Diverse voices. Daring visions. A curated look at dance, drama, design, music, poetry, cinema, song, photography, opera and more. All 21st C. All dazzling. All Canadian. Online, and free. Starting Friday 2 October. One new entry a day, for a month. Visit the YouTube playlist.

Venom of Love and Alice Ping Yee Ho

One of Canada’s most gifted composers, Alice Ping Yee Ho here offers excerpts from Venom of Love, presented in premiere by Little Pear Garden Dance Company at the Fleck Theatre, Toronto in 2014. Venom is a four-act 60' musical composition for ballet based on the enthralling Legend of the White Snake 白蛇傳, one of China’s Four Great Folktales. Alice’s third opera, CHINATOWN, with libretto by Madeleine Thien, premieres at the Vancouver Playhouse in September 2021.

 

The master. The song.

The master. The song. Montréal. 2008

Rachel, Rodney, and three for you

From our friends at Music on Main, pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, and composer Rodney Sharman, a hauntingly beautiful and evocative triptych:  Voyageur, Watchful, and Notes on Beautiful. While you listen, forbid disturbances. You’ll know why.

Maud Lewis, painter

In 2016, many Canadians discovered the painter Maud Lewis for the first time, in the film Maudie, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. It was revelation. Someone dismissed as a ‘primitive’ turned out to be a fountain of purity, emotional honesty, directness and courage. Here from 40 years earlier, an NFB documentary about a uniquely difficult and productive life.

James O’Callaghan and Kosuth Variations

One of Canada’s most gifted and unpredictable composers, James’ work intersects acoustic and electroacoustic media, employing field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions. He won his first Juno at age 26, for ‘Classical Composition of the Year’. His artistic output spans chamber, orchestral, live electronic and acousmatic idioms, audio installations, and site-specific performances, and has been performed in 26 countries. So far. We got him first.

 

Russell Braun & Russell Braun & Pearl Fishers

It’s #WorldOperaDay, and how better to celebrate than with… well, you know. Here, the immortal Duet from The Pearl Fishers (1863), by Georges Bizet. In the spirit of Canadian comity for which we are so famous, it is sung by celebrated Canadian tenor Russell Braun, and celebrated Canadian baritone Russell Braun. The duet is abetted by pianist Carolyn Maule.

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