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Audition material for Plays, Shows and Musical Theatre at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor

October 6, 2015 | Wendy | Comments (10) Facebook Twitter More...

We have audition material for upcoming plays and shows that you can use at the Arts Department, 5th floor of Toronto Reference Library (the list is updated regularly).  


** Attention Auditioners! Current audition listings have been moved to a new blog where you can sign up to receive instant email notification of new postings. The listings below are no longer being updated. Please check out the new Audition Listings blog.**



New Auditions:




Know of an upcoming audition

Tell us in person, call the 5th floor Arts Desk at 416-393-7157, or email us at Want to leave your script here so you can refer actors to us?  We do that too.                


Toronto Reference Library has an extensive collection of monologues for all your audition needs! Come to the Arts Department on the 5th floor to sample some...

Monologues for Women

Monologues for Men

Canadian Monologues

Multicultural and LGBT gay/lesbian monologues


Audition items are for use in the library only and on first come first served basis.  There are sometimes copies at other branches that you can borrow or reserve.  We do have photocopying - but you'll need a copy card or blue or white library card - remember to add money at the Main 1st floor information desk. We are on the 5th floor - Arts Department desk - Toronto Reference Library -  thank you and knock'm dead.

Listen Up: Dufflet Rosenberg's Music Picks

September 10, 2015 | D!ana | Comments (4) Facebook Twitter More...

Our previous Listen Up posts featured talented music personalities Jully Black and Jeanne Lamon. In this post, we interviewed the talented baker Dufflet Rosenberg, CEO of the popular Dufflet Pastries, about her music picks because well, haven't you ever wondered what the 'Queen of Cake' listens to when she's making that yummy key lime pie? 

Dufflet Rosenberg

Considered as 'the best baker in Toronto,' Ms. Rosenberg established the Dufflet brand in 1975 and eventually opened the first Dufflet store on Queen Street West serving some of the city's tastiest pastries and delectable desserts. 


Here's what her favourite albums are: 

1.Kind of Blue, Miles Davis (1997, originally released in 1959legacy edition 2009)

Miles Davis Kind of Blue Album Cover

Dufflet says: "Reminds me of being a teenager sitting in smoky basements with my friends. I was lucky to have seen him in perform in Toronto a few times, his live concerts were wonderful."



2. Blue, Joni Mitchell (1986, originally released in 1971)

  Joni Mitchell Blue Album Cover

Dufflet says: "Brilliant songwriter and a Canadian woman holding her own with international folk stars. 'A Case of You' was an anthem for love-struck girls in the 70's."



3. Girl Talk, Holly Cole Trio (1990)

Holly Cole Trio Girl Talk Album Cover


Dufflet says: "Another fantastic Canadian voice, this album really feels like 'Toronto' to me as it was her first full-length album recorded with her trio when she moved here from Halifax."



4. Hymns of the 49th Parallel, KD Lang (2004)

  K D Lang Hymns Of The 49th Parallel Album Cover

Dufflet says: "An amazing voice and an amazing selection of cover songs including Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' and Jane Siberry's 'Love is Everything'. So much Canadian goodness in one place!"



5. The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years, Elvis Costello (2007)

The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years Album Cover

Dufflet says: "Some compilations are guilty of being topped up with filler songs, but this one is brilliant - all of my fav songs in one place! 'What's So Funny' and 'High Fidelity' are songs that I sing along to in the car - when I'm sure nobody's looking."




6. All day, Girl Talk (2010)

All Day Album Cover


Dufflet says: "Crazy DJ mash-up energy music, you get a little bit of everything here, samples galore!"

[Editor's note: TPL does not carry this album because the album was released as a free download! You can download it from Girl Talk's record label Illegal Art. We do have an earlier album by Girl Talk called Night Ripper (2006).]


7. Begin to Hope, Regina Spektor (2006)

Regina Spektor Begin to Hope Album Cover

Dufflet says: "A unique style and a great look. I think of her as a musical entrepreneur and her sound makes me think of cool supper clubs in Manhattan."




8. Abbey Road, Beatles (2009, originally released in 1969)

Beatles Abbey Road Album Cover

Dufflet says: "Although it's hard to pick just one, I'd have to say this is my favourite album of all time - melodic, funny, bittersweet."




9. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young (1987, originally released in 1970)

Neil Young After The Gold Rush Album Cover

Dufflet says: "One of my all-time fav song-writers. Crosby, Still, Nash & Young were such a big part of my musical tastes, and when each of them recorded a solo album after Deja Vu, I thought that I would like this one the least, but for me it's stood the test of time. I think it's genius."



