Heliconian Club Announces its 2014-2015 Concert Series

The Music Section is happy to launch the sixth annual Heliconian Club concert series. The 2014-2015 concert series will showcase diversity in its collaborations with actors and artists, some of whose work is featured below.  All concerts will be held at historic Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto, (Bay subway)

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

Regular tickets: $25 or $90 for 4 concerts
Member/Senior/Student: $20 or $70 for 4 concerts
Buy online or call 416-922-3618

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An Evening with Jane Austen
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Dorothy de Val, a specialist in music of the Regency era, invites you to join her and a côterie of musical collaborators to take us on a musical journey back to the times of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. The concert will feature music from Jane Austen’s collection and by her contemporary Jane Mary Guest.

 

 

Autumn Leaves
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30pm

Music to warm the soul as the days get shorter and the air gets chillier. Janet Catherine Dea, soprano, and Maria Soulis, mezzo soprano, join their voices with an eclectic ensemble of musical collaborators in an evening of Classical, Broadway and Cabaret songs.

 

The Music in Our Lives
Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:30pm

Author Ann Elizabeth Carson reads from her book We All Become Stories.  Peggy Mahon, vocalist, and panist Danny McErlain delight with Jazz selections.  They are joined by dancer and mime artist Noriko Yamamoto.

 


Schubert Abend
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm

An intimate evening of all Schubert music featuring pianists, Jane Blackstone and Louise Morley, soprano Barbara Fris with Rita Greer, clarinet the Encore String Quartet with violist Velma Ko, and the fine musicianship of other club members. Enjoy audience favourites for voice, piano and strings, including “The Shepherd on the Rock” for soprano, clarinet, and piano.

 

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Ensemble Polaris recording “Definitely NOT the Nutcracker”

ENSEMBLE POLARIS, featuring fellow Heliconian Alison Melville and Margaret Gay in their midst, was founded to create a distinctively Canadian voice for the music of the north – Scandinavia, Canada, the Baltics and, most recently, Russia. With musicians from richly diverse traditions and backgrounds, they have a colourful, unusual instrumentation that ranges from cello and bass clarinet to nyckelharpa, bazouki and the musical saw. they play category-defying arrangements of northern traditional music, as well as original tunes by Polaris members and other Canadian and international musician/composers.

Two years ago they wanted to create an antidote to the festive season’s musical clichés, and got the idea to arrange Tchaikovsky’s quintessential ballet music for their unusual instrumentation. Definitely Not the Nutcracker was born and premiered at our own Heliconian Hall!

As a natural extension to their ‘northern’ rep, they added some Russian folk tunes to the mix; these are also a perfect complement to Tchaikovsky, who loved and made arrangements of his country’s folk music. The show in 2011 was a huge hit, so they expanded the rep and played for an even bigger, enthusiastic crowd in a larger venue last December.

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April 4, 2013: Diana McIntosh in McIntosh the Stein Way and more

Diana McIntosh, photo by Mary Perdue.

On Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 8 pm, musician/theatrical performer/composer Diana McIntosh will give a one-night-only performance of her provocative one-woman theatrical concert featuring her original work McIntosh the Stein Way. It offers a glimpse into the playful and profound mind of Gertrude Stein, as seen, felt and enjoyed by McIntosh. Also included in the program are her comical work Doubletalk, and her entertaining piece All-Too-Consuming, about a sensual meal in a restaurant where McIntosh ‘plays’ the dishes.

Described on Bravo television as a ‘national treasure,’ Winnipeg-based Diana McIntosh leads an active career as an innovative and witty composer and performer who has appeared widely across Canada and the USA and in the UK, France, Portugal and Kenya. Together with Ann Southam, she founded western Canada’s first contemporary music concert series, Music Inter Alia, and was its Artistic Director for fourteen years.

This concert will take place at the historic Heliconian Hall, home of the Toronto Heliconian Club of which Diana McIntosh is an out-of-town member.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear and experience one of Canada’s leading female composer/performers, in a witty and thoroughly original program of her own creation!

Admission $20 (students/seniors/members $15). Tickets will be available at the door. Show at 8pm.

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 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.

Artistic Differences: February 2, 2013

Co-founded by fellow heliconian, Monica Pearce, the Toy Piano Composer (TPC) Collective and Ensemble takes to the stage once more, bringing Canadian artwork to life.  Join them as they re-imagine great Canadian art from the past and present, transforming canvas and paint into notes and sound.  This energetic concert will focus on the intersection of these two art forms – line, colour, gesture, and form are explored by each of the brand new compositions.  Each of the visual works of art will be displayed while the pieces are performed onstage.

From local Toronto paintings to animations and video game art, the TPC have drawn on a diverse range of visual media for musical inspiration that playfully reflects each composer’s own unique style.  World Premieres include: Sylvan Sworcery by Christian Floisand (art by Sylvian Coutouly), Get in Line by Glenn James (art by Zoë Cilliers), In the forest, glow. by Monica Pearce (art by Brandon James Scott), Strange Gazes and Birdsong by Fiona Ryan (art by Kate Domina) and Walking by Chris Thornborrow (animation by Ryan Larkin).  Also joining the TPC Composers will be guest composer Patrick Murray, who has written Skin and Bone (with art by Ognian Zekoff) for the ensemble.  Come hear what art sounds like and what music looks like.

Special online ticket price – only $10! Click here to get them.

Jan 17, 2013: “The Wizard of Oz”

Heliconian and British music specialist Dorothy de Val and guest artist Charlene Biggs are “off to see the wizard” in the Faculty Concert Series of York University’s Music Department. They will mark the centenary of the births of British composers Benjamin Britten and George Lloyd and pay tribute to Australian-born composer Percy Grainger, the titular wizard, with a performance of works for duo piano at York’s Tribute Communities Recital Hall on January 17 at 7.30 pm.

The first half of the program will feature a rare performance of Lloyd’s atmospheric Aubade and the magisterial Introduction and Rondo alla Burlesca by Britten. After intermission comes a musical romp down the yellow brick road with Grainger’s compositions and arrangements “dished up”, in the composer’s words, for two pianos. The lineup includes Hill Song No. 2 , an unusual and haunting work better known in its version for band; his adaptation of the exuberant Symphonic Dance No. 1 written by his close friend, English composer Cyril Scott; and – in a nod to Grainger’s many years living in the US – his exhilarating fantasy arrangement of songs from George Gershwin’s incomparable opera, Porgy and Bess.

Box office and other info at: http://music.finearts.yorku.ca/news-events/events/