Community Events

Subject: A message from the Shaftesbury Salon Series
May 21, 2020

Dear Friends


On our website there is a new message from Mirror Visions Ensemble, the group that was to have performed for us this spring. Many of you had bought tickets for their concert, and then the plans fell apart for reasons known only too well to you, the concert was cancelled, and your ticket money refunded.


It is too soon to say whether we will be able to schedule concerts again in the Fall of this year. But in the meantime, the artists of Mirror Visions Ensemble have produced some video footage just for us, telling us about themselves and singing some of their repertoire. We are very grateful to them for doing this and providing for us some music to cheer our days.


To see and hear what they have sent for us, please go tohttps://shaftesburymusic.org/2020/05/21/hello-from-mirror-visions/.  


This link is available to all those who have attended our concerts in the past. We hope you enjoy this little offering!

All the best to all of you at this difficult time!


Summerhill Fair 2020 Update....

In light of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Organizing Committee has decided to put the plans for this year’s Summerhill Fair on hold. 

A few weeks ago, we had a great meeting where we put in place some very creative ideas that we had thought were a good compromise in light of the construction that has claimed the Little Park. Unfortunately, this virus, which has hit the world over, has made it imprudent for us to continue with our plans at the present time. As the City deals with the virus, we will have more clarity regarding what may or may not be possible.

In the meantime, while we live through these uncertain times, please reach out to any neighbours should you need anything or if you think you might be able to help please offer.


Also, if you are looking for something to do, consider decorating your front window with pictures or messages of love and support to your fellow neighbours of all ages :) Which everyone will be able to appreciate when they take their socially distant walks through the neighbourhood.


We are all in this together. This is only one suggestion of how we can show the goodness and community spirit that will help us manage these ever changing times. Please send any suggestions or stories you may have. We would all love to hear them!

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy next few weeks.

Kindest regards,The Summerhill Fair Organizing Committee.


Cancellation of Shaftesbury Salon Series concert with Mirror Visions Ensemble

Dear Friends


This letter is particularly directed to those of you who have bought tickets to our Mirror Visions Ensemble concert scheduled for this coming Monday, 16 March – and to any of you who were thinking that you might yet buy tickets for that concert. If you are not in those categories, you can ignore the rest of this message.


After much researching and consulting, we have decided to cancel Monday’s concert. In fact, what we will do is postpone it until next season; we hope that a date in the Fall can be found to suit the performers and us.


Your ticket prices will be refunded. This will be done through the Eventbrite site as a credit to your credit card, and may take several days.


As we are all aware, there is widespread agreement among Public Health bodies at the moment about the wisdom of not holding public gatherings, especially in fairly small places, and especially when many of those attending are on the senior side of middle age! Not only do we seat about 80 people in the atrium for the concert, but afterwards we have a time of socialising. So, much as we mourn having to let this wonderful event go, we believe it is the responsible thing to do. “Social distancing” is the watchword of the day. In addition, the musicians would have been travelling from New York City, which just now has a lot of corona-virus activity.


Once we have a new date, we will let you know, and we hope you will be free to come to hear Mirror Visions Ensemble then. We have the program, the artist bios, the program notes and the texts and translations of the songs: all we need are the performers and an end to the virus’s rampages.


One further note -- a heads-up:  we are also cancelling the final concert of the season which was to have been held on April 25.





Pauline Thompson, Chair

Program Committee

Shaftesbury Salon Series


Shaftesbury Salon Series
Subject: Shaftesbury Salon Series, Second Concert of the Season

Dear Friends


This is the first notice of our second concert of the season, to be held at 7.30 p.m. here in the Atrium at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue on March 16, and featuring a group called Mirror Visions Ensemble, now in its 27thseason.


Mirror Visions Ensemble (MVE) was founded from a desire to explore the relationship between music and text through the creation of “mirror visions”, settings of the same text to music of different composers. The group has a passion for storytelling, and they have produced thematic concerts on a wide range of subjects, based on scholarly research and laced with humour!  Featuring soprano, tenor, baritone and piano, the MVE program will take you on an imaginative journey through song, presenting well known and not so well-known pieces, set to texts by poets and historical figures. During its 27-year history, it has commissioned over 85 works by 28 composers. Based primarily in the U.S., the ensemble has presented its programs, residencies and master classes there and abroad at concert halls, schools, libraries and museums.


The four artists from the ten-member Ensemble who will be providing the program here at Shaftesbury on March 16 are Mireille Asselin (soprano), Scott Murphree (tenor), Jesse Blumberg (baritone) and Grant Wenaus (piano).  The name most likely to be familiar to Toronto audiences is that of Ottawa-born Mireille Asselin, who performs often with Opera Atelier here in Toronto; in fact, she sang the role of Zerlina in their recent (last Fall) production of Don Giovanni. She has also sung five seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, performed at the Royal Opera of the Palace of Versailles and made appearances in opera or concerts in England, the U.S. and Europe. This summer, Mireille will be appearing at Angela Hewitt’s Trasimeno Festival in Umbria. Mireille is a graduate of Yale University, the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Canadian Opera Company Studio.


