Category Archives: Music

CHRISTMAS PANTO ROCKS SANDCASTLE

RED SANDCASTLE launches the New Year with theatrical fireworks! A pantomime or panto is a kind of musical comedy, developed in England and performed during Christmas and New Years. Every year, Red Sandcastle Theatre premieres a newly-minted holiday pantomime. Originally, … Continue reading

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SMOOTH & DANGEROUS: The Voice of David Michael Moote

In 2017, David Michael Moote auditioned for OPERUS, a newly-assembled metal band with lush, symphonic overtones. Differing from most groups, Operus is composed of highly trained musicians and they needed someone with particular skills. In Moote, they struck pure gold. … Continue reading

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OPERUS RISING

  OPERUS could never be considered ordinary. All of its musicians are highly trained, exceptional in their individual talents. The band merges a melodic, symphonic sound with the aggressive drive of metal, embellished with soaring, often haunted vocals.  Key members … Continue reading

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BRIGHT POCKET OF MUSIC

  Statler’s is a bar on Church Street. Recently, I started to hang out there. The place is especially amazing on Monday and Thursday nights, around 10:00 pm. Monday night is SINGular Sensation, a show hosted by Jennifer Walls, with Donavon … Continue reading

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FLYING OVER THE MOON

Chasse-Galerie is a joyful, rip-roaring musical. It’s so much fun, the audience can hardly keep still. Watching a brilliant cast, singing their hearts out, you find yourself joining in, and laughing out loud. It premiered last year, at the tiny … Continue reading

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HAVE A LISTEN, EH?

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FAUST IN BARRIE ONTARIO

FAUST is the epic tale of a man drawn into a deal with the devil, a pact that affects not only the character Faust, but others as well. In this production, FAUST premieres as a musical, one that demands a … Continue reading

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STARSHIP ZOOMER

Last week, I wandered the halls of ZoomerMedia, exploring the large communications complex. Its founder, Moses Znaimer, is a well-known broadcasting pioneer. Years back, he founded CityTV, transforming TV coverage from static, behind-a-desk reporting to something far more dynamic, covering … Continue reading

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

“Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.”   — Frank Sinatra  ZOOMER Radio AM 740|96.7 FM threw a classy party for Frank Sinatra last night, being his … Continue reading

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AT THE FOREFRONT

“A dramatic masterpiece becomes a musical.” For all intents and purposes, the Americans invented and developed musical theatre, harnessing wonderful music and song to further a play’s storyline, and enhance and embellish the narrative with joyous and poignant lyrics. But … Continue reading

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SEE COCKSURE FOR SURE

The Cocksure Lads Movie is showing this week in Toronto, so please don’t miss it. The story is slight, about four young British musicians who come to America (Toronto) in hopes that their band, the Cocksure Lads, will meet with … Continue reading

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SPLENDID MELANCHOLIA

Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play is one of the rarest types of comedies. It’s a dark, acerbic work full of diabolical wit, but its tone and language is light and fluffy as white meringue. It’s a comedy full of surprise and … Continue reading

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HIT AT HART HOUSE

Last few chances to see the musical hit JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Hart House Theatre. The audience really loves this one, and there’s a number of reasons you should see it before it closes, on Saturday, January 31. The cast … Continue reading

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THE FAIREST AND BEST

It’s night, it’s clear, and it’s freezing outside. The minute you step off the streetcar, you look for a familiar door and you run for it. It doesn’t take long to find the Smiling Buddha, a bar not far from … Continue reading

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BUDDHA IS SMILING

Night on College Street. Warm, light drizzle, abandoned sidewalks. Neon sheen runs on the pavement. It’s quiet and a bit lonely inside the Smiling Buddha. Small bar, well-worn stage at the back. Couple of dudes, checking the plugs, adjusting microphones. … Continue reading

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