Saturday, February 22nd
Saturday, February 22nd
Emily Steinwall & Thomas Steele Quintet
Emily Steinwall is a saxophone player, vocalist, flautist and bandleader based in Toronto, and is quickly establishing herself as a strong force in the jazz community. In 2017, Emily was named one of CBC's "35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35" at only 22 years old, and was the recipient of the prestigious Mary Alice Stewart Award (presented by JazzFM91.1). She has a deep respect and connection to the jazz tradition while still maintaining a fresh approach to improvising and composing.
Steinwall performs frequently in a diverse collection of groups as both a side-woman and leader. Her newest project, YALA, is a sharp turn from her past work as a composer with a genre-bending sound that is heavily influenced by the music of John and Alice Coltrane, and features for the first time her abilities as a lyricist. She was deeply inspired by the unparalleled power of nature which she felt in the jungles Yala National Park (Sri Lanka), and intends to use this project as a vehicle to explore the forces of nature which she channels through her body.
Thomas Steele is an emerging musician and educator in Toronto, ON, Canada.
Thomas has had the opportunity to learn alongside and work with many of North America's top faces in jazz, including Maria Schneider, Mike Murley, Gordon Foote, Tara Davidson, Alex Dean, Rich Brown and Collen Allen amongst others.
A saxophonist and woodwind doubler, Thomas has enjoyed performance opportunities through both big band and small jazz ensembles. He has participated in a variety of music festivals across Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC, leading to invitations to perform across North America, from Niagara Falls, ON to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Thomas has had the fortuity to perform across Canada including Toronto, Ontario's Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, Lula Lounge and Emmet Ray, as well as Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill in Montreal, QC. You can find Thomas performing in Toronto regularly with his co-led quintet, his standards quartet, as a member of University of Toronto jazz ensembles, or as a sideman.
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Joshua Pasqua, Jake Feeney, Cassidy Taylor
A songwriter since he was 8, Jake Feeney continues to explore music, guitar, and how he plans to come crashing into the contemporary music scene. His influences range from John Mayer, to Frank Ocean, to The Tallest Man on Earth. If you let him go on long enough, he'll tell you about how he is a mix of singer/songwriter, adult contemporary, folk, and blues rock. In July 2013, he released his homemade, debut EP, 'Imbued'.
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Blues & Troubles
Blues & Troubles
Blues & Troubles is a young Toronto based band that plays traditional style blues, R+B, and old-school country. The leaders of the band are Kendra Kwiatkowski and Oscar Tang, and the rest of the band can be a great revolving door of musicians that are on the blues scene in the city. Influenced by songs and artists from the 50's and earlier, B&T likes to re-imagine old favourites by the kings of the blues from a woman's perspective, and to hunt out gems by the first blues queens that are largely unknown today. Always trying to channel Muddy Waters and Big Mama Thornton, this band is hoping to get rid of auto tune in your music and bring back that true blues feeling. Rawness and emotion are a big part of music, and currently the big goal within the band is to become better and braver improvisors on stage, since so many of the blues greats would easily create for their audiences live and on the fly. That is how you get that special moment in a song where your hair stands on end! It can be a scary prospect, but to stay true to the real blues sound you have to mix up who is playing, don't play just a part, converse musically with your band mates, record it live, and even if you aren't certain, go for the extra feeling on that high note! That is what real music, and particularly the blues, is all about.
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Sunday, February 23rd
Sunday, February 23rd
Jewish Brunch Buffet with 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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Glen Hall has an international reputation as a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist. Hall has been an agent provocateur on the Canadian creative music scene for decades. He was the first Canadian jazz musician to independently record and release a free jazz album ("The Book of the Heart" with Joanne Brackeen, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart). He is one the very few musicians besides Miles Davis to collaborate and record with legendary composer/arranger Gil Evans ("The Mother of the Book"). His "Hallucinations: Music and Words for William S. Burroughs" featured one of the founding fathers of free jazz, trombonist Roswell Rudd. Hall played the Guelph Jazz Festival with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. He's studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and composition with Gyorgy Ligeti and Mauricio Kagel in Germany, did artistic residencies in live electronics at STEIM in Amsterdam and Kyma Symbolic Sound at the Electronic Music Foundation in New York, and recently was a featured artist at the Siberian Jazz Games festival in Novosibirsk, Russia. Hall is also the founder and artistic director of the 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival.
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Monday, February 24th
Monday, February 24th
Feldman / Malone Duo
Jesse Malone lives a double life as freelance musician and as a software developer. He discovered web development while Perl was still cool and music long before that. Upon completion of a mathematics degree at McMaster he entered the Jazz Performance program at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2009. He has studied privately with Anita McAllister, Sean Moody, Laurie Frink, John McLeod and Chase Sanborn. Major influences on trumpet include Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Blue Mitchell, Kenny Wheeler and Tom Harrell.
As a trumpet player, Jesse is something of a stylistic chameleon, keeping busy in a variety of genres inclding jazz, classical, and mariachi. He's been known to appear in pit orchestras around the GTA and can be heard, among other things, with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, the regimental band of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, Mariachi Fuego and as leader of the Jesse Malone Quintet.
