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Richard Whiteman Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Richard Whiteman (bass/piano), Amanda Tosoff (piano), Morgan Childs (drums), Reg Schwager (guitar)

Toronto native Richard Whiteman is an extremely versatile player, fluent in styles ranging from the stride masters of the twenties, through Bud Powell and Bill Evans, to modern giants like Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. As a leader, he has released five CDs (with a sixth on the way), and has received raves from as far away as Japan, where his “GROOVEYARD” disc was rated one of the Top 500 Jazz Piano Trio records of all time.

For over twenty years, Richard has performed at major Toronto jazz venues, and has also played with orchestras (The Canada Pops Orchestra) and big bands (including The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra), in new music concerts (Hemispheres Music Projects), classical crossover groups (The Galaxy Trio) and musical theatre (“Forever Plaid”), and at countless “casual” engagements with Canada’s finest jazz musicians. He has also toured Canada with his trio and performed in Brazil, Egypt and San Antonio, Texas.

Some of the stellar musicians Richard has worked with are Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Marcus Belgrave, Pat LaBarbera, Ken Peplowski, Nick Brignola, Ed Bickert, Jane Bunnett and Dutch Django-style star, Tim Kliphuis. As well as leading his own groups, Richard is a member of the The Al Henderson Quintet and is much in demand by vocalists, including John Alcorn, Jackie Richardson, Dee Daniels, Bonnie Brett and Heather Bambrick.


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AIM Toronto Presents

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Alan Bloor (violin/electronics), Matt Miller (electronics/synth), Ted Phillips (electronics), Bob Vespaziani (percussion)

An evening of rhythm, noise, dub, granular textures and their opposites.

Alan Bloor
Alan Bloor is originally from Windsor, Ontario, where back in the mid eighties he was involved in a couple of musical outfits, one being a hardcore punk band called Binge of Violence which would often play in Detroit, Mich. After the breakup of the ensemble he decided to go solo.

Over a period of about ten years he studied classical guitar, Jazz bass and flamenco guitar. In the late 1980's he became involved as a background noisician in poetry readings in Detroit (MI) and eventually other projects followed such as extreme noise project Knurl in 1994, and Ambient project Pholde in 2000. Over the past few years he has become involved in the Toronto free-improv music scene playing bass and violin.

Bob Vespaziani
Bob Vespaziani is a freelance drummer/percussionist working out of Toronto Ontario, and is very active in both the Blues and Improvisational music scenes in Canada. Latest projects include: Snake Oil Johnson (Deltadelic Blues/Roots band lead by BV). Toki Oto (a "Tribal/World Beat" duo co-lead with Didgeridoo player Satoshi Ridd Saito). Other projects include an improvisational Guitar & Percussion duo with Arthur Bull, and a Blues duo with Juno Award winner Julian Fauth. 2011 saw the release of BV's first solo CD "The Concussionist" on his own SMS (Stage Mom's Suck!!!) label.

Matt Miller
Matt Miller is a multi-disciplinary musician, composer, sound designer, producer and engineer. He has had a consistent presence in Toronto's improvising music scene since 2007, employing his laptop as a musical instrument, live remix tool, as well as a mobile recording workstation to capture live performances.

Ted Phillips
Ted Phillips was host and producer of a radio show that ran on CIUT-FM for 12 years. The earliest versions of the show dealt with academic style-electroacoustic and what used to be called "computer music". (Xenakis, Risset, Chowning, Dodge, Lansky…) Interest in synthesis and digital signal processing, led to the nascent field of improvised and or "interactive" music using computers. (League of Automatic Composers -later The Hub+ George Lewis, David Berhman) After attending thousands of concerts, improvised and otherwise, and after years of invitations by some great local performers and composers, he decided to join them. Recently a very powerful new tool was made available from IRCAM that had some of what he wanted for live performance. Named "CataRT" it uses "data-driven concatenative sound synthesis system in real time based on unit selection from large databases for Max/MSP/FTM".-(http://imtr.ircam.fr/imtr/CataRT ) Developers Deimo Schwartz and Norbert Schnell of IRCAM's Real Time Musical Interaction Team have created an unusual, powerful and extensible application for live performance and improvisation. For the past two years Ted has had many hours of meetings, software re-development and testing with developer Brett Martell, helping to extend an early version of CataRT's midi interaction and interface design. He has most recently been experimenting with the software in live performances with the Toronto Improvisers Orchestra and with other musicians.


