Dr. B's Acoustic Medicine Show
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 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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John Stetch with Vulneraville
6-time Juno Nominee John Stetch celebrates his NYC quartet's new CD release show this fall at Gallery 345. "The Vancouver Concert" is a live recording made this past spring, that captures Stetch's group chemistry at its best. A synthesis of classical sounds, cinematic excursions, worldbeat and toe-tapping jazz, filtered through Steinway Artist Stetch's imagination.
John Stetch is a jazz pianist who fearlessly brings the elements of traditional jazz into some of pop culture's most beloved songs. Putting his own personal stamp on each of his distinctive renditions, award-winning pianist John Stetch pushes the boundaries of his jazz and classical training to incorporate melodies from all around the world and across American culture; from Mozart to Ukrainian folk music to the theme from The Love Boat. Since his late start on the piano at 19 years of age, John has toured extensively in the United States and overseas, performing and collaborating with classical and world musicians and contemporary jazz greats such as Rufus Reid, Seamus Blake, and Mark Turner. John has released 13 albums under his own name, and won the Prix du Jazz award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. A Steinway Artist, John Stetch is currently based in New York City.
John's flagship group, TV Trio, is devoted to reimagining classic themes taken from the Golden Age of American television, creating entirely new and engaging sounds based on well-known anthems such as Bugs Bunny's "This Is It" and the original 1960's Star Trek.
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The Honeys feature Independent Recording Artists Kate Ashby-Craft on piano and vocals and Caroline Burchill on acoustic guitar and vocals. They perform Inspirational Country/Folk music everything from traditional to contemporary with a focus on their own original compositions. Come join Kate and Caroline as they take you on a musical journey through songs to make you laugh, songs to make you cry but mostly songs to inspire and uplift.Oh and be sure to bring your singing voice as The Honeys love to throw in a couple of sing-alongs.
Kate and Caroline have been professional artists for well over 30 years and have toured both in Canada and the USA.Kate is also known for her song writing and has had music award nominations along with songs being in the top 10 on the Canadian Country charts. Presently she has song placements in half a dozen American TV Shows. Caroline is also a gifted songwriter and musician having started on piano at the age of 6 moving onto Ukulele and ending up on guitar. She spent 10 years on the road - coast-to-coast in Canada playing guitar and singing. A few years ago she released her first full length CD. Caroline is also known as "The Songbird" of the Purple Hill County Music Hall in Thorndale, ON and was recently inducted into their Hall Of Honour.
Sunday, October 22nd
Sunday, October 22nd
Jewish Brunch Buffet with The Shpeelers
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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Canadian Women Composers Project
The Canadian Women Composers (CWC) Project presents soprano Clarisse Tonigussi and pianist Narmina Efendiyeva in recital, featuring the works of Canadian women composers.
The CWC Project is dedicated to bringing greater awareness to vocal music by Canadian women composers. In an hour-long recital, vocal repertoire that has been overlooked in the past can be heard, appreciated, and recognized. For the Canadian sesquicentennial, the recital is making its way around Canada, sharing the music of Canadian women songwriters as it goes.
The composers that have been chosen for the concert are Gena Branscombe, Jean Ethridge, Jean Coulthard, Carol Ann Weaver, Mary Gardiner, Ana Sokolovic, Jana Skarecky, Martha Hill Duncan, and Rebekah Cummings. The works are sung in historical order, beginning with music by Gena Branscombe and ending with a work based on Anne of Green Gables quotes composed in 2017 by Rebekah Cummings.
Not only does this project highlight Canadian women's music, but it also showcases other Canadian female artists. The poetry has been written by Canadian female poets including Madeleine Guimont, P.K. Page, Judith Miller, Majorie Pickthall, Beatrice Redpath, and E. Pauline Johnson, a Canadian female designer, Carly Cumpson, has created the beautiful gown that is worn for each recital, and the musicians who are performing the recitals are also women. It is a celebration of women in Canada by having women perform great works by women!
Clarisse Tonigussi has always had a deep love of music. As a child she spent countless hours at the piano playing the songs that sprung into her head, and enjoyed everything that her voice and the beautiful sound of the piano had to offer. She furthered her love of music at the University of Toronto and received an Undergraduate degree in Voice Performance, graduating with Honours. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto and obtained a Masters degree in Voice Performance. Ms. Tonigussi has performed roles such as Emmy Perth in the opera Der Vampyr, Papagena, and the First Spirit in The Magic Flute with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Her chorus appearances include Romeo et Juliette with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, The Mikado and The Student Prince with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Opera York's The Merry Widow. She was a soloist with the Barrie Lyrica Chamber Choir, is a performer with the Toronto group the Hedgerow Singers, and is the featured soloist with the touring company Opera Luminata. This year, Clarisse is delighted to share with audiences the music of Canadian women composers in concerts across the country with The Canadian Women Composers Project.
