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 October 2017 

John MacMurchy -saxophone and clarinet  Bruce Cassidy – EVI and Flugelhorn  Dan Ionescu – guitar  Stacie McGregor – piano   Ross MacIntyre – bass  Daniel Barnes – drums  Alan Hetherington – percussion

It’s an honest sound that John uses to converse with the listener. Nothing is hidden. It’s all there on the table. Heart. Experience. Pleasure. Life.” -Sheldon Zandboer

Deep grooves and hot Brazilian rhythms in some new compositions and selections from my albums Art of Breath Volume 1 and Silent Partner.

John MacMurchy is a performer, composer and recording artist based in Toronto. A woodwind player, John concentrates on clarinet, tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone and is fluent in jazz and classical repertoire. He has released four full length records to critical acclaim and international airplay. John has worked with international artists as varied as Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Guido Basso, Henry Mancini, Cleo Laine, Linda Ronstadt, Carol Channing, Peter Appleyard, John Dankworth as well as being in demand as a sideman on the Toronto scene.

“John MacMurchy is a fleet, accomplished reedman with a knack for writing and arranging. John’s got everything together and balanced out when it comes to: Tone, Technique extraordinaire, and seemingly unending ideas.”

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

A recent dynamic force on the Toronto jazz scene, young saxophone sensation ALISON YOUNG is from Ottawa where she honed her craft playing with local blues and R&B bands. After studying at the University of Toronto with Phil Nimmons, Mike Murley, and Kirk MacDonald, she has, in recent years, emerged as one of the Toronto jazz scene’s hottest and most sought-after reed players. When her stratospheric trajectory first began to attract important notice at the Ottawa Jazz Festival a few years ago, one reviewer wrote, “The stun is witnessing phrasing and technique indicating decades of practice and study, coming from a girl too young to have done any of that. She plays alto with an authority and command beyond her short years…performing with the facility and inventiveness of a much more mature musician.”

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.
Admission: $15

Gia & The Unpredictable Update is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians. Their sound is a daringly genre-defying blend of world, fusion, jazz, classical and progressive rock elements, that places them in the vanguard of contemporary jazz. As the group’s name suggests, you should always expect the unexpected from them.  The high-energy and dizzying virtuosity of Gia & The Unpredictable Update routinely elicits amazement from the audience.

The group is the brainchild of a true musical renaissance man, Gia Ionesco. This composer/keyboardist has a profound knowledge of and love for a vast spectrum of styles, and his work is infused with a genuine artistic free spirit.

The all-star cast of The Unpredictable Update features saxophonist Johnny Johnson, guitarist Reg Schwager, bassist Pat Kilbride (Oct 24), bassist Rich Brown (OCT 31), percussionist Joaquin Nunez, drummer Wilson Laurencin and piano/keyboardist Gia Ionesco.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFoDipEYdoI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_wTZbL_Q7c

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.

The Marriage of Figaro, presented by Opera Atelier

Mozart’s racy commedia dell’arte-inspired opera had its premiere in 1786 and was an instant success. The Marriage of Figaro pits servant against master in a hilarious story of love, subterfuge and forgiveness in a world on the brink of revolution.

Performance schedule:
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca, or buy them at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre box office (Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until show time on performance days; closed Sunday and Monday).

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Elgin Theatre
Address: 189 Yonge St.

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Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.

While some people spend their whole lives dreaming of becoming a star, others make it happen in addition to enjoying meaningful careers.   This is Colin Hunter’s story:  a singer who soared to extraordinary heights in his business career and now shines brightly in the entertainment industry.

Colin Hunter is the Chairman and founder of Sunwing Travel Group. In 2005, to commemorate the launch of Sunwing Airlines, he recorded his first Big Band CD “Come Fly with me”.   Since then he has recorded 12 CD’s.    Six with Big Band leaders Anthony Terpstra in Ontario and Roland Martel in Quebec City, and six with the Joe Sealy Quartet in Toronto.   Colin performs regularly in Ontario and Quebec and at Jazz Festivals in Montreal, Quebec City, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Dubai.   In addition his schedule includes regular gigs at his own Jazz Bistro, in Toronto.

