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September 2007 - Nr. 9


The Editor
Letter to the Editor
In Canada, eh?
Tag der Heimat 2007
Hier O.K. Berlin!
KW & Beyond
German Pioneers Day
Dan's Satire
Lessons by Stray Dogs
German Diplomat at York University
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
German Women's Soccer
Art History: September
Forming of YOUdance
October Listings
Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
The Elephant Man
COC Surpasses $10 Million
COC: Schafer@75
German Films at TIFF
Screen Industry Growth
Attract Skilled Newcomers
Impact of Idling at Schools
Community Power Fund
Thinner Ice in Arctic
Concern About Uranium
Chair of National Redress Council
War Made Easy
Financial Basics




Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Massey Hall

Tickets: $69.50 to $45.50

416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe /

The Chieftains are, without a question, the world’s most popular Irish band, and for more than four decades, they have been captivating audiences around the world with their exhilarating and definitive style of traditional Irish music. The six- time Grammy winners return for their first local appearance since their sold-out St. Patrick’s Day concert at Massey Hall on March 17, 2005.

Jimmy Rankin, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and member of the popular Cape Breton group, The Rankin Family, appears with The Chieftains as their special guest soloist.

Presented by RBI


Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Massey Hall

Tickets: $59.50 to $39.50

416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe /

Hailed as Portugal’s ambassador of fado, Mariza returns this fall having sold out Massey Hall two years ago. With her mesmerizing contralto and a series of acclaimed recordings, the Mozambique-born Mariza has quickly achieved international star status while bringing fado (Portugal’s brand of soulful blues) to a world-wide audience. "When Mariza sings, time stands still." (BBC Radio) For more information, visit:

Co-presented with the Small World Music Festival

Sponsored by Portuguese Trade and Tourism Commission


Friday, October 5, 2007 at 8 pm

Massey Hall

Tickets: $69.50 to $49.50

416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall/ Box Office at King & Simcoe /

Guitar legend and jazz/fusion icon John McLaughlin tours North America with his new electric band, The 4th Dimension, a stellar lineup composed of drummer Mark Mondesir, bassist Hadrien Feraud and keyboard-percussionist Gary Husband. One of the great guitarists of our time, the British-born McLaughlin has performed and recorded with his own historic groups, The Mahavishnus Orchestra, Shakti and The Guitar Trio, with Miles Davis and many others. McLaughlin last appeared at Roy Thomson Hall as a member of "Remember Shakti" in October of 2003.


Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Massey Hall

Tickets: $69.50 to $49.50

416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office /

Since releasing his first album in 1983, Italian rock/blues singer-songwriter Zucchero has had a prolific career, having sold millions of albums around the world. Inspired by gospel, blues and rock, he sings in Italian, Spanish and English and has performed and recorded with some of music’s biggest names including Miles Davis, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Joe Cocker, Luciano Pavarotti and Tom Jones. He last performed at Massey Hall in October 2003.

Co-presented with CHIN Radio

Virtuoso Performances Series


Roy Thomson Hall Debut

Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Ben Heppner, tenor

Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 8:00 pm

Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets: $169.50 to $49.50

416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office /


Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder; selections from Die Walküre and Lohengrin

Respighi: Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome

La Scala Philharmonic is the resident orchestra of the world’s most famous opera house, Milan's Teatro alla Scala. This performance marks the Roy Thomson Hall debut of the illustrious orchestral ensemble – 86 years after the legendary Arturo Toscanini led the earlier La Scala Orchestra in its historic 1921 Massey Hall concert. Established in 1982, this modern-day orchestra has been shaped by such revered maestros as Abbado, Muti, Bernstein, Ozawa, Mehta and Barenboim. The distinguished Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly leads the orchestra on its North American tour with Canada’s own Ben Heppner, opera’s reigning Wagnerian tenor, as soloist.

