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Jewish Brunch Buffet with The Horah Machine

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
The Horah Machine

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.


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Ariel Shetzen

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Ariel Shetzen (voice), Ben Hognestad (piano), Chris Brinton (bass), Jay Yoo (guitar)
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Jonathan Chapman

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jon Chapman (bass)

Jon Chapman
Award-winning bassist, Jonathan Chapman, stands strong as a multidimensional artist. Functioning as a bassist, composer, and bandleader, Jonathan aims to deliver coherent music that challenges any listener to rewarding depths.

Currently residing in Toronto, Ontario, Jonathan has become a welcomed asset to the music scene. He has performed with an extensive list of artists including; Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Billy Childs, Jerry Bergonzi, Vijay Iyer, Jason Palmer, Darren Barrett, Robin Eubanks, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Joel Miller, Joe Sullivan, Kevin Dean, Andre White and Mike Murley, among many others. Jonathan graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (2012-2016) where he studied on a full-tuition scholarship. Recently, he earned a M.Mus from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University (Class of 2018).


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Monday, January 27th

Monday, January 27th

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Robert Chapman

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Robert Chapman (guitar), Devin Patten (bass), Graham Villette (drums)
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Open Stage Mondays hosted by Russell Leon

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Russell Leon (guitar/voice)

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.

Russell Leon
Russell Leon's current sound is a stark contrast from his acoustic musical roots in rural Ontario. Living off the grid, (no running water, telephone nor electricity) Russell was surrounded by artists and creative thinkers. His musical inspiration was rooted in live performances, late night jam sessions, and battery operated sound systems that wore out his Led Zepplin, Simon and Garfunkel and Neil Young records. Russell Leon's latest recording State Of Mind, is a musical journey through an electro/acoustic soundscape that begs comparison to Beck, Flaming Lips, or a tripped-out Death Cab For Cutie - a stark contrast to his past recordings.


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Nick Morgan

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Nick Morgan (saxophone)

Nick Morgan
After pursuing a Bacholer's (B.Mus) degree in Jazz Performance through Humber College in Toronto, Canada. Having studied with Pat LaBarbera, Alex Dean, Mark Promane, Kirk MacDonald, François Théberge, Seamus Blake and Don Palmer, Morgan is always trying to learn more. It is also during Humber College that Nick has performed on stage with artists like Dave Douglas, Dave Liebman, Matt Penman, Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, Jane Bunnett, Don Thompson, Bruce Cassidy and many more. He has also recorded extensively in many different genres of music and in many different settings. In 2004, Word People (an 8 piece hip-hop project including Morgan on sax/flute) won 91.5fm TheBeat's


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Wednesday, January 29th

Wednesday, January 29th

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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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Jacob Slous

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jacob Slous (percussion/drums)

Thursday, January 30th

Thursday, January 30th

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Austin Bassarath Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Austin Bassarath (saxophone)

Austin Bassarath
As an established young tenor saxophonist at the forefront of the Toronto jazz scene, Austin Bassarath brings a unique, melodic voice to the jazz world. Having played music since taking piano lessons at the tender age of 3, Austin's love for music spans almost his entire life. Austin's music and musicianship is immensely informed by his studies with world-class saxophonists Mike Murley, Kirk Macdonald, Kelly Jefferson, Ben Wendel and Dino Govoni.

Today, Austin frequently plays as both a leader and sideman at recognized venues in Toronto including but not limited to: The Rex, The Emmet Ray, 120 Diner, The Jazz Bistro, The Cavern, Annette Studios, The Central, and many more. Austin has also made appearances at numerous venues in Italy and Boston.

He is currently in his final year studying Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Kelly Jefferson, and has previously studied at Berklee College of Music.

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Violeta's Door with Janisa Valry

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Violeta's Door, Stephen Orr (guitar/keyboard), Paul Ciuk (drums), Soren D'alimonte (bass), Janisa Valry (voice)

Violeta's Door
Funky and groovy Toronto-based band providing whimsical experiences across the city.


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Friday, January 31st

Friday, January 31st

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Robert Lee Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Rob Lee (bass)
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Chris Lowry & The Echo Tones

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Chris Lowry (voice/guitar), The Echo Tones

Get your Feb. Blues Inoculation

Chris Lowry
Chris Lowry's CD of folk ballads and blues classics, The Road Back Home, was produced in collaboration with David Woodhead and is available on Bandcamp. While enjoying a successful career as a media producer, Chris performs regularly at Toronto venues including the Tranzac Club, the Free Times Café, the Paintbox Bistro, the Brewers Plate, hosting an annual benefit concert at the beautiful Sharon Temple near Newmarket as well as playing at various local-sustainable community events such as City Cider, Strawberries and Asparagus, and the Appletree market.


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Fuat TUAÇ jazz trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Fuat Tuaç (voice)

Saturday, February 1st

Saturday, February 1st

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Matt Greenwood Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Matt Greenwood (guitar), Hiro Tanaka (bass), Joshua Stanberry (keyboard), Stephen Bennett (drums)
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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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