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60's Folk Revival: Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
60's Folk Revival, Sue & Dwight, Tony Laviola (bass)

60's Folk Revival
A singalong tribute to the songs of the 1960's Folk Revival. The group, comprised of Sue and Dwight on vocals and guitars, and Tony Laviola, on double bass, takes the audience on a musical journey sharing stories and providing historical context highlighting the importance of the songs, which are performed in the style true to the period.

Audiences are transported back to the coffeehouses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village. The show includes folk classics like 'If I Had A Hammer', 'Blowin In The Wind', 'Walk Right In', 'Turn Turn Turn', 'Tom Dooley', 'Five Hundred Miles' and many many more.


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Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Peter Boyd (guitar/voice), Gary Taylor (drums), Ed Roth (accordion), Tom Griffiths (bass)

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."


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Thursday, December 12th

Thursday, December 12th

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Bossa Tres

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Bossa Tres, Victor Monsiváis (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)

Bossa Tres
Bossa Três has been performing Bossa Nova and Brazilian Samba classics, as well as a variety of Brazilian rarities and original material since 2001. Their repertoire draws from the greatest of the Brazilian composers and performers like Ary Barroso, Dorival Caymmi, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendoça, João Gilberto, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso.

Bossa Três leader Victor Monsivais: vocalist, songwriter, guitarist; has been playing and singing Bossa Nova for over forty years, in particular the music of Antônio Carlos Jobim who, along with Thelonious Monk and Jimmy Van Heusen, is one of his favorite composers. The Trio consists of Victor, who sings Jobim's songs in their original Portuguese versions and plays the guitar with the true Bossa beat; bassist Frank Sants who plays a deep and mellow-toned bass, and drummer/percussionist Federico Monsivais who plays with a soft, classical feel, yet, with the attack and syncopation of authentic Latin rhythm.

The rarely heard hard-smooth Brazilian and Latin percussion of Bossa Três recreates the atmosphere of a quiet night in Copacabana... the mood of a Carnival in Bahia...a hot Tropicana session in La Habana, or the romance of a classical jazz evening. Bossa Três' performances bring life to the pieces they play, creating an aura of "alegría and saudade" which are the two basic ingredients of Brazilian music. Bossa Três often appears as a quartet or quintet featuring talented guest musicians, this evening, pianist Dan Farrell and Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute player Brendan Cassidy, both a perfect fit to Jobim's music and long time Victor's associates, will be joining the ensemble.

Many have said that listening to Bossa Três is like being transported to a warm evening in Rio De Janeiro in the fifties…


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Franc'open mic

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Franc'open mic est la première scène ouverte francophone de Toronto, ouverte à toutes les disciplines: le chant, la comédie, la poésie, l'impro, le conte ou encore le slam.

Ouvert à tous niveaux, depuis les débutants jusqu'aux professionnels.

DEBUT DES INSCRIPTIONS DES ARTISTES: 7:30pm

DEBUT DU SHOW: 8pm

REGLE: Chaque artiste/groupe peut jouer 2 morceaux OU 10 min.

MATERIEL DISPONIBLE au Free Times Cafe:
- 2 micros
- 1 système de sonorisation pour brancher tous types d'instruments (guitare, clavier, violon, mp3, etc...)
- 1 piano électrique.
- Il n'y a PAS de guitare disponible!

Organisé par Cyril Mignotet et Florian François.
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Franc'open mic is the first francophone open stage in Toronto for all the performing arts like singing, comedy, stand up, poetry, impro, tales or the spoken word.

The event is open from beginners to professional artists.

SIGN UP STARTS at 7:30pm

SHOW STARTS at 8pm

RULES: Artists get 2 songs OR 10min.

VENUE SUPPLIES:
- 2 mics
- 1 PA System to plug any instruments (violin, guitar, keyboard, mp3, etc)
- 1 keyboard
- NO guitar available

Hosted by Cyril Mignotet and Florian François

Franc'open mic
Franc'Open Mic est la première scène ouverte francophone de Toronto. L'événement est ouvert à tous types de disciplines comme la poésie, la musique, le slam, l'impro ou encore la comédie ou le conte.

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Franc'Open Mic is the first francophone open stage in Toronto. The show is open for everyone from beginners to experienced artists who want to perform in French. All performance arts like poetry, spoken word, music, comedy, stand up or improv are welcome!

