By David Friend The Canadian Press Fri., Dec. 14, 2018 With Choir! Choir! Choir! rehearsals almost ready to begin, the excitement among the pop collective’s members is rising by the minute. About 150 people have squeezed into the back room of Clinton’s Tavern in downtown Toronto on this chilly night in late November. They’re about to sing Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” and many are whispering the 1970s classic under their breath, reading a lyric sheet they were handed with their $5 admission at the door. Judging by the energy pulsing through the crowd, tonight’s performance could be huge, but it’s not going to be easy. In under three hours, they’ll learn how to perform John’s six-minute song in harmony, under the guidance of Choir! Choir! Choir! founders Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. Once it’s ready, the amateur singers will launch into a final performance uploaded to YouTube. It might even become their … [Read more...] about This isn’t your grandmother’s choir!
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Curtain-raisers: • Glad to know that Willie Nep (photo) is up and about, as good as new, set to return to the concert scene on July 27, 8 p.m. at The Theatre of Solaire, with Nonoy Zuñiga in Music and Laughter produced by Grand Leisure Corporation. An ailment forced Willie to go “on leave” and his fans must be happy to know that he’s back. • Reminder for young musicians and teachers of music: the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) is now open for applications for the 2018 competitions in piano, voice, strings, guitar, rondalla, choir and traditional music. Deadline for submission is on July 27. Visit www.namcya.com or call NAMCYA office at 836-4928 for more details. • A letter from reader Simone Hasskew: I really loved your article about Celine Dion and her use of music for healing from her pain. It’s so easy to relate as many Americans turn to music to help deal with their moods and emotions. Your editorial made me … [Read more...] about Why Ai-Ai taught EXB boys a lesson
caption Former astronaut Chris Hadfield in 2014. source TED Conference / Flickr Chris Hadfield, a former astronaut, recently spoke to Business Insider about his new online course on space exploration. When asked the future space vehicles of NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin, Hadfield said, “I don’t think any of those three rockets is taking people to Mars.” Hadfield said we’ll need some “outlandish” new space-travel technologies if we want to get to and from Mars practically. Chris Hadfield, most widely known for his zero-gravity guitar-playing, has seen an impressive amount of space travel. Between his first spaceflight in 1995, his second in 2001, and a third in 2013, Hadfield has flown inside NASA space shuttles, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and the International Space Station. Hadfield, who’s now retired, shares his expertise about … [Read more...] about Astronaut Chris Hadfield says the rockets from NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin won’t take people to Mars