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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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Chris Gale Organ Trio

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Chris Gale (saxophone), Jeff McLeod (organ), Morgan Childs (drums)

Chris Gale is a nationally recognized saxophonist, composer, producer and educator whose driving style and rich tone can be heard on over one hundred and fifty recordings. As as leader and a sideman, Gale has performed around the globe in theatres, clubs and at festivals, impressing crowds with his lyrical sensibility and soulful approach.

Chris first picked up the alto saxophone at the age of 11, and by his mid-teens was playing with ska and blues bands in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. It was during these formative years that Chris became drawn to, and inspired by, jazz artists like Lester Young, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.

Gale continued to study jazz performance at Mohawk College, McGill University and the University of Toronto where he learned from, and apprenticed with, some of Canada's finest jazz musicians. It was at this point when Chris shifted to specializing on the tenor and baritone saxophones.

Since completing his studies, Gale has defined a career for himself as an in-demand recording artist and freelance performer. Highlights include recording, touring or sharing the stage with Randy Brecker, Blue Rodeo, Ron Sexsmith, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Colin James, Rob McConnell, Brandi Disterheft, Richard Underhill, Michael Kaeshammer, The Shuffle Demons and Jeff Healy. In addition, Chris has also opened for Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck and The Rolling Stones.

Though he has performed from Haifa to Honolulu, Chris is based in Toronto and is a member of three unique jazz collectives with which he composes, performs and collaborates. Buckaloose is an energetic Hammond B-3 quartet; The Worst Pop Band Ever is an experimental jazz group featuring turntablist LEO37; and Muhledy is an international jazz group with members hailing from Toronto, Chicago and New York.

As a solo artist, Chris Gale has one release to his credit titled "Strays Stays"(GD Productions – Toronto – 2001). "There's a stylish Ellington ensemble sound stirring here", writes Toronto Star jazz critic Geoff Chapman, and the title track is "beautifully done, with lush tenor work".


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Diane Roblin and Reconnect

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Diane Roblin (piano), Jeff King (saxophone), Howard Spring (guitar), Russ Boswell (bass), Roger Travassos (drums)

Reconnect
Reconnect is a five piece band that came together to play and explore Diane Roblin's compositions - an original mixture of jazz, fusion and funk which encourages going "outside of the box". The music is about playing to the max, making connections with the other musicians, engaging the audience and having the most fun possible. Reconnect plays high energy music from the heart.

Diane Roblin
Diane Roblin is a composer, musician, and band leader who returns to the music scene with much enthusiasm. Born in Buffalo NY, and a classically trained pianist, she continued her music education at York University. It was an eclectic experience which included jazz composition and performance, Indian drumming (Mrdangam) with Trichy Sankaran and a year of Stockhausen's "Stimmung". Her piano and electronic music studies with David Rosenboom continue to be a strong influence on her composing and playing. Diane performed regularly with many bands including Rough Trade, Dollars, and the Artist Jazz Band. As well, she lead her own band Synergy with Michael Stuart and Bob Brough. Her improvisational solo piano concerts at A Space, Harbourfront, The Music Gallery and Array Space have provided a stage for Diane to express her own unique voice.

Diane has recently formed a new 5 piece band, Reconnect, which has been receiving much attention. The band came together to explore Diane's compositions - an original mixture of jazz, fusion and funk which encourages the players to go "out of the box". She also leads HAPPENING, a free improvisational band which uses her composed themes as a catalyst for extended expression. The bands are made up of Toronto's finest musicians including Jeff King, Scott Marshall, Sly Juhas, Roger Travassos, Chris Lesso, Bob Cohen, Howard Spring, Kyle Brenders, Joe Sorbara, and Scott Thomson. They have performed at the Musideum, the Tranzac Club, Gate 403 and as part of the Somewhere There, and Audiopollination series at Array Space.

Currently, Diane is a member of the Toronto Improvisation Orchestra (TIO), Association of Improvising Music (AIM), and enjoys playing with the Woodchoppers Association. She has performed internationally at clubs such as Ronnie Scott's in London UK and in Cannes, Antibes and Juan les Pins, south of France.


