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 September 2017 

On Friday, September 1st, Chevrolet Indie Fridays presents Exco Levi & High Priest! Live performance presence comes naturally to Exco whose command of the stage has earned him placements on world renowned stages in Canada at JAMBANA™ One World Festival, The Montreal International Reggae Festival, in Jamaica at Rebel Salute and Sting, In Europe at the Rototom Reggae Festival, in the Middle East at the Chi showcase held in Dubai and in the U.S. on the prestigious S.O.B’s stage in Manhattan.

Also featuring a performance by The Human Rights.

Admission is FREE to all these events at YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE!

All programming is subject to change.

Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.
Admission: Free

JIM CLAYTON – PIANO, DAVE YOUNG – BASS, MORGAN CHILDS – DRUMS AND ANDREW SCOTT – GUITAR

Award-winning pianist Jim Clayton’s latest album, Lenny Jumps In, landed in the Top 10 at Canadian jazz radio and Top 30 in the US, where it was featured in Jazziz Magazine. His 2013 album Songs My Daughter Knows was described as “warm and tender…happy and soulful” by DownBeat Magazine.Critics and musicians alike have described Clayton as “the new Vince Guaraldi” for his melodic playing and memorable compositions. His music has been heard internationally on radio, in film, and on television (including Dateline NBC and The Kardashians).

He spent a decade as a music director with Emmy-winning theatre company The Second City, entertaining audiences around the globe, from ex-pats in Asia to our troops in Bosnia.  His recording act, The Clayton/Scott Group, was twice named ‘Group of the Year’ at Canada’s Smooth Jazz Awards, and picked up ‘Best Jazz Recording’ at the Canadian Urban Music Awards.

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

View of Music World

View of Music World at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets, 1975. Photo courtesy of City of Toronto Archives.

Discover the history of Yonge Street, Toronto’s 220+ year-old road and major artery. This tour explores the architecture of 10 key sites along a portion of downtown Yonge Street that highlight its development from a strategic military road in 1793, to a strip of vice in the early 20th century, to the shopping and cultural destination it is today.

Start Point: 20 Grosvenor Street, YMCA
End Point: 60 Queen Street West, Old City Hall
Cost: $10 donation suggested
Tour times: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

To Pre-register, click here!

A joint project of Contact Contemporary Music and Burn Down The Capital, Intersection unites the creative energy of Toronto-based musical artists, ensembles, and collectives with special guest artists. Described by David Dacks in Musicworks magazine as combining “the diverse aesthetics of the now legendary Police Picnic… and Bang On A Can’s casual yet radical presentation of contemporary music”, Intersection truly is a festival that presents music from every direction. Through installations, improvisations, compositions, performance pieces, and more, Intersection connects both active and passive audiences with contemporary music making.

Time: 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.
Admission: Free

On Sunday, September 3, TDotFest! touches down at Yonge-Dundas Square for another lively urban music festival! Produced by Tre Ceqsi and with headliners Alex Price, Blacka Da Don, Peter Jackson, over 30 other acts, and honouring the one and only Hip Hop Legend Choclaire celebrating his hits Let's Ride and Northern Touch, TDotFest! celebrates the best urban music coming out of The 6.

Time: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.
Admission: Free

At the age of 13, James’ has played a combo of jazz standards and original compositions in venues throughout Toronto and southern Ontario including the Jazz Bistro, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, 120 Diner and the 2016 Youth Day Festival and a number of private functions.

James’ talent has been recognized at the 2016 TD Niagara Jazz Festival where he was the winner of the “Jazz for the Ages” Youth Category and was the winner of the Kelloggs Nominate Talent Contest in 2015.

To see James in action, please click this link.

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.

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: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

On Friday, September 8th, we are wrapping up this year's Chevrolet Indie Fridays with The Deep Dark Woods! Taking its title from a plant long prized for its medicinal properties, The Deep Dark Woods’ new album Yarrow boldly displays how front man and creative force Ryan Boldt managed to survive the past couple of years by putting his faith in the natural healing power of his own songwriting. Although regarded as one of Canada’s finest roots rock bands, The Deep Dark Woods, for various reasons, ceased activities after touring in support of their 2013 album Jubilee. Boldt was left to decide his next move and ultimately chose to continue under The Deep Dark Woods banner. The result is a brilliant nine-track collection produced by fellow Saskatchewan native Shuyler Jansen, and featuring a new band line-up including Clayton Linthecum of the acclaimed duo Kacy & Clayton. The concept of ancient themes distilled through a modern production aesthetic is encapsulated in Yarrow’s first focus track, “Fallen Leaves,” which sets the tone for the entire album. Whether or not the tag roots music still applies, the essence of Yarrow are the stories it tells, stories that will resonate as long as people have the desire to pick up wooden instruments and sing.

