Toronto Children's Chorus: FREE Community Concert

Toronto Children's Chorus and Toronto Youth Choir will be holding a free community concert in Regent Park with special guest, the Dixon Hall Music School Choir. Choral Scholars and Dixon Hall Music School Choir will perform a joint piece: Let There Be Peace on Earth by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, arranged by Hawley Ades.

When: Sunday, February 5 at 4:00pm
Where: St. Paul's Basilica (83 Power Street) 
Cost: FREE! (Donations are welcome at the door to help with concert production costs)

My choir is excited to sing with the accomplished, older Choral Scholar singers from the Toronto Children's Chorus.

- Dixon Hall Music School Choir conductor, Edward Larocque.

 

Read the feature article about Dixon Hall Music School Choir at torontochildrenschorus.com

Stuart Laughton & Radio Dial: Upcoming Shows

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Stuart Laughton has announced a series of Radio Dial performances throughout February and March:

First, on Friday, February 3rd Radio Dial will be returning to Hamilton’s cozy Artword/Artbar venue, where people really listen to the music. The lineup includes Rebecca Campbell (guitar/vocals), Jim Clayton (piano), Martin Worthy (drums), and Steve Lucas (bass), and of course, Stuart Laughton on trumpet, guitar, and many other instruments! Click here to find out more.

On March 3rd, Stuart will be doing a one-man show at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Trumpet Romance, using narration, trumpet, guitar, harmonica, and a series of projected images – filled with gentle self-irony and humour. Tickets and info here.

Also, on Valentine's Day, Radio Dial begins their 2017 residency at Toronto's Dora Keough Irish Pub, playing Tuesdays as follows:

  • Feb 14
  • Mar 14
  • Apr 4
  • May 9
  • Jun 13
  • Jul 11
  • Aug 8

Stuart Laughton is the founder of Opening Day Entertainment and the founder/artistic director of the Forest Festival in Haliburton, for which he is currently booking artists. Stay tuned for more news.

'Sing it Together' - The 2017 Music Monday Anthem

To mark Canada's 150th year, the Coalition for Music Education commemorates our nation’s musical heritage with a new Music Monday anthem that celebrates the unifying power of music. Sing It Together, commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education and co-written by JUNO award-winning songwriters Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas is available in various languages and arrangements to be used in this year’s Music Monday celebration.

Music Monday will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017 in cities across the country, anchored by a showcase event in Ottawa, ON.

Arrangements of Sing it Together are currently available for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles, and in numerous languages including French, Ojibwa, Michif, Portuguese, Sign Language, Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin and more.

How to get involved:

  • Sign up so the Coalition for Music Education can track the volume of people across Canada who want to celebrate the value of music education and music in our lives.
  • Learn the new Music Monday Anthem to sing during the simultaneous sing-along across Canada on May 1, 2017
  • Plan a musical celebration in your classroom or school, or with other schools, or in your community with other groups
  • Join a special event in your community – Vancouver, Winnipeg, Brandon, Toronto, Charlottetown and more  - stay tuned on www.musicmonday.com for more information on details for these celebrations
  • Send a video to be part of the #MMC2C2C webcast and show music lives in your school and community

A Radio Dial Christmas

Please join RADIO DIAL Twelve Days before Christmas, on Tuesday, December 13. That’s one week from tonight in the cozy Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth (8:30 start and never a cover charge). Heedless of the wind and weather there’ll be lords a’leaping and fun together. Making things extra special, this will be RADIO DIAL’s 50th show, most of which memorably took place at the Dora. Thank you John and Dora!

Our very merry cast features: 
   - Martin Worthy as The Little Drummer Boy
   - Rebecca Campbell as Silver Belle
   - Jim Clayton and Steve Lucas (with Burke Carroll) as our Three Wise Men
   - ODEG founder Stuart Laughton as the wooden Nutcracker who could come to life as a prince (fingers crossed!). 

Season’s greetings to all!

Christmas Time is Here: Canadian Brass Live Webcast

Watch the Canadian Brass as they perform live on December 1! The Brass will be at the Interlochen Center for the Arts this Thursday at 7:30. The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most of all, fun! Visit interlochen.org for more details on the event. To watch the concert live from your computer or mobile device, click the link below.

Canadian Brass on NACOcast with Sean Rice

Did you know the Canadian Brass shares founding members with the National Arts Centre Orchestra!? Join Sean Rice in a conversation about the history and future of Canadian Brass with founding member Chuck Daellenbach and newest member Caleb Hudson. Chuck shares stories like filling in with the NAC Orchestra, getting to Carnegie Hall by way of children's concerts, and Caleb talks about possibly the most difficult audition in history.

Musical excerpts are from their spectacular concerts with the NAC Orchestra from November 3-5, 2016.