Known for his smooth voice and relaxed rhythmic interpretations, Colin Hunter takes pleasure in being on stage and entertaining his audience.   He is proof that an entrepreneur/crooner can follow his passions and fly as high as he wants.

His music is features on I tunes, Spotify, and CD Baby, and is mostly drawn from the great American Songbook.

Time: 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.
Admission: $15

Colin Hunter – Vocals

Joe Sealy – Piano   Paul Novotny -Bass   Alison Young – Sax   Daniel Barnes – Drums

While some people spend their whole lives dreaming of becoming a star, others make it happen in addition to enjoying meaningful careers. This is Colin Hunter‘s story:  a singer who soared to extraordinary heights in his business career and now shines brightly in the entertainment industry.

Colin Hunter is the Chairman and founder of Sunwing Travel Group. In 2005, to commemorate the launch of Sunwing Airlines, he recorded his first Big Band CD “Come Fly with me”.   Since then he has recorded 12 CD’s: Six with Big Band leaders Anthony Terpstra in Ontario and Roland Martel in Quebec City, and six with the Joe Sealy Quartet in Toronto.   Colin performs regularly in Ontario and Quebec and at Jazz Festivals in Montreal, Quebec City, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Dubai.   In addition his schedule includes regular gigs at his own Jazz Bistro, in Toronto.

An Officer of the Order of Canada, JUNO-award winning artist Joe Sealy has enjoyed a highly successful career as a musician, composer, recording artist and radio broadcaster. His 1997 Juno Award winning Africville Suite inspired Ron Foley MacDonald of The Halifax Daily News to write; “This may be the most important jazz album released in Canada this year”. Joe has presented “The Africville Suite” in concert venues and at music festivals across Canada as well as Denmark, Norway and the USA. As a pianist, he has toured with “Blood Sweat and Tears” and performed with such artists as Joe Williams, Milt Jackson, Veronica Tennant, and Timothy Findlay.

Paul Novotny knows how to make the bass talk. Singers like Jackie Richardson, Holly Cole, Carol Welsman and Molly Johnson would all agree. They have called upon Paul for his melodic and rhythmic style. Paul’s production of Joe Sealy’s Juno Award-winning (1997) “Africville Suite” helped to establish him as one Canada’s best record producers. Paul is also an established Film/ TV composer and has written and produced music for many national radio and TV commercials. As a jazz bass player Paul has performed with Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Junior Mance, Don Thompson, Tommy Banks, and others. Paul is also a professor at Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts in Toronto.

Drummer, composer, producer and singer Daniel Barnes was born into an artistic family in the central hub of downtown Toronto, Canada in 1965. His recordings are available through major retail outlets, at itunes.com and through www.danielbarnes.net. Daniel was nominated “Drummer of the Year” at both the 2003 and 2007 National Jazz Awards while his work with others has thrice been nominated for Juno awards with a win in 1996 for Joe Sealy’s “Africville Suite”.

A relatively new force to reckon with in the Toronto music scene, Alison Young is from Ottawa where she honed her craft playing in local blues and R&B bands. After studying at the University of Toronto with Canadian sax greats Mike Murley and Kirk MacDonald, Alison has emerged as one of the Toronto music scene’s hottest and most sought after reed players. Alison plays all kinds of music and has toured Canada with pop group Kelly and the Kellygirls and with the one and only Big Rude Jake.

Time: 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.
Admission: $15

The Marriage of Figaro, presented by Opera Atelier

Mozart’s racy commedia dell’arte-inspired opera had its premiere in 1786 and was an instant success. The Marriage of Figaro pits servant against master in a hilarious story of love, subterfuge and forgiveness in a world on the brink of revolution.

