Tango: the artistry and ensemble playing of classical music with the rhythmic fire and wild abandon of Latin music. The brilliantly accomplished musicians of the Payadora Ensemble explore the richness of Argentinean music, beyond tango into folk music forms such as the Chacarera and Zamba, as well as tango compositions by Canadian composers Drew Jurecka and Robert Horvath. Not surprisingly, these encompass a huge emotional and technical range.

    As Rebekah Wolkstein says: “It’s addictive to perform tango. It’s vibrant music and it’s relatable for audiences. They love it. They want to dance and they understand it on a visceral level. It encompasses every human emotion often several times in one piece alone!”

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    Quartetto Gelato is unique in blending virtuosity with irresistible charm. Two decades of multiple awards, breathless accolades, and CD sales of over 200,000 to date have given the group an immense and loyal following. Groundbreaking in its scope and vision, the group’s continues to pack halls and thrill audiences. Click to find out what’s new with the ensemble that “achieves the nearly impossible”:

    Erin Cooper Gay is a genre-bending singer, possessed of a voice described as “spellbinding”, with a “seductively lyric quality”. “Black Market” is her remarkable debut CD, featuring bold arrangements of songs by Monteverdi, Dowland, Radiohead and more by Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated producer and jazz violinist, Drew Jurecka. Erin has been called a “double threat”: she is also a french horn player with the orchestras of Toronto, Cleveland, Seattle, and Vancouver. She’s returned to her roots in singing and in 2015, she turned heads and ears, by singing in the Toronto Symphony’s “Proms” as Kate Middleton.

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