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The Hogtown Syncopators

The Hogtown Syncopators

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

James Thompson (bass), Richard Whiteman (bass/piano), Jay Danley (voice/guitar), Drew Jurecka (voice/violin), Terra Hazelton (voice/percussion)


The Hogtown Syncopators
The Hogtown Syncopators, five musicians from downtown Toronto, have been generating a serious buzz with their authentic 1930s sound and entertaining show. Sonically, they combine the tight, elegant sound of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette of the Hot Club de France with the dazzling group vocals of the Boswell Sisters and Mills Brothers. The band enjoys a Friday afternoon residency at the respected Rex Hotel in downtown Toronto, and is quickly becoming a concert and festival favourite.


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Artie Roth Quartet

Artie Roth Quartet

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Mike Filice (saxophone), Artie Roth (bass), Geoff Young (guitar), Barry Romberg (drums)


Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth has been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. After two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City (1993 and 1997), Artie returned to Toronto establishing himself as one of the busiest, full-time composer/performers in Toronto. As well as leading his own group, Artie is also an active member of The Rich Underhill Group, The Bob Brough Quartet and Kollage.

As a side-person, he has been recorded on over 40 CDs including Rich Underhill's 2003 JUNO award winning Tales from the blue lounge and 2007 JUNO nominated Kensington Suite, Sophie Milman's JUNO nominated debut CD and Rockit 88's 2004 JUNO nominated Too Much Fun. Artie has toured extensively, performing in theatres, festivals and jazz venues regionally, nationally and internationally. More specifically, on a national level, this touring has included dates on the east coast (2001), Quebec (2003) and Manitoba (2005) with jazz vocalist Melissa Stylianou, as well as cross-Canada tours with The Sean Bray Quartet (1995), The Rez Abassi Quartet (2000) and The Rich Underhill Group (2010). Internationally, tours in the U.S.A. have included performances with The Greg Runions Sextet featuring Kenny Wheeler (1994) and The Lynne Arriale Trio (1997).

Artie's overseas engagements have included performances with The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band in Germany (1996), The Steve Koven Trio in Mexico (2003) and Columbia (2005) and The Shuffle Demons tour of Europe and Scandinavia (2007). The year 2005 proved to be exciting for Artie. As well as being nominated for a National Jazz Award in the category of Bassist of the Year, he had the honour of accompanying such jazz legends as Anita O'Day, Curtis Fuller an Marcus Belgrave. In addition to his active composer/band-leading and freelance career, Artie currently holds the position of Bass Instructor at York University and is pursuing Classical Bass Studies through Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music.


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Jennifer Noble

Jennifer Noble

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)

Jennifer Noble (voice), Russell E. Williams (guitar)


Jennifer Noble is a singer-songwriter who specializes in clever, powerful songs with deep lyrics and memorable, rich melodies. She is a singer's singer, with a wide range and a deep understanding of the human condition in all its pain and joy and nuance. Her work is straight from the heart.

As a recording artist, she has co-produced and released original music including "For As Long As We Both Shall Live". She wrote with and fronted the Foxrun Band and Three Stand Out "This Game of Life" (T. Chipman, Greg Hambleton, J. Noble), which charted on A/C stations across Canada. She was a vocalist with Crazy Leggs, Feast of Friends, sang backup vocals with Liberty Silver, Coconut Groove and many others. For television, "Question Marks" was placed in Doe-Eye Media Productions' 2013 "Made in Canada", a documentary about the film and TV business in Canada.

Jennifer splits her writing time between Ontario and Nashville, Tennessee. Recent writing partners include Jan Buckingham, Eddie Wilson, Howie Moscovitch, Annette Barkley, Kevin Nelson, Victor Fuke, Bryant Didier and Spynn as well as Nashville writers Phil Barton, Lisa Aschmann and Billy Dawson.


