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Art of the Harpsichord: Corina Marti

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Corina Marti (harpsichord)

Preludes, fantasias, intabulations and dances from Johannes of Lublin, Johannes Fischer Morungensis and anonymous manuscripts.

Corina Marti
Corina Marti's performances have been praised as 'strikingly superior and expressive' (Toccata) and 'infallible' (Diapason). After graduating in Baroque music performance on the recorder and harpsichord from the Lucerne Academy of Music, she focused on early flutes and Late Medieval / Early Renaissance repertoire, in which she gained a degree from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basle (Switzerland) under the guidance of Pierre Hamon and Kathrin Bopp. In 1999 she won the first price of the Friedl-Wald competition (Switzerland), 2003 the first price of J.Kulsky in Poland.

Corina Marti has extensively performed, recorded and taught Late Medieval and Early Renaissance repertoires throughout Europe, the Middle East and the USA, South America and Japan. (Koninklijk Conservatorium den Haag, Conservatory Tel Aviv, Musikhochschule Bremen, Prague Conservatory, Early Music Village Japan and others.)


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Franc'open mic

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Franc'open mic est la première scène ouverte francophone de Toronto, ouverte à toutes les disciplines: le chant, la comédie, la poésie, l'impro, le conte ou encore le slam.

Ouvert à tous niveaux, depuis les débutants jusqu'aux professionnels.

DEBUT DES INSCRIPTIONS DES ARTISTES: 7:30pm

DEBUT DU SHOW: 8pm

REGLE: Chaque artiste/groupe peut jouer 2 morceaux OU 10 min.

MATERIEL DISPONIBLE au Free Times Cafe:
- 2 micros
- 1 système de sonorisation pour brancher tous types d'instruments (guitare, clavier, violon, mp3, etc...)
- 1 piano électrique.
- Il n'y a PAS de guitare disponible!

Organisé par Cyril Mignotet et Florian François.
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Franc'open mic is the first francophone open stage in Toronto for all the performing arts like singing, comedy, stand up, poetry, impro, tales or the spoken word.

The event is open from beginners to professional artists.

SIGN UP STARTS at 7:30pm

SHOW STARTS at 8pm

RULES: Artists get 2 songs OR 10min.

VENUE SUPPLIES:
- 2 mics
- 1 PA System to plug any instruments (violin, guitar, keyboard, mp3, etc)
- 1 keyboard
- NO guitar available

Hosted by Cyril Mignotet and Florian François

Franc'open mic
Franc'Open Mic est la première scène ouverte francophone de Toronto. L'événement est ouvert à tous types de disciplines comme la poésie, la musique, le slam, l'impro ou encore la comédie ou le conte.

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Franc'Open Mic is the first francophone open stage in Toronto. The show is open for everyone from beginners to experienced artists who want to perform in French. All performance arts like poetry, spoken word, music, comedy, stand up or improv are welcome!

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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, February 22nd

Friday, February 22nd

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Devin Patten Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Adrean Farrugia (piano), Devin Patten (bass), Terry Clarke (drums)

For the month of February I have the great pleasure of sharing the Emmet Ray stage with great pianist, educator and friend Adrean Farrugia! Along with one of my heroes of the drums and Order of Canada Terry Clarke! Join me on this special occasion as we explore the music of the Great American Songbook and more


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Awolk, Kellie Loder, Lindsay Foote

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Awolk (voice/guitar), Lindsay Foote (guitar/voice), Kellie Loder (voice/guitar)

Lindsay Foote
Lindsay Foote writes poetry to sing. This is soul-bearing music coupled with a voice that will melt even the hardest heart.

Inspired by the alternative folk music scene, Lindsay has been writing and performing her original songs since she was 15. Originally from Boston, she headed to Toronto in 2009 to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto. Since her move, she has been performing around Toronto as a solo artist and as a member of the folk band Whiskey River. She recorded and released her debut EP A Better View in 2011 and recently release her first full-length album, From the Blue. Lindsay's most recent project is her four-piece folk band, the Lindsay Foote Band. They frequently play shows in the Toronto area and will be recording in December, 2015.

