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John Russon

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
John Russon (guitar)
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Music City North

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Sherry Jacoby (voice/guitar), Scott Carruthers (voice/guitar), John Mason (voice/guitar), Liam Cyr (voice/guitar)

Music City North
Music City North is a community of artists, venue owners, booking agents, managers and fans, working together to grow the Toronto music community and increase awareness of the music scene.


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Saturday, July 21st

Saturday, July 21st

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Boom Jazz Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Boom Jazz Quartet, Dale Scaife (piano), Jeff Skrypek (guitar), Vinnie Venkov (bass), John Collin (drums)

Boom Jazz Quartet
The Boom Jazz Quartet is a modern jazz band in Toronto. Combining musicians with a wealth of experience, Boom Jazz Quartet provide a sense of excitement with organic live energy, and an undeniable swing. They combine a throwback sound to the days of bop with a 21st century edge.


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Music City North

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Caitlin Burgess (voice/guitar), Angèle Menard (guitar/voice), Jess Spagnolo (voice/guitar), Emily Raquel (guitar/voice)

Caitlin Burgess
Caitlin Burgess is an acoustic country/folk singer-songwriter, born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She now lives in Toronto, working and playing music in and around the city at venues including The Cameron House, Mitzi’s Sister, C’est What, The Rivoli, Czehoski and more. Her first album I Know It's You was independently released in 2008, and she most recently released a new single entitled Crazy Love on iTunes. Her influences include everything and anything from Bob Dylan to Pearl Jam, but mostly female folk singers like Patty Griffin, Sarah McLachlan & Schuyler Fisk.

Jess Spagnolo
Toronto-Based acoustic singer/songwriter always looking to music for solitude. The ability to unmask true emotions through poetic lyric, creating melodious tunes with meaning and reconnecting it with fans became a vision.

Brought to the table are songs inspired by life's complications and simple beauty. Composed with a strong spiritual belief that emotions and connections are better felt, through the passion of the instrument and deep lyric.

Above all, one must strive to permeate themself with Faith, Hope & Love.. And a little bit of music.

Music City North
Music City North is a community of artists, venue owners, booking agents, managers and fans, working together to grow the Toronto music community and increase awareness of the music scene.


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Sunday, July 22nd

Sunday, July 22nd

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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), 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.

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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Max Forster & Alloys

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Max Forster (trumpet), Charlotte Alexander (french horn), Nick Marshall (trombone), Simon Balleyguier (sousaphone), Stuart Mein (drums)

Alloys is a 5-piece modern jazz brass band led by trumpeter and composer Max Forster. The group looks to explore contemporary harmony, rhythm and improvisation through the timeless lens of four-part brass harmony.


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Monday, July 23rd

Monday, July 23rd

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Exit Phrase

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Exit phrase, Kyle Windjack (trumpet), Ben McCarroll-Butler (saxophone), Nick Marshall (trombone), Patrick O'Reilly (guitar), Scott Hunter (bass), Julian DiVito (drums)
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Open Stage Mondays with Dave Plank

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Dave Plank (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.

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Julian Anderson-Bowes Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass)
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Wednesday, July 25th

Wednesday, July 25th

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Best of the Open Stage: Lunar Bloom, Dorota

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Lunar Bloom, Dorota (voice/guitar)
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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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