ON SALE NOW! Moses Presents Zoomer’s Choice Volume 3: More Great Voices & Vocal Hits

ON SALE NOW! 17 essential hits personally selected by Moses Znaimer on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his ownership of the station. Click to read more.
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The Judy Garland Show With Debbie Collins Set To Hit The Stage At Stirling Festival Theatre

The nostalgic musical journey through the life of legendary performer Judy Garland. “The Judy Garland Show” will be performed by Shows Writer and Star…. Singer, Dancer, Actor Debbie Collins. Show are Friday October 14th and Sunday October 6th at The Stirling Festival Theatre.

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Twoloom Alpacas......Weekend Fun For The Whole Family

Twoloom Alpacas in Hastings is open every Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Visit the farm for a fun day as you meet the alpacas, visit the store and see displays and demonstrations. Melody and Dawn will also introduce you to the babies and their turkeys!

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Take The Family This Week To The Brighton Applefest Festival

If your family “Likes Apples” then you will Love The Brighton Applefest Festival. This Week September 22nd through 25th with fun activities planned everyday. Activities include a Street Fair, Arts and Crafts Shows, Car and Tractor Shows, Children’s Village to Great Food!

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Shakespeare: The Complete Works available exclusively on Classical FM

Now you can own the complete and unabridged collection of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, exclusively through The New Classical FM. Click to read more.

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A Goodbye Letter, From the desk of John Van Driel

Dearest Classical FM listener, Forrest Gump famously said “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Well, on that note I’m writing to inform you that I have accepted an exciting offer to be the Program Director of a classical music radio network based out of sunny California. The group consists of KUSC-FM in L.A. and KDFC-FM in San Francisco with a network of repeater stations owned and operated by the University of Southern California (Go Trojans). It was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse. It has been 33 wonderful years serving you, with countless fond memories that I will always cherish. In many ways we’ve become family as you invited our broadcasts into your home, work place and special occasions. Together we celebrated and experienced great music, moments and memories. I leave with the gratification of a positive broadcasting legacy and the knowledge that my dedicated colleagues will continue to bring you “beautiful music…..” My final broadcast on Classical FM will be Friday, Sept. 30 from 7 to 11 PM. It will be a difficult but fond farewell. It has been an honour serving you, MZ Media and the arts community. I’m excited to move on to new warm adventures in California. Stay tuned. The post A Goodbye Letter, From the desk of John Van Driel appeared first on Classical FM...

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The Song Shul present ‘Slichot’ LIVE from The New Zoomer Hall

Tune in to the hour-long live broadcast from ZoomerHall at 10pm ET, Saturday, September 24. The New Classical FM in collaboration with Toronto’s newest congregation, The Song Shul, are proud to present a live radio broadcast of “Slichot”, with world renowned Cantor Simon Spiro and the accapella voices of the Toronto Festival Singers, narrated by our own Marilyn Lightstone. Attendance is limited. You can R.S.V.P at songshul.com. The post The Song Shul present ‘Slichot’ LIVE from The New Zoomer Hall appeared first on Classical FM...

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Sunday Night with the TSO Podcast

This week on Sunday Night with the TSO: – Concertmaster Jonathan Crow discusses the season ahead – Violinist/composer/arranger Owen Pallett shares the process of making pop arrangements for TSO Musicians performing at the Polaris Music Prize – Music by Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Rimsky-Korsakov and Puccini Next week: Peter Oundjian in conversation with Renée Fleming. Gord Wolfe discusses the epic trombone solo in Mahler 3. You can listen to Sunday Night with the TSO on Sundays at 8pm on The New Classical FM (96.3fm & classical963fm.com), the 963FM app or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud. The post Sunday Night with the TSO Podcast appeared first on Classical FM...

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Cecilia String Quartet Perform LIVE from The New Zoomer Hall

A live webcast will be available here today at 1:20 PM. IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE VIDEO PLAYER AT NOON PLEASE RERESH THIS PAGE. Hailed for their “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances, the CSQ perform for leading presenters in North America and Europe. Past engagements include performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Northwestern University in Illinois, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and London’s Wigmore Hall. They were awarded First Prize at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), where they won the prize for the best performance of the commissioned work. Sponsored By:Healthy Planet – Your one stop source for health food, supplements, sports nutrition and beauty products. The post Cecilia String Quartet Perform LIVE from The New Zoomer Hall appeared first on Classical FM...

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Cecilia String Quartet Performed LIVE from The New Zoomer Hall

Hailed for their “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances, the CSQ perform for leading presenters in North America and Europe. Past engagements include performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Northwestern University in Illinois, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and London’s Wigmore Hall. They were awarded First Prize at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), where they won the prize for the best performance of the commissioned work. Sponsored By:Healthy Planet – Your one stop source for health food, supplements, sports nutrition and beauty products. The post Cecilia String Quartet Performed LIVE from The New Zoomer Hall appeared first on Classical FM...

