FRIDAY APRIL 5, 2019, @ 7 p.m., at the REVUE CINEMA

We return to the TORONTO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL to provide a new score for the film SHIRAZ, a silent Indian/British/German co-production from the 1920s, played live to projection. We’re delighted to be invited back to celebrate the opening night of TSFF’s 2019 festival.

Taj Mahal Shiraz

Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928)

India/Germany/Great Britain – 106 min – Canadian Restoration Premiere

Loosely based on the immortal 17th Century romance between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, this jewel of early Indian cinema is the striking and heartbreaking tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal. Shot entirely on location in India, including the ancient fort at Agra, this sweeping epic feature lavish costumes and exquisite architecture made all the more impressive by a stunning restoration by the BFI National Archive.

Produced by and starring Indian film legend Himanshu Rai, the film is performed by an all-Indian cast, and features Rai as the humble potter Shiraz, who spends his life searching for his childhood sweetheart Selima after she is kidnapped and sold by slave traders to the future emperor.

$15 Early Bird until January 31  – $17 in Advance, $20 at the Door


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FROM ICELAND TO THE MOON  –  DVD LAUNCH EVENT  A convivial evening of short films old and new, from Le voyage dans la lune (Méliès, 1902) to new pieces shot in Iceland, France and New Zealand, all with soundtracks from us, and other musical surprises including Kirk on the Swedish pipes, Alison on the kantele, and more. Hot cider too.

NOVEMBER 24/17 at 7:30 pm

HELICONIAN HALL (35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto)

$25 gets you in, and a copy of the DVD; $15 otherwise. You can get advance tickets here:

Thursday March 2/17: 12:15 p.m. Concert – First Thursdays at the Snell, Red Deer Public Library, downtown branch. 4818 49th St., Red Deer, AB.

Thursday March 2/17: 7 p.m. Concert – St. Andrew’s United Church, 5226 51 Ave., Lacombe, AB. Tickets $20 from the church office (403-782-3148) or at the door; or call Linda (403-885-4887) or Donna (403-782-2032).

Friday March 3/17: workshop with students at the University of Calgary; grade school concert.

Saturday March 4/17: 8 p.m. Concert for the Friends & Alumni Series at the Eckhardt-Grammatté Hall – Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Monday March 6/17: 7:30 p.m. Concert at the Shumiatcher Open Stage, University of Regina, Regina, SK

Tuesday March 5/17: 11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Workshop with University of Regina students, Shumiatcher Open Stage.

Wednesday March 8/17: school concerts in Regina.

Many thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, which are supporting this trip with tour grant funding.


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January 29/17: Uncharted Waters: in concert for the Gallery Players of Niagara, Cairns Recital Hall, First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, St. Catharines, ON. 2 pm.

January 25/17: Vikings in Uncharted Waters: Polaris in concert at Toronto’s Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue. 7:30 pm

Friday April 8/16 @ 7 pm: THE EPIC OF EVEREST, at the Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto. A co-production with the Toronto Silent Film Festival. For more info (part-way down the page):  For a taste of this groundbreaking film from 1924:

Wednesday January 27/16 @ 8 pm: SANTA’S GONE HOME! Some old faves but also some new tunes and new arrangements! St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 509 Dundas St. East, Toronto. TICKETS (Cheaper in advance!):

Sunday January 31/16 @ 3 pm: SANTA’S GONE HOME! A second performance at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto. TICKETS (Cheaper in advance!):

Friday August 7/15 @ 12:10 pm: IN CELEBRATION OF NORTHERN SEAS in the main floor atrium of the Toronto Reference Library (on Yonge one block north of Bloor St.). Come and hear a sampling from the program we’re taking out on tour in Atlantic Canada. Admission FREE!

Maritime Canada tour:
IN CELEBRATION OF NORTHERN SEASmusic of sailors, water sprites, mermaids, boat races and the like, from Canada, Scandinavia, Scotland and more. We are delighted to be part of PEI’s Indian River Festival and Nova Scotia’s Musique Royale summer presentations. For Nova Scotia info, contact For Indian River, go here:

August 9/15 at 7:30 pm – St. Mary’s Church, Indian River, Prince Edward Island;

August 10/15 @ 7 pm – St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Sydney Mines, NS;

August 11/15 @ 7:30 pm – St. George’s Roman Catholic Church, Georgeville, NS;

August 12/15 @ 7:30 pm – Sharon United Church, Tatamagouche, NS;

August 13/15 @ 8 pm – Evergreen Theatre, Margaretsville, NS;

August 14/15 @ 7 pm – St. John’s Anglican Church, Bedford, NS;

August 15/15 @ 2 pm – Waterfront performance space, Lunenburg, NS

August 16/15 @ 4 pm – Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay, NS


Ensemble Polaris gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Toronto Arts Council for their support of our Toronto concerts, and the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council Touring Offices for their support of our August 2015 Maritime tour.
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN – May 16, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Music created by Polaris and Andrea Cera to accompany short films shot in Iceland, Italy, France and New Zealand, by Alicia Harris, Liz Gibson-DeGroote, Gerda Cammaer, Pierre Tremblay, Gabriele Grotto and others. Created in collaboration with faculty and students from Ryerson University’s Image Arts Program.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

