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by Wah Keung Chan April 1st 2015 It’s been a tough year for Joseph Rouleau. Health problems had sidelined the renowned 86-year-old Canadian bass since last September when he retired after 25 years as the president of the board of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC). But he’s better now. Although his international singing career is well documented, Rouleau’s accomplishments in arts administration are equally stellar. In 1976, while still based in London, he founded the Movement d’action pour l’art lyrique du Quebec (MAALQ) with 10 others, including Robert Savoie and Pierre Roland, with three objectives: to create an opera company…

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by Wah Keung Chan February 1st 2009 Upon hearing the profoundly resonant voice of Canadian bass Joseph Rouleau, it’s hard to believe he is turning 80 on Feb. 28, 2009. His speaking voice envelops the room, and his singing voice is still going strong. In celebration of his birthday, he will perform two concerts with the Quebec Symphony featuring songs of Félix Leclerc on Feb. 26 and 27. Rouleau is arguably Canada’s all-time top bass. With a career in the world’s great opera houses and with the world’s greatest singers, it comes as a further surprise when he attributes luck…

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La Scena Musicale is pleased to announce that its annual Arts Resource Guide is finally here for the 11th year in a row. The resource guide, which is the only one of its kind in Quebec, is an excellent source of information for the province’s music lovers, and for arts students and their parents. This year, the guide will continue its user friendly digest format. A total of 25,000 copies will be distributed in the Montreal Area. Readers will find essential information on music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts in this bilingual directory, which will include both regional and…

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July 4, 2019, Toronto, ON …The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) is proud to announce that composer Jared Miller’s new work, Under Sea, Above Sky, an ode to planet Earth, will be premiered by the orchestra on its upcoming 2019 TD Odyssey Tour. The summer tour, featuring 100 musicians, includes concerts in Ottawa, Montreal, Parry Sound, Stratford and Toronto, as well as the orchestra’s first tour to Spain. NYO Canada performs at Maison symphonique de Montréal on Monday, July 22ndat 7:30 pm Described as a “rising star” by MusicWorks magazine, Canadian-American composer Jared Miller (b.1988) has written new…

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This summer the BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture will once again be taking over Bloor Street West. This festival brings together artists, musicians and vendors to present their skills and offer their wares. For the entire day, a long and car-free section of one of Toronto’s busiest thoroughfares will be a hive of creative activity. Having drawn up to 100,000 guests in past festivals, this year marks a continued focus on local artists and artisans. “The music community of Toronto is just endless,” says festival music director Kvesche Bijons-Ebacher. His past association with Darren Leu, the festival’s…

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Author : (Gregory Finney)

TD Sunfest This year the TD Sunfest returns to Victoria Park in London, Ontario from July 4 to 7. This celebration of music, dance, cuisine, crafts and visual art from around the world is attended annually by more than 200,000 visitors. With performers from Canada, Scotland, Brazil, Palestine, Norway and Cameroon (to name just a few) this festival, with free admission, is a perfect day for the whole family. Try food from one of the international vendors as you catch performances by some of the most popular and intriguing names in world music. www.sunfest.on.ca Brott Music Festival Brott Music Festival…

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When Élise Lavoie and James Darling started the Îles du Bic Festival in 2002, they wanted to marry their interests as chamber musicians with a shared love of nature and history. In the ensuing years, this event still reflects the mindset of its founders. For Darling, it’s a matter of maintaining relevance and being willing to think things over. This year’s edition, the 18th , runs from Aug. 3 to 11. The program is ­varied, its headliners being the Forestare Guitar Ensemble, Helios Voices, pianist Maxim Bernard, the Baroque Ensemble la Fresque with Jean-François Bélanger, the Choeur 18e, the Salicone Duo…

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Opéra de Montréal: Carmen de Bizet clôt la saison Du 4 au 13 mai, le célèbre opéra français sera présenté à l’occasion de cinq représentations. Carmen sera incarnée par la mezzo canadienne Krista de Silva, tandis qu’Antoine Bélanger interprétera le rôle de Don José. Parmi les autres membres de la distribution figurent France Bellemare (Michaëlla), Christopher Dunham (Escamillo), Pascale Spinney (Mercédès) et Magali Simard-Galdès (Frasquita). Les chanteurs seront accompagnés par l’Orchestre Métropolitain et le Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal, sous la direction d’Alain Trudel. À noter que la mise en scène a été confiée au cinéaste Charles Binamé. Les 7,…

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The first projects selected for the new export funding program are being announced MONTRÉAL, April 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Outstanding creativity and innovation were in the spotlight today as the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced the first projects to receive funding from the new Creative Export Canada program. The 20 projects chosen will share a total of nearly $7.8 million in funding. Exporting is vitally important to Canada’s creative industries. It gives creators an opportunity to shine on the world stage and generates significant economic benefits at home by creating jobs and fostering social prosperity. Minister Rodriguez…

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Rudi, la leçon Serkin. André Tubeuf Actes Sud, 2019, 224 pages **** André Tubeuf, an admirer as well as a friend of Rudolph Serkin, pays homage to the great pianist in a book that guides us through memories, recordings, concerts and shared meals. The book is divided into three movements that follow each another naturally. The first recounts the beginnings of the pianist’s career, including his collaboration with Adolph Busch and the momentous day when he embarked on the Goldberg Variations. The second, which could be marked appassionata, deals with Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms. We discover the…

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