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Venue: Walter Hall, University of Toronto

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AddressUniversity of Toronto, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen's Park
Toronto
Ontario
M5S 2C5
Canada
Google maps43° 40' 1.074" N 79° 23' 36.733" W
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Twentysomething Philippe Sly wields an impressive voice. Like the mythical John Henry’s hammer, it rings like silver in the upper register, the middle shines like gold, and his bass is firm as iron. From the second line of Henri Duparc’s “Chanson Triste” Sly interested with his way of rolling out phrases, englobing lines in cavernous spaces.
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