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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, August 24th

Thursday, August 24th

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Geoffrey & Mark Clarfield

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Geoffrey Clarfield (voice/guitar), Mark Clarfield (voice/guitar)
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Raffael Pacitti

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Raffael Pacitti (voice)

Friday, August 25th

Friday, August 25th

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Red Pine Songwriters Showcase

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Amarella Bruce (voice/guitar), Lost & Profound, Mellissa Ellis (voice/guitar), Danny Vo (voice/guitar), Jae Cabreray (voice/guitar)
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Saturday, August 26th

Saturday, August 26th

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Django Futuro

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Django Futuro

Django Futuro
Django Futuro is a collective of professional musicians in Toronto, passionate about the exciting and intoxicating world of gypsy swing music and dancing. Made up of a diverse group of musicians, dancers and actors, Django Futuro strives to take you fully back in time, when the rhythm of the guitar was unceasing and the magic charm of the dance club was commonplace.


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Peter Oren & Bella Larsen

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Peter Oren (voice/guitar), Bella Larsen (voice/guitar)
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Sunday, August 27th

Sunday, August 27th

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Gypsy Jive Band

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.

Gypsy Jive Band
The Gypsy Jive Band plays klezmer ethno-fusion country & eastern. In playing klezmer music in smaller communities around Ontario, they have had to adapt klezmer for non-traditional audiences. Hence you would hear them play such classics as "Sweet Georgia Brownstein" or "Romania the Brave" or "Love Potion No. NEIN" or "An Irish Shmedley".


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Monk's Music

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Michael Davidson (vibraphone)

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.

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Virginia McDonald Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Virginia McDonald (clarinet)

Monday, August 28th

Monday, August 28th

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W!RED

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Nathan Corr (guitar), Peter Eratostene (bass), Kenneth Wong (drums)
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Wayne Neon hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Wayne Neon (saxophone/flute)

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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Karl Silveira Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Karl Silveira (trombone)

Karl Silveira
Karl completed his Undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto in 2009. He was also one of three trombonists selected to attend The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music led by Dave Douglas in 2008.

Since graduating, Karl has been a working as a freelance musician playing in many musical situations including Jazz Clubs, Weddings, Corporate events, Creative music showcases, Cruiseships and Music Festivals. He currently performs regularly with The Boxcar Boys, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Drumhand.

Karl has studied privately with a variety of professionals including Gordon Sweeney (principle Trombonist of the TSO), Terry Promane, William Carn, Jim Lewis, Kelesley Grant as well as Jamie Reynolds and Tom Richards.

Karl has also performed with many professionals including Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Alex Dean, Jackie Richardson, Dave King (The Bad Plus), Thomas Morgan, Osmany Paredes, Dave Douglas, Tim Ries, Renee Rosnes and Kirk McDonald.

Karl is based out of Toronto where he freelances as well arranges and composes music for his own creative projects.


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