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Q & A with Executive Director Menon Dwarka

By Tim Crouch, Director of Marketing & Patron Experience, and Menon Dwarka, Executive Director Welcome to Soundstreams Menon! Have you always been involved in the arts and culture sector? I think like most people in our sector, I was “awoken” by some pretty typical works as a teenager (Rite of Spring, Pierre Boulez’s Piano Sonata…  Read More

UpStream: Further Listening (and watching!) – Nicole Lizée

by Tim Crouch, Director of Marketing & Audience Engagement We’re getting set to present to Toronto the world premiere of Karappo Okesutura Vol 3 next week at The Great Hall in our concert, The Lost Karaoke Tapes. The work will be performed by the Australian Art Orchestra and composed by Nicole Lizée – let’s dig…  Read More

Karaoke – a Global Fusion Culture

by Zoe Lin, Manager of Advancement and Patron Engagement While for many people in Toronto a night out involves restaurants, bars and clubs; in Taipei, where I grew up, things are a little different. KTV (Karaoke Television) – refers to places where people hang out in a private soundproofed room with a karaoke machine, and…  Read More

Reflections on Two Odysseys

by Menon Dwarka, Executive Director It’s been a month since Two Odysseys, our double-bill of Indigenous operas opened at Daniels Spectrum. I just started as interim executive director of Soundstreams a few weeks before the premiere, and most of my recollections from that time are just a blur of spreadsheets, files and innumerable introductions. But…  Read More

Timeless Work

by Zoe Lin, Manager of Advancement and Patron Engagement I grew up studying Classical music – the hardcore eight hour days were filled with practicing, rehearsals, music theory, and history. As someone born in the last decade of the 20th century in Asia, it was almost impossible for me to relate to the music I…  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

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

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!

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

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

Meet the Soundstreams Team: Felix Mills

Percussionist Felix Mills is extending the reach of our educational programs from the Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar, to neighbourhoods across the GTA, and even aiding with touring and travelling productions. We’re very pleased to welcome him to the Soundstreams team, with support from the Metcalf Foundation’s Performing Arts internship program. We’ve pulled him away from…  Read More

Meet the Soundstreams Team: Jordan Snyder

We’re very pleased to welcome Jordan Snyder, a student in OCAD’s Integrated Media program, who has joined us for the summer. As we take the first steps to bring The Journey back to life, Jordan will be working with us to develop the educational school programs affiliated with the opera. We sat Jordan down to…  Read More

Inside: The Musik für das Ende Score

In the forward to his score Claude Vivier describes Musik für das Ende as “a Ceremony – of the End”, an exploration of the relationships established between individuals at this “final stage of life”. The score for the piece uses unconventional notation to explore this interaction musically. Let’s take a look at this unusual score…  Read More

MIDI Samples and Contemporary Music

Andrew Staniland is our 2017 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence! During his time in this role, he will be  posting monthly about his experiences in the classroom and as a composer. This month Andrew shares his experiences with the MIDI program, and the frequent requests to provide mock ups of new work in the format….  Read More

Donate Today and bring top Talent to Toronto

Help Soundstreams fly two of South Africa’s top talents to Toronto for Music of the Rainbow Nation at Koerner Hall on November 23rd! When the Nelson Mandela University Choir cancelled their North American tour (due to the closure of their university NMMU, one of many affected by nation-wide protests and strikes), Soundstreams created a dynamic new program. Remaining…  Read More

Australia Travel Blog

Soundstreams Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney recently traveled to Australia for the International Society for the Performing Arts (IPSA) Congress. Here in his own words is a travelogue of his trip and time spent both touring Australia and at the convention. I went to Australia to attend the ISPA Congress in Melbourne from June 1 to…  Read More

Long-time Employee Takes Helm at Soundstreams

Many in the arts community know Ben Dietschi well, whether as a curator of engaging music programming at Spectrum Music and the Music Gallery, board member at Theatre Passe Muraille, an inspired saxophonist with the Massey Hall Band, or through several years of senior responsibilities at Soundstreams. Ben has just added another accomplishment to his…  Read More

Top 10 Moments of 2015

Thanks to you, our adventurous music-loving family, it’s been a great year, so we wanted to share some highlights and recognize YOU for helping make these milestones possible. If you have not yet made your donation to Soundstreams, there is still time to donate before the end of the tax year! If you have $75, $150, or…  Read More

Staff Q&A: Jessica Whitford, Director of Development

The team at Soundstreams has expanded; we'd like to introduce our new Director of Development, Jessica Whitford! Jessica joins us with a breadth of experience, working in the arts for over 10 years, both locally and abroad. She's held various roles at several organizations, including Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Hot Docs Film Festival, Dusk…  Read More

All About the Instruments

Composer George Crumb (b. 1929) is well known for exploring unusual timbres in his compositions, as well as calling for instruments to be played in unique ways. He was initially influenced by Anton Webern, an Austrian composer and conductor known for his radical innovations in musical technique. In our season opening concert, we will explore…  Read More