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Let’s work together: The Electric Messiah collaboration

by Tim Crouch, Director of Marketing & Patron Experience Electric Messiah re-imagines George Frideric Handel’s great masterpiece with inspirations from different genres to create a feast of musical styles for curious listeners. Perhaps not known to many, but the process of putting together Electric Messiah is an extremely collaborative affair. Each soloist and musician brings…  Read More

Meet the Electric Messiah Musicians

by Zoe Lin,  Marketing & Communications Intern We are excited to introduce the ensemble for this holiday season’s production of Electric Messiah. Electric Messiah will be presented to you by four soloists along with our ensemble team – SlowPitchSound, Joel Schwartz, Wesley Shen, Joel Visentin, and Lybido; with designer/technical director Nick Andison. SlowPitchSound SlowPitchSound is…  Read More

Hell’s Fury, The Hollywood Songbook is off to sunny California

by Tim Crouch, Director of Marketing & Patron Experience Fresh off a successful run in Toronto at the 2019 Luminato Festival, Hell’s Fury, The Hollywood Songbook is headed to the state in which a bulk of the action takes place, this time being presented by Stanford Live in early December. Soundstreams and Luminato have a…  Read More

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Soundstreams’ New Voices: Curator Mentorship Program

Soundstreams is proud to present their newest program, NEW VOICES: Curator Mentorship Program. Calling all aspiring music programmers! Soundstreams is now inviting proposals to develop and produce a concert on our 2020/21 season as part of our New Voices: Curator Mentorship Program. This is a unique platform for early- to mid-career music curators, seeking new…  Read More

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Two Odysseys consists of two Indigenous operas that are a near-perfect fit

From the article: “Masks, beautifully simple imagery, repetition and cyclic form; it’s incredibly evocative and, even for non-Indigenous audiences, nostalgic.” “The simplicity of these stories drew me in, leaving me rapt for the duration and in awe of the execution of it all.” “One gets the feeling one is seeing an extraordinarily true account of…  Read More

The Characters of Two Odysseys

by Cheryl Stone, Manager Advancement and Patron Engagement Villains, heroes and other characters are an integral part of opera. They act as our way into the story, connecting us with the worlds they are a part of. Two Odysseys is no exception to the operatic tradition, and even though the characters have new names and…  Read More

Sharing Sámi Music!

by Felix Mills, Community Engagement Manager It’s always refreshing, speaking with someone whose personality shines out even through email. Rawdna Carita Eira is a multi-talented Sámi poet/dramatist/artist from Guovdageaidnu. She is the librettist for Gállábártnit of Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin / Gállábártnit and the stage manager at The Sami National Theatre Beaivváš, one of Two Odysseys’…  Read More

Expanding My Messiah Palate

by Tim Crouch, Director of Marketing and Patron Experience Soundstreams’ Electric Messiah, now in its fifth year, is one of the reasons I was so excited to come over and work here. The show itself is at one of my favourite haunts (Drake Underground, part of The Drake Hotel), is a multi-sensory experience with the…  Read More

Odaabaanag – Get ready for the final performance

by Felix Mills, Community Engagement Manager Odaabaanag is the latest outcome of a partnership between Jumblies and Soundstreams. For the last year, it has explored collaboration across community arts and contemporary music, across cultures (Indigenous and Settler/Immigrant), and across regions (Toronto, Northern Ontario). The collaboration is coming together for its final performances on November 30th and…  Read More

Music + Brews: Soundstreams partners with Collective Arts Brewing for 2019/20 season

by Tim Crouch, Director of Marketing and Patron Experience We at Soundstreams love the occasional good brew. As does our audience! That’s why we’re ‘hoppy’ to announce a partnership with Hamilton Ontario’s Collective Arts Brewing for the 2019/20 concert season.   Collective Arts Brewing is a grassroots craft brewery that aims to fuse the creativity…  Read More

Dig in to Top Brass with Composer Insight

Composers Anna Pidgorna and Brian Current have world premieres on Top Brass, October 3, 2019. Find out what they have to say below:     Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney has also weighed in to what makes this program so special:   Grab your tickets for Soundstreams’ celebratory season opener today – click here!

THE WHOLENOTE: Soundstreams and the Trumpets of October

“Soundstreams’ founder and artistic director Lawrence Cherney has long been impressed by the breadth and depth of trumpet repertoire across the ages, and as a former trumpet player myself, I am always happy to hear him out on the charms of this favoured instrument. Now Cherney has gone one step further and created a whole…  Read More

LUDWIG VAN TORONTO: INTERVIEW | Fresh Views From Anna Pidgorna, Heather Schmidt And Ingrid Jensen On Soundstreams’ ‘Top Brass’

“Trumpet declares. It prompts and signals. And on October 3, 2019, the trumpet(s) shall sound, at the Soundstreams 2019-20 opener: Top Brass. Three virtuosos: Ole Edvard Antonsen, Jens Lindemann and Ingrid Jensen, will gather to create a complex portrait of the trumpet, from the familiar golden Baroque of the past, to the present and its…  Read More

Top Brass: Program Notes

The Three Woes Composed by Anna Pidgorna This piece is inspired by the end of the world prophesy in the Book of Revelations, in which seven trumpets bring in various catastrophes, which wipe out much of life on earth, herald the final judgement, and establish paradise on Earth. The last three trumpets are known as…  Read More

Soundstreams to Begin Search for New Executive Director

TORONTO –  September 30, 2019 – Daniel Weinzweig, president of the Soundstreams Board of Directors announced today that Executive Director Ben Dietschi will be leaving Soundstreams after seven years, the last four as lead administrator. He departs November 18 to begin a principal role at another arts and culture organization. The board has determined an…  Read More

Soundstreams pitches Two Odysseys in Australia

by Ben Dietschi, Executive Director Reflections on PAC 2019 I’ve just returned from The Performing Arts Connections conference in Queensland, Australia, where I was joined by 300+ presenters, producers, artists, and other government and industry representatives. I had the honour of pitching Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin / Gállábártnit, the world’s first opera in Cree and Sámi….  Read More

Odaabaanag – The Story So Far

by Felix Mills, Metcalf Foundation Intern – Community Engagement Associate Working with the choir and having this kind of collaboration with my daughter is huge. My mother went to residential school so it’s very much part of our family history. The fact that we’re working with elders from my family’s home territory is very important…  Read More

International moves: Soundstreams to make pitch at Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s CanadaHub

by Tim Crouch, Director of Marketing & Patron Experience Soundstreams continues to make moves on the international stage, and has been invited to pitch our latest project, Two Odysseys, at CanadaHub, a special showcase as part of the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival that will showcase the very best of Canada’s contemporary performance scene. In addition…  Read More