If this concert interests you, please go to our website: https://shaftesburymusic.org for more information and a link for buying tickets. Tickets are $30.  You will also find much more information about the artists there. In subsequent letters, I will tell you more about the program and the gentlemen of the group!


As usual, there will be refreshments after the concert, when you can chat with all the artists and your fellow music enthusiasts. As most of you know, seating is limited (our Fall concert sold out), so don’t wait too long to get your tickets for what promises to be a stunning and very unusual concert!


Stay tuned!



P.S. If you would like to have your name removed from this list, or if you have inadvertently got a duplicate email, please let me know. Thanks.



Pauline Thompson, Chair

Program Committee

Shaftesbury Music Series

Notice of first concert of season

Dear Friends (with apologies for any duplication: many contacts did not get the first message)


It is Fall again already, and we are happy to bring to your attention three concerts in the Shaftesbury Salon Series for 2019-2020.  Those of you who were present at our final concert for the previous season last May will remember that we announced the line-up for the coming season then.  To jog your memories, here are the dates for your calendars:


  1. November 11, 2019: Fire and Grace
  2. March 16, 2020: Mirror Visions Ensemble
  3. April 27, 2020: Sheng Cai, pianist


And now for some details about our first concert on 11 November.


Fire and Grace is a collaboration between Canadian violinist Edwin Huizinga and American guitarist William Coulter. They are a unique duo who explore connections between classical, folk and other contemporary traditions from around the world. 


Edwin has toured with Taffelmusik and been featured on CBC Radio. He has appeared beside Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw and Stevie Wonder! He has also been featured as a soloist at the Banff Summer Arts Festival. This coming season he will appear as conductor and soloist with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra.


William is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy award-winning master of the steel-stringed guitar.  He has been Music Director for Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas since 1998 and has performed with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Apollo’s Fire and many other ensembles. William teaches classical guitar at UC Santa Cruz.


Together, they have played in the U.S., New Zealand, Ireland, Australia as well as here in Canada, among many other places. Their programs encompass a vast repertoire, ranging from the baroque (Bach, Vivaldi) to Celtic, European and American (North and South) folk tunes, played with stunning virtuosity and passion – hence their Fire-and-Grace moniker.


Here at the Shaftesbury Salon Series concert their program will include Bach, Piazzola, Vivaldi and traditional Irish and Bulgarian tunes – something for everyone!


To order tickets for what promises to be a highly unusual but very exciting concert, please go to our website,www.shaftesburymusic.org and follow the Buy Tickets link. You can use PayPal, Debit or Credit card. Our address is 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, the venue is the Atrium, the date is November 11, and the time is 7.30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the end of the concert, and their cost is included in your ticket price. More information about us, and the artists for the rest of the season, is on the website.


We will send you a couple of reminders closer to the date, but ordering sooner rather than later is always a good idea so that you can secure a seat!


We look forward to seeing you there.


Stay tuned!




Pauline Thompson, Chair

Program Committee

Shaftesbury Salon Series


Summerhill Fair Details 2019

Hello Neighbourhood Friends!


We’re happy to announce the Summerhill Fair is happening on Saturday, June 8th in the Little Park and we will be in need of volunteers to help out with selling tickets, cooking on the BBQ’s and manning various tables the day of the fair.


Here is the link to volunteer the day of: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mJUJRl9M40Z0AI5VfVPeyp3XtFVePDleJAD1uBbIpTc/edit?usp=sharing


You can look forward to all of the old favorites, the beloved ponies, tie dying, face painting, old school races, delicious BBQ …etc.


We look forward to seeing everybody on Saturday June 8th




The Organizing Committee



Spring Cleaning?

Save that costume jewelry you never wear


The Summerhill Fair wants it ALL


Just drop it in the box on the porch at 113 Summerhill Ave. It’s out there already. We’ll move stuff inside to keep it safe till the Fair on June 8.


Why? Because it’s fun for all ages. Everyone gets to try stuff on, and everyone loves a bargain. 

The proceeds all go to the Fair, and anything not sold goes to charity. 

So please, go through your drawers and drop off that stuff that's been collecting dust forever.


Purse mistakes


If you have purses lying around you never use—I pick stuff up when I travel—and they’re in really good condition, we’ll be setting up a purse tree to sell them at the Fair. All the proceeds go to the Fair. 

