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Laura Hubert

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Laura Hubert (voice), Sly Juhas (drums), Peter Hill (piano), Chris Gale (saxophone), Brendan Davis (bass)

Laura Hubert is not exactly a jazz diva, nor a straight blues artist, nor just a pop or country singer. She's a mix of them all, but Laura prefers to think of herself as a singer of "old songs." That term perfectly describes the eclectic repertoire of standards, blues and western swing that she delivers with such passion and style. Backed by Peter Hill's solid, swinging piano and his rich horn arrangements, Laura is reveling in the opportunity to reinterpret classics by some of the singers she most admires, from the classic blues of Bessie Smith to the full-throated ballads of Dinah Washington.


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Thursday, July 24th

Thursday, July 24th

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Kevin Quain

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Kevin Quain (voice/piano)

Kevin Quain is a musician, songwriter, playwright and bar fly. Between local weekly "house gigs", out of town dates and festivals, he performs well over 200 shows a year. He's best known as leader of the "garage jazz cabaret noir" ensemble Mad Bastards. Their Sunday night residency, and Quain's two independently released CDs have won a cult following that spans from Los Angeles to Yellowknife to Tokyo, bringing international musicians and movie stars to Toronto's venerable Cameron House to witness the mayhem firsthand.

He is also the resident accordionista for several bands including itinerant Tex-mex combo Rancho Misterio, country & western quintet The Cameron Family Singers and the gospel ensemble The Hellrazers. He plays guitar and accordion in folk singer Michelle Rumball's band. He can occasionally be seen as a guest bass player for beloved country stringband The Backstabbers, and he hosts The Mad Bastard Cabaret, a weekly open stage event in Kensington Market.


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Anna Gutmanis & Friends

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Anna Gutmanis (keyboard/voice)

Anna Gutmanis, an award-winning Canadian songwriter, singer and keyboardist, entwines her brave, edgy lyrics with deep, blues-style vocals. Her latest album Glimmer In the Dark, produced by the Juno-nominated Karen Kane, is her most ambitious work to date.


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Tropical Punch

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

$5.50 tallboys from Junction Craft Brewery.

Tropical Punch
Tropical Punch is an Afro-Jazz ensemble from Toronto. Dropping the highly energetic dance rhythms that will take you on a new musical journey.

Junction Craft Brewery
Junction Craft Brewing is committed to brewing highest-quality, hand-crafted beers. We brew only with the natural ingredients of Water, Yeast, Barley and the world's finest Hops. Our signature brew is Conductor's Craft Ale, a 'hopbacked' hybrid ale utilizing British, German and American brewing techniques.


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Leyland Gordon Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Leyland Gordon (guitar), Richard Underhill (saxophone), Dave Restivo (piano), Victor Bateman (bass), Paul Delong (drums) More about Leyland Gordon

Friday, July 25th

Friday, July 25th

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The Hogtown Syncopators

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
James Thompson (bass), Richard Whiteman (bass/piano), Jay Danley (voice/guitar), Drew Jurecka (voice/violin), Terra Hazelton (voice/percussion)

The Hogtown Syncopators
The Hogtown Syncopators, five musicians from downtown Toronto, have been generating a serious buzz with their authentic 1930s sound and entertaining show. Sonically, they combine the tight, elegant sound of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette of the Hot Club de France with the dazzling group vocals of the Boswell Sisters and Mills Brothers. The band enjoys a Friday afternoon residency at the respected Rex Hotel in downtown Toronto, and is quickly becoming a concert and festival favourite.

Terra Hazelton
Described by some as a "Renaissance Woman", multi-talented Terra Hazelton is a Canadian singer, Genie Nominated actress, and radio personality.

Originally from B.C., Terra grew up mostly in Calgary. Terra became involved in professional theatre and comedy at the ripe age of 14, studying with Keith Johnstone (Theatresports™) and Dennis Cahill at the Internationally acclaimed Loose Moose Theatre Company. "The Loose Moose Theatre Co. gave me all the tools I need to be a versatile performer," she says. "Having the opportunity to start studying there at 14 allowed me to grow not only as an actor and improvisor but also as a human being. Fellow improvisor and acclaimed Canadian actress Rebecca Northan once told me "Live life like you improvise – take risks". That advice stuck with me from the start." By age 16, she was teaching improvisation, performing regularly in kids' shows, improv shows, and experimental theatre. At 18, she enrolled in the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, with hopes of pursuing a career on Broadway.

