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O'Scotty

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
O'Scotty

East coast music

O'Scotty
O'Scotty is a Toronto based Celtic band that performs traditional, modern and original music from Scotland, Ireland, the Canadian maritime provinces and abroad.


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Friday, April 28th

Friday, April 28th

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Glen Hornblast + Terry Jones

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Glen Hornblast (voice/guitar), Terry Jones (voice/guitar)

Glen Hornblast
Glen Hornblast's new CD, entitled "Once In A Blue Moon", is an eclectic mix of Glen's best songs written over the last 30 years. Mr. Hornblast, a well-knownToronto singer-songwriter, has finally released the CD his audience has been waiting for, for along time.

The songs range from folk to blues to country with a dash of jazz for good measure. Hornblast's sweet and mellow sound reminds one of James Taylor or Jack Johnson - his voice floats over the melodies, weaving a magic spell as insightful as it is soothing. Not a word is in there that's out of place or unnecessary.

"Folk music is all about telling stories", he says over a cup of cappuccino. "Songwriters are impossible dreamers trying to change the world with their songs. And sometimes it works."

"I've just played music and written songs since I was a little kid." A self-confessed 60s hippie, Glen travelled across Canada during the late 60s and early 70s like an old-fashioned Troubadour, hitch-hiking from Toronto to Vancouver and back again, busking everywhere he could. Naturally his early heroes were the 60s folkies, like Gordon Lightfoot, Joni MItchell, James Taylor (who he's often compared to), and Simon & Garfunkel. Later on he heard Townes van Zandt and thought he'd heard the world's best songwriter.

"Townes is a songwriter's songwriter. All the great writers of today, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, they all recognized that Townes had a way with a song like nobody else. His songs were like quick sketches in words ... but they captured so much", he explains.

In the 80s, Glen released his first single called "Northern Skies", which garnered a lot of Canadian radio airplay. "It was a big hit in out of the way places, like Witaskawin, Alberta and Bumblebee, Arizona. I got airplay royalties for years. But the 80s weren't kind to folksingers." Glen's record label soon went bankrupt and Glen turned to playing Top 40 in bars from Toronto to Kirkland Lake.

"After a while, being a human jukebox just stopped being fun anymore." In the 90s, he took up residence at the Free Times Cafe in Toronto, running the open stage and booking acts. "It was a lot of fun, made a lot of friends ... but not really a living."

"The last few years have been the most fun and productive I've ever had in the music business," he says. "I think I realized that if music isn't fun, it ain't worth it. So I'm having fun ... writing more songs than ever ... jamming with other musicians everywhere I can, getting known that way. Seems to be working out for me."

Last year, Glen hooked up with the veteran Toronto producer, David Baxter, who's produced dozens of up and coming country acts like Justin Rutledge and Joshua Cockerill . "I realized what a fantastic thing it is to have a great producer. Bax understood my songs, the mix of folk, country, and jazz, and helped me put it all together. He helped me make the record that I always wanted to make - I feel it's as true to my own vision of my music as anything could be."

With the new CD finally out, Glen has discovered how much work the next phase can be. "It's incredible how much work it is to try to promote something. You've got Facebook Twitter, iTunes ... it's enough to make your head spin. All I hope for is that music keeps on being fun and I keep on writing good songs and a few people hear it. What else can you ask for?"

Glen is currently planning for a tour out West and a trip to Nashville in June, playing at the Nashville Songwriter's Festival.

Terry Jones
Terry Jones is a long time, too long really, member of the Perth County Conspiracy. He is on their Columbia album, and has had some luck with songwriting, for performance, plays, and films. He appears to love singing.


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Saturday, April 29th

Saturday, April 29th

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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 2:00

Come Out to Hear The Great Music

Come out to Meet Your Friends

Come Out to Play Some Tunes

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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Django Futuro

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Django Futuro

Django Futuro
Django Futuro is a collective of professional musicians in Toronto, passionate about the exciting and intoxicating world of gypsy swing music and dancing. Made up of a diverse group of musicians, dancers and actors, Django Futuro strives to take you fully back in time, when the rhythm of the guitar was unceasing and the magic charm of the dance club was commonplace.


