Monday, March 10th
Dylan Hennessy hosts Open Stage Mondays
Dylan Hennessy (voice/guitar)
Signup at 7pm.
Every Monday, all artists are welcomed to sign up and perform on Toronto's longest-running Open Stage.
Dylan Hennessy is a Toronto musician who's passion for music has lead him to take on music as a career. As a recent graduate of Seneca College's "Independent Music Production" program, he is a versatile musician, spanning an array of instruments in a variety of genres, with his main focus being in rock and acoustic-based music. That said, he tries to incorporate as much influence from as many styles as he can into his own creations, with elements of soul, folk, and unconventional guitar playing. Right now, Dylan is currently the host and organizer of a bi-monthly local acoustic showcase, "Acoustic Addiction." He is currently working on his debut EP which is set to be released in summer of 2013. Until then, you can find his material on his youtube page.
Tuesday, March 11th
David Hutchison Group
Mark Hukezalie (piano), Colleen Allen (saxophone), David Hutchison (drums/voice), Lionel Williams (bass)
David Hutchison is one of Canada's most versatile and experienced drummer/percussionists, with a musical background that spans virtually every current genre. Jazz, pop, reggae, calypso, country, rock, latin, rhythm & blues, fusion, big band, and more, have all been integral parts of his 35 year career as a professional musician. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, David's mentors have included Alan Dawson in Boston, and Jim Blackley in Toronto. A natural leader, he now teaches and leads groups that perform regularly in the Toronto area. He has recorded in studios across North America, and in Europe.
SAC Toronto Regional Songwriters Group + Open Mic
For those of you who are new to the RWG Open Stage, bring your song and a lyric sheet and think about what kind of feedback you would like to hear for your song. If you're a songwriter, but not a performer, please feel free to bring in a recording. If you play the keys, a piano will be available for you to play. Since we have a shortened timeline, we will jump right into the open stage part of the evening.
SAC Regional Writers Groups
Hosted by local singer/songwriters, Regional Writers Groups are a great way to connect more intimately with other S.A.C. members in your community. The time is usually spent working on songwriting skills together and sometimes sharing a song or two. The S.A.C. Regional Writers Group Program is designed to provide members who live in all areas of the country a network of fellow songwriters, lyricists and composers, offer songwriting lessons and performance opportunities. The program is also designed to keep members informed about issues and changes in the music industry, while establishing unity among songwriters everywhere.
Songwriters Association of Canada
The S.A.C. is community of songwriters here to support each other in the creative journey. We advocate on behalf of Canadian songwriters to protect the value of our work.
John Lettieri (accordion)
John Lettieri invites you to a solo concert at Musideum, where he will perform a variety of music selections from classics to the present, including pieces of music from different parts of the world. John will perform music using the Roland FR 7X Digital Accordion.
John will play two 45-minute sets with an intermission.
Wednesday, March 12th
Griffith Hiltz Trio
Johnny Griffith (saxophone), Nathan Hiltz (guitar), Sly Juhas (drums)
"This is What You Get..." when long time friends and collaborators Johnny Griffith and Nathan Hiltz move their risk-taking style in a genre warping direction with their 2nd album. Shaping their departure from mainstream jazz is indie music hero and madman Hawksley Workman. With 6 Juno nominations and 2 wins, a solo rock cabaret and countless producing successes, his eclectic sensibilities were a natural fit. Hawksley insisted on recording live to tape, sacrificing the convenience and editing power of digital for the darker, richer sound of analogue. Fuelled by popsicles and good wine, GHT, focused on the overall feel of the songs. The result is a vibrant and honest recording that engages the listener wholeheartedly.
GHT begins rooted in tradition and launches into the unexpected appealing to more than just your average jazz listener. They've rallied impromptu dance parties with hippies on Salt Spring Island, elated elementary school students and festival audiences from St. John's to the Yukon. They incorporate influences from Duke Ellington to Otis Redding, from Ornette Coleman to Black Sabbath, from Webern to Kermit the Frog, blending them seamlessly into a purely enjoyable ride. Prepare yourself for some rock and roll raunch, classic post-bop, and one of the catchiest pop tunes you'll ever hear.