Influenced by the likes of Shawn Colvin and Anais Mitchell, Lindsay's effortless singing style has a clarity that is distinctly her own. Lyrically, her new songs reflect the transitional phases in life— travelling, heartbreak, happiness and the struggle of finding your place in the world. The transparency with which Lindsay writes gives her the undeniable ability to captivate and connect with her audience.

Kellie Loder
Kellie Loder is a Juno Nominated singer / songwriter from Newfoundland & Labrador, and very much a part of the vibrant artistic community she grew up in. Loder has a voice, which the NL Telegram describes as "so powerful, yet serene and soulful". Loder is quickly becoming recognized as one of the province's most prolific songwriters bringing honest, dynamic feeling and lyrically driven content to each song. Her melodies never fail to get stuck in the heads of her audience, and are always accompanied by a powerful performance.


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Dirtywood ft. Myk Freedman

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Myk Freedman (guitar), Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet), Michael Herring (bass), Dave Clark (drums)

Rebecca Hennessy
Bandleader Rebecca Hennessy is a high-in demand trumpeter, composer and arranger in Toronto's rich music scene. She also leads Makeshift Island, co-leads for Hobson's Choice, Way North and Sweet Pea, is the musical director for Massey Hall's Annual Women's Blues Revue. She is also a regular band member in the Woodshed Orchestra, DRUMHAND, and Skeleton Crew, to name a few.

As a composer, Rebecca's music has been featured as part of the Spectrum Music Series, on CBC radio (Hobson's Choice) at Massey Hall for the Women's Blues Revue and in various concert venues across Canada.

Dave Clark
Dave Clark is a drummer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Gemini Award winning composer, music student, music educator, author, poet, record producer, audio mastering engineer and the leader of the WoodChopper's Association improviser's orchestra.

Dave has been lucky enough to have performed with such diverse artists as the Dinner is Ruined, the Nihilist Spasm Band, Jah Youssouf, Vieux Farka Toure and Mansa Sissoko of Mali, West Africa, mezzo soprano Jean Stillwell, Plunderphonics mastermind John Oswald, legendary drummer Neil Peart of Rush, the Sun Ra Arkestra, the Woodshed Orchestra, the Rheostatics, Jean Derome, Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, trumpeter Lina Allemano, Rich Underhill of the Shuffle Demons, Tannis Slimmon, the Shrine of Impossible Love, Joe Lapinski, Runcible Spoon, Madagascar Slim, Sook-Yin Lee, Jo Ann Hetu, Rock Plaza Central, Wayne Omaha, Trish O'Callaghan, Michael Johnston, the Williams, Mihirangi, Eliza Gilkyson, Carolyn Mark, GUH, Lewis Melville, Andrew Downing, Les Blancs Brilliants, dancers Andrea Nann, Rex Harrington, Yvonne Ng, Kate Alton, Shannon Cooney, and Susie Burpee, poets Paul Dutton of the CCMC and Jim Carroll author of the “Basketball Diaries”, created soundtrack work for Nick Deponcier, Audrey Huntley, co-created soundtrack music with the Rheostatics for Martin Scorsese “Naked in New York” and Richard J. Lewis “Whale Music”, worked with theatre artists Tina Rasmussen, Jane Wells, Suitcase in Point of St. Catherines Ontario, Theatre Junction of Calgary Alberta, One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Company of Calgary Alberta, Installation Artists Sherri Hay, Fastwurms, Walter Willems, Mike Murphy and many others.

Dave has studied with master drum teacher Jim Blackley of Barrie, Canada, Bata music master Gilberto Morales Chiong of Matanzas Cuba, British guitarist and composer Fred Frith, and saxophonist David Mott of Toronto, Canada.

Dave is the author of “A Month of Sundays” poetry collection and the music instructional text “How to Conduct…Yourself! Conducting Cues For Instant Musical Composition”.

Dave has produced/ co-produced recordings by the the Williams, Joe Lapinski, Michael Johnston, the Inbreds, By Divine Right and the WoodChoppers Association. He has mastered audio works by the Rheostatics, Han Bennink, Sam Larkin, Dave Reed and Zunior.com amongst others.