Thank you Dufflet! 


In the spirit of food and music, here's a great CD that allows the listener to sample different European music from the Late Middle Ages to Renaissance period. 

Food Wine Song Album Cover

In addition to a music CD, the Food, Wine & Song album by The Orlando Consort also includes a cookbook containing 19 medieval recipes! You can really set the mood while you're feasting or cooking with this excellent pairing of festive music and decadent dishes from different countries in Europe! 

Although you can't place an order on this album, there are two ways you can still enjoy this album:

  1. Visit the Arts Department on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library where there are listening stations available and more sound recordings to discover! 
  2. Listen to this online from the Naxos Music Library (sorry, the recipe book isn't available with this option). 

If you prefer getting your music from an online source, there's also:

Want more food and music inspiration? Check out's list of classical music inspired by breads, cakes and biscuits!

What kind of music do you listen to when you're cooking or baking?

Do Leather Bindings Get You Excited? A Sneak Peek into the Treasures and Good Book Sale Sept 17-19 2015 at Toronto Reference Library

September 9, 2015 | Bill V. | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Do unclipped dust jackets on first edition hardcovers make your toes curl?

If so, then you'll really enjoy the Treasures and Good Book Sale Sept 17-19th 2015, sponsored by The Friends of the Toronto Public Library, South Chapter. They've sorted, sifted and priced thousands of donated books in many categories like art and photography, first editions, author signed copies, rare and out of print books.  There are also unusual sets and a wide selection of beautiful Folio Press titles. I've seen many reasonably priced "reading copies" of books as well.

For more details about the sale see this poster.

Below are a selection of titles for sale to give you a taste of what will be available:

This four-volume hardcover "Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" (The Century Co. © 1896) is priced at $100.00 and would look beautiful on a book shelf and has a lovely heft to it.

Napoleon Bonaparte a History (four volumes with nice binding)


"Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe" © 2002 is a great newer coffee table sized book with beautiful illustrations. $10


"History of The Department of Munitions and Supply; Canada in the Second World War" © 1950 is a two-volume hardcover with dust jacket and an interesting inscription and autograph from C. D. Howe. $50

History of the Department of Munitions and Supplies (Canadian 2 volumes and signed by C. D. Howe)


For pottery and porcelain collectors there is a large and varied selection of books including this visually stunning, heavily illustrated in color book on Meissen porcelain "Meißener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts: Die Stiftung Ernst Schneider in Schloß Lustheim" © 2004. $25


"The Silmarillion" © 1977 by J.R.R. Tolkein seems to be an first British edition hardcover with dust jacket. $300

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein - first British edition hardcover with dust jacket

The esoteric and occult are always big sellers so I imagine "Freemasonry Its Hidden Meaning" © 1948, 1976 will prove popular. $5

Freemasonry Its Hidden Meaning by George H. Steinmetz

The following are what I would call affordable "reading" copies of books - mostly hardcover with good bindings, nice easy to read print and sometimes illustrated.

Routledge Prize Library "Uncle Tom's Cabin" illustrated circa late 1800s. $6

"Native Son" hardcover with dust jacket, a reprint of the original 1940 edition. $8

Uncle Tom's Cabin (illustrated older edition hardcover) front cover   Native Son by Richard Wright

I recall reading a Penguin paperback edition of "Bleak House" in university - it was a difficult LONG read. How much more enjoyable would have been this reprint of an original Nonesuch Dickens Press. $8  

Bleak House by Charles Dickens reprint of Nonesuch Press Edition.


Treasures and Good Books Sale

Thursday, September 17,  9:30 a.m - 8 p.m ($2 admission first day only)

Friday, September 18, 9 a.m - 7 p.m

Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m - 4 p.m

Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street


Prices will range from $1 up to $300 but most material is between $2 and $15. Sorry for those who like to bargain, the prices are firm. Good news though, we accept cash, debit or credit card.

London Calling!

September 8, 2015 | Muriel | Comments (6) Facebook Twitter More...

London is always calling to me, and has done ever since my English father introduced its wonders to me when I was little. As I prepare to explore London again later this month, I noticed that London will be calling on Toronto! The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has chosen London for their City to City programme. The programmeshowcases recent work from filmmakers living and working in London,
including director Rufus Norris' film adaptation of the hit musical, London Road.

Recommended to me by my father, Genevieve is one of my favourite films with London as a film location. "Genevieve" is actually a 1904 Darracq, a veteran car owned by a young couple in London, who take it on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The car run is for pre-1905 cars, and it is the world's longest running motoring celebration.

