Hands on Performers!

robertKortgaardGet ready for another event to end our season as we welcome back Robert Kortgaard along with Peter Tiefenbach in an entertaining afternoon of collaborative piano.  This final series concert is entitled  Keyed Up! -1 Piano – 4 Hands. It features the music of Poulenc, Ravel, Dvorak – and a little P.D.Q. Bach.  Join us on Sunday April 3 at 3:00 pm.  Order tickets now

Peter2Some of you will remember Robert as a collaborator with Rebecca Caine in a previous series. Toronto concert goers have also met Peter in collaboration with Diva Mary Lou Fallis in her many performances.  We invite you to join these well known Toronto musicians, organizers of music festivals and collaborative pianists, amid many other accomplishments in our own intimate setting. Enjoy meeting the artists and friends at the reception that follows too.

The specifics for the concert – and where to find – us are here  To learn more about these artists and our other performers in 2015-2016m, you can find more information here. And you can purchase tickets here.

Another chance to hear TMC


Our audience enjoyed our second concert of the year featuring the Toronto Mass Choir, one of Canada’s best performing ensembles of Gospel Music. They have another performance coming up in Toronto soon and we thought we would let you know.

Bringing together two of Toronto’s most powerful musical forces, the Big Band Gospel Project is a collaboration between the 18-piece Toronto Jazz Orchestra and the 35-voice Toronto Mass Choir. The Big Band Gospel Project features performances by each ensemble alone, and at least six arrangements for the combined ensembles, created specifically for the Project by acclaimed composer/producer Shelly Berger. Repertoire includes traditional tunes and original compositions, reflecting the strong history and continuing vitality of both jazz and gospel music.

12308560_10153062982676261_148750311426858360_nThe Big Band Gospel Project was conceived as an opportunity for two ensembles to celebrate, with each other and the audience, a passion for performance; to explore each ensemble’s musical traditions; and to find the common ground within those musical traditions. We want to create greater awareness of both gospel and jazz in Toronto, and strengthen and celebrate the musical and cultural diversity of Toronto. But most of all, we want to share our passion and excitement with you.

The Big Band Gospel Project
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 7:30 pm
With the Toronto Mass Choir
Bloor Street United Church
300 Bloor Street West
$25 adults in advance ($30 at the door)
$20 students &seniors in advance ($25 at the door)

(Stay tuned for our last concert of the Shaftesbury Salon Music Series  season. Promotion will arrive soon.)

The Roof was Raised Indeed!

A Holiday Triumph!

Here’s a very amateur video clip of the Toronto Mass Choir getting ready for their concert at Shaftesbury just before the audience arriived. But the sound makes it worthwhile.

The choir began the concert from one level up and you can see them here.

Then they came downstairs to delight the audience.

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The director, Karen Burke introduced us to the history and style and encouraged the audience to join in.  Since some of the repertoire included familiar carols, it was almost impossible not to do so.  We encourage all the member of our audience to keep track of this wonderful ensemble via their own website with ongoing chances to hear them again.


Get ready to Raise the Roof!


Gospel music is one of the most joyous and energetic of the entire music spectrum.  Our five storey Atrium will fill with sound as we welcome the Toronto Mass Choir, one of Canada’s most distinguished performing ensembles in the gospel genre. The concert takes place on November 29th at 3:00 pm. with a reception to follow.

TMC5We look forward to welcoming the choir under the direction of Karen Burke who is also a professor of music at York University.  Founded in 1988 the choir has produced several recordings in its history which now spans more than 25 years. You can learn more about the choir and its director here.  This concert is sure to be a sell out. Order tickets here.

Some of their music is beautifully quiet and reflective.  But to whet your appetite for an outstanding evening to come . . . . . .  Try a bit of this!

A Message from our favourite jazz trio


Mike Janzen of the Mike Janzen Trio, our popular performing ensemble last season  writes:

“I am very excited to share that my latest album will be released November 6th at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, ON.  The concert will feature my trio (George Koller, Larnell Lewis) along with a 20 piece string orchestra and jazz trumpet star Kevin Turcotte.  This project is of special significance to me because it is deeply spiritual in nature. There are eight movements that reflect the St. Benedict Hours of Prayer and many of the pieces have a beautiful devotional quality to them.  I’d love for you to be a part of this special night and I can’t wait for you to hear the classical and jazz worlds collide!

Tickets and information are available by clicking HERE or visiting my website at www.mikejanzen.ca

Our own opening season concert features another pianist – who we might hear in the Glenn Gould Studio some day as well.  But for now, you can enjoy him as the opening concert of this year’s Salon Series coming on October 4.  Order tickets here.

A new season begins

While many of us are still enjoying summer vacations,  some are busier:

Our first concert on October 4, 2015 features rising star – 12 year old Leonid Nediac featured here.

He has spent the summer playing with orchestras and building new repertoire – and while we can’t provide the orchestra, we are pleased to bring this young performer to Shaftesbury. We expect tickets to go fast and they are on sale now. You can order yours now here