Mr. Clark teaches music at his studio in Toronto, Canada as well as leading his Improviser's Woodshed music workshops at public, secondary and post-secondary schools, as well as at music festivals, in art galleries, for theatre companies and for various bands.

Michael Herring
Michael Herring is a double-bassist and composer based in Toronto who writes, performs and records across genre lines, equally comfortable in jazz as in roots settings, including folk, world, and pop/rock.

Herring has toured around recorded in North America, Europe, and Korea with his ensembles as well as sharing the stage with such great musicians as: David Binney, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bernie Senensky, Ab Baars (ICP/Amsterdam), Ken Vandermark, Jah Youssouf (Mali, Africa), Mansa Sissoko (Mali, Africa), David Braid, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Clark, P.J. Perry, Tannis Slimmon, Harry Manx, Lina Allemano, William Carn, Percy Sledge, Ernest Ranglin, and Brinsely Forde (Aswad). Herring’s compositions and arrangements have been featured in the repertoires of many ensembles, including he wrote the soundtrack to the short film In Harms’s Way.

Herring grew up in Victoria, B.C., then moved to Toronto, where he studied with Canadian Jazz greats David Young and Don Thompson at the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program. He has been invited to attend the Banff International Jazz Workshop twice (2000, 2003) and lived in New York (2004). He has also studied with Mark Helias, Drew Gress, Dave Douglas, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Joey Baron, Tony Malaby, Angelica Sanchez, Johannes Weidenmueller, James Genus, and Mark Turner, as well as with world-renowned bassists Rufus Reid and Ray Brown.


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Saturday, February 23rd

Saturday, February 23rd

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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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The Rebel: "Breaking down Barriers"

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Musicata – Hamilton's Voices, Andrew Downing (bass/cello), Aline Homzy (violin), Chris Pruden (piano)

Seven new works will premiere at this concert, each inspired by our theme. Composers: Tiffany Hanus, Chelsea McBride, Mason Victoria, Jackson Welchner, Suzy Wilde, Jay Vazquez, Saman Shahi

We encourage you to unleash your inhibition and let your freak flags fly because in this concert, the rebel in all of us takes center stage. A juxtaposition of classical choir (Musicata-Hamilton's Voices) and improvising jazz trio (Andrew Downing, Chris Pruden, Aline Homzy) provides the ultimate cross-genre platform to explore the individual's desire to break free of the confines of convention. In a world bent on social revolution, can music show the length we are willing to go to define our own identities? Spectrum composers rise up and make their own unique voices heard through original compositions.


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Focused and Wayne Neon

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Focused, Wayne Neon (saxophone/flute)

Focused
Focused is a rap and multi-media artist hailing from Toronto, Canada. His videos and music focus on the subversive, a self-proclaimed truth seeker, he examines our perceived freedoms, equalities and rights.


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Sunday, February 24th

Sunday, February 24th

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Thaller Family Klezmer Band

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Thaller Family Klezmer Band

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.

Thaller Family Klezmer Band
From shtetl to night club. Journey through time with this genre blending ensemble.
​Four people, ten instruments, three voices, one amazing family.


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Art of the Piano: Bruce Vogt

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Bruce Vogt (piano)

Program
- Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne, Opus 27#2 in Db Major (1835-36)
- Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne, Opus 62#1 in B Major (1846)
- Johannes Brahms: Op. 116, Seven Fantasias (1892)
- Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo, opus 119#1 in b minor (1893)
- Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Schumann, opus 9 (1854)

Bruce Vogt
Canadian pianist Bruce Vogt was born in Southern Ontario but for the past 36 years has lived and worked in Victoria, BC and taught at the University of Victoria as Professor of Piano. As a soloist he has appeared regularly in concerts within Canada and he tours yearly in many countries throughout Europe and Asia. His repertoire encompasses music from the sixteenth century to the present. In addition to having a special affinity for the music of Franz Liszt, he has both performed on period instruments and commissioned and premiered a number of new works.


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Brenden Varty's Tessellate

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Brenden Varty (saxophone)

Brenden Varty
Multi-instrumentalist Brenden Varty and his unique blend of contemporary and chamber music has been piercing the Toronto music scene in recent years. After many years of performance and musical study in and around his hometown, Brenden decided to continue his musical studies at Humber College (which he graduated from with highest honours is 2016), immersing himself in an environment that fosters both a jazz and contemporary-classical tradition.

