Category Archives: Facts

Upcoming Documentary about Giya Kancheli

On June 13th Julian Milkis was interviewed by Gregory Antimony, the host of the program “Interview Hour”. In the interview Julian was talking about Giya Kancheli, one of the most famous Georgian composers, who has the talent of expressing human feelings (such as faith, hope, grief, rage, loss) in his music, exclusively through the means…
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Shereen Ladha officially joined the Ghoomar Gang.

Shereen Ladha recently announced that she officially joined the Ghoomar Gang. On her YouTube channel she posted a dance cover for Padmavat/Padmaavati, the story of honor, valor and obsession in medieval India. She created this video with other dancers as a tribute to the female warriors who gathered to make a turning point in the…
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Arabic music

Arabic music puts an emphasis on melody and rhythm, as opposed to harmony. Some genres of Arabic music are polyphonic, but most of Arabic music is usually homophonic. The historical origins of Arabic music are extremely diverse. Early Arab musicians borrowed much from the Egyptians, Assyrians, and Sumerians. Many of the instruments now used are…
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Joseph Macerollo

Exclusive video! In the video, Joseph Macerollo, famous Canadian accordionist, is talking about one of the participants of Russian Sounds of Canada Alexander Sevastian, who passed away on February 16th, 2018. Mr. Macerollo highly speaks of Mr. Sevastian, describes the first time they’ve met, and shares incredible facts of Mr. Sevastian’s personal and professional life.…
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Okavango African Orchestra

What is Okavango African Orchestra? Is it Eritrean? Zimbabwean? Senegalese? Burundian? Ghanaian? Or is it Madagascan? Actually, the orchestra is Eritrean, Zimbabwean, Senegalese, Burundian, Ghanaian, AND Madagascan. It is what its name says: African. A unique band of talented musicians from all parts of Africa, as diverse as Africa’s cultural mosaic itself, it’s a one-of-a-kind,…
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Founders of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra

Fueled by their passion towards Arabic and Western classical music, Lamees Audeh and Wafa Al Zaghal have been building bridges between these two rich worlds; inviting and engaging Canadian Arab and non-Arab musicians who enjoy performing and exposing this beautiful music to the Canadian public in a new modern style. Lamees Audeh is a Canadian-Palestinian-Jordanian…
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First musical event in Toronto

The first extant reference to a musical event in Toronto is an itemized account including '7 Dollars Paid musick by Order' for a ball and supper, 4 Jun 1798, to celebrate the king's birthday (from Canadian Encyclopedia).
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CANADA’S COLDEST DAY

The small Yukon hamlet of Snag recorded a temperature -62.8° C on February 3, 1947. It was so damn cold, in fact, the joke was that the meteorologists couldn’t toast the new record because their wine was frozen. The frigid air was so still that exhaled breath made a hissing noise and dogs could be…
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