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Jewish Brunch Buffet with The Horah Machine

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
The Horah Machine

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.


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Jazz for Two: Decus Duo

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Decus Duo
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Monk's Music

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
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Gordon's Acoustic Living Room

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Gordon's Acoustic Living Room
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Somewhere There presents Harrison Argatoff & Noah Franche-Nolan

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Harrison Argatoff (saxophone), Noah Franche-Nolan (piano)

Noah Franche-Nolan
Noah is proud to be from Vancouver and to be a student at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary. He has studied jazz piano with Diego Kohl, Miles Black, Paul Keeling, and Nick Peck; and classical piano with Rachel Iwaasa. Last summer, Noah spent a week studying with Fred Hersch at the Stanford Jazz Institute and two weeks at the Youth Jazz Canada Summer Jazz Workshop. He is heavily influenced by Brad Mehldau, Wynton Kelly, Art Blakey, Bird, Bach, and Ravel. Noah is thankful for everything that his teachers have shown him, as well as for the wonderful music and moments he has shared with the Rossi Gang, The Franche Trio, and Stephany Wall.

Somewhere There
Somewhere There is a collective of Toronto-based musicians who present, support, and celebrate creative music-making.

Monday, May 20th

Monday, May 20th

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Cosmic Cowboy Reboot

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Bjorn Kriel (keyboard), Harry Bartlett (guitar), David Hodgson (saxophone)

John Wayne, Neil Armstrong, and Daniel Lanois walk into a bar...

Harry Bartlett
While rooted in the jazz tradition, the Harry Bartlett Trio's music portrays a deep connection with folk music making for an intimate, unique and compelling musical experience. Their debut EP features compositions that capture these elements of folk and jazz music with an emphasis on improvisation and group interplay.


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Mark Harris hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Mark Harris (voice/guitar)

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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Trevor Giancola

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Trevor Giancola (guitar)

Trevor Giancola
Guitarist Trevor Giancola is becoming a staple of Toronto's thriving jazz and creative music scene. He has performed as a member the Mike Murley Quartet, the Kelly Jefferson Quartet, Boptarts featuring Seamus Blake, Trevor Falls Collective, The Trevor Giancola Quartet and Trio, Josh Cole 4tet, Monk's Music, and others. He has shared the stage with Sophie Millman, Dave Douglas, Seamus Blake, John Abercrombie, Neil Swainson, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Donny McCaslin, PJ Perry, Jim Vivian, Barry Elmes, Jon Maharaj, Ethan Ardelli, Kieran Overs, Devon Henderson, Dan Fortin, Fabio Ragnelli, Jake Wilkinson, Jon Meyer, and Pat LaBarbera, among others. Trevor has been featured on CBC Radio 1, BT Breakfast Television, and Canada AM with Sophie Millman. The Trevor Giancola Quartet showcases original music and has been performing at clubs and Jazz Festivals since 2004. Trevor received his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from TRU via Humber College and has studied with Ben Monder, Lage Lund, Gilad Hekselman, Mike Moreno, Reg Schwager, Drew Gress, John Abercrombie, and other Toronto-based guitarists.


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Wednesday, May 22nd

Wednesday, May 22nd

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Chris Pruden Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Chris Pruden (piano)

Chris Pruden
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Chris Pruden's musical journey began when he started piano at the age of 5. While studying classical piano he became interested in jazz after completing high school and is a recent graduate of of jazz performance at the University of Toronto. Teachers included Geoff Young, Gary Williamson and Chris Donnelly. Chris feels at home in a wide variety of genres and has performed in venues across Canada such as Edmonton's Winspear Centre, the AMPIA Film and TV awards, the Rex Jazz Bar in Toronto, the Trane Studio, Koerner Hall and many more. His playing draws from inspirations such as Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, and Herbie Hancock, and also from classical, hip-hop, rock, and folk. These influences allow for a refreshing stylistic approach showcasing his sensitivity, creativity, and energetic spirit.


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Thursday, May 23rd

Thursday, May 23rd

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Contrasts in a Theme

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Andrea Ludwig (voice), Olesia Verzole (voice), Taras Chmil (voice), Robert Kortgaard (piano)

A good number of poems, Ukrainian and German, have proved to be favourites among Ukrainian composers, particularly Oleksandr Oles', Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko, Lesia Ukrainka and Heinrich Heine. However, it's striking how each composer envisages the words. It's fascinating to hear the same text to radically contrasting music. Herein lies the wealth of classical art song; many ways to compose, many ways to interpret what appears to be the same thought. But, is it the same?.. Come and decide for yourselves.

Andrea Ludwig
Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Juno-nominated and Dora award winning mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig is an artist of tremendous depth, musicality and scope. Her charm, warmth and easy sense of humour are perfect for the stage and her vibrant musicality makes her a favourite to all her audiences. Her versatility and ability to interpret many styles are impeccable.

Hailed by Halifax Chronicle Herald critic Stephen Pedersen as having "tones of silver and gold," Andrea has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company in numerous roles including Nireno in Handel's Julius Ceasar, the Second Niece in Britten's Peter Grimes, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Moira in Paul Ruder's The Handmaid's Tale, and Liesgen in Bach's Coffee Cantata.

Very much in demand for contemporary opera, Andrea has been involved in many of Tapestry New Opera's projects including their LibLab and Opera Briefs, as well as the world premiere of Juliet Palmer's Shelter at Edmonton Opera in 2012 and Toronto in June 2014. Andrea was Nada in the multi Dora-nominated Queen of Puddings' production of Ana Sokolovic's Svadba (The Wedding) that had it's world premiere in Toronto in June 2011. She reprised the role of Nada in France, Serbia and Ireland in 2012; at Edmonton Opera and Philadelphia Opera in 2013; at the prestigious Festival D'Aix en Provence in 2015, and at San Francisco Opera in 2016.

