April 14, 2013: Kye Marshall’s Pencil Blues CD Launch

“Pencil Blues offers eleven instantly ear-pleasing melodies. Very highly recommended.” Mark Rheaume, CBC.

A new member of the Heliconian Club, Kye Marshall will be launching her just-released CD “Pencil Blues” on Sunday April 14th at the Jazz Bistro located at 251 Victoria Street.

The event will feature performances by Kye Marshall (cello), Dave Young (Bass), Andrew Scott (Guitar) and Ethan Ardelli (Drums). Sets at 2 and 3.30 pm. $10 Cover.

“Kye Marshall is brilliant and blew me away with her playing and her writing.”  Barrie Woodey, CHRW.

May 11, 2013: “Inspiring, Interpreting and Preserving Vision” Photography Show

Every May, Toronto hosts the Contact Photography Festival. Over 175 venues have exhibitions during the month. The thematic focus of the 2013 festival is “Field of Vision”.

The Art Section of the Heliconian Club is sponsoring an art show of photography and photography-inspired works in May 2013. Building on the Contact Festival focus, the show is titled “Photography: Inspiring, Interpreting and Preserving Vision”.

The work in this show is by members of various sections of the Heliconian Club. The images displayed are photographs or include a photographic element (for example, in a painting or collage). The show will be hanging from May 10-29, 2013. There will be an opening reception on May 11. All are invited to view and enjoy this exhibition!

May 9, 2013: Peggy Mahon’s 6th Annual Interval House Benefit Concert

At this 6th annual Interval House Benefit concert, we want to honour those who seek sanctuary from domestic violence at Canada’s first shelter for women and their children. Performed at the historic Heliconian club, we will also be celebrating the women who defied the odds, almost 100 years ago, and founded the Heliconian Club for women in the arts.

We hope you can join us this year! This is always a fabulous concert featuring Peggy Mahon‘s jazz quartet with Danny McErlain on Piano, Dave Field on Bass and Don Vickery on drums. Please stay for the reception following the show for some refreshments, and meet Peggy, her band mates, and some of the hard working folks at Interval House.

Concert is on May 9th at 7:30pm, Heliconian Hall. Advanced tickets for $30 can be ordered by calling 416-698-2163.

March 9, 2013: Sue Ennis “Recent Paintings”

Reverse Painting on Plexiglas, 22″ x 28″

My show “Recent Paintings” features abstract works in different media. Some are reverse paintings on Plexiglas which results in a very smooth but high sheen surface. Others are done with acrylic on board or canvas, or by mixing media. What unites them all is my love of colour, texture, energy and emotion. All of them are driven by colour and by intuition.

I feel that all paintings are a conversation between the viewer and the artist. The conversation can take many turns, and the viewer may or may not see the paintings the same way that I do. That is what makes abstract painting so exciting to me.

Please join me for the opening reception on March 9th from 1:00 pm- 4:00pm. For viewings at other times, please call 416 922 3618 to check availability of space, as gallery hours vary. The show closes on March 28th.

March 8, 2013: HCO presents “In the Mood for Love”

The Heliconian Choir and Orchestra is proud to present their 2nd “Highlights Concert” of the 2012-2013 season!

The program this evening features our members in small groups and as soloists. There are singers, instrumentalists, performing works ranging from Bach to Gilbert & Sullivan. A light reception will follow, and there will be a cash bar throughout the evening.  This is a fundraising concert, and we are pleased to include a Silent Auction, with such items as a gift basket of pampering treats, as well as voice lessons and concert tickets for a variety of events.

 We hope the show warms your heart on this cold winter’s night with colours of the musical kind! All ticket sales will go towards producing our biggest concert of the year on April 28th at Grace Church on the Hill, so save the date.

For more information on the HCO, please visit their website or find them on facebook.

March 9, 2013: Club Fundraiser Concert “Evening of Piano Music”

Join us on Saturday March 9, 2013 at 8 pm and enjoy the artistry of celebrated Russian pianist Natalia Lepeshkina as she performs a colourful, evocative program of music by some of the classical world’s best-loved composers for the piano. She is joined by celebrated Canadian actress and singer, Peggy Mahon who will be narrating the evening and introducing the featured pieces.

The program begins with Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata (op. 27 no. 2) and continues with Schubert’s Impromptu (op. 90 no. 2) and a selection of etudes, waltzes and other pieces by one of the 19th century’s most celebrated pianist-composers, Fredéric Chopin.

The second half of the program is devoted to repertoire from Natalia’s Russian homeland, and offers a variety of works by P.I. Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachnaninov and Sergei Prokofiev (March from ‘The Love for Three Oranges’), two Études by Alexander Scriabin, and a grand finalé with N. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee.

This promises to be a wonderful concert of the classics as interpreted by an accomplished performing artist. We hope you’ll join us and treat yourself to an evening of brilliant music and expressive playing by one of Toronto’s own celebrated pianists!

$25 general, $20 for members, students and seniors. Tickets at the door.

Concert Series: “Love: It’s a Quiet Thing” on April 19, 2013

Love: It’s a Quiet Thing
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 8pm

This concert is a musical journey through music from Broadway that highlight the contradictions and ironies of love. The program includes works by John Kander and Fred Ebb (“It’s a Quiet Thing”), Leonard Bernstein (“We Are Women”), Andrew Lloyd Webber (“Music of the Night”), Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein (“All the Things You Are”) and female Canadian music theatre composer, Leslie Arden (“It Started Out So Well”).

Featuring performances by Barbara Fris, Janet Catherine Dea, Alison Hodsman, and Peggy Mahon who will also be providing stage direction. Jane Blackstone, Margaret Lam and Jacqueline Leung will be accompanying throughout the evening. Guest artists include singer Elizabeth Rose Morriss and a special appearance by Emma Vachon-Tweney’s Magenta String Quartet with Velma Ko (violinist), Charna Matsushige (violinist), Lea Kirstein (violist) and Rachel Capon (cello).

March 2, 2013: Self-Publishing Workshop by Ann Elizabeth Carson and writer-in-residence Susan Viets

Come learn the latest about this fast changing area of publishing from two recently self-published authors. Ann Elizabeth Carson, a poet, writer and artist, will talk about her experience self-publishing through a traditional printer. Susan Viets, a former BBC journalist who recently published her memoir, “Picnic at the Iron Curtain“, will discuss print on demand (POD) books, e-books and book apps.

Special guests Mary Perdue who is a photographer and Margaret Lam who is a graphic designer will discuss their experience producing Centennial Portraits last year as an independent project at the Heliconian Club.

There will be refreshments, samples of books, and an opportunity for all participants to discuss topics such as:

  • self-publishing costs;
  • finding an editor;
  • options for cover design;
  • options for interior design;
  • distribution tips;
  • marketing tips; and
  • manuscript or print book conversion to an e-book.

Please RSVP by this Thursday for this event if you can, or simply drop-by at Saturday, March 2 from 10a.m. to noon! Admission is $10 to cover the cost of materials.