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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Le Boeuf Brothers (NYC)

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Pascal Le Boeuf (piano/keyboard), Remy Le Boeuf (saxophone)

Prepare to be amused by the bold compositions and stylish approach of the Le Boeuf Brothers, jazz twins with an ear for innovation, drama, and a touch of humor. Part of a growing New York jazz scene characterized by odd time signatures, current indie rock, and the influences of artists such as Radiohead, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Herbie Hancock, Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf (saxophone and piano) play a sophisticated brand of modern jazz that, despite it's complexity, remains upbeat and accessible to any audience.

"Even by the uncanny standards of identical twins, the Le Boeuf Brothers have forged a remarkably close connection. What sets them apart from other siblings who share the same DNA and a preternatural level of communication is that they practice it in public, on the bandstand, to unique artistic effect." (Metroactive).

Their upcoming album "Two Worlds," supported in part by a generous contribution from the Edward & Sally Van Lier Fund of the NY Community Trust, is set to be released in Sept 2011. What differentiates this album from others is the Le Boeuf Brothers continue to sculpt their compositions after the recording process using modern production techniques to develop a sound akin to Nigel Godrich of Radiohead producing a jazz album. This new direction lays the foundation for the next decade of jazz innovation.

Pascal Le Boeuf
Pascal Le Boeuf is a spinner of webs constructed with beauty, emotion, and maturity. After 9 years performing in New York City, with three albums as "Le Boeuf Brothers", several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances, pianist/composer Pascal Le Boeuf has established himself as a leading figure in the next generation of jazz artists. Hailed by DownBeat Magazine as having "a strong percussive element to his playing, which he combines with a keen sense of dynamics," Le Boeuf "pursues a hyper-fluent modern ideal" (NY Times) in a world with no boundaries. Never has this been more apparent than in "Pascal's Triangle", his latest recording on nineteen-eight records and most ambitions trio recording to date.

He performs and tours frequently with Pascal's Triangle, which features bassist Linda Oh and drummer Justin Brown. Pascal's Triangle formed after working together as sidemen in various projects with the goal of developing their approach to conversational improvisation to connect with listeners on a deeper musical and emotional level. Le Boeuf explains, "as an artist, I see my responsibly to humanity as that of a diver, charged with the task of swimming deep within the mind, beneath the surface of reality, to retrieve something beautiful, undiscovered or interesting to share with the real world. When we formed Pascal's Triangle, it was with the unspoken agreement that we would practice this art of diving together. We trust each other's choices and share an orientation towards self expression through group improvisation. Every time we sit down to make music, we are exploring the depths of what is possible".

Pascal earned B.M. ('07) and M.M. ('10) degrees at the Manhattan School of Music as the recipient of the Michael W. Greene scholarship and graduated with honors as a Van Lier Fellow. His list of awards is a lengthy one, including Independent Music Awards for Best Jazz Song and Best Jazz Album in 2005, and Best Eclectic Song and Dance/Electronica Song in 2012; 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition; several ASCAP Young Composer Awards and various awards from DownBeat Magazine. Additionally, Mr. Le Boeuf has received grants/commissions from Chamber Music America (CMA), ASCAP/IAJE, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA).