Hearing GHT's music is only one aspect of their considerable talents. Taking the term 'mulit-tasking' to the extreme, each member masterfully contributes on numerous instruments to produce a sound much larger than your average trio... even if it means playing more than one instrument at once! Nathan expertly synchronizes his seductive guitar styling while driving steadfast time feel with socked feet across the bass pedals. Johnny arms himself with every horn in the arsenal – sometimes simultaneously – building intricate and climbing melodies. Together they prove there is no limit to their imagination. Drummer Sly Juhas is in high demand across the country and expertly moves between jazz, country and indie scenes. Sly's high octane playing rounds out the trio's demanding and energetic groove. Simply put – they have to be seen to be believed!
GHT's debut album "Now and Then", was produced by and featured Canadian Jazz virtuoso and master of the bass, vibraphone and piano, Don Thompson. After multiple national tours, jazz festivals, a prestigious Grand Prix du Jazz nomination from the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Album of the Year from Jazz FM (2009), and weekly residences at Toronto's historic Rex Hotel, the trio has proven not only are they at the forefront of their genre – they're creating their own.
Mike Gennaro & Colin Fisher
Matthew "DOC" Dunn (electronics)
Mike Gennaro (drums), Colin Fisher (drums/guitar/percussion/saxophone)
Colin Fisher and Mike Gennaro are two of Toronto's free jazz giants. They produce the kind of fiery music that was common in older times but has since become harder to find.
Mike Gennaro has collaborated with several highly regarded musicians including European free jazz saxophonists John Butcher and Mats Gustafsson, American avant-country guitarist Eugene Chadbourne and Toronto indie soul act Mantler, among others. He has performed at the International Pop Overthrow, Beaches Jazz Festival and has made two appearances at the Toronto International Jazz Festival. He has also performed throughout Europe and has been playing Toronto clubs since the mid 90's.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, Colin Fisher is an active voice in the Improvised and Creative Music Community in North America. Colin has studied privately with some of the best teachers in the creative music community such as Ellery Eskelin, Ben Monder, Tim Berne, Mark Hundevad and Maury Coles.
Has been most active with duo project Not the wind, not the flag which includes percussionist Brandon Valdivia. They have a cd of some of their improvisations as well as a Barnyard Records Release Tintinabulum which has received critical praise. Their two latest releases are Burn and Return on Medusa Records and a Live at 6 Nassau recording on Healing Power Records. They have had 4 successful tours of Ontario and Quebec as well as the united states.
Peter Boyd (guitar/voice)
$5 tallboys from Kensington Brewing Company.
Peter Boyd has been a songwriter for over thirty years. Drawing on gospel and blues from Chicago all the way back to the Delta and re-invented upside-down-and-backwards, Peter's songs are a sepia-tinged glimpse into his messy, not-fully-developed soul where faith has as much a chance as folly to send you careening into the abyss.
Peter's new CD 'Beulahland' is garnering great reviews, most recently a rave from Greg Quill in the Toronto Star - "stunning and powerful blues-rooted original songs and astonishing guitar wizardry. Among the best of the year's roots/blues crop."
Alex Goodman/Jon Challoner (NYC)
Alex Goodman (guitar), Jon Challoner (trumpet), David Braid (piano), Jon Maharaj (bass), Adam Arruda (drums)
Jon Challoner is originally from Vancouver Island, BC. He now lives in Toronto, where he has gained a reputation one of Canada’s most exciting young instrumentalists. He has performed at the Grammy Awards, was the recipient of the galaxie rising star award at the National Jazz Awards, and recently won the International Trumpet Guild’s jazz solo competition. From Jazz to R&B, Pop, Funk and theatre, Jon brings ‘the ruckus’ to any musical situation. Along with the Heavyweights, Jon can be seen performing with jazz legend Don Thompson, John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra, Brazilian singer/percussionist Aline Morales, powerhouse funk group KC Roberts and the Live Revolution and many more great artists.
