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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Broken Bagel Scene

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Broken Bagel Scene

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.

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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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Michel Neray Trio

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Michel Neray (voice/guitar)
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Nathan Hiltz Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Nathan Hiltz (guitar), Michael Herring (bass), Andrew Miller (drums), Daniel Grieves (voice)

Nathan Hiltz
Nate Hiltz (B.Mus, M.Mus) is a Juno winning jazz guitaist who was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Based in Toronto since 1999, he attended Humber College and The University of Toronto. He studied jazz guitar with Reg Schwager, Jim Hall, Adam Rogers and many others. Over the course of his professional career he has played on over 20 albums and toured extensively across Canada. Nate is a mentor to many aspiring guitarists from his home teaching studio and as a part time faculty member at Humber College.

He is also the co founder of the critically acclaimed Griffith Hiltz Trio. Their new album, ‘This is what you get’ was produced by the iconic Hawksley Workman due to be released in 2013. , His Hammond B3 quartet project Organic has held down a residency for over 5 years at the popular nightclub/rib joint Joe Mamas in the heart of Toronto’s theater district. Their debut album, ‘Live At Joe Mamas’, is slated for release May 29 & 30, 2013 at The Rex Hotel. Nate is also a busy freelance artist and works regularly with Alex Dean, Bernie Senensky, Terra Hazelton, Brandi Disterheft, Melissa Lauren, Ryan Oliver, Johnny Griffith, Jill Barber and Patrick Boyle to name a few.


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Monday, April 23rd

Monday, April 23rd

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James Bayford

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
James Bayford (saxophone/clarinet)
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D'Arcy Wickham hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
D'Arcy Wickham (voice/guitar)

Signup at 7pm.

Every Monday, all artists are welcomed to sign up and share their songs, poetry, prose or comedy act on Toronto's longest-running open stage; local artists, or those visiting Toronto are encouraged to attend. Here are some of the artists who started their careers at the Free Times open stage: Jason Fowler, Jory Nash, Kat Goldman, Ron Sexsmith, Emm Gryner, Laura Fernandez, Sarah Slean, Noah Zacharin, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra.

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


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Trevor Giancola Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Trevor Giancola (guitar), Jon Meyer (bass), Eric West (drums)

Trevor Giancola
Guitarist Trevor Giancola is becoming a staple of Toronto's thriving jazz and creative music scene. He has performed as a member the Mike Murley Quartet, the Kelly Jefferson Quartet, Boptarts featuring Seamus Blake, Trevor Falls Collective, The Trevor Giancola Quartet and Trio, Josh Cole 4tet, Monk's Music, and others. He has shared the stage with Sophie Millman, Dave Douglas, Seamus Blake, John Abercrombie, Neil Swainson, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Donny McCaslin, PJ Perry, Jim Vivian, Barry Elmes, Jon Maharaj, Ethan Ardelli, Kieran Overs, Devon Henderson, Dan Fortin, Fabio Ragnelli, Jake Wilkinson, Jon Meyer, and Pat LaBarbera, among others. Trevor has been featured on CBC Radio 1, BT Breakfast Television, and Canada AM with Sophie Millman. The Trevor Giancola Quartet showcases original music and has been performing at clubs and Jazz Festivals since 2004. Trevor received his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from TRU via Humber College and has studied with Ben Monder, Lage Lund, Gilad Hekselman, Mike Moreno, Reg Schwager, Drew Gress, John Abercrombie, and other Toronto-based guitarists.


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Tuesday, April 24th

Tuesday, April 24th

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Emily Steinwall's YALA Ft. Sage Horsey + Mingjia Chen Duo

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Emily Steinwall (saxophone), Yunjin Claire Lee (piano), Hayden Farrar (bass), Eric West (drums), Sage Horsey (dance)

Mingjia Chen (voice), Andrew Chung (voice/violin/viola)

An evening of original compositions from two of the city's most exciting young voices, Emily Steinwall and Mingjia Chen. This is the debut of Steinwall's newest project as a composer, YALA, a fiery new jazz quartet which weaves together influences as diverse as Alice Coltrane, Joni Mitchell and Esperanza Spalding. The group will be accompanied by the movements of Sage Horsey, a prodigious dancer from Burlington, Vermont.

Emily Steinwall
Emily Steinwall is a saxophone player, vocalist, flautist and bandleader based in Toronto, and is quickly establishing herself as a strong force in the jazz community. In 2017, Emily was named one of CBC's "35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35" at only 22 years old, and was the recipient of the prestigious Mary Alice Stewart Award (presented by JazzFM91.1). She has a deep respect and connection to the jazz tradition while still maintaining a fresh approach to improvising and composing.