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A Night with Some Cool Idiots

A Night with Some Cool Idiots

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Jenny Weisz (voice/guitar), Camila Diaz-Varela (voice/guitar), Carter Easler (voice/guitar), Matthew Monopoli (voice), Alexis Gordon (voice)


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Avi Granite Group (NYC)

Avi Granite Group (NYC)

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Avi Granite (guitar), Peter Lutek (saxophone), Chris Roberts (saxophone), Tom Richards (piano/trombone), Neal Davis (bass), Nick Fraser (drums)


Avi Granite is a guitarist, composer, improviser and educator who has performed across North America and Europe. As a leader Granite has released three CDs to critical acclaim. His most recent, "Avi Granite's Verse - Snow Umbrellas" is now available and features Ralph Alessi, Jerry DeVore and Owen Howard. The album was released on Granite’s own Pet Mantis Records.


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Saturday, April 26th

Danny Marks

Danny Marks

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Danny Marks (voice/guitar)


Danny Marks is the current holder of the Toronto Blues Society's Blues with a Feeling Award for lifetime achievement in music and broadcast. This iconic rocker's roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records' group, Edward Bear. After a span as a journey man session musician throughout the seventies, Danny settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humor. A house band gig at Toronto's famed Albert's Hall led him to host his own nation-wide TV show, Stormy Monday. Through the eighties, Danny starred in CBC radio's hit series the Hum Line. Most recently, Danny Marks recorded two original music albums, Guitarchaeology and True, before paying tribute to Toronto's R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005. Danny's in his fifth year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91's Saturday night blues show, bluz.fm.


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Swing Shift Big Band

Swing Shift Big Band

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Formed in 1996, Jim John's Swing Shift Big Band is a favourite with both dancing and listening audiences. Playing a repertoire of Big Band-Era giants like Miller, Dorsey, Basie, Ellington and Buddy Rich, this 19-piece orchestra keeps audiences immersed in the golden age of jazz music.

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Nick Teehan Group

Nick Teehan Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Joe Ernewein (bass), Alex Ernewein (piano), Nick Teehan (voice/saxophone), Nicolas Buligan (trumpet), Phil Miles (guitar)


Originally from Oshawa, Teehan loves Toronto where he now resides. You'll often find him scribbling song lyrics on napkins at greasy overnight diners or singing to himself on the Wallace Bridge. He is a product of his environment, and his work reflects the grim yet joyful balance of living in a big green and grey city. An imaginative and unique artist, his storytelling broaches a wide range of subjects: the love starved "Racoon" (#1 Toronto Star Anti-Hit List, April 2012), the "False Love" of a Portuguese mannequin and various meditations on the end of the world. Teehan is well known in Toronto clubs for his compelling live performances; the raucous blend of his unconventional instrumentation mixing with his complex and tuneful arrangements.


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soozimusic

soozimusic

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)

Tony Quarrington (voice/guitar/mandolin), Soozi Schlanger (voice/guitar)


Soozi Schlanger
When you hear her sing you might think she was born on the bayou, but Soozi Schlanger is a Toronto girl. She fell in love with Cajun music in 1992, began playing the fiddle and immersed herself in Cajun culture. During trips to Louisiana, she studied the playing of the Balfa Brothers and Dennis McGee. Soozi teaches fiddle and also has a busy career as a painter and sculptor. She is currently working on performing her own songs as Soozimusic


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Soul Stew

Soul Stew

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Mark Kelso (drums), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), John Johnson (saxophone), Matt Horner (keyboard), Michael Dunston (voice/percussion)


Soul Stew, Toronto's legendary Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Jazz Funk ensemble. A fixture of the Toronto music scene, Soul Stew is made up of some of the finest musicians in Canada.

Formed in 1990 by Toronto first call studio musicians as a house band at the Bamboo, Soul Stew became the band synonymous with the College Street music scene with their 10 year long residency at the College Street Bar.

The musicians in Soul Stew have collectively and individually performed and recorded with The Boss Brass, Gorillaz, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Butterfield, The Parachute Club, Jane Bunnett, Holly Cole, Marc Jordan, Gino Vanelli, Tito Puente, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Aretha Franklin and Nelly Furtado, to name just a few. Soul Stew plays a mixture of Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, a bit of reggae and a lot of Soul, recalling the classic sounds of the legendary recording bands (a la the Funk Brothers from the movie Standing in the Shadows of Motown) of Stax, Motown, The Philly Sound, The Meters, Muscle Shoals, and the Hi Rhythm section of Memphis.


