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60's Folk Revival: The Greatest Hits Of Peter, Paul and Mary

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Sue & Dwight, Henry Lees (voice/guitar), Tony Laviola (bass)

In place of our regular monthly 'Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone?' show, we will be presenting 'The Greatest Hits Of Peter, Paul and Mary', with songs spanning their 40+ year career. Singer, Henry Lees joins Sue and Dwight as the third voice to recreate the group's innovative harmonies, and Tony Laviola will accompany on double bass. Cover is $15 cash at the door. Songsheets will be provided. Dinner reservations are recommended to ensure a seat. The 'Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone?' gang will return on Wednesday, December 5th when Michelle is back from touring out west.

Sue & Dwight
Sue and Dwight are a folk roots duo, originally from Winnipeg and now living in Toronto. Their music is strongly influenced by their journey from the prairies to the big city and travel in East Africa. Lyrics are honest and insightful with themes of peace, courage, and social justice, conveyed through rich harmonies. Through gentle persuasion the songs remind us not to lose sight of what’s really important in the world. Without pretension, they share their songs and stories while creating a warm atmosphere at their live shows. Rich harmonies are front and centre in their musical arrangements, supported by laid-back guitars, piano, and accordion.


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Better Than Bagpipes

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Better Than Bagpipes

Better Than Bagpipes
A three piece acoustic powerhouse with random guitars, mandolins and other things thrown in with lots of fun vocal harmonies!


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Thursday, November 22nd

Thursday, November 22nd

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Duos for Violin and Piano

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Jean-Luc Therrien (piano), Jean-Samuel Bez (violin)

Program
- F. Schubert: Sonatina in D Major, D. 384
- G. Enesco: Impressions d'enfance pour violon et piano, op. 28
- L. Boulanger: Nocturne
- L. Boulanger: D'un matin de printemps
- L. Boulanger: Romance for violin and piano, op. 28 Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta
- G. Fauré: Sonate pour violon et piano
- F. Kreisler: Sonata for piano and violin no 1 in A minor, op. 105

Jean-Luc Therrien
Originally from Repentigny, Quebec, Canadian pianist Jean-Luc Therrien has been actively performing in Canada and abroad. In 2016, he toured across Quebec and the Maritimes as part of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada's Emerging Artists Concerts on tour, with a program which included his own transcription of Franz Liszt's symphonic poem Les Préludes. A few months later, he also made his orchestral debut in Asia with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Over the years, Jean-Luc has stood out in many competitions such as the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music Competition (Chamber Music Prize), the Mauro Paolo MonoCompetition's Stepping), etc. Moreover, he won the Soloists Competition of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory four times and consequently performed several concerts with the conservatory's orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. Jean-Luc was also awarded several prizes, including the Gilles-Gauthier Excellence Award, the Wilfrid-Pelletier Excellence Award and the Governor General of Canada's Academic medal, as well as a grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts, which allowed him to pursue postgraduate studies in Austria in 2016-17.

A graduate of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory, Jean-Luc received his Master's degree in Piano Performance from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. His principal professors have included Denise Trudel, Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch and George Kern. He was also invited by the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Académie Orford Musique and the Académie de Musique et de Danse du Domaine Forget to study with renowned pianists such as Boaz Sharon, Jacques Rouvier and Benedetto Lupo. Since September 2017, Jean-Luc has been in the ACP Program (Advanced Certificate in Performance) at the University of Toronto, where he studies with Marietta Orlov on a full-tuition scholarship.

Jean-Samuel Bez
Born in Pontarlier (France), Jean-Samuel Bez started playing the violin thanks to Krystina Mugica. Attracted early by chamber music, he soon became a regular on the local scenes and played in various festivals such as Les Nuits de Joux, Les Ariolicales, Automne musical en Val de Saône, etc. Sensitive to the importance of creating and spreading the contemporary repertoire, Jean-Samuel intensely works with composers. In 2015, he was also the laureate of the Young Bozar Project within the Alternative Violin Duet 2 Väinö. With this duet, he focuses on developing new alternatives to traditional concerts, mixing art forms and means of expression.