Also featuring a performance by Wildlife!

Admission is FREE to all these events at YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE!

All programming is subject to change.

Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.
Admission: Free

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
Admission: $15

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

From Tip to Top

Have you ever thought “I need more culture?” Well, this is your chance. Featuring music and instruments from around the world, various genres of artists will get to showcase their talents on instruments you know but didn’t know could do that plus instruments you’ve never even heard of. At the McGill Granby Parkette expect to see and hear World Music, Experimental, Spoken Word and Diverse sounds.

 

Jordan PaulJordan Paul

Music is the fabric that ties our human emotionality together. It weaves the bond between us and lessens the distance we feel from our counterparts. For Jordan Paul, it is the very essence of his communication. An individual of hidden meanings and patterns–to journey into his music is to step momentarily into his chaotic mind. 

Paul is an Indian classical sitarist with links to the Maihar Gharana–a lineage that includes famed sitar masters Baba Allaudin Khan, Pt. Ravi Shankar, and Pt. Nikhil Banerjee. Blending elements of both western psychedelia and traditional raag–Jordan Paul's sitar playing is right where the peaceful jubilance of Hindustani music and the mind-bending world of psychedelia meet.

www.jordanpaulmusic.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/jordanpaulmusic
www.youtube.com/jordanpaulmusic  @jordanpaulmusic (Instagram and Twitter)


Themes, date, time and venues for the season are subject to change without prior notice. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.
@DowntownYonge #PLAYTHEPARKS

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: McGill Granby Parkette
Address: 415 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

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Come visit us at Yonge Dundas Square on Sunday, September 10, from 10:00am - 6:00pm.

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

On September 10th, our Board of Directors will present the Jazzathon Safari and bring together music and our listeners, for a truly special event. Using a walk-a-thon format, you will be visiting 4 of Toronto’s finest jazz clubs, where each location will host live jazz.   As a walker, we need you to reach out to family, friends and your wider network and raise a minimum of $75.00 to ensure your participation.

Space is limited: Sign up now at jazzathon.ca

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.

Michele is cooking it up again at Jazz Bistro with Bernie Senensky – Piano, Lew Mele – Bass, John Mele – Drums and very special guest Guido Basso – Trumpet and Flugel Horn and Wooden Spoon!

Guido and Michele will be playing, singing and cooking on stage – come for dinner – come for drinks or just come to hear some great music and taste Michele’s Agilio/Olio Pasta from the stage to you.

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

At the age of 13, James’ has played a combo of jazz standards and original compositions in venues throughout Toronto and southern Ontario including the Jazz Bistro, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, 120 Diner and the 2016 Youth Day Festival and a number of private functions.

James’ talent has been recognized at the 2016 TD Niagara Jazz Festival where he was the winner of the “Jazz for the Ages” Youth Category and was the winner of the Kelloggs Nominate Talent Contest in 2015.

To see James in action, please click this link.

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.

VAUGHAN MISENER – BASS, TED QUINLAN – GUITAR, VITO REZZA – DRUMS

In an article for Toronto Life, reviewer Stuart Broomer wrote, “Electric bassist VAUGHAN MISENER is an intense and skillful player, subtly directing a band with pulsing lines that can suddenly explode in fresh directions.”

Misener plays Electric Bass and writes music, and has done so to audience and critical acclaim in Boston, New York, Europe, Israel, and Canada. He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he studied with Bruce Gertz and also studied privately in NYC with Jeff Andrews. He has worked with leading musicians including Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Robert Bonisolo, Bob McLaren, Geoff Young, Vito Rezza, Adam Rogers, Johnathan Blake, Gene Calderazzo, Lorne Lofsky, and Mike Stern. He teaches at Humber College in Toronto and is highly regarded as an educator who has given clinics at Humber, Mohawk College, and York University.

