Lovely Linda Saslove 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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A recipient of the Toronto Jazz Festival's Special Projects Initiative award for 2016, AVATAAR's music marries classical Indian music, modern jazz, Brazilian lyricism, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. Cleverly layered and cinematic in scope, the music drives and swirls through a vast sonic palette and has drawn comparison to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Charles Lloyd, Keith Jarrett with Jan Garbarek, late Coltrane, and Oregon. The resulting confluence is a mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody that marries ancient and modern musical sounds.
AVATAAR's core personnel includes: Sundar (saxes and flutes), Michael Occhipinti (guitar), Felicity Williams (vocals), Justin Gray (bass and bass veena) , Ravi Naimpally (tablas and percussion), and Max Senitt (drums). Guests on the recording 'Petal' include; Robi Botos (piano) and Samidha Joglekar (Hindustani voice).
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Wednesday, January 24th
Wednesday, January 24th
Blythwood Strikes Back: A Darth Vader Holiday
Toronto-based wind quintet premiering new works and dedicated to educational performances.
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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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Thursday, January 25th
Thursday, January 25th
Bossa Três has been performing Bossa Nova and Brazilian Samba classics, as well as a variety of Brazilian rarities and original material since 2001. Their repertoire draws from the greatest of the Brazilian composers and performers like Ary Barroso, Dorival Caymmi, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendoça, João Gilberto, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso.
Bossa Três leader Victor Monsivais: vocalist, songwriter, guitarist; has been playing and singing Bossa Nova for over forty years, in particular the music of Antônio Carlos Jobim who, along with Thelonious Monk and Jimmy Van Heusen, is one of his favorite composers. The Trio consists of Victor, who sings Jobim's songs in their original Portuguese versions and plays the guitar with the true Bossa beat; bassist Frank Sants who plays a deep and mellow-toned bass, and drummer/percussionist Federico Monsivais who plays with a soft, classical feel, yet, with the attack and syncopation of authentic Latin rhythm.
The rarely heard hard-smooth Brazilian and Latin percussion of Bossa Três recreates the atmosphere of a quiet night in Copacabana... the mood of a Carnival in Bahia...a hot Tropicana session in La Habana, or the romance of a classical jazz evening. Bossa Três' performances bring life to the pieces they play, creating an aura of "alegría and saudade" which are the two basic ingredients of Brazilian music. Bossa Três often appears as a quartet or quintet featuring talented guest musicians, this evening, pianist Dan Farrell and Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute player Brendan Cassidy, both a perfect fit to Jobim's music and long time Victor's associates, will be joining the ensemble.
Many have said that listening to Bossa Três is like being transported to a warm evening in Rio De Janeiro in the fifties…
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Saturday, January 27th
Saturday, January 27th
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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Max Woolaver Birthday Party
Born in the Maritimes, Max began his career in England and after a return to the Maritimes, now makes the Toronto area his home. Max has been featured on all the major roots radio stations in Toronto, including CBC Toronto & Ottawa . You can find Max at his monthly gig at the Free Times Cafe or at the Moonshine Cafe in Oakville . He has also performed at The Winterfolk Festival, the Tranzac , The Music Gallery , as part of the Wavelength series and at the Cameron House .
Max is a recipient of a FACTOR New Talent award. His 6th album of original songs, Nazca Hummingbird, will be released in June 2013.
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Sunday, January 28th
Sunday, January 28th
Jewish Brunch Buffet with Tamar Ilana
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.
Tamar Ilana grew up traveling and performing with her mother, ethnomusicologist Dr. Judith R. Cohen. At five she began singing Sephardic, Balkan and Medieval music, and at eight, she began studying Flamenco dance with Esmeralda Enrique in Toronto. In 2007, while living in Barcelona, she put singing and flamenco together, and studied cante with Montse Cortés. She has since spent a year at the renowned Cristina Heeren Flamenco Arts Foundation in Seville, Spain, and studied with such masters as Arcángel, Rocío Márquez, Calixto Sánchez, Pilar Ogalla, Andrés Peña, Rubio de Pruna and Rocío Molina, to name a few. Tamar regularly lives and studies in Spain and performs across Canada with various companies including the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, Flamenguitos del Norte, the Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble, Los Amigos de Pilar, and the Fedora Upside-Down collective. Tamar's musical life comes together in Ventanas.
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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