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Dan Pitt / Andrew Downing Acoustic Duo

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Dan Pitt (guitar), Andrew Downing (bass/cello)

Andrew Downing
Andrew Downing (B.Mus. Toronto, M.Mus. Toronto) is a Toronto based double bass player, cellist, composer and bandleader from London, Ontario. He plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. His teachers include Jack Winn, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Shauna Rolston and Joel Quarrington. As a composer, Andrew has written pieces for Ensemble Meduse, Toca Loca, Runcible Spoon, The Prince George Symphony and The Urban Arts Brass Ensemble and has written arrangements for Patricia O'Callaghan, The Gryphon Trio and The Art of Time Ensemble. Recent projects include arranging and recording the song cycle Easterween with avant singer songwriter John Southworth and writing a concerto for Orchestra London with banjo player Jayme Stone. Andrew leads his own chamber jazz ensemble whose first album Silents features music written for silent film. He has seven albums as a bandleader, including the 2004 album Blow The House Down which won his group Great Uncles of the Revolution a Juno award and an improvised album with guitarist David Tronzo. He is also a member of the David Occhipinti Quartet and the Lina Allemano Four. In addition to the Juno award, he has won a SOCAN award, the Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival, an additional Juno award for work with Zubot and Dawson, and two West Coast Music Awards. Andrew currently teaches double bass, composition and improvisation at the University of Toronto and has taught at Wilfred Laurier University, the Banff Centre's Jazz Workshop and the Creative Music Workshop in Halifax.

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Let Me Explain: CD Release

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Christine Raphaëlle Haldane (voice)

Join soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane and special guests in a performance event to celebrate the release of her debut album 'Let Me Explain. ' The album features an all Canadian musical line-up, with works by David Jaeger C. M., Carl Philippe GIonet, Samy Moussa & Oscar Peterson. Ticket entry includes refreshment.

Christine Raphaëlle Haldane
Canadian British soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane enjoys an active career in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She has sung principle roles for The Finnish National Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong, as well as for festivals Iford Arts, Longborough, Swansea City and Buxton. Her roles include Cleopatra in Handel's Julius Caesar, the title role in Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment, Fiorilla in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, Nella in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Adina in Donizetti's Elisir d'Amore, Clorinda in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Lucinda in Mendelssohn's Die Hochzeit des Camacho, both the Vixen and the Fox in Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen, Rapunzel in Sondheim's Into the Woods, and Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. An accomplished concert performer, she has performed with many renowned orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Capella Cracoviensis. Christina is also a dedicated interpreter of song repertoire, regularly performing on the recital platform in both the UK and Canada. In September 2015, Christina commenced the DMA programme at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Prof. Darryl Edwards. She was the recipient of the Greta Kraus scholarship in 2015, was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for 2016 and is grateful for the continued support provided by the Canada Council for the Arts. Highlights for this season include covering the role of Silvia in Thomas Adès' exciting new opera The Exterminating Angel, for both the Salzburg festival and the Royal Opera House.

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Indie Week 2019

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Mark Wylie (voice/guitar), Juliana & Jesse, Matty Simpson (voice/guitar), Lou Ella (voice/guitar), Shane Cloutier (voice/guitar), Oliver James Brooks (voice/guitar)

- 8:45 - Mark Wylie
- 9:30 - Juliana and Jesse
- 10:15 - Matty Simpson
- 11:00 - Lou Ella
- 11:45 - Shane Cloutier
- 12:30 - Oliver James Brooks

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Root Down Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Root Down Trio

Root Down Trio
Root Down Trio brings three fine veteran, soulful musicians and vocalists together for a unique sound reminiscent of the era when pop and rock grooves were injected with the swing of roots music. All three players are featured on vocal numbers and classic instrumentals with influences ranging from all the great decades of music. Watch them as they lay the root and groove down.

Saturday, November 16th

Saturday, November 16th


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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Lake Affect

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Ashley Urquhart (piano), Alex Fournier (bass), Stefan Hegerat (drums), Michael Davidson (vibraphone)

Michael Davidson
Michael Davidson is a Toronto-based vibraphonist in the improvised, jazz, and creative music scene.

He works with many of the active jazz and improvised music players in Toronto including: David Occhipinti, Nick Fraser, Brodie West, Ryan Driver, Rob Clutton, David French, Harley Card, Andrew Downing, Alex Goodman, Jim Vivian, Darren Sigesmund, Ethan Ardelli, Fabio Ragnelli, Felicity Williams, Dan Fortin, Jon Maharaj, Allison Au, Rebecca Hennessy, David Braid, and Michael Herring.

Michael leads a chamber jazz septet with cello, voice, bass clarinet, vibraphone, alto sax, double bass, and drums, which is his main compositional outlet.

He also co-leads the chamber jazz quartet Hobson's Choice, who in the words of CBC's The Signal host Laurie Brown,

"...has made a unique contribution to the Canadian scene with their debut album (of the waves). Just when I think I have the sound pegged, they switch things up."

Michael approaches improvising with passion and stunning sensitivity, as well as Monk-like wit. He is an active composer in the realm of jazz, and his inventive compositions are featured in The Michael Davidson Septet, and Hobson's Choice.