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Sunday, April 27th

Jewish Brunch Buffet with Lemon Bucket Orchestra

Jewish Brunch Buffet with Lemon Bucket Orchestra

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra


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.

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Toronto's infamous 15-piece Balkan-Gypsy-Klezmer-Party-Punk Super-Band - known as much for their guerilla performances on streets, subways, and airplanes as their killer big stage shows; an eclectic group of folk revolutionaries burning up the world music scene at home and abroad.


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Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band

Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Jim Purdy (clarinet/saxophone), Al Cox (trumpet), Syd Calvert (banjo), Miro Letko (trombone), Glenn Anderson (drums), John Floyd (piano)


The New Excelsior Jazz Band is a six-piece traditional jazz band playing in the Dixieland/New Orleans style. Our repertoire includes blues, spirituals, marches, show tunes from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, and novelty numbers. It's toe-tapping, listening and dancing music at its finest!


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Poli's Jazz Salon + AURA

Poli's Jazz Salon + AURA

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)

Paul Hoffert (piano), AURA (voice)


Paul Hoffert
Paul Hoffert is an established jazz recording artist, performer, & composer. His first record album was released when he was 16, featuring Archie Alleyne on drums and Bernie Piltch on sax. He went on to perform with jazz greats including Moe Koffman, Freddie Hubbard, Guido Basso, and Ed Bickert. His bands have performed at the Newport, Monetery, and Boston jazz festivals as well as Carnegie Hall. In 1969 he co-founded Lighthouse, a horn band that sold millions of records, toured the world and earned three Juno Awards as Canada's 1 group (1971-1973). He was inducted into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2004.

AURA
Aura's incredible voice has been stunning audiences and critics alike for over four decades. As Nat Hentoff said in his book The Grove International Encyclopedia of Jazz, "She is a phenomonanal singer!"

As well as building a formidable discography, Aura has performed extensively around the world with jazz giants – she toured the US and Japan with Quincy Jones, covered the US and Europe with Duke Ellington, and toured Scandinavia with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis (which culminated in their recording an album together with the Swedish Radio Orchestra). Her appearances include such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival and Village Vanguard.

She's been declared a national treasure in her native Romania (where she is known by her maiden name Aura Urziceanu) but has been based in Toronto since the early 70s with her husband, Canadian jazz drumming legend, Ron Rully.

She continues to tour internationally as well as give master classes throughout Europe, her voice as well as her passion having grown richer with time.


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Freeway Dixeland Jazz Band

Freeway Dixeland Jazz Band

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Freeway Jazz Band
Jack King (banjo), Gary Scriven (drums), Chris Daniels (bass), Brian Graville (piano), Brian Towers (trombone), Janet Shaw (clarinet), Len Gosling (trumpet)


Freeway Jazz Band
With their residency at The Rex Hotel on the last Sunday afternoon of every month since the early 1990's, Len Gosling's Freeway Jazz Band has built a widely enthusiastic audience for their regular New Orleans-themed revues. A true Dixieland experience, complete with dancing umbrellas, call-and-response sing-alongs and your favourite 20's tunes.

James Brown Group

James Brown Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

James Brown (guitar), Ernie Tollar (saxophone/bansuri), Jim Vivian (bass)


The Home Fields is a CD by James Brown released in 2002. 12 years later this trio reunites at the Rex.


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Brownman Ali + 1

Brownman Ali + 1

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)

Brownman Ali (trumpet), Scott Metcalfe (keyboard)


The Brownman + 1 series continues throughout the year at Musideum, each month Brown appearing with 1 other mystery musician -- could be piano, could be bass, could even turntables - who knows! Each duet showcasing Brownman's lesser known introspective & self-reflective playing approach accompanied by a mystery + 1 each month.

