Grand Music Live features webcasts from the Region of Waterloo's favourite venues, including the Jazz Room, Registry Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Humanities Theatre and more...  plus some unique venues like WLU's Lazaridus Hall.

Check out what our region has to offer: we think you'll be inspired to plan to catch a concert live when you get a chance.

The Llandovery Castle, Opera Laurier, Wilfrid Laurier University

The Llandovery Castle is a new Canadian opera by composer by Stephanie Martin and librettist Paul Ciufo, created as an act of remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the hospital ship Llandovery Castle on June 27, 1918.

The opera focuses on the lives and service of 14 Canadian Nursing Sisters who died in the tragedy. The calm confidence, skill and selflessness of Canadian nurses during the Great War stand in stark contrast to the chaos and violence that surrounded them. From the horrors inflicted by inhuman trench warfare, the Sisters offered healing and compassion to soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

The work premiered in two workshops performances in Toronto in June, 2018, to enthusiastic audiences and critical praise. Opera Laurier, based at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music on the Waterloo campus produced the first full production of the opera, on Feb. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 at 3 p.m. in the Theatre Auditorium in the John Aird Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

The production was directed by Liza Balkan and conducted by Associate Professor Kira Omelchenko and performed by nine singers, chorus and chamber orchestra – all Laurier students.

This video production was shot by Chestnut Hall Music at the final dress rehearsal on February 26 at 7:30 pm.
Copyright 2020 Stephanie Martin, All Rights Reserved

Laurier Symphony Orchestra: Symphony No.1 Mvt 4 (excerpt), by J. Brahms

Daniel Warren, trumpet with the KW Symphony organized this pop-up style concert featuring the Laurier Symphony Orchestra in the atrium of Lazaridis Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University

Symphony No. 1 Movement 4 (excerpt) composed by Johannes Brahms Performed by 

Production Credit: Chestnut Hall Music

John Tank Celebrates 75 Years with a "Birthday Jazz Jam"

John Tank, a New York based musician who hails from Kitchener, assembled his All Star Quintet with veterans of the Canadian jazz scene for his 75th birthday celebration at the Registry Theatre on March 30, 2019.  

On tenor saxophone & flute is John Tank himself, trumpet & flugelhorn the sizzling Kevin Turcotte, tinkling the ivories on piano is none other than Bernie Senensky, plucking the string bass is Jim Vivian and finally hittin' the skins is Ted “Angus” Warren.

Playing classics such as “My Romance” - Richard Rogers, “O Grande Amor” - Antonio Carlos Jobim, “Theme For Maxine” - Woody Shaw, “Dolphin Dance” - Herbie Hancock, “Peace” - Horace Silver as well as a number of his own originals, John Tank delights the ear.

The Waterloo Chamber Players delight the senses!

This small orchestra is composed of skilled amateur and semi-professional musicians who have been playing and performing together since 1994. Their eclectic repertoire will keep you entertained and enlightened.

Our featured concert was recorded live at Knox Presbyterian Church on Saturday October 27th, 2018 

  • Jennifer Butler – And Birds Do Sing
  • Gounod – Petite Symphonie
  • Ravel – Pavane pour une infant defunte
  • Mozart – La Clemenza di Tito Overture
  • Faure – Sicilienne from Pelleas et Melisande
  • Debussy – Petite Suite

More about The Waterloo Chamber Players

orchestra@uwaterloo are Telling the Story

orchestra@uwaterloo is a University of Waterloo orchestra open to students, staff, faculty, and alumni of the University of Waterloo. The orchestra's Music Director is Daniel Warren

Our featured live concert, Telling the Story, was recorded Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo, and presented the following works:

  • Gioachino Rossini | Barber of Seville, Overture
  • Edward Elgar | Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 - Omer Strumpf, cello
  • Jean Sibelius | En saga, Op. 9
  • Richard Wagner | Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Overture

Shy Harry aren't shy on talent!

Front man Eric Bolton, a force in the local indie music scene leads this rock-groove trio of talented musicians on a journey of foot stomping songs that focus on raw instrumentation and little to no effects. 

In this live concert from the Cambridge Arts Theatre, they play a number of tracks from their 2018 album Yestermind.

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The Sultans of String are on a "Christmas Caravan"

3 time JUNO Award nominees and Billboard charting band The Sultans of String are a Toronto-based world music group that perform energetic, genre-hopping musical styles of Celtic reels, flamenco, gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms. 