He has been composing seriously since 2001 and has received funding from The TAC, The OAC, and The CCFTA for his original projects. Recently, Michael composed and recorded a film score for the BravoFact film, "She Sings for Me."

His compositions have received praise from esteemed Canadian jazz drummer/ composer Barry Elmes,

"Not only are his songs creative and well crafted, each one has a story to tell."

Michael is also a devoted educator through his work at Humber College in the jazz program.

You can hear Michael playing around Toronto with The Michael Davidson Septet, Hobson's Choice, Pocket Camera, Monk's Music, The Dan Fortin Quartet, Bedroom, df md df trio, Ben Gunning, and Ryan Driver. These ensembles represent the diversity of Michael's musical interests, spanning from contemporary jazz to chamber to improvised. Both his original material and his interpretation of standard repertoire are evocative and communicative with the intensity of someone who, while madly in love with the tradition, has something new to say.

Alex Fournier
With ensembles, projects and premiers in the Jazz, Creative Music and Contemporary Classical worlds, Alex Fournier is a double bassist with an interest in a vast array of musical challenges. Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Alex began his musical studies at the University of Toronto, studying his instrument under such Canadian masters as Dave Young, Andrew Downing and Jim Vivian. As well, he began studying composition under Andrew Downing and Phil Nimmons. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music with honors in 2011, Alex later attended both the Banff Creative Music Workshop and the SIM (School for Improvised Music) Workshop in 2013. Alex segued his time at SIM into a recurring internship (2015-16), as well as a position in the Peabody Conservatory's Jazz Performance program. Alex since has studied both performance and composition under Michael Formanek, as well as serving as an ensemble assistant for both his small and large ensembles. Alex graduate with a Graduate Performance Diploma in Jazz Performance in May of 2016.

Currently based in Toronto Ontario, but still maintaining a career in both Canada and the US, Alex has written and performed in a vast array of settings; including Alex Fournier's Triio (6tet), Money House (guitar trio), Gardening Club and Garden Party (chamber quartet/quintet), Xiodjiha (acoustic bass and electronics duo), and as a solo bass act, showcasing both contemporary classical premieres and his own improvised compositions.

Stefan Hegerat
Stefan Hegerat is a Drummer/Percussionist and educator based out of Toronto, Ontario. A recent graduate of the U of T jazz program, Stefan had the opportunity of studying with Legendary Canadian jazz drummer's Terry Clarke, and Nick Fraser. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Stefan has been performing music since the age of 12, and is quickly becoming a fixture of the Canadian music scene.

Stefan currently performs with JJ and the Pillars, Blue Sky Miners, Tia Brazda, Lisa Bozikovic, Yana Bilyk, Kite Hill, Island Years and Laura Tremblay, as well as co-leading the groups Physical Graffiti, Rickshaw, and Money House. Stefan has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with international artists Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans, Michael Burritt, Jens Lindermann, Mike Murley, Alex Dean, and Chase Sanborn.

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duo526: Duo Fantasy

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
duo526, Futaba Niekawa (piano), Kerry DuWors (violin)

"DuWors and Niekawa are a beautifully balanced duo, with exceptional intonation and a tangible empathy." (Gramophone Magazine August 2019) CD "Duo Fantasy" Review

"Niekawa and DuWors create an art that goes beyond mere interpretation. The personality of the two musicians expands out with a creative attitude towards the world." (Sonograma Magazine)

- Heitor Villa-Lobos: Sonata Fantasia No. 2 (1914)
- John Mackey: Elegy & Fantasie (1989, rev. 1991)
- Arnold Bax: Violin Sonata No. 2 (1915, rev. 1920)
- William Bolcom: Duo Fantasy (1973)

duo526 is dedicated to creative thought and the art of listening through the study and performance of a vast repertoire across an array of styles. Their joy of collaboration results from risk-taking, inspiration and spontaneous reactions. Their name was inspired by Mozart's last Sonata for Violin and Piano K. 526, the first work presented to them for their equal virtuosic flair and refined musicianship. Travels to Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, New York City and Iceland have given duo526 insight and inspiration. duo526's 2014 debut album, Ballade, exemplifies this spirit through sonatas by Janáček, Enescu and Grieg. Their latest album Duo Fantasy featuring works by VillaLobos, Bax and Bolcom was released May 2019.

Futaba Niekawa
Known for her verve and sensitivity, Japanese pianist Futaba Niekawa pushes the boundaries of her artistry as a soloist and collaborative pianist across genres and disciplines. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Taiwan, and Japan at notable venues including Jordan Hall, Merkin Hall, Taiwan's National Concert Hall, and Sumida-Triphony Concert Hall. Niekawa's passion for multi-disciplinary collaboration and performing music of her generation have led to artistic partnerships with composers, dancers, poets, and visual artists.

Niekawa earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2013. She is dedicated to pedagogy, mentoring, and performance practice through guest teaching, masterclasses throughout North America and workshops at duo526's annual Sonata Seminar. Since 2015, Niekawa has been on the faculty for Chamber and Collaborative Piano at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.