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

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

From Tip to Top

Have you ever thought “I need more culture?” Well, this is your chance. Featuring music and instruments from around the world, various genres of artists will get to showcase their talents on instruments you know but didn’t know could do that plus instruments you’ve never even heard of. At the McGill Granby Parkette expect to see and hear World Music, Experimental, Spoken Word and Diverse sounds.

 

Zeca & The Hydroponic LizardsZeca & The Hydroponic Lizards

Zeca Polina is a brazilian singer, composer, arranger, multi instrumentalist and a very curious man.

Zeca has worked in many musical groups in Brazil, having also performed in Mexico, England and the United States. He has been part of the bands Porta Pantográfica, Paquiderme Escarlate, Susie Kill, Trio da Montanha and A Turma Toda. Among the musical styles which he has explored are rock’n roll, forró, samba and others. As a producer, he released the álbum “Lena” (2014), by the Brazilian samba singer Marilena Torres.

His self-titled album, which marks the debut of his solo career, proposes unlabeled aesthetics. Just as the water that comes straight from its source or the fruit that falls straight from the tree, Zeca refrains from attaching any labels to his music. Sometimes finding his inspirations in Brazilian country songs, others in rock ’n’ roll, waltz, psychedelia, blues, and many other genres, Zeca completes his canvas, which gives birth to his will for creative freedom, spontaneity and World Music.

Social media: www.fb.com/polinazeca
Instagram: @zecapolina
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2Z52HsGiSDuMWFGuOYfkWr


Themes, date, time and venues for the season are subject to change without prior notice. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.
@DowntownYonge #PLAYTHEPARKS

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: McGill Granby Parkette
Address: 415 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

STEPHAN BAUER – VIBRAPHONE, JIM VIVIAN – BASS, GREG RITCHIE – DRUMS, CHRIS BACUS – TENOR AND SOPRANO SAXOPHONE, TAMMY SCHEFFER – VOCALS

Vibraphone virtuoso Stefan Bauer brings his extraordinary five-piece ensemble, Voyage West, to the Jazz Bistro for it’s Canadian debut.

The music of Voyage West is contemporary jazz beyond boundaries. It celebrates and reinvigorates the Great American Songbook, contrasting it with original music that contains “romantic and impressionistic elements . . . and magnificent sounds full of fantasy” (Udo Spelleken, Rheinische Post). Voyage West takes the audience “on a ‘voyage’ from intimate and delicate to wide and orchestral, and from high intellectualism to deep emotion, a journey shared between American-infused Modern Jazz and a kind of ‘world music’ that cannot be found on any map . . .” (Heinz Braunsmann, Westfälische Nachrichten).

The rich, rarely heard voice of Bauer’s spectacular 5-octave marimba is but one unique source of instrumental color; the actual voice of Tammy Scheffer – often the source of  haunting, wordless melodies – is another. “When Tammy sings counterpoint to Chris’s soprano saxophone,” says Bauer, “it can sound like two saxophones weaving an intricate sonic web.” Jim Vivian’s propulsive bass and drummer Greg Ritchie’s drive and colors tie it all together.

“The goal,” says Bauer, is to create music that “draws the audience along with us as fellow explorers on a borderless journey – both sonically and culturally.”

Since its first performance at the International Jazz Festival Moers, Germany, the original, Europe-based Voyage (Voyage West in North America) has played the Jazzkaar Festival (Estonia), the International Jazz Festival Hamm (Germany), and been featured live on the WDR, Germany’s biggest radio station. The ensemble celebrated the release of its second CD, GEOGRAPHIA, with a highly acclaimed, 14-concert tour of Germany in 2014.

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

Town Tavern Sign

Town Tavern Sign, York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, ASC08130

Discover the music history of Yonge Street, beginning in the 1950s. Visit the sites of famous clubs like The Colonial, Friar, and Le Coq D’Or, and concert venues such as Massey Hall and the Eaton Auditorium. Hear stories about Oscar Peterson, Ronnie Hawkins, Glenn Gould and many more.

Note: This is an exterior tour only.

This tour was developed by music journalist and historian Nicholas Jennings, and has been known to include surprise guests from Toronto’s music history.