My earliest memory of London is of going with my father to see Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Thus began my lifelong fascination with the British monarchy.  The Queen, about the aftermath of the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales on August 31, 1997, stars Helen Mirren, who will be coming to TIFF this September. Also starring in the film is Michael Sheen as Prime Minister Tony Blair, who advised the Queen on the steps she should take at this pivotal point in the British monarchy.

Eccentricity seems to me to be an intrinsic part of the English character. The extraordinarily versatile English actor Richard E. Grant plays an eccentric, unemployed actor in 1969 London in Withnail and I. Withnail is an outrageous character, quite unlike Simon Bricker, the art authority who Richard E. Grant
played recently on season five of Downton Abbey.
Genevieve    The Queen   Withnail and I

London is a romantic city: the iconic landmarks old and new; the spirit of its people; the sunrises and sunsets over the ever-flowing River Thames; and the constant movement and sense of excitement
everywhere make it a wonderful place to be.

Love Actually, which follows the lives of eight very different London couples in the month before Christmas, captures so well the joy and heartbreak of love. 84 Charing Cross Road, starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins, is based on a poignant true story about a transatlantic business correspondence between an American writer and a London antiquarian bookseller. Notting Hill, with great scenesof London, is another story about a bookshop, whose owner is played by
Hugh Grant. He meets and falls in love with a movie star, played convincingly by Julia Roberts!

  Love Actually 84 Charing Cross Road     Notting Hill

Some of my favourite actors have starred in films about LondonMichael Caine stars as a Cockney ladies' man in Alfie; Carey Mulligan stars as a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London who falls for an older
man in An Education; and Sidney Poitier stars in To Sir, with Love as an idealistic teacher at a white high school in the slums of London's East End.

Alfie An Education     To Sir With Love

The criminal side of London is explored in The Long Good Friday, which stars Bob Hoskins as an East End London criminal kingpin in the late 1970s, and Helen Mirren as his girlfriend. Michael Caine is
mesmerizing in Harry Brown, where he plays an ex-serviceman living on a London housing estate, out to avenge his best friend's murder. London provides a damp and bleak backdrop in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman as espionage veteran George Smiley, who uncovers a Soviet agent within MI6.

The Long Good Friday    Harry Brown      Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

London style and intrigue are combined effortlessly in Blow-Up, one of the most atmospheric films I have ever seen. In this film by famed Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, a mod London photographer believes he has captured a murder after he takes photographs of a mysterious beauty in a London park. Another film brimming with London style and bursting with energy is Kingsman: The Secret Service, about a spy organization based in a London tailor's shop. Unusually, the organization
recruits Lee, a street kid played by Jonno Davies, to its training program.

However, for sheer London style and elegance, My Fair Lady is at the top of my list. It stars Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Dolittle, a Cockney flower seller, and Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics who makes a bet that he can make Eliza presentable in high society. Famed English photographer Cecil Beaton won Academy Awards for both art direction and costume design for My Fair Lady. Unmissable in the film, from the Ascot horse racing scene, is Audrey's Hepburn beautiful white and black dress, with matching hat of course.

Blow Up   Kingsman The Secret Service    My Fair Lady

London icons have featured in many films, and one of my recent favourites is Paddington, based on the children's books by Michael Bond about a polite Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home.  

London makes a very handsome film location in Skyfall, with the iconic British Secret Service agent James Bond played by Daniel Craig. I am looking forward to going to see Spectre, the next James Bond film, due to come out this fall.

The Beatles, the best-selling band in history and truly known worldwide as an English icon, travel to London from Liverpool to perform in a television broadcast in A Hard Day's Night

Paddington         Skyfall         A Hard Day's Night

London will always call to me, and I think I shall never tire of it, for as English writer Samuel Johnson (1709 to 1784) said:

                 "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life"

"Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" Back to School with Movies at Toronto Public Library

September 8, 2015 | Beau | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

School has always been a popular setting for movies of all kinds - comedies, dramas, documentaries, science fiction mind-benders - and the Toronto Public Library 's DVD collection has enough of them to keep you in a film class of your own until school lets out again next spring. Whether you're celebrating the first day of school today or mourning it, make these scholastic films a part of your cinematic education!

