Okay, this post makes it a ‘clean sweep’ for my wonderful sonic adventures at the picturesque Sharon Temple. For this soundfile, I set aside my improvs and settled into a lyrical etdude by Gariboldi, accompanied by the sounds of sweeping in the background. As I reviewed this particular recording, I marvelled again at the wonderful, ample acoustic of the room; however I was puzzled as to why my tuning wasn’t more precise and secure.
And then I remembered! I had chosen to play my historic 1920’s Berlin-made Wunderlich flute which I happened to have on hand that day. I figured that this older construction of instrument, akin to the first Boehm Flutes of the 1850’s, was appropriate for the setting (Sharon Temple was built between 1825 and 1831), despite the fact that this older wooden flute can be a bit stubborn when it comes to intonation!
Historic spaces like Sharon Temple are constantly trying to stay attuned to the role and significance that they play in their community. Surprisingly, even Sharon, well north of the hustle and condo-development activity of Toronto, is also feeling the pressure. It sounds like a bit of a sour note to me if townhouses are approved that would encroach on this rare, singular idyll. To learn more, check out Planning to Protect the Temple on their official website.
My enthusiasm about this site extends beyond playful acoustics. The Children of Peace who built the temple played a major role in the shaping of Ontario’s early political landscape, including a number of firsts: the first homeless shelter in the province, as well as the first credit union and Farmers Collective.
Sharon Temple is a National Historic Site in need of grassroots support. The best way to begin? Head up the 404 and find Leslie Street, north of Newmarket. If you get lost, just ask a passerby: anyone living in the area can tell you the way to Sharon and it’s phenomenal, historic temple!
Apparently musicians would play from the upper level, hidden from view…imagine hauling a ‘cello up that ladder!’