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Saturday, June 24th

Saturday, June 24th

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Break Loose: Toronto Singer/Songwriter Showcase 1st Edition

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Alexandra Hawse (voice/guitar), Michelle Thibodeau (voice/guitar), Brian Gallagher (voice/guitar), Ryan Preiano (voice)

Break Loose Entertainment
Break Loose Entertainment is not your run-of-the-mill concerts and promotions company. Our goal is to provide opportunity for young musicians and musicians on the rise all across Southern Ontario. Break Loose primarily works within London, Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Oshawa and Kingston but does branch out to other areas as well.


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Sunday, June 25th

Sunday, June 25th

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Thaller Family Klezmer Band

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Thaller Family Klezmer 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)

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.

Thaller Family Klezmer Band
From shtetl to night club. Journey through time with this genre blending ensemble.
​Four people, ten instruments, three voices, one amazing family.


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Rezonance Baroque Ensemble presents More Harpsichord

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Rezonance Baroque Ensemble, David Podgorski (harpsichord), Rezan Onen-Lapointe (violin), Rebecca Morton (cello)

Pity the harpsichordist. Whether working diligently at playing from two staves, harmonizing all the chords from a ground-bass line, and improvising to keep all the parts in line, he's still banished to the back of the ensemble. And it's not like he can perform on his own, either. While there's plenty of great music written for solo harpsichord, most of it is either written to be published and placed in the desk or just played at home, not in public. Maybe some harpsichordists finally got sick of it and wrote some music that they could show off, because in the mid-Eighteenth Century, Bach, Rameau, JC Bach, and Armand-Louis Couperin all wrote chamber pieces where the harpsichordist finally takes charge and shows the audience what he can do. Rezonance will be letting harpsichordist Dave Podgorski out to play and display his skills on the keyboard as we present sonatas by these composers, including Rameau's dazzling Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts. You'll never think of the harpsichord the same way again!

Rezonance Baroque Ensemble
Based in Toronto, Rezonance Baroque Ensemble brings together some of Canada's most exciting emerging young singers and players of historical instruments. An ensemble with a focus on early music, our vision is to give great performances in a way that resonates with today's audiences. Inspired by history and informed by the present, Rezonance leads audiences through the discovery of under- appreciated and unusual works, and new ways of hearing the classics.

Rebecca Morton
Rebecca Morton began her cello studies at the age of six in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. She went on to study as a scholarship student at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with Vladimir Orloff and David Hetherington. She graduated with an ARCT from the Conservatory, and was awarded the Gold Medal for achieving the highest string mark in Canada. Rebecca continued her studies at the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Paul Katz and Steven Doane. The recipient of a six year scholarship, she graduated with highest distinction receiving Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees. Rebecca has won numerous scholarships and awards including semi-finalist in the 2003 Eckhardt-Gramatte String Competition. She has been heard in solo and chamber music recitals including performances with ChamberWorks!, Past Perfect, as part of the summer music series at the Toronto Music Garden and in recording with Final Fantasy. In September of 2015, Rebecca will join the cello section of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. Rebecca enjoys teaching privately as well as at McMaster University.

Rezan Onen-Lapointe
Rezan Onen-Lapointe is a violinist specializing in historical performance, which she studied at both McGill University and the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague (Netherlands), as well as various professional workshops. Since then Rezan has returned to Toronto and is in demand as a freelance Baroque violinist and violist. She has played regularly with Aradia Ensemble, with whom she has recorded two albums for Naxos and traveled to Newfoundland, Italy, and Halifax. She has also performed with Nota Bene Baroque Ensemble, Talisker Players, Musicians in Ordinary, Elixir Baroque Ensemble, and more. She has served as both concertmaster and principal violist for Les Vents Atlantiques, a conductorless Romantic period orchestra, in the Netherlands and Mexico.

David Podgorski
David Podgorski is an accomplished chamber musician and solo harpsichordist. After completing a BMus at McGill University under the pianist Tom Plaunt, David studied harpsichord with Hank Knox, obtaining a MMus in harpsichord performance in 2005. In Montreal, David had the opportunity to work with many exceptional musicians, including Hélène Plouffe, David Greenberg, Matthias Maute, and Luc Beauséjour. Recently, David pursued advanced studies in the Netherlands, at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, with Jacques Ogg, and completed a demo recording in Italy of the solo harpsichord works of d'Anglebert. David continues to perform regularly, and has performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts in Boston, Montreal, Toronto, and San Francisco as well as in Italy, France, and the Netherlands.


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Kat Goldman

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Kat Goldman (voice/guitar)
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Monk's Music

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Michael Davidson (vibraphone)

Michael Davidson
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.

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Cynthia Hamar

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Cynthia Hamar (voice/guitar)
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Autolyse

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Luan Phung (guitar), Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass), Matt Chalmers (drums)

Luan Phung
Luan Phung (born 1991in London, England) is a Toronto based improviser, composer, and guitarist who works in a broad spectrum of experimental idioms. Though his improvisational and compositional approach is often described as "polymetric", "complex" and "modern" his conception is deeply rooted in the jazz and classical tradition. His distinct music reflects his reverence of jazz artists such as Lester Young, Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, and John Coltrane, as well as composers such as J.S. Bach, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern, Olivier Messiaen, and Pierre Boulez. His exploration of serial/dodecaphonic and spectral/overtone language within improvisational contexts, puts him on the vanguard of 'up and coming' young artists.