He has also toured internationally and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Umbria Jazz Festival, and Jazz @ Lincoln Center. The New York Times says "The pianist Pascal Le Boeuf has a sleek new album, "Pascal's Triangle" (Nineteen-Eight Records), that features the advanced-propulsion rhythm team of bassist Linda Oh and drummer Justin Brown."


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Bret Higgins Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
Bret Higgins (bass), Tom Juhas (guitar), Aleksandar Gajic (violin), Robbie Grunwald (piano), Joshua Van Tassel (percussion)

In addition to leading his own band, Bassist Bret Higgins performs regularly with Canadian folk-roots group 'Great Lake Swimmers', and Canada's leading klezmer-balkan group 'Beyond The Pale'. Bret has performed and/or recorded with many luminaries of the pop, folk, jazz, and world music communities, including Serena Ryder, Rose Cousins, Basia Bulat, David Myles, Justin Rutledge, Bob Egan (of Blue Rodeo), DJ SoCalled, The Wailin' Jennys, Ben Caplan, Lara St. John, Lily Frost, Ben Goldberg (Tin Hat, New Klezmer Trio), Frank London (Klezmatics), David Buchbinder (Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Odessa-Havana), Ben Grossman, and Brenna MacCrimmon.

The recipient of numerous Canadian scholarships, awards and arts grants, Bret performs extensively in Toronto, and has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Brazil. Special highlights of his career include; a performance at the 2010 JUNO Awards, two feature concerts in Whistler and Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, showcasing at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2009 with Beyond The Pale as special guests at the 85th birthday of legendary actor, folk singer, and theatre icon Theodore Bikel, and a 2005 performance at the Canadian Governor General's Awards at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Bret is also very prolific as a composer, songwriter, and producer, and his music has been heard in clubs, theatres, and concert halls throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Brazil.


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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)

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Norbert Botos Group feat. Mike Murley

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
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Thursday, September 4th

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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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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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Norbert Botos Group feat. Mike Murley

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)
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Roman Walte

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

Friday, September 5th

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Bridge Between the Arts: A Move Towards Peace

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Catherine Gardner (voice), Jordana Deveau (dance), Dobrochna Zubek (cello), Adam Żukiewicz (piano)

This concert, presented in part by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, features a multidisciplinary exploration of the struggle between peace and war in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. On September 1, 1939, a German battleship fired the first shots of World War II at Westerplatte, a small Polish military outpost in Gdansk.

Featured composers include J.S. Bach, D. Shostakovich, K. Szymanowski, R. Strauss and W. Lutoslawski. The four performers are united in their goal to combine their various means of expression in creative and unique ways while maintaining the highest level of freedom in both the technical and expressive elements of the performance.

Dobrochna Zubek
Dobrochna Zubek, a native of Poland is a disciple of renowned cello pedagogue Cecylia Barczyk. Having obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in cello performance from Baltimore's Towson University she went on to attain a performance diploma from the Conservatoire de Versailles in France with Professor Barbara Marcinkowska.

Highlighting Ms. Zubek's numerous competition awards are: first place award of the Peggy Friedman Gordon Music Competition (2002), first place award of the Sidney Liebermann Music Competition (2004) and winner of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Competition (2007).

In an evolving, multi-faceted career Ms. Zubek has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and orchestra cellist in Europe at England's Dartington International Summer School in England, the Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain and in North America for the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, to mention a selected few.

Currently, Ms. Zubek is pursuing a doctoral degree in cello performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Professor Shauna Rolston. Awarded a graduate assistantship, Dobrochna is Ms. Rolston's teaching assistant and this year's recipient of the Yo-Yo Ma fellowship at the Faculty of Music.

Catherine Gardner
Catherine Gardner's recent performances include singing Villa Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras with the University of Toronto Cello Ensemble, as well as a recital performance of Strauss' Four Last Songs with pianist Emily Hamper, (both at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto), a performance of Craig Bohmler's Songs of Stone in its Canadian premiere with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Judith Yan, and performances of Handel's Messiah (Victoria Playhouse Theatre in Petrolia) and Fauré's Requiem (Stratford Chamber Ensemble). Future engagements include the Canadian premiere of The Rival, (a short opera for soprano, cello and violin by William Miller).

