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Soundstreams exists to strengthen public engagement with new Canadian music and music theatre/opera through innovative musical experiences.

2021/22 – A season of Renewal and Rebirth

“While the pandemic did bring a temporary end to live performance, it provoked us to develop new ways of engaging with audiences through programming on digital platforms that was never intended to be a substitute for live experience. The Garden of Vanished Pleasures, which opens the season, is a poignant metaphor for the whole season: a reminder that we must come to terms with what we have lost, at the same time as we plant hopeful seeds of rebirth and renewal.”

– Lawrence Cherney, Founding Artistic Director, Soundstreams

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Get exclusive access to next season’s digital and in-person shows with the Digital Pass!

Highlights include:

  • A flagship production featuring Rutherford Falls star and Canadian icon Michael Greyeyes
  • New work to celebrate our ongoing spotlight on Canadian composer Claude Vivier
  • A fully-staged production from esteemed director Tim Albery, exploring the work of filmmaker and queer rights activist Derek Jarman
  • The return of the always-popular Electric Messiah; new works and arrangements by Cecilia Livingston, Christopher Mayo, and Lieke van der Voort.

With the hope on the horizon of re-opening our communities, Soundstreams will be presenting a combination of digital-only broadcasts up to the end of 2021, followed by a hybrid of in-person and digital ticketed broadcasts.

Purchase a Digital Pass today to reserve your spot for the entire 2021/22 season, and receive additional savings and perks. It’s the best way to guarantee the flexibility to see our entire season this year!

For $99, you will get:

Savings:

  • Savings of almost 40% over single tickets*
  • Free access to all digital shows
  • Once Main Stage shows open up to in-person, you get first access to seats at a discounted rate of 25% (maximum 2 seats per Digital Pass holder, first-come first-served)

Perks:

  • Your tickets to all digital shows are reserved before the general public
  • Exclusive digital behind-the-scenes features on workshops for upcoming shows

Flexibility:

  • Enjoy the best of both worlds with access to digital shows for an extra 2 weeks compared to the general public, and receive a bonus link to digital broadcasts of in-person shows.

PLUS!

    • Automatic membership to the Soundstreams Insider program, which includes special invites to Inside Looks with Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney

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MAIN STAGE

The following are our scheduled Main Stage shows for next season – remember, getting a Digital Pass ensures you see all shows with the flexibility of watching when you want with a longer window of time.

GARDEN OF VANISHED PLEASURES

September 2021 | Digital Broadcast

If modern gardening has a patron saint, it must be English artist, filmmaker, and queer rights activist Derek Jarman. As the AIDS plague took his friends one by one and he himself faced an increasingly uncertain future, he discovered his own form of hope, resilience, and solace in his garden by the sea.

Cecilia Livingston writes deeply-felt songs of love and loss, and they chime perfectly with Donna McKevitt’s heart-aching songs that use beautiful texts drawn from Derek Jarman’s journals. Their works are intertwined in Garden of Vanished Pleasures, a fully-staged production for digital broadcast, devised and directed by Tim Albery, working with other members of the team who brought you Hell’s Fury, the Hollywood Songbook.

Tim Albery, devisor and director 
Rachael Kerr, music director and piano 
Michelle Tracey, production designer 
Cameron Davis, projection designer 
Wesley McKenzie, lighting designer 
 
Mireille Asselin, soprano 
Lindsay McIntyre, soprano 
Rebecca Cuddy, mezzo-soprano 
Daniel Cabena, countertenor 
Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh, viola 
Amahl Arulanandam, cello 

Presented in partnership with Pinkhouse Productions. Garden of Vanished Pleasures is made possible with support from Neil and Carolyn Turnbull, The Mary-Margaret Webb Fund for Women Composers, and Steinway & Sons.

Garden of Vanished Pleasures is part of Soundstreams’ 2021 Digital Residency at Crow’s Theatre.

LOVE SONGS

November 2021 | Digital Broadcast

Claude Vivier’s travels to Bali and the Iranian city of Shiraz in the 1970’s was for him an initiation into mysticism and poetry. These travels led to an intensely personal voyage; Love Songs, for seven singers, runs the gamut from childhood songs and nursery rhymes to the deepest contemplation of our place in the universe. Also in the program will be Vivier’s Hymnen an die Nacht. Couple these works with an homage to Claude Vivier by Christopher Mayo, Oceano Nox, and you have an evening of pure magic.

David Fallis, music director 
Vocal ensemble: Carla Huhtanen, Lindsay McIntyre, Vania Chan, Robin Dann, Bud Roach, Alex Samaras, and Keith Lam 
Gregory Oh, piano 
Ryan Scott, percussion 

Love Songs is made possible with generous support from Steinway & Sons. Oceano Nox was commissioned with funding from the Ontario Arts Council.

ELECTRIC MESSIAH

December 2021 | Digital Broadcast

In Soundstreams’ annual reimagined take on the Messiah, Handel’s music escapes the confines of in-person venues and transforms into a full-length music video with a unique cinematic approach. Always featuring a theatrically exciting cast, and a feast of musical styles ranging from jazz to soul/hip-hop, Electric Messiah brings the past to life in a fresh way that reflects the Toronto of now. This year’s production will feature new work from composer Lieke van der Voort.

New work from composer Lieke van der Voort was commissioned with support from SOCAN Foundation.

PERCUSSION THEATRE

Winter 2022 | Digital broadcast (in-person TBD)

Canadian percussionist Noam Bierstone is the 2021/22 Soundstreams New Voices guest curator, and Percussion Theatre is his curated concert experience exploring the fascinating concept of instrumental theatre – the music doesn’t just accompany an action, the music is the action. The theatrical nature of works draw audiences in, while opening ears to new and fantastic sound worlds.

Soundstreams’ New Voices guest curation program is supported by The Azrieli Foundation.

GREYEYES / VIVIER

Spring 2022 | Digital broadcast (in-person TBD)

A coming-together of two iconic Canadian artists, GREYEYES / VIVIER is our not-to-be missed event of the season. Choreographer, director, and actor Michael Greyeyes creates new dance works, inspired by three works by the late Québécois composer Claude Vivier. The trilogy of works – Zipangu, Shiraz, and Cinq Chansons pour percussion – will be presented with dancers, and percussion and piano soloists. GREYEYES / VIVIER is a full-scale celebration of Soundstreams’ longtime collaboration with Greyeyes, and enduring investment in Vivier’s legacy.

Jillian Peever, dancer 
Louis Laberge-Côté, dancer 
Claudia Moore, dancer 

In partnership with Signal Theatre and co-produced by the National Arts Centre.

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WORKSHOPS

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New Normal

Set to premiere in 2023, New Normal is a collaboration between Soundstreams and Red Note Ensemble. A composer from each organization, Northern Irish composer Brian Irvine and Ukrainian-Canadian composer Anna Pidgorna, will work with the other’s ensemble, creating interleaved works which loosely interact with one another through a series of episodes weaved together through shared, but misinterpreted, objects and ideas. It will be a whimsical exploration of social isolation and strange world events which have occurred during the time of global pandemic.

New Normal is a co-production with Red Note Ensemble.

Vivier Digital Residency

Soundstreams continues to reimagine the work of Claude Vivier, with our original immersive theatrical concert Musik für das Ende being workshopped at Crow’s Theatre to be reconceived for digital broadcast. This residency will also give space to the development of GREYEYES / VIVIER, set to be on the Soundstreams Main Stage later in 2022.

Workshops for Musik für das Ende and GREYEYES / VIVIER are part of Soundstreams’ 2021 Digital Residency at Crow’s Theatre.

 

*including value added and discount on in-person seats
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