Owen Pallett: Reinterpreting the Orchestral Genre

Congratulations to Owen Pallett for making the shortlist for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize! Pallett seems to be all over the headlines these days. Who knew a young University of Toronto graduate from...

Found Sound at the Cottage

Way up north, the cell phone service is come and go (if at all) and your iPod’s maximum volume is no match for the dense northern woods. How can we enjoy music in the great outdoors without draining our car...

Canadian Folk Favourites: Top Seven Picks

Map of Canada from 1898 Much of Canada’s history can be found outside the history books. In fact, you could probably learn most of our nation's past from Stan Rogers, Gordon Lightfoot and Tragically Hip...

Young Patrons Circle Highlights

Young Patrons Circle members get their photos taken backstage with Cirque artists during intermission, March 2014. The month of June is a time of transition for a lot of people - we graduate, travel the...

Celebrating Pride with Tchaikovsky

Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (photo from Americanblog) As Hamilton and the GTA ramp up for World Pride this week, we thought what better time to revisit the life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky....

Celebrate Summer in Symphonic Style

Thursdays are tough around the office. The sun is shining, it's warm outside and the weekend can't come fast enough! Good thing summer is just around the corner. hpoGo is celebrating summer on the rooftop...
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Father’s Day Classics for Dad

Is your Dad a classical music buff? Father’s Day is here and we've listed our top picks for the most robust, strong and powerful classical favourites that would make the perfect Father's Day gift your Dad's...
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Sibelius, Shakespeare and The Tempest

How does one angry exiled duke stranded on an island with his beautiful daughter and deformed servant get revenge? A very big storm. Shakespeare and Sibelius’ works combined, both titled The Tempest,...
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Reflections in the Sea: Britten’s Peter Grimes

"The Old Man and the Sea" - Winslow Homer Countless stories have been told documenting the trials and tribulations about journeying over water. Tales of sailors, fishermen and whalers talk about the draw...
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Harpist Erica Goodman on From the Eastern Gate

Toronto based Harpist Erica Goodman Canadian harpist Erica Goodman has seen her share of concert stages (and you’ve probably caught her over the years on our own stage at FirstOntario Concert Hall...