Toronto Music Links
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Toronto, "The official City of Toronto web site." A 146-page bibliography of writings about Toronto published 1990-2003 in PDF format is here, and the Culture Plan for the Creative City (2003/04), a ten-year plan for the development of the arts in Toronto, is available in PDF format here.
toronto.com, "All you need to know about T.O." (Well, that's what they say. The music section is here).
hisTORicity, "Toronto Then and Now." An information portal from the Toronto Public Library.
"Toronto," from the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada with many links to other articles about music and musicians in Toronto.
HMU205, password-protected site for students of the U of T course "Musical Life in Toronto".
- Chartattack, "Your Canadian Music Source," from Chart, the Toronto-based popular music magazine.
- Discourses in Music, from the U of T graduate music students.
- Exclaim!, "Canada's Music Authority."
- Eye Weekly, this week in music.
- HOToronto: "The Total and Ultimate Guide to What is Hot in Toronto Entertainment" (and we need all the heat we can get in the wintertime).
- musicworks, "Published tri-annually, in a magazine-and-CD format; perspectives on new and possible music and sound."
- Now Magazine: "Everything Toronto."
- La Scena Musicale Online, "dedicated to the promotion of classical music."
- SoundList, "Toronto Experimental Music, Free Improvisation, Sound Art."
- Toronto Life, online version of the print magazine.
- Toronto music guide and directory, from canEHdian, "Canada's entertainment source."
- Wavelength, Toronto (popular) music scene news.
- WholeNote, "Toronto's Classical and Post-Classical Music Scene"
Toronto Radio and Television Stations
- African Bandstand; a radio show from UTM.
- AfroFest, an annual African music festival sponsored by Music Africa.
- Barathi Kala Manram, "Toronto's premier organization presenting the world's best Indian classical concerts and events."
- Caché, playing Latin music for dancers; popular group for Salsa dancing in Toronto.
- Collective of Black Artists; "a performance Collective of professional artists founded in January 1993 and dedicated to the creation and production of dance and music while preserving cultural traditions of the African Diaspora."
- DJ Zahra; hosts FunkAsia - "By sharing South Asian music and culture, it is the vision of FunkAsia to bring people together who would not otherwise meet."
- Frederick Kwasi Dunyo, master drummer from Ghana.
- Evaristo, a Cuban-Canadian composer who combines salsa with traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and flamenco.
- George Gao, erhu player with many cross-cultural musical activities.
- Global Village, "the news of the world in the world of music" from CBC Radio's world music show.
- Jewish Culture in Toronto; from the San Diego Jewish Press-Heritage
- Kala Nidhi Fine Arts of Canada; sponsors an international dance festival dedicated to contemporary Indian dance
- The Little Pear Garden Collective; founded in 1994, sponsoring and producing traditional Chinese performing arts in Canada, including music and dance.
- Mario del Monte Jr., Cuban musician, runs the Cuban Percussion School.
- Marrón Matizado, modern progressive salsa band.
- Maza Mezé, Greek and Arabic music ensemble; 4 CDs released, 2 on CBC label.
- RAW - Raging Asian Women, "a diverse collective of East and South-East Asian women carrying on the North American taiko drumming tradition and promoting social justice while making music."
- Swamperella, "Authentic Cajun music from Toronto's favourite Louisiana-style dance band."
- Tasa, band formed in 1999; its music is rooted in the classical music traditions of north and south India, but incorporates other world traditions.
- Spirit Wind, "A stirring blend of folk, blues, soul and Aboriginal styles, Spirit Wind's original healing music is inspirational and uplifting."
- Toronto Celtic Music Resource Page, with many links.
- AA HREF="http://firststory.ca/index.php">Toronto from a First Nations Perspective.
- Toronto Gharana, dedicated to North Indian (or Hindustani) music and dance.
- Toronto-Lime.com, website for the Caribbean community in Toronto, with a music section here.
- TO Salsa, "Your source to Salsa Dancing and Latin Music in Toronto and Beyond."
- Toronto Tabla Ensemble, founded in 1991, "combining classical East Indian solo tabla tradition with the innovation of group performance."
- Worlds of Music Toronto, "dedicated to promoting cultural interchange through music" and offering concerts and workshops at Hart House.
- Barenaked Ladies, 132 links (and counting) to sites related to the Toronto band.
- CHUM Charts, Toronto's Top Hits 1961-85 according to radio station CHUM-AM
- The CHUM Chart: A History, by Dale R. Patterson, with much of the information gleaned from Ron Hall's book The CHUM Chart Book
- Jungle Playground, "Toronto's underground kulture."
- North by Northeast, an annual music festival and conference (this year held June 12-15 2008) showcasing emerging musical acts.
- Phonic Lab, from various points of the compass, and now in Toronto.
- Toronto-Goth, "a resource for Toronto's gothic/industrial/darkwave scene."
- Toronto Music Scene, dedicated to the independent music scene in Toronto.
- Toronto Urban Music Festival, an annual event held at the CNE.
- The Aldeburgh Connection, "celebrating the art of song."