Catherine Gardner is very fond of recital, concert and chamber repertoire and has performed with numerous groups such as the Oslo String Quartet and Stratford-based trio "The Poet Sings," with whom she performed at the Glenn Gould Studio. Her first place win at the Andrews University International Vocal Competition allowed her the opportunity to perform Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Andrews University Orchestra, under the baton of Claudio Gonzalez. Other solo concert repertoire includes Mozart's Mass in C Minor (Stratford Summer Music), Rutter's Magnificat (Baltimore, Maryland), Handel's Messiah and Fauré's Requiem.

Catherine's operatic performances include "The Countess" in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (with the University of Western Ontario and The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy), "Gertrude" in Mark Richard's Hamlet (Stratford Summer Music), as well as "Pamina" (Di Zauberflöte); "Teresa" (The Reunion by Daniel Crozier) and "Ophelia" (Ophelia Forever by Amy Kirsten) with the Peabody Conservatory of Music Opera Department. She has also sung in various opera galas including a fundraising performance for the Performing Arts Lodge with James Westman, Roger Honeywell and Phillip Addis.

Catherine is a currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto where she studies with soprano Wendy Nielsen.

Jordana Deveau
Jordana Deveau is a dynamic force in the Toronto dance community, active as a dancer, educator, rehearsal director and workshop facilitator. A principal performer with CCDT from 1994, her passion and skill launched her into the roles of Rehearsal Director and then Associate Artistic Director, where she trained future generations of dance artists for seven years.

Currently, Jordana is the Co-Artistic Director of JDdance, and a founding member of Event Horizon Dance directed by Miranda Abbott. She is the co-author, with her mentor Donna Krasnow, MS, of "C-I Training: Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers". Jordana has performed in the U.S., Europe and across Canada, interpreting works by notable choreographers including Carol Anderson, Peggy Baker, Sidra Bell, David Earle, Kate Franklin, Margie Gillis, Andrea Nann, Roger Sinha, Holly Small, Santee Smith and Gerry Trentham.

Adam Żukiewicz
Adam Piotr Żukiewicz is a pianist of great integrity. He has been praised for his "impressive technical proficiency and delicate refinement" (Indiana Daily Student) as well as "an ability to immerse himself full force into what is essentially a showpiece and make a listener believe he believes in it." (Herald Times)

Maintaining an active international career Mr. Żukiewicz will be performing solo recitals as well as chamber music concerts with his recently founded Max Joseph Trio in Germany and Poland throughout the 2013-2014 season. Other musical projects of Mr. Żukiewicz's include a debut performance with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in October 2013, recitals in the Greater Toronto Area and appearances at international piano competitions throughout North America and Europe.

Mr. Żukiewicz has performed across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan and Brazil. His performance during the 2007 Millennium Stage Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC was broadcast online. He has also appeared many times on TV in Poland. In the summer of 2010 he participated with the Max Joseph Trio in the Peace Concerts Series organized by the Museum of the city of Jawor. In May 2013 Mr. Żukiewicz performed a debut concert with the Toronto Sinfonietta and in July 2013, Mr. Żukiewicz played a debut performance at the Munich Opera Festival Chamber Music Concert Series. Recent competition successes of Mr. Żukiewicz include First Prize at the 2012 Shean Piano Competition in Edmonton, Canada, as well as First Prize at the 2011 TD Canada Trust Music Competition and Second Prize at the 13th Pacific Piano Competition in 2011 in Richmond, BC.

Mr. Żukiewicz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Masters of Music degree from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, and is a graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada.