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Music City North presents: Soundtrack of the City

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Emily Raquel (guitar/voice), Hannah Chapplain (voice), Jacqui Brown (voice/guitar)

Hannah Chapplain
For a girl of only 21, singer songwriter Hannah Chapplain's voice is complex and mature. Born in Adelaide, Australia and later raised in rural Alton Ontario, her roots are deeply planted in a heritage rich in integrity and values. Raised on a diet of pop and rock music in an artistic and entrepreneurial family, Hannah writes about her rich life-experiences and has created a songbook of over 200 original songs with 25 of them professionally produced and available on iTunes.

At age 16, Hannah started performing at Ray's Bistro in Alton. After she posted several songs on MySpace in 2011, Producer Anthony Santonocito (Killingsworth Studio) invited her to New York to record her debut album "Hannah Chapplain". It was released in December 2011 and featured 10 of her original songs, led by the popular radio-friendly tracks "Letter to the Rain" and "December".

In 2012, Hannah opened for Canadian rock legend Kim Mitchell at the Canada 3.0 digital media conference where, as a budding entrepreneur, she also pitched her new music business model to tech-savvy investors, raising $25,000 in seed funding. Two weeks later she opened for the Jim Cuddy Band at Illuminaqua.

In August 2012 Hannah joined a superstar line-up of country and rock artists, including Paul Brandt, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock and Carrie Underwood, at the Boots and Hearts 2012 music festival, performing tracks from her then EP "Country Girl Soul" produced by well known musician and Hey Castel Executive Producer, Marc Ganetakos.

Hannah has also had the priviledge of opening up for Canadian legends such as April Wine, Kim Mitchell, Lighthouse, Blue Rodeo, Dan Hill and the Jim Cuddy Band.

Hannah's music can be described as a mix of pop, rock and alternative. She is incredibly versatile in her songwriting and has experimented in many different genres throughout her career such as rock, folk and country. However, after much experimentation, Hannah settled on her roots as a true alternative pop rock artist at heart.

Hannah has had over a dozen media mentions in the past year, including appearances on a number of radio and TV broadcasts. She also produced two professional HD music videos and over 15 unplugged videos of her most popular songs, which are available on her YouTube channel.

Hannah has a loyal following of concert-fans in southern Ontario, and a developing web presence. She gives weekly live performances on her own interactive web-channel and has a growing following on social media sites.

She performs solo acoustic, with a duo or trio, and also with her full electric band. Hannah is available to open for other artists or perform as a headline act.

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Music City North is a community of artists, venue owners, booking agents, managers and fans, working together to grow the Toronto music community and increase awareness of the music scene.


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Benny Sharoni Group (Boston)

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Benny Sharoni (saxophone), Adrean Farrugia (piano), Jon Maharaj (bass), Steve Langone (drums)

Growing up on the kibbutz in Israel, there was always music in our home. My parents emigrated from Chile and Yemen, so between them I was heavily influenced by Latin and African-based music and rhythms. Both of my parents truly love music and encouraged me at an early age to study classical flute. Because of my extreme free spirit, I sought out a musical form that broke beyond the constraints of classical music. It was there that I found jazz the freest and most expressive music out there.


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Saturday, August 30th

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Chris Kettlewell & Friends

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Chris Kettlewell (bass)

Chris Kettlewell is an accomplished double bass player and guitarist based in Toronto. He performs regularly with a variety of acts including children's entertainment veteran Fred Penner, jazz ensembles such as The Rachelle Courtney Quartet and The Cam Britton Collective, and has toured extensively with soul/pop singer Maylee Todd. Chris graduated from Humber College's Jazz Performance program in 2005 and Thompson Rivers University's Music program in 2009 and studied with renowned bassists Mike Downes, Pat Collins and Don Thompson.

Chris has played a wide variety of performances in concert halls, six-star hotels, churches, and cruise ships in such diverse places as Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, China and Japan. He has been played on radio stations across Canada such as Toronto's leading jazz station JAZZ FM91 and has been featured nationwide on Cbc, Mtv, and magazines Exclaim! and NOW.

As well as being a performing musician, Chris is proficient in the art of teaching music. He currently teaches guitar at Dixon Hall Music School and Cabbage Town Arts and has taught at the Beaches Music Studio. Chris aspires to continue playing multiple genres of music with many different ensembles and exploring the boundaries of his music making.