- Arraymusic; new music studio, ensemble, and concert series.
- Canadian Opera Company; for a history of the first 50 years of the COC, see Opera Viva.
- Esprit Orchestra, dedicated to new music for orchestra.
- New Music links, maintained by Larry Lake, with links to many new music organizations located in Toronto.
- Lyra Chamber Orchestra, formed in 1997 within the Lithuanian community of Toronto, to introduce Lithuanian composers to the Canadian public.
- Opera Atelier. Test: Tafelmusik is to the TSO as Opera Atelier is to ____?
- Royal Opera Canada, presenting traditional operatic repertoire in Mississauga and Toronto.
- Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, founded in 1995 and dedicated to the creation and production of new Canadian music theatre/opera compositions.
- Sarah Peebles, composer/performer, improvisor, radio host (CIUT) and new music organizer.
- Tafelmusik, a baroque orchestra and chamber choir.
- Tapestry New Opera Works, "dedicated to the development and production of new and original works of music theatre and opera."
- Toronto Chamber Choir, "a 40-voice ensemble whose repertoire ranges from medieval to modern, with a special emphasis on the music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods."
- Toronto Philharmonia, performing in the George Weston Recital Hall in North York under conductor Kerry Stratton.
- Toronto Sinfonietta, formed in 1991 under the auspices of the Polish Canadian Society of Music.
- Toronto Symphony Orchestra, back in the land of the living after its recent near-death experience.
- Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto, "founded near the end of 2004, AIMToronto was conceived as an umbrella under which the city’s disparate pockets of improvising musicians could all organize."
- Beaches International Jazz Festival, an annual event (this year, July 16-25, 2004) held in Toronto's Beach neighbourhood.
- The Classic Jazz Society of Toronto; "formed in 1993 to promote the original form of jazz performed in the early part of the 20th Century."
- David Braid; Toronto jazz pianist and U of T grad.
- David Occhipinti; Toronto jazz guitarist and composer.
- Jazz in Toronto; "the official guide to jazz in Toronto: clubs, concerts, festivals and more."
- Jeff Healy's Roadhouse; "178 Bathurst St; from open Jam Night on Tuesdays to a variety of Rock'n Roll, Blues, R&B and Soul through out the other days of the week."
- Toronto Blues Society, formed in 1985 to promote the blues in Toronto.
- Toronto Downtown Jazz, annual jazz festival, plus daily listings.
- Canadian Music Centre, located in Chalmers House at 20 St. Joseph Street in downtown Toronto.
- Classical Music Conservatory, another CMC, located on Bloor St., at the Islington subway station.
- The Guitar Society of Toronto, founded by Eli Kassner in 1956 to promote the classical guitar.
- Hart House Music, presenting concerts at the University of Toronto's Hart House since 1922.
- Multicultural History Soceity of Ontario, founded in 1976, fosters "an awareness of the multicultural nature of Ontario’s and Canada’s history."
- Ontario Arts Council; "the province of Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activity."
- Ontario Conservatory of Music, with branches in Toronto and throughout southwestern Ontario.
- Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association, the Greater Toronto Branch.
- Regent Park School of Music, providing subsidized music lessons to help inner-city children learn music.
- Roma Community and Advocacy Centre, Toronto, representing the interests of and providing information about the Romani diasporic community in Toronto.
- The Royal Conservatory of Music, in continuous operation since 1886, with over 3 million alumni.
- St. Christopher House Music School,
- St. Michael's Choir School, a Catholic all-boys school, founded in downtown Toronto in 1937.
- Toronto Arts Council; "an arm's length funding body that supports the development, accessibility and excellence of the arts in Toronto."
- Toronto Musician; musician classifieds on the internet, from the Community Musician movement of San Francisco
- Toronto Musicians' Association, founded in 1887, and Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians since 1901.
- University Settlement Music School, "providing affordable, quality music and arts programs for over 80 years."
- Yamaha Music School, located in North York, opposite the North York City Hall and the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts.
Odds and Ends
- Where its Art!!!, from the brilliant pedagogue, musician, musicologist, and radio artist Art Levine.
- CERIS - Toronto, studying immigration and cultural diversity in cities in Canada and around the world.
- Culture of Cities Project, at York University, conducting detailed studies of urban experience in Montreal, Toronto, Berlin and Dublin.
- Foqué dans la tête productions: presenting Job: The Hip-Hop Saga.
- A Glenn Gould Tour of Toronto and Area, which is just what it says.
- Glenn Gould's Grave, from Find A Grave, "a comprehensive 'virtual cemetery' where loved ones can visit graves, leave flowers, etc. when they cannot do so in real life due to geography, finances and other circumstances."
- ONRIS, the Ontario Network on the Regional Innovation System - studying how innovations (and especially new technologies) happen, and their impact on cities in Ontario
- The Toronto Music Garden, inspired by Bach (and Yo-Yo Ma), and opened on 10 June 1999.
- Urban Studies Program, Innis College, University of Toronto, an interdisciplinary program; students study urban life by taking courses in the departments of Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Economics, History, Fine Art and Architecture (but not Music - at least, not yet).
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