcast partner CBC Radio 2; enjoy interviews with singers and members of a production’s creative team; listen to podcasts of COC-hosted talks, from pre-performance opera chats to Opera 101; and go through listening guides on an opera and watch specially-created production videos. COC Radio will be updated with new interviews, recordings and videos on an ongoing basis. Currently available for viewing are all interviews, recordings and videos from the COC’s 2010/2011 season as well as those podcasts and video interviews that have been created for Iphigenia in Tauris andRigoletto as part of the 2011/2012 season.

“COC Radio is a resource for people to discover and explore their love of opera,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “The materials there offer fascinating insight into the operatic art form and the artists who work with the COC. As we grow and develop as a company, COC Radio will develop too. Our aim is to have it go beyond relating exclusively to the COC, so that COC Radio may join other online sources nurturing and cultivating knowledge of opera in Canada.”

Users of COC Radio have the option to select from COC-curated content as well as customize their listening and viewing experience. The immediate future plans for COC Radio include music playlist recommendations from visiting artists as well as staff members of the opera company.

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the five largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. The COC celebrates its 62nd anniversary during the 11/12 season. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006, and is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada. For more information on the COC, visit its award-winning website,

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

La Scena Musicale October 2011

[French Version]
La Scena Musicale celebrates 15th anniversary with a special October edition

Celebrate with us:  

La Scena Musicale 
celebrates our 15th anniversary with a special edition this October as well as new exciting projects throughout the year!  

In September, La Scena Musicale transformed into two magazines: a separate English and a separate French edition; now, you can read all the LSM articles in your native language in one handy issue. The distribution of the two magazines has doubled to 50,000 copies (reaching 100,000 readers) and we are also pleased to return to Ottawa-Gatineau and Quebec City with 5,000 copies in each region.  

The year will also see the reintroduction of the Bring a Teen outreach program as well as The Next Great Art Song, a new composition contest.  

To help celebrate our 15th anniversary, please send us your messages of appreciation; the highlights will be published in the Or help support our mission to promote music, the arts and individual artists by making a purchasing an ad or a logo to voice your encouragement.

The deadline for advertising in the October issue is September 23 (reservations) and September 26 (artwork).

Have a great musical season. 

Wah Keung Chan
Founding Editor and Publisher

Next Issues 

Higher Education Special
La Scena Musicale October 2011
  • 15th anniversary edition
  • NEW: Separate English and French editions
  • On the cover: Valery Gergiev
  • Theme: Higher Music Education (new: one month earlier)
  • Rates and media kit (PDF)
  • Appearance: September 30, 2011
  • Ad Deadline: September 23, 2011
  • Artwork: September 26, 2011
  • Print run: 50,000 copies
    • English Edition: 25,000 copies
    • French Edition: 25,000 copies
  • Distribution: Montréal, Quebec City (5000 copies), Ottawa/Gatineau (5000 copies) and through the province of Quebec
  • Target audience: amateur and professional artists, music and arts lovers


La Scena Musicale octobre 2011

[English Version]

L’édition 15e anniversaire de La Scena Musicale, octobre 2011

Célébrez avec nous ! 

Nous célébrons le 15e anniversaire de La Scena Musicale avec l’édition spéciale d'octobre ainsi qu’avec de nouveaux et excitants projets tout au long de l’année !

En septembre, La Scena Musicale s'est transformée en deux magazines, une édition anglaise séparée et une édition française séparée. Maintenant, vous pourrez lire tous les articles LSM dans votre langue maternelle, dans un seul exemplaire pratique. La distribution de nos deux magazines a doublé à 50 000 exemplaires (touchant 100 000 lecteurs). Nous sommes également heureux de retourner à Ottawa-Gatineau et à Québec avec 5000 exemplaires par région.

Cette année verra aussi le retour de l’initiative communautaire « Sortez votre ado » ainsi que le lancement du « prochain grand air classique », un nouveau concours de composition.

