The concert season is fully upon us! Having lived in Ottawa for a few years, where audiophiles need to patiently seek out those rare contemporary music events, Toronto is a nice change. There’s a lot going on these days in Toronto, especially by young, emerging ensembles. I’ve already attended an interesting concert by the new Blue Moss Ensemble, Thin Edge New Music Collective’s very enjoyable and eclectic fundraiser, Tapestry New Opera’s entertaining and brilliantly staged Opera Briefs, and a few other concerts. Tomorrow night I’m seeing Peter Grimes at the Canadian Opera Company, and this weekend is the start of the Music Gallery’s X Avant Festival.
Non-musical events have also been creatively inspiring, including Nuit Blanche this past weekend (despite the swarming crowds), and a great film featured at TIFF called Stranger by the Lake. I’m hoping to venture into new worlds this year, musical and otherwise. Jazz, improv, visual art, theatre… you name it. Anything experimental.
I’ve also booked a trip to NYC at the end of the month, to see some concerts, catch up with some composerly (and other) friends, and generally explore a city I don’t really know at all.