So how about looking in your closets…


There’s a box out now on the porch at 113 Summerhill Ave for your jewellery AND your purses





Donate Books

  • Drop gently used books to the porch at 84 Summerhill Gardens between June 3 and June 7.Not text books please



Here's to another great Fair!


Shaftesbury Salon Series Concert No. 3

Dear Friends


The final Shaftesbury Salon Series concert for this season is now just over a month away. It will be held on Monday, May 27th in the atrium of 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, as usual.  The time is 7.30 p.m.


You may remember my writing you at the end of February to give you a heads-up about this concert.  It features one of the most promising young opera singers on the Canadian scene at the moment, Mezzo-Soprano Simona Rose Genga. It is through one of our committee members, Laurie Mackay, who knows Simona’s teacher at the University of Toronto Opera School, Wendy Nielson, that we have been able to present this concert here at Shaftesbury. We feel deeply honoured.


This year Simona has been singing with the Canadian Opera Company as a member of the COC Ensemble. She earned a place in the Ensemble by winning not only the jury prize, but also the audience choice award, in last year’s competition. In addition to covering roles in Eugene Onegin and Otello, she sang the role of the second maid in Strauss’s Electra, and the lead role, Cindy, in this season’s Opera for Young Audiences, a reworking of the Cinderella story by Stéphane Meyer, Simona’s collaborative pianist for our concert.


And Simona’s accomplishments are not limited to opera: she won the 2017 James Norcop Song Recital Prize, and will showcase for us her abilities in the song recital genre as well as the operatic one.


All the information you need to order tickets is on our website: https://shaftesburymusic.org . There is more detail about Simona and Stéphane, and about our location, parking, and ticket prices (which include refreshments).


We have already sold close to a half of the available tickets for this concert, so don’t wait too long to order yours. It will almost certainly sell out, as did our previous two concerts this season.


We look forward to a really wonderful spring evening of music! And we look forward to seeing you here!


Stay tuned!




Pauline Thompson, Chair

Program Committee

Shaftesbury Salon Series


Saturday April 27th  (rain date Sunday April 28th)

Time: 10:00 - NOON (please feel free to join in any time between those hours - bring a rake if you can).


Older Children should ask whether clean-up qualifies for community service work hours

Duties:  Pick any area of the Little Park, - rake up fallen twigs, branches, bark (please leave shredded leaf mulch in place as it nourishes the turf.)  Scrape clear a bench platform or edge a path.

The SRA will provide yard waste bags and a few plastic bags for garbage.


Bring leaf rake, stiff broom, small (childs) snow shovel, ice scraper/lawn edger and rubber or work gloves.

Please Mark your tools with your name.

If you cannot make it but can lend tools, please identify them clearly with your name and address and leave them on the porch of : 87 Woodlawn Ave E.  There are always more volunteers than garden tools.  

Please note:  This volunteer effort has never been missed since it's start in the 1990's.  We have registered with the City's Official Clean-up on these dates which has attracted Volunteers from beyond Summerhill Area.


*  to help with storm drainage please take a moment to clean up the debris in front of your house so it does not block the sewers and cause flooding.


Save the Date - Summerhill Fair, June 8, 2019

Aerial Photo of Rosehill Reservoir, November 30, 2018. Please click here.

June 16, 2018: Community Clean Up of Japanese Knotweed

What a successful and productive morning we had. A good number of volunteers (27 people) showed up and with the assistance of very helpful Toronto City Staff we were guided to where we needed to cut down the Japanese Knotweed. With such a dedicated & hardworking bunch of volunteers we cleared the area in one hour. Thank you everyone!



Longtime Summerhill resident Bill Davis was honored recently for many years

of volunteering in our community. For 60 years, Bill has contributed to the

fabric of Summerhill and he has run the Cottingham Girls and Boys club for

longer than most of us remember.

The playground beside Cottingham Public School 
was named 'The Bill R Davis Playground' - the perfect choice as Bill has created and run

programs for young children for so many decades. Even Bill's father, a

famous lacrosse player, played sports in this park.

Councillor Josh Matlock came out to assist with the ceremony and many past

and present students and parents joined in the celebration, along with

Bill's wife Velma and family.

We are so grateful for Bill's contributions to our community - and thank

him for all the joy he's given our children and his tireless dedication to

fitness and creativity!



Summerhill enjoys great restaurants, lovely stores for shopping and great services.  Do check out the Rosedale Main Street website; http://www.rosedalemainstreet.ca/events

Summerhill also has a number of other happenings throughout the year. Annual events such as:
  • Little Park Cleanup usually late April or early May depending on the weather?
  • Daffodil planting on the Shaftesbury berm or in the Little Park -  April/May and October/November
  • Summerhill Fair -  mid June in the Little Park 
  • Lighting of the Holiday Lights around November 20th