While at Humber, Brenden gained proficiency in many instruments, including, but not limited to, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone, and his teachers include Alex Dean, Pat LaBarbera, Andy Ballantyne, David Occhipinti, and Shirantha Beddage.

Brenden is also an ambitious composer and arranger, and works to combine contemporary jazz with chamber music, similar to those attempts made by John Zorn, Jim Hall, and Brad Mehldau. While he retains a passion and performance schedule for works from the standard jazz repertoire, his recent focus has been on the composition and performance of music that reaches into the future while reflecting the jazz tradition.


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Be My Love: A Late Valentine's Day Concert

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan (piano), Solomon Tencer (voice), Inga Filippova-Williams (voice), Anna Antropova (voice)

This evening's performance will feature the songs of Tosti, Falvo, Puccini, Valente, Debussy, Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, von Flotov, Arditi, Mozart, Gounod, Bizet, Di Capua, Dvorak, Romberg, Loewe, Gastaldon, Cardillo, Arlen, Cohen, Leoncavallo, Liszt, Schumann.

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan
Praised as "an admirably gifted performer'' by Yuri Temirkanov, "a pianist of great talent, having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality" by Mikhail Pletnev and a "true artist" by Yefim Bronfman, Victoria is the winner of The Stravinsky Piano Competition at the age of 13, Andorra Piano Competition, E-Piano Competition in Minneapolis and I International Piano Competition In Korea among others.

As a soloist, Victoria has performed with major orchestras in concert halls such as the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw, Koeln Philharmonic, Nuernberg Meistersinger Hall, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Salle Pleyel in Paris and concertized throughout Russia, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, France, Azerbaijan and Korea under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Mark Gorenstein, Pavel Kogan, Arnold Katz, Nikolai Alekseev, Maxim Shostakovich, Vladimir Ziva, Alexander Vedernikov, Mark Russell Smith, Charles Ansbacher and Laurent Petitgirard.

Two recent recordings featuring Beethoven Piano Concertos by Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan were released under Art Classic Company label and received critical acclaim for its distinguished imagination and stylistic precision.

Solomon Tencer
Solomon Tencer, bass opera singer was born in Riga Latvia. From an early age, Solomon developed a strong interest in singing and pursued his passion by taking voice lessons from renowned Russian coaches. In 1972, Solomon moved to New York where he received further vocal training with leading tenor, Harry Theyard, of the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera. In 1987, Solomon relocated to Toronto, Canada and continued his vocal studies under Canadian baritone Louis Quilico.

In 1993, Producer Solomon Tencer and his wife and business partner, Artistic Director Nadia Veselova Tencer established Stars of the 21st Century an annual International Ballet Gala that has taken the world-renowned stages of Paris, Cannes, New York, Toronto, Bucharest, Moscow and Panama City by storm since its debut in 1993. Featuring first class line-ups in both classical and cutting edge contemporary dance from around the globe, Stars of the 21st Century has become the most prestigious ballet gala and one of the most important cultural events in the world. In 1998, Solomon produced a World Opera Gala featuring winners of the 5th Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.

Inga Filippova-Williams
Inga Filippova-Williams (soprano) is an award-winning and internationally known Opera Singer. Some roles include Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Voice Afire Pocket Opera; Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera Lyra; and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. Inga was a finalist in such prestigious competitions as Louis Quilico Voice Competition 2008; Julian Gayarre International Singing Competition in Pamplona, Spain; Laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Voice Competitions 2008, 2011, 2013; Czech and Slovak Voice Competition 2009; Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Modena, Italy; Riccardo Zandonai Opera Competition in Riva del Garda, Italy.

Anna Antropova
Born in the Ukraine, Anna Antropova graduated with a Master's degree in Viola Performance from the Glinka State Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. As a professional violist, she held the position of Assistant Principal Violist of the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra and National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). She toured with the orchestra in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, France, the U.S.A. and Canada.


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Off the Beatnik Path

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Off the Beatnik Path

Off the Beatnik Path
Off the Beatnik Path is a folk rock band based in Toronto, Ontario. It was started by Aaron Schaefer, who is also one half of Howl and Other Problems. Off the Beatnik Path operates with the Beatdown Artists Collective.


