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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

“I regularly choose Soundstreams because there’s nothing quite like it.”

by Tim Crouch, Director of Marketing & Patron Experience “Rituals connect us to our past. They awaken collective memories–how we got to today–but they are also harbingers, illuminating a galaxy of future possibility.” Soundstreams Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney has laid out his vision for the 2019/20 season, one that Ludwig van Toronto is already calling…  Read More

Get to Know Juro: An Artist Q&A With Composer Juro Kim Feliz

Juro Kim Feliz is a pianist and composer, hailing from the Philippines and currently based in Toronto, Canada. A recipient of the Goethe South East Asian Young Composer Award (1st place, 2009), his music has been performed in music festivals and workshops in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Israel, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, the United Kingdom,…  Read More

Odaabaanag and The Gather Round Singers

Soundstreams is delighted to see Odaabaanag, the yearlong collaboration between Jumblies Theatre and Soundstreams, coming to life. While composer Melody McKiver works on music for string quartet and recorded voices (inspired by Steve Reich’s Different Trains), a companion piece for community choir is now being rehearsed and workshopped in Toronto, composed by Melody’s mother and…  Read More

THE WHOLENOTE: Musical Creation Through Community Engagement

“First though, a very preliminary view of an intriguing work in progress being co-produced by Soundstreams and Jumblies Theatre. Anishinaabe composer Melody McKiver has been commissioned by these two organizations to compose a work for string quartet and recorded voices. As synchronicity would have it, I was introduced to McKiver in a local restaurant, in…  Read More

Who is Melody McKiver?

Soundstreams is thrilled to be working with multi-genre artist Melody McKiver on our upcoming project “Odaanaabag” in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre. Melody McKiver is an Anishinaabe musician, media artist, traditional powwow dancer and artist, and arts educator of mixed ancestry. Melody is an enrolled member of Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation on their mother’s side, and their…  Read More