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Wednesday, June 26th

Wednesday, June 26th

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The Dinks

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
The DINKS, Brother Paul (guitar/voice), Jen Carstairs (drums/voice)

The DINKS
The DINKS are: Brother Paul Faulkner: Vocals, Harp, Guitar and Drummer Girl Jen Carstairs: Vocals, Drums, Percussion. The duo was created in an effort to never leave home for rehearsals, and to keep Manager/Security person, Dylan the Jack Russell Terrorist, constantly supplied with kibble and treats. The DINKS have played at LOLA in Kensington Market, Dave's On St Clair, and Relish Bar and Grill on the Danforth. Coming soon to a live music establishment near you!

Brother Paul
Brother Paul is a proud purveyor of authentic Country, Folk, and Blues music. Armed with a National Resonator, as well as some noisy Gibson Electrics & vintage Fender amplifiers, he hopes to free the world with the emancipating power of Americana Roots Music.

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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, June 27th

Thursday, June 27th

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Youth Jazz Canada: National Combo

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Youth Jazz Canada
Youth Jazz Canada provides talented Canadian youth interested in jazz performance with the opportunity to develop their talent, network with peers and professionals at the highest performance level and acquire a greater awareness of the music industry without leaving the country. Exceptionally talented students will be able to use the training as a stepping-stone to other national and international opportunities.

Small group jazz performance is an aural art form that is rich in an interactive style of performance and improvisation passed from master to student throughout its history. Internationally, professional jazz musicians represent the one of the highest forms of artistic achievement and their performance careers span a broad range of commercial areas including touring artists, recording artists, studio musicians, pit orchestra members, jingle writers, composers, commercial bands and jobbing musicians.

Historically, the Canadian music scene has been a vibrant and viable industry supporting local, national and international artists in both the classical and commercial fields of music. While opportunities have long existed for the classical music student to further their skills through regional and national training programs, competitions and performance opportunities, few such opportunities exist for students in the commercial/jazz field.

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Robert Lee Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Rob Lee (bass)
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Friday, June 28th

Friday, June 28th

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Harley Card

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Harley Card (guitar)

Harley Card
Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist, composer, and freelance musician. As a contributor to the creative music scene in Toronto for the past decade, Harley has played with many artists including; Richard Underhill, Alex Dean, Alex Samaras, William Carn, Michael Herring, Sarah Jerrom, Michael Davidson, Don Scott, David Virelles, Felicity Williams, Dave Clark, Carlie Howell, Jon Challoner, Colin Power, RJ Sachnanathan, Ian Sinclair, Kurt Neilson, Matt Newton, Dan Fortin, Ernesto Cervini, Ben Dietschi, Jesse Malone, Dan Gaucher, Caitlin Smith, and Scott Kemp among others.

Harley is a member/composer for the Toronto groups; Hobson's Choice, The Harley Card Trio, The Harley Card Quintet, God's Gift To Yoda, and Stoptime. Each ensemble has performed extensively in Canada and released multiple recordings. Hobson's Choice's recent Barnyard Records release; "Of The Waves", was premiered at The 2012 TD Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival.


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Fuat TUAÇ jazz trio

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Fuat Tuaç (voice), Jordan O'Connor (bass)
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An Evening with Robi Botos and Tim Ries

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Robi Botos (piano), Tim Ries (saxophone)

Tim Ries
Saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Tim Ries received degrees from both The University of North Texas (BM) and The University of Michigan (MM). He has had a unique and varied career, which began in 1983 with the great Maynard Ferguson. Tim moved to New York City in 1985 and since that time his performing and recording credits include a who's who of jazz, rock, pop and world music icons: The Rolling Stones from 1999 to the present, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Michael Jackson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovette, and jazz greats Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Chico Hamilton, Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Tony Bennett, Louie Bellson, Dave Liebman, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Bela Szakcsi Lakatos and Maria Schneider.

Robi Botos
Born into a musical Romani (Gypsy) family in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, the mainly self-taught Robi Botos (27) began his musical career when he was just a child, playing drums, and percussion with his father and two brothers. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano, the instrument he has since mastered and with which he has made his mark. Robi's notable performances include: Concert at the Long Beach convention and entertainment centre. Opening concert for Bela Fleck, Stanley Clark, and Jean Luc Ponty, at the 2005 International Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival on the main stage. As well in the same year Robi opened for Oscar Peterson at the prestigious Stravinsky hall in Montreaux Switzerland. Since immigrating to Canada in 1998, Robi has made great contributions to Canada's jazz scene. He has been featured with many local and international greats including: Pat Labarbera, Marcus Belgrave, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Blood Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Donald Walden, Archie Alleyne, Dougie Richardson, Roberta Gambarini, Peter Appleyard, Jackie Richardson, Jake Langley, Vito Rezza, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villenueve, Dennis Coffey, John Lamb, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Peter Cardinali, Toots Thielemans, Guido Basso, Avishai Cohen, and Richard Bona to name a few.


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Root Down Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Root Down Trio

Root Down Trio
Root Down Trio brings three fine veteran, soulful musicians and vocalists together for a unique sound reminiscent of the era when pop and rock grooves were injected with the swing of roots music. All three players are featured on vocal numbers and classic instrumentals with influences ranging from all the great decades of music. Watch them as they lay the root and groove down.

