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Alex Lakusta / Josh Smiley feat. Marie Goudy

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Alex Lakusta (bass), Josh Smiley (piano), Marie Goudy (trumpet)

Marie Goudy
Marie Goudy is a trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator born in Toronto, Ontario.

She started playing trumpet at the age of eleven, and began her professional career at fifteen. Marie completed her Bachelor's degree in jazz studies at the University of Toronto in 2012, and has made her mark on Toronto's professional scene playing jazz, classical, pop, Latin and show music.

She has performed with many notable musicians including Benny Golson, Maria Schneider and Cleo Laine.

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Lindsay Foote // Claire Hunter

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Lindsay Foote (guitar/voice), Claire Hunter (voice/guitar)

Lindsay Foote
Lindsay Foote writes poetry to sing. This is soul-bearing music coupled with a voice that will melt even the hardest heart.

Inspired by the alternative folk music scene, Lindsay has been writing and performing her original songs since she was 15. Originally from Boston, she headed to Toronto in 2009 to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto. Since her move, she has been performing around Toronto as a solo artist and as a member of the folk band Whiskey River. She recorded and released her debut EP A Better View in 2011 and recently release her first full-length album, From the Blue. Lindsay's most recent project is her four-piece folk band, the Lindsay Foote Band. They frequently play shows in the Toronto area and will be recording in December, 2015.

Influenced by the likes of Shawn Colvin and Anais Mitchell, Lindsay's effortless singing style has a clarity that is distinctly her own. Lyrically, her new songs reflect the transitional phases in life— travelling, heartbreak, happiness and the struggle of finding your place in the world. The transparency with which Lindsay writes gives her the undeniable ability to captivate and connect with her audience.

Claire Hunter
With a soulful voice and haunting melodies, Claire Hunter's music instantly captivates. Add to that the warm, lush tones of her guitar, and you're drawn in further.

Lyrically, Claire writes what she sees, and captures the shared human experience in a familiar, yet distinct way. Her debut EP, "Something Safe" features a collection of evocative works. "Something Safe," produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, is set to be released in early 2016.

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Too Much Guitar

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Nathan Hiltz (guitar), Lucian Gray (guitar), Trevor Giancola (guitar), Ben Bishop (guitar)

Lucian Gray
Toronto-born Lucian Gray began his musical journey as a bassist. He began playing the guitar only a few years before he won the 2009 Rising Young Star Award. He is currently attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston on a full scholarship. Lucian is often back in Toronto to visit family and perform and will be featured at the 2013 Beaches Jazz Festival with his own ensemble made up of some Toronto’s best up and coming young players.

Trevor Giancola
Guitarist Trevor Giancola is becoming a staple of Toronto's thriving jazz and creative music scene. He has performed as a member the Mike Murley Quartet, the Kelly Jefferson Quartet, Boptarts featuring Seamus Blake, Trevor Falls Collective, The Trevor Giancola Quartet and Trio, Josh Cole 4tet, Monk's Music, and others. He has shared the stage with Sophie Millman, Dave Douglas, Seamus Blake, John Abercrombie, Neil Swainson, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Donny McCaslin, PJ Perry, Jim Vivian, Barry Elmes, Jon Maharaj, Ethan Ardelli, Kieran Overs, Devon Henderson, Dan Fortin, Fabio Ragnelli, Jake Wilkinson, Jon Meyer, and Pat LaBarbera, among others. Trevor has been featured on CBC Radio 1, BT Breakfast Television, and Canada AM with Sophie Millman. The Trevor Giancola Quartet showcases original music and has been performing at clubs and Jazz Festivals since 2004. Trevor received his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from TRU via Humber College and has studied with Ben Monder, Lage Lund, Gilad Hekselman, Mike Moreno, Reg Schwager, Drew Gress, John Abercrombie, and other Toronto-based guitarists.

Nathan Hiltz
Nate Hiltz (B.Mus, M.Mus) is a Juno winning jazz guitaist who was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Based in Toronto since 1999, he attended Humber College and The University of Toronto. He studied jazz guitar with Reg Schwager, Jim Hall, Adam Rogers and many others. Over the course of his professional career he has played on over 20 albums and toured extensively across Canada. Nate is a mentor to many aspiring guitarists from his home teaching studio and as a part time faculty member at Humber College.

He is also the co founder of the critically acclaimed Griffith Hiltz Trio. Their new album, ‘This is what you get’ was produced by the iconic Hawksley Workman due to be released in 2013. , His Hammond B3 quartet project Organic has held down a residency for over 5 years at the popular nightclub/rib joint Joe Mamas in the heart of Toronto’s theater district. Their debut album, ‘Live At Joe Mamas’, is slated for release May 29 & 30, 2013 at The Rex Hotel. Nate is also a busy freelance artist and works regularly with Alex Dean, Bernie Senensky, Terra Hazelton, Brandi Disterheft, Melissa Lauren, Ryan Oliver, Johnny Griffith, Jill Barber and Patrick Boyle to name a few.