Scott Metcalfe
Scott Metcalfe is a versatile pianist/keyboarder rapidly rising in the Toronto music scene and already – in his late 20′s – one of the most in demand players in the city. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba where he studied classical music, jazz music and percussion, he moved to Toronto to study jazz at the highly prestigious Humber College. There he received multiple scholarships, graduated with honors, and played alongside such jazz greats at Dave Holland, David Liebman and Steve Gadd. In between college he performed on Carnival Cruise Lines in their show bands and in jazz trios. Graduating in 2007, however, was only the beginning of his musical endeavors, and since then Scott has played and studied as many styles of music as he could get his feet into. He accompanies a variety of artists, singers, composers, even dancers; has recorded on 5 studio CD's; and explored and performed in such a variety of music as jazz, funk, RnB, motown, hip-hop, folk, flamenco, classical, world, musical theatre, latin, among others. He performs in his own quartet alongside his brother (Paul Metcalfe, of Heavy Weights Brass Band fame) where he composes music that is as diverse as he is, while leaving room for improvising within each style. Ever striving to expand his territory and remain true to his own voice, Scott is becoming a known name in the Toronto music scene.

Brownman Ali
Born on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, schooled in New York and now based in Toronto, Brownman is one of the most in demand, young jazz studio trumpet players in Canada today. He is also an accomplished composer/arranger and the recipient of the 2002 Canadian National Jazz Award (NJA) for "Jazz Composer of the Year", also clocking in as first runner-up for "Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year"; his highly acclaimed latin-jazz group CRUZAO was also nominated at the NJAs in 2002, 2003 & 2004 for "Electric Jazz Group of the Year". 2001 saw him win the coveted Montreal Jazz Festival's "General Motors Grand Prix Du Jazz Award" which led to his being signed to the prestigious Justin Time Records label. He was also the recipient of the 2001 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award". 2004 would bring CRUZAO a nomination at the Canadian Independant Music Awards for "Alternative Latin Artist of the Year" and his 10-man salsa outit - MARRÓN MATIZADO - would be honoured with the Silver Medal by SalsaSPOT.com for "Toronto's Favourite Salsa Band".

Brownman has performed (or recorded) with the likes of John Scofield, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Hunter, Gary Bartz, Danilo Perez, Gary Thomas, Hugh Fraser, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Don Thompson, Kirk Macdonald, Pat Labarbera, Kelly Jefferson, Mike Murley, Marc Rogers, Daniel Barnes, William Carn, Shelly Berger, Rita Di Ghent, Gord Webster, Stich Wynston, The Philosopher Kings, Grüvoria, John Blackwell (drummer for Prince), GURU (of Gangstarr fame), KRS-1, DJ Kool Herc, Big Daddy Kane, Fito Blanko, Divine Earth Essence, The Pocket Dwellers, Juke Joint, Jason Wilson & Tabarruk, Chucho Valdes & Irakere, Dominicanada, Maninho Costa, Cruzao, Banda Bella, Energia Latina, Bestial, Ricky Franco, Cimarron, Macondo, Pacande, Dominicanada & far too many more to list here.


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Lottery Tickets + Sorbara/Liu/Tielli/Segger

Lottery Tickets + Sorbara/Liu/Tielli/Segger

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)

Lottery Tickets
Callum Mackenzie (saxophone/flute), Alex Hood (guitar/trumpet)

Doug Tielli (trombone), Joe Sorbara (drums/percussion), Heather Segger (trombone), Germaine Liu (percussion), Mark Zurawinski (drums)


Lottery Tickets
Lottery Tickets is a free jazz duo composed of trumpet and guitar player Alex Hood and saxophone and flute player Callum MacKenzie. Alex attended Bard College for composition and is a prolific songwriter and member of the upstate NY noisemakers Zombijazz. Callum drunkenly stumbled across the Pacific to Hong Kong after dropping out of Berklee College of Music and found himself playing in warehouses with the psychedelic free jazz duo The Composer's Union of New Tunes. As Lottery Tickets they make music that sometimes sounds like a lounge singer reaching into his guts and turning himself inside out, and sometimes like the mating call of a baboon that has spent too much time listening to Bernstein's Aaron Copland recordings.

Nashville Bound Songwriter's Showcase

Nashville Bound Songwriter's Showcase

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Glen Hornblast (voice/guitar), Meg Tennant (voice/guitar), Bill Heffernan (voice/guitar), Orit Shimoni (voice/guitar), Clela Errington (voice/guitar), Jocelyn Barth (voice/guitar)


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.