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Battle Trance + King Weather + Not The Wind Not The Flag

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)
Battle Trance, King Weather, Not the Wind, Not the Flag

The Music Gallery kicks off its 2014-15 season with the first show in its new Departures series, which will present shows outside of the Music Gallery's home base of the Church of St. George The Martyr. Curator Tad Michalak (Burn Down The Capital, Feast In The East) introduces us to a tornado of four titanic tenor saxophonists whose resumés include stints with Tune-Yards, Little Women and Tim Berne.

Not the Wind, Not the Flag
Not the Wind, Not the Flag is a duo consisting of Colin Fisher (guitar, bouzouki, ney, tenor sax, guzheng, hulusi, misc percussion) and Brandon Valdivia (Trap set, Mbira, Slit Drum, Percussion).

Music is a way of accessing the divine. Vibration is the echo of our creation. For Colin and Brandon the experience of music is a transformative tool. A conduit for gnosis and discovering the true self.

On any occasion their music could echo the traditions of Balinese music, West African music, Persian or Turkish music or it could be devastatingly loud Post-Hardcore, Noise, Free jazz eruptions. Or all of the aforementioned at once! The music refrains from being derivative but comes from a place of deep respect for the music that has lifted and guided their spirits.

King Weather
D. Alex Meeks coaxes plates and cylinders, Steve Ward wields collapsible metal tube; drums of the receding world and a trombone that extends into another. King Weather leads a parade into the giant chapel of stillness. Clatter is passed on the collection plate and candles stay lit tho' a powerful wind passes through them. The ghost in the machine cannot live in something that is not a machine; maybe the spirits are old broken wheels.

Battle Trance
Battle Trance had an auspicious inception. One morning, Travis Laplante literally awoke with the crystal clear vision that he needed to start an ensemble with three specific individuals: Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. Laplante was actually unfamiliar with their work as musicians and had only a minimal relationship with them as individuals. He was also aware that a band of four tenor saxophones could be the worst idea ever. In spite of this, Laplante followed through and contacted Nelson, Viner, and Breiner. He gave them very little information beyond his morning experience. But no one hesitated - the ensemble formed that evening.

Their debut album, Palace of Wind, is brand new, having been released in summer 2014. Existing in the cracks between contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, black metal, ambient, and world music, Palace of Wind is an album-length composition that pushes the four saxophonists to the limit, shedding new light on the saxophone as an ensemble instrument. However, Palace of Wind isn't merely concerned with demonstrating the virtuosity of the ensemble, nor with impressing or entertaining the listener. Instead, it is meant to be a portal of resonance where there is no separation between the listener and the sound.


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Small World Project

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Sébastien Dufour (ukulele), Patrick Graham (percussion), Frédéric Samson (bass)

Get ready for some of the slinkiest, sexiest ukulele playing you've ever heard! Since founding Small World Project in 2008, Sébastien Dufour charango and ukulele, Patrick Graham percussion and Frédéric Samson, double bass have been making maximum impact with miniature instruments (except for the bass). The Montreal collective has to date made three critically acclaimed albums, each characterized by a unique, eclectic, borderless sound, a happy, humourous and energetic mix of different musical styles and traditions.

Winners of the 2011 Opus Prize for the Concert of the Year and of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, Small World Project has graced the stages of many international festivals, including the New York Ukulele Festival, the Tahiti Guitar Festival, the Festival Cultural de Zacatecas in Mexico, the Bayeux Guitar Festival in France as well as the Montreal International Jazz Festival.


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Latin Night with Arturo Rojas

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Arturo Rojas (voice/guitar)

Saturday, September 6th

Saturday, September 6th

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Iskwé

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Iskwé (voice)

Called 'One to Watch' by The Grid TO and one of the 'Top 10 Canadian Musicians You Need to Know' by CBC Music, Iskwé's cross-cultural aesthetic is as striking as her tripped-out blend of soul. The name Iskwé (pronounced iss-kway) means 'woman' in her native language. Iskwé's debut album weaves together her Irish and Cree/Dene roots with hip hop breakbeats, left-field R&B, and traces of piano pop (Think Esthero meets Alicia Keys).

