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Gyre Ensemble

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Gyre Ensemble

Program
- Tobias Krebs (*1993): Patina (2017)
- Nadir Vassena (*1970): von den rosen (2017)
- Santiago Díez-Fischer (*1977): tres ciegos (2015/ rev. 2016-17)
- Bethany Younge (*1989): crisscrossed with corrections (2016)

Gyre Ensemble
Gyre Ensemble, a Swiss-based trio, consisting of Stefanie Mirwald (accordion), Alejandro Oliván Lopez (saxophone) and Christian Smith (percussion), was founded in 2016 during a joint study time at the University of Music in Basel.

Coming from different parts of the world - Germany, Spain, USA - they play free and try to collaborate with composers across borders to reach the most diverse audience with their music. Gyre Ensemble has performed new compositions by Bethany Younge, Sam Scranton, Santiago Díez-Fischer, Ruud Roelofsen, Nadir Vassena and Tobias Krebs.

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Xave Ruth

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Dave Rutt (voice/guitar)

Dave Rutt
Dave Rutt (Xave Ruth) sings about everything that's relevant to today's modern twentysomething with no real problems, prospects or aspirations. Frustrations about the diluted nature of 2012's chillwave scene, the proper pronunciation of "bruschetta", the constant struggle to get a bike lane direct to one's local espresso/microbrew co-op; nothing that's at all unimportant is safe from Xave's keen eye and sharp wit.


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Saturday, February 24th

Saturday, February 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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Art of the Piano: Dánae Olano García

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Dánae Olano García (piano), Jane Bunnett (flute/saxophone), Joanna Majoko (voice), Elizabeth Rodriquez (violin/voice)

"Cuban Piano from the XIX centuries to the future!!! Part 2"

Dánae Olano this time is doing a different kind of concert. It will be divided in two parts: the first one is a Solo Performance, playing original compositions along with valuable gems from the Cuban history of piano; a world Olano has been exploring.

The second part is a new project, "The Art of the Trio" Focusing on the various Cuban styles that have been influenced by Jazz. Magdelis Savigne on percussion and Roberto Riveron Mederos on bass are amazing Cuban musicians who have impacted the Canadian scene with their own projects and collaborating with others.

Dánae Olano García
Dánae Olano García (pianist and composer), has won several awards at festivals and piano contests and is a member of the band Maqueque, directed by Canadian saxophonist and composer Jane Bunnett.

Danae was born on May 6th, 1992 in Havana, Cuba. She began her early musical training in piano at elementary music school Alejandro García Caturla at the age of seven. In 2008 she continued her studies on piano at the Conservatory of Music Amadeo Roldán in Havana, Cuba. She graduated with Best Bachelor of Arts instrumentalist (piano) and ensemble practitioner in 2011. She then entered the Superior Institute of Arts faculty of music, finalising her studies in 2016 and graduated cum laude.

At the elementary level of music, she participated in four editions of the contest "Alejandro García Caturla", where she won the Grand Prix, two first prizes and one second prize, as well as acknowledgements for the performance of Cuban music. She participated in five editions of the contest "Amadeo Roldán" winning the Grand Prix on three occasions, as well as acknowledgements for the performance of Cuban music. As a university student she participated at the International Contest Musicalia 2013 and National Contest UNEAC 2014 (Union of writers and artists of Cuba) where she was awarded second place in both contests. Performing with the band Maqueque, the group won the Juno Prize 2015 in the category of Best Jazz Album.

In 2012 she made inroads in music for the theatre, arranging and playing music for El Ingenio Theater Company.

She has performed as a soloist in important concert halls of Cuba playing music by Ernesto Lecuona in the García Lorca Theater; Amadeo Roldan Concert Hall; Caturla Concert Hall of the Amadeo Roldan Theater; in the San Felipe Neri Chapel; and Basílica Menor of San Francisco de Asís Convent. In March 2014 she made her debut with the symphonic orchestra of Havana Mozart Lyceum directed by Professor Jorge Rotter. In 2016, was invited to participate in the First Piano Festival held in Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA. With Jane Bunnett and Maqueque she has performed on important stages such as Koerner Hall, Blue Note, Birdland, Shenkman Arts Centre, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Markham Flato Theatre, Kennedy Centre and La Zorra y el Cuervo Club.

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Kim Doolitle, Saskia, Ken Whiteley

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Kim Doolittle (voice/guitar), Saskia Tomkins (violin/viola/nyckelharpa), Ken Whiteley (voice/guitar)

Saskia Tomkins
Saskia Tomkins is a respected teacher of the violin and viola. This summer marks Saskia's fifth year working with the "4th Line Theatre" in "Wounded Soldiers". She will also be in the UK later this year touring with Brandon Besharah performing as the world/jazz duo "2ish".


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Sunday, February 25th

Sunday, February 25th

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Gypsy Jive 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.

Gypsy Jive Band
The Gypsy Jive Band plays klezmer ethno-fusion country & eastern. In playing klezmer music in smaller communities around Ontario, they have had to adapt klezmer for non-traditional audiences. Hence you would hear them play such classics as "Sweet Georgia Brownstein" or "Romania the Brave" or "Love Potion No. NEIN" or "An Irish Shmedley".


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Monk's Music

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
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Jack Schechtman Folk Music & Ballads

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Rabbi Jack Schechtman Gabriel (voice/guitar)

Rabbi Jack Schechtman Gabriel
Rabbi Jack Gabriel lives at the intersection of many worlds: Jewish Renewal, Reggae, Rock, Folk, Hip-Hop and Klezmer. He creates music of the soul, of hope and healing. He's also very funny, and sometimes describes himself as "heimishe-flexidoxic."