Steinwall performs frequently in a diverse collection of groups as both a side-woman and leader. Her newest project, YALA, is a sharp turn from her past work as a composer with a genre-bending sound that is heavily influenced by the music of John and Alice Coltrane, and features for the first time her abilities as a lyricist. She was deeply inspired by the unparalleled power of nature which she felt in the jungles Yala National Park (Sri Lanka), and intends to use this project as a vehicle to explore the forces of nature which she channels through her body.

Mingjia Chen
Mingjia Chen (pronounced MING-jee-yah) is an improvising vocalist, composer, lyricist and teacher an active contributor to the ever-growing Toronto music scene. Recognized for her technical and stylistic versatility, she has performed with and composed for her own chamber ensemble Tortoise Orchestra as well as a variety of groups such as the science of what ?, SonuSkapos Jazz Orchestra, and Celeste.

Sage Horsey
Originally from Woodstock, New York, Sage Horsey began her training with Saugerties Ballet Center in 1998. In 2006, she competed nationally with the award winning Energy Dance Company and joined their faculty in 2011.She studied with the Alvin Ailey American Dance School from 2007-2010, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy in 2011, and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet BFA in 2013. Between 2013-2014, she was a member of JUNTOS Collective and served as a choreographer for their international company as well as Assistant to the Director & Event Coordinator.

In 2014, Sage relocated to Burlington, Vermont where her first full length work, Soft Animals, premiered. Earlier that year she received her 200 RYT Yoga Teaching Certification from Sienna Smith and Djuna Mascall and began teaching students nationally. By 2016, her piece A Little Bird Told Me, co-created with Mollie Morgan had been nominated for an ACDA (American College Dance Association) Award.During 2016-2017, Sage trained with Rubberband Dance Group and Sidra Bell Dance New York. In February of 2017, she received the Maker's Space Grant from Keshet Dance Company and was an artist in residence at their New Mexico facility.

Sage has collaborated with renowned artists, musicians, dancers, and digital designers. Between 2014-2017, she joined the faculty at Urban Dance Complex, Laughing River Yoga, and Evolution Yoga. She has reached thousands of students worldwide and continues to teach contemporary, ballet, and improv techniques. Sage is currently a member of Erika Miller Performance Lab and serves as Project Manager for the company.


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Wednesday, April 25th

Wednesday, April 25th

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Aaron De Sousa

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Aaron De Sousa (voice/guitar)

Aaron De Sousa
Aaron De Sousa is a singer/songwriter with versatile repertoire of original music ranging from pop, rock & R&B. Born and raised in Toronto. Aaron has played various venues in the GTA including The Central, The Hot Box, The Rockpile and Toronto Pride! Check out Aaron's music! Share, like, and comment!!


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Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Peter Boyd (guitar/voice), Noah Zacharin (guitar/voice)

Peter Boyd
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."

Noah Zacharin
Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal and resides in Toronto. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, began performing at 14, and is happy to say that he still loves playing music. He has been called "a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist" (Paul Mills, Borealis Records, Producer (Stan Rogers, Oscar Peterson), a "wonderful, adventurous guitarist" (Blues Bytes), "a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for" (Penny Lang), "a great guitarist/singer/songwriter...a wonderfully musical player" (Randy Finney, President and Founder Toronto Fingerstyle Guitarist's Association), "in a league of his own" (Brian Gladstone, AD Winterfolk Festival), "one of the best songwriters this country has produced" (the late great Rick Fielding, recording artist, radio host) and "deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox" (Minor 7th).

Zacharin's recordings have garnered praise from fans and critics alike. silence spoken here (1997) was called "an understated classic...musical versatility and lyrical depth" (Xpress-Ottawa); Scene Roots and Blues dubbed aLIVE! (2000) "a real gem"; and a review of crow dark wind (2001) in Minor 7th elicited the following: "like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar...world-wise songwriting."


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Thursday, April 26th

Thursday, April 26th

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Art of the Piano: Robert Silverman

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Robert Silverman (piano)

Program
- Frédéric Chopin: Prelude in C# minor, Op. 45
- Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor, Op. 35 (Funeral March)
- Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 1, Op. 23
- Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise Fantaisie Op. 61
- Frédéric Chopin: 3 Waltzes Op. 64
- Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 4, Op. 52

Robert Silverman
In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Under the batons of such renowned conductors as Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, Gerard Schwarz, Neeme Järvi, Sergiu Comissiona, Zdenek Macal, and the late Kiril Kondrashin, he has appeared with orchestras on three continents, including the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, and every major orchestra in Canada.

Robert Silverman's discography includes over 30 CDs and a dozen LPs. His recording of Liszt's piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest, while his widely- acclaimed 10-CD recording of all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas was short-listed for a Juno Award. An integral recording of all the Mozart Sonatas was released in 2010. A more recent set of Beethoven sonatas, performed live, is available on-line, and an album of late Chopin works on the Isomike label is due for release this year.

