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GATINEAU – July 7, 2020 Canadian culture is rich and diverse. The cultural industry, a major economic driver, is facing challenges like many others because of the COVID‑19 pandemic. That is why Canadian Heritage quickly set up the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. Minister Guilbeault today announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million fund, announced earlier this year. This final component helps address some of the gaps that have been identified by the industry across Canada since the fund was first implemented. Thus, the second phase provides support to other…

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Saint-Lambert, July 8, 2020 – Festival Classica is thrilled to announce the leconcertbleu.com digital platform project, which will offer a high-definition, immersive and multi-sensory experience for classical music lovers: physical venues, virtual concerts. A Festival Classica initiative, this new showcase for classical music will be developed in collaboration with the Quebec-based digital transformation company ellicom/LCI-LX. It will make it possible to extend the life of live concerts through live recordings and rebroadcasts in addition to and in tandem with the physical presentations. An affordable platform for Quebec artists and organizations “The essence and purpose of this project will be to…

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Victoria, BC, July 7, 2020 – The Victoria Symphony announced today the hiring of Matthew White as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. White will replace outgoing CEO Kathryn Laurin, who has been at the helm of the Victoria Symphony since June 2016. “We think he’s a tremendous hire,” said Alan Hollingworth, President of the Victoria Symphony Board of Directors. “After searching internationally to find the right candidate to lead this organization, our search committee found him close to home. His positive energy, leadership skills and experience both in the artistic and administrative side of non-profit arts organizations make him the…

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The list will be updated as new announcements are made. July 15 IRCPA: A Conversation with Jazz Icon Sheila Jordan and Toronto’s Ori Dagan Born on November 18th 1928, Sheila Jordan is a legendary figure in jazz history – an NEA jazz master and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. She came up on the Detroit scene in the 1940s as part of a coterie of young players in thrall to the mercurial genius of Charlie Parker (who championed the young singer). Jordan spent years developing a high-wire improvisational approach unlike anyone else on the scene, and made history with her classic 1963 debut…

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July 9th: UBC Music Connects – a series of online masterclasses and workshops on performance, wellbeing and how to navigate through the age of COVID-19 as a musician. The events are free and open to everyone — just click on the Zoom link for each day to participate. 10:00-10:45am • Panel Discussion: Power Over Your Process – Tips for Personal Administration and Organizational Tools 11:00am-12:00pm • Clarinet Masterclass with Prof. Jose Franch-Ballester 12:00-12:15pm • Break 12:15-1:15pm • Closing session with the UBC Music Connects Team & Prof. Mark Anderson, Chair of the Piano Division Zoom link: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/99306810303?pwd=TmlKTWYyc0NvaWVvWXMwbmErZEJjZz09 Password: MakeMusic June…

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Vancouver, Canada (July 3, 2020) — The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute (VSOI) is pleased to announce that it will continue its 6th season, virtually from July 2 to July 16. The VSOI offers students aged 16 to 28 a once-in-a-lifetime comprehensive and nurturing orchestral training program. The faculty is comprised of musicians from the renowned Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of VSO Music Director, Maestro Otto Tausk. “Especially now the world needs music to stay connected and empower us with hope, comfort, and optimism,” said Maestro Tausk. “We have to keep moving forward and invest more than ever in music…

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Toronto, Ontario—July 6, 2020: In light of the uncertainty and continually evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has made the difficult decision to cancel all previously announced concerts in the 2020/21 season. The TSO plans to perform redesigned concerts and programs in communities across the GTA, including at Roy Thomson Hall, for audience and ensemble sizes that align with current health regulations. The TSO’s aspiration is for its musicians to perform and engage with diverse communities, connecting with new and existing patrons through concerts and initiatives scattered throughout the region, with robust online offerings also being planned. More…

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You may have noticed the absence of capitals in his name. This orthographic licence was inspired, he says, by his discovery as a young man of the poetry of e. e. cummings, who was known to eschew writing conventions like punctuation and standard syntax. Certain Bauhaus prints also gave him encouragement. Then, a more pragmatic motivation added to these influences: “At a time when everyone wrote on typewriters, I told myself one day that if capital letters were no longer necessary, typewriters would be smaller and lighter, saving much of the metal used in manufacturing.” And, to conclude this mindful…

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Ida Haendel, the Polish-born violinist who lived in Montreal from 1952 to 1989, died early on July 1 at her home in Florida. Her nephew Richard Grunberg described her passing as peaceful on social media. Haendel’s age was long a subject of debate, turning in part on the question of whether she really could have won the Polish Prize in the 1935 Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Warsaw at age seven (when, according to her own testimony, she could not read music). Many sources still accept Dec. 15, 1928 as her date of birth, which would make her terminal age 91. That she…

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In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, a considerable majority of Canadians have stayed home, following social-distancing procedures and enduring the government closures of businesses. This has predictably caused anxiety for many Canadian families. Spikes in internet usage for any number of reasons, including meetings for work and school through Zoom and more children and teens stuck at home using Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and other online streaming providers, has clearly put a strain on usual home internet plans and wallets. However, in March, most of Canada’s internet service providers stepped up to meet the challenge of Canadians inevitably surpassing…

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