Mean Girls DVD              Election                Dead Poets Society         

       Dazed And Confused      Half Nelson       Hoop Dreams

The 400 Blows                               Brick                 
 Fast Times At Ridgemont High  Friday Night Lights  Rushmore  Heathers  An Education
School Of Rock                             To Sir With Love       

                        The Breakfast Club                                         

Clueless                 Ferris Bueller's Day Off                  Donnie Darko        

            Animal House          Easy A

Gay Nerds Explained through Venn Diagrams

September 7, 2015 | Brent | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...


Gay Nerds, JP Larocque's award winning web series, will be coming to Toronto Reference Library in the Beeton auditorium on Monday September 28th.

Fans of MTV's "1 Girl: 5 Gays" will know JP as a series regular. He's also been busy as a columnist in Xtra, hosting the TO Webfest awards, and promoting Gay Nerds at Comicons, FanExpos and other geekfests across North America.

Gay Nerds follows the adventures of Ralphie, Lana, Sammy and Paige, four single twenty-somethings and their fantastic and horrifying dating lives that somehow eerily mimic classic Science Fiction and Horror movies. (Think of how the monsters in the first season of Buffy were physical manifestations of whatever inter-personal problem Sarah Michelle Gellar was facing that week.)

The parodies of classics like Aliens, The Shining and 28 Days Later are deadly not only as movie parodies, but also as time capsules of contemporary gay life.


Although the series is available online, the ensemble cast--Robert Keller, Alexandra Wylie, Ryan Kerr and Justine Moriz--play the leads with such a gleefully amoral zest, that Gay Nerds is definitely something better shared with a crowd.

Now the Venn diagrams. Slash Fiction, Ho Yay in Smallville, and everything Star Trek from George Takei to Zachary Quinto have established real cross-over credibility between the LGBTQ communities and Science Fiction fans.

GAY Nerds Explained through Venn Diagrams

So in the old days, the intersection between the Queer community and SciFi fans would seemingly limit the audience to people who were both gay AND nerds.

GAY Nerds Explained through Venn Diagrams

But in a world of Marvel beefcake, the Big Bang Theory, Kevin Keller, Steve MacIsaac's shirtlifter, the Toronto Queer Zine Fair and Jiraiya, that potential audience has expanded to embrace every shade of Gayness and Nerdom.

The universe of people who are neither gay nor nerds sometimes seems thin and tangential.


GAY Nerds Explained through Venn Diagrams

And this is a good thing. One gay friend tells me how the humanisation of the stormtroopers in The Force Awakens trailer was prefigured in the Clone Wars series. A straight dad regularly posts him and his kids doing cosplay; another shares his heartbreak missing out on a gig as a body double for Thor. A friend whose essays I helped edit calls himself my padawan.

And everyone knows more about Buffy than me.

And this is why you should come to Gay Nerds at Toronto Reference Library on September 28th at 7pm.

Because in 2015, the universe pretty much looks like this:

GAY Nerds Explained through Venn Diagrams 

Summer Mixtape

August 31, 2015 | Charlene Lee | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

As August quickly passes us by, I still find myself in disbelief that summer is nearly at its end. The encroachment of September means a few things; for some, it's a scramble to get ready for school; for me it's an onslaught of nostalgia. One remedy during this sentimental time is to make myself a playlist to commemorate the previous few months. Although cassettes are a thing of the past, the tradition of making playlists is alive and well. Whether it's for the commute to work, or for a workout, making a good playlist is both useful and therapeutic. 

Photo courtesy of tara hunt on a cc license

Deciding which songs make the cut can oftentimes be a difficult process, but it all depends on the purpose of the list. 2015 has so far been a great year for music, and this summer for festivals. With lots of fantastic musicians having graced Toronto stages this summer, I wanted to make a playlist to commemorate just that. 

"Know Yourself", Drake 

If You're Reading This It's Too Late is Drake's fourth studio album. The album (which the rapper refers to as a mixtape) is reminiscent of his 2009 mixtape So Far Gone, and has landed him on the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List. If You're Reading This is somber and hypnotic, which is most exemplified in "Know Yourself". The album is also available at TPL through Hoopla.


If You're Reading This It's Too Late
If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Drake (Cash Money Records)



"I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)", Jamie xx feat. Young Thug and Popcaan

Jamie xx was in town for the inaugural Bestival, and then for his solo show earlier in the month. While promoting his debut album In Colourwhich is nothing short of genius, he also delivered a couple of fantastic performances. The album is moody, ambient, and intimate, and every track is perfection. "Good Times" is a collaboration of electronic, dancehall, and soul, and absolutely exudes happiness.