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Beverly Taft & the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Beverly Taft (voice), Nathan Hiltz (guitar), Jake Wilkinson (voice/piano/trumpet), Kelsley Grant (trombone), Johnny Griffith (saxophone), Artie Roth (bass), Sly Juhas (drums)

Beverly Taft & the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra have recently released their first CD of "seductive swing originals" (The Scene in T. O.) arranged by Nathan for an all-star horn section. This 8 piece band also plays arrangements of some favourite latin and jazz standards.

Nathan Hiltz
Nate Hiltz (B.Mus, M.Mus) is a Juno winning jazz guitaist who was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Based in Toronto since 1999, he attended Humber College and The University of Toronto. He studied jazz guitar with Reg Schwager, Jim Hall, Adam Rogers and many others. Over the course of his professional career he has played on over 20 albums and toured extensively across Canada. Nate is a mentor to many aspiring guitarists from his home teaching studio and as a part time faculty member at Humber College.

He is also the co founder of the critically acclaimed Griffith Hiltz Trio. Their new album, ‘This is what you get’ was produced by the iconic Hawksley Workman due to be released in 2013. , His Hammond B3 quartet project Organic has held down a residency for over 5 years at the popular nightclub/rib joint Joe Mamas in the heart of Toronto’s theater district. Their debut album, ‘Live At Joe Mamas’, is slated for release May 29 & 30, 2013 at The Rex Hotel. Nate is also a busy freelance artist and works regularly with Alex Dean, Bernie Senensky, Terra Hazelton, Brandi Disterheft, Melissa Lauren, Ryan Oliver, Johnny Griffith, Jill Barber and Patrick Boyle to name a few.


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David Lidov: Drought in Eden

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)
Vania Chan (voice), Dylan Hillyer (voice), Kaili Kinnon (voice), Gabe Arenshtam (voice), Tom King (piano), Benjamin Smith (piano), Raphael Roter (drums/dance), Alan Kulka (guitar)

An open rehearsal that will conclude our workshop on my theatre piece. Beguiled by the Serpent, Adam and Eve transform the Garden into an advanced food factory. Exports and profits surge until irrigation, pesticides and fertilizers kill the land. [Synopsis]

Our passionate and funny musical re-telling of this ancient tale, in a version rich in artifice, follows Genesis closely, but we understand the myth in a way that -- according to Canadian historian, Ronald Wright -- is closer to the reality of what happened to the "fertile crescent" --a cultural memory and bleak prophecy.

Vania Chan sings the part of Eve; Dylan Hillyer, Adam; Gabe Arenshtam, the Serpent; and Kaili Kinnon, God. They are accompanied by a fine band of three plus Alan Kulka as guest e-guitarist and a full suite of visual projection. [Bios, Acknowledgements]

You will enjoy fresh tunes for your whistle, new beats for your drums, some favourite clichés, and no few surprises.


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Nick Teehan Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Nick Teehan (voice/saxophone), Chris Pruden (piano), Joe Ernewein (bass), Philip George Miles (guitar)

Originally from Oshawa, Teehan loves Toronto where he now resides. You'll often find him scribbling song lyrics on napkins at greasy overnight diners or singing to himself on the Wallace Bridge. He is a product of his environment, and his work reflects the grim yet joyful balance of living in a big green and grey city. An imaginative and unique artist, his storytelling broaches a wide range of subjects: the love starved "Racoon" (#1 Toronto Star Anti-Hit List, April 2012), the "False Love" of a Portuguese mannequin and various meditations on the end of the world. Teehan is well known in Toronto clubs for his compelling live performances; the raucous blend of his unconventional instrumentation mixing with his complex and tuneful arrangements.


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"My Hawaiian Fantasy" - A Polynesian Music Theater Extravaganza!

401 Richmond Atrium (Atrium-401 Richmond West)
Michael Berkovsky (piano), Clifton David Broadbridge (guitar), Conor Hall (percussion), Anjelica Scannura (dance), Laurance Tan (voice)

Whenever I do a concert, it's never just a singer and a pianist. It is an all-out variety show packed with other singers, dancers and beautiful costumes. My next live show "My Hawaiian Fantasy" has a great line-up of musical numbers for your enjoyment.