Start Point: 16 Queen Street East (northwest corner by statue)
End Point: 50 Carlton Street (Ryerson University Mattamy Athletic Centre formerly Maple Leaf Gardens)
Cost: $10 donation suggested
Tour times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

To Pre-register, click here!

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

From Tip to Top

Have you ever thought “I need more culture?” Well, this is your chance. Featuring music and instruments from around the world, various genres of artists will get to showcase their talents on instruments you know but didn’t know could do that plus instruments you’ve never even heard of. At the McGill Granby Parkette expect to see and hear World Music, Experimental, Spoken Word and Diverse sounds.

 

Silvia TemisSilvia Temis

As part of Open Streets TO

Silvia Temis, currently based in Seville Spain, and based in Edmonton is the leader singer of an Alberta based quarted Notas de 4 and a duet with Flamenco guitar player Benjamin Barrile in Toronto. In both collaborations Silvia fuses Latin jazz, Cuban and Flamenco rhythmns. Currently she is upgrading her flamenco singing skills with at the renowned Cristina Heeren Foundation in the heart of Triana in Seville.

Born in Mexico, educated in architecture and design, Silvia discovered flamenco designing a flamenco show to then start taking  flamenco dancing and then found a fascination for flamenco singing (cante). She further developed her singing with instruction from prominent flamenco singers (cantaores) like, Jesus Corbacho, Rocio Marquez, Encarna Anillo and Miguel Ortega, as well as continuously taking Flamenco dance and theory with the Toronto based, award winning Canadian flamenco dancers Carmen Romero, Maria Serrano and Esmeralda Enrique.

Silvia was a recipient of the Artist Entrepreneur program at Canada’s Music Incubator 2016 at Coalition Music. She continues to work passionately in bringing a genuine and personal approach to her singing. Silvia’s mission is to propel the collaboration between flamenco artists around Canada with musicians from different styles of music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-77mWurX-o   
https://www.facebook.com/Silvia-Temis-173603866352482/
https://twitter.com/silviatemis
https://www.instagram.com/silviatemis/


Themes, date, time and venues for the season are subject to change without prior notice. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.
@DowntownYonge #PLAYTHEPARKS

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: McGill Granby Parkette
Address: 415 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

Described as a rising star of the Canadian music scene and as a performer who has her “audience enthralled throughout the entire show”, Mary-Catherine is a singer based in Kitchener, Ontario. Mary-Catherine’s passion has always been singing and performing. She loves exploring the endless repertoire of The Great American Songbook, and making the sublime lyrics her own with a nostalgic, yet modern, flair.

After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 2010 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music and Drama (2010), Mary-Catherine embarked on a performance career.

Mary-Catherine’s performance highlights include a tour of New Zealand, headliner at the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, The Rex, Jazz Bistro, The Registry Theatre, soloist with the K-W Symphony, and multiple concerts at The Jazz Room.

Mary-Catherine is putting the finishing touches on her debut studio album, “You’re Gonna Hear From Me,” and is honoured to have recorded with Pat Collins, Don Buchanan, Jason Hunter, and Steve James. It will be released September, 2017.

“As she sang and told the stories of those timeless melodies, it felt like she was reciting poetry. She created music of a calibre and artistry seldom heard… A remarkable evening of admirable music.”

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

Stu started singing at an early age as an amateur performing in plays and musical festivals in the Mississauga area.

In his teens, he took his talent abroad performing at Disneyworld Florida, Chicago’s Comiskey Park and various national music festivals like Musicfest Canada in Halifax, NS.

Stu attended the Cawthra Park school of the arts during high school where he earned a scholarship to the National Jazz Camp in Parry Sound, Ontario where he trained under distinguished Canadian jazz pioneer Ranee Lee.

Stu studied as a vocal major at the esteemed Humber College Jazz Program and in 1998, won the jazz vocalist of the year award.

Mac believes his interest in jazz was influenced in the early years listening to the likes of Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong but his pursuit of music was truly cemented after meeting Canadian jazz legend Diana Kra

In 2000, Mac formed a working jazz band launching his first album

“In A Moment” with his jazz contemporaries Gordon Webster, Rob McBride, Dave Brophy, Ben Jansson and Justin Walter.

More than a decade later, Stu has returned to the club scene to share his love of swing and create his latest project Out of the Blue. This latest work is a collaboration with lifelong friend and Canadian jazz bassist, Ross MacIntyre. The album is rounded out by pianist Stu Harrison and drummer Mark Micklethwaite.

