Capella Intima will be presenting a concert called Venice and Beyond, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m., at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd.
Capella Intima consists of Bud Roach, tenor and Baroque guitar; Cory Knight, tenor; David Roth, baritone; Sara-Anne Churchill, organ and harpsichord; and Justin Haynes, on gamba. It performs sacred and secular music from 17th Century Venice, including works by Merula, Sances, Grandi, and Milanuzzi.
Tickets for Venice and Beyond are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students and arts workers, and can be picked up at the door. For more information on Capella Intima, call 905-517-3594, or visit www.capellaintima.com.

Jonathan Alderson is the founder of Intensive Multi-Treatment Intervention Program specializing in the treatment of children with autism. The Harvard graduate – and Beach resident’s – latest book, Challenging the Myths of Autism, hopes to dispel many of the prevailing myths of this misunderstood and confusing disorder. Drawing on the latest research, Alderson looks to change the way parents of autistic children, and health care professionals view autism, and “chart a whole new realm of possibilities for treatment and research.”
Alderson will be reading from Challenging the Myths of Autism at a special presentation at the Beaches Public Library, Nov. 22, beginning at 7 p.m.
Challenging the Myths of Autism is published through Harper Collins, and is available at BookCity, Coles, and all Chapters/Indigo bookstores. More information about Jonathan Alderson, and his work with autistic children can be found on his website at www.jalderson.com.

Cale Sampson, local rapper, and self-styled “socially conscious hip hop artist from Toronto” took the stage and lent his inspirational lyrics and poetry to the Occupy Toronto movement in St. James Park early during the protest in October. His rap, called Reach Up, is fast becoming an anthem of sorts to the protesters downtown, especially since the YouTube video of it went viral.
“The top one percent of the population/Owns 40 percent of the wealth/Over 30,000 children die every day/From poverty and lack of health.” Those who posted comments on the video were convinced that  his lyrics were “Immaculate truth,” and “The best poem of the century.” It’s clear that Sampson is inspired by the Occupy Toronto Movement, and you can tell from the video that the crowd was loving it.
For more information on Cale Sampson, and where to purchase his recordings, visit www.CaleSampson.com. To see the YouTube video, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v+zQ-zOikOS4E.

Ian White

If rap and hip hop is not your thing, you may want to drop down to The Free Times Café, 320 College St., just west of Spadina, Nov. 24, from 8 to 10 p.m. to catch the Ian White Band. The band, featuring Aldo Missio on mandolin, and Bill MacLean on bass and vocals, performs songs from Wonder Grows, White’s debut CD.
Admission is pay-what-you-can. For more information visit www.ianwhite.org.

On Nov. 26, the basement of St. Nicholas Church will be transformed into a real down-home Newfoundland kitchen party when Acoustic Harvest presents Christina Smith and Jean Hewson.
“Salt soaked, weathered, hardy and ruggedly beautiful” are terms that have been used to describe Newfoundland, as well as the music of Smith and Hewson.

Christina Smith and Jean Hewson

Smith is a classical-trained cellist, as well as being a songwriter. She has performed all around the world accompanying the likes of Jim Payne and Ron Hynes. Her first solo album was called Fiddle Me This.
Jean Hewson is considered one of the most talented balladeers in Newfoundland. Her versatile voice has been heard with such groups as Barkin Kettle, Saddle Sorority, This Side Up, and Sweet Abalone. Her solo recording is called Early Spring.
The latest CD by this talented duo is called August Gale, and it can be ordered through their website, www.jeanandchristina.ca, where you can also hear MP3 clips of their music.
Tickets to Christina Smith and Jean Hewson are $20 for adults, and $18 for seniors & students, and can be purchased at the door. Acoustic Harvest is located in St, Nicholas Church, 1512 Kingston Rd., just east of Warden. For more information call 416-264-2235, or visit www.acousticharvest.ca.

Cantemus Singers, under the direction of Michael Erdman, presents Nowell Sing We, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m., at Holy Trinity Church, Eaton Centre, and Nov. 27 at 3 p.m., at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave., at Main Street.
The concert will be a performance of Renaissance carols and motets, along with Telemann’s Magnificat in G. Accompanying the Cantemus Singers will be the Community Baroque Orchestra of Toronto.
Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors, and are available at the door. For more information call 416-578-6602, or visit www.cantemus.ca.

The Toronto Beach Chorale presents The Sounds of Yule, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd.
Conductor Mervin Fick will lead the Toronto Beach Chorale through a program of music from the film Home Alone; The World at the Manger – A Christmas Cantata, by Malcolm Williamson; as well as a suite of timeless and charming carols by John Rutter.
Tickets to The Sounds of Yule are $20 for general admission, $10 for youth 7 to 18, and kids 6 and under are free. For more information visit www.torontobeachchorale.com.

Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Wood Glen Rd., presents The Littlest Angel, Dec. 3, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. The Littlest Angel is a musical production that tells the story of the newest angel to arrive in Heaven. He finds adjusting to the ways of Heaven impossible until he is sent back to Earth to retrieve a special box. That changes everything. The Littlest Angel is a delightful, family-friendly production that everyone will enjoy.
Tickets for The Littlest Angel are $10 for adults and teens, and $5 for seniors and children. There is limited seating so get your tickets in advance, by calling Susan at 647-341-5613, or emailing spw@rogers.com
You are also invited to join everyone at Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church for some Christmas carolling, Dec. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the church. It’s a great way for the community to get together and celebrate the season. Refreshments will be served, so come on along and join the fun.
For more information call either 647-341-5613, or 416-699-3084.

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