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Jack Shechtman & Friends

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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Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Peter Boyd (guitar/voice), Tom Griffiths (bass), Gary Taylor (drums)

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."


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Thursday, December 13th

Thursday, December 13th

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Collective Order: Vol 3 CD Release

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Collective Order

olume Three marks another important step in the evolution of Collective Order. After releasing Volume Two, they had created a vision for the future of the project:
"Looking ahead, Collective Order plans to continue to become more inclusive and reflective of the musical and cultural diversity that Toronto has to offer."

In Volume Three, the band has created a collection of compositions inspired by their cultural heritages and personal experiences. Toronto is comprised of incredibly diverse and culturally rich communities and in this collaborative project, the band aims to eliminate imaginary boundaries and establish new traditions.

In keeping with the collaborative nature of Collective Order, the opening title is a composition written to accompany a traditional land acknowledgement by Indigenous artist Melanie Montour.

Collective Order
Collective Order is a collaborative recording project featuring 21 jazz musicians based in Toronto. Since forming in 2015, the band has released one album of jazz standards and two albums consisting of all-original compositions. Now releasing their third album, the band has undoubtedly developed a distinct aesthetic centred around a shared creative process.

The idea of collaboration is fully explored in the music of Collective Order. Each piece is written by a different member of the band, who then curates the personnel for the recording of their piece. As a result, the sound of their albums covers a wide array of arrangements and textures. Jazz FM host John Devonish has said of Collective Order, "In times when concepts of community are screaming out for serious revisiting along comes a uniquely sensitive album project."


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Franc'open mic

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Franc'open mic est la première scène ouverte francophone de Toronto, ouverte à toutes les disciplines: le chant, la comédie, la poésie, l'impro, le conte ou encore le slam.

Ouvert à tous niveaux, depuis les débutants jusqu'aux professionnels.

DEBUT DES INSCRIPTIONS DES ARTISTES: 7:30pm

DEBUT DU SHOW: 8pm

REGLE: Chaque artiste/groupe peut jouer 2 morceaux OU 10 min.

MATERIEL DISPONIBLE au Free Times Cafe:
- 2 micros
- 1 système de sonorisation pour brancher tous types d'instruments (guitare, clavier, violon, mp3, etc...)
- 1 piano électrique.
- Il n'y a PAS de guitare disponible!

Organisé par Cyril Mignotet et Florian François.
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Franc'open mic is the first francophone open stage in Toronto for all the performing arts like singing, comedy, stand up, poetry, impro, tales or the spoken word.

The event is open from beginners to professional artists.

SIGN UP STARTS at 7:30pm

SHOW STARTS at 8pm

RULES: Artists get 2 songs OR 10min.

VENUE SUPPLIES:
- 2 mics
- 1 PA System to plug any instruments (violin, guitar, keyboard, mp3, etc)
- 1 keyboard
- NO guitar available

Hosted by Cyril Mignotet and Florian François

Franc'open mic
Franc'Open Mic est la première scène ouverte francophone de Toronto. L'événement est ouvert à tous types de disciplines comme la poésie, la musique, le slam, l'impro ou encore la comédie ou le conte.

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Franc'Open Mic is the first francophone open stage in Toronto. The show is open for everyone from beginners to experienced artists who want to perform in French. All performance arts like poetry, spoken word, music, comedy, stand up or improv are welcome!

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Bossa Tres

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Bossa Tres, Victor Monsiváis (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)

Bossa Tres
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, December 14th

Friday, December 14th

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Colter/Lee/Funston

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Aidan Funston (guitar), Rob Lee (bass), Dillon Colter (drums)
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Aidan Devine

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Aidan Devine (voice/guitar)
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Chris Banks

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Chris Banks (bass)
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Saturday, December 15th

Saturday, December 15th

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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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Simone Morris & Friends

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Simone Morris (voice), Chris Adriaanse (bass), Mike Freedman (guitar)

Soulful, sultry and a little sassy, Simone Morris officially launched her all-original, debut album Settling Up on Nov 2, 2018, which hit #1 on the iTunes Canada jazz charts upon release and has earned her attention and airplay from CBC Radio's "Fresh Air", "Big City Small World", and campus and community radio.

The audience is invited to share in an intimate musical journey through her charming, graceful and soulful musical world. A captivating performer, with a modern yet timeless quality, Simone exudes a rare blend of soulfulness and subtlety. She's a natural storyteller who captures the essence of jazz classics, while artfully luring audiences into her craftily-spun musical stories.


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38th Anniversary Variety Show

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Free Admisson, Free Drink, Free Hors d'Oeuvres
&
Variety Show with live music, comedy, and movies

We're celebrating 38 Years of live entertainment
and great homemade food
and we want YOU to be a part of our special night!

Dinner reservations guarantee seating in the club room:
416-967-1078

*hors d'oeuvres & 1 free drink to everyone between 7-10pm


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Sean Stanley Trio & Miss Dior

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Sean Stanley (piano)
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Sunday, December 16th

Sunday, December 16th

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Monk's Music

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
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Gordon's Acoustic Living Room

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Gordon's Acoustic Living Room
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Somewhere There presents: Jon Lindhorst (Berlin)

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Jonathan Lindhorst (saxophone), Josh Cole (bass), Nico Dann (drums), Don Scott (guitar)

Jonathan Lindhorst
Praised for his “lyrical intensity” and “expressively vocal” tenor sound, Jonathan Lindhorst is recognized as a musician who can blend into many different musical situations, yet possesses an eccentricity that allows him to bring a unique flavor to each performance. As a lover of many types of music and art forms, Jonathan takes his inspiration from performers as diverse as Tom Waits, Thelonious Monk, Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, and Bill Frisell ,as well as contemporary art, literature, and sci-fi/horror films.

As an improvising musician and composer, Jonathan has performed all across Canada, the United States, and Europe, most notably with the group Turtleboy. The band’s second record, “Smart Matter”, was released on the Vancouver based label “Songlines”, and a third record is set to be released in early 2014. From 2010-2013, Jonathan resided in Brooklyn, NY, where he was involved in multiple projects, including the Ammann/Lindhorst quartet with pianist Sebastien Ammann, Dirty Virgin, and Innocent when you Dream, a collaboration with trumpeter Aaron Shragge that interprets the music of Tom Waits. Additionally, Jonathan led his own quartet that performed regularly around Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Somewhere There
Somewhere There is a collective of Toronto-based musicians who present, support, and celebrate creative music-making.


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Monday, December 17th

Monday, December 17th

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John Nicholson Quintet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
John Nicholson (saxophone), Julius Clegg (guitar), Malcolm Connor (bass), Leo Bae (piano), Harry Vetro (drums)
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Aquarius feat. Torrie Seager

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Aquarius, Torrie Seager (guitar)
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