"Without You", Tobias Jesso Jr

BC native, Tobias Jesso Jr (who is also nominated for the Short List) adds a little tired, wounded soul to my playlist. Nothing like a song about heartbreak to mourn the summer. His debut album Goon is intimate and minimal, yet whole and complete. Although Jesso had to pull out of this year's WayHome festival, you can catch him live this Fall. 


"Seasons (Waiting On You)", Future Islands

Future Islands brings some needed synthpop to pick things up in this list. "Seasons" is the fearless hit from their fourth album Singles. The song is impulsive and empowering, and Samuel T. Herring's vocals add elements of passion and vulnerability. This infectious track will have you side-stepping! If you weren't able to catch them at this summer's WayHome fest, check out Herring's moves on the Baltimore band's 2014 Letterman appearance

Future Islands - Singles
Singles, Future Islands (4AD)

"i", Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has been busy. After releasing To Pimp A Butterfly this year to much acclaim, he's been performing at numerous festivals, including a near perfect set this summer at WayHome. "i" comes towards the end of Butterfly, and is one of its more upbeat tracks. "i" encapsulates Lamar's message throughout, that is, through adversity we have no choice but to try to be better. The album is also available through Hoopla.


Needless to say my ode to summer would be longer, but these tracks reflect my summer music experiences.

Looking for your next favourite album? Check out TPL's growing music collection or stream music and videos at home through Hoopla.

They Won't Let Me Go to TIFF: I Still Watch VHS

August 27, 2015 | Bill V. | Comments (3) Facebook Twitter More...

Does your heart pine for the insert, click and whirl of the video?

Does your Great Aunt Filomene refuse to get rid of her VHS player?

Did you know Toronto Public Library still has 2300 VHS that you can borrow? The last collection is located in the Arts Department of the Toronto Reference Library but all of them can be found in our catalogue and most can be placed on hold and sent to your local branch.

What kind of things do we still have? I asked my co-worker Brenda, who has been with the VHS collection for 17 years, to tell me some of her own and the public's favorites:

VHS Wayne Gretzky Gzowski in Conversation

There is a strong Canadian focus to the collection. The 1999 Peter Gzowski interview with Wayne Gretzky is a great example of an older item that really gives an historical flavour to a popular figure.


VHS The Making of a Dancer biography of Stephane Leonard done by the National Film Board
We also have a large collection of 450 VHS produced by the National Film Board. This biography of dancer Stephane Leonard is part of the diverse Canadian collection.


The Beatles Story

But we have a strong international flavor as well and what could be more popular than The Days of Beatlemania 1962-1970?

Well, actually war and history are still in high demand and this Red Baron World War One documentary is still popular.

The Red Baron


Any library staff can tell you that travel material is very popular and Brenda, who is fond of the East Coast, especially enjoys the three volume East of Canada The Story of Newfoundland.

VHS video East of Canada the story of Newfoundland


I wanted to end with one that resonates personally - my father and his family owned a home on Clinton Street. Christie Pits was the park he used and it's still a local landmark in the neighborhood but in the 1930s it was the scene of an anti-semitic and anti-immigrant riot. My family, who are Macedonian Greek, used to speak of a similar earlier incident in Toronto at the end of WW I: see the DVD Violent August the 1918 anti-Greek riots in Toronto.

VHS video The riot at Christie Pits


So, if you, or your mom, still has a hankering for VHS please come and visit. 

We also have over 8000 DVDs - mainly documentaries, how to and performance.


The Fake Book - the (jazz) musician's best friend

August 24, 2015 | Bill V. | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

When I asked about fake books one of my musically knowledgeable co-workers said "a lot of people only read chords". 

For the rest of us though a fake book is a type of musical score/sheet music collection:

Each song in a fake book contains the melody line, basic chords and sometimes lyrics - the minimal information needed by a musician to make an impromptu arrangement of a song, or "fake it." The fake book is a central part of the culture of playing music in public, especially in jazz, where improvisation is particularly valued.

I had an "aha" moment at the phrase "public playing". I was reminded of piano bars with huge brandy snifters full of dollar bills (I'm old) sitting atop the piano where a suave, well dressed man - or woman- played requests for tips. Occasionally, through the smoke and dim lights, you would see a song request stump the musician and out would come a loose bound collection of lead sheets songs - their personal fake book.

Nowadays, I sometimes get people who look a bit down-at-the-heels asking for fake books. Out of curiosity, I asked one man what he used the fake book for and he explained he was a street musician expanding his repertoire.