In 2013 Silverman was appointed to the Order of Canada, an honour accorded to about 150 Canadians annually. Earlier, Robert Silverman was the first winner of the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry.

Robert Silverman was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia for thirty years, served a 5-year term as Director of the School of Music in the 1990s, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004. A long-standing Steinway artist, he is frequently heard on the CBC and has recorded for EMI, Stereophile, Marquis Classics, OrpheumMasters and CBC Records.


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Friday, April 27th

Friday, April 27th

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Blued Dharma

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Blued Dharma, Adrean Farrugia (piano), Joel Frahm (saxophone)

Canadian pianist Adrean Farrugia and American saxophonist Joel Frahm celebrate the release of Blued Dharma, an album of duets recorded in New York City in August of 2017. The album features new and previously unrecorded works by Farrugia, as well as explorations of standard songs from the Great American Songbook.

Adrean Farrugia
Pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada's most distinct voices on the piano. Fusing such diverse influences as Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Chick Corea, Phineas Newborn Jr., Hank Jones, Geri Allen, and Brad Mehldau he has forged a personal sound which generates dynamic sensitivity, hard-driving swing, and a powerfully creative statement. Adrean Farrugia began piano studies at the age of 13 in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Coming from a musical family his father Bruno is a professional drummer in the Hamilton music scene and his grandfather Joseph Ivan Arsenault was an accomplished Maritime fiddler. Since moving to Toronto in 1996 he has been in high demand as a freelance pianist and has performed/recorded with some of North America's greatest and diverse jazz artists including: Curtis Fuller, Tom Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Joel Frahm, Brad Goode, Kenny Wheeler, Darcy James Argue, Matt Dusk, Phil Dwyer, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Ian Froman, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Pat Labarbera.

Joel Frahm
Having made a name for himself through his associations with singer Jane Monheit and boyhood friend, pianist Brad Mehldau, Joel Frahm hones his own voice on this breakout recording. Joel has also worked with a vast array of musical peers and jazz legends including Maynard Ferguson, Betty Carter, Matt Wilson, Larry Goldings, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew Hill, Ben Allison, Pat Martino, Ingrid Jensen, Dena Derose, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Kyle Eastwood and many others.

Born in Racine, WI in 1969, Frahm attended the Mason Gross School for the Arts and earned his B.A. in Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music. He released three highly regarded CDs on Palmetto: The Navigator, Don't Explain (with Mehldau), and Sorry No Decaf. Don’t Explain, his latest, was the number one jazz release for radio play in the United States for two consecutive weeks in 2004, according to jazzweek.com airplay chart and also reached number one on college radio for one week, according to College Music Journal’s airplay chart. Joel was also recently selected in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll as a Rising Star in the category of tenor saxophone.

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Howard Gladstone Trio

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Howard Gladstone (voice/guitar), Laura Fernandez (voice), Tony Quarrington (voice/guitar/mandolin)

Laura Fernandez
Toronto-based Laura Fernandez- was born in Madrid, Spain. She is a singer, songwriter, pianist, painter, award-winning illustrator, radio host and producer. Laura had an international upbringing, living in Switzerland as a child and later immigrating to Calgary, where she spent her youth. Laura grew up in a household where art, creativity and culture were highly valued and encouraged.

Fernandez has completed studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music. She launched her debut album The Other Side in 2003, a mostly English-language collection of songs described as lyric-driven, melodic folk-rock-pop with a groove. She won the Best Soft Rock Award at the 2003 New York International Independent Music Festival, which included performances at Madison Square Gardens, She has performed at legendary venues such as the Knitting Factory and The Bitter End, and at festivals including The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Winterfolk, and the International World Music Festival in Cuba.

Fernandez more recently released her second album Un Solo Beso. The project was produced by the late Juno Award-winning producer Billy Bryans, recognized as one of Canada's leading Latin and world music promoters and DJs, and former co-leader and percussionist of The Parachute Club . Un Solo Beso, the discipline of pop-folk songwriting and the expansive sounds of Latin and jazz styles. Un Solo Beso features arrangements and playing by Juno award-winning pianist Hilario Duran, as well as guitarist/bandleader Luis Mario Ochoa, and keyboardist Roberto Linares Brown.

Fernandez is also the producer and host of Café Latino on Canada's premier Jazz station, JazzFM91 in Toronto. One of her concerts was recorded in 2012 by the CBC for the Canada Live concert series, and she has most recently been officially named to the Steinway Piano Artist roster, joining such artists as Billy Joel, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr. and Lang Lang, In naming Steinway Artists, Steinway & Sons chooses only pianists who demonstrate a high standard of excellence in their music.