Jean-Samuel was unanimously awarded a First Prize at the Conservatory of Dijon and First Prizes of Excellence and Virtuosity at the Conservatory of Music of Rueil-Malmaison. Later, he entered the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music (Belgium) in the studio of Veronique Bogaerts, where he received his degrees with high distinction and was granted the Pappaerts Prize in 2016, as a reward for an exceptional academic path. Currently, he is a postgraduate student at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna (Austria) in the class of Michael Frischenschlager.

Jean-Samuel is the laureate of numerous prizes, scholarships and international competitions including the Jury Prize in the International Music Competition in Malte (2015), the Hanseez-Castilhon and Horlais Dapsens Prizes in Brussels (2016), the 1st Prize in the Svirel International Music Competition (Slovenia, 2017) and 1st Prize in the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music (Italy, 2017). He has also played several times as a soloist: with the Ensemble Orchestral of Dijon (France), the University Orchestra of Burgondy (France), the Philharmony of Budweis (Czech Republic) and the Sotiropoulos Camerata of Brussels (Belgium), interpreting among others the concertos of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovski and Wieniawski. As a chamber music player, he joined, in 2016, the Spilliaert Trio, whose vocation is to make discover the Belgium Musical Patrimony.


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Graeme Stephen's Projector Trio (Scotland)

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Graeme Stephen (guitar), Daniel Fortin (bass), Chris Wallace (drums)

Graeme Stephen
Graeme Stephen was born in Aberdeen, Scotland.Now residing in Edinburgh, he performs with numerous projects playing a wide array of styles from free Improvisation to folk music.

Having recorded with various groups Graeme released his first CD with his trio in 2006. This recording was funded with a grant from the Scottish Arts Council and features New York based musician Eivind Opsvik on bass and London based drummer Stuart Ritchie.

Graeme leads a sextet of Violin, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Guitar, Double bass and drums. This group was formed early 2005 perfoming throughout Scotland including concerts at Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Celidh Culture and featured broadcasts on Radio Scotland. Graemes compositions for this group take influence from the different styles of players involved, which include folk, jazz and classical disciplines.


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Friday, November 23rd

Friday, November 23rd

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Jacob Starling Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jacob Starling (guitar)

Jacob Starling
Growing up in Sudbury, Jacob took part in Confederation Secondary School's Evolutionary Rock Band, a high school ensemble led by Norm McIntosh, the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Music Teacher of the Year Juno award. Jacob then attended Laurentian University's Music program, studying with Allan Walsh, Robert Hall, and Robert Lemay. Now enrolled at the University of Toronto as part of the Master of Music in Jazz Performance program, Jacob is currently studying with David Occhipinti, Andrew Downing, and Jim Vivian.

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Naming the Twins

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Naming the Twins

If you'd like to get in the spirit of the Christmas season but you've grown a little tired of the songs that usually go with it - Naming the Twins will be presenting a whole album's worth of fresh original Winter/Christmas songs at this launching of their 4th album: "Sing the Winter Away". Joining Robbie and Kath will be the fabulously joyful multi-instrumentalist, Tom Leighton lending keyboard support to the Twins acoustic guitars and melodious uplifting harmonies. Included in their presentation will be some of Naming the Twins most requested material from past albums. Early dinner reservations recommended for best seating.


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Chris Banks' Possible Tunes

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Chris Banks (bass), Ian Sinclair (keyboard), Jesse Baird (keyboard)
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Saturday, November 24th

Saturday, November 24th

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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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Lost Anglers

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Lost Anglers
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Ian Tamblyn

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Ian Tamblyn (guitar/voice)

Ian Tamblyn
Ian Tamblyn began writing songs, short stories and plays at the age of seventeen. Since that time he has recorded twenty- nine albums, cassettes, and CDs and written over 1500 songs. Many of these songs have been recorded by other artists and he has received and been nominated for several awards. Ian most recently won the English Songwriter of the Year for his CD Gyre by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2010 as well as being honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University in 2007 . Since 2004 Ian has conducted numerous songwriting workshops including a summer course at the Haliburton school for the Arts. Ian continues to work in the the adventure travel field as a lecturer , zodiac driver and musician - he spent 40 days in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands in the winter of 2010. In the summer he will be working in Scotland , Iceland , Greenland and the Canadian Arctic in association with Adventure Canada and Students on Ice. Currently Ian is at work on CD three of the Four Coast Project - Walking the Bones of the Past - Arctic Coast. It is due for release in late June.