If you're interested in fake books you may enjoy some of the following ones available at Toronto Public Library. The biggest collection of sheet music (over 30,000 scores!) is found in the Arts Department of the Toronto Reference Library. We have scores to borrow or for use only in the Library (we have copiers).


The New real book Jazz classics, choice standards, pop-fusion classics
The new standard in jazz fake books since 1988. Endorsed by McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Dave Liebman, and many more. Evenly divided between standards, jazz classics and pop-fusion hits, this is the all-purpose book for jazz gigs, weddings, jam sessions, etc. Like all Sher Music fake books, it features composer-approved transcriptions, easy-to-read calligraphy, and many extras (sample bass lines, chord voicings, drum appendix, etc.) not found in conventional fake books.

This is the ultimate fake book  melody, lyrics, chords for all 'C' instruments.   The Best fake book ever  over 1000 songs

Charles Mingus, more than a fake book   Thelonious Monk fake book C Editiond


How to play from a fake book  faking your own arrangements from melodies and chords


  Classic rock fake book  over 250 great songs of the rock era   The ultimate rock pop fake book  melody, lyrics, chords for all C instruments

The real book 6th edition
(Fake Book). The Real Books are the best-selling jazz books of all time. Since the 1970s, musicians have trusted these volumes to get them through every gig, night after night. The problem is that the books were illegally produced and distributed, without any regard to copyright law, or royalties paid to the composers who created these musical masterpieces. Hal Leonard is very proud to present the first legitimate and legal editions of these books ever produced. You won't even notice the difference, other than that all of the notorious errors have been fixed: the covers and typeface look the same, the song list is nearly identical, and the price for our edition is even cheaper than the original! Every conscientious musician will appreciate that these books are now produced accurately and ethically, benefitting the songwriters that we owe for some of the greatest tunes of all time! Includes 400 songs.

  Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook (fake book)     Love and wedding fake book over 285 songs for piano, vocal, guitar, electronic keyboard and all C instruments


There are also come online resources you may find useful:


Listen Up: Jeanne Lamon's Music Picks

August 6, 2015 | D!ana | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

In our second Listen Up post, we've caught up with Jeanne Lamon, talented violinist, formerly the Music Director of Tafelmusik and currently the Chief Artistic Advisor of Tafelmusik.

Jeanne Lamon

Listen Up is a new series of blog posts that highlight some favourite albums of a variety of Torontonians! Last week, we featured platinum selling recording artist and Canada's Queen of R&B Soul, Jully Black.

With over 33 years of performing with and directing Tafelmusik, Jeanne Lamon has also guest directed symphony orchestras all over Canada and internationally. She is also praised by critics for her strong musical leadership and has won numerous awards, including being recently appointed to The Order of Ontario in 2014. 


Here's what her favourite albums are:

1. Chopin Nocturnes 4 Ballades (2 CD set), Vladimir Ashkenazy (1997)



Jeanne says: "This is the most romantic music ever, and the most comforting. The performance is pure perfection, the bending of time masterful. My favourite."




2. Los Pájaros Perdidos The South American Project, L'Arpeggiata & Christina Pluhar (2012)

La Pajaros Perdidos
Jeanne says: "I love this CD because it's so expressive. It's kind of a crossover between "World" music and "Classical", my two favourites. South American traditional songs sung and arranged by wonderful classically trained singers and instrumentalists. Great percussion!"



3. Bach Brandenburg Concertos (2 CD set), Tafelmusik (2012)
Brandenburg Tafelmusik


Jeanne says: "These are a must for anyone's CD collection. Such vitality and variety and positivity in these pieces, written by the best composer who ever lived."



Thank you Jeanne!


You can borrow Jeanne's favourite albums or the CDs Jeanne has worked on from the Toronto Public Library. The Toronto Public Library also has a wide selection of Tafelmusik CDs available. 

CDs aren't your thing? Try our FREE online music services! Here are two services that carry Tafelmusik and Jeanne Lamon's musical work (have your library card ready to login):

Naxos                 Hoopla

The two services look pretty different. Here's what Naxos looks like (you can use the filters on the left side of the results to filter her work):

Naxos Jeanne Lamon


And here's a screenshot of what Hoopla looks like:

Hoopla Jeanne Lamon

Check them both out to see what they have to offer!  They are both very easy to navigate but if you would like some help, you can always call Answerline at 416-393-7131 for some step-by-step assistance. There is also a help guide available for Hoopla available.  


Photo of Jeanne Lamon from

Please note that Naxos and Hoopla update their sites often and the screenshots above were taken at the time this blog was created.  

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