FOSSEGRIMEN – June 13, 2015 @ 8pm. Members of Polaris perform as part of a diverse show exploring Norse stories of the hidden world. The Music Gallery, 197 John Street, Toronto

Definitely Not the Nutcracker – The Gallery Players of Niagara – January 18, 2015, Silver Spire United Church, St. Catharines, ON

Nutcracker Nouveau Plus – December 27, 2014, The 918, Toronto, ON

Definitely Not the Nutcracker – December 11, 2014, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON

Back to the Future: New Tunes from Sweden – October 3, 2014, The 918, Toronto, ON

Barrie Colours of Music Festival – Definitely Not the Nutcracker – September 30, 2014, Grace United Church, Barrie, ON

Life is a Cabaret, Eh? – with guest singer Francesco Pellegrino – April 11, 2014, The 918, Toronto, ON

New tunes and Recent Favourites – Our traditional ‘in-between-festivities’ winter concert – December 28, 2013, The 918, Toronto, ON

Ensemble Polaris at the Niagara Artists Centre’s STRUTT – November 15, 2013,St Catharine’s, ON

Nutcracker Nouveau for Chamber Music Mississauga – November 9, 2013, Mississauga, ON

Songs of the Northern Seas – September 15, 2013, Toronto Music Garden, ON

Vikings on Vacation on the ‘Sundays @ 3′ Series – April 28, 2013, Dublin Street United Church, Guelph, ON

Uncharted Waters – April 21, 2013, St. Barnabas’ Church, St. Catharines, ON – Presented by the Gallery Players of Niagara

Definitely NOT the Nutcracker, part 2 – December 28, 2012, St David’s Anglican Church, Toronto, ON

Kitchen Party – September 28, 2012, Tranzac Club, Toronto, ON

Luminato Festival – June 15, 2012, David Pecaut Square – Metro Hall, Toronto, ON

Ensemble Polaris at the Tranzac – June 10, 2012, Tranzac Club, Toronto, ON

Polaris at the Northern District Public Library – June 7, 2012, Toronto, ON

Game On! – June 1, 2012, Heliconian Hall, Toronto, ON

Vikings on Vacation – May 29, 2012, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Chapel, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

Definitely NOT the Nutcracker – December 23, 2011, Heliconian Hall, Toronto, ON

Who’s Who in Valhalla – May 27, 2011, Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, ON

Who’s Who in Valhalla – May 26, 2011, Northern District Public Library, Toronto, ON

Who’s Who in Valhalla – May 26, 2011, Rose Avenue Public School, Toronto, ON

Who’s Who in Valhalla – May 15, 2011, Gallery Players of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON

Western Canada Tour
St Mark’s Anglican Church – April 1. 2011, Vancouver, BC
Grace Lutheran Church – March 31, 2011, Victoria, BC
ArtSpring Series – March 30, 2011, Salt Spring Island, BC
Early Music Voices – March 28, 2011, Calgary, AB
Sundays at Seven Series – March 27, 2011, Canadian University College, Lacombe, AB

Midwinter Music – January 16, 2011, Heliconian Hall, Toronto.

Colours of Music Festival – September 27, 2010, Barrie, ON

Sharon Temple Illumination – September 3, 2010, Sharon, ON

Music at Sharon – June 13, 2010, Sharon Temple, Sharon, ON

Ensemble Polaris at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom – June 6, 2010, Toronto, ON

Vikings on Vacation CD Release concert – October 16, 2009, Music Gallery, Toronto, ON

Musique Royale tour
August 8, 2009, Halifax, NS
August 10, 2009, Bayfield, NS
August 11, 2009, Iona, NS
August 12, 2009, Shelburne, NS
August 13, 2009, Lunenburg, NS
August 14, 2009, Middleton, NS

Indian River Festival – August 9, 2009, Indian River, PEI

Ensemble Polaris at the Edward Day Gallery – April 24, 2009, Toronto, ON

Ensemble Polaris at the Music Gallery – November 13, 2008, Toronto, ON

Ensemble Polaris at the Music Gallery – June 19, 2008, Toronto, ON

Chamber Music Society of Mississauga – April 12, 2008, Mississauga, ON

COC World Music series – Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, April 10, 2008, Toronto, ON

Ensemble Polaris at the Edward Day Gallery – January 26, 2008, Toronto, ON

Radio- Concerts de Radio- Canada Series – January 31, 2005, Salle Pierre-Mercure, Montréal, PQ (Radio-Canada pickup)

Jackman Program for the Arts – University of Toronto, February 27, 2004 (CBC pickup)

Music Around Us Weekend – January 27, 2001, River Run Centre, Guelph, ON (CBC pickup)

Northern Encounters Festival – June 10, 1997, Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, ON (CBC pickup)

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