Born in Baku (Azerbaijan) as a fourth-generation musician, Narmina Efendiyeva always knew that she would join in the family tradition. She gave her first solo concert at the age of 6 and studied at the Bülbül Specialized musical school under the guidance of Adelya Vekilova where she frequently gave solo concerts and performed with orchestra.
In 2000, Narmina graduated with a Master's degree from U. Hadjibeyov Azerbaijan State Conservatory and from 2001-2010, worked as an accompanist at the Azerbaijan State Choir. In 2011, Narmina gave her first concert in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church and was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music where she graduated with a second Master's degrees. Since then, Narmina has worked as music director and pianist for productions such as Bellinni's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi," Mozart's "The Magic Flute," "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini, and "Ariadne auf Naxos" by Strauss with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, as well as Borodin's "Prince Igor" with Opera in Concert. She has also played "The Saucy Señorita," "The Mikado" by Sullivan & Gilbert, "Earnest, the Importance of Being" by Davies & Benson with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Kurt Weill's "Street Scene" with Opera in Concert.
Recently, Narmina played Edward Grieg's Piano concerto with the Toronto Ukrainian Orchestra and participated in Syrinx Concerts Toronto.
Michael Davidson is a Toronto-based vibraphonist in the improvised, jazz, and creative music scene.
He works with many of the active jazz and improvised music players in Toronto including: David Occhipinti, Nick Fraser, Brodie West, Ryan Driver, Rob Clutton, David French, Harley Card, Andrew Downing, Alex Goodman, Jim Vivian, Darren Sigesmund, Ethan Ardelli, Fabio Ragnelli, Felicity Williams, Dan Fortin, Jon Maharaj, Allison Au, Rebecca Hennessy, David Braid, and Michael Herring.
Michael leads a chamber jazz septet with cello, voice, bass clarinet, vibraphone, alto sax, double bass, and drums, which is his main compositional outlet.
He also co-leads the chamber jazz quartet Hobson's Choice, who in the words of CBC's The Signal host Laurie Brown,
"...has made a unique contribution to the Canadian scene with their debut album (of the waves). Just when I think I have the sound pegged, they switch things up."
Michael approaches improvising with passion and stunning sensitivity, as well as Monk-like wit. He is an active composer in the realm of jazz, and his inventive compositions are featured in The Michael Davidson Septet, and Hobson's Choice.
He has been composing seriously since 2001 and has received funding from The TAC, The OAC, and The CCFTA for his original projects. Recently, Michael composed and recorded a film score for the BravoFact film, "She Sings for Me."
His compositions have received praise from esteemed Canadian jazz drummer/ composer Barry Elmes,
"Not only are his songs creative and well crafted, each one has a story to tell."
Michael is also a devoted educator through his work at Humber College in the jazz program.
You can hear Michael playing around Toronto with The Michael Davidson Septet, Hobson's Choice, Pocket Camera, Monk's Music, The Dan Fortin Quartet, Bedroom, df md df trio, Ben Gunning, and Ryan Driver. These ensembles represent the diversity of Michael's musical interests, spanning from contemporary jazz to chamber to improvised. Both his original material and his interpretation of standard repertoire are evocative and communicative with the intensity of someone who, while madly in love with the tradition, has something new to say.
Rhythm n Step
A night of fiddle tunes and fancy footwork.
Tom Fitzgerald of Bancroft, ON is an accomplished musician now residing in Toronto where he is pursuing a bachelors degree in music at Humber College. Growing up in the center of the Ottawa Valley, Tom was immersed in the rich tradition of Canadian Old Time fiddling and step dancing. However, over the years he has absorbed other musical styles and traditions such as Celtic, bluegrass, swing, jazz, blues, and classical. At 24 he is already a seasoned performer, having toured professionally with his family band 'The Fitzgeralds' since he was 10 years old. The group has toured extensively across the US and Canada, as well as Ireland and England. In the early summer of 2017, a video of one of the band's live performances went viral, reaching 2.9 million views worldwide. He has performed with Natalie MacMaster, Tony McManus, Brian Finnegan, Wayne Rostad, and Tommy Hunter.
