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Sam Dickinson and friends

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Sam Dickinson (guitar)

Sam Dickinson
Sam Dickinson was born in Toronto in 1992. He began piano when he was 5, then switched to guitar at the age of 8. He was in the Humber College Community Music program for 8 years beginning in 2002. Sam has played at venues all over Eastern and Western Canada as well as in Manhattan, Boston, Washington DC, Louisville, and around the Burgundy area of France. He has studied with musicians like Mick Goodrick, Brad Shepik, Joe Morris, Ted Quinlan, Lorne Lofsky, David Occipinti, and Geoff Young to name a few.


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Sam Dickinson with Russ Macklem

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Sam Dickinson (guitar), Russ Macklem (trumpet)

Sam Dickinson
Sam Dickinson was born in Toronto in 1992. He began piano when he was 5, then switched to guitar at the age of 8. He was in the Humber College Community Music program for 8 years beginning in 2002. Sam has played at venues all over Eastern and Western Canada as well as in Manhattan, Boston, Washington DC, Louisville, and around the Burgundy area of France. He has studied with musicians like Mick Goodrick, Brad Shepik, Joe Morris, Ted Quinlan, Lorne Lofsky, David Occipinti, and Geoff Young to name a few.


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Wednesday, July 17th

Wednesday, July 17th

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60's Folk Revival: Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
60's Folk Revival, Sue & Dwight, Tony Laviola (bass)

60's Folk Revival
A singalong tribute to the songs of the 1960's Folk Revival. The group, comprised of Sue and Dwight on vocals and guitars, and Tony Laviola, on double bass, takes the audience on a musical journey sharing stories and providing historical context highlighting the importance of the songs, which are performed in the style true to the period.

Audiences are transported back to the coffeehouses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village. The show includes folk classics like 'If I Had A Hammer', 'Blowin In The Wind', 'Walk Right In', 'Turn Turn Turn', 'Tom Dooley', 'Five Hundred Miles' and many many more.


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Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual

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

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, July 18th

Thursday, July 18th

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Robert Lee Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Rob Lee (bass)
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The Middle Of Nowhere

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
The Middle Of Nowhere
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Vokurka's Vicarious Virtuoso Violin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Ed Vokurka (violin), John Fletcher (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)

Ed Vokurka
Violinist Ed Vokurka's music is a unique blend of European classicism and North American Swing. He possesses a lyricism rarely found in a jazz violinist. In his eclectic approach to jazz, Ed is uniquely providing a missing link between his original classical training and the jazz world, which he embraces so passionately!


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Friday, July 19th

Friday, July 19th

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Harley Card

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Harley Card (guitar)

Harley Card
Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist, composer, and freelance musician. As a contributor to the creative music scene in Toronto for the past decade, Harley has played with many artists including; Richard Underhill, Alex Dean, Alex Samaras, William Carn, Michael Herring, Sarah Jerrom, Michael Davidson, Don Scott, David Virelles, Felicity Williams, Dave Clark, Carlie Howell, Jon Challoner, Colin Power, RJ Sachnanathan, Ian Sinclair, Kurt Neilson, Matt Newton, Dan Fortin, Ernesto Cervini, Ben Dietschi, Jesse Malone, Dan Gaucher, Caitlin Smith, and Scott Kemp among others.

Harley is a member/composer for the Toronto groups; Hobson's Choice, The Harley Card Trio, The Harley Card Quintet, God's Gift To Yoda, and Stoptime. Each ensemble has performed extensively in Canada and released multiple recordings. Hobson's Choice's recent Barnyard Records release; "Of The Waves", was premiered at The 2012 TD Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival.


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Dennis Kwok Standards Band

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Dennis Kwok (saxophone)

Saturday, July 20th

Saturday, July 20th

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Karl Silveira Group

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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Sunday, July 21st

Sunday, July 21st

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Jewish Brunch Buffet with Muzika Klez Ensemble

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Muzika Klez Ensemble, Isaac Muzikansky (voice/guitar), Alexander Zlotnik (piano), Tom Hamilton (violin)

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.

Isaac Muzikansky
Isaac Muzikansky and his family emigrated from the former Soviet Union to Ottawa in 1980. Since childhood, Isaac learned mostly from his parents many Yiddish songs and since then the Jewish music became his passionate hobby.

Since his arrival to Canada, Isaac worked for more than 30 years in Ottawa Hi-Tech companies as an Electronics Engineer. Isaac became actively involved in Ottawa Jewish Community life. He performed as soloist as well as part of different bands and choirs singing songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Russian, Gypsy, Italian, English, Spanish. He plays guitar and violin.

After their retirements in July 2015, Isaac and his wife Mara moved to Toronto to be closer to their family. Isaac is already well known entertainer in GTA and has been performing in clubs, retirements homes (e.g. Friends Of Yiddish Club, Bernard Betel Centre, Terraces Baycrest, Free Times Café, Constantia, VIVA, Circle Of Care, Russian CHATS Club, Kensington Place just to name a few), private parties. During these years, he also successfully performed in Montreal, South Florida, Kingston (Ontario).


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Monk's Music

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
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Somewhere There Presents: Light Industry

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Light Industry, Chris Cawthray (drums), Andrew Furlong (bass), Jay Hay (saxophone/clarinet)

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


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