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Vokurka's Vicarious Virtuoso Violin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Ed Vokurka (violin), John Fletcher (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)

Ed Vokurka
Violinist Ed Vokurka's music is a unique blend of European classicism and North American Swing. He possesses a lyricism rarely found in a jazz violinist. In his eclectic approach to jazz, Ed is uniquely providing a missing link between his original classical training and the jazz world, which he embraces so passionately!


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Friday, October 18th

Friday, October 18th

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Mark Fewer & Daniel Janke

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Mark Fewer (violin), Daniel Janke (piano)

Daniel Janke and Mark Fewer have worked together on numerous concert and recording projects. Film scores including Touch [Jeremy Podeswa, 2001] and Subconscious Password [Chris Landreth, Oscar short-list 2014]. Mark and Daniel also collaborated on the contemporary dance work Cinco Puntos Cardinales, which was subsequently release on the Centrediscs label. [CMCCD 16911, 2011].

Their recording Celestial Blue is a culmination of this musical relationship, and features new music for violin and prepared piano. www.musiccentre.ca/node/139228

Daniel Janke
Daniel Janke (composer / piano and prepared piano) has composed music for Standing Wave Ensemble; Penderecki String Quartet; Bozzini String Quartet; and Ensemble Moderne du Québec. An accomplished jazz pianist, he has recorded with numerous artists including Bruce Cockburn and Holly Cole, and his own group Winter Trio. Daniel's work as a media artist recently led to the release of his feature film The Grubstake Remix.

Mark Fewer
Mark Fewer (violin) has been described as "genre-bending" (National Post), "intrepid" (Globe and Mail), "profound" (The Whole Note), and "freaky good" (The Gazette). His performance career has seen him tour worldwide. Mr. Fewer teaches at the string dept. of McGill University. Prior to this he was Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University, where he performed regularly as a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.


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Saturday, October 19th

Saturday, October 19th

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Dr. B's Acoustic Medicine Show

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

Join us for an intimate afternoon of great acoustic music, every Saturday.

We want to create a place for artists, friends, and fans to hang out.

Players Wanted Sign Up starts at 1:00

Come Out to Hear The Great Music

Come out to Meet Your Friends

Come Out to Play Some Tunes

The Room: It's a good listening room filled with creative energy to enjoy some great music, and a place for artists to come out to meet their friends.

Who Can Sign Up to Play: All artists welcomed. Come in and put your name on the sign-up sheet to reserve your spot.

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.


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Jacob Chung

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jacob Chung (saxophone)

Jacob Chung
Toronto saxophonist/composer Jacob Chung (b. 2000) is establishing himself as an engaging contemporary voice, having been named to the 2018 National Youth Jazz Combo and the 2017 Conn-Selmer Centerstage Band, as well as awarded the 2018 Yamaha Passion and Performance Award and the 2017 Rico Golden Reed Award. Jacob continues to refine his craft at the University of Toronto as a 2018 BMO National Scholar where he has studied privately with John Johnson and played under the direction of Kelly Jefferson, Jason Logue, and Gord Foote. As an alumnus of the JazzFM91 Youth Big Band, Jacob has played in festivals including the Toronto Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, and Niagara Jazz Festival and at venues such as Koerner Hall, Isabel Bader Theatre, Lula Lounge, the Old Mill Inn, and the Rex. He is also a graduate of the Humber College Community Music School, where he studied with and played under the direction of Jeff King, Kenji Omae, Luis Deniz, Lorne Lofsky, and Kirk MacDonald. Jacob has played alongside the likes of Dennis Mackrel, Rich Perry, Randy Brecker, Ron Westray, Robi Botos, and Tim Hagans.

Jacob's music is as inspired by traditional standard song-form as it is modern art-music. He writes music about people, places, and moments, and having lived in Toronto his entire life, his music is deeply connected to this city he calls home.


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Payadora Tango Ensemble

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Payadora, Rebekah Wolkstein (violin), Drew Jurecka (voice/violin), Robert Horvath (piano), Joe Phillips (bass)

Payadora
Founded in 2013, Payadora Tango Ensemble has quickly become one of Toronto's most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire that draws from the height of Buenos Aires' Tango tradition, including compositions and arrangements by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond. Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora's performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.


