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John Rasky, 2 Man Submarine, The Candy Smokes

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
John Rasky (voice/guitar), 2 Man Submarine, The Candy Smokes
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Vokurka's Vicarious Virtuoso Violin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Ed Vokurka (violin), John Fletcher (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)

Ed Vokurka
Violinist Ed Vokurka's music is a unique blend of European classicism and North American Swing. He possesses a lyricism rarely found in a jazz violinist. In his eclectic approach to jazz, Ed is uniquely providing a missing link between his original classical training and the jazz world, which he embraces so passionately!


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Friday, July 21st

Friday, July 21st

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Best of the Open Stage with Shanika Maria, Jeff Dodman, Inez Hargaden

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Shanika Maria (voice/guitar), Jeff Dodman (voice/guitar), Inez Hargaden (voice/guitar)
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Saturday, July 22nd

Saturday, July 22nd

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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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Kennedy Station

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Kennedy Station

Sunday, July 23rd

Sunday, July 23rd

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Freileche Klezmer Band

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Freileche Klezmer 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.

Freileche Klezmer Band
This ensemble is a quintet of musicians gathered together by their love of Klezmer to share their talent and music with the world.

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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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Parc X Trio (Montréal)

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Parc X Trio, Alex Lefaivre (bass), Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier (piano), Mackenzie Longpre (drums)

Parc X Trio
Parc X trio, winners of the TD Grand Prize for Jazz from the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2010, are celebrating their fifth anniversary. For this special occasion, founding members Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier (piano and compositions) and Alex Lefaivre (double bass and compositions) have enlisted Alain Bourgeois (drums) for Parc X trio’s new project. This ambitious and large-scale project consists of two full albums as well as two short EPs that will be released throughout 2012 and 2013. Parc X trio have found their own unique voice in the contemporary jazz world with a sound heavily influenced by rock, urban beats and pop style melodies.


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Monday, July 24th

Monday, July 24th

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Aidan Funston Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Aidan Funston (guitar), Dillon Colter (drums), Thomas Hainbuch (bass)
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Signe Miranda hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Signe Miranda (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.

Signe Miranda
Originally from Belleville, Ontario, Signe began playing music at an early age and by fifteen was playing guitar and writing songs. She is the lead singer and guitarist of folk-rock-punk band Signe Miranda's Veranda and drummer in roots-rock band The Pickups. Signe has performed for audiences in Canada, the UK and Norway.


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Luan Phung Quintet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Luan Phung (guitar), Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass), James Hill (piano), Matt Chalmers (drums), Chris Rennie (saxophone)

Luan Phung
Luan Phung (born 1991in London, England) is a Toronto based improviser, composer, and guitarist who works in a broad spectrum of experimental idioms. Though his improvisational and compositional approach is often described as "polymetric", "complex" and "modern" his conception is deeply rooted in the jazz and classical tradition. His distinct music reflects his reverence of jazz artists such as Lester Young, Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, and John Coltrane, as well as composers such as J.S. Bach, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern, Olivier Messiaen, and Pierre Boulez. His exploration of serial/dodecaphonic and spectral/overtone language within improvisational contexts, puts him on the vanguard of 'up and coming' young artists.

As a young classical guitarist, he garnered many musical accolades including four consecutive Royal Conservatory of Music silver medals for the highest practical examination mark in the province, four time first place gold medals at Performing Arts BC, a finalist for the renowned Kay Meek scholarship Competition, and a national finalist at the Canadian Music Competition, among others. Luan was chosen to play in the TD Canada Trust High School Jazz Intensive, led by the anchor of Chicago's jazz scene, renowned and innovative flautist Nicole Mitchel and winning the CanFor scholarship in conjunction with the Vancouver International Jazz festival, as well as being chosen to play in the Ottawa Youth Summit All-star Band, led by Canadian trumpet maverick Jim Lewis and winning the Galaxie Rising Star award for jazz performance. He was awarded the Ten Quinlan Guitar Award at Humber College. In addition, Luan was recently chosen to perform at TEDxToronto 2012 in collaboration with Toronto hip hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD, whom he worked with on their latest album BBNG2.


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Wednesday, July 26th

Wednesday, July 26th

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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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