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $20

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

A Taste of the Island

Can’t get enough of the summer heat? Come join us for the island vibes of soft calypso and reggae tunes! Your mind will be transported to that Caribbean vacation you’ve been putting off for year.

 

Shak ShakShak Shak

SHAK SHAK is a Calypso collective of musicians that recreates the signature music of Trinidad and the Eastern Caribbean. Led by Barbadian-born singer and songwriter Roger Gibbs and multi-talented musician and ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, SHAK SHAK features virtuoso pannist ‘Panman Pat’ McNeilly, plus a crew of players who give you a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made Calypso a worldwide craze.

SHAK SHAK has long been the resident band for an annual Calypso music series that produces some of Canada’s top calypso singers every summer. SHAK SHAK plays a wide variety of Carnival music, traditional Caribbean sounds and rootsy renditions of classic calypso songs, to give you a full appreciation of the the exotic and rich traditions that influenced and shaped popular Caribbean music.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/shak-shak-party/id1205215847


Themes, date, time and venues for the season are subject to change without prior notice. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.
@DowntownYonge #PLAYTHEPARKS

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: 1 Queen Street East
Address: 1 Queen St. East
Admission: Free

At the age of 13, James’ has played a combo of jazz standards and original compositions in venues throughout Toronto and southern Ontario including the Jazz Bistro, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, 120 Diner and the 2016 Youth Day Festival and a number of private functions.

James’ talent has been recognized at the 2016 TD Niagara Jazz Festival where he was the winner of the “Jazz for the Ages” Youth Category and was the winner of the Kelloggs Nominate Talent Contest in 2015.

To see James in action, please click this link.

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.

Vocals: Krista Deady, Andrea Gregorio, Lauren Pedersen

Trumpet: William Sperandei    Guitar: Mike Freedman    Piano: Adrean Farrugia   Bass: George Koller   Drums: Ben Riley

The Willows are making a name for themselves as a dynamic close harmony A cappella trio, wowing audiences with their signature nostalgic charm. With Krista Deady as contralto, Andrea Gregorio as soprano and Lauren Pedersen as mezzo-soprano, the refreshing harmonies of these sophisticated songstresses will transport you back to the classiest of eras in music—today.

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, the tri-hair coloured trio met as young dance students. Together, they not only nurtured an appreciation for the performing arts, but became the closest of companions. Their passion for the performing arts eventually brought them across the country to Ryerson University in Toronto to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degrees in dance. Little did they know, they’d soon discover that their talents would extend beyond dancing.

A music class encouraged the trio to sing in front of their Ryerson classmates. Inspired by the Jersey Boys musical, they chose to sing a tune from the show, expertly choreographed with some dance moves of course! The girls had no idea harmonizing was a skill until the positive feedback from their peers gave them the push they needed to break out into Toronto’s music scene as a bona fide trio act called The Willows. Soon The Willows were dazzling crowds with their unique set list, incorporating synchronized dance steps to add an element of theatricality that reminds audiences of years gone by, with a modern touch. From those first few open mic opportunities to headlining their own shows at venues across the country like the Virgin Mobile Mod Club, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Danforth Music Hall, Lilac Festival and Blue Chair Café, The Willows have combined their dance and classical music training to become Canada’s newest entertainment delight.

“Making a name for themselves nationwide.”
– Edmonton Journal

Hear the sweet sounds of The Williows below and find out more about the trio here.

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $20

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

From Tip to Top

Have you ever thought “I need more culture?” Well, this is your chance. Featuring music and instruments from around the world, various genres of artists will get to showcase their talents on instruments you know but didn’t know could do that plus instruments you’ve never even heard of. At the McGill Granby Parkette expect to see and hear World Music, Experimental, Spoken Word and Diverse sounds.

 

Julie Michels & Kevin LaLiberteJulie Michels & Kevin LaLiberte

As a baby, Julie Michels hummed in key with the radiio and she hasn't stopped since!  Her abiliy to vocalize flows effortlessly from within her “glorious holler” (Mark Miller, Globe and Mail) has been a unique and important feature on the Toronto jazz scene for more that two decades, settling there after studying with legendary bassist, Richard Davis at University of Wisconsin and spending time gigging across Europe and North America.