At 20 Hazelton moved to Toronto in pursuit of a career in improv and theatre. One night she was handed a guitar and asked to fulfill the show's musical component by writing and performing three funny songs. Three chords later, she was on a career path she had never anticipated. Terra moved from performing silly songs in a cabaret setting to forming her own band, leaning towards being a rock chick extraordinaire. She began sitting in with the long-running Melody Ranch afternoon matinee at the Brunswick House in Toronto, where famed singer/guitarist Jeff Healey happened to hear her sing one lucky Saturday. Healey himself was moving into new musical territory after opening a night club and following his love of traditional jazz with his own Saturday matinée band, the Jazz Wizards, with whom he played trumpet as well as guitar. He hired Terra to be the group's permanent featured vocalist which gave her the opportunity to tour nationally and promote her debut record "Anybody's Baby" (Healeyophonic, 2004) which Healey produced himself and plays on most tracks.

Now a staple on the Toronto Jazz Scene, Terra Hazelton leads her own band, 'Terra Hazelton & Her Easy Answers', and is also a member of other notable ensembles. These include The Hogtown Syncopators where she sings and plays snare drum along with violinist Drew Jurecka, bassist James Thomson, guitarist Jay Danley and pianist Richard Whiteman. The Hogtown Syncopatorsare the only band that can be found every week at Toronto's premier jazz venue, The Rex, appearing Fridays from 4-6pm. You can also catch Terra singing with the fabulous Royal Jelly Orchestra of Jaymz Bee (Jazz.Fm) fame, and with the 10-Piece Jivebombers featuring Alex Dean and Chuck Jackson. In February of 2009, Terra joined and toured with with Juno Award winner (2008) Brandi Disterheft's band. The tour was across Canada including up to the glorious Yukon; Terra was pleased to tour more with Brandi in the summer of 2009, hitting just about every major Jazz Festival across Canada, including opening for Dave Brubeck in Toronto.


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Sara Dell

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Sara Dell (voice/piano)

Originally from Winnipeg, Sara is now based out of Toronto where, along with performing regularly both solo and with bands, she writes, produces and records her music. She is excited to present her new, self-produced album Walk on Water, a collection of undeniably satisfying pop songs that is sure to delight all who hear it!

Perhaps her boldest and most playful album yet, Walk on Water beautifully captures the essence of what has become this vibrant young artist's signature sound. Though Sara's music is certainly distinguishable, she has been dubbed the "lady-version" of John Mayer and Train, and has been likened to female artists such as Chantal Kreviazuk, Taylor Swift and Feist.

Behind the music is a diversely talented young woman who sings, plays piano, writes, produces and arranges her music from the ground up. Having begun her study of music from early childhood, Sara began singing and performing in her early teens and has made a living as a musician since then. She naturally gravitated toward writing pop/rock music at an early age, inspired by everything from the Beatles to the Police to Peter Gabriel to Annie Lennox and Carole King. She has also attracted an ever-expanding fan base for her dynamic solo vocal/piano performances, and has garnered residencies at landmark live music venues in Toronto, Canada.


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Mike Gennaro

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Mike Gennaro (drums), Simeon Abbott (piano/organ)

Paul Dutton (voice/harmonica), John Kamevaar (electronics/percussion)

Mike Gennaro
Mike Gennaro has collaborated with several highly regarded musicians including European free jazz saxophonists John Butcher and Mats Gustafsson, American avant-country guitarist Eugene Chadbourne and Toronto indie soul act Mantler, among others. He has performed at the International Pop Overthrow, Beaches Jazz Festival and has made two appearances at the Toronto International Jazz Festival. He has also performed throughout Europe and has been playing Toronto clubs since the mid 90's.

Simeon Abbott
Simeon Abbott is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser most active in Toronto's jazz, improv and pop/rock communities. He completed a bachelor's degree in jazz studies at Humber College under the tutelage of Brian Dickinson and Dave Restivo, as well as Pat LaBarbara, Don Thompson, and Kieran Overs. He has appeared on over a dozen recordings as a sideman and has released 4 albums as leader or co-leader. Borrowing from odd-meter groove to swing to ECM-like lyricism to free improvisation, his playing seeks to abolish the typical.


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Joseph Maviglia & The Range Runners

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Joseph Maviglia (voice/guitar), Matthew Ballantyne (voice/guitar), Sam Munroe (piano), David Ballantyne (bass), Simon Mancuso (guitar)

Singer- Songwriter Joseph Maviglia will be performing works from his two critically-acclaimed CDs 'Memory to Steel'and 'Angel in the Rain, including a short reading from his recently released collection of cultural essays, 'Critics Who Know Jack (Urban Myths, Media and Rock and Roll)' Guernica Editions 2014.

The Range Runners
The Range Runners are a new incarnation of something old. The classics of yesteryear are their passion. Marty Robbins, Buck Owens: the great country and western storytellers.