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Dave Hjin Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Dave Hjin (guitar)
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Friday, December 13th

Friday, December 13th

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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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Aidan Devine

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Aidan Devine (voice/guitar)

Saturday, December 14th

Saturday, December 14th

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Oscar Donald & Hiro Suzuki duo

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Oscar Donald (piano), Hiro Suzuki (guitar)

Oscar Donald
Having played piano on and off for about fifteen years, Oscar has now fallen back in love with music while attending in Toronto for the past two years. He's studied with great Toronto pianists such as Robi Botos, Brian Dickinson, Tania Gill and James Hill.

Oscar's greatest influences in jazz are Joey DeFrancesco, Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. He also likes to listen to the progressive rock of Gentle Giant, Frank Zappa, Genesis, and Led Zeppelin.

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Art of the Piano: Marilyn Lerner

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Marilyn Lerner (piano)

Marilyn Lerner
Genre defying pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered much recognition, including her 2 solo recordings Luminance and Romanian Fantasy and Special Angel with Sonny Greenwich. Her intimate knowledge of the piano, combined with a fearless experimental and passionate spirit render her a true original. Lerner's work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer, and 20th century classical music.

Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner records and performs in her free jazz trio with drummer Lou Grassi and bassist Ken Filiano. She has toured with the Queen Mab Trio, and the Ig Henneman Sextet. Lerner has appeared with Tito Puente, Gerry Hemingway, Steve Lacy, and Sonny Greenwich. and in the New Jewish music scene, with Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, From Both Ends of the Earth, Alicia Svigals and David Wall.


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Fuat TUAÇ jazz trio

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Fuat Tuaç (voice)
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Dave Hjin Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Dave Hjin (guitar)
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Sunday, December 15th

Sunday, December 15th

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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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Charme et Divertissements

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Monique de Margerie (piano), Fraser Jackson (bassoon), Hugo Lee (oboe), Eric Abramovitz (clarinet), Christopher Gongos (french horn), Leonie Wall (flute)

Program
- Igor Stravinsky: Suite from "Pulcinella" for Bassoon and Piano (arranged by Fraser Jackson)
- W. A. Mozart: Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K.452
- Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds, Op.100

Monique de Margerie
As a chamber musician, Monique de Margerie has enjoyed a busy career on three continents, including recent tours in Cambodia with her husband, bassoonist Fraser Jackson, and in Japan with violinist Hibiki Kobayashi.

After graduating from Germany's Hochschule für Musik in Munich with a graduate degree in performance, she began her European career touring throughout Germany with Maestro Helmut Rilling and the Gachinger Kantorei.

Since then she has worked as a collaborative pianist and teacher at the Conservatoire Americain Konig in Paris, at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, and was, most recently, a member of the faculty at Laval University in Quebec City. She is frequently invited to adjudicate and teach throughout Canada; since relocating to Toronto in 2011, Monique de Margerie pursues an active career as a private piano teacher and collaborative pianist.

Fraser Jackson
Fraser Jackson joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1990. He has also performed and toured with such groups as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has founded two chamber groups, The Caliban Quartet and Musica Franca, whose recordings on the Bis, Atma, and MSR Classics labels are well-known for their inventive programming, virtuosity, and stylistic variety. In great demand as a bassoonist, he is a regular member of Toronto's premier new music ensemble, New Music Concerts, and was a long-time guest of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Jackson currently teaches bassoon and chamber music at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music. He has taught at several festivals including Domaine Forget, Canada's National Youth Orchestra, and Ontario's Interprovincial Music Camp. He has also given masterclasses on bassoon and contrabassoon across Canada, Brazil, Cambodia, and the USA, including classes at Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and Indiana University.

Originally from Ottawa, Fraser Jackson holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, where he was one of the last students to graduate from the studio of Norman Herzberg.

Christopher Gongos
Christopher Gongos has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Before coming to Toronto, Chris held positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a dedicated teacher, with studios at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory and at the University of Toronto. Many of his students have gone on to study at North America's most prestigious music schools and have embarked on careers as professional musicians. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Chris received his formal education at the University of Alberta and McGill University. He also trained as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and a Fellow at the Tanglewood Institute. Christopher Gongos is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Hugo Lee
Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Hugo Lee joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Second Oboe in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Elaine Douvas. Hugo began taking oboe lessons at age 10 and later continued his studies under TSO Associate Principal Oboe Keith Atkinson. He has appeared as a soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the New Juilliard Ensemble. He has also performed as a chamber musician with cellist Cameron Crozman and pianist Philip Chiu, embarking on a critically-acclaimed 13-concert tour across Eastern Canada sponsored by Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. In the summers, Hugo teaches at the Interprovincial Music Camp. Outside of music, Hugo enjoys computer programming, and drinking lots of coffee.

