Speaker Series: The Art of Making Art

Event Overview

A Governor General Award-winning playwright and actor; a pioneering Canadian conductor who founded the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; one of the country’s most celebrated oboeists; and a Grammy Award-winning cellist. 

Those are the four panelists set to appear at the NTCI Alumni Foundation’s upcoming Speaker Series event, “The Art of Making Art,” featuring notable alumni in classical music and the performing arts. Join us on June 14 at 7 pm for this not-to-be-missed virtual Zoom panel, featuring Karen Hines, Ivars Taurins, Sarah Jeffrey and Dorothy Lawson, along with moderator Joshua Chong, performing arts critic with the Toronto Star.  

All ticket proceeds from this event will go towards the Foundation’s Wellness Fund. Developed in response to Canada’s ballooning youth mental health crisis, and in partnership with the NTCI Guidance Department, this fund will support student mental health and wellness initiatives at the school. These include—but are not limited to—individual counselling with a health professional or social worker, participation in programs developed by organizations providing mental health support to students, or any other initiative which, at the discretion of the Guidance Department, is considered to be effective in assisting NTCI students with their mental health needs.

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We’re looking for a new treasurer to join our Foundation board

The Advisory Board of the NTCI Foundation has an opening for a new director and treasurer. Qualifications for this position are being an NTCI grad and having the willingness and skill to perform this duty.

The NTCI Foundation is a registered charitable organization that supports the students and programs at NTCI. We do that by fundraising and making grants for graduation awards, student activities (both curricular and extra-curricular), and managing endowment funds created by generous alumni.

The Advisory Board is a made up of 18 volunteers including 15 alumni, the school Principal, and two student representatives. We meet Monday evenings six times per year in September, November, January, March, May, and June, and for one to two “Dragons Den” events where extra-curricular clubs make presentations and requests for funding.

Participation on the Advisory Board is a great way to give back to NTCI by supporting the energy and creativity of its students. If you are interested in helping us out, please contact Ron Wakelin, Chair, at rwakelin@utschools.ca.

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Calling alumni from the classes of 1973 and 1982

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the class of 1973. A reunion is planned for May 13. If you would like to attend, please contact the reunion committee at NTCI73@gmail.com for more details.

The class of ’82 are celebrating their 60th birthdays this year and last year’s 40th anniversary of graduating high together on May 13. Please join the NTCI Class of ’82 Facebook group or email lisa-ian@rogers.com for information.

Get your 60th birthday bash tickets here:

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Join us celebrating 75 years of Maytime Melodies at North Toronto CI

Get your tickets early for this celebratory milestone on May 11 and 12!

In addition to showcasing current music groups, the 75th Maytime Melodies features performances by alumni ensembles made up of grads from the 1950s to the 2020s and conducted by former NTCI Music Department staff. 

Thursday May 11 features an alumni choir conducted by Camilla Rayman Bricknell and a symphonic band under the direction of Joel McNaughton. Friday showcases the alumni symphony orchestra under the baton of Michael Ferguson and the alumni stage band lead by Liz Monteith.

Initial tickets orders from April 3 to 14 are restricted to current students and limited to two tickets for either Thursday or Friday.

Ticket sales for alumni, students who wish additional tickets, and the general public open Monday April 17 and close Friday May 5. During this period, there is no restriction on the number of tickets ordered.

Please note:

  • Tickets are $10 each (general seating)
  • Separate tickets are needed for each night of the performance
  • Tickets sales are online only; to order your tickets, use the link below when it goes live Monday April 17.

Please keep your electronic receipt; it is your ticket to gain entry to the auditorium for the performance. The Music Department is anticipating a sold out show for both evenings, so it is highly unlikely that there will be tickets available on the nights of the performances.

Buy your tickets for Maytime Melodies here starting April 17:


The alumni stage band rehearsing with retired music teacher Liz Monteith in March.
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Calling all alumni from the Class of 2013

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years. Come join the class of 2013 and see how a decade has changed everyone – except you, of course. Join us at the Granite Brewery on Saturday, April 29 from 5pm-8pm. 

All are invited to enjoy hors d’oeurves (drinks will be available for purchase) at the alumni-managed Granite Brewery. Space is limited so register early to avoid missing out.

Can’t make the date? Any other questions? Reach out to Rachel Loo, Robert Zhang, Noam Hacker, and Megan Abbey at northtoronto13@gmail.com or find us on social media.

Get your ticket here: NTCI10Year2023.ca

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Maytime Melodies – 75th Edition

Calling all NT Music grads! This year will mark the 75th annual Maytime Melodies. We will be celebrating by coordinating 4 alumni ensembles: Orchestra (conducted by Mike Ferguson), Choir (conducted by Camilla Rayman Bricknell), Concert (Symphonic) Band (conducted by Joel McNaughton), and Jazz (Stage) Band (conducted by Liz Monteith). 

These ensembles will perform as part of the festivities on either May 11th or May 12th, 2023. Please register your interest using this google form: https://forms.gle/UwZ1NG1dkvjLsNdw9. Music will be sent in advance of the rehearsals. Rehearsal dates are subject to change but the day of the week should be consistent.

We hope you can spread the word and join us in what will be a wonderful event! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me (Leo Varahidis: leonidas.varahidis@tdsb.on.ca, Head of Music, NTCI) or your conductors if it is music/rehearsal specific. They will be reaching out to you in the new year with more information.

Last day to sign up is Friday, February 1, 2023.

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Emily D’Angelo: NT’s Claim to Fame

Article reprinted with permission from Graffiti, The Voice of NT.

The 2022 Juno Awards are fast approaching, and while I don’t know much about the nominees, I do know one thing: this year, North Toronto C.I. has a personal connection.

Emily D’Angelo, NT alum of 2012, is nominated for the 2022 Juno Awards in the Best Classical Album Award (Solo) category for her album enargeia, featuring newly-interpreted works from the 12th and 21st centuries.

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Foundation Dragon Den Results in Sponsorships for Student Newspaper, Girls Hockey, PALS, and Prom

This past February, NT student groups had the opportunity to request funds from the NT Foundation in the bi-annual Dragon’s Den. As part of our mandate, the NT foundation welcomes financial requests from student-led groups to help support the arts, athletics, and student well-being. Over the years, the Foundation has helped send students on outreach trips, supported in-school workshops and helped fund the annual Remembrance Day assembly.

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Emily D’Angelo (‘12), has been nominated for a Juno Award in the Best Classical Album Award (Solo) category for her album “enargeia.” Although Emily played cello at NT, she pursued vocal music at university (also applying for the life sciences programs). Emily was featured in our 2016 Maytime Melodies concert as one of the soloists in Mozart’s Requiem.

There are a number of people who graced the halls of North Toronto, but never graduated from them. Farley Mowat and Keanu Reeves come to mind. And now, Michael Hoecht, who attended NT in the 2013-14 academic year.

2013-14 Senior Football Team.
Michael Hoecht is in the back row, third from the right.
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Speaker Series event, “Mental Health and Wellness: Improving Outcomes”

What will be the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our collective mental health and social wellbeing — particularly that of our youth? 

Join us for the NTCI Alumni Foundation’s Speaker Series event, “Mental Health and Wellness: Improving Outcomes”, featuring notable NTCI alumni making a difference in mental health, wellness, and social connectedness.

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