Joseph Maviglia
Acclaimed, innovative singer-songwriter and poet Joseph Maviglia releases his new CD "Angel in the Rain", this November. Recorded at St. Anne's Anglican Church in Toronto by Joe Mancuso, an industry heavy-weight, this album is a fusion of blues, jazz and rock with poetically-charged lyrics, featuring a stellar cast of local blues and jazz players including: Robert Hamlyn:lead guitar, Colleen Allen: saxophone, Kathleen Gorman: back-up vocals / keys, Peter Jellard: accordion, Vito Rezza: percussion, and Dave Antonacci: electric bass.

Joseph's previous recording of roots and rock music, "Memory to Steel," (Steelrail Records), was released in the fall of 1994 to critical acclaim on the heels of his 1992 song 'Father, It's Time', which appeared on the 'Juno-Award' winning compilation 'The Gathering' (Attic Records).

In the interim Joseph produced three books of poetry and criticism , including 'Winter Jazz' (Quarry Press), 'freakin' palomino blue' (Mosaic Press) and 'Joseph Maviglia Songbook' (Lyrical Myrical Press).

His libretto, 'Binoculars' was featured at 'The Young Theatre for the Performing Arts' in the spring of 2006.

That same year he was commissioned by 'CBC's The Sunday Edition' to write a commemorative poem, 'jazz dharma' for the 50th anniversary of the publication of the seminal beat poem 'Howl' by Allen Ginsberg.

"Angel In The Rain" is sure to please lovers of blues and jazz, as well as listeners who are drawn to dark stories of love and longing, and the bitter-sweet complexities of life and desire.

Matthew Ballantyne
A self-taught singer who is always the medic in 'Battlefield. ' Vocalist who also holds Spin classes in Toronto.

Sam Munroe
Out of the womb to tinkle on the ivories, Sam has played in Rock and Folk bands from Montreal to New Orleans.

David Ballantyne
A hard-working dry-waller who plays country classics with his neighbours up north of Toronto. David plays stand-up acoustic bass.

Simon Mancuso
An artist who specializes in wood-burning technique, Simon plays rhythm and lead guitar with the Range Runners. He is also an instrument maker.


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The McBirnie Brothers

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Rob McBride (bass), Bill McBirnie (flute), Rod McBirnie (drums), Jim McBirnie (piano)

Bill McBirnie
Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues. Bill’s extraordinary level of skill as a flutist also prompted a personal solicitation from no less than Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James' official web site.

Bill is well known for his outstanding technique. However, he is also recognized as an exceptional improviser (notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms) as demonstrated by his numerous recordings as a sideman with the likes of Junior Mance, Irakere, Memo Acevedo and Emilie-Claire Barlow. Needless to say, Bill has performed and recorded extensively with Toronto's finest musicians and has been a longstanding charter member of Bernie Senensky's Moe Koffman Tribute Band.


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Saturday, July 26th

Saturday, July 26th

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Jocelyn Barth with the Toronto Jazz Collective

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Jocelyn Barth (voice/guitar), Chris Kettlewell (bass), James Taylor (guitar), Josh Lane (drums) Facebook Event
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Play Music on Bronze, Wood and String Instruments

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)
Rick Sacks (percussion), Andrew Timar (percussion)

After June's Meetup, by popular demand, I have scheduled a Gamelan Meetup on Saturday July 26th at 2pm! Come at 1:30 and help set up!

The Gamelan Instruments are back! Play these beautiful instruments or take a break, lie back or sit in chairs and allow the sounds of these magical Indonesian instruments to transport you.

Rick Sacks
Rick Sacks received his Masters in Music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1976). During his stay at Stony Brook, Rick began freelancing in Manhattan performing with ensembles including The New Orchestra, Newband, The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and The Composer's Ensemble under such directors as Arthur Weisberg and Charles Wuorinen. After teaching for two years at Bennington College in Vermont (1979/80), Rick began traveling to Toronto to perform in the art-rock band KLO. The band's success led to an LP record and Permanent Resident status in 1982. Once settled in Toronto, Rick founded the PhenomeNONsemble which he used as a platform for his unique performance works mixing contemporary music practices with theatre techniques.

Mr. Sacks also composes and creates sound designs for theatre and film. His work in children's theatre has resulted in continuous performances throughout Europe and the US. In 1986 Mr. Sacks revised and Edited, for COLFRANC Music Publishing Corp., Edgard Varèse's Hyperprism available through Boosey and Hawkes.

Rick performs with the Canadian Opera Company, on film tracks, in modern dance works and with the contemporary and avant-garde groups Arraymusic, The Glass Orchestra, New Music Concerts, Ensemble Noir, Red Sky, Tapestry New Opera, The Evergreen Club Gamelan, Queen of Puddings and many others. He has toured extensively throughout Africa, Asia and Europe with these groups and has worked with such masters as Pierre Boulez, Henry Brant, George Crumb, Heinz Holliger, Mauricio Kagel, Udo Kasemets, Helmut Lachenmann, Witold Lutoslawski, Terry Riley and James Tenney.


