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Toronto – Canadian breakthrough band Austra has joined the entertainment lineup for the Canadian Opera Company’s annual fundraising party, Operanation 8: A Muse Ball. One of the hottest new dance-pop bands in the world, Austra will play to the event’s young philanthropic set at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 21, 2011, with a crowd of more than 1,000 anticipated to attend. Austra joins Canadian superstar Rufus Wainwright as the featured musical guests at Operanation 8, the must-attend arts fundraiser of the fall social season.
Fitting with the event’s thematic thread of the “muse,” Austra could be considered a muse all its own, inspiring many with the fast-rising success of their debut album, “Feel It Break,” released earlier this year. The trio – vocalist Katie Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski and bassist Dorian Wolf – has quickly gained recognition, regularly selling out concerts in Canada and abroad, with music they describe as suitable for both ritual incantations and clubs. The sound of “Feel It Break” hearkens back to the sleazier side of New Wave while still being deeply rooted in Stelmanis’s classical and operatic upbringing.
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“With its clear-glass walls, [the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre] brings together indoors and out, music and street life, listeners and passersby. Its aesthetic welcome is as strong as its mandate, to connect people with music that is unpretentious, top quality – and free.” (Toronto Star)
Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company kicks off the 2011/2012 season of it its wildly popular Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre on Sept. 20, 2011 at 12 p.m. The series opens with annual audience favourite Meet the Young Artists, featuring the rising stars of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio in a program of their favourite operatic arias. Inaugurated in 2006, the 10-month festival of concerts and dance events attracts 15,000 people annually to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, showcasing hundreds of artists from Canada and around the world.
The sixth season of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre runs from late September 2011 to early June 2012 with performances on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m. Tickets are distributed at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.