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Moses Znaimer Launches ZoomerLive, An Intimate Performance Space in Toronto

Introducing ZoomerLive, an experiment to see if a new intimate venue for live paid events can be established in The ZoomerPlex, ZoomerMedia’s multi-media production and event facility in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood. ZoomerLive’s inaugural production will be a three-week run of a brand new “dramedy” called “Late Night” by Toronto award-winning playwright and Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha Kat Sandler (Dora Award for Outstanding New Play – Mustard – Tarragon Theatre, “Bright Lights” – Best of Toronto Fringe 2016, “Retreat” – Storefront Theatre, “Punch Up” – Best of Toronto Fringe 2015). Set in a TV studio during a veteran late night talk show host’s final episode, “Late Night” will incorporate The Zoomerplex’s actual multi-media space and live studio audience into the production. “Late Night” previews Thursday, October 6. Opening night is Friday, October 7. The show will run Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets range from $25 – $50 and can be purchased online at www.ZoomerLive.com or by phone at 416.603.4740. Sandler (pictured above) took first prize for “Late Night” in the 2015 Toronto Fringe 24-hour play-writing contest but has significantly reworked the script to focus on ageism as well as sexism. “Late Night” addresses themes that are relevant to Baby Boomers and Millennials alike. Moses acted as a consultant and gave me great insight into issues that continue to plague his generation, like discrimination in the workplace, which I wanted to juxtapose with challenges Millennials face today, all set against the exciting backdrop of live television” said Sandler. “Late Night” will mark Moses’ first return to live theatre since his production of “Tamara,” a...

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Judy Garlands Signature Songs and Story Coming To Stage At Stirling Festival Theatre

    One of the brightest and tragic Stars. Judy….. that incredible voice; those signature songs will be coming to life on Stage in Stirling. The Judy Garland Show… performed by Show’s Writer and Star, Singer, Dancer, Actor the talented Debbie Collins. Friday October 14th and Sunday October 16th at The Stirling Festival Theatre. A small town Theatre rich in History. The nostalgic musical journeys through the life of legendary performer Judy Garland.  She is truly one of the worlds most celebrated Entertainers For more information and tickets Stirling Festival Theatre Take a listen to this week’s Spotlight:...

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The Masters at TIFF 2016

The MastersTIFF Report #3By Marc Glassman For a lot of Zoomer age film critics, it was the auteur theory that first attracted us to cinema. The idea that a great director was an artist, whose style and philosophy could work through a variety of different genres conferred a respect to the whole process of viewing film. Approached with the right kind of discipline, it was possible to enjoy film not just because it was exciting and pleasurable to watch but as an art form, one worthy of as much consideration as painting, sculpting, classical music or dance. It’s more than 60 years since Francois Truffaut first proposed la politique des auteurs. His theory is now considered old-fashioned in academic circles and has been supplanted by many other “readings” of cinema. But the romance of the director with the singular vision has persisted. It informs much of journalistic criticism and is often used to organise films at festivals. TIFF is no exception. The Masters is their on-going celebration of the director as auteur. One of the elements that makes this programme exciting is the growing number of accepted auteurs. In the programme this year are such names as: Hirokazu Kore-eda from Japan; the Korean Kim Ki-Duk; Chile’s Pablo Lorraine; Gianfranco Rosi from Italy; and Canada’s own Deepa Mehta. They deserve to be in the august company of more established auteurs such as the Marco Bellochio from Italy; Poland’s Andrei Wajda; the Belgian Dardenne Brothers; Britain’s Terence Davies; Romania’s Christian Mungiu and Spain’s Pedro Almodóvar. Quite frankly—and obviously I haven’t seen all of the films in this category—you can’t go seriously...

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Special Presentations at TIFF

Special PresentationsTIFF Report #2By Marc Glassman I’ll let you in on a little secret. Film critics—the serious ones—prefer the Special Presentations section at TIFF to the Galas. I’m sure it’s no surprise that I’m one of the serious ones. And I suspect most of the listenership at Classical 96 will agree with my assessment. Here’s how TIFF explains Special Presentations: “High profile premieres and the world’s leading filmmakers.” And here’s how the Galas are summarized: “Movie stars. Red carpet premieres. Major audience interest.” You can see why mainstream media responds to Galas but, quite frankly, I have had my fill with red carpets and innocuous media interviews with big name actors. Everyone respects Denzel Washington, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and so many of the luminaries appearing at TIFF’s Galas. But what do you get out of seeing them on stage to receive applause? They don’t even answer questions from the audience. It’s altogether different with Special Presentations. You still get stars, at least some of the time, but the big names often include the director. The films tend to have stronger narratives and they’re still quite stylish. If you go to a screening, at the end of the film, the director and some of the actors actually appear on stage and respond to questions from the audience. It’s a more satisfying experience, in my view, but I must admit that I’ve talked to many people who prefer the glamour of Galas. Let’s just shrug our shoulders and say, “à chacun son goût” — “to each his own (taste).” Special Presentation is overflowing with promising new films. As always with...

