Things to do with music on Culture Days

Things to do with music on Culture Days

The Culture Days weekend is around the corner. Here are a few things worth checking out.

Mediaeval Dances at the ROM. Will the ROM do the unprecedented and let the visitors step in through the hallowed door free of charge? Of course not. The dancing will happen somewhere unspecified outside the ROM. Still, back in the olden days when I could afford to pay the ticket more than once a year, I used to love their Medieval section. So I’d bet this costumed event won’t be anywhere near as goofy as it sounds.

Luminato screening of the doc on Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, the opera on the programme next year. There’s a talk back after, with the COC’s General Director Alexander Neef and the film director Atom Egoyan among the panellists. The lobby of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Saturday 1pm.

Open rehearsal of Rivers, a new work by Christopher House to the music by Ann Southam. Only on Friday at 3pm at the Winchester Street Theatre.

Play the drums (instructor Dave Clark), then play the ukulele (Thomas Dean) at the Hart House. Sunday only, 30-people per class limit, no preregistration, first-come first-seated. Drums 12-2pm, ukulele 3-5pm. Hart House, University of Toronto.

Learning to play guitar and bass workshop, over at the High Park Library. Instructor Paul Donat. Saturday, 1pm-2pm.

Violin playing and improv with Mo Jamal is at the North York Central Library, Friday 5pm-6pm.

The Early Music Fair is back at the Montgomery Inn! I am a fan, and keep reminding myself that the unpleasant bike ride there will be worth it (really awful to get there on a bike). The sounds of viols, hurdy-gurdy, harpsichord, rebecs and  recorders will be coming from all directions. As far as I can tell, no cover charge. CDs, sheet music, and home-made cookies (the Inn’s volunteers are superb bakers. I vouch.) will be on sale. Saturday 12pm-4:30 pm.

Tour of the Canadian Opera Company at the The Four Seasons Centre. Saturday 11am-2pm.

Have a chinwag with three contemporary composers and get your hands on some bizarre instruments. North York Central Library, Friday 7pm-8:30pm

Tar Sands Exploration Station, an interactive sculpture housed in an old camper van. “This work contains objects, video, 2D, audio and food based artworks that address the Canadian tar sand deposits located in Alberta, Canada. Included in the van are three-dimensional models of tar sand extraction methods, environmental samples from the area surrounding Fort McMurray, photo-albums of Fort McMurray, video of tailing pond protection methods, searchable file folders containing facts about tar sand, maps, economic reports on the financial rewards of mining tar sand and a browsable library dedicated to Canadian environmental issues and art. Visitors to the work are invited to come into the van, look around and chat about the tar sands over snacks and juice.” Saturday, 10am-4pm, Richview Library, 1806 Islington Ave.

Free, experimental, real-time composition at Array Music. Friday, 3-6pm, Atlantic Avenue in the Liberty Village.

Sing with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. 100 Old Orchard Grove, Friday 6-8pm

Observe a National Ballet School of Canada class for professional ballet students (Saturday, 11am-12:25pm) or dare to take a ballet class  yourself (Sunday, 11am-12pm). 400 Jarvis St, National Ballet School.

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