Afin de mieux célébrer notre 15e anniversaire, merci de bien vouloir nous faire parvenir vos messages d’appréciation; nous en publierons une sélection dans notre édition de octobre. Ou achetez un espace publicitaire ou un logo pour soutenir et encourager LSM.

La date de tombée pour les annonces pour le numéro d'octobre de La Scena Musicale est le 23 septembre.

Bonne saison musicale 2011-2012 !

Wah Keung Chan

Prochains numéros

Spécial: Études supérieures en musique
La Scena Musicale octobre 2011
  • L'édition de 15e anniversaire
  • NOUVEAU : les éditions anglaise et française
  • En couverture : Valery Gergiev
  • Thème : Études supérieures en musique
  • kit média et tarifs (PDF)
  • Sortie : le 30 septembre 2011
  • Tombée : le 23 septembre 2011
  • Maquettes: le 26 septembre 2011
  • Tirage : 50 000 exemplaires
    • édition française : 25 000 exemplaires
    • édition anglasie : 25 000 exemplaires
  • Distribution : Montréal, Laval, Rive-Sud et ailleurs au Québec, plus Québec (5000 exemplaires) et Ottawa-Gatineau (5000)
  • Public visé : artistes amateurs et professionnels, passionnés de musique et d’art


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Musicians in Ordinary Opens 11th Season October 8



The Musicians In Ordinary evoke the elegant courts of the Elizabethan and Jacobean age when soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards open their 11th season with a concert titled Apt for Voices, Viols or Violons. It takes place Saturday, October 8, 8 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Bay subway).

Single tickets, $25, $20 for students and seniors, are available. Subscriptions, $85 adults; $68 students and seniors, offer a 15% discount. They may be ordered by sending a cheque payable and addressed to The Musicians In Ordinary, 1585 Bloor Street W., Suite 212, Toronto ON M6P 1A6. More information may be obtained from, by e-mailing or by calling 416-535-9956.


Led by violinist Christopher Verrette, a Renaissance violin band of five parts joins Hallie Fishel and John Edwards in a program of consort songs, dances, lute songs and solos from the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts, by Anthony Holborne, William Byrd and the perennially popular John Dowland.

Edwards points out an intriguing historical note: “The string players who came to Henry VIII’s court were Jewish refugees escaping the Spanish Inquisition. Their sons and grandsons formed the core of the string ensemble till the time of Charles I. They would have played both the viola da gamba and the violin family interchangeably.”

Apt for Voices, Viols or Violons is the first of four Musicians In Ordinary concerts featuring music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras in England, Italy and across Europe.

The remainder of MIO’s 2011-12 season features the following (8 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall unless otherwise stated):

Sunday and Monday, January 1 and 2, 2012 – A New Year’s Day Concert
MIO’s New Year’s Day tradition continues with all new repertoire from the late Baroque from various European countries. The alternative to the usual 19th century polkas and waltzes for New Year’s Day features Fishel and Edwards with violinist Christopher Verrette and other guests. N.B. Sunday, January 1 at 2 p.m.; Monday, January 2 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 2012 – When Tircis Met Chloris
The invention of Baroque opera is explored as Hallie Fishel and guest tenor Bud Roach (who also plays Baroque guitar) join theorboist John Edwards in duets and dialogues from the time of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). As Edwards describes it, “We hear the composers who are inventing Baroque opera working out little dramas as shepherds and nymphs cajole one another, play hard to get, and get pouty and amorous.”

March 17, 2012 – Sero sed Serio
The season’s last concert takes as its title the motto (Late but in Earnest) of Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, who died in 400 years ago this spring. As Elizabeth and then James’s “prime minister” (before the term was coined), Cecil had his finger in every pie, including the musical one.

The Musicians In Ordinary’s season is supported by The Anglican Foundation, the Spem in Alium Fund of the Toronto Community Foundation, and individual donations.