Wednesday 29 April: Ken Whiteley & the Beulah Band
April 10th, 2015 by admin

Wednesday 29 April: Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band CD Release and Birthday Party
Doors 7:15pm, $20 / Students & Under-Employed $10.

New music with old soul! Full of funky, folk fun, instrumental virtuosity & fabulous 3 part singing.
Ken Whiteley, “a musician’s musician”, will be premiering his brand new ensemble and their self titled debut album, Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band. The celebration will also mark Ken’s 64th birthday so there will be cake for all.  The Beulah Band consists of banjoist and singer Frank Evans (Slocan Ramblers), fiddler and singer Rosalyn Dennett (Oh My Darling) and string bassist Ben Whiteley (Basia Bulat, the Good Lovelies) along with Ken on several guitars, mandolin and vocals.  The album was co-produced by Ken and his son Ben and features the whole band throughout the twelve tracks.  The music is full of funky, folk fun, instrumental virtuosity and fabulous  three part singing. Most of the songs are Ken Whiteley originals composed for this recording, spiced up with rearrangements of 3 traditional songs and a Pete Seeger, double banjo performance to close it out. This is Ken’s 29th album.  Other of his recordings have garnered 7 Juno nominations, 14 Maple Blues Award nominations and a Canadian Folk Music Award.
Helping mark the special day will be several special guests.  Ken’s niece Jenny Whiteley is a two time Juno award wining songwriter. Her first stage appearances were with Uncle Ken and Dad Chris in The Junior Jug Band many years ago.  Mose Scarlett first saw Ken at his Toronto performing debut with a jug band that eventually became The Original Sloth Band.  That was an incredible 50 years ago and since then Mose and Ken toured and recorded together extensively with their old friend Jackie Washington.
As one critic said of Ken’s performances, “good times are guaranteed” and this concert promises to be musical and celebratory highlight.
Special Note: We invite you to bring a fork and plate to enjoy a piece of birthday cake with Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band.
Tickets: General $20.00, Students & Under-Employed $10.
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Sunday 3 May: Tranzac Spring Feast
April 10th, 2015 by admin

6pm, $25 ($20 for Tranzac members)
Admission includes concert, dinner plus a drink

Seating is limited.  Tickets at:

Tranzac Spring Feast is a celebration of food, music and community.

Featuring entertainment by members of the Tranzac community:
Kyp Harness, with Shelley Coopersmith
Sandro Perri, with Blake Howard & Mike Smith
Abigail Lapell
Laura Repo
Chris Coole

And for your dining pleasure: a beautiful vegan dinner and dessert, created lovingly and artfully by in-house heralded chef Emily Zimmerman.

Doors 6pm; dinner and music starts at 6:30pm.

Friday 10 April: Spur Fest presents: Long Nigth with Vish Khanna
April 9th, 2015 by admin

8pm, $15
Vish Khanna suits up late-night talk show style for an evening of seriously silly interviews with fellow Spur authors and artists. Join Khanna and his guests, journalist Rachel Giese, debut novelist Sabrina Ramnanan and senior editor at Mother Jones Daniel Schulman, for a night of good cheer and just a bit of beer.

Vish Khanna is a journalist, broadcaster and music curator currently based in Guelph, ON. He produces/hosts a topical interview podcast called Kreative Kontrol, as well as Long Winter’s talk show, Long Night with Vish Khanna.

Rachel Giese is a Toronto journalist with 20 years of experience in broadcast media, online and in print. Most recently, she was Deputy Editor of The Grid. Prior to that, she was a senior editor at The Walrus, an editor and producer for CBC Arts Online and a senior editor at Chatelaine. She is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and has guest hosted Q and Day 6. Giese is currently at work on a book about masculinity and modern boyhood.

Sabrina Ramnanan is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education in Creative Writing Program and the recipient of the 2012 Marina Nemat award. Her work has appeared in TOK, Cerulean Rain, Writing in the Margins, The Caribbean Writer and Joyland. Her debut novel, Nothing Like Love, draws inspiration from her Trinidad roots and will be published in April by Knopf.

Daniel Schulman is The New York Times bestselling author of Sons of Wichita, a biography of the Koch brothers, and a senior editor in the Washington, DC bureau of Mother Jones. A founding member of the magazine’s investigative journalism team, he has reported on topics ranging from bioterrorism to campaign finance in publications including The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Politico Magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review, The Village Voice and Psychology Today.

