Opening Day Entertainment Group proudly presents OUR latest Canadian Brass album release…

Christmas Time Is Here:
The Encore!

New album artwork.

New album artwork.

In a tribute to the magical sound of vinyl, this year we have created ‘The Encore’ of the beloved ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ CD on LP.

The music celebrates new original compositions by both Caleb Hudson and Chris Coletti as well as our favourite Christmas classics - Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown, ‘What Child is This’, a new rendition of the Glenn Miller Songbook, Brandon Ridenour’s ‘You’re a Mean One’ and Chuck’s famous ‘Frosty!’

Included in the Vinyl edition is a free digital download code so you can enjoy both the old and the new by ordering as seen below, and, if you’d really prefer Encore in CD form, we have that for you as well!

We invite you to join us on the road to enjoy #TheBrassLive on this year’s festive #christmastour. #TheEncoreLP and other specially chosen albums will be found at each stop so join us after the show to meet and greet the guys and have your very own #TheEncoreLP personally autographed.

Christmas Time Is Here: The Encore! is available right now from

WINDOWS IN TIME | Opening Day welcomes Bernhard Scully

Canadian Brass proudly welcomes Bernhard Scully to Opening Day Entertainment Group with his 2nd chamber album, Windows In Time. This CD features the premiere recording of Gunther Schuller’s final composition for horn, Quintet for Horn and Strings, paired with the work Gunther said was his great inspiration, Mozart’s Quintet for Horn and Strings, K. 407.  
Recorded at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Foellenger Great Hall at the University of Illinois (UIUC), the project was funded by the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study, the UIUC College of Fine and Applied Arts, and the UIUC MillerComm Lecture Series. 

Composer, Gunther Schuller, himself a horn player and long-time advocate of brass chamber music, invited by Bernhard to produce, has presented remarkable aspects beyond the excellence of musicianship by all the performers; foremost being the last of Gunther’s creative works before his passing in 2015.  
No one was more qualified, experienced and musically insightful to showcase the magnificent blend of the oldest and newest two Quintets; and together with Bernhard and the Jupiter Quartet, this masterful CD represents the historical pinnacle of the horn. 
Bernhard continues to achieve an enviable position in the horn world as performer, educator, mentor and administrator, high in demand by many of North America’s most important musical ventures — Canadian Brass applaud Bernhard's epic journey into Horn chamber music!  
To purchase your copy today, Windows In Time can be found both digitally and physically at our CanBrassStore.  For Press and reviewers, please contact us at


Track Listing
Quintet for Horn and Strings in E-flat, K. 407(386c)     W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
1. Allegro     (6:46)
2. Andante     (7:20)
3. Rondo: Allegro     (4:20)

Quintet for Horn and Strings (2009)     Gunther Schuller (1925-2015)
4. Moderato (Introduction) - Allegro     (5:20)
5. Adagio expansivo     (5:35)
6. Rondo: Allegro vivace     (5:15)

ETHEREAL | Achilles Liarmakopoulos

Achilles Liarmakopoulos - Trombonist of the Canadian Brass - presents his fourth solo album "ETHEREAL" showcasing the lyrical virtuosity of the trombone combined with different instruments such as harp, guitar, string orchestra, piano, violin and more.

Track List:
1. Paco Ordeon - Gabriel Senanes
2. Agua e Vinho - Egberto Gismonti
3. Trombonsillo - Carolina Calvache
4. Nostos - Spiros Exaras
5. Sleepwalker - Andrew Cadima
6. Concerto pour une Voix - Saint-Preux
7. Oscuro Silencio - Gabriel Senanes
8-10. Tonadillas al estilo antiguo - Enrique Granados
i. Amor y Odio
ii. El Majo Secreto
iii. La Maja Dolorosa n.2
11. Ethereal - Carolina Calvache

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

Stuart Laughton & Radio Dial: Upcoming Shows


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.