I am presenting to you a show filled with excitement. 2 dancing Hawaiian brothers from Oahu Honolulu will be especially flown in to dance for you. They will be featuring Kahiko, Tahitian and Samoan traditional dances and backing me in a few of my songs.

Musicians such as the world-class sought-after classical concert pianist, Dr. Michael Berkovsky, and Clifton David Broadbridge, a guitarist of equal caliber, with be providing me with their beautiful music. Conor Hall, a young percussionist plays the Cajon with them.

Anjelica Scannura, a flamenco and belly dancer of the Toronto's elite dance world will perform Hula dances especially for this show.

A video team of 3 cameras will shoot the show. Kuhl Music Studios will engineer the sound, and the magnificent Musideum is co-hosting the show.

Laurance Tan
Featured in film, theater and on CD, Laurance is an international artist whose diverse career began in his native Singapore at the age of six. He studied ballet, jazz and conservatory singing into his early teens and began performing in musical theater. At the age of 22, Laurance directed and choreographed original musical productions for the Music and Drama Company. During this time, Laurance toured and performed throughout South East Asia and the Western Pacific. In his last two years with the Company, he appeared extensively on television shows as an actor and pop singer.

Laurance emigrated to Canada in 1988 and quickly established himself as a singer/actor, performing in numerous theatrical and television productions. He received critical acclaim for his roles in M. Butterfly, A Language of Their Own, Ghost Train, and was the lead in the award-winning film, The Offering which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. He also received critical acclaim for his world-beat CD, Sounds of the Tyger. In 2007 he won the Best Actor Award at the Mammoth Film Festival in Oregon for his performance in The Offering.

Laurance is a down-to-earth, compassionate and a caring individual. In his leisure, he studied different forms of healing arts and became a certified Shiatsu therapist, aroma therapist and Reiki practitioner.


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Emily Raquel + Victoria Marie + Mike Stanfield

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Emily Raquel (guitar/voice), Victoria Marie (voice/guitar), Mike Stanfield (voice/guitar)

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Ari Hoenig Group (NYC)

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Shai Maestro (piano), Tivon Pennicott (saxophone), Orlando LeFleming (bass), Ari Hoenig (drums)

Ari Hoenig is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms. Rather than playing the traditional role of timekeeper, Ari is known to elevate his drumming to a very central and visible part of the performance, as many drummers such as Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette did before him.

He’s also known for playing with the intensity usually associated with the playing of rock & metal drummers as well as combining rhythms from many styles of music with the more traditional jazz drumming style to make a highly personalized & expressive voice at the drums.


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Sunday, August 31st

Sunday, August 31st

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Forshpil (Russia)

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Sasha Lurje (voice), Ilya Shneyveys (keyboard), Mitia Khramtsov (violin), Roman Shinder (guitar), Zheka Lizin (drums)

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.

Forshpil
The cutting-edge, young Latvian band Forshpil reinterprets traditional Jewish music in a unique and daring way.

Formed in Riga, Latvia in 2003 as means of exploring traditional Yiddish culture, the band, led by singer Sasha Lurje and keyboardist/arranger Ilya Shneyveys, has traveled extensively to study, perform and teach at major Jewish and world music events in Russia, Germany, Poland, Canada, UK and beyond.

Today Forshpil's music is a fusion of Yiddish songs, Hassidic nigunim and klezmer tunes with 1960s-1970s rock, spiced up by funk, reggae and jazz. Energetic yet intimate performance, vintage analog sounds and multi-colored, deeply passionate singing deliver an ultimate Yiddish psychedelic experience. This is what it would have sounded like if Pink Floyd and The Doors had ever jammed together at a Jewish wedding.

Ashkenaz Festival
The Ashkenaz Foundation is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an increased awareness of Yiddish and Jewish culture through the arts. Through its biennial festival and an expanding slate of year-round programming, Ashkenaz showcases the work of leading contemporary artists from Canada and around the world working in music, film, theatre, dance, literature, craft, and visual arts. Ashkenaz places an equal emphasis on the need for preservation and innovation within this cultural milieu. The Foundation incorporates in its mandate and programming many other manifestations of pan-Jewish music and art beyond Klezmer/Yiddish, including an expanding commitment to the art and culture of Sephardic, Ladino, and Mizrahi Jews. Ashkenaz also actively pursues fusion and cross-cultural exchange with artists from outside Jewish cultural traditions through commissioned work and special projects. Ashkenaz places a strong emphasis on local and emerging talent, as well as on education and community outreach. Ashkenaz forges partnerships with other entities and like-minded organizations in areas of overlapping interest or cause.


