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Day 19: O Holy Night

I’ve heard a lot of O Holy Nights over 5 years of putting together musical Advent calendars. (There are 57 here, should you be interested in a broader survey.) I’ve even spoken to the man behind the epically terrible version…

Sharks In Toronto – Ripley’s Aquarium

[more to come later. Short version: the shark tunnel is cool. Petting the troglodyte things was gross and cool. The hoardes of small children were a little more manic than I consider optimal.]

Day 7: Huron Carol

Canada’s contribution to the carol canon: The Huron Carol | The Elora Festival Singers Listen to the whole OM Advent 2014 playlist here.

Shit Choristers Say

Top Tip: If you’ve been in choir for ages and have never met a chorister like this, it’s you. Well done to the Vancouver Cantata Singers for riding the meme wave started by this and this.

Christmas Carols: Regional Edition

A little bit of Canada (Huron Carol) and Australia (The Three Drovers) If you’ve got a favourite from your neck of the woods, do share it in the comments. Non-English carols welcome.

CBC Radio – from sea to sea to sea

A few weeks ago I had a piece in the LA Times talking about CBC Radio’s 75th anniversary, specifically how it serves as a uniting force in a country of geographical and cultural disparates. It’s 1928, and the Canadian government…

Pretty Big Dig

Miss Mussel was instantly charmed when she first saw this film at the Huntsville International Film Festival last summer. She is certain you will be too. Film by Anne Troake

T-Rex on the Westminster Chimes

You know that super famous clock chime? Apparently there are words for it. Thanks T-Rex! The Westminster Chimes, first rung in 1793 at St Mary the Great Church in Cambridge, have been ringing from Westminster Palace since the mid-19th century,…

Beer, BBQ and Mahler

or what happens when orchestras walk the walk when it comes to appealing to young professionals. Miss Mussel has long admired (and used to participate in) the tsoundcheck program, so was quite delighted when a chance to write about it…

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

In honour of the rather large snow storm that is hitting most of the American Midwest and Canada today, I’d like to offer a Christmas snippet about snow. Not the usual Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Opera Goes Down t’ Pit

The Ensemble Studio from Canadian Opera Company has just completed a 9,068 km education tour through Ontario and Quebec sponsored by globing mining giant Xstrata. View Larger Map In addition to playing schools all throughout Ontario and Quebec, the tour…

Not Available In Your Area

Miss Mussel can live without Hulu, Pandora, NBC.com, Comedy Central and Spotify (nearly). What she cannot abide is being denied access to the BBC iPlayer. While Miss Mussel resented the shakedown letters that arrived at her televisionless house in Manchester…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 7

The Sans Day Carol, performed here by the Strathroy Chorale, is a Cornish carol written sometime in the 19th century. Wikipedia postures that the carol was notated from a singing villager in St Day parish, perhaps during one of the…

Margaret Atwood: In Defence Of The Arts

We’re having a bit of a to do up here in Northern North America in regards to our Prime Minister deciding that ordinary people don’t really care about the arts. The argument is tired but it does get pulled out…

Alexander Neef New COC Director

The Canadian Opera Company have been looking for a new general director since the much-loved Richard Bradshaw died unexpectedly in August 2007. This morning, the COC announced that German-born Alexander Neef, currently the casting director at the Opera Nationale de…