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Suitcase Sam

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Suitcase Sam
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Sunday, November 25th

Sunday, November 25th

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Tio Chorinho

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Tio Chorinho

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.

Tio Chorinho
Tio Chorinho is the only ensemble in Canada dedicated to performing Brazilian choro music. Often described as "the New Orleans jazz of Brazil", choro is the foundation of all modern Brazilian music. It is a complex and sophisticated blend of European musical forms with Afro-Brazilian rhythms. Within its exacting structure, choro is known for evocative and lyrical melodies that often leap over surprising changes of harmony and pulsating samba-style rhythms. It is highly improvisational music, and an extremely virtuosic style that is played to sound very natural and spontaneous.

Formed in 2009, Tio Chorinho has developed an impressive repertoire of familiar choro classics by such composers as Pixinguinha, Ernesto Nazareth, Waldir Acevedo, and the great mandolin master Jacob do Bandolim. The group has performed for wildly enthusiastic audiences at a number of Toronto and southern Ontario venues, including Harbourfront Centre, Lula Lounge, Expressions of Brazil Festival, Free Times Cafe, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Mill Race Folk Festival, Stratford Summer Music Festival and more.

Tio Chorinho features some of Toronto's leading World music performers, including mandolinist Eric Stein (Beyond the Pale), 7-string guitarist Avital Zemer (King Sunshine), Brazilian percussionist Maninho Costa (Batucada Carioca), and cavaquinho player Carlos Cardoso. They are often joined by guests on accordion, flute and vocals.


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Emma Cava Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Emma Cava (voice)

Emma Cava
To York University alumna Emma Cava, no enclave of jazz is off-limits. Her clear, precise voice navigates bebop and contemporary pieces as effortlessly as it does classic standards and the blues. Not even pop or rock tunes are safe from this budding arranger. Listen to Emma sing for five minutes and you'll hear the influence of Sheila Jordan, Blossom Dearie, and other instrumentally-minded vocalists.


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Donald Quan 70s Tribute

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Donald Quan (piano/tabla/viola)

Donald Quan
Donald Quan is a well-established composer with vast experience in contemporary, traditional and world music areas. He has an impeccable reputation for creating unique and innovative scores derived from his extensive experience. Quan started his music career when he won a composition competition at the age of 14. That pivotal event sparked a diverse musical journey that has spanned many idioms, styles and forms. Quan was born in Toronto and schooled at the Berkeley College of Music in Boston. He is especially well known for his diverse work in the area of World Music.


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Dan Pitt Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Dan Pitt (guitar), Alex Fournier (bass), Nick Fraser (drums)

Monday, November 26th

Monday, November 26th

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Steele / Slous 5

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Thomas Steele (saxophone), Jacob Slous (percussion/drums)

Thomas Steele
Thomas Steele is an emerging musician and educator in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Thomas has had the opportunity to learn alongside and work with many of North America's top faces in jazz, including Maria Schneider, Mike Murley, Gordon Foote, Tara Davidson, Alex Dean, Rich Brown and Collen Allen amongst others.

A saxophonist and woodwind doubler, Thomas has enjoyed performance opportunities through both big band and small jazz ensembles. He has participated in a variety of music festivals across Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC, leading to invitations to perform across North America, from Niagara Falls, ON to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Thomas has had the fortuity to perform across Canada including Toronto, Ontario's Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, Lula Lounge and Emmet Ray, as well as Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill in Montreal, QC. You can find Thomas performing in Toronto regularly with his co-led quintet, his standards quartet, as a member of University of Toronto jazz ensembles, or as a sideman.


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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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Norbert Botos Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Mike Murley (saxophone), Lucian Gray (guitar), Daniel Fortin (bass), Norbert Botos (drums)
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