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The Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Ben Burke (saxophone), Sarang Kulkarni (saxophone), Gary Martin (saxophone), John Frias (saxophone), Wayne Smith (saxophone), Chris Alcantara (trumpet), James Poulos (trumpet), Dave Jewett (trumpet), Rosemary Bennett (trumpet), Rick Estrella (trumpet), Gerry Wolfe (trombone), Jim Williamson (trombone), Matt White (trombone), Karen Maxwell (trombone), Rob Boniface (piano), Jim Shears (bass), Jay Boehmer (drums), Bruce Cassidy (E.V.I./trumpet), Wayne Ferrell (guitar), Catherine McGregor (voice)

The Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble is many things - a performer of classic big band standards, a collective that celebrates all the great jazz styles from bebop to the blues, an ensemble willing to follow the newest jazz directions, and a group of dedicated musicians who think that playing jazz of any style is just plain fun. Join us and share the joys of jazz at a concert, at your special event, on the radio, or even in your own living room. Jazz is alive and well and happening every time the MBBJE performs.

Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble
The Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble is many things – a performer of classic big band standards, a collective that celebrates all the great jazz styles from bebop to the blues, an ensemble willing to follow the newest jazz directions, and a group of dedicated musicians who think that playing jazz of any style is just plain fun. Join us and share the joys of jazz – at a concert, at your special event, on the radio, or even in your own living room. Jazz is alive and well and happening every time the MBBJE performs.


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Justin Bacchus Collective

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Justin Bacchus (voice)

A spirited mix of funk, soul rock, and rhythm and blues, and propelled by a staggeringly powerful rhythm section, Justin Bacchus creates one of the most upbeat and lively shows out there. A true entertainer, he has had the honour of performing with many Canadian greats like Joe Sealy, Jackie Richardson, Dionne Taylor Matt Dusk, and Deborah Cox. Currently, Justin performs regularly at multiple venues in and around Toronto and is accompanied by the finest musicians this city has to offer.


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DeepThoughts Hip Hop EP Release

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
DeepThoughts (voice)

A lot can be said about multitalented artist Deep Thoughts. Considered to "have blessed hip-hop" by rap legend KRS1, DT has touched the musical minds of audiences across the world. Inspired by his dreams, aspirations and daily life, This Torontonian native conveys his deep love of music every time he graces the stage.

As an artist, his talent has let him to work alongside industry heavyweights such as Tone Mason, Natty Beats, Iauwata and a host of others. He has also graced the stage at major events worldwide, namely the Saint Maarten Music Confer- ence, Emancipation Day in Windsor, Ontario and The Children's Breakfast Club at Toronto's Rogers Centre. With songs from his new album "The Announcement" starting to get picked up locally, nationally, and internationally on radio stations and blogs, DT is looking to do things his way.

His outstanding contributions to his community have earned him a Certificate of Recognition from Members of Provincial Parliament, and City Council. Furthermore, this all-round talent contributes his skills as a producer not only to some of his own material but also to aspiring artists' careers, DT recently established "Protégé Records" and is the CEO of the Label with 2 new acts signed.

With a promotional tour entitled "Nothing II Lose/Make Me Famous" with fellow Hip Hop artist Tha Nazdaq, DT shows no signs of slowing down. Working on a new album Entitled "King of The Road" Produced by Tye Craig, and an EP entitled Boss Life DT is poised for Success


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Trinity Mphoeng

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Trinity Mphoeng (voice)

Trinity Moletlanyi Mphoeng from Botswana, is a talented songwriter, composer, recording artist, entertainer and stage performer. He is also an economist by profession. Trinity started his music life about a decade ago when he teamed up with a colleague Joel Rebaone 'Ntsoro' Keitumele, the then presenter of the BTV program Melodi ya Kgalaletso (Local Gospel show), the musician and comedian. He then became a session artist doing backing vocals for various artists for seven years. He teamed up with Tshepo Lesole, the BOMU Award winning R&B artist, producer, record label owner and songwriter.

2011 saw him record his debut album titled "Theohang". The album has a traditional jazz feel and most lyrics we written and sung in his native Sebirwa mother tongue.

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Bruce Cassidy's Hotfoot Orchestra

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Bruce Cassidy (E.V.I./trumpet), Brian O'Kane (trumpet), Vern Dorge (saxophone), Michael Stuart (saxophone), William Carn (trombone), Shirantha Beddage (saxophone), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Tom Szczesniak (piano/accordion/bass), Patrick Kilbride (bass), Davide DiRenzo (drums)

10-Piece World Music Ensemble Featuring The Music of South Africa Led by Bruce Cassidy. The Hotfoot Orchestra explores Bruce's penchant for writing adventurous arrangements and challenging virtuoso players to extend themselves. The music consists of different treatments of songs from Jelly Roll Morton through standard songs to happy modern funky stuff - even some South African township music. This is an audience-friendly band.