Eric Abramovitz
Eric Abramovitz joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2018 as Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet, and was previously a member of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Eric was named the Vandoren Emerging Artist of the year in 2017, and a CBC Next! artist in 2013. A first prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition in 2011, Eric has been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the McGill and USC Symphonies, l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. A Montreal native, Eric obtained his Bachelor's Degree at McGill University's Schulich School of Music, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Southern California. In his free time, Eric enjoys eating, spending time with his family and cats, shooting pool, playing hockey, and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens.

Leonie Wall
Leonie Wall joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as second flutist in September 2004. Winner of the 2004 New York Flute Club Competition, she was a student of Timothy Hutchins at McGill University, and Jeanne Baxtresser at the New England Conservatory of Music. Leonie began her career as principal flute with L'Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, and later toured as principal flute with Les Violons du Roy. She has also been principal flute of the Toronto-based chamber orchestra g27 (group of 27), and an invited artist at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, Les Concerts des Iles du Bic, and the Festival Classique des Hautes-Laurentides. Leonie teaches at the Cammac family music camp near Montreal in the summers. She has been very active with the TSO's education programs and is committed to bringing classical music into Toronto's classrooms. She has performed many shows for students with the TSO Woodwind Trio and participated yearly in the TSO's highly popular Adopt-A-Player program.


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Jocelyn Barth & Josh Smiley

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jocelyn Barth (voice), Josh Smiley (piano)

Jocelyn Barth
Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada's most exciting new vocalists. Her pure tone, formidable range and technique, and innate musicality have put her in increasing demand in a variety of settings. She is a regular member of the Jessica Stewart Few and Christine Duncan's Element Choir and has worked with singer/songwriters Emily Reid and Clela Errington (her mother), as well as Inuk throatsinging dynamo Tanya Tagaq. In her own solo work, she remains rooted in the world of jazz and improvised music.


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Free Times 39th Anniversary Celebration

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Come and celebrate 39 years!
Free drink ticket and hors d'oeuvres!

Dinner, Concert and Movie
- Award-winning movie about Free Times & Judy Perly
- One-hour concert by featured performers
- Judy reminisces about Free Times in the 1980s
- Dinner reservations 6-6:30: 416-967-1078

Open Stage at 9:30
Sign up at 8:30-9:30
Everyone welcome


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Somewhere There Presents: Meghan Gilhespy with Ben Frost & Patrick O'Reilly

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Meghan Gilhespy (voice), Ben Frost (trumpet), Patrick O'Reilly (guitar)

Meghan Gilhespy
25-year-old modern jazz vocalist Meghan Gilhespy is an innovative voice in the diverse Toronto jazz scene. Vive Le Tour showcases her exceptional vocal talents, ranging from soulful standards to avante-garde improvisation.

Patrick O'Reilly
The Toronto-born guitarist is currently pursuing his Masters of Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto. He can be seen performing regularly with his group, Wire Circus, as well as Tesseract, DoVira, Money House, and Morta.

Ben Frost
Ben Frost is a trumpet player and composer from Vancouver, British Columbia now based in Toronto. Ben has just completed a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Toronto where he studied with Jim Lewis, Chase Sanborn, Terry Promane and Andrew Downing. Frequently playing at established venues in both Vancouver and Toronto, Ben has also performed at major Canadian festivals including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Somewhere There
Somewhere There is a collective of Toronto-based musicians who present, support, and celebrate creative music-making.


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Monday, December 16th

Monday, December 16th

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Thomas Steele Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Thomas Steele (saxophone)

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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Jong Lee hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Jong Lee (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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Jim Lewis Presents

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jim Lewis (trumpet)

Jim Lewis
Jim Lewis is a freelance trumpet player, improviser, composer/arranger and educator, and is currently a lecturer in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Paul Read Orchestra (Arc-en-ciel), Frank Lozano Group (Colour Fields), Christine Duncan's Element Choir (Live at Rosedale United, Element Choir & William Parker – At Christ Church Deer Park), Mark Segger Sextet (The Beginning), an improvising trio with Andrew Downing and Jean Martin (On a Short Path From Memory to Forgotten), as well as his newest project Juno nominated Bristles with Andrew Downing and David Occhipinti.


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Tuesday, December 17th

Tuesday, December 17th

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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.