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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | Doubling – A Useful Skill Or Another Expensive Instrument To Buy?

By Michela Comparey on February 3, 2016

Doubling on a second instrument is undoubtedly cool and can make you a more versatile player, but how useful is it really?
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FITS & BURSTS | The Sprezzatura Myth

By Michael Vincent on December 5, 2015

Talent is recognizable, genius is misunderstood. A look at the relationship between talent and genius.
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SCHMOPERA | Opera After Technology

By Jenna Douglas on October 20, 2015

If you have the Internet in your pocket, what's left to sing about?
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POLITICS | Why Musical Toronto Endorses Anyone But Steven Harper for Prime Minister

By Musical Toronto on October 16, 2015

With the Canadain Federal Election Vote approaching on Monday, Oct 19th, Musical Toronto is endorsing anyone BUT the Conservatives.
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | The Happy Birthday Copyright Fiasco – A Summary and Some Questions

By Michela Comparey on October 13, 2015

Should songs such as Happy Birthday, which play an important role in our cultural traditions and ceremonies, ever be subject to copyright?
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | In Defence Of Going To Concerts Alone

By Michela Comparey on October 3, 2015

Why going to a concert solo just might be the best thing ever.
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JOHN TERAUDS | Valentina Lisitsa, Social Media, and the Public Etiquette of Art

By John Terauds on April 9, 2015

Every once in a while, someone comes along to spill hot tea over the veneer of civil society, and we get a chance to watch it crack and curl before our eyes...
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EDITORIAL | The TSO Removes Audience's Right to Choose

By Michael Vincent on April 7, 2015

The TSO have censored pianist Valentina Lisitsa based on her political views, which goes against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms...
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FITS AND BURSTS | The Effect of Scheduled Start Times on Concert Attendance

By Michael Vincent on March 31, 2015

Concert start times can be divided into two primary groups: The 7:30 and the 8:00 p.m. Besides the supreme importance of curating world-class artists and engaging programs, arts presenters must also invariably decide upon the start time of each show...
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#leanarts Tackles Performing Arts Ills with Startup Methods

By Margaret Lam on September 14, 2014

Christina Loewen, Executive Director of Opera.ca, has a front row seat to the changes in the performing arts industry. As a member of Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance, she is a part of a conversation at a national level and across disciplinary boundaries about the realities of dwindling audience numbers, and the sustainability of the performing arts sector.
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No One Defends a Starving Artist

By Margaret Lam on September 8, 2014

“sparesomechangeimstarvingplease”
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Op-ed: The Compositional Voice and the Need to Please

By Open Submission on September 4, 2014

What is a composer, today?”, an article by Curtis Perry recently published on Musical Toronto, gave rise to some lively debate on an issue that deserves some further thought. In the article, Perry acknowledges, “the apparent collapse of the publicly funded industry of commissioning and academia,”  and asks that when composing, “is it inherently wrong to write music in order to please the crowd?” He also suggests that “the failure of the average composer of our time to be recognized by the average listener,” is a result of obedience to convention, and a desire for academic approval.
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