Sunday 5 October: The Shoeless CD Release
September 30th, 2014 by admin

Sunday 5 October: THE SHOELESS

8pm, $10

Based in Toronto and playing music from many corners of the world, The Shoeless is a trio that will bring you on an international musical journey. Original tunes inspired by Bluegrass, Klezmer, Old Time, and European music, blended with traditional folk songs. Frank Evans on banjo, Eli Bender on cello and Emilyn Stam on fiddle.

Thursday 2 October: Nerd Nite
September 30th, 2014 by admin


Thursday 2 October: NERD NITE
Doors 7:30, $5


Presentation 1: “Increasing the Awesome: NASA’s Next Huge Space Telescope” by Dr. Amber Straughn

Just when you thought that we couldn’t get any better than Hubble, NASA goes and builds a telescope 100 times more powerful. Amber will tell us about building the amazing James Webb Space Telescope here on earth and the science we’ll do with it once it’s in space (2018!). Some highlights: the first galaxies to form after the Big Bang and atmospheres of alien planets.Amber Straughn is an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. When she’s not gazing longingly at the heavens (or throwing things at her computer in attempts to get code to run), Amber enjoys cooking, yoga, and flying airplanes….though not all three at once.

Presentation 2: “The Science of Shakespeare” by Dan Falk

Sure, William Shakespeare knew how to write plays – but what did he know about science? Shakespeare and Galileo were born in the same year, and we now look back on that time as the beginning of the Scientific Revolution. And yet the words “Shakespeare” and “science” are rarely uttered in the same breath. But journalist Dan Falk says it might be time for a re-think. His book The Science of Shakespeare was published this spring.

Dan Falk is an award-winning science journalist whose writing credits include Smithsonian, New Scientist, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and many other publications; he’s also been a regular contributor to the program “Ideas” on CBC Radio. Dan is also the author of two previous popular science books, In Search of Time and Universe on a T-Shirt, and in 2011 he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.


September 11 – 13: Theatre Double-Bill: A Man of Two Minds / Lost Refuge
September 5th, 2014 by admin

September 11 – 13: A MAN OF TWO MINDS/LOST REFUGE: A theatrical double-bill
Thursday: 6pm, $40
Friday: 8pm, $30
Saturday: 2:30pm & 7:30pm, $30

A man discovers his sexuality while living with his semi-psychotic mother, and a father and daughter try to escape the undead in this double bill.

Written by Blair Mueller; produced by Bony Fiddle Theatre Group.

Saturday 6 September: Michelle Willis
September 5th, 2014 by admin

Saturday 6 September: MICHELLE WILLIS Album Fundraiser

7pm, $20
“This is going to be an amazing record.”  -Laurie Brown, CBC

Featuring live performances by:


Robyn Dell’unto

Kelly McMichael


Lori Cullen

David Matheson

The O’Pears

and Michelle Willis


Check out more at

Friday 5 September: INTERsection fest
September 5th, 2014 by admin

Friday 5 September: INTERsection: music from every direction
7:30pm.  FREE in the Southern Cross; $10 in the Main Hall.

“A marathon of sound in the middle of traffic.” -The Globe and Mail

INTERsection is a 3-day festival of music taking place at Tranzac (Friday 5 September), Yonge & Dundas Square (Saturday 6 September) & the Music Hall (Sunday 7 September).

Friday evening at the Tranzac will feature some of the finest young ensembles/performers of contemporary music in Toronto.  This multi-room event includes the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, Kyle Brenders Quartet, the junctQn keyboard collective, and more.

Front Room
7:30 Toy Piano Composers
8:15 Tiina Kiik
8:45 Stephanie Chua
10:00 Thin Edge New Music Collective
11:00 Nicholas Caloia & Yves Charuest

Main Hall
8:00 Slow Pitch
9:00 Evan Ziporyn and Christine Southworth
performing In My Mind and In My Car
10:15 Kyle Brenders Quartet

Saturday 23 August: The Lake Vernon Drowning
August 20th, 2014 by admin

10pm, FREE/pwyc

Andrew Barker conjures eerie, otherworldly sounds with his solo project, The Lake Vernon Drowning, with songs built around a formative event in Barker’s youth: as a boy, he almost drowned in Lake Vernon.

With an archetypically Canadian singer-songwriter aesthetic, he uses a seamless blend of hi-fi and acoustic sounds to weave textures of sometimes overwhelming beauty.” -Ben Bowen, MusicMoz

Wednesday 20 August: Olivia Shortt
August 20th, 2014 by admin

Wednesday 20 August: OLIVIA SHORTT
7:30pm, FREE/pwyc

Olivia Shortt is a Toronto-based classical and contemporary saxophonist.  She has performed with the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra, the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble,and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. She has participated in master classes with Timothy McAllister, Serge Bertocci, Jean-Michel Goury, and the Quasar saxophone quartet.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Olivia has premiered works by composers Patrick Power, Mitch Renaud, Rosano Coutinho, and Jordan O’Conner. In 2011, as a member of the University of Toronto Saxophone Quartet, she performed Michael Colgrass’ “Urban Requiem” with the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble as a winner of the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.

Friday 15 August: Rich Foty Unplugged
August 13th, 2014 by admin



8pm in the Tiki Room.

Learn more about Rich Foty at

Thursday 14 August: Jenny Berkel
August 13th, 2014 by admin

10pm, FREE/pwyc

“…the mini-tour de force that is her first record is a wonderful surprise…”  -Exclaim!

“Berkel is a modern folk artist, with acoustic songs and intense imagery, personal and poignant. She ain’t no Joni wanna-be though; it’s more intimate music than that, hushed sometimes, ethereal and almost spooky as well.”  -CBC

Saturday 9 August: Blimp Rock
August 6th, 2014 by admin

Saturday 9 August: BLIMP ROCK, with HENRY ADAM SVEC
8pm in the Main Hall.
Blimp Rock is the light-hearted, relentlessly catchy musical outlet of Peter Demakos, and a supporting cast of Southern Ontario’s finest indie rockers, including members of Ohbijou and Forest City Lovers.  Their self-titled debut record, Blimp Rock, released in May 2013, received critical acclaim from such publications as BeatRoute and GrayOwl Point for it’s positive energy and ability to convey meaningful messages in a witty, accessible way. The album also went on to be selected into rotation at CBC Radio 3 and picked up by DIY labels Tree Machine (Bloomington, Indiana) and Label Fantastic! (Guelph, Ontario).

2014 will see Blimp Rock ramping up their campaign to bring their highly unique brand of pop/rock to more audiences than ever before with tour dates scheduled in France, Germany and Eastern Canada as well as the release of a new single. Stay tuned for a PowerPoint presentation followed by a rock concert at a venue near you!


Become a TRANZAC Subscriber!


Upcoming Events

Join the List!

Sign up for Tranzac news and events listings in your inbox.
* = required field
Keep me in the loop about

powered by MailChimp!


Tranzac on the web
This is a Flickr badge showing public items from Flickr tagged with tranzac. Make your own badge here.