Image: original poster for silent film “Docks of New York”, playing at TIFF on Aug. 26 with live piano accompaniment
There are too many amazing concerts and events happening in the Toronto and throughout Ontario to list them all, but below are a few that we think you’ll really enjoy. Happy August!
Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4, various times
Summer Opera Lyric Theatre
Toronto’s late-summer program that mentors and trains aspiring opera singers puts on performances of several operas: La Traviata, Earnest, The Importance of Being, and Riders to the Sea & Gianni Schicchi. Check the site for specific dates and times.
Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto
Friday, August 2, 7:00 pm
Believe it or not, Canadian Brass are celebrating their 50th anniversary! Adored across the world for their warm humour and brilliant virtuosity, the brass ensemble is one of the most celebrated chamber groups today. Caleb Hudson and Chris Coletti, trumpet; Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone; Jeff Nelsen, french horn; Chuck Daellenbach, tuba. Repertoire features beloved classics arranged for brass (and lots of jokes in between numbers).
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, Ottawa
Saturday, August 3, 7:30 pm
Toronto Summer Music
This concert marks the celebratory conclusion of the Toronto Summer Music Festival, featuring Festival Artists, Academy Fellows, and Community Academy participants. These concerts are electric – everybody’s excited, as performers of different backgrounds and performing experience gather onstage to perform works that are either well-known or being performed for the very first time. Performers to be announced in the coming days.
Walter Hall in the Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto
Saturday, August 3, 8:00 pm
Huntsville Festival of the Arts
“Canada, you are in the midst of an Indigenous renaissance. Are you ready to hear the truths that need to be told? Are you ready to see the things that need to be seen?” –Jeremy Dutcher
Winner of the 2019 Polaris Prize winner, and 2019 Juno for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, Dutcher, a singer, pianist, composer, and activist, makes his Huntsville Festival debut.
Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville
Thursday, August 8, 7:30 pm
Brott Music Festival
For Your Eyes Only
A sizzling evening with 007 with the greatest music of James Bond. Performed by stars of Jean ‘N Classics, the full National Academy Orchestra, and Boris Brott at the podium.
Liuna Station, Hamilton
Thursday, August 8, 7:30 pm
Festival of the Sound
Haydn, Ravel & Mozart
Chamber music favourites featuring New Zealand String Quartet; Yolanda Bruno, violin; Joel Quarrington, double bass; Alexander Tselyakov, piano; and the Canadian Guitar Quartet.
Charles W. Stockey Centre, Parry Sound
Friday, August 9, 7:00 pm
Collingwood Summer Music Festival
Rolston String Quartet with pianist Daniel Wnukowski
The Rolston String Quartet is one of the hottest ensembles on the circuit today, and winners of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. They pair up with Collingwood Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director, pianist Daniel Wnukowski. They’ll be serving up Haydn, Debussy, and Franck.
New Life Church, Collingwood
Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 pm
Summer Music in the Garden, Harbourfront centre
Something Old, Something New
Cello duo VC2 will take the audience on quite the musical trip, from 18th century Europe right up to modern-day Canada, including the world premiere of a work by Kelly-Marie Murphy. Check the site – lots going on! Also, concerts happen, weather permitting. The website is frequently updated, or call 416 973 4000 for last-minute updates. Otherwise, bring a blanket, lawn chair, hat, and sunscreen!
Toronto Music Garden, Queens Quay West
Monday, August 26 at 6:30 pm
The Docks of New York with Live Piano accompaniment
The Docks of New York is a 1928 silent film directed by Josef von Sternberg starring George Bancroft, Betty Compson, and Olga Baclanova. It’s a gritty love story set in pre-prohibition New York during a shore leave. Toronto-based pianist and composer Tania Gill performs the piano soundtrack, live.
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto
Wednesday, August 28 – September 15
Every affair starts with a spark. Described as “the greatest of all Pinter’s plays” (Daily Telegraph), Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, told in reverse chronological order. Witness a love story unravel with precision, humour and emotional force.