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Robert Lee Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Rob Lee (bass)
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Sunday, October 20th

Sunday, October 20th

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Muzika Klez Ensemble

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Muzika Klez Ensemble, Isaac Muzikansky (voice/guitar), Alexander Zlotnik (piano), Tom Hamilton (violin)

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.

Isaac Muzikansky
Isaac Muzikansky and his family emigrated from the former Soviet Union to Ottawa in 1980. Since childhood, Isaac learned mostly from his parents many Yiddish songs and since then the Jewish music became his passionate hobby.

Since his arrival to Canada, Isaac worked for more than 30 years in Ottawa Hi-Tech companies as an Electronics Engineer. Isaac became actively involved in Ottawa Jewish Community life. He performed as soloist as well as part of different bands and choirs singing songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Russian, Gypsy, Italian, English, Spanish. He plays guitar and violin.

After their retirements in July 2015, Isaac and his wife Mara moved to Toronto to be closer to their family. Isaac is already well known entertainer in GTA and has been performing in clubs, retirements homes (e.g. Friends Of Yiddish Club, Bernard Betel Centre, Terraces Baycrest, Free Times Café, Constantia, VIVA, Circle Of Care, Russian CHATS Club, Kensington Place just to name a few), private parties. During these years, he also successfully performed in Montreal, South Florida, Kingston (Ontario).


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Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Marc Pierre Toth (piano)

Programme
- Beethoven: Sonate No. Op.49 no.1
- Beethoven: Sonate No. Op.13 "Pathetique"
- Beethoven: Sonate No. Op.78 "für Therèse" pausa
- Beethoven: Sonate No. Op.106 "Hammerklavier"

Marc Pierre Toth
Gaining increasing popularity with French, German, Italian and English-speaking audiences for his entertaining and informative Concert-Lecture Series "What is so great about Classical Music?", Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies at the appropriate time. He has finished several performance diplomas including a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance at the world-reknowned 'Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater' in Hannover, where he has taught piano since 2007. He has recently become a Faculty member at the Frankfurt Conservatory, and has also been a Professor at Laval University.

As the 3rd ranked Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc. Prizes in other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d'Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition, the Rome Chopin Competition, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and the Chopin Society International Competition in Germany etc.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, Mr.Toth holds several degrees from the Hannover Hochschule where he studied with Einar Steen-Nokleberg and Gerritt Zitterbart. He also graduated magna cum laude from the Master's Program at the University of Toronto as a student of the brilliant Marietta Orlov(classmate of Dinu Lipatti), and holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Kaemmerling, Devoyon, Nakamura, Satz, Krpan, Vardi, Rohmann, Nicolet, Norris, Browning, Bilson, Zhou, Salzmann, etc. and was selected to attend the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Masterclass in Positano with John O'Conor.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Canada, Italy, China and Russia. He has performed in recitals throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and South America, and has been invited for his first Tour of China in 2013.

After the successes of the "Goldberg-das Ballett" project, "Fluechtige Visionen" to the music of S.Prokofiev, and "BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin" in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach "Preludes&Fugues" Project in Linz, all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Joerg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the "4Beethoven 4" project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra, and the "A Propos Bach" Project which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009. Mr.Toth was a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, and more recently the Coppa Pianistico national and international Competitions in Italy 2012. In 2002 he made his debut as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America and has given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Bogota, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Asia.

Mr. Toth has also recently begun his Complete Beethoven Cycle in Germany and Canada. He has also recorded Beethoven's Op.2 Sonatas and a classical variations CD(Haydn,Mozart, Beethoven)on the fortepiano for the Klassik Label as well as a Violin & Piano collaboration with Christoph Seybold on the TUNAP label.