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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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Dan Fortin Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Dan Fortin (bass), Fabio Ragnelli (drums), Michael Davidson (vibraphone)

Daniel Fortin was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program in 2007. Since moving to Toronto, Dan has been an active member of the city’s music scene, playing with the likes of Mike Ruby, David Occhipinti, Dave Restivo, Barry Romberg, Harley Card, Chris Donnelly, and many others. He also performs regularly with STOPTIME, Serena Ryder (Atlantic Records/EMI), Stop Time, The Brent Mah/Alex Goodman Quartet, The Alex Goodman Quintet, The Jessica Stuart Few, Myriad, Potions, Felicity Williams’ Al Purdy Project, Michael Davidson, The Jonathan Challoner Quartet, The Matt Newton Trio, and ENGINE, to name a few. He participated in both the 2008 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and the Centre For Improvisational Music’s 2010 Summer Intensive in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to performing, Dan also teaches at Humber College in the Community Music Program.


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Alex Fournier

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)
Aidan Sibley (trombone), Alex Fournier (bass), Stephanie Urquhart (piano), Curtis Whittaker (guitar), Ashley Urquhart (piano)

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Brownman Ali + 1

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Brownman Ali (trumpet)

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.

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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Music City North presents: Soundtrack of the City

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

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Derek Gray

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Derek Gray (drums/percussion)

$5.50 tallboys from Wellington Brewery.

Derek Gray
At 22 years-old, Derek Gray has established himself as an up-and-coming drummer and percussionist on the Canadian music scene. In the spring of 2011, Derek completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Degree at Humber College where he studied with Mark Kelso. In addition, Derek played drums in the school’s flagship ensemble, the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble, directed by Denny Christianson. As a member of this ensemble, Derek performed with legendary bassist Dave Holland in March 2011. In Toronto, Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer, and sideman performing regularly with a variety of projects, including Tesseract, Gray Matter (a quintet that he co-leads with his brother, bass player Justin Gray), and Monsoon (an Indo-Jazz ensemble).

In 2008, Derek founded the Hand Drumming in the Schools program in which he voluntarily travels to schools in the greater Toronto area and facilitates hand-drumming workshops for students of all ages. He also works as a drum circle facilitator with Soul Drums. In the summer of 2009, Derek travelled to Ghana to study traditional West African hand drumming, and over the course of two months, completed an Ethnomusicology course at University of Ghana. He also studied West African percussion with master drummers Kwasi Dunyo and Ledzi Agudzemegah in Dagbamete, a village in the Volta Region.

Over the past few years, Derek has received a number of awards, including Humber College's President's Medal for leadership, the Garfield Weston National Level Scholarship for leadership, the SABIAN Cymbals Award + Scholarship, the George McCrae Award for musical excellence, and the Principal’s Award for Student Leadership. In the spring of 2011, Derek was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency in Washington, DC. Working alongside talented young musicians/composers from around the world, this two-week long program culminated in performances on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Centre. Derek has studied privately with Steve Mancuso, Doug Sole, Dan Weiss, Jonathan Blake, Nate Smith and Larnell Lewis. He has had the opportunity to play in ensembles lead by Pat Labarbera, Brian Dickenson, Alex Dean, Ravi Naimpally, Waleed Abdulhamid, and Luis Mario Ochoa.


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Ari Hoenig Group (NYC)

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Shai Maestro (piano), Tivon Pennicott (saxophone), Orlando LeFleming (bass), Ari Hoenig (drums)

Ari Hoenig is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms. Rather than playing the traditional role of timekeeper, Ari is known to elevate his drumming to a very central and visible part of the performance, as many drummers such as Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette did before him.

He’s also known for playing with the intensity usually associated with the playing of rock & metal drummers as well as combining rhythms from many styles of music with the more traditional jazz drumming style to make a highly personalized & expressive voice at the drums.