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Monday, December 5th

Monday, December 5th


Ken McDonald Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Ken McDonald (bass)

Ken McDonald
Ken is a hard hitting bassist and an evocative composer. Born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Ken's musical career came to life when he moved to Toronto and started studying at York University, where he completed his BFA in 2007 and his MA in 2010. During that time Ken studied privately with Artie Roth, Roy Patterson, David Mott, Larry Grenadier and Andrew Downing. In 2008 released his debut album, "The Master Plan" which was followed by an Eastern Canada tour in 2009. In February of 2011 Ken released release his second CD as a leader, entitled "Pay What You Can" which has reached critical acclaim and lead to an Ontario tour. Ken also is a busy sideman, playing frequently with Half Beat Mishap, Swamp Groove, Dave Clark's Woodshed Orchestra, Shelly O'Brien, Courtney Quebec, Rocger Chong, Andy De Campos, Camden Blues, The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and Lilly Mason. Ken has also performed at several festivals including the Toronto International Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Thornhill Summer Festival, St. Catherine's In The Soil Festival and the Nuit Blanche festivals in both Toronto and Montreal. Ken also has long lasting affinity with heavy metal and currently plays electric bass and sings in Korrupt and guitar in Irn.

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Glen Hornblast hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Glen Hornblast (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.

Glen Hornblast
Glen Hornblast's new CD, entitled "Once In A Blue Moon", is an eclectic mix of Glen's best songs written over the last 30 years. Mr. Hornblast, a well-knownToronto singer-songwriter, has finally released the CD his audience has been waiting for, for along time.

The songs range from folk to blues to country with a dash of jazz for good measure. Hornblast's sweet and mellow sound reminds one of James Taylor or Jack Johnson - his voice floats over the melodies, weaving a magic spell as insightful as it is soothing. Not a word is in there that's out of place or unnecessary.

"Folk music is all about telling stories", he says over a cup of cappuccino. "Songwriters are impossible dreamers trying to change the world with their songs. And sometimes it works."

"I've just played music and written songs since I was a little kid." A self-confessed 60s hippie, Glen travelled across Canada during the late 60s and early 70s like an old-fashioned Troubadour, hitch-hiking from Toronto to Vancouver and back again, busking everywhere he could. Naturally his early heroes were the 60s folkies, like Gordon Lightfoot, Joni MItchell, James Taylor (who he's often compared to), and Simon & Garfunkel. Later on he heard Townes van Zandt and thought he'd heard the world's best songwriter.

"Townes is a songwriter's songwriter. All the great writers of today, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, they all recognized that Townes had a way with a song like nobody else. His songs were like quick sketches in words ... but they captured so much", he explains.

In the 80s, Glen released his first single called "Northern Skies", which garnered a lot of Canadian radio airplay. "It was a big hit in out of the way places, like Witaskawin, Alberta and Bumblebee, Arizona. I got airplay royalties for years. But the 80s weren't kind to folksingers." Glen's record label soon went bankrupt and Glen turned to playing Top 40 in bars from Toronto to Kirkland Lake.

"After a while, being a human jukebox just stopped being fun anymore." In the 90s, he took up residence at the Free Times Cafe in Toronto, running the open stage and booking acts. "It was a lot of fun, made a lot of friends ... but not really a living."

"The last few years have been the most fun and productive I've ever had in the music business," he says. "I think I realized that if music isn't fun, it ain't worth it. So I'm having fun ... writing more songs than ever ... jamming with other musicians everywhere I can, getting known that way. Seems to be working out for me."

Last year, Glen hooked up with the veteran Toronto producer, David Baxter, who's produced dozens of up and coming country acts like Justin Rutledge and Joshua Cockerill . "I realized what a fantastic thing it is to have a great producer. Bax understood my songs, the mix of folk, country, and jazz, and helped me put it all together. He helped me make the record that I always wanted to make - I feel it's as true to my own vision of my music as anything could be."

With the new CD finally out, Glen has discovered how much work the next phase can be. "It's incredible how much work it is to try to promote something. You've got Facebook Twitter, iTunes ... it's enough to make your head spin. All I hope for is that music keeps on being fun and I keep on writing good songs and a few people hear it. What else can you ask for?"

Glen is currently planning for a tour out West and a trip to Nashville in June, playing at the Nashville Songwriter's Festival.

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Dave French / Perry White Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
David French (saxophone), Perry White (saxophone)
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Wednesday, December 7th

Wednesday, December 7th


Winter Warm Up Music Showcase

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Ben Crosby (voice/guitar), Shari Brownstein-Tallon (piano), Joyce Aldrich (voice/guitar), As Waters (voice/guitar), Chris Birkett (guitar/voice)

Winter Warm Up Showcase - music and entertainment to enjoy performed by these fabulous artists

This night is to help support The YSM Evergreen Centre for Street-Involved Youth. This program has improved both individual lives and communities. Out of approximately 10,000 street-involved youth in this city, YSM Evergreen served 6500 youth in 2014-2015.

(between the ages of 16 and 24)

Bring New socks, mitts, gloves, hats, lip balm to help the Yonge Street Mission provide these items for Street-Involved Youth, during our harsh, cold winters.

VK Artist Promotion & Bookings
VK Artist Promotion & Bookings is a Toronto based promotions and booking agency pleased to be working with talented, professionals musicians offering live music entertainment services to event planners, corporations, and individuals, in order to create exciting and memorable events.

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Thursday, December 8th

Thursday, December 8th


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.



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

- 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.
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


RULES: Artists get 2 songs OR 10min.

- 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.


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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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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Saturday, December 10th

Saturday, December 10th


Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Hua-Chu Huang (violin), Drew Comstock (cello), Felipe Jimenez Murillo (clarinet), Leon Bernsdorf (piano)

- Claude Debussy: Preludes from Book II - 1. "Brouillards"
- Claude Debussy: Preludes from Book II - 2. "Feuilles Mortes"
- Claude Debussy: Preludes from Book II - 12. "Feux d'artifice"
- Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

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Morning Flame

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Morning Flame, Jordan Kyle (guitar/voice), Kyris (voice/guitar)
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