The album incorporates an amalgam of sonic techniques that embrace mood and atmosphere while echoing traditional pop codes. Vintage record crackles and downtempo undercurrents on "So Over You" bring to mind the trip hop ambiance of Portishead, seguing into the hip-swaying beats of "Recycle," featuring a cameo from M1 of Dead Prez, and shaped around Iskwé's smooth-as-butter vocals.

The pop/soul diva tries her hand at electronica on "Wandering," a cut that swirls into club-banging territory with its massive dubstep drops.


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Russell Leon Band

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Jennis
Jen Gillmor (cello/voice), Dennis Gaumond (voice)

Russell Leon (guitar/voice)

Russell Leon
Russell Leon's current sound is a stark contrast from his acoustic musical roots in rural Ontario. Living off the grid, (no running water, telephone nor electricity) Russell was surrounded by artists and creative thinkers. His musical inspiration was rooted in live performances, late night jam sessions, and battery operated sound systems that wore out his Led Zepplin, Simon and Garfunkel and Neil Young records. Russell Leon's latest recording State Of Mind, is a musical journey through an electro/acoustic soundscape that begs comparison to Beck, Flaming Lips, or a tripped-out Death Cab For Cutie - a stark contrast to his past recordings.

Jennis
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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Sunday, September 7th

Sunday, September 7th

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gloria Valentine & Nina Shapilsky

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Gloria Valentine (voice), Nina Shapilsky (piano)

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.

Gloria Valentine
Gloria is a multi-faceted actress and singer specializing in Yiddish songs who has been entertaining audiences for many years. She has performed across Canada, in the US and in Israel, in concert, in clubs and in cabaret shows. Gloria has acted in TV, film and theatre. Selected credits include Kojak on television, The Children's Hour on stage and Tony and Tina's Wedding for six and a half years for The Second City. She performs her cabaret show, Bella Did Ya Eat, once a month at Free Times Café as well as other venues.

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.

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Christopher Simmons

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Christopher Simmons (piano)

This solo piano performance will be all original pieces of work, drawing on musical idioms in blues, classical, contemporary, gospel and jazz. The inspiration of the works are drawn upon vast experience in several formats of piano/keyboard performance, since graduating from the Advanced Applied Music program at Mohawk College in 1987 to Canada Council Grants for piano composition/performance in New York City.


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Delrose

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

About Delrose:

Bitten by the travel bug, Delrose decided to follow her heart of exploring the world. Little did she know that her journey would make her discover another passion…..her love of music. She first got the taste of being on stage as a backup singer for a '70s cover band in Osaka, Japan. She then made her way to the front of the stage as one of the vocalists for Dee 'N Ez trio. Being in a band gave her the chance to jam with other musicians and improvise a little bit more. Like all good things, her Japan experience drew to a conclusion as she set off on her next adventure. Australia & New Zealand await, so Delrose sold everything and took off with her backpack and a journal. It was within a few months of her travels she realized she was missing her guitar. She picked one up at a thrift shop in Brisbane and has been without it since. She sang wherever she could. It didn't matter who was listening. Inspired by the places she has seen and the friends she's made on her soul searching journey, Delrose began to write. Songwriting came out of her travel blogs and journal entries.

Delrose eventually found her rhythm back on Canadian soil and started performing at several open mics in and around Toronto. In the summer of 2009, she joined the Red Moon Collective (a talented network of local artists). The Red Moon jam sessions helped Delrose find her unique sound. With more original songs under her belt, she decided to record an album. April 2013 marked her first recording session at Beyond The Beat Studio.

After countless hours of practicing, recording and mixing, Delrose's album is finally done. JUMP released on April 12, 2014 and Delrose is more than ecstatic to share her music with a wider audience. Her songs run high on emotion. Her performances are heart-felt and true. Music is her way of life. It is what drives her. Singing is her drug of choice and songwriting is her therapy.


