Summer 2016 at Harbourfront

Summer 2016 at Harbourfront

The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “Summer 2016 at Harbourfront”. There’s so much to do by the lake including the “Summer Music in the Garden” Concert Series at The Toronto Music  Garden, weekly free Festivals, “Free Flicks” on Wednesdays…Toronto’s Cinema on the waterfront, Dancing on the Pier on Thursdays and so much more for the entire family. For a complete schedule of events go...
Elora Festival 2016 – A Celebration in Song!

Elora Festival 2016 – A Celebration in Song!

24 Performances – 5 Intimate Venues – 1 World-Class Festival! Each summer for the past 37 years the beautiful community of Elora plays host to one of Ontario’s signature music festivals – The Elora Festival. Home base to the sights and sounds of the most beautiful music in the world, this summer from July 8th to 24th don’t miss out on experiencing the joys of seeing and hearing this incredible lineup of international headliners. Here are just a few you can look forward to this year: Anagnoson and Kinton – July 9th “…an outstanding two-piano recital with formidable precision and panache.” — The New York Times Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the internationally acclaimed Canadian piano duo, Anagnoson and Kinton, is joined by the Elora Festival Singers for an exciting program of works for piano and voice. Starlight Jazz Series: Elizabeth Shepherd & Kevin Breit – July 9th “Stunning… original and exciting”—Seattle Post Soul-jazz innovator Elizabeth Shepherd comes from Montreal to join with one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Kevin Breit (Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones). Come see their Mixtape Session in our new Starlight Series setting — the Grand River Raceway Tent across from the Gambrel Barn. Special menu and drinks available. Annex String Quartet – July 10th “One of the things I loved most when I first heard them was their passionate interpretations.” — David Harrington, Kronos Quartet Have a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of music from the Roaring Twenties with the dynamic Annex String Quartet and soprano, Sarah Jane Pelzer. Add a picnic lunch from The Desert Rose Café to complete the “20s garden party” theme. The Glory of Bach – July 10th...
Far From True

Far From True

From the Canadian king of suspense, Linwood Barclay, comes this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a startling twist. Far From True is the perfect read for fans of Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner and Tami Hoag. For more info...
Penguin Random House Book Club: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Penguin Random House Book Club: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

If you’re a fan of Chris Cleave’s past novels, including the phenomenal bestseller Little Bee, you’ll be happy to know that the author is back, with a fantastic work of historical fiction set in WWII. Moving from Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta, this is an epic story of love, loss, prejudice and incredible courage. If you read and loved the novel Little Bee, we’ve got your next read picked out for...
Pages UnBound Festival

Pages UnBound Festival

Pages UnBound Festival A festival of the arts and literature It’s rare that I get personal in my reviews on Classical 96.3’s wonderful website but I am going to do it now. I’m the artistic director of an arts and literature festival called Pages UnBound and I want to tell you why this has come about. For three decades, I ran a bookshop on Queen Street West called Pages and it was, hands down, the finest working experience in my life. At Pages, I got to order the books I wanted to read: the best in innovative literary fiction; books on cinema, photography, design and architecture; hard hitting political texts; graphic novels (once they started being published); cultural theory; prescient books on the environment; beautiful children’s literature; belles lettres; and more. It was a cornucopia of delights. At Pages, I was a kid in candy shop. I assembled an entertaining, hard working staff, who loved books and the shop. We found unique titles and authors and actively touted them. And the public loved it. It seemed that the more obscure and particular we  got, the more Pages’ readership responded. We had art windows; put on great events outside of the shop and acted as community builders, putting up posters and selling tickets for any art or political event in town that asked us to do so. Then, it stopped. The rent went sky high, just when Amazon started truly undercutting the prices on books—a good thing for customers but the kiss of death for all but the most inventive or hardheaded or well-financed independent bookstore. Pages closed—with dignity, paying...