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Russell Leon hosts Open Stage Mondays
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'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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The Woodshed Orchestra
The Woodshed Orchestra was founded in 2005 by Toronto musician, educator, and composer Dave Clark in order to celebrate friendship and love through music. Clark called upon some of the finest folks he knew to make the gumbo boil and the people dance. The band is an ecstatic soul-filled communal multi-headed celebration emancipation experience. The Woodshed will take you higher and make you feel the love you need to succeed. Yes it will. The Woodshed will light up your tree, push all the right buttons, stroke your ego till you come to your senses and start to sing and dance with visions of sugar plum love making times dancing in your mind that seem so real to the taste, touch and feel that you'll shout in happiness and cry tears of joy for being alive.
Dave Clark is a drummer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Gemini Award winning composer, music student, music educator, author, poet, record producer, audio mastering engineer and the leader of the WoodChopper's Association improviser's orchestra.
Dave has been lucky enough to have performed with such diverse artists as the Dinner is Ruined, the Nihilist Spasm Band, Jah Youssouf, Vieux Farka Toure and Mansa Sissoko of Mali, West Africa, mezzo soprano Jean Stillwell, Plunderphonics mastermind John Oswald, legendary drummer Neil Peart of Rush, the Sun Ra Arkestra, the Woodshed Orchestra, the Rheostatics, Jean Derome, Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, trumpeter Lina Allemano, Rich Underhill of the Shuffle Demons, Tannis Slimmon, the Shrine of Impossible Love, Joe Lapinski, Runcible Spoon, Madagascar Slim, Sook-Yin Lee, Jo Ann Hetu, Rock Plaza Central, Wayne Omaha, Trish O'Callaghan, Michael Johnston, the Williams, Mihirangi, Eliza Gilkyson, Carolyn Mark, GUH, Lewis Melville, Andrew Downing, Les Blancs Brilliants, dancers Andrea Nann, Rex Harrington, Yvonne Ng, Kate Alton, Shannon Cooney, and Susie Burpee, poets Paul Dutton of the CCMC and Jim Carroll author of the “Basketball Diaries”, created soundtrack work for Nick Deponcier, Audrey Huntley, co-created soundtrack music with the Rheostatics for Martin Scorsese “Naked in New York” and Richard J. Lewis “Whale Music”, worked with theatre artists Tina Rasmussen, Jane Wells, Suitcase in Point of St. Catherines Ontario, Theatre Junction of Calgary Alberta, One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Company of Calgary Alberta, Installation Artists Sherri Hay, Fastwurms, Walter Willems, Mike Murphy and many others.
Dave has studied with master drum teacher Jim Blackley of Barrie, Canada, Bata music master Gilberto Morales Chiong of Matanzas Cuba, British guitarist and composer Fred Frith, and saxophonist David Mott of Toronto, Canada.
Dave is the author of “A Month of Sundays” poetry collection and the music instructional text “How to Conduct…Yourself! Conducting Cues For Instant Musical Composition”.
Dave has produced/ co-produced recordings by the the Williams, Joe Lapinski, Michael Johnston, the Inbreds, By Divine Right and the WoodChoppers Association. He has mastered audio works by the Rheostatics, Han Bennink, Sam Larkin, Dave Reed and Zunior.com amongst others.
Mr. Clark teaches music at his studio in Toronto, Canada as well as leading his Improviser's Woodshed music workshops at public, secondary and post-secondary schools, as well as at music festivals, in art galleries, for theatre companies and for various bands.
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Wednesday, February 26th
Wednesday, February 26th
Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin
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 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, February 27th
Thursday, February 27th
Jacob Chung Group
Toronto saxophonist/composer Jacob Chung (b. 2000) is establishing himself as an engaging contemporary voice, having been named to the 2018 National Youth Jazz Combo and the 2017 Conn-Selmer Centerstage Band, as well as awarded the 2018 Yamaha Passion and Performance Award and the 2017 Rico Golden Reed Award. Jacob continues to refine his craft at the University of Toronto as a 2018 BMO National Scholar where he has studied privately with John Johnson and played under the direction of Kelly Jefferson, Jason Logue, and Gord Foote. As an alumnus of the JazzFM91 Youth Big Band, Jacob has played in festivals including the Toronto Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, and Niagara Jazz Festival and at venues such as Koerner Hall, Isabel Bader Theatre, Lula Lounge, the Old Mill Inn, and the Rex. He is also a graduate of the Humber College Community Music School, where he studied with and played under the direction of Jeff King, Kenji Omae, Luis Deniz, Lorne Lofsky, and Kirk MacDonald. Jacob has played alongside the likes of Dennis Mackrel, Rich Perry, Randy Brecker, Ron Westray, Robi Botos, and Tim Hagans.
Jacob's music is as inspired by traditional standard song-form as it is modern art-music. He writes music about people, places, and moments, and having lived in Toronto his entire life, his music is deeply connected to this city he calls home.
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