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Derek Gray hosts Live and Interactive with guest Chris Weatherstone

Derek Gray hosts Live and Interactive with guest Chris Weatherstone

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Christopher Weatherstone (flute/saxophone/voice/guitar), Derek Gray (drums/percussion)


$5 tallboys from Wellington Brewery.

Derek Gray
At 22 years-old, Derek Gray has established himself as an up-and-coming drummer and percussionist on the Canadian music scene. In the spring of 2011, Derek completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Degree at Humber College where he studied with Mark Kelso. In addition, Derek played drums in the school’s flagship ensemble, the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble, directed by Denny Christianson. As a member of this ensemble, Derek performed with legendary bassist Dave Holland in March 2011. In Toronto, Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer, and sideman performing regularly with a variety of projects, including Tesseract, Gray Matter (a quintet that he co-leads with his brother, bass player Justin Gray), and Monsoon (an Indo-Jazz ensemble).

In 2008, Derek founded the Hand Drumming in the Schools program in which he voluntarily travels to schools in the greater Toronto area and facilitates hand-drumming workshops for students of all ages. He also works as a drum circle facilitator with Soul Drums. In the summer of 2009, Derek travelled to Ghana to study traditional West African hand drumming, and over the course of two months, completed an Ethnomusicology course at University of Ghana. He also studied West African percussion with master drummers Kwasi Dunyo and Ledzi Agudzemegah in Dagbamete, a village in the Volta Region.

Over the past few years, Derek has received a number of awards, including Humber College's President's Medal for leadership, the Garfield Weston National Level Scholarship for leadership, the SABIAN Cymbals Award + Scholarship, the George McCrae Award for musical excellence, and the Principal’s Award for Student Leadership. In the spring of 2011, Derek was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency in Washington, DC. Working alongside talented young musicians/composers from around the world, this two-week long program culminated in performances on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Centre. Derek has studied privately with Steve Mancuso, Doug Sole, Dan Weiss, Jonathan Blake, Nate Smith and Larnell Lewis. He has had the opportunity to play in ensembles lead by Pat Labarbera, Brian Dickenson, Alex Dean, Ravi Naimpally, Waleed Abdulhamid, and Luis Mario Ochoa.


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Harley Card Group

Harley Card Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Matt Newton (piano), Harley Card (guitar), David French (saxophone), Jon Maharaj (bass), Fabio Ragnelli (drums)


Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist, composer, and freelance musician. As a contributor to the creative music scene in Toronto for the past decade, Harley has played with many artists including; Richard Underhill, Alex Dean, Alex Samaras, William Carn, Michael Herring, Sarah Jerrom, Michael Davidson, Don Scott, David Virelles, Felicity Williams, Dave Clark, Carlie Howell, Jon Challoner, Colin Power, RJ Sachnanathan, Ian Sinclair, Kurt Neilson, Matt Newton, Dan Fortin, Ernesto Cervini, Ben Dietschi, Jesse Malone, Dan Gaucher, Caitlin Smith, and Scott Kemp among others.

Harley is a member/composer for the Toronto groups; Hobson's Choice, The Harley Card Trio, The Harley Card Quintet, God's Gift To Yoda, and Stoptime. Each ensemble has performed extensively in Canada and released multiple recordings. Hobson’s Choice’s recent Barnyard Records release; "Of The Waves", was premiered at The 2012 TD Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival.


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Monday, April 28th

Peter Hill Group

Peter Hill Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Brendan Davis (bass), Sly Juhas (drums), Bob Brough (saxophone), Peter Hill (piano), Chris Gale (saxophone)


The Peter Hill Group plays a wide range of jazz standards and originals from boogie-woogie inspired swing to soulful ballads and post-bop gems. They have honed their repertoire with a permanent residency for several years at The Rex Hotel at this Monday cocktail-hour timeslot, fashioning their show into a tight and powerful performance.