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Lina Allemano Standards Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Lina Allemano (trumpet), Michael Davidson (vibraphone), Andrew Downing (bass/cello), Nick Fraser (drums)

Lina Allemano
Lina Allemano is a Toronto based jazz trumpeter, improviser, and composer with an established and active career performing, recording and touring internationally. Her trumpet playing, compositions, and artistic vision have gained her recognition as being "adventurous, expressive, compelling, forward thinking, inventive, and sophisticated". As well as fronting her bands Lina Allemano Four, Titanium Riot (formerly Titanium Trio), and the improvising group "N", Lina is also a member of many other active creative groups. She appears on over 30 recordings including her own critically acclaimed CDs that feature her original compositions: Lina Allemano Four Live at the Tranzac (2012), Jargon (2010), Gridjam (2008), Pinkeye (2006), and Concentric (2003). Lina Allemano Four's newest album, Live at the Tranzac, was released October 2012 to wide acclaim on tour in Europe. Lina's newest group, Titanium Riot, featuring Ryan Driver analog synth, Rob Clutton fender bass, and Nick Fraser drums, is set to release their first album in late 2013.


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Monday, February 25th

Monday, February 25th

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JCQ

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Hayden Farrar (bass), Harry Vetro (drums), John Nicholson (saxophone), Julius Clegg (guitar)

Harry Vetro
Harry Vetro is a drummer and a versatile musician who's background knowledge extends beyond the drums. With more than 13 years of piano playing, Harry has extended

his musical path into areas such as composition, arranging and recording/engineering.

Harry is currently performing with numerous acts such as the "Switchbacks,‟ "Northern Standard Time Trio," "Madam I'm Adam," and leading the "Harry Vetro Quartet‟ which is the House band for The "Habits Jazz Jam."

Harry has studied Drums with Barry Romberg, David Macdougall and Jeff Ballard. He is currently enrolled in Jazz Studies at The University of Toronto where he studies Drumset with Ernesto Cervini.


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D'Arcy Wickham hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
D'Arcy Wickham (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.

D'Arcy Wickham
D'Arcy Wickham is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose proficient finger-picked acoustic guitar style has been recognized as one of the best in the country. His deep musical roots have led him to work as a guitar instructor for over three decades, but it wasn't until 2000 that he'd release "Dust and Loneliness," his first solo recording. That track, as well as subsequent contributions to his catalog, illustrated Wickham's impressive knowledge of the inner-workings of folk and blues history that has made him a popular figure amongst Canadian music listeners who favor traditional genres and straight-forward songwriting. Wickham has earned an impressive amount of accolades and awards throughout Canada to complement his illustrious career.


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Patrick Smith Standards Band

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Patrick Smith (saxophone), Julius Clegg (guitar), Malcolm Connor (bass), Terry Clarke (drums)

Patrick Smith
Saxophonist Patrick Smith has studied with such jazz icons as Ben Wendel, Mark Shim, Joel Frahm, Mike Murley, and Kelly Jefferson. He leads a number of his own groups including the Patrick Smith Quintet, SHDW CLN, Patrick Smith Standards Band, as well co-leading Urbania Octet and Smith/Steinwall Quartet. In addition to his own groups, Smith is an in demand freelance saxophonist who is a member of the international touring band My Son the Hurricane as well as many other bands including Chelsea Mcbride's Socialist Night School, Eighth Street Orchestra, T. Dot. Bangerz Brass, and Brother Levon. He has performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Ottawa Jazz Festival and opened for jazz greats Chick Corea and Seamus Blake. In 2016, Smith was a featured soloist alongside Dave Liebman and Norma Winstone on the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra's album Sweet Ruby Suite. Some of his accolades include the SUBA Institute Award for Performance Excellence, the Anne and Wallace McLeod scholarship, and the Stingray Rising Star award from the Ottawa Jazz Festival. In September 2018 he will be releasing a debut EP featuring his originals quintet and is working towards recording Spherical Drifting, an hour-long programmatic piece for jazz quartet and strings.


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