Saturday, June 29th

Saturday, June 29th

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Karandeep Jhand Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Karandeep Jhand (guitar)
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Music and Poetry

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Dina Duisen (piano), Rob Heaps (voice/poetry)

Programme:

Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in F sharp minor, K.25
Sonata in G major, K.201
Paired with Basil Bunting

Sergei Rachmaninov
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.3 No.2
Prelude in G sharp minor, Op.32 No.12
Paired with Alexander Pushkin and Ivan Bunin (in Russian)

Frederic Chopin
Mazurka in A minor, Op.17 No.4
Mazurka in B flat major, Op.7 No.1
Paired with Victor Hugo (in French)

Ludwig van Beethoven
Appassionata, Op.53 Third movement
Paired with Lord Byron


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Katou

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Katou (voice/guitar)

Barcelona-based Canadian singer-songwriter Katou presents "Spirit Rubble," a new repertory of original songs about the spirit yearning for freedom, communion, and finding its own little place in the grand scheme of things.

SPIRIT RUBBLE
These songs are the fruit of a time of transition,
born out of the rubble that follows rupture,
in the space that is created when all around you falls.

Through fire and desert, underwater and into darkness,
below a sky of rain and the meeting of souls,
we finally go inwards to find a garden within,
awaiting our care.

Messy stories of the heart,
touching the timeless themes of love and loss,
they speak of the spirit yearning for freedom, communion,
and finding its own little place in the grand scheme of things.

Katou
For the last 15 years, songwriting has accompanied her as a kind of diary. Inspired by wandering balladeers, she began living her dream of singing on the street 10 years ago, first playing her own music, then collaborating in different projects. From 2012-2017, she sang in the group Radio Fanjul, performing old, popular songs from around the world and recording 3 albums. After a few years' break from songwriting, Katou returns to give voice to "Spirit Rubble."


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Sunday, June 30th

Sunday, June 30th

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Ariel Shetzen Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Ariel Shetzen (voice), Chris Brinton (bass), Ben Hognestad (piano)
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Chung Meets RANCH

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
RANCH, Jacob Chung (saxophone), Tymish Koznarsky (saxophone), Nick Forget (trombone), Jeremy Hucal (keyboard), Leighton Harrell (bass), Mateo Mancuso (drums)

Jacob Chung
Toronto saxophonist/composer Jacob Chung (b. 2000) is establishing himself as an engaging contemporary voice, having been named to the 2018 National Youth Jazz Combo and the 2017 Conn-Selmer Centerstage Band, as well as awarded the 2018 Yamaha Passion and Performance Award and the 2017 Rico Golden Reed Award. Jacob continues to refine his craft at the University of Toronto as a 2018 BMO National Scholar where he has studied privately with John Johnson and played under the direction of Kelly Jefferson, Jason Logue, and Gord Foote. As an alumnus of the JazzFM91 Youth Big Band, Jacob has played in festivals including the Toronto Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, and Niagara Jazz Festival and at venues such as Koerner Hall, Isabel Bader Theatre, Lula Lounge, the Old Mill Inn, and the Rex. He is also a graduate of the Humber College Community Music School, where he studied with and played under the direction of Jeff King, Kenji Omae, Luis Deniz, Lorne Lofsky, and Kirk MacDonald. Jacob has played alongside the likes of Dennis Mackrel, Rich Perry, Randy Brecker, Ron Westray, Robi Botos, and Tim Hagans.

Jacob's music is as inspired by traditional standard song-form as it is modern art-music. He writes music about people, places, and moments, and having lived in Toronto his entire life, his music is deeply connected to this city he calls home.


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Monday, July 1st

Monday, July 1st

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Myke Mazzei hosts Canada Day Open Stage - Bring your songs about Canada

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Myke Mazzei (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.


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William Carn

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
William Carn (trombone)

William Carn
Trombonist William Carn has emerged as one of Canada's leading contemporary jazz trombonists and composer. He has performed internationally as well as throughout Canada. His debut release, Other Stories, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award as Traditional Jazz Album of the Year. He has also been nominated for Trombonist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards from 2004 to 2008.

As a bandleader, William currently leads several groups; the William Carn Quintet and a new quartet Run Stop Run, both featuring some of Canada's finest musicians. The William Carn Quintet includes Kelly Jefferson, saxophones; David Braid, piano; Jon Maharaj, bass; and Anthony Michelli, drums. The WCQ has toured across Canada and has become an established fixture in the Canadian jazz landscape. Run Stop Run showcases a trombone and guitar frontline along with bass and drums. This exciting group features the talents of Don Scott, guitar; Jon Maharaj, bass; and Ethan Ardelli, drums.

He has performed and recorded with international jazz artists including Rob McConnell, Randy Brecker, David Binney, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Mike Murley, Tim Hagans, Barry Harris, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Vince Mendoza, Don Braden, Mike Murley, Hilario Duran, Emile-Claire Barlow, Dionne Taylor, Andrew Downing, Jim McNeely, and John Clayton.


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