Mondays at Tranzac: The Annex Ukulele Jam
April 1st, 2015 by admin

Every Monday in the Tranzac Main Hall: THE ANNEX UKULELE JAM
8pm, $10

Join us every Monday for a fun-filled evening of ukulele jamming!  We’ve got something for all skill levels and interests.

Inaugural jam Monday 6 April!

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Tuesday 7 April: Reggae Live
April 1st, 2015 by admin

Tuesday 7 April: REGGAE LIVE
7:30pm, FREE/pwyc

Reggae Live is a forum for all styles of reggae music.  From DJs to the players of instruments, singers, dub poetry, selectas… over the next while, it is our goal to bring the best talent that Toronto has to offer to perform at Tranzac.

Inaugural show Tuesday 7 April, 7:30pm!

Saturday 28 March: Rockabilly Ball
March 24th, 2015 by admin

9pm, $10 ($5 for roller derby skaters)

Join us for an unforgettable evening of fun & games at Tranzac with DJ Dre Luca. This event will help us raise funds to let the GTA Rollergirls continue to their our hearts out both at home and across North America.

In addition to the Rockabilly Ball there’s also an online auction of some great items with more being added all the time! Check out the auction linked below and come out to the Ball on March 28th!

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Friday 27 March: Stella Walker’s Pop-Up Art Party
March 23rd, 2015 by admin

Supporting Stella Walker’s musical “Stellavision – The 3D World of Stella Walker”.
Doors 7:30pm, $10.

Ritual Cutting of the Cucumber Sandwich at 8, show at 8.04.
·      The Goddess of Oddness – Stella Walker
·      Art Auction of Stella Walker’s paintings
·      The masters of Mom rock – the Band Moms: (Astrid Foster, Anne Simmonds, Nancy Solway, Nancy White)
·      The wildly entertaining Marie Gogo
·      Susan Hunter’s Cree Bingo
·      Waylen Miki, Asher Ettinger, Don Guin at the upright, not uptight piano
·      Troubadour Robert Missen
·      Chanteuse Collette Savard – Tranzac President
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Friday 13 March & Saturday 14 March: We Grok Spock
March 10th, 2015 by admin


Friday 13 March & Saturday 14 March: WE GROK SPOCK
Doors 7pm, show 8pm.  $10.  (proceeds benefit The Lung Association.)

Celebrating the life of Leonard Nimoy through dramatic readings of classic Star Trek episodes.



Saturday 7 March: Swamperella Mardi-Gras 20th Anniversary
March 2nd, 2015 by admin

Doors 7:30pm, $20

Well, folks,  a very special event is approaching:  Swamperella’s 20th annual Mardi Gras!

Bill Russell will be teaching the Cajun dance workshop. Learn the Cajun 2 step and waltz. No experience necessary.As a special feature, we will top off the evening with an acoustic Cajun jam! We invite you to bring instruments and play with us, or just come and hang and listen.

Come in costume and have more fun.

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Tuesday 3 March: A Very Potter Musical
February 27th, 2015 by admin

Doors 7pm, show 7:30pm
Advance tickets available here.
Tickets selling fast.  Advance tickets strongly recommended.


It’s time to go back to Hogwarts! Join Harry and all his friends (and enemies) for this magical, musical concert adventure.

And don’t forget to take advantage of the magical themed drinks at the cash bar. The bar will be open until last call so…let’s party Wizard style.

This fan musical (created and originally performed by Starkid Productions) is produced and performed solely for the personal enjoyment of ourselves and other Harry Potter fans. It is in no way sponsored, approved, endorsed by or affiliated with JK Rowling or Warner Bros, or any of their affiliates. Book by: Matt Lang, Nick Lang and Brian Holden Music and Lyrics by: Darren Criss and AJ Holmes.

This production includes adult themes and crude humour, not suitable for children.
Updates and more on facebook.

Producer: Tess Barao
Director: Lea Kaplan
Musical genius extraordinaire: Emma Smit

Harry: Al Braatz
Ron: Graham Scott Fleming
Hermione: Kailea Banka
Draco: Tess Barao
Ginny: Leanne Miller
Snape: Kevin Vidal
Dumbledore: Jeffrey Jones
Voldemort: Jordan Campbell
Quirrell: Alex Dvorak
Cedric: Charles Austin Douglas
Goyle: Ben Kyte
Neville: Tal Shulman
Crabbe: Miranda Reynolds
Cho: Alex Dorward
Lavender: Phoebe Hu
Bellatrix: Lea Beauvais
Pansy: Samantha Piper
Molly: You’ll see :P


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