Sunday, July 27th

Sunday, July 27th

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Mitch Smolkin & Nina Shapilsky

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Nina Shapilsky (piano), Mitch Smolkin (voice)

Live music as part of the "Bella did you eat" Sunday brunch.
1st seating - Reserve between 10:30 – 11am, music at 11:45
2nd seating - Reserve at 1:15pm Club (1:00 Bistro), music at 1:45

Buffet includes over 50 Homemade Items - Potato latkes, blintzes, lox eggs & onions, challah, french toast, sour cream, apple sauce, bagels, lox & cream cheese mix, salmon patties, gelfilte fish, cheese, salads galore, fresh fruit, cheeses, cakes, sweets, tea, coffee and much more! Children 12 and under 1/2 price, 3 and under free.

Nina Shapilsky
Nina Shapilsky is an award-winning concert pianist and composer. A talented and versatile musician and composer with improvisations from classical through folk to pop and jazz.

Mitch Smolkin
Mitch is most at home in musical theatre and singing from the vast Yiddish repertoire. He also delves into numerous genres, and his work can be heard currently at the permanent sound installation in the Michael Lee Chin Crystal's Spirit House that forms part of the Royal Ontario Museum. He can be seen regularly in concert with his beloved award-winning pianist Nina Shapilsky.


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Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Jim Purdy (clarinet/saxophone), Al Cox (trumpet), Syd Calvert (banjo), Miro Letko (trombone), Glenn Anderson (drums), John Floyd (piano)

The New Excelsior Jazz Band is a six-piece traditional jazz band playing in the Dixieland/New Orleans style. Our repertoire includes blues, spirituals, marches, show tunes from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, and novelty numbers. It's toe-tapping, listening and dancing music at its finest!


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Toronto Improvisers Orchestra

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)
Eugene Martynec (conductor/laptop)

Toronto Improvisers Orchestra
The Toronto Improvisors Orchestra was formed to explore improvised music played by a large group of musicians. It uses a simplified version of hand signals made popular by Butch Morris. These hand signals are used by many large improvising ensembles in Europe and North America. Computers, synthesizers, found and invented instruments, strings, brass, percussion, winds, sound singers and vocalists have all found their way into performances. The size of the ensemble varies but there is a core group as a foundation.


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Freeway Dixieland Band

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Freeway Jazz Band

Freeway Jazz Band
With their residency at The Rex Hotel on the last Sunday afternoon of every month since the early 1990's, Len Gosling's Freeway Jazz Band has built a widely enthusiastic audience for their regular New Orleans-themed revues. A true Dixieland experience, complete with dancing umbrellas, call-and-response sing-alongs and your favourite 20's tunes.

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Tara Kannangara Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Colin Story (guitar), Tara Kannangara (trumpet), Søren Nissen (bass), Mackenzie Longpre (drums), Chris Pruden (piano)

As a trumpet player/vocalist, Tara Kannangara has established herself as a fresh talent on the Canadian jazz scene. Studying both classical and jazz at the University of Victoria and the University of Toronto, her education allows her to bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to her own music. Tara has had the opportunity to work and perform with leading international jazz artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Theo Bleckmann, Tim Hagans, Donny McCaslin, Tim Ries, Kirk MacDonald, Andrew Downing, and Terry Promane.

Tara's approach to music making and live performance is lyrical, whimsical, and unpredictable; with an emphasis on strong original compositions and unique arrangements of classic songs, Tara provides a beautiful and thoughtful listening experience.


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Nashville Bound Songwriter's Showcase

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Glen Hornblast (voice/guitar)

Glen Hornblast
Glen Hornblast's new CD, entitled "Once In A Blue Moon", is an eclectic mix of Glen's best songs written over the last 30 years. Mr. Hornblast, a well-knownToronto singer-songwriter, has finally released the CD his audience has been waiting for, for along time.

The songs range from folk to blues to country with a dash of jazz for good measure. Hornblast's sweet and mellow sound reminds one of James Taylor or Jack Johnson - his voice floats over the melodies, weaving a magic spell as insightful as it is soothing. Not a word is in there that's out of place or unnecessary.

"Folk music is all about telling stories", he says over a cup of cappuccino. "Songwriters are impossible dreamers trying to change the world with their songs. And sometimes it works."