Colleen Jenish began her musical journey in the Ottawa Valley, where she took her first stepdance lesson at the age of four. Soon after, she learned to play the piano and fiddle. Colleen has competed in fiddle and stepdance competitions across Ontario for the past 17 years, and is currently the Ontario Open Stepdance Champion. She also performs regularly with her sister Alanna, and with The Great Canadian Fiddle Show. Colleen recently obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, and is now the research coordinator for the Music Cognition Lab at her alma mater.
Joelle Crigger loves entertaining on her fiddle and has been doing so since age 6, after being inspired by the virtuoso strings show Bowfire. She is an accomplished violinist, fiddler, pianist, and a keen step dancer who enjoys music of all kinds. Having played with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2014, she was thrilled to tour to Ottawa and Montreal with the TSO/TSYO in 2017. A big fan of various styles of fiddle music (Cape Breton, Canadian Old-Time, Bluegrass, Irish, Texas-swing), Joelle is a multiple winner of the Canadian Open Fiddle Championship in her age category. Within her community, Joelle has been invited as a peer leader to share her love of music with students in the TDSB and has been honoured to play at World Vision music events. She enjoys her role as young-artist-as-educator at DAREarts Music Days and looks forward to pursuing a career in music.
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.
Laura Swankey is an eclectic and talented vocalist, coming from a diverse background of study and drawing influence from many different styles. She is a natural improviser, with a passion for writing. Full of drive and desire to challenge herself and create, Laura is constantly trying to grow as an artist and musician.
Growing up in North Vancouver, BC, Laura relocated to Edmonton, AB in 2009 to study composition and vocal performance at Grant MacEwan University. During that time she quickly grew to be a popular and much sought after musician in the University's scene. Since September 2012, Laura has been living in Toronto, completing a bachelor of jazz performance (voice) at the University of Toronto.
Laura grew up studying classical and contemporary styles of piano. At MacEwan, Laura worked with Rhonda Withnell, Chandell Rimmer, Ray Baril and Allan Gilliland. In the fall of 2011, Laura was asked by Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca to be featured in his original work written for the Grant MacEwan music program. Currently in Toronto, Laura is studying under Christine Duncan, Mike Murley, and Jim Lewis, veterans of the Canadian music scene. She was hand picked by Terry Promane, director of the U of T Jazz program, to be part of his elite student ensemble.
Laura has been the recipient of several awards such as the Rick Garn Award, the Bounce Back Award of Excellence, and Canada's Fred Sherratt Award. She was also recently nominated as the University of Toronto's undergraduate jazz studies candidate for Canada's prestigious Hnatyshyn Foundation Award. As one of the U of T Bartel Competition winners, she recently recorded some original work recorded at Revolution Studios in Toronto. Laura will be playing throughout Toronto, Alberta and BC this summer, including a stop at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival.
Trumpeter Emily Denison is a talented up-and-coming player in Toronto's rich jazz scene. Currently, Emily is working towards a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto where she has had the pleasure of studying with many of Canada's great jazz musicians including Jim Lewis, Mike Murley, Terry Promane, and Chase Sanborn. While studying at U of T, Emily has been a recipient of the Paul Read Jazz Scholarship, the Noreen and Phil Nimmons Jazz Scholarship, and the Mary Alice Stuart Jazz Scholarship. She can be heard on the U of T 12tet's debut album, Rebirth.
Originally from Ottawa, Emily grew up in a musical family and was involved in music from an early age. In Ottawa's jazz community, Emily was active in many ensembles including the Nepean All-City Jazz Band, the Ottawa Junior Jazz Band, and many ensembles at Nepean High School. Before graduating high school, Emily attended the Jazzworks summer workshop on scholarship 4 times, participated in the Ottawa International Jazz Festival's Youth Summit twice, and was a member of Musicfest Canada's Yamaha All-Star Band. Also a talented multi-instrumentalist, Emily holds a Grade 10 from the Royal Conservatory of Music on the violin and was a member of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra.
In addition to her freelance work, Emily is very active in U of T's student community. She has taken on roles in the student council and is the editor of U of T Jazz Weekly. Most recently she has been accepted to attend the Banff Centre's International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music and will also be embarking on a small sojourn to western Canada with her own jazz project.
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Monday, October 23rd
Monday, October 23rd
Signe Miranda hosts Open Stage Mondays
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.
Originally from Belleville, Ontario, Signe began playing music at an early age and by fifteen was playing guitar and writing songs. She is the lead singer and guitarist of folk-rock-punk band Signe Miranda's Veranda and drummer in roots-rock band The Pickups. Signe has performed for audiences in Canada, the UK and Norway.
