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Chelsea McBride Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Chelsea McBride (saxophone)

Chelsea McBride
Chelsea McBride is a Toronto-based, Vancouver-born and raised multi-instrumentalist and composer who has been playing and composing since she could talk and reach the piano keys. Her large ensemble compositions & arrangements have been featured at the regional and national level, including with Vancouver’s Dal Richards Orchestra and various ensembles at Humber College, where she currently studies.


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Sunday, September 23rd

Sunday, September 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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Raviv Leibzirer

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Raviv Leibzirer (piano)

Programme
- Robert Schumann: Carnaval op. 9
- Robert Schumann: Symphonic etudes op. 13
- Johannes Brahms: 6 piano pieces op. 118

Raviv Leibzirer
Raviv Leibzirer was born in Israel in 1987. He receivedd his first piano lessons at the age of seven and studied for ten years in the class of Mr. Philip Lurié at the Kiryat Tivon Conservatory.

After completing his military service in the IDF as an "Outstanding Musician," Raviv began his Bachelor studies at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music with Prof. Michael Bugoslavsky and Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky. He continued his studies with Mr. Daniel Hoexter and Ms. Irit Rimon.

Raviv has been supported by the Rotary Foundation between the years 1999-2004, received AICF scholarships between 2004- 2012, the Buchman-Hyman scholarship in 2012 and the Swiss Government Scholarship for Young Musicians.

In 2005 Raviv won the 2nd prize in the "Tel Hai International Master Classes" Competition, in 2008 won 1st prize in the "Piano Forever" Competition and in 2010 won 1st prize in the "Katz" Competition at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music.

In 2012 he won the "Grand Prize" as well as the "Audience Award" in the prestigious "Aviv" Competition held by the AICF.

Raviv performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Israel: The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, among others.

In 2014 he began his Master studies at the "Hochschule der Künste" in Zurich, Switzerland with Prof. Till Fellner, graduating in 2016 with distinction.

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Monk's Music

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
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Patrick Smith Quintet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Kaelin Murphy (trumpet), Noah Franche-Nolan (piano), Hayden Farrar (bass), Nick Fraser (drums), Patrick Smith (saxophone)

Patrick Smith
Saxophonist Patrick Smith has studied with such jazz icons as Ben Wendel, Mark Shim, Joel Frahm, Mike Murley, and Kelly Jefferson. He leads a number of his own groups including the Patrick Smith Quintet, SHDW CLN, Patrick Smith Standards Band, as well co-leading Urbania Octet and Smith/Steinwall Quartet. In addition to his own groups, Smith is an in demand freelance saxophonist who is a member of the international touring band My Son the Hurricane as well as many other bands including Chelsea Mcbride's Socialist Night School, Eighth Street Orchestra, T. Dot. Bangerz Brass, and Brother Levon. He has performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Ottawa Jazz Festival and opened for jazz greats Chick Corea and Seamus Blake. In 2016, Smith was a featured soloist alongside Dave Liebman and Norma Winstone on the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra's album Sweet Ruby Suite. Some of his accolades include the SUBA Institute Award for Performance Excellence, the Anne and Wallace McLeod scholarship, and the Stingray Rising Star award from the Ottawa Jazz Festival. In September 2018 he will be releasing a debut EP featuring his originals quintet and is working towards recording Spherical Drifting, an hour-long programmatic piece for jazz quartet and strings.

Monday, September 24th

Monday, September 24th

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Nomad (Montréal)

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Nomad
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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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Nick Fraser Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Nick Fraser (drums), Emily Denison (trumpet), Josh Cole (bass), Karen Ng (saxophone)
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Tuesday, September 25th

Tuesday, September 25th

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Little Mahagonny: A tribute to Kurt Weil

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Suzy Smith (piano), Cailin McCaughey (voice), Alida Doornberg (voice), Chan Horrobin (voice), Edward LaRocque (voice), Handaya Rusli (voice), Daniele Rae Acebuque (voice)

Wednesday, September 26th

Wednesday, September 26th

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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, September 27th

Thursday, September 27th

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Music from Norway

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Rebekah Wolkstein (violin), Tom King (piano)

Works by Grieg, Tveitt, Olé Bull, Svendsen and traditional folk music on the Hardanger fiddle, a beautiful and resonant nine-string Norwegian instrument.

Rebekah Wolkstein
Celebrated for her stunning virtuosity, nuance and broad musical versatility, Wisconsin-born violinist, Rebekah Wolkstein has established a strong presence on the Toronto music scene. As a Classical violinist, Rebekah has performed and toured extensively with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, and in recitals with Russell Braun.

An active studio musician, Rebekah is also at home playing in the styles of Folk, Klezmer, Pop, Latin, and Jazz and can be heard on numerous recordings. She has also performed and collaborated on theatre productions including award-winning shows with playwright/actress, Tracey Erin Smith.

Tom King
Toronto-based pianist Tom King was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his post-secondary piano studies at the University of Alberta with pianist Stephane Lemelin. He then spent time in Bergen, Norway at the Grieg Academy, and in Oslo concentrating his studies on Scandinavian music with some of Norway's finest pianists. Tom later returned to Canada and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa studying with Andrew Tunis. He holds a Masters of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Western Ontario where he studied with pianist John Hess. Tom has spent time in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts studying with pianists Angela Cheng and Anton Kuerti among others and has been heard in recital on CBC radio. As well being in demand as a collaborative pianist and teacher, he has worked as an orchestral pianist for the Edmonton Symphony, has performed with acts such as the Pointer Sisters and Petula Clark, and is also an accomplished jazz pianist having performed throughout Canada including performances at the Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal International Jazz Festivals.


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