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Monday, September 1st

Monday, September 1st

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Anna Atkinson + David Occhipinti

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Anna Atkinson (voice/accordion/viola), David Occhipinti (guitar)

$5.50 tallboys from Steam Whistle Brewery.

Anna Atkinson
Anna Atkinson is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer, currently living in Toronto.

In 2008, Anna completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Victoria, studying viola with Joanna Hood and the Lafayette String Quartet. While living in Victoria, she and fellow songwriting violist Rachael Cardiello formed the duo “Blue Richard and the Apricots”. She also toured internationally with the “Continuum Consort”, a quartet dedicated to the performance of early and contemporary music.

Anna has worked with dancers, visual artists and composers. In Toronto, Anna continues to lead a dynamic creative life - a mixture of classical orchestral and chamber performance, songwriting, and collaborations with other Toronto musicians.


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Rehan Dalal hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Rehan Dalal (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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Thom Gill

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Thom Gill (voice/guitar)

$5.50 tallboys from Steam Whistle Brewery.


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Tuesday, September 2nd

Tuesday, September 2nd

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AIM Toronto Presents: James Bailey Curation Series

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)

AIM Toronto
The Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto was conceived as an umbrella under which each of the city's disparate pockets of improvising musicians could all organize, a banner we could all wave that would provide increased visibility for the community as a whole while maintaining its diversity. While encouraging the maintenance of these unique pockets, the aimtoronto umbrella can promote interaction between improvising musicians from different backgrounds who might not otherwise find each other. We can only grow and improve as players and people from such interaction. The aimtoronto umbrella can also serve to promote audience sharing between those different scenes and provide a consistency and an increased visibility that will encourage the attention of both the wider listening public and the media.

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Brian Cober

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Brian Cober (guitar/harmonica/voice)

Brian Cober's invention of the Double Slide Guitar gives the slide a voice and range of capabilities that have never been released before and harnessed them to drive his own brand of streetwise, roadwise blues. He has captured the soul that makes one actually enjoy in a sympathetic way his confessions of heartbreaks and excesses. With his band The Nationals, Brian released 3 acclaimed CD's and backed up Bo Diddley, King Biscuit Boy, Johnny Winter, Jeff Healey and many others. When Nationals founding member Paul McNamara passed away in 2008, Brian began his solo career with a new CD "Real Far Gone". Since '08, he has played full time at clubs, Blues Society's, dances, private parties, and festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Bluizo Natkys Festival in Lithuania, La Chute Fest, and toured in Israel in Feb. '11. First the listener is struck by the unique sight and sound of the Double-Slide. Then Brian's mastery of the instrument becomes obvious, along with his soulful vocals and great songwriting. Whenever, and for however many, Brian Cober is a unique and uplifting musical experience.


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Wednesday, September 3rd

Wednesday, September 3rd

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WordSpell Spoken Word Showcase

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Elyse Maltin (voice/poetry), Saredo Mohamed (voice/poetry)

Open Mic (open to women) signup at 7:30pm – open to those who identify as women – held after the feature performances and is limited to 4 minutes per poet. All ages & genders welcome in the audience!

WordSpell celebrates Two Years of amazing women on the mic!

The WordSpell Collective runs the only series bringing together talented established and emerging female-identifying spoken word artists on a regular basis in Toronto.

We are back with our bi-monthly showcase that features some of the hottest voices in spoken word. There will also be an Open Mic, open to those who identify as female.

Elyse Maltin
When the English department judges at her first poetry slam told her "your politics overwhelmed your art", Elyse founded her own slam in London, Ontario, and hasn’t looked back since. Elyse now resides in Toronto, ON, and in addition to writing and performing her own poetry, is fortunate enough to love her day job as a leadership and business performance consultant. It's been said about Elyse that "she's got hair most people would kill for, a voice that everyone stops to listen to, and more things to say than a monk coming off a vow of silence." Elyse has featured at events across Canada, has been a three-time member of the London Poetry Slam team, and once spent a summer performing in her underwear as a member of the outspoken feminist duo the Queens of Inappropriate.