Ms. Ludwig's commitment to concert performance remains a strong focus. She made her debut with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2011 in R. Murray Schafer's "Adieu, Robert Schumann" and made a return in 2013 for a tribute concert to Peter Lieberson in which she sang his "Neruda Songs." More recently, Andrea performed eight orchestrated Schubert lieder with Symphony Nova Scotia, including one newly-arranged by Canada's own Brian Current.

Robert Kortgaard
Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master's degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England. Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan.

He is a favourite collaborator of many of Canada's finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for the Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/Emi, Cbc Records, Teldec and ATMA Classique labels.

Mr. Kortgaard is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island (has been nominated "Event of the Year" by the East Coast Music Awards), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario. He was musician-in- residence at the University of New Brunswick from l993-l998 and has given piano masterclasses at Universities and festivals in Canada, Indonesia and China and served as an adjudicator at many national music competitions. Mr. Kortgaard has performed with sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo, Jane Archibald, Adrianne Pieczonka and Erin Wall, mezzo soprano Susan Platts, violinist Joshua Bell, and with prima ballerina Veronica Tennant on a production entitled "Invitation to the Dance". He has recorded French and German Cabaret programmes with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell for CBC Records.


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David Cruz CD Release

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
David Cruz (guitar)

In February 2019 I recorded my first record as a leader with William Dietrich on bass and Miles Fuller on drums! The material is a mix of jazz standards and originals. It was recorded/engineered and mixed by Jesse Capon at Magnolia studios and mastered by Barry Elmes.

The evening is PWYC. CD's will be available for sale as well!

David Cruz
David Cruz was born March 31st 1996 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. His musical journey began at age six when his parents enrolled him in piano lessons at The Merriam School of Music. For the next five years these early lessons would lay the foundation of David's musical education. At age eleven he picked up the guitar and began taking lessons at The Merriam School. This is where David learned the technical aspects of the instrument and developed an interest in blues that would later serve as the foundation of his jazz playing.



In 2013 David did a year at the Humber College College Community Music Program. He played in a jazz combo led by saxophonist Johhny Griffith and studied guitar privately with Emile D'Eon. It was during this time that David had an oppourtunity to meet and attend masterclasses by world renound saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. This left a huge impression on David, as Bergonzi's rhythmic conceptions became an important source of inspiration for David's composition and improvisation.



After highschool David began his undergraduate degree in music at York University. He got the oppouruntiy to study with one of his musical heros: Lorne Lofsky. David adopted Lorne's thumbpick technique, and ever since his first year has been working to incorporate Lorne's harmonic and melodic ideas into his playing.



Today David is working towards the completion of his undergraduate degree. He is an active member of the Toronto music scene, playing in various groups in bars, clubs, and private venues all over the city. Primarily FOMA and The Toronto All Star Big Band. At this point in his young career David has played countless weddings, fundrasiers, parties and other corporate events. It does not matter if David is playing at a private party or at The Rex on Queen, he always brings the same flair and enthusiam to his playing.


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Tin Pan North

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Marghie Evans (voice/guitar), Jeff Orson (voice/guitar), John Dowling (voice/guitar)

Glen Hornblast (voice/guitar), Harpin' Norm Lucien (voice/guitar), David Baxter (voice/guitar)

At 7:30, it's Marghie Evans, Jeff Orson and John Dowling;

At 9:30, it's Glen Hornblast, Harpin Norm, and David Baxter;

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.

Tin Pan North
Tin Pan North, now celebrating its 20th anniversary year, is based on the very famous Nashville Songwriter's Festival called Tin Pan South, which features some of the biggest stars in Country music. Like that festival, Tin Pan North aims to be an all-ages festival of singer-songwriters, and provides music fans who love songwriting, an up close and personal peek into the glamorous world of songwriters and songwriting.


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Robert Lee Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Rob Lee (bass)
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Friday, May 24th

Friday, May 24th

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Chelsea McBride Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Chelsea McBride (saxophone)

Chelsea McBride
Chelsea McBride is a Toronto-based, Vancouver-born and raised multi-instrumentalist and composer who has been playing and composing since she could talk and reach the piano keys. Her large ensemble compositions & arrangements have been featured at the regional and national level, including with Vancouver's Dal Richards Orchestra and various ensembles at Humber College, where she currently studies.


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Tin Pan North

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
J.K. Gulley (voice/guitar), Roger Beckett (voice/guitar), Augusta Ray (voice/guitar)

Brian Gladstone (voice/guitar), Chase Stevens (voice/guitar), Dayna Shereck (voice/guitar)

At 7:30, it's J.K. Gulley, Roger Beckett and Augusta Ray;

At 9:30, it's Brian Gladstone, Chase Stevens and Dayna Shereck;

Brian Gladstone
Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty-five years as an artist, producer, festival director, and activist – thus brings experience and expertise from all sides of the stage. Growing up during the late 60's roots revival helped to shape his morals and perspective on life.

Tin Pan North
Tin Pan North, now celebrating its 20th anniversary year, is based on the very famous Nashville Songwriter's Festival called Tin Pan South, which features some of the biggest stars in Country music. Like that festival, Tin Pan North aims to be an all-ages festival of singer-songwriters, and provides music fans who love songwriting, an up close and personal peek into the glamorous world of songwriters and songwriting.


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Jacques Russell Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jacques Russell Trio

Jacques Russell Trio
An eclectic mix of blues, jump blues, trucker blues, jazz and pop, with a bunch of originals thrown in for good measure. They've been described as 'quirky singer-songwriter toe-tapping fun'. And yes, that sounds about right!


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