The Heliconian Club Concert Series

Members of the Music Section of the Heliconian Club are happy to launch the ninth annual Heliconian concert series. The 2017-2018 concert series will showcase diversity in its collaborations with musicians, dancers and visual artists, some of whose work is featured here.  All concerts will be held at historic Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, 
Toronto, (Bay subway)

Four images of artworks by Heliconian Visual Artists

Concerts begin at 7:30 (doors open at 7:00)

Regular tickets: $25 or $90 for 4 concerts (HST included)
Children under 12 FREE when accompanied by an adult
Buy online or at the door

Please note: seating is limited, to avoid disappointment purchase your tickets online.

To purchase a Season Subscription:

Click on this link or the link to any of the concerts
and choose the option for “Series: $90″


A concert of original compositions

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30pm

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image for Concert #1 art credit: Linda Briskin

credit: Linda Briskin

Women composers have created compositions to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and to bring attention to environmental threats. Canada is blessed with wilderness rich in varied landscapes and populated with a diversity of plants and animals that share our land. Tragically the air, trees and water, and many species are in grave danger. Animals and birds are losing their habitats through agri-farming and climate change. Pollution and irresponsible mining are damaging forests and waterways. Through original artwork and music, the Heliconian Club is dedicating the month of October to draw attention to climate change and endangered species.


An evening celebrating all things NEW: new compositions, new discoveries and new Heliconians

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30pm

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painting by Angela de Francesco

credit: Angela de Francesco

Delight in new compositions by Monica Pearce and Dorothy de Val featuring mezzo Paula Arciniega. Among the world premieres, Maria Soulis (mezzo) and her sister, collaborative pianist Evelina Soulis, perform Colin Eatock’s Three Songs from “The Prophet” based on Kahlil Gibran’s texts. Allison Arends (with Suzanne Yeo on piano) sparkles with the concert’s title piece and Peter Tiefenbach’s Three Poems for soprano, trumpet and piano. The Heliconian Club’s newest musician, contralto, Jacqueline Gélineau, foreshadows the holidays and our all Bach concert later in the season with excerpts from that composer’s Christmas Oratorio.


Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:30pm

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painting by Anja Karisik

credit: Anja Karisik

Featuring performances by those most directly dependent upon air in the production of music, wind players and singers, this program will be interspersed with words from David Suzuki reflecting on the unique fragility of the atmosphere we take for granted. Singers Maria Soulis, Paula Arciniega, Jean Edwards and Allison Arends as well as wind players Jaye Marsh, Rita Greer and Nadina Mackie Jackson will perform works by Fauré, Poulenc, Marshall, Vaughan Williams and others.




Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:30pm

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painting by Paula Arciniega

credit: Paula Arciniega

It’s hard to believe that Johann Sebastian Bach would be celebrating his 333rd birthday in 2018, as his music continues to be played and enjoyed by many. Join mezzo soprano Paula Arciniega and the talented members of the Heliconian Club and Quartet as we celebrate three and a third centuries of his glorious vocal and instrumental music. There is truly something for everyone be it a cornucopia of counterpoint or intricate, mesmerizing writing for the voice. Raise a glass of wine to both Bach and Bacchus as you indulge yourself in this musical delight. Give your ears a treat. Get a life. Get back to Bach.


For more information on the concert series call 416-922-3618.

*Artists and Programmes subject to change.


Mary Rezza Memorial Student Recital

Former Heliconian Mary Rezza (1930-2000) started the tradition of this annual concert in which the talented students of teaching members of the Music Section are given the opportunity to perform.

Members’ Concerts

The Heliconian Club is fortunate to have a number of musician-members with well established performing careers. Many of them present recitals and chamber music concerts with each other and guests from the broader artistic community across Canada and internationally.  Please read our blog for the latest news.