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Graham Playford

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Graham Playford (guitar/voice)

$5.50 tallboys from Wellington Brewery.

Graham Playford
The songs of Graham Playford travel the roads connecting small towns and big cities. A new voice on the Canadian landscape, the Ontario born singer/songwriter traveled throughout Canada and the United States before settling in Montreal. Limitations and opportunities established with his degree in classical guitar performance and extensive touring with Tequila Mockingbird challenged Playford to create his own sonic tapestry. Founding a recording studio and producing other artists opened up new avenues of inspiration. A gifted lyricist, he continues documenting the back roads to the heart of roots, rock, folk and blues.


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Monday, September 8th

Monday, September 8th

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Run Stop Run

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

Run Stop Run is the latest project from Juno-nominated trombonist William Carn. Produced by influential saxophonist/composer David Binney, their debut recording showcases Run Stop Run's contemporary sound. Lush and warm, this recording incorporates infectious grooves with lyrical melodies. Run Stop Run (RSR) is a collective in every sense of the word. Lead by Carn, this quartet features four of Canada's top jazz artists performing their own brand of eclectic, original, modern jazz music. The recording offers original compositions from various members of the band including three from David Binney, four from William Carn, and remainder from band mates Jon Maharaj and Don Scott. The tracks, twelve in total, create a variety of sound & texture that simply allow for this ensemble to stand alone in its sound. William Carn who has performed with numerous top jazz artists over the past several years, has joined forces with the great David Binney for this project, which is also released on Binney's self owned Mythology record label. William Carn's Run Stop Run is made up of William Carn on trombone & vocal, Don Scott on guitar, Jon Maharaj on bass, Ethan Ardelli on drums and special guest David Binney on keyboards/programming & vocal.


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Open Stage with host Monty Brown

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Montgomery Brown (guitar/voice)

Every Monday, all artists are welcomed to sign up and play some tunes on Toronto's longest-running Open Stage.

Montgomery Brown
Being a solo musician for almost a decade, the goal in mind was to always strip myself down in my songs, to what really matters, music that draws deeply from my roots. Now, with more knowledge and experience, my priority is being able to share my songs while performing live.

Having played for a few years at various venues in Toronto, frequenting open mic nights throughout the week, like The Tranzac, Not My Dog, Free Times Café, and Sticky Fingers (Barrie), performing in front of new audiences allows me to work out certain muscles in my music. Practicing and getting toned up for a new performance, new reactions, learning a little bit more every time I play a new batch of songs. Recently taking on the roll as Promoter, Sound Technician and Performer I have organized a couple of capacity crowd concerts at the Free Times Café in Toronto, ON and TLC Bistro & Café in Barrie, ON.

Learning various finger-picking styles and being inspired by the likes of John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Chris Smither, Eric Bibb, John Hammond, Jerry Lee Lewis & of course Matt Anderson, has encouraged me to play music that is timeless, while still being able to merge my viewpoints into my songwriting.

Playing cover songs by John Prine, Blaze Foley, John Fahey, Bruce Colburn and Leo Kottke, constantly challenges me with their intricate finger-picking styles that never sound over worked or labored. Having witnessed some of my favorite musicians over the years, the music has stimulated me to perform these enduring classics.


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Binary + Hugh Marsh

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)
Rich Brown (bass), Debashis Sinha (percussion/electronics), Hugh Marsh (violin)

Binary is Rich Brown (Bass and Laptop) and Debashis Sinha (Percussion and Laptop). The duo formed after developing a long association as the rhythm section for many projects and ensembles (Autorickshaw and Maryem Tollar among them), touring across Canada and taking part in the making of a number of CDs. The duo in its current state was formed to delve deeply into the idea of rhythm and groove, filtered through the extensive experience of the members in progressive jazz, world music and electronica.