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A Musical Aviary

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Sibylle Marquardt (flute), Fraser Jackson (bassoon), Paul Pulford (cello), Monique de Margerie (piano), Michael Donovan (voice)

Program
- Jan Novak: Preludio e Fuga (super cuculi cantum) in La
- Maurice Ravel: Chansons Madécasses
- Olivier Messiaen: Le Merle Noir
- Henri Dutilleux: Sonatine
- Guillaume Connesson: Toccata nocturne
- Michael Donovan: Ode to a Nightingale

Monique de Margerie
As a chamber musician, Monique de Margerie has enjoyed a busy career on three continents, including recent tours in Cambodia with her husband, bassoonist Fraser Jackson, and in Japan with violinist Hibiki Kobayashi.

After graduating from Germany's Hochschule für Musik in Munich with a graduate degree in performance, she began her European career touring throughout Germany with Maestro Helmut Rilling and the Gachinger Kantorei.

Since then she has worked as a collaborative pianist and teacher at the Conservatoire Americain Konig in Paris, at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, and was, most recently, a member of the faculty at Laval University in Quebec City. She is frequently invited to adjudicate and teach throughout Canada; since relocating to Toronto in 2011, Monique de Margerie pursues an active career as a private piano teacher and collaborative pianist.

Fraser Jackson
Fraser Jackson joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1990. He has also performed and toured with such groups as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has founded two chamber groups, The Caliban Quartet and Musica Franca, whose recordings on the Bis, Atma, and MSR Classics labels are well-known for their inventive programming, virtuosity, and stylistic variety. In great demand as a bassoonist, he is a regular member of Toronto's premier new music ensemble, New Music Concerts, and was a long-time guest of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Jackson currently teaches bassoon and chamber music at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music. He has taught at several festivals including Domaine Forget, Canada's National Youth Orchestra, and Ontario's Interprovincial Music Camp. He has also given masterclasses on bassoon and contrabassoon across Canada, Brazil, Cambodia, and the USA, including classes at Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and Indiana University.

Originally from Ottawa, Fraser Jackson holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, where he was one of the last students to graduate from the studio of Norman Herzberg.

Sibylle Marquardt
A native of Germany, Sibylle Marquardt moved to Canada in 1997. Her orchestral career began at the early age of 23, when she was regularly hired as 2nd flute/piccolo with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich under Sir Colin Davis, touring to Italy and Japan. She went on to join the orchestral program of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and held a solo flute/solo piccolo position at the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Donald Runnicles. She was a substitute player with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Gaertnerplatz Theater Munich, Bern and Biel Symphony Orchestras. She has also played with the Windsor Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia and the Oshawa Durham Symphony amongst others, as well as in the productions of the Phantom of the Opera and the Beauty and the Beast in Toronto.

She is a member of the ERGO ensemble, specializing in modern music, as well as the Trio D'Argento and Duo Resonance with whom she performs regularly all over Ontario. In Germany she was a founding member of Trio Resonance, which was an established ensemble at numerous high-profile concert venues and festivals throughout Germany and Switzerland.

Sibylle's teachers include Hermann Klemeyer, Jean-Claude Gerard and she had lessons with Wolfgang Schulz, Trevor Wye, Geoffrey Gilbert and Aurele Nicolet. She has performed in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Italy, former Czechoslovakia and France, as well as for Radio Canada, the BR Munich and TV and movie productions.

Since 1998 she is on faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the College of Examiners, as well she is the visiting artist at the Etobicoke School for the Arts. Sibylle has recorded the CD "From The New Village" with guitarist Wilma van Berkel featuring 20th century music and in the fall of 2013 her new CD with Trio D'Argento and members of the Canadian Brass will be released.

Michael Donovan
Michael Donovan's experience as a musician encompasses a wide range of musical styles and forms of expression. As a boy, he studied piano and pursued extensive studies in classical and jazz saxophone at the Conservatoire du Québec. As a teenager, he composed original music for the avant-garde bands with which he performed. He then went on to pursue vocal studies at McGill University, followed by graduate studies in opera at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany, with legendary mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender. Donovan was also a student of renowned Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who is acknowledged as the 20th century's greatest master of lieder. As Fischer-Dieskau's hand-picked private student at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Donovan was immersed in the historic continuum of Romantic art song interpretation.