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Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: McGill Granby Parkette
Address: 415 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

RUSS LITTLE – TROMBONE, MICHAEL STUART – SAXOPHONE, TOM SZCZESNIAK – PIANO, BRIAN BARLOW – DRUMS, SCOTT ALEXANDER – BASS

RUSS MAKES HIS YEARLY VISIT TO JAZZ BISTRO FOR THREE NIGHTS WITH HIS QUINTET COMPRISED OF FOUR OF CANADA’S MOST RESPECTED JAZZ MUSICIANS.

Born in Toronto, trombonist Russ Little was raised on the island of Jamaica for the first few years of his life before moving back to Canada.

By 1968 he was touring with the Woody Herman Orchestra as lead trombone and featured soloist and later, with the Count Basie Orchestra, he filled a similar role. While touring with these famed jazz orchestras, he found time to become an original member of Canada’s famed Rock Orchestra, “Lighthouse”, a band with which he continues to perform.

Through the early ’70’s, Russ Little performed in the world famous “Boss Brass”, while pursuing a very successful career as conductor/composer/arranger for the CBC, CTV and Global television networks in Canada. He was also constantly busy writing and conducting for NBC, ABC, General Motors, NFL Football and the famed SCTV comedy series in which he worked closely for many years with John Candy, Eugene Levy and Martin Short.

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

BEVERLY TAFT – VOCALS, ADRIAN FARRUGIA – PIANO, PAT COLLINS – BASS

Although she loves the sweet melodies and hot rhythms of this music, Beverly’s main goal is to communicate the essence of the song and its story to audiences. She’s always learning more about the music and lyrics of the jazz age, and what they have to teach us about life and love. These ideals – and 21st century life experience – inform her own lyric writing, and her song-writing partnership with guitarist Nathan Hiltz.

Described as “charming,” “delightful” and “100% pure beautiful jazz” by various arts journalists, Beverly has performed at a wide range of venues including: The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, The Dominion on Queen, The Distillery Historic District, The Gladstone Hotel, Jazz Bistro, The Montreal Bistro, U of T’s “Friday Jazz at Oscar’s” Series, and jazz festivals in Barrie, Markham, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Peterborough, Port Hope, Southampton, Warkworth, and beyond, as well as Toronto City Hall, The CNE, The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, to name a few. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, Beverly has performed in Los Angeles and San Francisco California as well as Sarasota, Florida and several cities in Japan.

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

For more information visit http://jazzbistro.ca/event/whitney-ross-barris-cd-release/

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

At the age of 13, James’ has played a combo of jazz standards and original compositions in venues throughout Toronto and southern Ontario including the Jazz Bistro, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, 120 Diner and the 2016 Youth Day Festival and a number of private functions.

James’ talent has been recognized at the 2016 TD Niagara Jazz Festival where he was the winner of the “Jazz for the Ages” Youth Category and was the winner of the Kelloggs Nominate Talent Contest in 2015.

To see James in action, please click this link.

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.

Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada’s most exciting emerging vocalists. Her pure tone, formidable range and technique and innate musicality have put her in increasing demand in a variety of settings as both a featured artist and a session musician.

Jocelyn recorded on Canadian music icon Jane Siberry’s albums Ulysses’ Purseand Angels Bend Closer and performed with Siberry at the launch of Ulysses’ Pursein Toronto in 2016. She has worked with experimental vocalist and conductor Christine Duncan on multiple projects, including the soundtrack for the award-winning feature film The Witch. Additionally, with Duncan’s improvising mass choir The Element Choir, she performed with Inuk throatsinging dynamo Tanya Tagaq at Massey HallNathan Phillips Square and The Great Hall and recorded on Tagaq’s latest album, Retribution.

Jocelyn has performed at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festivaland the SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. She sang at the inaugural Kensington Market Jazz Festival with George Koller‘s free improvisation ensemble Victory for Freestyle with David Restivo (piano) and Bruce Cassidy(EVI). In January 2016, she was a featured vocalist performing the works of Paul Simon in Jazz FM 91’s Songwriter’s Series. Jocelyn sang with New Lineage, a collective of eight improvising vocalists which held a weekly residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario for June 2016. She currently performs with jazz 12tet Emergency Musical Services singing original music by EMS co-leaders Marie Goudy and Liam Gallagher.