Kerry DuWors
Praised for "soaring cantilena" (Gramophone Magazine) and "always finding the music behind the notes with fearless competence" (Winnipeg Free Press), Canadian violinist Kerry DuWors has performed across four continents. In demand as a versatile chamber musician, DuWors champions collaboration across an array of ensembles from her duo work to leading chamber orchestras. Highlights include performances with duo526, James Ehnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Measha Brueggergosman, collectif9, and The Knights in New York City. Described as a musical adventurer and a musician-athlete, she has been soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. DuWors has won prestigious awards including Grand Prize at the 26th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence, University of Toronto Eaton Graduate Scholarship, and two Canada Council Career Development Grants. From She is a four-time laureate of the Canada Council for the Arts' Musical Instrument Bank. DuWors currently plays on a modern violin by Felix Krafft modeled after the 1735 "Plowden" Guarneri.

Curiosity drives DuWors' dedicated academic and musical study through creative projects, artist residencies (Banff Centre, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Indiana University), commissions, premières, masterclasses, and community outreach. Her mentors include Lorand Fenyves, Charles Castleman, Scott St. John, Jean Barr, and the Lafayette String Quartet. In 2018 she created the annual summer duo526 Sonata Seminar with pianist Futaba Niekawa. Committed to pedagogy and mentorship, Kerry has been Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Brandon University since 2003.

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The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
F-105, Din Yalonen (voice/guitar), Marc Meriläinen (keyboard/guitar/electronics)
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Indie Week 2019

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
David Stone (voice/guitar), Bara Jonson and Free, Amy Jay (voice/guitar), Julie Neff (voice/guitar), Don Graham (voice/guitar), Barry Stagg (voice/guitar), Johnson's Creek

- 8:00 - David Stone
- 8:45 - Bara Jonson and Free
- 9:30 - Amy Jay
- 10:15 - Julie Neff
- 11:00 - Don Graham
- 11:45 - Barry Stagg
- 12:30 - Johnson's Creek

Julie Neff
Julie Neff is an up and coming local singer-songwriter with raw talent and lyrics. Her simple acoustic style is complimented beautifully by her powerful vocals. Born and raised in Guelph Ontario, her love of music started at a young age singing in the church choir and with her family. Julie spent much of her youth dreaming up far off lands to run off to; where she could make her own way.

Julie started taking music more seriously in university. There she joined a funk soul group as a singer and toured Southwestern Ontario with them. This experience helped her grow immensely as a musician and performer. On a summer spent up north with a borrowed guitar, Julie taught herself how to play music. Since then has been writing songs fueled by life and art. She draws inspiration from her many passions and adventures; including a year lived in Spain and her affinity for dress making and crafting.

As an active member in the Toronto art scene Julie regularly performs at open mics on queen street west. Currently, she is in the process of completing the finals song for her debut EP "Growing Pains" that is to be released later this year.

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Sunday, November 17th

Sunday, November 17th


Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gloria Valentine

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Gloria Valentine (voice)

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.


Monk Jam with Daniel Easty

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Daniel Easty (saxophone)

Somewhere There Presents: Maggie Keogh & Bjorn Kriel

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
François Houle (clarinet), James Meger (bass), Joe Sorbara (drums/percussion)

Houle/ Meger/ Sorbara is a placeholder name for the Canadian Creative Music power trio of clarinetist François Houle, bassist James Meger, and percussionist Joe Sorbara. These stalwart sonic adventurers come together to breathe life into a diverse book of compositions penned by Houle and Sorbara as well as free jazz and experimental music luminaries such as Anthony Braxton, John Carter, and Steve Lacy. Having formed in Vancouver during a moment of confluence that saw Sorbara on secondment to Canada's left coast while Houle had yet to make the move from his long-time home to Europe, the three now travel greater distances to convene but the musical kinship founded in James' rehearsal shed in East Van remains as the cornerstone of their music.

Joe Sorbara
Joe Sorbara is a seasoned improviser with a distinctive style, who has lent his skills to a broad range of ensembles, performing in Canada and internationally with some of the top names in free improvisation.

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

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Monday, November 18th

Monday, November 18th


Brendan Swanson & Andrew McAnsh

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Brendan Swanson (piano), Andrew McAnsh (trumpet)
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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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Jim Lewis Presents

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jim Lewis (trumpet)

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, November 20th

Wednesday, November 20th


60's Folk Revival: Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
60's Folk Revival, Sue & Dwight, Tony Laviola (bass)

60's Folk Revival
A singalong tribute to the songs of the 1960's Folk Revival. The group, comprised of Sue and Dwight on vocals and guitars, and Tony Laviola, on double bass, takes the audience on a musical journey sharing stories and providing historical context highlighting the importance of the songs, which are performed in the style true to the period.

Audiences are transported back to the coffeehouses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village. The show includes folk classics like 'If I Had A Hammer', 'Blowin In The Wind', 'Walk Right In', 'Turn Turn Turn', 'Tom Dooley', 'Five Hundred Miles' and many many more.

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Thursday, November 21st

Thursday, November 21st


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.



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

- 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.
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


RULES: Artists get 2 songs OR 10min.

- 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.


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!