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Turning a Passion into Art

Yasmin Nurming-Por has a love for something that is truly a Collingwood Icon. Fascinated with the local Grain Elevators, Yasmin began to research the history of the structure and impact that they had not only on the town but on also it’s infamous shipping past. “I have a background in art history and during visits to Collingwood I became interested in the local history. I spent time at the Museum and with the staff and with their help and that of the towns we came up with this intriguing idea.” That idea, to take local photos and video and put them up using the grain elevators as a back drop will be showcased this upcoming weekend at the first...

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Your Brain Loves Music Too!

Did you know that listening to music and playing an instrument is a great way to maintain your brain health? Our brains begin the aging process in our twenties and there is a natural cognitive shift as we continue to age. However, our brains are very plastic in nature, meaning that there are physical changes that help us learn new tasks and that help keep our billions of neurons in shape at any age. This malleability is what allows us to learn the lyrics to a new song or to learn how to play a new instrument at any time in our lives. Our brains physically, chemically and functionally adapt to these new demands. What is particularly interesting is...

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Podcast We Go Behind-the-Scenes with the Tafelmusik...

On June 11th, 2015, Michael Kramer headed over to the University of Toronto to pay a visit to the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. This annual program brings together a talented group of elite musicians from 13 countries around the world to brush up on their skills. For more info visit tafelmusik.org. Click below to hear the interview:  http://zml-s3.classical.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/Interviews/Tafelmusik-Baroque-Summer-Inst-June2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Maestro Kerry Stratton Invites you to see the...

Casa Loma will play host to the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, in the spectacular Glass Pavilion on Tuesday evenings, June 9th – August 25th. Enjoy stunning views of the city, majestic castle and the beautiful estate gardens while listening to the Toronto Concert Orchestra under the stars. Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm (Doors open at 5pm) Castle open late until 10pm Individual night tickets Adults (18 – 59) $24.00, Seniors (60+) or Youth (14 – 17) $18.00, Children (4 -13) $14.00, children aged 3 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased through the Casa Loma website at www.casaloma.ca Seasons Passes Available  $150 for all 12 performances Value of $280 ($24 x 12 performances) Purchase passes...

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Anastasia Rizikov Pays Homage to Scriabin 100...

2015 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the death of the great Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, one of the world’s most innovative and controversial composers of all time. Scriabin’s life and legacy are being lauded by music’s halls of fame and prestige across the world and young pianist, Anastasia Rizikov is proud to take part in the celebratory year. Here she is playing Scriabin’s Etude No. 12 in D-sharp minor, Op....

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The Cultural Hotspot

The New Classical FM is the Official Radio Sponsor of The Cultural Hotspot the program runs on now to October 29 and shines a spotlight on arts, culture, community and heritage in South and Central Etobicoke and features projects including streetscape art, murals, youth mentorship, local festivals and more. For more information visit...

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The Shaw Festival 2015

The New Classical 96.3 FM is the Official Radio Sponsor of The Shaw Festival 2015 Season at Niagara-On-The-Lake. This year’s line-up includes Tony Award winning musical “Sweet Charity”, Shaw’s “Pygmalion”, “Light Up The Sky”, “Peter and the Starcatcher” and more. To check out their complete schedule or to order tickets go to shawfest.com or call...

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DID SHAKESPEARE HAVE FILM STAR GOOD LOOKS?

According to an British academic expert, a 400-year-old botany book contains what may be the only known portrait of Shakespeare made in his lifetime. Mark Griffiths cracked an “ingenious cipher” to identify the playwright in an engraving in the 16th-Century work. Griffiths says the Shakespeare portrait was the only known verifiable portrait of the world’s greatest writer in his lifetime. He says the engraving shows the Bard aged 33 and in his prime. If so, Shakespeare would have just finished “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and is about to write “Hamlet”. Griffiths says the engraving shows Shakespeare with film star “good looks.” This isn’t the first time claims have been made about a Shakespeare portrait. In 2009, a painting known as...

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Arts Preview of the Pages UnBound Festival

May 7-10, The Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst Street (1 block south of Bloor) www.pages-unbound.com Why is this an arts preview rather than an arts review? Simple—I’m the artistic director of Pages UnBound (PUB) and have been offered this space by my good friends at Classical 96.3 FM to write about a festival, which is my passion project. I’ve always loved literature and film and great conversations. With Pages UnBound, I’m able to share my fascination with the future of our culture by having artists show their work and talk about how their creativity is being generated in the digital age. The Pages UnBound Festival features award-winning artists from diverse fields: filmmaker Guy Maddin, novelist Heather O’Neill, photographer Geoffrey James, theatre...

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The Art Gallery of Hamilton Offers an Exciting...

On Thursday, April 23rd, at 1:30 PM we will interview Dr. Devin Therien, specialist in the field of 17th to 19th-century European art, and curator of the Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections at The Art Gallery of Hamilton. This exciting exhibit aims to shine a new light on Italian Baroque painting. Unlike many other exhibitions of Italian Baroque art, Illuminations brings together a variety of subjects that directly reflect the diversity of the times, through past and present. “Who would have thought scenes of gamblers and pickpockets were equally popular among collectors of religious and mythological art?” The exhibition opening on Saturday, February 28th, 2015. For more info visit artgalleryofhamilton.com Here’s a sneak peek at some of the stunning work you...

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Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Celebrates...

A few weeks ago on Sunday Night with the TSO, The New Classical FM host Kathleen Kajioka discovered that a funny thing happens when you ask TSO musicians about a performance they’ll never forget…for some strange reason, they all say Mahler. Listen to a podcast of that episode here. It seems highly suitable then that the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra would ring in it’s 40th Anniversary with a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 1 at Koerner Hall on April 23rd. The performance, led by TSYO Conductor Shalom Bard, will showcase a high-level orchestral experience played by talented musicians aged 12 through 22. These phenomenal young artists have been coached rigorously, rehearsing together for over 100 hours and performing seven public...

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Pocket Concerts: Bring the Concert Hall to Your...

Pocket Concerts are a breath of fresh air with their take on the classical concert.  These intimate, interactive concerts welcome some of Canada’s finest chamber musicians into the comfort of your own living room – literally. Each Pocket Concert is a 1 hour performance, followed by a catered reception where audience and performers alike are encouraged to enjoy not just the beautiful music but the conversation as well. Hosting a Pocket Concert in your own home is a unique way to celebrate a special occasion or simply as a fun musical afternoon to share with your family and friends – it’s kind of like having your own salon for the afternoon! If you’re not quite ready to book  your...

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