Friday, March 23rd
Friday, March 23rd
Brahms for Three!
- Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
- Brahms: Viola Sonata No.2 in E Flat Major, Op.120
- Brahms: Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Cellist Erika Nielsen enjoys a multifaceted career as a chamber musician, collaborative artist, orchestral player, and educator. She has performed with Grammy-winning artist Kanye West, and Juno-winning artist Johnny Reid, and was recently on tour with The Musical Stage Company's Onegin: The Musical on tour at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. Recent international performances include Charlotte at the World Stage Design Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, 2017.
Erika was principal cellist of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra from 2011-13, and on faculty of the ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival in 2016. She has performed frequently with Westwood Concerts chamber series, and New Music series' such as Soundstreams, Spectrum Music, The Thin Edge New Music Collective, and Bicycle Opera Project.
Erika holds an Artist Diploma in cello performance from the Glenn Gould School, where she studied with David Hetherington, and a B.Mus (hon.) from Queen's University, with Wolf Tormann. Erika recently joined the 2018 cello faculty at National Music Camp, and performs on a JB Collin-Mézin cello from 1885.
Dr. Jelena Cingara is an experienced pedagogue and performer with over twenty years experience in USA and Canada. She has taught piano minors at The University level at The University of Utah School of Music, and served as the main accompanist for the String Division for The University of Utah Preparatory Division.
Jelena is currently a piano instructor at York University. She is also a winner of festivals, competitions, and teaching assistantships in both USA and Canada, such as: Kiwanis Peel and Davenport, as well as a third prize winner in both the piano concerto and small ensemble competition at The University of Toledo, Ohio.
As a performer, Jelena has recently performed solo recitals for: The Davis Arts Council, Mundi Project, and has completed a chamber music recital at The World Piano Teacher's Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, amongst many others. She has also attended music festivals across Europe such as: Interharmony, and Prague Piano Institute, and will attend La Balie Summer workshop in France. Recently her and Zoltan Csikos have won second place at the American Protege Competition, and will make their debut in Carnegie Hall in May, 2018. Her CD: Marko Tajcevic Seven Balkan Dances and Josip Slavenski Piano Sonata Op.4 can be found on amazon, spotify, and itunes. Jelena has a DMA in piano performance from The University of Utah, where she studied with Dr. Vedrana Subotic.
Emily Hiemstra (nee Walker) holds a Bachelor of Music in viola performance with Christine Vlajk and composition with Peter Hatch from Wilfrid Laurier University and an artist diploma in viola performance with Steven Dann at the Glenn Gould School in the Royal Conservatory, Toronto.
She has participated in festivals around the world including the German-Scandinavian Youth Orchestra in Berlin, Germany and the Canada India Youth Orchestra Project in Bangalore, India. She is also an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2012, 2013) on violin and viola respectively. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with orchestras such as the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra (Hamilton) and the London Symphonia.
In 2017 Ms Hiemstra performed the Stamitz Viola Concerto with the Charis Collective ensemble in Toronto, ON. She has also played in masterclasses for such world renowned violists Kim Kashkashian and Atar Arad and has performed in venues such as the Canadian Music Centre and Koerner Hall.
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Jeremy Parnell, with Myke Mazzei & Keira Loukes
Keira & Myke, Myke Mazzei (voice/guitar), Keira Loukes (voice)
Rustic alternative folk songwriter Jeremy Parnell returns to Ontario-- and Free Times Cafe-- to release his new album, RUGS.
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Saturday, March 24th
Saturday, March 24th
Dr. B's Acoustic Medicine Show
Join us for an intimate afternoon of great acoustic music, every Saturday.
We want to create a place for artists, friends, and fans to hang out.
Players Wanted Sign Up starts at 1:00
Come Out to Hear The Great Music
Come out to Meet Your Friends
Come Out to Play Some Tunes
The Room: It's a good listening room filled with creative energy to enjoy some great music, and a place for artists to come out to meet their friends.
Who Can Sign Up to Play: All artists welcomed. Come in and put your name on the sign-up sheet to reserve your spot.
Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty-five years as an artist, producer, festival director, and activist – thus brings experience and expertise from all sides of the stage. Growing up during the late 60’s roots revival helped to shape his morals and perspective on life.
