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Un Sospiro – Italian Art Songs

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Julie Nesrallah (voice), Caroline Léonardelli (harp)

Renowned mezzo soprano and CBC Radio host Julie Nesrallah and JUNO Award nominated harpist Caroline Léonardelli have a new program of Italian Art Songs. The recording has just been released and this is the premiere performance in Toronto. The program features eight different composers with Verdi, Puccini, and Respighi writing their songs as a way to launch their career operatic and symphonic careers while Tosti and Leoncavallo forged a career of song composition. The songs range from very well known to the obscure with subjects ranging from love, romance and joy to betrayal, scorn and death. Art songs are written for piano. These songs have been arranged for harp. Caroline completed most of the arrangements herself and a number are in their premiere on the instrument.

Caroline's last solo harp recording Impressions de France has been selected by Apple music editors to be on their top playlist for the instrument and her previous recording El Dorado received a JUNO Award nomination for Classical Album of the Year Solo or Small Ensemble.

Julie and Caroline toured their previous programs Panache and Impressions de France at major festivals and series throughout Canada and are looking forward to performances of these Italian songs.

Program
- Giuseppe Verdi: Deh, pietoso, oh Addolorata – Sei romanze
- Giuseppe Verdi: In Solitaria stanza – Sei romanze
- Giuseppe Verdi: Giacomo Puccini – E l'uccellino
- Ruggero Leoncavallo: Canzone d'amore
- Ruggero Leoncavallo: Mattinata
- Ottorino Respighi: Nebbie
- Paolo Tosti: Donna vorrie morir
- Paolo Tosti: Lasciami! Lascia Ch'io Respiri
- Claudio Monteverdi: Lasciatemi morire
- Claudio Monteverdi: Geminiano Giacomelli
- Claudio Monteverdi: Sposa son disprezzata

Julie Nesrallah
A singer, actress and broadcaster, Julie Nesrallah is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world. Miss Nesrallah débuted at Carnegie Hall with harpist Caroline Léonardelli in March 2015. She is also the recipient Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada. On July 1, 2011 Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen for His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Princess Kate. She has also performed An Evening for Peace in Montreal for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan. Miss Nesrallah is the Executive Producer and star of Carmen on Tap, a company she created that performs the opera Carmen as dinner theatre.


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Austin Bassarath

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Austin Bassarath (saxophone)

Austin Bassarath
As an established young tenor saxophonist at the forefront of the Toronto jazz scene, Austin Bassarath brings a unique, melodic voice to the jazz world. Having played music since taking piano lessons at the tender age of 3, Austin's love for music spans almost his entire life. Austin's music and musicianship is immensely informed by his studies with world-class saxophonists Mike Murley, Kirk Macdonald, Kelly Jefferson, Ben Wendel and Dino Govoni.

Today, Austin frequently plays as both a leader and sideman at recognized venues in Toronto including but not limited to: The Rex, The Emmet Ray, 120 Diner, The Jazz Bistro, The Cavern, Annette Studios, The Central, and many more. Austin has also made appearances at numerous venues in Italy and Boston.

He is currently in his final year studying Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Kelly Jefferson, and has previously studied at Berklee College of Music.

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Beethoven Violin Sonatas

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Atis Bankas (violin), Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan (piano)

Program
- Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30
- Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer)"
- Violin Sonata No. 10 in G, Op. 96

Atis Bankas
Violin Canadian-Lithuanian violinist extraordinaire, Mr. Bankas has performed as a soloist in Canada, Europe, the United States, Korea, Japan, the former Soviet Union, and with orchestras under the direction of Nejme Jarvi, Iona Brown, Andrew Davis, and JoAnn Falletta among many others. Chamber music collaborators include pianists A. Laplante, S. Goodyear, R. Silverman, R. McDonald, N. Kogan, among many others. Atis Bankas is dedicatee of numerous new works by composers such as G. Kulesha, H. Freedman, D. Varelas, M. Bronner, V. Bartulis, A. Navakas, G. Samsonas, D. Hyman, S. Burbi, A. Shenderovas, P. Tiefenbach, and many others.

On international scene 2017-18 season highlights include solo and chamber music performances in Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Lithuania. Atis Bankas s the first violinist of the Gould String Quartet, member of Potsdam Trio, and leader of Ensemble CamerAtis.

Atis Bankas is the Founder and Artistic Director of Music Niagara, a highly regarded annual international summer music festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan
Praised as "an admirably gifted performer'' by Yuri Temirkanov, "a pianist of great talent, having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality" by Mikhail Pletnev and a "true artist" by Yefim Bronfman, Victoria is the winner of The Stravinsky Piano Competition at the age of 13, Andorra Piano Competition, E-Piano Competition in Minneapolis and I International Piano Competition In Korea among others.

As a soloist, Victoria has performed with major orchestras in concert halls such as the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw, Koeln Philharmonic, Nuernberg Meistersinger Hall, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Salle Pleyel in Paris and concertized throughout Russia, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, France, Azerbaijan and Korea under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Mark Gorenstein, Pavel Kogan, Arnold Katz, Nikolai Alekseev, Maxim Shostakovich, Vladimir Ziva, Alexander Vedernikov, Mark Russell Smith, Charles Ansbacher and Laurent Petitgirard.

Two recent recordings featuring Beethoven Piano Concertos by Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan were released under Art Classic Company label and received critical acclaim for its distinguished imagination and stylistic precision.