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

The Distillery are a very charming blues trio (sometimes five piece) that can appear to be deceptively mellow at times. Please don’t relax too much, as we bring out the sabre tooth tiger when you least expect it. Look for our releases “What You Told Me”, “How We Carry On” and latest self-titled recording.”This is a trio from Toronto who are touring throughout the midwest and east coast and are just working their way home this week. They play blues music which often does not excite me, but it does not take long before I realize that this band is not just an ordinary blues band. There are female vocals, acoustic guitar, and the third member rotates between harmonica and piano. The first song showcases outstanding harmonica. He plays it with great control of the volume and an incredibly smooth transition between notes. The vocals are excellent and also show a great understanding of dynamics. The guitarist is fitting in nicely until the third song when he moves to the front of the sound and shows that he is one of the best guitarists you will likely see in a while, as he has incredible speed and touch. They combine great style and substance and know how to work off of each other. This was an excellent set that went over extremely well with the crowd.” – DC Rock LiveThe Distillery burst onto the scene with their debut release “What You Told Me”, winner of the 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Blues. The band was chosen as a finalist in the 2012 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, and went on to tour West Coast Canada, and two US tours leading up to the 2015 EP “How We Carry On”. With a handful of festival performances (including JunoFest, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Lighthouse Blues Festival, Southside Shuffle, Canal Bank Shuffle, Toronto TD Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz & Blues, etc), the band’s latest 3 song recording is now floating around in the world. Send us an email to get your copy! Look out for a new recording US tour in summer 2017 because we like to play live and drink scotch with you.CHLOE WATKINSON – vocalsNEIL HENDRY – guitar

JORDAN SAFER – harmonica / keys

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

What is the nature of creativity? Is creativity an attribute, or is it a state of being? What ist the impetus for creative risk and exploration? Is it a problem solving or aesthetic expression?  And can a hindrance eventually become the unique signature of one’s creativity? Perhaps being forced to express oneself in a certain way rather than choosing to do so is, in the end, the thing that metamorphoses creativity into artistry.

Marc was born in Brooklyn NY the son of singer Charles Jordan and grew up in Toronto Canada. In 1978 Marc was signed to Warner Music in Burbank California by Steely Dan Producer Gary Katz and signed as a staff writer for Irving Almo pub. , Geffen Pub. and Warner Chappell Music in Hollywood. Jordan spent 16 years in LA writing song for and with Diana Ross, Chicago, Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Amanda Marshal, Amy Sky, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Roch Voisin, Canadian Tenors, Shawn Colvin, Olivia Newton-John, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban, Cher and Rod Stewart including the worldwide #1 hit Rhythm Of My Heart. Jordan has won numerous ASCAP, Juno, Socan and Smooth Jazz awards over the years. His songs have been on 35 million CD’s and he has recorded 14 CD’s of his own material on various labels including Warner Bros., Atlantic. RCA, and Blue Note. Jordan has numerous film credits and is the chair of the song writing dept at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Center. Marc starred himself opposite Olivia Newton-John in the film SCORE A HOCKEY MUSICAL which opened the Toronto Film Festival. Jordan is currently writing with Rod Stewart for Rods upcoming CD  and is on the advisory board of Humber College. At the request of his estate, Marc has been writing songs using unpublished works of Oscar Peterson and hopes to be finished the new works this year..Marc continues to tour himself and with the writers group Lunch At Allens.

 

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Admission: $25

A highlight of Nuit Blanche 2014, Holoscenes by US artists Early Morning Opera and Lars Jan was a public collision of the human body and water within an aquarium-like sculpture placed in Roundhouse Park for one magical night.

Toronto's free all-night contemporary art event invites adventurous residents and visitors to take to the streets from sunset to sunrise. Experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of Canadian and international artists. One night only, all night long.

Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 will mark the milestone of Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation with the event-wide theme Many Possible Futures. Contributors to the 2017 edition of Nuit Blanche will focus on looking forward, placing both our differences and our solidarities at the very heart of their artistic discourse.  The curatorial focus of each of the exhibitions reflect on timely and relevant ideas: protest and social change; revolution and resistance; difference and acceptance; and cultural endurance and visibility through the lens of Indigenous creators.

Visit the official Nuit Blanche Toronto website.

Location: Toronto
Admission: Free

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