This concert captures the first part of a performance of their world music infused Christmas album "Christmas Caravan".

Taped December 1, 2017 at The Registry Theatre.

More about The Sultans of String

Joni NehRita is a Class Act!

Toronto-born Jamaican-Canadian singer/songwriter/musician Joni NehRita has become a staple on the regional scene of KW/Guelph since relocating there a decade ago. She is known for steadily releasing great music & being an engaging performer. While her musical tastes are eclectic, she is best known as a soul/R&B artist and as a jazz vocalist. 

Taped September 15, 2017 at The Jazz Room.

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Michael Kelly Cavan is a rare gem

Michael finds inspiration in his immigrant family experience as well as his life growing up in Northern Ontario.  He writes in the Irish and Canadian folk music traditions. His lyrics evoke clearly defined imagery and his melodic tenor voice sounds reminiscent of country artist John Denver.  

He has graced the stages of Massey Hall, the El Mocambo, the Horseshoe Tavern, Hugh's Room and various other venues far and wide.  

Taped March 9, 2017 at the Registry Theatre. 

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Ted's Warren Commission - Long Ago and Far Away | The Jazz Room

Ted's Warren Commission, live at the Jazz Room, Huether Hotel, Waterloo.

The concert was streamed live to the internet in Hi-Def (720p, 3mbps) on November 26, 2011, a first for the Jazz Room!  Thanks to Waterloo's Dejero, who provided us with their transmitter that enabled us to stream in pristine video on the web!

Mike Malone is on trumpet, Kim Ratcliffe on guitar, Mike Downes on bass, and Ted Warren, drums.

More about Ted

John Tank's All Star Jazz Quintet | Three and One - Thad Jones

KW’s illustrious tenor sax man John Tank returned from New York to mark The Registry Theatre’s 15th anniversary season. John turned the spotlight on the great composers of jazz, including Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Charlie Haden, and more. Once again, John brought with him Canada’s very best jazz musicians, Don Thompson piano, Dave Young bass, Terry Clarke drums, and trumpeter Kevin Turcotte whose playing can be heard in the new Chet Baker movie, Born To Be Blue. Plus special guest cellist Ben Bolt-Martin.

Kevin Ramessar - Live at the Registry Theatre | Harvest Moon

On February 10, 2012, Kevin Ramessar performed with his band at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, featuring a tribute to Neil Young's 1972 "Harvest" album. Joining him were Mike Janzen, piano, Mark MacIntyre, bass and Giampaolo Scattozzam, drums. It was a special evening, and Kevin's inspired interpretations of Neil's classic songs were well received!

Ramessar at the Registry: Interpreting Neil Young's music with the respect it deserves.

The Jazz Room and NUMUS | The Penderecki String Quartet with Patricia O’Callaghan

NUMUS Great Canadian Jazz Summit - Neue Berlin Cabaret with Patricia O’Callaghan and the Penderecki String Quartet at the Huether Hotel Jazz Room, Waterloo, Ontario. Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Mother's Tale

A mother watching over her sick child... For a moment, she falls asleep. Death steals the child away... and she must now choose the best for her child: to hold or let go...

The Chestnut Hall Camerata presented A Mother's Tale,  a music-narration adaptation of the mythic tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a mother who pursues Death in the hope of winning back her child.

The concert at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener featured performances by Laura Pudwell, Jennifer Enns Modolo, mezzo-sopranos; Daneil Cabena, male alto; Sandra Mogensen, piano; Douglas Perry, viola; Kevin Ramessar, guitar and Giselle Sanderson, vocal, with special guests Ted Follows and Michelle Fisk, narrators.

A Mother's Tale - Jacob's Dream

 Kevin Ramessar, guitar and Giselle Sanderson, vocal, presented this rendition of the haunting song recorded by Alison Krauss on her album 100 Miles Or More as part of A Mother's Tale, presented by Chestnut Hall Camerata at the Registry Theatre.

"Jacob’s Dream is based on a true story about two boys, Joseph, aged five, and George Cox , aged six, who were lost in the in the dense forest of Spruce Hollow, in the Allegheny Mountain region of Pennsylvania.

Two little boys lost in the wilderness of the Allegheny Front in April 1856 brought a thousand men from near and far to search the twisting hollows and steep ridges. For two desperate weeks, they hunted in vain until a man named Jacob Dibert had three dreams, in which he found them".