David French + Michael Davidson + Dan Fortin

David French + Michael Davidson + Dan Fortin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Michael Davidson (vibraphone), Dan Fortin (bass), David French (saxophone)


$5 tallboys from Steam Whistle.

Dan Fortin
Daniel Fortin was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program in 2007. Since moving to Toronto, Dan has been an active member of the city’s music scene, playing with the likes of Mike Ruby, David Occhipinti, Dave Restivo, Barry Romberg, Harley Card, Chris Donnelly, and many others. He also performs regularly with STOPTIME, Serena Ryder (Atlantic Records/EMI), Stop Time, The Brent Mah/Alex Goodman Quartet, The Alex Goodman Quintet, The Jessica Stuart Few, Myriad, Potions, Felicity Williams’ Al Purdy Project, Michael Davidson, The Jonathan Challoner Quartet, The Matt Newton Trio, and ENGINE, to name a few. He participated in both the 2008 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and the Centre For Improvisational Music’s 2010 Summer Intensive in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to performing, Dan also teaches at Humber College in the Community Music Program.


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Christian Bridges hosts Open Stage Mondays

Christian Bridges hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Christian Bridges (guitar/voice)


Signup at 7pm.

Every Monday, all artists are welcomed to sign up and play some tunes on Toronto's longest-running Open Stage.


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John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra

John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

John MacLeod (flugelhorn/trumpet), Jim Vivian (bass), David Braid (piano), Joey Goldstein (guitar), Janet Anderson (french horn), James MacDonald (french horn), Steve Crowe (trumpet), Jason Logue (trumpet), Steve McDade (trumpet), Brian O'Kane (trumpet), Collin Murray (trombone), Rob Sommerville (trombone), Terry Promane (trombone), Alastair Kay (trombone), Bob Leonard (saxophone), Andy Ballantyne (saxophone), John Johnson (saxophone), Rick Wilkins (saxophone), Perry White (saxophone), Ted Warren (drums)


John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra
John MacLeod's credentials as a trumpeter/composer/arranger have been firmly established, with a distinguished career spanning almost thirty years on the Canadian music scene. He has worked with Toronto's most elite musicians and musical organizations in both the jazz and commercial music fields. In 2003 John formed his own large jazz ensemble, the 20-piece Rex Hotel Orchestra (named after the club where it performs the last Monday of each month)

John MacLeod
John MacLeod was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 17, 1955. His impeccable credentials in nearly every aspect of the music industry have been firmly established in a distinguished career spanning over three decades on the Canadian music scene as a player, composer, arranger, and conductor. As a jazz artist, he has had the opportunity to perform with many of the music's legends as well as some of the leading names in the world today. He has worked with every major figure on the Toronto scene, and was a featured soloist with one of the world's most renowned big bands, Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass for more than 15 years. In 2003, MacLeod formed his own large jazz ensemble, the 20-piece John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra, and since its inception, he has conducted the Bob DeAngelis Champagne Symphony Orchestra, most recently during their triumphant ‘Tribute to Benny Goodman’ concert at Carnegie Hall in January of this year.


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Norbert Botos Group

Norbert Botos Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Norbert Botos (drums), David French (saxophone), Jozsef Botos (guitar), Jon Maharaj (bass)


$5 tallboys from Steam Whistle.


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Tuesday, April 29th

Carissa Neufeld Group

Carissa Neufeld Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Carissa Neufeld (piano/vibraphone), Alex Samaras (voice), Rob McBride (bass)


Carissa Neufeld is a musician of many dimensions whose musicality is rooted in classical training and steeped in jazz. This diverse musical background has fuelled a colorful professional career that includes composing, performing, teaching and adjudicating across Canada. Carissa's own jazz compositions and arrangements have been showcased at Toronto venues such as The Rex Hotel and Jazz Bar, Gate 403, Arts and Letters Club, McMichael Gallery and "Jazz on the Ridge" at Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery. Her many varied performance engagements include pianist with the Toronto Jazz Orchestra and Composers Collective Big Band, pianist and vibraphonist with the Christ Hunt Tentet, harpsichordist with the Fraser Valley Symphony and percussionist for internationally acclaimed tenor Ben Heppner. She is currently performing with the TJO, Sarah Jerrom's "Yeats Project", her own quartet as well as a new project with Alex Samaras and Rob McBride "Songs of Self".