"I've just played music and written songs since I was a little kid." A self-confessed 60s hippie, Glen travelled across Canada during the late 60s and early 70s like an old-fashioned Troubadour, hitch-hiking from Toronto to Vancouver and back again, busking everywhere he could. Naturally his early heroes were the 60s folkies, like Gordon Lightfoot, Joni MItchell, James Taylor (who he's often compared to), and Simon & Garfunkel. Later on he heard Townes van Zandt and thought he'd heard the world's best songwriter.

"Townes is a songwriter's songwriter. All the great writers of today, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, they all recognized that Townes had a way with a song like nobody else. His songs were like quick sketches in words ... but they captured so much", he explains.

In the 80s, Glen released his first single called "Northern Skies", which garnered a lot of Canadian radio airplay. "It was a big hit in out of the way places, like Witaskawin, Alberta and Bumblebee, Arizona. I got airplay royalties for years. But the 80s weren't kind to folksingers." Glen's record label soon went bankrupt and Glen turned to playing Top 40 in bars from Toronto to Kirkland Lake.

"After a while, being a human jukebox just stopped being fun anymore." In the 90s, he took up residence at the Free Times Cafe in Toronto, running the open stage and booking acts. "It was a lot of fun, made a lot of friends ... but not really a living."

"The last few years have been the most fun and productive I've ever had in the music business," he says. "I think I realized that if music isn't fun, it ain't worth it. So I'm having fun ... writing more songs than ever ... jamming with other musicians everywhere I can, getting known that way. Seems to be working out for me."

Last year, Glen hooked up with the veteran Toronto producer, David Baxter, who's produced dozens of up and coming country acts like Justin Rutledge and Joshua Cockerill . "I realized what a fantastic thing it is to have a great producer. Bax understood my songs, the mix of folk, country, and jazz, and helped me put it all together. He helped me make the record that I always wanted to make - I feel it's as true to my own vision of my music as anything could be."

With the new CD finally out, Glen has discovered how much work the next phase can be. "It's incredible how much work it is to try to promote something. You've got Facebook Twitter, iTunes ... it's enough to make your head spin. All I hope for is that music keeps on being fun and I keep on writing good songs and a few people hear it. What else can you ask for?"

Glen is currently planning for a tour out West and a trip to Nashville in June, playing at the Nashville Songwriter's Festival.


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Brownman Ali + 1

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Brownman Ali (trumpet), Adrean Farrugia (piano)

Multi-award-winning jazz trumpet player Brownman Ali, best known for his creatively bombastic & energized playing style, strips down to a bare bones configuration for the Musideum "+1" series, now in it's second year. This intimate jazz festival duet concert will feature 5-time National Jazz Award winner for "jazz piano player of the year" Dave Restivo.

Adrean Farrugia
Pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada's most distinct voices on the piano. Fusing such diverse influences as Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Chick Corea, Phineas Newborn Jr., Hank Jones, Geri Allen, and Brad Mehldau he has forged a personal sound which generates dynamic sensitivity, hard-driving swing, and a powerfully creative statement. Adrean Farrugia began piano studies at the age of 13 in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Coming from a musical family his father Bruno is a professional drummer in the Hamilton music scene and his grandfather Joseph Ivan Arsenault was an accomplished Maritime fiddler. Since moving to Toronto in 1996 he has been in high demand as a freelance pianist and has performed/recorded with some of North America's greatest and diverse jazz artists including: Curtis Fuller, Tom Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Joel Frahm, Brad Goode, Kenny Wheeler, Darcy James Argue, Matt Dusk, Phil Dwyer, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Ian Froman, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Pat Labarbera.

Brownman Ali
Born on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, schooled in New York and now based in Toronto, Brownman is one of the most in demand, young jazz studio trumpet players in Canada today. He is also an accomplished composer/arranger and the recipient of the 2002 Canadian National Jazz Award (NJA) for "Jazz Composer of the Year", also clocking in as first runner-up for "Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year"; his highly acclaimed latin-jazz group CRUZAO was also nominated at the NJAs in 2002, 2003 & 2004 for "Electric Jazz Group of the Year". 2001 saw him win the coveted Montreal Jazz Festival's "General Motors Grand Prix Du Jazz Award" which led to his being signed to the prestigious Justin Time Records label. He was also the recipient of the 2001 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award". 2004 would bring CRUZAO a nomination at the Canadian Independant Music Awards for "Alternative Latin Artist of the Year" and his 10-man salsa outit - MARRÓN MATIZADO - would be honoured with the Silver Medal by SalsaSPOT.com for "Toronto's Favourite Salsa Band".

