150 Years of Canadian Literature

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Master storyteller and Order of Canada recipient, Douglas Gibson is an irrepressibly charming performer. With pianist, Daisy Leung

Tickets from $30 + HST – The Market Room

‘Douglas Gibson is a living link to the foundation of our country’s literature, and also an impish and charming performer. His lifelong passion for these great writers is contagious.’
— David Cheoros, Director, Edmonton Litfest

Douglas Gibson


Douglas Gibson was born in Scotland in 1943, and raised in the small village of Dunlop, in Ayrshire. After school at Glasgow Academy, he studied English at St. Andrews University, where he was the President of the Students Union. After his degree he won a scholarship that took him to Yale, where he gained an MA in 1967. He then came to Canada, arriving (as a Scottish immigrant with a very poor sense of direction) in Victoria, B.C.. He soon came to Toronto, and in March 1968 joined the world of Canadian Publishing, as a Trainee Editor with Doubleday Canada. He was the Editorial Director, then the Publisher, at Macmillan of Canada from 1974 until 1986. In 1986 Avie Bennett lured him to McClelland & Stewart, to run his own imprint, Douglas Gibson Books. In 1988 he became the Publisher at McClelland & Stewart, (The Canadian Publishers) a post that he held until 2004. He ""retired"" at 65 in 2008. On his retirement as an Editor and Publisher, he became an Author. In 2011 ECW Press brought out his first book, STORIES ABOUT STORYTELLERS: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod. Pierre Trudeau, and Others. Now, at 74, this man the Globe called ""a publishing icon"" continues to be very active. He still edits selected author friends like Terry Fallis. He advises authors like Ken Dryden and R.H Thompson about their forthcoming books. He serves on literary juries. He travels constantly, giving his shows to Festivals, libraries, schools and book clubs. And he maintains a lively literary blog, at douglasgibsonbooks.com


Website: douglasgibsonbooks.com

Daisy Leung


Daisy is making her mark in Toronto as an accomplished collaborative artist whose love for chamber music and collaboration is apparent in her approach. She is employed as a studio collaborative pianist at the University of Toronto and at the Royal Conservatory of Music. For 20 years, she has taught piano, history and theory, and feels fortunate to be able to pass on her love of music to the next generation through teaching and adjudicating festivals across Ontario. After starting piano lessons at the age of five with Betty Wong and then Wolfram Linnebach in Edmonton, she moved to Toronto to complete a degree with piano pedagogue Marietta Orlov, where she earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto. She has been privileged to play for many of today's leading pianists, such as Jon Kimura Parker, Jane Coop and Marc-André Hamelin. Through her participation in U of T’s chamber music program and as a collaborative pianist, Daisy has also been afforded the opportunity to be coached by Steven Isserlis, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman, Steven Philcox, Carolyn Maule, Jamie Summerville, Laurence Lesser, Sylvia Rosenburg and Jacques Israelievitch. Daisy has completed further studies at The Banff Centre, Algonquin Summer Institute, Aria Summer Music Festival and Scotia Festival of Music. She has been a recipient of awards and scholarships from institutions including the Canadian Music Competition, Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival, Alberta College and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

The Missing Pages

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On December 16, 1825 Theodor Molt became the sole Canadian musician to meet Ludwig van Beethoven, but what could have happened between the two men? After Molt’s florid greeting in one of Beethoven’s notebooks, the next four pages were violently ripped out and destroyed. Betrayal? Competition? Scandal? Or just old fashioned ego and pride? With music, drama, video, history and informed speculation The Missing Pages investigates. Featuring Tom Allen, Lori Gemmell, Bryce Kulak, and Patricia O’Callaghan.

This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.

Bonjour – Taste of Stradivari

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Continuing with the Violin Tasting series, this year Rick Heinl, string instrument expert and proprietor of George Heinl & Co., discusses the “Bonjour” cello, which was restored at the George Heinl shop and awarded to Cameron Crozman, a winner of the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition. Cameron performs an exciting program displaying the varied and complex characteristics of one of the best Stradivari cellos. Rick Heinl also discusses the history of bow making and the importance of choosing the right bow to suit a particular string instrument. Violinists Paul Kim and Min Jung Kim participate in this extraordinary live demonstration by playing different bows and matching them with different violins. Paul and Min Jung also lead Music Niagara Performance Academy
students in performances of Vivaldi violin concertos. Audience feedback on tonal sound characteristics will be taken into account in deciding which bows are the best fit for a selected instrument, including the “Bonjour” cello.

Shaw and Music with Christopher Newton

Christopher Newton
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Christopher Newton, former Shaw Festival Artistic Director, brings back the wit and wisdom of George Bernard Shaw’s critical music reviews. The program features works by composers that Shaw reviewed during his tenure as a music critic for London’s The Star, writing under the pen name Corno di Bassetto (Basset Horn). The Gould String Quartet, along with acclaimed Italian harpist Floraleda Sacchi, perform  music for harp and strings, by Saint Saens, Debussy, Dussek, Spohr, Faure and more!