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Gordon's Acoustic Living Room

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Gordon's Acoustic Living Room
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Somewhere There Presents: Wire Circus

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Wire Circus, Derek Gray (drums/percussion), Patrick O'Reilly (guitar), Edwin Sheard (saxophone)

Wire Circus
Patrick O'Reilly's Wire Circus is a contemporary sax/guitar/drums trio that present their own pixelated ideas concerning composition and improvisation. The groups focus is on developing original material that pushes the boundaries of this unorthodox instrumentation. The trio's interplay, a culmination of their longstanding collaborative history, aims to challenge the perceived limits of creative music while also communicating with, and engaging listeners.

Somewhere There
Somewhere There is a collective of Toronto-based musicians who present, support, and celebrate creative music-making.

Monday, October 22nd

Monday, October 22nd

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Sophia Smith Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Sophia Smith (saxophone)
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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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Brendan Davis, Sophia Perlman, Ted Quinlan, Chris Gale

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Brendan Davis (bass), Sophia Perlman (voice), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Chris Gale (saxophone)

Ted Quinlan
Ted Quinlan is respected as one of Canada’s most multi-faceted jazz musicians, highly skilled as a solo jazz guitarist, session player, writer, and dedicated educator. He is a sought-after sideman, frequently appearing with the “who’s who” of Canadian jazz artists on concert stages, in clubs, and in jazz festivals from coast-to-coast. Throughout his abiding career, he has performed with some of the biggest international jazz stars including Freddie Baker, Chet Baker, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco. His recording credits are numerous, highlighted by performances on Doug Riley’s famous Con Alma CD “Con Alma” and as one of six major Canadian jazz guitarists featured on Radioland Records’ compilation CD A Tribute to Wes Montgomery.

Chris Gale
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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Wednesday, October 24th

Wednesday, October 24th

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Zing! Zing! Zing!: Yiddish Folk Singalong

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Zing! Zing! Zing!

Zing! Zing! Zing!
Pop-up choir led by Hartley Wynberg and Rachel Sheinin.

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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, October 25th

Thursday, October 25th

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Bossa Tres

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Bossa Tres, Victor Monsiváis (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)

Bossa Tres
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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Friday, October 26th

Friday, October 26th

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Dan Pitt / Alex Lakusta

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Dan Pitt (guitar), Alex Lakusta (bass)
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Chris Lowry & The Echo Tones

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Chris Lowry (voice/guitar), The Echo Tones

Chris Lowry
Chris Lowry's CD of folk ballads and blues classics, The Road Back Home, was produced in collaboration with David Woodhead and is available on Bandcamp. While enjoying a successful career as a media producer, Chris performs regularly at Toronto venues including the Tranzac Club, the Free Times Café, the Paintbox Bistro, the Brewers Plate, hosting an annual benefit concert at the beautiful Sharon Temple near Newmarket as well as playing at various local-sustainable community events such as City Cider, Strawberries and Asparagus, and the Appletree market.


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Saturday, October 27th

Saturday, October 27th

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Dr. B's Acoustic Medicine Show

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Brian Gladstone (voice/guitar)

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
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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Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Marc Pierre Toth (piano)

Programme
- Beethoven: Sonate No. 4 op. 7 in E flat (Grand Sonata)
- Beethoven: Sonate No. 14 op. 27 in C minor (Moonlight)
- Beethoven: Sonate No. 26 op. 81a in E flat major (Les Adieux)
- Beethoven: Sonate No. 31 op. 110 in A flat Major

Marc Pierre Toth
Gaining increasing popularity with French, German, Italian and English-speaking audiences for his entertaining and informative Concert-Lecture Series "What is so great about Classical Music?", Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies at the appropriate time. He has finished several performance diplomas including a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance at the world-reknowned 'Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater' in Hannover, where he has taught piano since 2007. He has recently become a Faculty member at the Frankfurt Conservatory, and has also been a Professor at Laval University.

As the 3rd ranked Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc. Prizes in other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d'Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition, the Rome Chopin Competition, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and the Chopin Society International Competition in Germany etc.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, Mr.Toth holds several degrees from the Hannover Hochschule where he studied with Einar Steen-Nokleberg and Gerritt Zitterbart. He also graduated magna cum laude from the Master's Program at the University of Toronto as a student of the brilliant Marietta Orlov(classmate of Dinu Lipatti), and holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Kaemmerling, Devoyon, Nakamura, Satz, Krpan, Vardi, Rohmann, Nicolet, Norris, Browning, Bilson, Zhou, Salzmann, etc. and was selected to attend the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Masterclass in Positano with John O'Conor.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Canada, Italy, China and Russia. He has performed in recitals throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and South America, and has been invited for his first Tour of China in 2013.

After the successes of the "Goldberg-das Ballett" project, "Fluechtige Visionen" to the music of S.Prokofiev, and "BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin" in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach "Preludes&Fugues" Project in Linz, all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Joerg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the "4Beethoven 4" project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra, and the "A Propos Bach" Project which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009. Mr.Toth was a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, and more recently the Coppa Pianistico national and international Competitions in Italy 2012. In 2002 he made his debut as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America and has given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Bogota, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Asia.

Mr. Toth has also recently begun his Complete Beethoven Cycle in Germany and Canada. He has also recorded Beethoven's Op.2 Sonatas and a classical variations CD(Haydn,Mozart, Beethoven)on the fortepiano for the Klassik Label as well as a Violin & Piano collaboration with Christoph Seybold on the TUNAP label.


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D'Arcy Wickham

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

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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