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Celebrate the holidays with A True North Christmas on Sunday, December 12

Toronto, November 17, 2004 – A down-home Canadian musical blast, True North Brass celebrates the festive season with traditional Christmas favourites. The brass quintet will delight the audience with an enchanting programme of Christmas classics including Silver Bells and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. As part of the Music with Bite concert series, A True North Christmas takes place on Sunday, December 12, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are $8 each or $25 for four tickets. For tickets and information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

True North Brass burst onto the Canadian scene in 1997 and has since solidified its reputation as one of Canada’s most exciting ensembles. The quintet’s membership includes two outstanding composer/arrangers who create the ensemble’s fresh and unique programming. Proudly Canadian in focus and expression, True North Brass has also been welcomed throughout the United States and China. The quintet has released three critically acclaimed CD recordings on the Opening Day label. A True North Christmas, the quintet’s third release, was the most frequently played disc on Canadian classical radio stations throughout the 2001 holiday season.

With fantastic pitch and a tremendous sense of musicality, trumpeter Barton Woomert brings to True North Brass a fantastic sound and great spirit. Barton has played with the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony and is a music instructor at the Univeristy of Toronto. Trumpeter Raymond Tizzard is a member of The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, and is in great demand as a performer, clinician and consultant. The talent of Joan Watson and her french horn joins True North Brass in perfecting its sound. She is currently Principal Horn of The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and a prominent soloist across the country. The trombone sound of Alastair Kay comes with great expertise. Kay currently leads the trombone section of Rob McConnell’s Grammy award-winning jazz ensemble The Boss Brass, and has worked with entertainers such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Tubist Scott Irvine’s instrumental gifts have found him in constant demand, ranging from The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra to Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Elephant Show. Irvine’s arrangements and compositions are also regularly featured by a variety of ensembles.

Music with Bite is an intimate, refreshing experience; children can sit up close to the artists and after the concert ask them questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite, a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario, is designed to bring families to Harbourfront Centre to give them the opportunity to sample music of all styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the artists selected to perform at the concerts bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programs. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada has, since 1949, dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of music for young people. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada is a member of Jeunesses Musicales International.

Music with Bite is co-produced with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.


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