Sponsored by CIBC

The audience is invited to a post-concert reception to celebrate Roy Thomson Hall’s 25th Anniversary


Friday, October 12, 2007 at 8 PM

Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets: $69.50 - $29.50

416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office /

Featuring: Alim and Fargana Qasimov; Badakhshan Ensemble; Bardic Divas

Seventeen virtuoso performers from a culturally dynamic and rapidly changing region of Central Asia will share their musical and poetic traditions in a 12-city North American tour that offers a rare opportunity to experience some of the world’s most exotic vocal and instrumental music from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Qaraqalpakstan. The area was closed to the West for most of the twentieth century and is now experiencing a resurgence of its musical traditions since the break-up of the Soviet Union. The multi-media performance includes documentary films about the musicians, super-titles with translations of song lyrics, and live, large-screen video close-ups

The tour is sponsored by the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia and the New York-based World Music Institute

International Vocal Recitals Series


Farewell Tour

Warren Jones, piano

Friday, October 19, 2007 8:00 pm

Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets $125 to $40

416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office /

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa first enthralled Toronto audiences with her vocal beauty during Roy Thomson Hall’s 1982/83 inaugural season. She returns to grace our stage for an unprecedented 8th recital, and to enthral her Toronto fans one last time with music by Mozart, Strauss and Puccini. The New Zealand-born diva shot to international stardom at her Covent Garden debut in 1971 and the rest of her spectacular career is legendary: the great stages of the world and her long reign as "the world’s most famous soprano."


Saturday, October 20, 2007 8:00 pm

Massey Hall

Tickets $54.50 to $37.50

416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office /

One of the most distinctive and controversial pop stars of the 1990s, Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor first began transforming the pop cultural landscape two decades ago with her debut solo album The Lion and The Cobra. Her latest release, Theology, is a double CD collection of all-new "emotionally-charged" songs, inspired by the complexities of the world post-9/11.

Presented by Live Nation


Sunday, October 21, 2007 2:00 pm

Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets $69.50 to $29.50

416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office /

Now in its 18th year, this annual event features more than 200 musicians from military brass, bugles, pipe and drum bands of the army, navy and air force units of the Toronto Military district. This year’s Spectacular pays tribute to "140 Years of Military Music in Canada" with stirring marches, medleys and popular songs that inspired Canadians from 1867 to the present. A comprehensive Lobby Exhibit of military artifacts, the written word and pictures, is available for viewing from 12:30 pm.

Co-presented with the RCMI


Tuesday, October 23, 2007 8:00 pm

Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets $99.50 to $49.50

416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office /

Legendary sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, the revered guru of Indian classical music, and his daughter Anoushka, a star in her own right, enthrall with their mastery of the sitar. They are joined by an elite ensemble of Indian classical musicians.

NOTE: (This concert has been rescheduled from September 23, 2006 – all tickets purchased for the September 23,2006 performance at Roy Thomson Hall will be honoured at the October 23, 2007 concert)

Co-presented with Asian Television Network


Friday, October 26, 2007 8:00 pm

Massey Hall

Tickets $37.50 to $29.50

416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office /

Canadian rock musician Matthew Frederick Robert Good was the lead singer in his own band, one of Canada’s most successful alternative rock bands in the 1990s. Since 2002, Good has pursued a solo career and released four albums, including the Juno nominated "Avalanche" in 2003, and his most recent CD, "Hospital Music," in 2007.


Solo Reunion Tour "Together At Last"

Saturday, October 27, 2007 8:00 pm

Massey Hall

Tickets $69.50 to $39.50

416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office /

"Sometimes you just want to do things yourself." (Arlo Guthrie)

Legendary ‘60s’ icon Arlo Guthrie influenced a whole generation’s counter-culture activism and social consciousness with his anti-Vietnam War song "Alice’s Restaurant." The veteran folksinger/composer/storyteller/multi-instrumentalist has toured the world for four decades gathering a wide following for his distinctive and endearing folksy style that includes witty tales and anecdotes. His current solo tour takes him to 84 cities across the US and Canada. He last appeared at Massey Hall in May 2006 and returns to perform his greatest hits. For more information, visit


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