Announcing a Series of Concerts at the REX Hotel

feb 2014 rex poster The Thing Is will be performing every Sunday in February 2014 at the REX Hotel in Toronto!

We’ll be premiering a series of new compositions that were inspired by a trip with my partner, Nilan Perera, to Sri Lanka last year– still-evolving works that incarnate the confusion and joy, the alienation and familiarity, the highs and the lows of exploring a society in transition, rebuilding its bonds and institutions after a devastating 30-year civil war.

And there’s quite the line-up of lovely musicians to play it, too:

Tova Kardonne- voice and composition

Mike Wark- flute

Peter Lutek- alto sax

Ali Berkok- piano

Ted Quinlan- guitar

Jim Sexton- bass

Mark Segger – drums

Nouveau Cours de Musique offerts! Les violonistes, violoncellistes, altistes, on joue!

L’année dernière c’était la première année que j’offrais de leçons d’instruments à cordes en groupe, en français, et à l’école. On s’est bien amusé, mais en plus, 7 élèves qui n’ont jamais joué d’instrument auparavant ont appris, et à lire la notation musicale, et à lire des rythmes, et à trouver ces notes sur leur violon ou violoncelle, ET à jouer en harmonie ensemble. On a fait un défilé pour la fête champêtre aux printemps, puis, couronnement de l’année, on a joué “O Canada” pour la graduation des élèves en 6e année.

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Quand deux de mes élèves ont changé d’écoles cette année, pour aller à l’école Charles-Sauriol, je me suis dit qu’il fallait aller voir si, peut-être, il y en a des élèves qui veulent, eux aussi, apprendre des instruments à cordes, et puis jouer tous ensemble.

Actuellement, il y en a de tels élèves! Nous venons de commencer, mais il reste plusieurs places dans le cours pour d’autres élèves débutants sur leur instrument.  Pour nous joindre, veuillez voir la page “Educator/Educatrice” pour remplir le formulaire d’enregistrement.

in a noisy world…

I’m making this a quiet launch. Hello, first ever blog post of first ever blog! Out here in the real world I have been doing things, and this is the place for me to speak of them.

Ha ha!

It is the end of the summer in which I made my second trip to Portugal’s lovely ARTerra artist residency to write the music that in this noisy, vibrant, maddening, wonderful Toronto, is so unlikely to make itself heard in my very own head.


So there are tunes in the works, and there is a concert for playing some of them next Sunday September 15 at the Tranzac (check out my nifty Calendar – and yes, I think the Calendar is nifty, not because it’s different from any other, but because I made it appear in this blog!).


And then, one of my favourite events ever is coming up– Culture Days! This one is near to my heart not only because I get to play with the fantastic musicians who go by the names Mark Segger and Nilan Perera — but also because the gig itself is a fabulous opportunity to show the kiddies of various far-ish-flung neighbourhoods what improvised music is, how it can express the inexpressible within each of them, and how it can relate to the structured and familiar aspects of their world. This being the fourth consecutive year of my Interactive Musical Storytelling event of Culture Days, I hope that, in some small way, we have an impact of the next generation’s understanding and enjoyment of improvised forms, musical and otherwise.


Hey lovelies! Thanks for reading along! I’ll be hither and yon… catch you yon or hither!