For over 20 years, Carissa has been teaching classical and jazz piano, successfully preparing students for specialized university programs and RCM accreditations. She has also been an adjudicator and clinician across Canada including the Yukon, British Columbia and Ontario and currently owns and manages an ensemble based music school in Leslieville called "On the Off Beat" together with her husband Michael Skinner. She currently sits on the executive of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association where she has organized master classes with internationally renowned clinicians such as David Braid as well as developed a jazz curriculum for their student scholarship auditions. Her award winning piano students are currently studying at arts schools in Toronto and San Fransisco as well as university music programs across Canada.

Carissa completed her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at Humber College studying with Don Thompson, Dave Restivo and Hilario Duran. Early piano studies include completion of her ARCT in piano performance under the tutelage of Dr. Betty Suderman and extensive classical piano studies at the University of Victoria with Dr. Robin Wood.


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John Prince, Keith Conkie, Shanika Maria

John Prince, Keith Conkie, Shanika Maria

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Shanika Maria (voice/guitar), John Prince (voice/guitar), Keith Conkie (voice/guitar)


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Brad Cheeseman Group

Brad Cheeseman Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Chelsea McBride (saxophone), Robert Chapman (guitar), Sam Kogen (keyboard), Brad Cheeseman (bass), Lorenzo Castelli (drums)


Brad Cheeseman is a bassist, composer, arranger and educator who is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. His wide range of skills and musicality has seen him playing with numerous musical acts throughout much of the Golden Horseshoe for over a decade, including the Brownman Electryc Trio and his own ensemble, the Brad Cheeseman Group.

Raised in the Hamilton area, Brad played with numerous bands and rapidly earned his reputation as a skilled and unique musician. He is a graduate of both Mohawk College and Humber College where he was awarded the Sully Kovacs Memorial Scholarship, the Gordon and Anne Wragg Music Scholarship and the Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. Scholarship for outstanding academic and musical achievement.

Brad has performed and recorded with numerous bands, including Aetherborn, who shared the stage with major-label bands such as Dragonforce and Kittie, and Andre Bisson, who toured Europe in 2012 in support of his album Till the Real Thing Comes Along. The album was nominated for a number of awards at the 2012 Hamilton Music Awards, including Bassist of the Year. Andre's 5th album Bad Scene was released in August 2013.

Most recently, Brad has been performing with his own modern jazz ensemble, the Brad Cheeseman Group, which combines the rich language of jazz with elements of rock, R&B and other styles. The band's debut Mixed Messages EP was released in April 2013 and showcases Brad's abilities as both composer and performer, with exciting original material arranged for some of Toronto's finest rising talent. Mixed Messages was named Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2013 Hamilton Music Awards and was also nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year, Bassist of the Year and Drummer of the Year.

As an educator, Brad has been teaching for several years in the Greater Hamilton and Toronto Areas. He uses his deep musical understanding, combined with a diverse musical background and plenty of performance experience to provide well-informed instruction on the electric bass, theory and improvisation.


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Wednesday, April 30th

Morgan Childs Group

Morgan Childs Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Morgan Childs (drums), Jon Maharaj (bass), Kelly Jefferson (saxophone)


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Best Poet Of The Month

Best Poet Of The Month

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Howard Wayne Isenberg (voice/poetry)


Celebrate poetry. Hosted by Howard Wayne Isenberg.

Best Poet of the Month

The Best Poet of the Month has received considerable positive response amongst both the ever-growing GTA poetry community and poets nationally. During these monthly events, the audience will vote for their two most favoured poets who presented that evening, with two runners-up. The popularity of poetry is on the rise in print, online, and in other media. These events speak to this growth, creating a collaborative environment wherein current established poets in the community and those new to the art can share their work and create a discussion for refinement.