Hailed as “the next big thing in the jazz world” (CityTV news), “sophisticated and accomplished” (The Toronto Star) as well as “genius” (La Presse, Montréal), guitarist and composer Alex Goodman has established himself as a major force on the Canadian jazz scene. He has released three albums as a leader, of which his most recent, “Bridges” reached #1 on the national Chartattack and !Earshot jazz charts. “Bridges” was also listed in the top 10 Canadian jazz records of 2011 (Ottawa Citizen) and his second release “Convergence” was listed in the top 10 jazz records of 2010 (!Earshot). He has toured extensively and has performed at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Massey Hall and the CBCʼs Glenn Gould studio.
Alex is also an accomplished composer with over 100 compositions in his portfolio and two award winning ﬁlm scores. The ﬁrst, “Goodbye Rosebud” won the William Marshall award and the second “Reality Check” was aired nationally on Global Television. Alex has performed with international jazz stars such as Tim Ries and Ron Westray of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as well as Maria Schneider and John Patitiucci while a student at the University of Toronto. Within Canada he has also played with many of Canadaʼs biggest jazz stars including Jane Bunnett, Richard Underhill and Terry Clarke.
Gary Gray + Voodoo Walters
Gary Gray (keyboard), Voodoo Walters (voice/guitar)
Voodoo Walters is the Toronto Blues-based artist that can do it all; Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Soul, Rock n Roll and Surf, just to name a few styles. The aim is to take the audience on a musical journey and bring them back wanting more. Voodoo Walters' ability to connect with the audience, along with the versatility of his repertoire creates a great show every time, perfectly tailored to the audience.
Voodoo Walters has been playing across the GTA, south and central Ontario for the past 14 years. His abilities as a guitarist, singer, harp player, musical director and arranger have made him a sought after commodity in several touring and recording acts across the GTA, including: Irene and the Sugar Devils – New Orleans inspired RnB, Funk and Latin ; Crazy Legs – classic and contemporary RnB; Fried Angels – hard driven Blues, Funk and RnB; Big Fog – Celtic fusion
Voodoo Walters honed his skills with the journeymen's attitude of hard work and an "anywhere, anytime" approach to performing. This ethic has also made him a welcomed, regular and featured artist at the many professional jams, as well as an on call session player for several studios across the GTA.
Thursday, March 13th
Allyson Morris (voice)
Allyson Morris is definitely a buzzword on the Toronto jazz scene. She has that extra wow (!) factor when she sings, combining a rich sultry voice with outstanding raw talent and a dig- deep interpretive flair that you have to experience to appreciate. A statuesque blonde with small-town charm, Allyson was raised in Chatham Ontario and now calls Toronto her home. Somewhat of a late bloomer, this has proven to be a real plus factor for her style of music. Her depth of feeling, her rich musical vocabulary and her life experiences combine to create the confident, unique style that is Allyson Morris.
Recognized as a truly astonishing talent wherever she performs, she has a rich and sultry voice that perfectly adapts to the rigorous demands of the jazz idiom. At times employing a soulful and robust interpretation, other times a delicate and musically brilliant nuance, Allyson handles the old standards in a new way. Coupled with her more contemporary material, she delivers a unique sound that will please jazz aficionados everywhere.
Well respected in the Canadian jazz world by all those who have played with her, this singer offers up a full plate of carefully-crafted tunes, a small town friendly attitude and a talent that will delight the listener. Allyson has enjoyed performing with many wonderful musicians over the last few years.
Friday, March 14th
The Hogtown Syncopators
Drew Jurecka (voice/violin), James Thompson (bass), Jay Danley (voice/guitar), Richard Whiteman (bass/piano), 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.
Sara Dell (voice/solo piano)
Originally from Winnipeg, Sara is now based out of Toronto where, along with performing regularly both solo and with bands, she writes, produces and records her music. She is excited to present her new, self-produced album Walk on Water, a collection of undeniably satisfying pop songs that is sure to delight all who hear it!
