The Blythwood Winds is one of Toronto's most sought-after wind ensembles. Founded in 2010, the wind quintet performs at many of Toronto's musical and cultural venues including the Canadian Music Centre, the Music Gallery, Gallery 345, Array Space, and The Art Gallery of Ontario. Above all else, the Blythwood Winds is committed to the performance of Canadian music. In 2015, the quintet gave a concert at the Music Gallery featuring world premieres by Toronto based composers Kevin Lau, William Rowson, and Nathaniel Barnes. This past year, they hosted Hogtown Roundup 2: Toronto Graffiti at Toronto’s Heliconian Hall, premiering newly commissioned music by Jason Doell, Elisha Denburg, and Bekah Simms. The group was also featured in 2015 on the JUNOfest Classical Nominees’ Showcase presented by CBC Music with the Canadian Music Centre in Hamilton, Ontario where they performed Jacques Hétu's Quintette, Op. 13. Other recent concerts included summer appearances at the Toronto Music Garden, and Music at St. James Park.
The Blythwood Winds have a fruitful relationship with the Canadian Music Centre with performances of music by Canadian composers Norman Sherman, Elisha Denburg, and Alan Heard. The quintet has also been involved with the CMC's OPUS Testing, a co-presentation with Musica Reflecta in which the group premiered pieces by Toronto composers for wind quintet and narrator inspired by popular Russian fables. This concert will be presented again this November as part of New Music 101, an educational concert series that combines performance and discussion in Toronto Public Libraries. As well as its live performances, the Blythwood Winds is featured on the Canadian Music Centre's digital audio archive CentreStreams, with recordings in 2013 of previously unrecorded works by Toronto composers James Gayfer and Elisha Denburg, and other CMC Associate Composers.
In addition to its dedication to presenting the works of Canadian composers, the Blythwood Winds is passionate about spreading music to all audiences, performing its own arrangements of symphonic repertoire, holiday music, and movie soundtracks at many Toronto bars and restaurants.
The Blythwood Winds are:
Timothy Crouch, flute
Elizabeth Eccleston, oboe
Anthony Thompson, clarinet
Kevin Harris, bassoon
Curtis Vander Hyden, horn
SUNDAY, DEC. 11TH, 2016 @ 8PM (FREE TIMES CAFE, 320 COLLEGE ST.)
The Blythwood Winds are blasting off to a galaxy far, far away to perform music from Star Wars, including an epic suite of music from the flick that started it all, Star Wars Episode IV: A NEW HOPE. But maybe outer space and epic storylines aren't your thing - never fear! We will also be performing arrangements of holiday favourites to get everyone in the mood for friends, family, and good cheer. We're especially excited that this concert features never-before heard arrangements by our talented horn player, Curtis Vander Hyden.
The fun all happens Sunday, December 11th at Free Times Cafe at 8pm - admission is PWYC! Drink, be merry, and blast off with the Blythwood Winds. To guarantee your seat, make a dinner reservation between 6:30-7:30pm (416-967-1078).
SUMMER SHOWS 2016
SATURDAY, JULY 30TH, 2016 5PM @ MOUNT PLEASANT (375 MOUNT PLEASANT RD)
MUSIC AT MOUNT PLEASANT featuring works by Elliot Carter, Harry Freedman and Paul Hindemith
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2016 7PM @ ST. JAMES PARK (120 KING ST E)
MUSIC IN ST. JAMES PARK featuring works by Elliot Carter, Harry Freedman, Paul Hindemith, Paquito d'Rivera, Alan Menken, and John Williams
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, 2015 @ 8PM, FREE TIMES CAFE (320 COLLEGE ST)
POP GOES THE DISNEY
Enjoy classic film music from Disney and beyond. This concert features the fabulous arrangements of our talented horn player Curtis Vander Hyden. Come down to Free Times Cafe and enjoy live music, have a drink, and maybe even sing along!
NEW MUSIC 101: WHAT'S IN A FABLE?
Explore the dramatic and humorous side of timeless fables! The Blythwood Winds and narrator Alex Eddington perform several pieces by local composers. This program was developed through Musica Reflecta’s Opus: Testing workshop.
*The Toronto New Music Alliance presents the fifth annual New Music 101 series, "Exploring Boundaries of Sound and Performance." Hosted by David Perlman, editor-in-chief of The WholeNote, sessions combine performance, presentation and discussion.
MONDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2016 @ 8PM, THE TRANZAC (292 BRUNSWICK AVE)
THE NEW WORLD (IN FOUR ACTS)
North America is a place of countless diverse identities, but all of them are inextricably linked in some way to the legacy of Europe’s colonization of the continent. This concert examines four vastly different musical voices born in a sense from this common legacy.
Join us for Paquito d’Rivera’s Afro-Cuban take on the wind quintet in Aires Tropicalis, intellectual complexity tinged with humour and jazz in Elliott Carter’s Wind Quintet, a humorous poke at some of the greatest works of musical history in Arne Running's Aria and Quodlibet, and Canada's own John Estacio's vibrant and appealing Sinfonietta, written for five musicians in this great nation's capital.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7TH, 2016 @ 8PM, ARRAY SPACE (155 WALNUT AVE)
This program explores the musical geography of continental Europe, contrasting old-school German romanticism with the French school of the early 20th century. Both Germany and France are represented by one composer who was an undisputed master of their craft, and a skilled but lesser-known composer with related influences. Music featured at this performance is Robert Schumann's Rhenish Symphony (movement I, arr. Vander Hyden), August Klughardt's Quintett, Marcel Bitsch's Sonatine, and the witty Quintet No. 1 by Jean Françaix
SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH, 2016 @ 3PM, HELICONIAN HALL (35 HAZELTON AVE)
Each year Blythwood Winds premieres newly composed Canadian works for woodwind quintet on its Hogtown Roundup series.
This coming season we revisit what makes this city tick with Hogtown Roundup: Toronto Graffiti on June 12th, 2016 at Heliconian Hall! We are excited to announce that this concert will be co-curated by Elisha Denburg, co-Artistic Director of the Toy Piano Composers and General Manager of the Canadian League of Composers. Along with a new commission from Denburg, we will be featuring premieres of works by Jason Doell, Bekah Simms, and Alex Eddington. There will be multidisciplinary elements to this performance with a focus on local graffiti and street art.