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Canadian Docs are bigger than ever at TIFF

TIFF 2016 Report #1By Marc Glassman with files and commentary from Pat Mullen With nearly 50 documentaries playing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), it’s clear that non-fiction film features have become far more interesting to audiences than ever before. A number of reasons have contributed to this amazing growth. There’s a decline in belief in mainstream media news. There are more news channels than ever but all of them seem to be regurgitating the same stories about Trump and Hilary interspersed with tales of “reality” stars like the Kardashians. Docs are offering the kind of in-depth reporting that the more responsible TV channels used to provide. And people still want to know the truth about what’s happening in the world. New technologies have made it economically feasible to shoot footage anywhere in the world quite cheaply. Editing equipment is easily available as are cameras and sound recording devices. Post production can literally take place at home. Docs can now be made cheaply but still look and sound great. Young filmmakers are increasingly following the examples of pioneers like Werner Herzog and Martin Scorsese: they’re making docs as well as dramas. Before you did one or the other; now a great film project is worth doing, whether in fiction or fact. Canada, the country that started the documentary movement with Nanook of the North and created the first great organisation dedicated to making non-fiction film, the National Film Board, is benefitting from the world-wide interest in docs. TIFF is programming a number of very interesting docs. The films are: We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice Alanis...

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Shelter Valley Folk Festival…..An Idea From Around A Kitchen Table

  Fall 2003 a dedicated group of friends and strangers envisioned a Cultural Community Event centred on fabulous Folk Music! The reputation and audience grew and now named 1 of Canad’a Top 10 Festivals. Mark you calendar for Labour Day Weekend in Northumberland County! An Arts Organisation and A Registered Charity. The Annual Singer/Songwriters Showcase is Thursday July 28 at 6:30pm in downtown Cobourg. The Top 3 Finalists will perform at The Festival this year. For more information and history of The Festival as well as their 2016 Musical lineup  go to Shelter Valley Folk Festival Take a listen to this weeks Spotlight: http://zweb-s3.uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/classical1029fm/2016/07/18123542/cobourg-spotlight-week-24-1-Shelter-Valley-Folk-Festival.mp3  ...

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The Practice…The Result…..Pure Musical Magic

  The Kawartha Youth Orchestra is under the direction of Music Director Michael Newnham and Professional Instrumental Coaches. The Kawartha Youth Orchestra offers young musicians an advanced level of instruction and a quality Orchestral experience in the Kawartha Region while enjoying the camaraderie of other young people. The KYO are performing May 15 at Market Hall 3:00pm – 5:00pm For more information on The Kawartha Youth Orchestra  Click here Listen to this New Classical 103.1Fm Spotlight about the Kawartha Youth Orchestra...

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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra joined us for a performance on Tuesday May 14th, 2014 at the Zoomerplex. Lead by Music Director, Jeanne Lamon, the programme included pieces by Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, Lully and Bach. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra has seventeen permanent members, all of whom are specialists in historical performance practice. For a list of their upcoming performances visit the Tafelmusik...

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Sondra Radvanovsky

Stellar soprano Sondra Radvanovsky joined us for a breathtaking live performance on Thursday May 1st, 2014 at the ZoomerPlex.   Sondra’s voice is unconventional in that it is both dark and brilliant, her unique capture of these two otherwise combating vocal essences was cause for a truly astonishing live experience. Our studio audience was completely enchanted during Sondra’s spectacular...

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Leonard Gilbert

Sensational young pianist Leonard Gilbert joined us for a spectacular performance on Monday April 28th, 2014 LIVE from the ZoomerPlex. Born 1990 in Toronto, Canada, Leonard Gilbert is renowned for his sensitive touch, insightful playing as well as technical command. Leonard Gilbert is the winner of the Canadian Chopin Competition and was the only Canadian entered into the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2011. Performance Program: Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 Op. 57 in F minor “Appassionata”, 1st mvmt Chopin: Polonaise Fantasie Op. 61 Liszt: Mephisto...

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Farming in Ontario’s Greenbelt: Possibility Grows Here

14/06/2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Sustainable Cobourg invites you to the fourth in their 2016 Speaker Series, “Farming in Ontario's Greenbelt: Possibility Grows Here." Professor Wayne Caldwell, from the University of Guelph, recognized expert on agricultural and rural planning issues and co-author of the Greenbelt Foundation report of the same title, will provide insight into the implications and opportunities of [...] Read more

2016 Trenton Big Band Festival: Swing is the thing!

21/07/2016 - 23/07/2016 @ 7:00 pm - Big band and swing fans have another rare opportunity to indulge their passion with live performances at the 5th annual Trenton Big Band Festival, July 21-23 at the downtown RiverFront Square. Tickets for the events at RiverFront Square are $15 each, or $25 for both nights, and are available for purchase online at www.trentonbigbandfestival.com or [...] Read more