Saredo Mohamed
Saredo Mohamed is an 18 year old poet from London, Ontario whose words leave you snapping your fingers and stomping your feet in exhilaration for the wisdom she shares beyond her years. Saredo is the BAM! Toronto Youth Slam Grand Slam Champion for the 2012-2013 season and became a Canadian youth poetry slam champion at YouthCanSlam 2013. She is also the first ever Canadian Youth Underground Individual Slam Champion. Saredo uses her experiences with culture, immigration and travel as inspiration for her work, and hopes to inspire others with her poetry.


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Will & Tom Melville

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Will Melville (voice/guitar), Tom Melville (piano)

Drawing on their shared and differing experiences of musical idioms and traditions, Will and Tom will present - through voice, guitar and piano - an unplugged selection of song as a lyrical, intimate and direct account of life mediated through music. With nods to the traditions of oldtime country, personal story and talking blues, the evening will feature the work of Justin Townes Earle and others, along with original material.

Will Melville
Will Melville grew up in Toronto steeped in music of all kinds – some being Weezer, Our Lady Peace, Tool and Deftones, along with classical violin studies and self-taught guitar. It was hard to avoid regional roots/Toronto indy influence (Needy Fingers, Lewis Melville). Will has written, performed and recorded with his band Dr. Love and the Love Brigade, as well as on his own.

Tom Melville
In the 80's and 90's, Tom Melville was a founding member and recorded with regional roots bands the Reverbs (Guelph) and Needy Fingers (Toronto). In that time and since, he has worked with the Skydiggers (Toronto indy roots), Back Roads Band (new country), the Promissory Notes and Thin Skulls (70's and 80's punk, new wave and pop), Tokyo Giants (10 piece 60's R & B), Atomic Cocktail and the Advocats (jazz/big band). Along with ongoing work with Will, recently Tom has joined forces with co-writer and vocalist Dawn Duvall (Blue Willow).


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Kevin Butler & Darlin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Kevin Butler (guitar/voice)

$5.50 tallboys from Kensington Brewing Company.


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Thursday, September 4th

Thursday, September 4th

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Jennis

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Jen Gillmor (cello/voice), Dennis Gaumond (voice)

When long-time Toronto indie-scene bassist Jen Gillmor picked up the cello and joined forces with the newest creative incarnation of award-winning blues musician Dennis Gaumond, Jennis was born. The duo tickles ears with an uncommon sonic blend of vocals, electric, acoustic and resophonic guitars, custom-tuned harmonicas, cello, didgeridoo, flutes, jawharp and percussion. The 12 songs on their debut album "The Current" celebrate the mysteries and poignancies of life, rooted in a faith in peace and love as the highest powers. Their unusual rootsy sound is at times bluesy, at times funky, jazzy or folky, with a hint of exotic ethnic influences.


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James Gray

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
James Gray (voice/guitar)

James Gray is a Singer/ Songwriter from a small town in Muskoka, Central Ontario. After picking up the guitar at an early age James began to work on his craft. Almost immediately James began to write songs, and has been working on song writing ever since. After spending years playing in bands, James has made the shift over to the acoustic guitar and began writing lyrical folk songs, and hasn't looked back. James has recently released his debut album "Home to Me" produced by Musician/ Producer Shannon Lyon. "James has that uncanny natural ability to cut straight to the heart with emotion and believability, a real gem" Shannon Lyon. James has shared the stage with many great artists including, Jacob Moon, Katherine Wheatley, Ian Tamblyn, and Rob lutes. James is currently residing in western Canada, and was most recently the musical guest at the TED talks here on the west Coast. James has plans to tour extensively through Canada in 2014.


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John-Wayne Swingtet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Alexander Tikhonov (clarinet), Wayne Nakamura (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass), John Farrell (guitar)

$5.50 Tall Boys from Junction Craft Brewery.

John-Wayne Swingtet
The John-Wayne Swingtet is comprised of four members of the Toronto Gypsy Jazz scene. John Farrell (guitar) and Abbey Sholzberg are original members of Toronto's first Hot Club band, Club Django Toronto. Wayne Nakamura (guitar) is the host of Toronto's most established Gypsy Jazz jam, The Hot Club of Corktown. Alexander Tikhonov (clarinet) has received his designation as "Master of the Clarinet" back in his native Russia. Together these four play the music of Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Fats Waller, Hank Williams, and the list goes on...

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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Roman Walte

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Roman Walte (voice/guitar), Alyson McNamara (voice/guitar) Facebook Event