Performance schedule:
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca, or buy them at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre box office (Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until show time on performance days; closed Sunday and Monday).

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Elgin Theatre
Address: 189 Yonge St.

Entertainment will be provided by SKECHERS Canada and will include big screens, Wii consoles and prizes, and a cozy lounge featuring performances throughout the evening – including an appearance from Monica Gold and her Find Your Fierce dance crew. Shopper’s Drug Mart will offer breast cancer awareness and makeup activations.  After Breast Cancer will also host a lounge that provides informative assets to those who would like to know how they can further help the cause.

Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.
Admission: Free

The Marriage of Figaro, presented by Opera Atelier

Mozart’s racy commedia dell’arte-inspired opera had its premiere in 1786 and was an instant success. The Marriage of Figaro pits servant against master in a hilarious story of love, subterfuge and forgiveness in a world on the brink of revolution.

Performance schedule:
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca, or buy them at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre box office (Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until show time on performance days; closed Sunday and Monday).

Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Elgin Theatre
Address: 189 Yonge St.

Melissa Lauren – Vocals, Nathan Hiltz – Guitar, Ben Riley – Drums and Tyler Emond – Bass

Toronto based singer Melissa Lauren and jazz guitarist Nathan Hiltz have been performing, writing and recording together for the better part of ten years. With similar and complimentary styles, the musical pairing is a natural one; The music: their own brand of old school jazz, Do-wap and blues mixed with indie pop inflections and sounds. After many years of performing together in a variety of settings and bands. And recently having a baby and getting married , we are finally collaborating together in a duo format. Their soon to be released duo album, is being treated as true record: one side originals, showcasing Melissa’s folky pop dreamworld, the other, standards, in which Nathan’s virtuosic comfort in jazz and it’s idioms shines.

The duo have a collective thirty plus years of performance experience. Both have worked with an impressive roster of Canadian talent,and toured North America extensively. The live show is charming, and calls people from all walks of life to trust their hearts to Lauren’s frank yet soothing word puzzles, and Hiltz’ deep grounding in rich harmony and supportive groove.  The touring format will include bass and drums for larger stages and festivals.

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.
Admission: $15

What do a lonely trombone player and a lady who prefers lavender perfume have in common? They are just two of the alleged ghosts who are said to inhabit the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres. Join us this October for a 90-minute ghost tour that will feature tales of spooky spirits and playful phantoms. From rows of seats that fold down on their own to elevators that stop on non-existent floors, you will hear about all the strange goings-on that occur both onstage and off!

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
Address: 189 Yonge St.
Admission: $12

The Marriage of Figaro, presented by Opera Atelier

Mozart’s racy commedia dell’arte-inspired opera had its premiere in 1786 and was an instant success. The Marriage of Figaro pits servant against master in a hilarious story of love, subterfuge and forgiveness in a world on the brink of revolution.

Performance schedule:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca, or buy them at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre box office (Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until show time on performance days; closed Sunday and Monday).

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Elgin Theatre
Address: 189 Yonge St.

Gia & The Unpredictable Update is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians. Their sound is a daringly genre-defying blend of world, fusion, jazz, classical and progressive rock elements, that places them in the vanguard of contemporary jazz. As the group’s name suggests, you should always expect the unexpected from them.  The high-energy and dizzying virtuosity of Gia & The Unpredictable Update routinely elicits amazement from the audience.

The group is the brainchild of a true musical renaissance man, Gia Ionesco. This composer/keyboardist has a profound knowledge of and love for a vast spectrum of styles, and his work is infused with a genuine artistic free spirit.

The all-star cast of The Unpredictable Update features saxophonist Johnny Johnson, guitarist Reg Schwager, bassist Pat Kilbride (Oct 24), bassist Rich Brown (OCT 31), percussionist Joaquin Nunez, drummer Wilson Laurencin and piano/keyboardist Gia Ionesco.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFoDipEYdoI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_wTZbL_Q7c

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.

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