As a young classical guitarist, he garnered many musical accolades including four consecutive Royal Conservatory of Music silver medals for the highest practical examination mark in the province, four time first place gold medals at Performing Arts BC, a finalist for the renowned Kay Meek scholarship Competition, and a national finalist at the Canadian Music Competition, among others. Luan was chosen to play in the TD Canada Trust High School Jazz Intensive, led by the anchor of Chicago's jazz scene, renowned and innovative flautist Nicole Mitchel and winning the CanFor scholarship in conjunction with the Vancouver International Jazz festival, as well as being chosen to play in the Ottawa Youth Summit All-star Band, led by Canadian trumpet maverick Jim Lewis and winning the Galaxie Rising Star award for jazz performance. He was awarded the Ten Quinlan Guitar Award at Humber College. In addition, Luan was recently chosen to perform at TEDxToronto 2012 in collaboration with Toronto hip hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD, whom he worked with on their latest album BBNG2.


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Monday, June 26th

Monday, June 26th

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Dan Rougeau Trio

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Dan Rougeau (guitar), Hayden Farrar (bass), Ian Wright (drums)

Dan Rougeau
Dan Rougeau is a young, emerging jazz guitarist in the Toronto music scene. His music is bursting with passion, elegance and taste that is fresh and modern but keeps one eye on the rich jazz tradition.

Studies in jazz that began in Montreal, at CEGEP Vanier, where Rougeau began to hone his skills and craft his sound under the tutelage of great educators Christopher Smith, Nick DiTomaso and many others, soon took him to the great Canadian city of Toronto, Ontario. Rougeau is currently in the process of completing a Bachelor of Contemporary Music at Humber College, where some of the best Canadian musicians today (Ted Quinlan, Jim Lewis, Mark Kelso, Andy Scott, Mark Promane) have given him the tools to develop his sound, language and grow his passion. These wonderful educational opportunities, coupled with Rougeau's relentless work ethic and creative drive, have begun to create a unique guitar sound that will only continue to develop as the years go on.

Rougeau expresses his compositional creativity in a Toronto based band by the name of MidCoast. You can catch MidCoast playing Dan Rougeau's music live, on a regular basis in the Toronto music scene. Dan's music is shaped and influenced by many different musical soundscapes. "You're writing some really original stuff here" – Brian O'Kane. While the music is based in the acoustic jazz tradition, Rougeau explores the realms of pop, folk and funk music, "I try to create a melting pot of sounds, moods, and ideas" said Rougeau. Heavily influenced by New York musicians, Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks, Ben Allison and Kneebody would be good comparables when it comes to Dan's music. Though other influences in the realm of popular music such as Radiohead, Feist and Bon Iver are clearly discernible in his sound. It also goes without saying that the music of great Jazz legends such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Ahmad Jamal have made their presence clear in Rougeau's creative mind, seeping into his music and connecting it to the rich culture of jazz. According to Dan "modern influences inspire my music, while my love for the tradition really seems to ground it".

On top of his original musical endeavors, Rougeau has played extensively in Montreal and Toronto as a working jazz musician, providing entertainment for weddings, golf tournaments, corporate events and other celebrations of all kinds. The Dan Rougeau Trio has appeared 3 times at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Dan's talents also extend to rock music, and he has appeared live in many rock bands in both Montreal and Toronto.


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Signe Miranda hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Signe Miranda (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.

Signe Miranda
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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Toronto International Folk Fest

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Nathan Hiltz (guitar), Jake Koffman (saxophone), Chris Banks (bass), Ben Riley (drums)

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.

Ben Riley
A graduate of York University (Honours BFA), Ben Riley has been actively engaged in the Canadian music scene for over fifteen years. He has played alongside many luminaries such as Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole, Michael Burgess, Molly Johnson, Joe Sealy, Doug Riley, Jake Langley, NOJO, Marc Jordan, Amy Sky, Moe Koffman, Domenic Troiano, Joshua Nelson (gospel singer/ Oprah Winfrey guest), Matt Dusk, Wynton Marsalis and Gary Burton among others.

Ben has toured extensively throughout Canada, Europe, the U.S., China and Japan with many highly acclaimed acts including Michael Kaeshammer, Bruce Cockburn, Bowfire, Sophie Milman and Matt Dusk. He has played on countless albums and hundreds of commercials, as well as music for film and TV.


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Wednesday, June 28th

Wednesday, June 28th

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Elspeth Tremblay

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
R. Shelley (voice/guitar), Grizzly Coast (voice/guitar), Paige Allbritton (voice), Elspeth Tremblay (voice/guitar)

Grizzly Coast
Grizzly Coast is the solo musical project of Toronto-based musician Alannah Kavanagh. Her bracing and poetic lyrics are accompanied by fingerpicking guitar melodies and piano riffs. Grizzly Coast is gearing up to release her debut album "Gold Lined Path" this spring.


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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, June 29th

Thursday, June 29th

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Strat Andriotis

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Strat Andriotis (guitar)

Strat Andriotis
Influenced by the great jazz guitar legends from Django Reinhardt to John McLaughlin, Greece-born / Canadian-based guitarist Strat Andriotis is making waves in the music world with his 2016 CD entitled Less Off Patient. The follow up to Strat's critically acclaimed 2015 CD, Liars Incorporated. Featuring eleven original tracks of enchanting instrumental guitar music, blending Gypsy Jazz and Neoclassical music, on Less Off Patient, Strat is joined by his trio mates Adrianna Lee (violin) and Jeff Vidov (piano).

In 2015 Strat Andriotis released the award winning Liars Incorporated a contemporary classical album that soars with emotion. The guitarist brought along Jeff Vidov on piano and Katie Avery on violin. Recorded at Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton Ontario by Bob Doidge (U2 Joshua Tree) whose wonderful recording of the song brings the sound it deserves.

From 1995 to 2000, Strat released three albums with Tom Carney (First, Duo and Tria) which received airplay in the Jazz/Classical genre in the U.S and Canada. Strat has also recorded with Tony Levin (John Lennon, Peter Gabriel) Albert Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) Jim Gilmour (Saga).


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