Canadian Opera Company Tosca one of today’s weatherproof highlights

Adrianne Pieczonka in the Canadian Opera Company’s Tosca, airing this afternoon on CBC Radio 2 (Michael Cooper photo).

Four musical suggestions to brighten up the first Saturday in June:


This morning, Toronto pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico is the host of CBC Radio 2’s My Life in Music. The chatty musician is guaranteed to treat us to the piles of new works she has premiered over the years, as well as share memories of her second late husband, baritone Louis Quilico. In Toronto, the show runs on Radio 2 (94.1 FM) from 10:05 a.m. to noon. Check out the online version here.


A group called Swapsity arranges regular swap meets for movie books, DVDs, CDs and LPs. They’re doing it again today and tomorrow at the Metro Convention Centre’s Sage Fair today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — North Building, rooms 105 and 106. The downside? Admission is $10 for non-members (their next open-air event is in Dundas Square on July 21). You’ll find more details here.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a classical-music swap? Has anyone in Toronto ever tried to organize one? (Let me know: suchacritic (at)


CBC Radio 2’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera presents the Canadian Opera Company’s revival production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, in which soprano Adrianne Pieczonka brought down the house with her majestic take on the title role. The drama begins at 1:05 p.m. Eastern. Check out the online version here.


A wide swath of friends, acquaintances and admirers of late Toronto organist, accompanist and choral director Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill perform a little something in his honour this afternoon at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, on the corner of Ulster and Manning Aves.

Violinist Larry Beckwith has been in charge of the logistics. He and Hill’s widow, Stephanie Martin, will open the proceedings at 2 p.m. The afternoon is a procession of vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles culminating in an ad hoc choral sing of church anthems from the Tudor era.

People can come and go as they please. Proceeds from the freewill offering go to the Bruce Hill Memorial Fund.

John Terauds


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