Category Archives: Pictures

Olympic Hymn

Did you know that the Olympic Hymn, also known as the Olympic Anthem, was performed for the first time in 1896 at the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece? The choral cantata of the Olympic Anthem was written by opera composer Spyridon Samaras, while the lyrics were written by Kostis Palamas. In 1958, at the 54th…
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Maayan Band’s live concert at the ECG Studio

On November 24th, members of the Maayan Band arrived at ECG studio to record seven songs. The film crew and musicians met in the studio early in the morning to have enough time to do all the preparatory work: to properly set the lights, conduct a soundcheck, and lay out the scenery. Interestingly, the paintings…
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Filming an interview with Maayan Band for Sounds of Canada III

On Sunday, November 17, our filming crew went to the town of Caledon to shoot rehearsals and interviews with members of the Maayan Band, which represents the Jewish musical tradition in the third season of Sounds of Canada. Musicians performed songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and Russian. Maayan in Hebrew means "source." As the band…
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Mediterranean Sounds of Canada

During the months of May and June, we were filming an episode of Mediterranean Sounds of Canada featuring dancer Joanne Comilleri. The filming was done in Sultan’s Tent, one of the best and oldest restaurants in Toronto. Specifically for our film crew, the owners of Sultan’s Tent made an exception and allowed us into the…
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Korean Sounds of Canada

In late June, our filming crew went to the Korean Cultural Center of Toronto which houses the Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada (KDSSC). We shot several interviews with members of the ensemble, as well as with the long-time leader and founder of the group Mi Young Kim. The artists told us about the history…
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The American Rogues in Niagara Falls

Heading to Niagara Falls, ON in March? Do not forget to get tickets to the American Rogues’ performance at the Greg Frewin Theatre! The event “Irish Kitchen Party” is the one to remember! Irish-themed buffet lunch followed by the sing-along and dancing to your favourite Celtic band. What can be better? The performance starts at…
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Facts about carols

1. The word “carol” has two meanings. The first one is a “joyful song” and the second means a “circle dance.” 2. The first time the word “Carol” meaning a “Christmas song of joy” was mentioned in 1500. 3. The word originated from Latin choraules "flute-player", which came from a Greek word χοραυλής "flute player…
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Origin of carols

Carols were originally pagan songs sung in Europe many centuries ago. Back then these songs were written and sung all year round. In winters of the past, carols were not sung during Christmas, but at the Winter Solstice celebrations. The Winter Solstice is the longest night and the shortest day of the year, usually taking…
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Julian Milkis in Georgia

Julian Milkis just came back from his trip to Georgia, where he spent five filming days with Giya Kancheli, his family and ECG Productions crew. We are looking forward to releasing this documentary movie about Mr. Kancheli’s life. Stay tuned.
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