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Sunday, May 27th

Sunday, May 27th

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Gypsy Jive 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.

Gypsy Jive Band
The Gypsy Jive Band plays klezmer ethno-fusion country & eastern. In playing klezmer music in smaller communities around Ontario, they have had to adapt klezmer for non-traditional audiences. Hence you would hear them play such classics as "Sweet Georgia Brownstein" or "Romania the Brave" or "Love Potion No. NEIN" or "An Irish Shmedley".


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Monk's Music

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Michael Davidson (vibraphone), Jim Sexton (bass), Nico Dann (drums)

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.

Nico Dann
Described as being "…fiendishly precise…" (pitchfork. com), Toronto based Canadian Nico Dann has been playing drums for over 15 years. Besides composing/arranging for and leading his own jazz ensembles in Toronto and New York. Nico has played and recorded with chart-topping indie luminary tUnE-yArDs (4AD Records), Montreal-based ex-indie band Sister Suvi and many other bands and ensembles. Nico has performed at various festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Montreal's Off Jazz Festival and POP Montreal, Austin's South by Southwest, England's Glastonbury Festival, New York's CMJ Festival and the Distillery Jazz Festival in Toronto. Nico has also played at many world-renowned venues including New York's the Bowery Ballroom, Rockwood Music Hall, Rockshop and Sidewalk Café, Toronto's The Rex, Montreal's The Upstairs, Edinburgh's The Jazz Bar and The Living Arts Center in Philadelphia

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Kate Ashby Craft

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Kate Ashby-Craft (voice)
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Ken McDonald Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Ken McDonald (bass)

Ken McDonald
Ken is a hard hitting bassist and an evocative composer. Born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Ken's musical career came to life when he moved to Toronto and started studying at York University, where he completed his BFA in 2007 and his MA in 2010. During that time Ken studied privately with Artie Roth, Roy Patterson, David Mott, Larry Grenadier and Andrew Downing. In 2008 released his debut album, "The Master Plan" which was followed by an Eastern Canada tour in 2009. In February of 2011 Ken released release his second CD as a leader, entitled "Pay What You Can" which has reached critical acclaim and lead to an Ontario tour. Ken also is a busy sideman, playing frequently with Half Beat Mishap, Swamp Groove, Dave Clark's Woodshed Orchestra, Shelly O'Brien, Courtney Quebec, Rocger Chong, Andy De Campos, Camden Blues, The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and Lilly Mason. Ken has also performed at several festivals including the Toronto International Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Thornhill Summer Festival, St. Catherine's In The Soil Festival and the Nuit Blanche festivals in both Toronto and Montreal. Ken also has long lasting affinity with heavy metal and currently plays electric bass and sings in Korrupt and guitar in Irn.


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Monday, May 28th

Monday, May 28th

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Wayne Neon hosts Open Stage Mondays

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

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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B's Bees

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
B's Bees

B's Bees is excited to announce the release of not one, but two albums in early 2018. Their first 2018, a tribute to the great Charlie Haden, and aptly titled "Dear Charlie", has been selling strongly since it's Jan. 2018 release, and reached #4 on iTunes Canada's Jazz Charts. The album contains compositions from the various eras of Charlie Haden's illustrious career, and includes several selections from his Liberation Music Orchestra repertoire, arranged in a new and exciting way. Their second 2018 release, titled "Kanata" is set to be released on April 20. The album contains a suite written by bandleader Brandon Goodwin titled Kanata Suite, and is an ode to his home country of Canada. This U.S. tour will be their second foray into the country, the first taking them from Montreal, to New Orleans, to work with producer Delfeayo Marsalis, before heading back to Montreal to record their two new records. For their performances on this tour the group will be performing a mixture of music from both of their new albums.


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Dan Pitt/Andrew Miller

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Dan Pitt (guitar), Andrew Miller (drums)

Wednesday, May 30th

Wednesday, May 30th

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Payadora Tango Ensemble

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

This is a free event sponsored by Jewish Music Week in Toronto

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.

Jewish Music Week
Jewish Music Week in Toronto is an exciting week of concerts, recitals and musical events throughout the GTA. 2014 marks the fourth year of this festival that celebrates Jewish music, as well as the Jewish contribution to genres of music not generally thought of as Jewish. Our programs include Sephardic and Klezmer, Holocaust music and Israeli pop, Broadway and Hollywood, Chassidic Nigunim and Yiddish Theatre, Jazz and Big Band, Cantorial, folk, gospel and more!