Wayward Voices Nonet + Kyle Brenders Quartet

Wayward Voices Nonet + Kyle Brenders Quartet

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)

Wayward Voices
Shanna Hanko (saxophone), Ben McCarroll-Butler (saxophone), Jaimie McClyment (violin), Adam Filaber (cello), Tom Upjohn (trumpet), Nick Marshall (trombone), Alesio Barbera (vibraphone), Corey St. Pierre (bass), Matthew Machanda (drums)

Kyle Brenders (saxophone), Steve Ward (trombone), Tomas Bouda (bass), Mark Segger (drums)


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Kevin Butler & Darlin

Kevin Butler & Darlin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Kevin Butler (guitar/voice)


$5 tallboys from Kensington Brewing Company.


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Eli Bennett Group

Eli Bennett Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Eli Bennett (saxophone), D'Arcy Myronuk (keyboard/piano), Jon Maharaj (bass), Fabio Ragnelli (drums)


Thirty-five time internationally award-winning saxophonist and three-time Leo-nominated film composer Eli Bennett leads an exciting quartet comprised of Canada's rising jazz stars. A two-time recipient of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award from the National Jazz Award and the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Eli was also awarded the prestigious Fred Sheratt Award from (MusiCounts/CARAS). Bennett's Quartet has preformed across Canada including at festivals and concert series including the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Georgia Straight Jazz Society, the Netherlands Consulate for Queen Beatrix's birthday celebration, and recently appeared on a live music segment for the popular TV series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. In 2013, Eli was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Premier of BC. The band is recording its debut album in Toronto this spring to be released on Addo distributed by Universal Canada/Conveyor.


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Thursday, May 1st

Tony McManus

Tony McManus

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)

Tony McManus (guitar/voice)

Array Session #25

Array Session #25

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)

An evening of improvisation by some of Toronto’s finest musicians along with their friends and guests from out-of-town heralds a return to the Columbia U Radio jams or the great tradition of CCMC Music Gallery evenings.


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Camilo Davila & Jean Desmarais with Mireille Asselin

Camilo Davila & Jean Desmarais with Mireille Asselin

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)

Camilo Davila (clarinet), Jean Desmarais (piano), Mireille Asselin (voice)


Reserve seats on-line at info@gallery345.com

In this exhilarating concert, clarinetist and composer Camilo Davila joins forces with renowned pianist Jean Desmarais and rising superstar soprano Mireille Asselin for an evening of intimate music making.

Programme


Robert Schumann: Drei Romanzen, Opus 94 [for clarinet & piano]
Camilo Davila: Urban Piece
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet & Piano in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1
Franz Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, "Shepherd on the Rock" D965 [for soprano, clarinet & piano]


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John-Wayne Swingtet

John-Wayne Swingtet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Alexander Tikhonov (clarinet), Wayne Nakamura (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass), John Farrell (guitar)


$5 Tall Boys from Junction Craft Brewery.

John-Wayne Swingtet
The John-Wayne Swingtet is comprised of four members of the Toronto Gypsy Jazz scene. John Farrell (guitar) and Abbey Sholzberg are original members of Toronto's first Hot Club band, Club Django Toronto. Wayne Nakamura (guitar) is the host of Toronto's most established Gypsy Jazz jam, The Hot Club of Corktown. Alexander Tikhonov (clarinet) has received his designation as "Master of the Clarinet" back in his native Russia. Together these four play the music of Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Fats Waller, Hank Williams, and the list goes on...


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Eli Bennett Group

Eli Bennett Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Jon Maharaj (bass), Fabio Ragnelli (drums), Eli Bennett (saxophone), D'Arcy Myronuk (keyboard/piano)


Thirty-five time internationally award-winning saxophonist and three-time Leo-nominated film composer Eli Bennett leads an exciting quartet comprised of Canada's rising jazz stars. A two-time recipient of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award from the National Jazz Award and the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Eli was also awarded the prestigious Fred Sheratt Award from (MusiCounts/CARAS). Bennett's Quartet has preformed across Canada including at festivals and concert series including the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Georgia Straight Jazz Society, the Netherlands Consulate for Queen Beatrix's birthday celebration, and recently appeared on a live music segment for the popular TV series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. In 2013, Eli was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Premier of BC. The band is recording its debut album in Toronto this spring to be released on Addo distributed by Universal Canada/Conveyor.


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