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Monk Jam with Daniel Easty

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Daniel Easty (saxophone)
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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: Maggie Keogh & Bjorn Kriel

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Maggie Keogh (voice/guitar), Bjorn Kriel (keyboard)

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


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Monday, October 21st

Monday, October 21st

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The Corazza/Brignell Collective

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Stuart Brignell (saxophone), Andrew McAnsh (trumpet), Ewen Farncombe (piano), Jon Chapman (bass), Davide Corazza (drums)
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Jong Lee hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Jong Lee (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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Nicholas Wells

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Nicholas Wells (voice/piano)

In celebration of the release of his acoustic album, Nicholas Wells will be performing an intimate solo show, sharing personal stories about the music and his process of songwriting.

Nicholas Wells
Singer-Songwriter Nicholas Wells found his passion for music at a young age. Since the age of eight, his vocal and piano-driven songs have chronicled his growth in life and as a songwriter with memorable melodies, emotional storytelling, and grandiose arrangements. His music has appeared in programs on Msnbc, Syfy, and Netflix, and spins daily on international radio. In addition to his solo performances, Nicholas has worked as a singer, pianist, producer, and arranger with acts such as Five For Fighting, Adele, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who he supported on programs like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and ABC's The View.

Over the span of fifteen years, Nicholas has released three original EPs, three studio albums, and multiple singles. His YouTube channel, featuring music videos, in-studio performances of original and cover songs, and behind-the-scenes footage, has garnered well over a million views. Nicholas' commitment to creating "music with meaning" inspired the music video for his song "What I'm Here For," starring his two adopted cats; this in turn inspired his fans to support their own local animal shelters.

Performing both solo shows and with his full band, Nicholas engages in heart-to-heart moments with his fans, celebrating his eclectic catalogue of upbeat, anthemic songs, as well as songs of deep-cutting honesty. His dedication to songwriting, his rich and soulful voice, and uniquely engaging, piano-laden performances make Nicholas Wells an artist to watch.


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Jim Lewis/Andrew Downing/Jean Martin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jim Lewis (trumpet), Andrew Downing (bass/cello), Jean Martin (drums)

Jim Lewis
Jim Lewis is a freelance trumpet player, improviser, composer/arranger and educator, and is currently a lecturer in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Paul Read Orchestra (Arc-en-ciel), Frank Lozano Group (Colour Fields), Christine Duncan's Element Choir (Live at Rosedale United, Element Choir & William Parker – At Christ Church Deer Park), Mark Segger Sextet (The Beginning), an improvising trio with Andrew Downing and Jean Martin (On a Short Path From Memory to Forgotten), as well as his newest project Juno nominated Bristles with Andrew Downing and David Occhipinti.


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Wednesday, October 23rd

Wednesday, October 23rd

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Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Peter Boyd (guitar/voice), Noah Zacharin (guitar/voice)

Peter Boyd
Peter Boyd has been a songwriter for over thirty years. Drawing on gospel and blues from Chicago all the way back to the Delta and re-invented upside-down-and-backwards, Peter's songs are a sepia-tinged glimpse into his messy, not-fully-developed soul where faith has as much a chance as folly to send you careening into the abyss.

Peter's new CD 'Beulahland' is garnering great reviews, most recently a rave from Greg Quill in the Toronto Star - "stunning and powerful blues-rooted original songs and astonishing guitar wizardry. Among the best of the year's roots/blues crop."

Noah Zacharin
Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal and resides in Toronto. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, began performing at 14, and is happy to say that he still loves playing music. He has been called "a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist" (Paul Mills, Borealis Records, Producer (Stan Rogers, Oscar Peterson), a "wonderful, adventurous guitarist" (Blues Bytes), "a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for" (Penny Lang), "a great guitarist/singer/songwriter...a wonderfully musical player" (Randy Finney, President and Founder Toronto Fingerstyle Guitarist's Association), "in a league of his own" (Brian Gladstone, AD Winterfolk Festival), "one of the best songwriters this country has produced" (the late great Rick Fielding, recording artist, radio host) and "deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox" (Minor 7th).

Zacharin's recordings have garnered praise from fans and critics alike. silence spoken here (1997) was called "an understated classic...musical versatility and lyrical depth" (Xpress-Ottawa); Scene Roots and Blues dubbed aLIVE! (2000) "a real gem"; and a review of crow dark wind (2001) in Minor 7th elicited the following: "like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar...world-wise songwriting."


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