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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Mitch Smolkin

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Mitch Smolkin (voice)

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.

Mitch Smolkin
Mitch is most at home in musical theatre and singing from the vast Yiddish repertoire. He also delves into numerous genres, and his work can be heard currently at the permanent sound installation in the Michael Lee Chin Crystal's Spirit House that forms part of the Royal Ontario Museum. He can be seen regularly in concert with his beloved award-winning pianist Nina Shapilsky.


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Lucas Dubonik Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Lucas Dubovik (saxophone)
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Karl Silveira

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Karl Silveira (trombone)

Karl Silveira
Karl completed his Undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto in 2009. He was also one of three trombonists selected to attend The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music led by Dave Douglas in 2008.

Since graduating, Karl has been a working as a freelance musician playing in many musical situations including Jazz Clubs, Weddings, Corporate events, Creative music showcases, Cruiseships and Music Festivals. He currently performs regularly with The Boxcar Boys, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Drumhand.

Karl has studied privately with a variety of professionals including Gordon Sweeney (principle Trombonist of the TSO), Terry Promane, William Carn, Jim Lewis, Kelesley Grant as well as Jamie Reynolds and Tom Richards.

Karl has also performed with many professionals including Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Alex Dean, Jackie Richardson, Dave King (The Bad Plus), Thomas Morgan, Osmany Paredes, Dave Douglas, Tim Ries, Renee Rosnes and Kirk McDonald.

Karl is based out of Toronto where he freelances as well arranges and composes music for his own creative projects.


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Monday, September 23rd

Monday, September 23rd

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Universal Resonance Experiment (feat. Deniz Lim-Sersan and Claire Lee)

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Deniz Lim-Sersan (drums/voice), Yunjin Claire Lee (piano)

Yunjin Claire Lee
Born in Seoul, Korea, Claire moved to Canada when she was 13. Although her precious formal classical training did not continue for long, she was introduced to music again when she was graduated from high school. She achieved certification of Introduction to Jazz Performance program at Humber College, prior to the Bachelor's program. Over the years at Humber, she studied with world-renowned Canadian musicians such as Brian Dickinson, Bernie Senensky, Nancy Walker, Kirk MacDonald, Mike Downes, and New York's David Virelles. As evidenced in her compositions and playing, Claire's highly inspired by Bud Powell and Andrew Hill. Striving towards virtuosity on her piano, Claire seeks to carry both traditional and modern sound of jazz in her future works.


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Russell Leon hosts Open Stage Mondays

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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Eric West Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Leland Whitty (saxophone), Michael Davidson (vibraphone), Kaelin Murphy (trumpet), Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass), Eric West (drums)

Eric West
Eric West Is a Toronto based jazz drummer that received his musical education studying at Humber College. Eric has performed all over Canada as well as in Europe, and in 2012 was awarded the Sabian Cymbal award for outstanding achievement. Over the past year he has been fortunate enough to share the stage with the likes of Denzal Sinclaire, Kelly Jefferson, and Reg Schwager, to name a few. Eric is an active member in the Toronto jazz scene, keeping busy as both a sideman and bandleader.


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Wednesday, September 25th

Wednesday, September 25th

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Doogie and Dun with Cindy Church

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Doogie & Dun, Cindy Church (voice/guitar)

Just back from an Ontario tour as part of a Canadian country music legends show, , D, D & C are in good voice and eager to share their new show with their Toronto fans. The setting is informal, the stage is celebrated and the food is outstanding. Come for dinner and the show. Talk about a perfect outing in one of the city's most dynamic neighbourhoods! Call for reservations. 416-967-1078

Doogie & Dun
The duo that refer to themselves as "Doogie & Dun" are not strangers to the stage. They've enjoyed storied careers, Doogie as Douglas John Cameron in the Louisiana Snowblowers and Dun as Duncan Fremlin in Whiskey Jack.

Two time Juno Award nominee Douglas John Cameron brings star power to this duo having penned the 1985 hit song and video, Mona With The Children.

Duncan continues to lead and direct one of the longest running acoustic country acts in Canada, Whiskey Jack, now in their 41st year. Duncan's band continues to tour Canada with his show, Stories & Songs of Stompin' Tom.


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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, September 26th

Thursday, September 26th

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Naomi McCarroll-Butler Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Naomi McCarroll-Butler (clarinet)

Naomi McCarroll-Butler
Naomi McCarroll-Butler is a saxophonist, clarinetist and composer living in Toronto.

She leads two of her own groups: saxophone duo The Silent Shout (with Patrick Smith, debut release incoming June 2019) and The Band Named Crow, a large improvising ensemble that premiers music based on the surreal worlds of Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. She is also a member of the folk group decoration day.

Naomi is an active side musician in many overlapping scenes of Toronto, playing with The Tortoise Orchestra (Mingjia Chen), Kontraband Kollektif (Lieke Van der Voort), the Kohen Hammond Chamber Ensemble, the Element Choir, and many others. She has also worked as an arranger, storyteller and performer with the Polaris-Prize nominated Queer Songbook Orchestra, a Toronto based 12-piece chamber pop ensemble dedicated to exploring and uplifting queer narrative in pop music.


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Peter Campbell

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Peter Campbell (voice), Reg Schwager (guitar), Ross MacIntyre (bass)

Peter Campbell
Born and raised in New York City, Peter Campbell has been performing for over thirty years. From cabaret appearances with fellow young performers from the worlds of theater, film and television, Peter went on to work in commercial jingles and to cabaret performances from New York City to New England and the Midwest. He has performed throughout Toronto and has released two recordings since relocating in 2012. His 2017 release, "Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn," has received critical acclaim both in Canada and internationally. The recording garnered inclusion on several lists of the top jazz recordings of 2017 and was nominated for an Independent Music Award.


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Friday, September 27th

Friday, September 27th

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Lodan

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Lodan, Loel Latorilla (guitar/voice), Daniel Moore (guitar/voice), Lee McCuaig (percussion), Bernel Latorilla (bass)

Lodan
Lodan is a folk jazz duo influenced by Radiohead, Nick Drake and Wilco to name a few. Loel Latorilla is a singersongwriter based in Scarborough. He has been writing songs for 10 years. Daniel is a jazz guitarist who graduated from Humber's renowned Jazz program. He is based in Toronto.


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Steve D'Angelo

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Steve D'Angelo (guitar)

Steve D'Angelo
To describe Steve D'Angelo accurately, the phrase "musical chameleon" springs to mind.

He is a genuinely fully-rounded artist, with well-honed skills that have proved adaptable in a wide range of roles and musical genres. The combination of intellect and passion Steve brings to every situation and role has placed him in great demand on the Toronto music scene he has long called home. His reputation and his work have also travelled well beyond city limits.

If pressed, Steve will cite the guitar as his favourite instrument, but he is equally at home at the piano and keyboards as well as bass, ukelele ,baritone guitar,mandolin and percussion. His talent as a multi-instrumentalist has been put to good use in his work as an acclaimed and award-winning composer for film and television.

In 2001, Steve co-founded The EggPlant, a full-service production house supplying creative to the television and advertising community. This company has gone on to earn a stellar international reputation for its work, as evidenced by the Emmy Awards Steve and his partners have earned.


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