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Trio Arkel

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Trio Arkel, Marie Bérard (violin), Teng Li (viola), Winona Zelenka (cello)

Special Screening at 6:30 - My War Years: Arnold Schoenberg

Program
- Kaija Saariaho (Finland b.1952): Cloud Trio (2009)
- Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland b.1933): String Trio (1990-91)
- James Rolfe (Canada b.1961): And Then Grace (2000)
- Arnold Schoenberg (Austria/USA 1874-1951): String Trio, Op.45 (1946)

Trio Arkel
Trio Arkel is the collaboration of three women at the top of the classical music world in Canada, each a soloist and leader in her own right: Marie Berard is Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; Teng Li is the Principal Violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Winona Zelenka is the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008 they have joined forces to bring a wide variety of classical chamber music to the Toronto public, enlisting internationally renowned guest artists for a truly stimulating and eclectic musical experience.

Winona Zelenka
Renowned for her gorgeous, invigorating tone, emotional vibrancy and superb control, Winona Zelenka is celebrated as one of Canada’s finest cellists. As a soloist and principal cellist, Winona has performed with numerous orchestras, conductors and ensembles such as the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Sinfonietta, the Zuckerman Chamber Players and the Huronia Sinfonietta.

Marie Bérard
Marie Bérard, violin, is best known as the Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She is also a sought-after chamber musician, soloist recording artist and teacher. She is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto and member of the acclaimed ARC ensemble; she also holds the position of Associate Concertmaster of the Mainly Mozart festival orchestra in San Diego, California. Marie is highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary music; she has recorded concerti by Schnittke and Kucharzyk, and recently performed major works as soloist with Esprit Orchestra, such as "Offertorium" by Sofia Gubaidulina and "Dedication" by Valentin Silvestrov.

Teng Li
Teng Li is establishing herself as one of the world's leading violists. She appears regularly as soloist throughout Canada, China, Europe and the USA. Ms. Li is also sought after as a chamber musician and collaborator, appearing in major international festivals. She has won top prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition and the ARD International Music Competition (Munich, Germany). Ms Li is the principal violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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Patrick Smith Quintet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Kaelin Murphy (trumpet), Noah Franche-Nolan (piano), Hayden Farrar (bass), Nick Fraser (drums), Patrick Smith (saxophone)
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Monday, February 26th

Monday, February 26th

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Alex Guindon Quintet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Alex Guindon (guitar), Thomas Hainbuch (bass), Jeremy Hucal (keyboard), Jeremy Worden (saxophone), Jacob Wutzke (drums)
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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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Riverrun

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Riverrun, Tom Richards (piano/trombone), Peter Lutek (saxophone), Scott Peterson (voice/guitar/bass/mbira), Jake Oelrichs (drums)

Riverrun
Riverrun is a quartet made up of some of Toronto's strongest musical personalities. Their sound has been described as “electro-chamber-jazz” and “minimalist-avant-garde-pop”. Cinematic, delving and disciplined, Riverrun cuts across stylistic boundaries and goes deep into the moment.


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Wednesday, February 28th

Wednesday, February 28th

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SAC Toronto Regional Songwriters Group + Open Mic

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

For those of you who are new to the RWG Open Stage, bring your song and a lyric sheet and think about what kind of feedback you would like to hear for your song. If you're a songwriter, but not a performer, please feel free to bring in a recording. If you play the keys, a piano will be available for you to play. Since we have a shortened timeline, we will jump right into the open stage part of the evening.

Songwriters Association of Canada
The S.A.C. is a friendly community of songwriters here to support each other in the creative journey. We also advocate on behalf of songwriters to protect the value of our work. Being a member has many privileges including opportunities to network, get your music heard, as well as honing the craft. Why not join today and start connecting with others through our on-line community. You can also protect your work through the Canadian Song Vault, or have your music assessed through the Song Assessment Service. We look forward to hearing your songs, and meeting you in person at one of our many upcoming events!

SAC Toronto Regional Songwriters Group
Hosted by local singer/songwriters, Regional Writers Groups are a great way to connect more intimately with other S.A.C. members in your community. The time is usually spent working on songwriting skills together and sometimes sharing a song or two. The S.A.C. Regional Writers Group Program is designed to provide members who live in all areas of the country a network of fellow songwriters, lyricists and composers, offer songwriting lessons and performance opportunities. The program is also designed to keep members informed about issues and changes in the music industry, while establishing unity among songwriters everywhere.

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Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Peter Boyd (guitar/voice), Noah Zacharin (guitar/voice)

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."

Noah Zacharin
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, March 1st

Thursday, March 1st

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John-Wayne Swingtet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
John-Wayne Swingtet, Wayne Nakamura (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass), John Farrell (guitar)

John-Wayne Swingtet
The John-Wayne Swingtet is comprised of four members of the Toronto Gypsy Jazz scene. John Farrell (guitar) and Abbey Sholzberg are original members of Toronto's first Hot Club band, Club Django Toronto. Wayne Nakamura (guitar) is the host of Toronto's most established Gypsy Jazz jam, The Hot Club of Corktown. Alexander Tikhonov (clarinet) has received his designation as "Master of the Clarinet" back in his native Russia. Together these four play the music of Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Fats Waller, Hank Williams, and the list goes on...


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