Donovan has enjoyed a successful career as a performer of opera, oratorio, art song, chamber music, jazz, new music and improvisational music in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France and the U.S. He has appeared in leading roles with the Bern State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Munich State Opera, Opera Vancouver and the Edmonton Opera. He has been a soloist with the Quebec Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony and Symphony Nova-Scotia as well as with many concert and new music presenters, including Numus (Waterloo), Queen of Puddings (Toronto), BradyWorks (Montreal), Array Music (Toronto), New Music Concerts (Toronto) and, most recently, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal.

Donovan is also in demand as an educator. He teaches at Wilfrid-Laurier University, York University and at The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. He has given master classes at York University, Brandon University, the Glenn Gould School, Chadron State College (Nebraska) and Concordia University. He is also an active adjudicator and consultant for music schools and festivals.

As a composer, Donovan has written numerous settings of poems by living Canadian, German, French and Japanese poets. He has also written chamber music and film music.

Donovan's PhD in musicology, which was nominated for the York University Thesis Award, is an inquiry into the deep-ecological significance of the poetic settings of Franz Schubert.

Paul Pulford
Paul Pulford maintains a busy schedule as a conductor, chamber musician and soloist. As resident conductor and soloist for the NUMUS Ensemble, he recently performed John Taverner's Svyati for Cello and Choir and conducted the Canadian premier of the chamber orchestra version of Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra and the Schoenberg arrangement of Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler. This past season he also performed the cello solo in Oskar Morawetz' Cello Concerto, In Memoriam, Martin Luther King.

As a conductor, Pulford has worked with Symphony New Brunswick and the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a guest with the KW Symphony, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Mississauga Symphony, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgian Symphony. In 2005 he conducted the premier performances of Tim Brady's opera The Salome Dancer, and in early 2014 conducted the first workshop performances of Tim's new opera, The Record Player. Pulford has been the Principal Conductor of the Wilfrid Laurier Symphony since 1989 and during his tenure the orchestra has developed into a mature ensemble, regularly performing the major works by Brahms, Mahler, Stravinsky, Strauss, Hindemith, etc. The Laurier Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in 1994, has recorded for the Eclectra Label with soloists Darren Lowe and Suzanne Beaubien.

Pulford maintains a passionate commitment to New Music through his involvement with Blue Rider Ensemble (he was a founding member in 1989) and the NUMUS New Music Ensemble in Waterloo. Blue Rider specializes in 20th and 21st century works for Instrumental Theatre and has recorded a highly acclaimed CD of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. The BRE is currently involved in a four-year project to create a new work based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which is funded by a major SSHRC grant. He has been a member of the Penderecki String Quartet, the Orford String Quartet and the Galliard Ensemble.

Pulford has recorded over 30 CDs, including the complete works for Cello and Fortepiano by Beethoven (ebs label) and Brahms (DoReMi label) with fortepianist Boyd McDonald, and the complete Bartok String Quartets (Eclectra label) with the Penderecki String Quartet. His most recent CD, The Bach Cello Suites: Volume I was released on iTunes in 2014.


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Sunday, April 30th

Sunday, April 30th

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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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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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Annie Bonsignore & Special Guests

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Annie Bonsignore (voice/piano), Natalie Wong (violin), Jean Doench (voice/guitar)

Annie Bonsignore
Annie Bonsignore is a South African born singer/songwriter/performer/arranger/pianist and producer who has been living in Toronto, Canada for 12 years.

Annie was born into a family of passionate musicians and began singing and playing the piano at the tender age of five, composing music by the age of nine and singing professionally by eleven. She was a top ten finalist in South Africa's "Coca Cola Popstars" competition before moving to Canada, and taught voice and chorus at numerous schools in South Africa. She has performed nationally in South Africa and recently released her self produced album of original songs 'Shades of Red'. Annie's first single 'Best of Me' has been featured on CBC's Fresh Air as well as CBC's Saskastoon Afternoon Edition. In July 2015, another original song 'Feel for You' from the album is being used as the theme song in a massive charity campaign for the Youthdale Foundation (a charity for children's mental illness.)

Annie maintains a thriving voice studio in downtown Toronto and also does session singing and writing for jingles and TV. She performs in and around Toronto where she has a steady fan base of friends and admirers that she has drawn in with her extraordinary voice, immense talent, stage presence and natural charm. Annie's original music is emotional and raw with layers of piano, vocals and harmonies. Annie sings a vast range of genres, such as Jazz, Country, Classic Rock, Contemporary hits, Original music, Pop and even Opera.