Perhaps her boldest and most playful album yet, Walk on Water beautifully captures the essence of what has become this vibrant young artist's signature sound. Though Sara's music is certainly distinguishable, she has been dubbed the "lady-version" of John Mayer and Train, and has been likened to female artists such as Chantal Kreviazuk, Taylor Swift and Feist.
Behind the music is a diversely talented young woman who sings, plays piano, writes, produces and arranges her music from the ground up. Having begun her study of music from early childhood, Sara began singing and performing in her early teens and has made a living as a musician since then. She naturally gravitated toward writing pop/rock music at an early age, inspired by everything from the Beatles to the Police to Peter Gabriel to Annie Lennox and Carole King. She has also attracted an ever-expanding fan base for her dynamic solo vocal/piano performances, and has garnered residencies at landmark live music venues in Toronto, Canada.
Alexis Baró (trumpet)
...I'll be presenting and performing Music from my 2 latest Albums " From the Other Side" & "Blue Skin", a combination of southern flavours, from New Orleans, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba, creating a fresh vibe of rhythms and sounds thru the show ...Original Music for your Soul and your intellect" - Alexis
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Alexis Baró plays the trumpet with all the force of a Category 5 hurricane. Alexis' jaw-dropping work in Canada with groups such as Kollage, the A-Team, and the Hilario Duran Big Band has earned him several National Jazz Award nominations for "Trumpeter of the Year". He has also released two albums under his own name — Havana Banana and From the Other Side.
Allyson Murrell + Anthony Moncata
Allyson Murrell (voice), Anthony Moncata (voice/guitar)
Allyson Murrell (b. March 9, 1992) is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Pickering, Ontario who is currently studying music at the University of Toronto. Allyson sings, plays piano and saxophone, and composes music in many different genres, including pop, jazz, and soul.
Allyson began playing the piano at the age of 7, and grew up immersed in music at home. Through her musical studies at the University of Toronto she has been able to expand her skills on the piano and her knowledge of musical composition. She always had a passion for singing, and became even more serious about it as she grew older. Allyson wrote her first song at the age of 12, and has continued to develop her song-writing skills since.
Currently, Allyson has been recording her latest compositions as well as working on musical ideas for new songs. She often spends her spare time performing at open mics in Toronto. Allyson loves to compose, teach, and perform music and is positive that music will be a significant part of her future.
Saturday, March 15th
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.
Community Gamelan for Everyone
Andrew Timar (percussion), Rick Sacks (percussion)
Hello Community Gamelan members. After five Community Gamelan Meetups we are scheduling another SEVEN at the Array Space. We'll keep the requested $10.00 per person but will hold off on making that mandatory. If you don't have it, come and donate what you can. There will still be light refreshments and juice, coffee and tea for all.
I have scheduled the Gamelan meetup for the THIRD Saturday of each month from November through May so there are lots of chances to attend. As for the cap on attendance, I discovered, with the help of the first attendees, that 13 or 14 people are ideal. However I can make room for up to 20 with some additional instruments and most times something comes up and every rsvps can't make it.
So The cap will now be 20. If enough people are on the waiting list, I may try to schedule another within the same time period. Let's see how it goes!
It's best to be able to remove your shoes. Tight pants or short skirts are going to make playing uncomfortable so wear loose, comfortable clothing. You sit on the floor or on low stools. Have a look at the picture and you can see the height of the instruments.
The music was absolutely lovely and just what I had hoped it would be. We can dig a bit deeper next time and discover more musical pathways.
Justin Bacchus Collective
Justin Bacchus (voice)
A spirited mix of funk, soul rock, and rhythm and blues, and propelled by a staggeringly powerful rhythm section, Justin Bacchus creates one of the most upbeat and lively shows out there. A true entertainer, he has had the honour of performing with many Canadian greats like Joe Sealy, Jackie Richardson, Dionne Taylor Matt Dusk, and Deborah Cox. Currently, Justin performs regularly at multiple venues in and around Toronto and is accompanied by the finest musicians this city has to offer.