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Down Where The Gravity Is
The folk trio Down Where The Gravity Is consists of siblings Darcy, Aaron and Kathleen Welch. They have been singing together and making music all their lives and perform a variety of covers and originals. They are excited to bring you an evening of music on March 24th at the Free Times Café and will be joined on stage with other performers all of them family and friends!
Sunday, March 25th
Sunday, March 25th
Jewish Brunch Buffet with The Horables
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 Horables play the celebratory dance music of Eastern European Jews, as well as Gypsy dance tunes and some Django style jazz. Rachel Sheinin (violin) Conny Nowe (mandolin) Rachel Melas (accordion and guitar) and Michael Kaler (upright bass) bring the music to life with thoughtful arrangements and a few tongue in cheek juxtapositions.The Horables have been playing Klezmer music together for about 5 years, at festivals, cafes, concerts and farmers markets. They released their CD "No Shirt No Shoes No Tsuris" in 2012.
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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.
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
Mark Godfrey Quintet
Raised in rural Southwestern Ontario, Mark Godfrey is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Jazz Performance Program. After moving to Toronto in 2006 he began studying Canadian bassists: Jim Vivian, Rich Brown and Dave Young. A participant in the 2010 Banff Centre for the Arts Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, Mark regularly works with a variety of Toronto-based ensembles in addition to his own group, Pram Trio. These include: Roarshaq, Ian Sinclair's "A Series of Tubes,", the Teri Parker Group, the Mackenzie Longpre Septet, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra the the Mike Butlin Band and the Yukon-based rock group Speed Control among others.
In addition to working as a freelance musician Mark also works as an educator. He currently teaches privately throughout the GTA and holds the bass instructor position at Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts in Brampton.
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Monday, March 26th
Monday, March 26th
Cast Iron Collective
Chris Adriaanse is a young and emerging bassist, composer and educator, who graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in music. While at York, he was awarded a York University Talent Scholarship, one of the Dean’s Prizes for Excellence in the Fine Arts, and the Oscar Peterson Scholarship for excellence in Jazz performance. In his final year, Chris was selected as one of the few participants of Jazz FM 91.1’s ‘Jazzology’ program.
Chris enjoys a busy schedule as a teacher, bassist and occasional trombonist in Barrie and the Toronto area. In addition to teaching private students, he regularly appears with groups such as Lullaby North (with album releases Walk in Spirals, 2011 and Speak in Tongues, 2013), The Chris Adriaanse Group, and Copycat, as well with various musicians, orchestras and theatre groups and as a freelance bassist.
Chris Gale is a nationally recognized saxophonist, composer, producer and educator whose driving style and rich tone can be heard on over one hundred and fifty recordings. As as leader and a sideman, Gale has performed around the globe in theatres, clubs and at festivals, impressing crowds with his lyrical sensibility and soulful approach.
Chris first picked up the alto saxophone at the age of 11, and by his mid-teens was playing with ska and blues bands in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. It was during these formative years that Chris became drawn to, and inspired by, jazz artists like Lester Young, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.
Gale continued to study jazz performance at Mohawk College, McGill University and the University of Toronto where he learned from, and apprenticed with, some of Canada's finest jazz musicians. It was at this point when Chris shifted to specializing on the tenor and baritone saxophones.
Since completing his studies, Gale has defined a career for himself as an in-demand recording artist and freelance performer. Highlights include recording, touring or sharing the stage with Randy Brecker, Blue Rodeo, Ron Sexsmith, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Colin James, Rob McConnell, Brandi Disterheft, Richard Underhill, Michael Kaeshammer, The Shuffle Demons and Jeff Healy. In addition, Chris has also opened for Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck and The Rolling Stones.
Though he has performed from Haifa to Honolulu, Chris is based in Toronto and is a member of three unique jazz collectives with which he composes, performs and collaborates. Buckaloose is an energetic Hammond B-3 quartet; The Worst Pop Band Ever is an experimental jazz group featuring turntablist LEO37; and Muhledy is an international jazz group with members hailing from Toronto, Chicago and New York.
As a solo artist, Chris Gale has one release to his credit titled "Strays Stays"(GD Productions – Toronto – 2001). "There's a stylish Ellington ensemble sound stirring here", writes Toronto Star jazz critic Geoff Chapman, and the title track is "beautifully done, with lush tenor work".
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Wayne Neon hosts Open Stage Mondays
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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Wednesday, March 28th
Wednesday, March 28th
Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin
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 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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