Jewish Music Week in Toronto is jointly hosted by many Toronto organizations for the benefit of the entire community. Most daytime events are free, and each Gala Evening Concert benefits a different Toronto synagogue. With performances all over town, you won't have to travel far to enjoy a spectacular musical event.

Join us -- as a volunteer, a donor or a member of our audience. Jewish Music Week in Toronto has something for everyone!


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Sam Dickinson

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Sam Dickinson (guitar)

Sam Dickinson
Sam Dickinson was born in Toronto in 1992. He began piano when he was 5, then switched to guitar at the age of 8. He was in the Humber College Community Music program for 8 years beginning in 2002. Sam has played at venues all over Eastern and Western Canada as well as in Manhattan, Boston, Washington DC, Louisville, and around the Burgundy area of France. He has studied with musicians like Mick Goodrick, Brad Shepik, Joe Morris, Ted Quinlan, Lorne Lofsky, David Occipinti, and Geoff Young to name a few.


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Friday, June 1st

Friday, June 1st

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A la Vie, al Amour

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Angela Maria Sanchez (voice), Melanie Taverna (voice), Alvaro Vasquez-Robles (voice), Jennifer Tung (piano/voice)

An evening celebrating life and love through French and Spanish sounds.

Melanie Taverna
French-Canadian soprano Melanie Taverna is a versatile artist, currently residing in Toronto, Ontario. A recent graduate of The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music (The GGS), Melanie maintains a busy performance schedule. This past summer, Melanie had the pleasure of performing in Centre for Opera Studies in Italy's production of Cavalli's La Calisto in the role of Il Destino. Past credits include: PAMINA in Summer Opera Lyric Theatre's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute and GRASSHOPPER in The GGS production of Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen. Melanie was also a chorus member in The GGS productions of Offenbach's La Belle Hélène and Mozart's Don Giovanni in beautiful Koerner Hall, in Toronto.

More recently, Melanie had the opportunity to perform the role of MARIE with the Choeur Classique de l'Outaouais and the Chorale De La Salle in France Levasseur-Ouimet's grand suite Elles s'appelaient Marie in her hometown, Ottawa, Ontario. As well as performing in a variety of private events and fundraiser concerts, Melanie recently was the guest soloist at the first annual gala for the Centre d'Accueil Héritage in Toronto. Ms. Taverna enjoys performing a wide variety of repertoire and continuously cultivating her musical interests.

Angela Maria Sanchez
Toronto-based soprano Angela Maria Sanchez has been an active performer in the Toronto classical music community since 2005. At age 15 she performed the role of Third spirit in the Canadian Opera Company's ensemble production under the baton of Richard Bradshaw of Mozart's Magic flute and soloist in the opening inaugural concert of the Four Season's Centre of the Performing Arts. She recently made her opera debut of the role of Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and Mistress of Novices in Suor Angelica in Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Miss Sanchez was a featured soloist in the 2014/15 season at the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra performances of G.F Handel Messiah and Viva Italia. Later returning the following 2015/16 season performing Love at the Opera all under the baton of maestro Denis Mastromonaco.

Recent accomplishments include, placing first overall in post-graduate women category in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition as well as Provincial finalist and scholarship recipient at the Toronto Kiwanis festival.

Miss Sanchez has a Bachelor of Music from The Glenn Gould School of Royal Conservatory of Music and is currently under the tutelage of Ms Jennifer Tung.

Alvaro Vasquez-Robles
Alvaro Vazquez-Robles, tenor Mexican tenor Alvaro Vazquez-Robles graduated from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, obtaining a Voice Performance Diploma. He sang Schubert's Mass in G-Major with Barrie's Lyrica Choir, performed the role of Bill in Samuel Barber's A hand of bridge with Soup Can Theatre and was a tenor soloist in concerts with St John's Anglican Church.

Alvaro performed the role of Ajax II from the opera La Belle Hélène for the school's annual spring opera, conducted by Uri Mayer in Koerner Hall. He was cast as The Miller, the title role in El gato con botas by Xavier Montsalvage for The Glenn Gould School Fall Opera, conducted by Peter Tiefenbach.

Most recently, he made his debut with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and Opera York singing the role of El Remendado in Bizet's Carmen, conducted by Denis Mastromonaco. Alvaro is currently under the tutelage of Jennifer Tung.

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Sean Peever, Dave McLachlan, Steve Medd

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Sean Peever (voice/guitar), Dave McLachlan (voice/guitar), Steve Medd (voice/guitar)
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