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Q&A with Emerging Composer Tawnie Olson

Tawnie Olson will be one of six composers chosen for this year's Emerging Composer Workshop, taking place May 14 to 24, and featuring guest mentors Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière. Described as “especially glorious… ethereal” by The Whole Note, and “a highlight of the concert” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson…  Read More

Introduction to Salon 21: Q&A with percussionist Sarah Thawer

Sarah Thawer is a drummer, percussionist, vocalist and pianist based in Toronto. She is currently in her fourth year studying jazz and world music at York University and is the recipient of the prestigious Oscar Peterson scholarship. Sarah is a self-taught drummer and percussionist, and primarily specializes in playing drum sets, and both Indian and…  Read More

Q&A with composer Christos Hatzis

Greek-Canadian Christos Hatzis is widely recognized as a Canadian icon, with two Juno Awards and a SOCAN Award to his credit. CBC has stated that he is “one of the most important composers writing today.” His music is influenced by early Christian spirituality, Pythagorean and Hermetic ideas, his own Byzantine music heritage, world cultures and…  Read More

Q&A with soprano Patricia Rozario

Born in Bombay, and Western-trained, Patricia Rozario has been hailed by Gramophone as “a voice of liquid gold.” She has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in opera, concerts, recording, and broadcasting, and has inspired over 15 of the world’s leading composers to write for her, most notably Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener. We caught up…  Read More

Program Notes: Song for Athene

Tonight’s concert celebrates the Choral music of English composer Sir John Tavener (1944–2013) in the manner that Soundstreams has often presented him: in the company of other music with which he had certain affinities. The English choral tradition is represented, but also sounds from the East and from North America, both directions that interested Tavener….  Read More

Matching Campaign

Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière, our two visiting guest mentors The Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop is an opportunity for six talented young composers to converge in Toronto, to receive mentorship as they compose a new piece of music. Each year of the program features a different international visiting composer, a renowned Canadian resident ensemble, and a…  Read More

Introduction to Salon 21: Q&A with our performers

Later this week, our SoundMakers Composer in Residence Aaron Gervais will visit Toronto, for the premiere of his commission, Longuement me sui tenus. Four talented singers will be joining us at Salon 21: Aaron Gervais World Premiere, on Friday, March 20: Larissa Koniuk, soprano; Anna Atkinson, alto; Will Reid, tenor; Alex Samaras, baritone. We spoke with these performers…  Read More

Subscriber Profile: Ruth Manchee Kenins

Soundstreams presents Canadian Choral Celebration Patrons who subscribe to Soundstreams are a community of people with a strong admiration of contemporary music, and who also enjoy exclusive benefits, like prime access to concerts and special events. We spoke with one of our loyal subscribers, Ruth Manchee Kenins, about why she subscribes to Soundstreams, her deeply…  Read More

ICE, ICE, baby…

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Photo credit: Carrie Schneider The Drama Department of Etobicoke School for the Arts (ESA) is presenting A Doll’s House from February 20 to 28 at The Theatre Centre, at the same time as The Whisper Opera. In preparation for sharing the backstage this February, students from ESA asked the International Contemporary…  Read More

Introduction to Salon 21: Hearing Music

Join us on Friday, February 20, for an ear-opening Salon 21 experience, at Salon 21: Hearing Music. With audiologist Dr. Ross Harwell, we will be examining the tricks our ears play on us when listening to music. To get your brain moving in anticipation of this event, check out this curious auditory illusion, from Diana Deutsch,…  Read More

Volunteer Profile: Linda & Paul Gordon

For many years now, Soundstreams has had a dedicated group of volunteers, who donate their time as ticket-takers, ushers and all-around helpers at special events. We are extremely thankful to these individuals, who always present a smiling face at our concerts, and who have likely ripped your ticket, or shown you to your seat! Linda…  Read More

Q&A with soprano Tony Arnold

The Canadian premiere of David Lang's The Whisper Opera will feature New York's International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Tony Arnold as sole soprano. Hailed by The New York Times as “a bold and powerful interpreter,” Tony has gained international acclaim for sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores. As a member of ICE,…  Read More

Corporate Donor Profile: Steam Whistle

Soundstreams would not exist without the support of our generous coporate donors and partners. We are thankful to the organizations and foundations that support us, and donate to a variety of initiatives. Since 2009, Steam Whistle Brewing has been an in-kind sponsor to Soundstreams, providing their premium pilsner for our special events, fundraisers and concerts….  Read More

Program Notes: The Whisper Opera

Almost all the music you could ever want is on the internet right now, recorded perfectly and played perfectly and accessible immediately, 24 hours a day.  On the one hand this is fantastic—I can hear huge amounts of music, from different genres and time periods and traditions and cultures, any time I want.  On the…  Read More

Lightning Round Q&A: Staff Edition

In every interview we conduct with various Soundstreams performers, conductors and composers, we always end with a “lightning round” of questions. To cap off an excellent year, we decided to do a staff edition of our lightning round! Find out what airport and concert hall were chosen by multiple people, plus our not-so-secret guilty pleasure…  Read More

Donor Profile: Penelope Tyndale

Soundstreams would not exist without the support of our dedicated patrons. We are thankful to our many friends, volunteers, and supporters, who attend our concerts and Salon 21 series, discuss new and contemporary music with us, and whose time and donations support Soundstreams artists and events. Penelope Tyndale is a long-time Soundstreams supporter and a…  Read More

Lightning Round Q&As

In every interview we conduct with various Soundstreams performers, conductors and composers, we always end with a “lightning round” of questions. Find out what Toronto concert hall is a favourite of several people, the quirky songs people chose as their “guilty pleasure song”, and what airports you should try to avoid. As we wrap up 2014,…  Read More

Patricia Rozario to headline “Song for Athene”

Our next choral concert in April will feature the works of the late Sir John Tavener, and we are delighted to announce that Patricia Rozario will be our featured performer in Song for Athene on April 16, 2015. Rozario is extremely well-known and respected in the vocal and opera community. Her unique voice and artistry…  Read More

Giving Tuesday is December 2

You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Tuesday, December 2 is a new day in the holiday season – a day to give back! Giving Tuesday is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. Today, charities, companies, and individuals join together to rally for favourite causes…  Read More

Lawrence Cherney honoured as Alumni of Influence

On Thursday, November 6, our Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney was named one of University College’s Alumni of Influence of 2014 (above, on left, accepting his award from Professor Donald Ainslie, Principal of University College). More than 170 alumni, students, and friends of University College gathered at Hart House 2014 for the third annual Alumni of Influence…  Read More