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Chris Gale is a nationally recognized saxophonist, composer, producer and educator whose driving style and rich tone can be heard on over one hundred and fifty recordings. As as leader and a sideman, Gale has performed around the globe in theatres, clubs and at festivals, impressing crowds with his lyrical sensibility and soulful approach.
Chris first picked up the alto saxophone at the age of 11, and by his mid-teens was playing with ska and blues bands in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. It was during these formative years that Chris became drawn to, and inspired by, jazz artists like Lester Young, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.
Gale continued to study jazz performance at Mohawk College, McGill University and the University of Toronto where he learned from, and apprenticed with, some of Canada's finest jazz musicians. It was at this point when Chris shifted to specializing on the tenor and baritone saxophones.
Since completing his studies, Gale has defined a career for himself as an in-demand recording artist and freelance performer. Highlights include recording, touring or sharing the stage with Randy Brecker, Blue Rodeo, Ron Sexsmith, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Colin James, Rob McConnell, Brandi Disterheft, Richard Underhill, Michael Kaeshammer, The Shuffle Demons and Jeff Healy. In addition, Chris has also opened for Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck and The Rolling Stones.
Though he has performed from Haifa to Honolulu, Chris is based in Toronto and is a member of three unique jazz collectives with which he composes, performs and collaborates. Buckaloose is an energetic Hammond B-3 quartet; The Worst Pop Band Ever is an experimental jazz group featuring turntablist LEO37; and Muhledy is an international jazz group with members hailing from Toronto, Chicago and New York.
As a solo artist, Chris Gale has one release to his credit titled "Strays Stays"(GD Productions – Toronto – 2001). "There's a stylish Ellington ensemble sound stirring here", writes Toronto Star jazz critic Geoff Chapman, and the title track is "beautifully done, with lush tenor work".
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Wednesday, October 25th
Wednesday, October 25th
Louis Vaspar in Recital
Detroit based pianist, Louis Vaspar, would like to introduce himself. In anticipation of expanding his audience outside the US, you're all invited to his preview recital where he will play pieces by Beethoven and Bach!
- English Suite in E minor BWV 810
- Fantasie und Fuge über das Thema B-A-C-H
- Piano Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight", Op. 27, No. 2
From his promising beginnings to an ultimately tumultuous rise, Louis continues to build himself up again one step at a time. Consistently training in Classical music, he has expanded his vision and musical prowess into Samba, Soul, and Jazz music as a composer and arranger.
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Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin
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 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, October 26th
Thursday, October 26th
Sweet Sparrow in Concert
Toronto based, husband and wife team, Beatrice and Adolfo, bring the love they share for each other into their music. Audiences feel it as soon as the first note is heard.
Sultry, rich vocals and elegant style in vocalist, Beatrice. Music and performing are her passion. You can say it is in her blood, being the daughter of the late, internationally known singing chef, Pasquale Carpino. Beatrice has a way of making her audiences feel at home and part of the family.
Adolfo De Santis
Smooth, warm and versatile playing in pianist, Adolfo. He did his musical studies in Italy soaking up the warmth and passion of the culture. His studies concentrated on the classical repertoire but life and love turned his musical direction to a broader spectrum of genres including jazz and broadway.
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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Friday, October 27th
Friday, October 27th
Singing from the womb, Angela picked up the guitar at 14 and started writing songs in between teaching herself Nirvana covers. In the backdrop of Calgary, AB, her Austrian mother and Indian father drove her to gigs as she began strumming her brand of pop-folk at local clubs, breaking into the local music scene before she had finished her first year of high school.
Playing in pop/rock outfit ”Supernal” that took her across the continent a few times, performing at festivals alongside bands like Evanescence and Sum 41, she garnered enough experience and road cred to move to Canada’s biggest city. Her recent band Drive Faster appeared in Master Tracks on AUX TV with Moe Berg and Laurence Currie at Metalworks Studio. Berg described the process as a “homerun” and during the episode says, “The vocalist is just so outstanding. You almost get a rush when you are recording someone like that.”
With a notebook full of songs and frequent gigging as an acoustic solo artist, Angela decided to take her songs electric and got the attention of Johnny Fay, drummer for The Tragically Hip. Demo sessions together resulted in pre-production for a solo record. Runner-up for “Best Female Artist” in the 2010 International Acoustic Music Awards for her song Nurse Me Back to Health (Dear Diary), the debut EP ”Cake and Callouses” was released April 2012. Two cross-Canada tours and a Toronto Independent Music Award nomination later, Angela is poised to release "Leap," her follow-up EP filled with songs about self-renewal, empowerment, love and life.
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