Brownman has performed (or recorded) with the likes of John Scofield, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Hunter, Gary Bartz, Danilo Perez, Gary Thomas, Hugh Fraser, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Don Thompson, Kirk Macdonald, Pat Labarbera, Kelly Jefferson, Mike Murley, Marc Rogers, Daniel Barnes, William Carn, Shelly Berger, Rita Di Ghent, Gord Webster, Stich Wynston, The Philosopher Kings, Grüvoria, John Blackwell (drummer for Prince), GURU (of Gangstarr fame), KRS-1, DJ Kool Herc, Big Daddy Kane, Fito Blanko, Divine Earth Essence, The Pocket Dwellers, Juke Joint, Jason Wilson & Tabarruk, Chucho Valdes & Irakere, Dominicanada, Maninho Costa, Cruzao, Banda Bella, Energia Latina, Bestial, Ricky Franco, Cimarron, Macondo, Pacande, Dominicanada & far too many more to list here.


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Jeff LaRochelle

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jeff LaRochelle (saxophone)

$5.50 tallboys from Wellington Brewery.

Jeff LaRochelle
Jeff LaRochelle is a saxophonist and clarinetist, composer, and educator who recently finished his Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Humber College's renowned music program. At Humber, he studied under musicians such as Don Palmer, Mark Promane, Pat LaBarbera, Bruce Cassidy, and David Occhipinti. He received awards for excellence such as the Douglas Richards Memorial Award and the Duke Ellington Society Scholarship.

He has also studied with clarinetist Dick Thomson and saxophonists Kelly Jefferson, Mike Murley, and Donny McCaslin. Jeff has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Peter Appleyard, Alex Dean, Chris Potter, Ian Froman, Terence Blanchard, Geoff Young, and Jim Lewis, among many others.

Jeff performed in the 2009 Ottawa International Jazz festival as part of the Jazz Youth Summit. Fall 2009 saw him tour British Columbia with the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble (HSJE). In 2010, Jeff recorded the album "The Best is Yet To Come" with the HSJE, and his EP of his own music: "Origins". In summer 2010, he toured in South Korea. In May/June 2011, he participated in the Banff Summer Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music under the direction of Dave Douglas, with guest artists such as the group Kneebody.

Jeff is currently working on developing the jazz/chamber crossover Origins Ensemble, and his own quartet. He plays or has played with many other projects in Toronto such as Mikko Hilden's Standards Quartet and Trio Manouche, the Andrew McAnsh Quintet, Mark Godfrey Quintet, Monk's Music and among many other musicians in Toronto.


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The Out of Towners

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
The Out Of Towners

Sebastian Buccioni (organ), Gareth Parry (guitar), Yash Preswalla (bass), Shawn Killaly (drums)

The Out Of Towners
Heavy hitting soul-jazz quartet, The Out Of Towners, are specialists of the old-school. The quartet draws on groove merchants such as John Patton, Dr Lonnie Smith, Grant Green and Jimmy Smith – thriving in that part of jazz where the mind takes a back seat to the heart. Witness the Towners move seamlessly between high-octane funk and propelling swing grooves. The band is spearheaded by UK-guitarist Gareth Parry. Known for his bombastic solos and driving rhythms, Parry is turning more than a few heads in his new home away from home, as a recent stint with Hammond master Ike Stubblefield proved. Behind the kit is the Towner’s newest addition Matt Burns. Burns’ lays down tasty grooves and breaks so funky they’ll have your head spinning. Rounding out the quartet are bassist Yash Presswalla and organist Sebastian Buccioni. While Presswalla supplies funkiest bottom end your feet ever-did find, Buccioni tames the Hammond Organ beast with ferocious solos and aggressive accompaniment.


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Monday, July 28th

Monday, July 28th

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Boom For Rent

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Ted Warren (drums), Brendan Davis (bass), Chris Gale (saxophone), Reg Schwager (guitar)
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Norbert Botos

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Norbert Botos (drums)

$5.50 tallboys from Steam Whistle.


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Christian Bridges hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Christian Bridges (guitar/voice)

Signup at 7pm.

Every Monday, all artists are welcomed to sign up and share their songs, poetry, prose or comedy act on Toronto's longest-running open stage; local artists, or those visiting Toronto are encouraged to attend. Here are some of the artists who started their careers at the Free Times open stage: Jason Fowler, Jory Nash, Kat Goldman, Ron Sexsmith, Emm Gryner, Laura Fernandez, Sarah Slean, Noah Zacharin, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra.


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Will Fisher Coastal Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Will Fisher (drums)

$5.50 tallboys from Steam Whistle.

Will Fisher
At age 24, drummer/composer Will Fisher has studied and performed throughout North America, building a reputation as one of Canada’s top young drummers. Named a “young bright light on the cusp of a great career” by CBC Radio, Will released his debut album Portage and has received two nominations for Jazz Recording of the Year from the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) and Music Nova Scotia (MNS). He has performed and recorded with mix of artists including: Kirk MacDonald, Rich Brown, Joel Miller, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Jim Lewis, Bernie Senensky, Nathan Hiltz, Joshua Van Tassel, Jennah Barry, Ian Sherwood, Aidan Knight, and Coco Love Alcorn.

Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Will came to Toronto’s Humber College to study drums, where he received a Bachelor of Applied Music in Jazz Performance. Upon graduation, he was offered a full scholarship to the University of Louisville as a member of the Jamey Aebersold International Masters Quartet, where he studied drums and composition and completed a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance.

While studying, Will has performed with a number of jazz legends including: Eddie Gomez, Lou Donaldson, Antonio Hart, Eugene “Snooky” Young, Jamey Aebersold, Terence Blanchard, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, and Don Thompson. During this time Will received a number of awards including the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, Chico Berardi Award (Nova Scotia Talent Trust), and Humber Sabian Cymbal Award. When not pursuing music, Will can most likely be found canoeing, sailing, or sitting on a patio in a town near you.


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The Cookers

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Ryan Oliver (saxophone), Tim Hamel (trumpet), Richard Whiteman (bass/piano), Alex Coleman (bass), Joel Haynes (drums)

The Cookers was started in March of 2010 as a way that 5 like-minded musicians could play together on a weekly basis and create an environment where original music could be played in a club setting. As the weeks progressed, the musicians involved began to see the potential for so much more. The group had become part of an artistic community, through regular performance and was trying to further this ideal in the face of a challenging artistic climate. Band members' students were coming down regularly to hear their teachers, garnering inspiration from the experience, and a group of regulars began showing up each week as word got out. Though several of Toronto's long-standing jazz clubs are gone, the Cookers hoped to create some kind of an alternative, no matter how small; a place where down-the-middle Canadian jazz could be heard on a regular basis.


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Tuesday, July 29th

Tuesday, July 29th

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Arbuckle

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Kurt Neilsen (bass), Robin Claxton (drums), Patrice Barbanchon (trumpet), Marcus Ali (saxophone), Greg de Denus (piano)

Patrice Barbanchon
Patrice Barbanchon is a trumpeter, composer, and educator who has performed extensively across North America. Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Patrice started playing the trumpet at age 12. He was introduced to this instrument by his band teacher at the time, Hubert Grernier. Monsieur Grenier, a trombone player, was very persistent in helping Patrice with his early development as a trumpet player. Patrice played his first gig under the direction of Grenier, performing O'Canada at a Winnipeg Jets game back in 1992. Monsieur Grenier's style of teaching fit very well with Patrice's personality, and because of this, Patrice was inspired to begin his journey into the world of music and trumpet artistry.

In high school, Patrice immersed himself in every musical opportunity that presented itself. His music teacher, Reno Gerl, was a trumpet player, and for this reason, Patrice was very much looking forward to working with him. Patrice soon realized that Mr. Gerl was not only an excellent trumpet and band teacher, but went above and beyond to help Patrice with his advancement as a trumpet player. Once again, Patrice was blessed with another amazing and inspiring teacher to help him light the path. Mr. Gerl eventually recommended that Patrice take lessons with another fantastic Winnipeg-based trumpet player, Jeff Johnson. Patrice learned a great deal from Jeff who eventually passed him onto studying with two of the finest trumpet players in Canada, Dr. Richard Gillis (University of Manitoba) and Brian Sykora (Principle trumpet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra). Patrice was actively involved in the Winnipeg music scene where he had the pleasure of performing regularly with the likes of Ron Paley, Gilles Fournier, Scott Hamilton, Rob Siwik and many other great Winnipeg based musicians.

Patrice moved to Toronto, Canada in 2002. As a leader, Patrice released his first album "Trio Nouveau Live" in 2003 and is currently working on releasing his second album. As a sideman, Patrice has been a full time member of the Toronto Jazz Orchestra since 2009, and is a current member of the Latin ensemble Conjunto Lacalu. Patrice received his Bachelor of Music Performance from Thompson Rivers University, and his Diploma of Jazz Studies from Humber College, where he studied trumpet with the likes of Steve Crowe, Brian O'Kane, Steve McDade, Denny Christianson and John McCleod. He has had the pleasure of playing alongside musical giants such as Paquito D'Riviera, Byron Stripling, Rob McConnell, Phil Nimmons and Guido Basso. Patrice is currently a full time faculty member at Pickering College, where he has been teaching instrumental music since 2006.


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North/South

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Suba Sankaran (voice), Christopher Dicran Hale (sitar), Justin Gray (bass/bass veena), Ed Hanley (tabla)

Part of the Music:India Summer Series

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Best of the Open Stage

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Kash & Yan
Han Ilk (guitar/voice), Charlotte Fabro (voice/guitar) More about Charlotte Fabro