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Music Reality Show with Milana Zilnik

Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue)
Milana Zilnik (piano)

"While some composers may spend great amounts of time and effort carefully writing each note and chord-change of their music with pencil on notation paper, others choose to create spontaneously according to their inspiration in the moment. Pianist Milana is one of the latter, who, as poet William Blake described: "Kisses the joy as it flies." (Michael Diamond)

Award winning composer and pianist Milana Zilnik invites you to share the joy of making music. Take a part in composing new sounds together by giving her a few notes of your own melody. Sing it, hum it, hit some keys and she will take it from there, creating a musical gift for you and other listeners.

Program
- "Accidental Etude" (original instrumental)
- "Not Fur Elise" (Improvisation on Beethoven)
- "Not Turkish March" (Improvisation on Mozart)
- "Improvisation for you #1" (Based on your melodic motifs, rhythms, colors, moods, scenes)
- "Waltz of a dying candle" (original instrumental)
- "Moonlight Stroll" (original instrumental)
- "Pale Moonlight" (original song)
- "You and I" (original song)
- "Out of the dark" (original song)
- "Rhythms of your love" (original song)
- "Improvisation for you #2" (Based on your melodic motifs, rhythms, colors, moods, scenes)

Milana Zilnik
If you enjoy the music of Chick Corea, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Michael Nyman, and Keith Jarret, then we know you'll love Milana's music style. Her adoring fans are enthralled by her talent and her incredible ability to play by ear. This exceptional and uniquely talented pianist improvises and uses whatever inspires her to create her own music. She's an extremely skilled improviser, catching melodies on the fly and turning them into her own creations.

The first thing you'll experience during the concert is Milana's unusual talent in turning infamous motifs into something completely new and different. Always communicating with her audience, Milana will ask for cues. The concert then moves on to her original songs, born from these motives; continuing on to the second session of instant composition.

The favourite part of Milana's concert for most audience members will be the instant compositions based on audience input. Simply sing or whistle any tune and a new composition will be performed right away. Participants love the experience of becoming 'co-authors' of beautiful music, and experience a type of euphoria in creating wonderful melodies together. Audience participation is well-appreciated, leading to wonderful moments of togetherness in the magical world of synergy and inspiration.

What makes Milana's concerts so unusual is the diversity of musical tastes. It's completely unpredictable what genre of music will be enjoyed on stage, because it's entirely up to the audience. It could well be jazz, classical, rock, cinematic, or any music style you can think of. Please visit www.milana.ws for more information.


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Worst Pop Band Ever

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Worst Pop Band Ever, Chris Gale (saxophone), Dafydd Hughes (piano), Adrean Farrugia (piano), Drew Birston (bass), Tim Shia (drums)

Worst Pop Band Ever
With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Deerhoof to J Dilla, The Worst Pop Band Ever is a Toronto based group that tries to combine a love of improvisational jazz and indie pop. Individually, the members of the WPBE have worked with a who's who of Canadian and international musicians, from Feist to the Shuffle Demons, but together, whether it be blending acoustic bass with turntables or analog synths with the saxophone, the WPBE sets out to twist and bend both originals and covers, straddling genres and butting heads with expectation. Often compared to Medeski Martin Wood or the Bad Plus, the boys like to think of themselves as the ugly love child of Radiohead and Miles Davis.

Since forming in 2005, they have shared stages/ toured with the likes of the Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Jeff Parker, Rich Brown, Rich Underhill, Kelly Jefferson and Elizabeth Shepherd. They have played festivals and clubs throughout North America including the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, NXNE, the Wreckhouse Jazz Festival (St. John's, NL), the Ottawa Jazz Festival on Canada Day, IAJE, as well as filling notable venues/clubs like the Rex (Toronto), Schuba's (Chicago), Le Garage (Winnipeg), Yardbird Suite (Edmonton), Bassment (Saskatoon) and the Beat Niq (Calgary), the NAC (Ottawa), and The Cellar (Vancouver). They were recently referred to as a "highlight" of the 2012 TD Canada Trust Jazz festival in Toronto.

The band has just released it's latest EP, "Sometimes Things Go Wrong (and other songs we shouldn't play)". It was recorded live in Vancouver on their last tour while promoting their last album,"Dost Thou Believeth in Science" (2009). Like their first album, "Thanks for Coming Out"(2006), Dost thou received critical acclaim from traditional and online media such as the Toronto Star, Wholenote Magazine, Something Else! (jazz.com), FFWD, and All About Jazz.Com (including being the featured download of the day). The album has received national and international radio rotation, reaching # 1 on the CIUT Charts in Toronto, #28 on the overall Canadian College Radio Charts (Earshot) and was featured on CBC Radio 3.

