July 2–6, 2017
Presented by the
RCCO, & CIOC
Pre & post-festival activities July 1st and 7th
ORGANIZED CRIME is a partnership (blackmail and coercion may be involved, but this has yet to be proven) between two delinquent persons of questionable musical credentials, they being Rachel Mahon and Sarah Svendsen. The pair met at an undisclosed Canadian institution known for breeding horrendous offenders to conventions musical and other. Whether for inadequacy of skill or from sheer laziness, the so called "organists" usually insist on playing pieces together, regardless if they're intended for duet or solo, and so get away with playing only half the number of notes an honest organist would play. These criminals will continue to dupe and exploit audiences everywhere until they are caught. One of the most recent sightings was at Toronto's annual Phantoms of Organ concert at Metropolitan United Church. Using the sparkles of their sequin dresses as a distraction, the ladies evaded capture. Authorities believe they are on the move and will soon be hijacking concerts all over North America.
Organized Crime is the organ duo that grew from the friendship between Rachel Mahon and Sarah Svendsen, who met at the University of Toronto. Their programmes include a combination of classic organ repertoire and popular music transcribed and arranged for the instrument. The goal of this duo is to entertain audiences with their music and antics (which involve costume changes, dazzling shoes and hot tempers) and to promote the organ to a wider audience of all ages. With this purpose in mind, Organized Crime Duo's shows are unlike any other organ concerts. The performance must be seen as well as heard and appeals to everyone, from the organ aficionado to one completely unfamiliar with the pipes. The duo has appeared at Metropolitan United Church, Toronto; Casa Loma, Toronto; St Matthew's United Church, Halifax and Truro Methodist Church, UK.