On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the Toronto Choral Society (TCS) is delighted to present Both Sides Now: Music of the Yorkville Coffee Houses. The concert is the latest in a series presented by TCS celebrating the history of Toronto. In 2010, a concert entitled The Resting Place of Pioneers honored the settlers buried in the cemetery formerly located in what is now Yorkville. This spring, the choir comes full circle, bringing the well-known downtown community back into focus with the vibrant music performed there (and elsewhere in Toronto) in the 60s and 70s.
“This concert springs directly from our straight-up love for this music, and it’s exciting to have the chance to perform it as part of the choir’s mandate to tell Toronto’s stories,” said Geoffrey Butler, TCS conductor and artistic director. “It also rounds out a great season of choral music that has included Handel’s Messiah as well as performances of Faure’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.”
At the core of the concert is well-loved folk music from some of the day’s greatest singer-songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Buffy St. Marie. Rounding out the program, the choir will also perform selections from some of the musicals that uniquely represent the era of peace and love (and political dissent): Hair, Godspell, and Jesus Christ Superstar.