Their music has also been used for film and videos for the United Nations, Teletoon, CBC and the National Film Board - including the NFB's video tribute to dancer, Peggy Baker at the Governor General Awards. They were shortlisted as part of Toronto's NOW Magazine and the Harbourfront Centre's "Soundclash" competition and were showcased in the June 2012 issue of Canadian Musician.


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Monday, May 1st

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The Hired Guns

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Caitlin Comeau-Jarvis (voice), Nebyu Yohannes (trombone), Justin Orok (guitar), Ban Minchom (bass), Louis Baranyi-Irvine (percussion), Deniz Lim-Sersan (drums/voice)
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Glen Hornblast hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
Glen Hornblast (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.

Glen Hornblast
Glen Hornblast's new CD, entitled "Once In A Blue Moon", is an eclectic mix of Glen's best songs written over the last 30 years. Mr. Hornblast, a well-knownToronto singer-songwriter, has finally released the CD his audience has been waiting for, for along time.

The songs range from folk to blues to country with a dash of jazz for good measure. Hornblast's sweet and mellow sound reminds one of James Taylor or Jack Johnson - his voice floats over the melodies, weaving a magic spell as insightful as it is soothing. Not a word is in there that's out of place or unnecessary.

"Folk music is all about telling stories", he says over a cup of cappuccino. "Songwriters are impossible dreamers trying to change the world with their songs. And sometimes it works."

"I've just played music and written songs since I was a little kid." A self-confessed 60s hippie, Glen travelled across Canada during the late 60s and early 70s like an old-fashioned Troubadour, hitch-hiking from Toronto to Vancouver and back again, busking everywhere he could. Naturally his early heroes were the 60s folkies, like Gordon Lightfoot, Joni MItchell, James Taylor (who he's often compared to), and Simon & Garfunkel. Later on he heard Townes van Zandt and thought he'd heard the world's best songwriter.

"Townes is a songwriter's songwriter. All the great writers of today, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, they all recognized that Townes had a way with a song like nobody else. His songs were like quick sketches in words ... but they captured so much", he explains.

In the 80s, Glen released his first single called "Northern Skies", which garnered a lot of Canadian radio airplay. "It was a big hit in out of the way places, like Witaskawin, Alberta and Bumblebee, Arizona. I got airplay royalties for years. But the 80s weren't kind to folksingers." Glen's record label soon went bankrupt and Glen turned to playing Top 40 in bars from Toronto to Kirkland Lake.

"After a while, being a human jukebox just stopped being fun anymore." In the 90s, he took up residence at the Free Times Cafe in Toronto, running the open stage and booking acts. "It was a lot of fun, made a lot of friends ... but not really a living."

"The last few years have been the most fun and productive I've ever had in the music business," he says. "I think I realized that if music isn't fun, it ain't worth it. So I'm having fun ... writing more songs than ever ... jamming with other musicians everywhere I can, getting known that way. Seems to be working out for me."

Last year, Glen hooked up with the veteran Toronto producer, David Baxter, who's produced dozens of up and coming country acts like Justin Rutledge and Joshua Cockerill . "I realized what a fantastic thing it is to have a great producer. Bax understood my songs, the mix of folk, country, and jazz, and helped me put it all together. He helped me make the record that I always wanted to make - I feel it's as true to my own vision of my music as anything could be."

With the new CD finally out, Glen has discovered how much work the next phase can be. "It's incredible how much work it is to try to promote something. You've got Facebook Twitter, iTunes ... it's enough to make your head spin. All I hope for is that music keeps on being fun and I keep on writing good songs and a few people hear it. What else can you ask for?"

Glen is currently planning for a tour out West and a trip to Nashville in June, playing at the Nashville Songwriter's Festival.


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Andrew Marzotto

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Andrew Marzotto (guitar), Andrew Miller (drums), Jeff LaRochelle (saxophone), Hayden Farrar (bass)
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Wednesday, May 3rd

Wednesday, May 3rd

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WordSpell Spoken Word Showcase

Free Times Café (320 College Street)
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Sintja Baba

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)
Sintja Baba (voice)
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