It’s that time of year again

80475.adapt.768.1The summer music scene, or its virtual absence, puzzles me.  At this time of year I look at my diary and it’s packed until late May and then woomph!; next to nothing until late September or early October.  There will be a few odd things like the Toronto Summer Music Festival and, if we are lucky, a couple of things at Hipsterfest Luminato.  But, for the most part, the city will be classical music free.  The expensive fixed capital of the Culture Biz will lie idle.  It puzzles me.  It seems just a reflection of a world that has ceased to be and thus an opportunity.

So why do the Artz abandon the city in the summer?

  • Is it because we need the kids to work on the farm?
  • Is it because we’ve sent the wife and kids up to the cottage for the summer?
  • Do we fear a cholera outbreak?
  • Is the prospect of sitting in a hot and stuffy theatre without air conditioning unappealing?

This being North America most people don’t get a lot of vacation so most working stiffs are stuck in the city for most of the summer.  And there’s not much on.  And please don’t tell me that all I need to do is drive three hours to some mosquito infested swamp where I can watch students on summer break pay to perform.  I’m puzzled.  Really.

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3 thoughts on “It’s that time of year again

  1. Couldn’t agree more. The CBC also switches to re-runs.

    Our entire cultural life happens only on certain months.

    Theatre-wise, there’s the excellent if short Summerworks in August and the (to me, largely CBA) Fringe, and there’s Stratford and Shaw outside Toronto. But for opera and music, the shop pretty much closes May to October.

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