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Members' News - APRIL 2017

Marion Abbott’s Confidential Musical Theatre Project is performing two shows, on Friday April 7 in Newmarket and Monday April 27 in Toronto. The idea is simple. Casts get scripts and scores to familiarize themselves with their roles— but can’t reveal the show title or their role. With no rehearsals, the cast and crew meet for the first time one hour before the performance begins. The audience has no knowledge of what show they’re about to see. The only rule: don’t stop, no matter what! See for more information.

Three of John Beckwith’s works will be performed by New Music Concerts at Trinity-St. Paul’s Church on April 28. They are Avowals (1986), along with Quintet (2015) and Calling (2016), both premières.

Julia Chmilnitzky has two paintings hanging at Toronto City Hall in the office of Councillor Christine Carmichael-Greb. They are featured on the front page of her current community newsletter that went out to 1,600 homes in Central Toronto.

Mary Frances Coady will spend the month of April as a writer in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia.

Jean Edwards is organizing a gala fundraising event for the Heliconian Hall Foundation in honour of her late husband, Stan Edwards, who established the Foundation. The gala takes place on Sunday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Heliconian Hall, celebrating life, music, laughter and love! Among many friends appearing with Jean at the concert will be Penelope Cookson and former Club members Meredith Hall and Brahm Goldhamer. Mezzo soprano Maria Soulis, actor Peggy Mahon and pianist Nataliya Lepeshkina will also share their talents. For more information, go to or call (416) 922-3618.

Margie Hunter-Hoffman’s work Ildy in Transformation was accepted to be part of the SCA’s 2017 Open International ONLINE Exhibition running from March 15–June 15. You can find the exhibition at

Judy Ivkoff invites you to view her most recent new work at the opening on Saturday, April 8, of her solo exhibition, Earthly Matters, at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church St. Toronto, 2-4 p.m. The show runs Tuesdays through Saturdays excluding holiday weekends until April 28.

Marvyne Jenoff’s mixed media collage Blue Town will be displayed in the Ontario Society of Artists Open Juried Show at the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay Street. The opening reception is Thursday, April 6, 6:00–8:00 p.m. The show runs until April 28 and is open to the public weekdays from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Until April 15 Marvyne’s work can be seen in the continuously running slide show of images by several artists at the Brioche Dorée Café. View it online at

Alan Stein will be the visual artist on an Adventure Canada Cruise, travelling to Greenland and Wild Labrador and Newfoundland from September 23–October 7. He will be facilitating workshops and on-site sketching outings. Members who are interested in joining Alan on this cruise can obtain more information at or from Sheryl Saint:

Club members may be interested in a retrospective of paintings by Carol Vine’s uncle in Kingston this spring and summer. It is called Road Trip: Across Canada with Alan C. Collier. Alan Collier was a member of the Club for forty years, and five of his portraits of Club Presidents grace our Foyer and Lounge. The show runs from April 29 to August 6 at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University.

Bill Wescott would us to know about Chistina Petrowska Quillico (former Sir Ernest MacMillan honourary member of the club) is hosting a launch for her new CD, "World's Apart" on April 7, 5:30 at the Canada Music Centre.   (Free admission, open bar, and mini concert of contemporary piano music).  Rumour has it that music by Bill Westcott will be performed.  For more information tgo to: