TRANZACTIVE IMPROVISATION · IMPROVISED TRANZACTION
Sunday 27 April
Daytime Workshops • Evening Performance
IMPROV:TRANZACTION is a workshop and concert focused on improvised music.
You’re invited to sign up for this exciting new workshop, where you’ll unravel the mysteries of improvised music and make beautiful and intriguing noise with your fellow explorers under the guiding hand of trained professionals.
Everyone is Welcome
From Novices to Professionals Alike
If You Play an Instrument, Bring it Along
If Not, No Sweat. Come As You Are.
Learn New Musical Skills
Open Your Ears
For Fun, Fulfillment, and to Break Down Walls
And after a day of experiential learning, perform for friends and fans in an improvised concert featuring:
- Lina Allemano
- Victor Bateman
- Anne Bourne
- Ryan Driver
- Nick Fraser
- Tania Gill
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Friday 2 May & Saturday 3 May: ROCK YOU! A Night of Classic & Modern Hits presented by the Irish Choral Society
Doors 6:30pm, show 7:30pm
Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $15
Get ready to sing and dance to your favourite classic and modern hits, featuring songs by Queen, The Rolling Stones, Adele, U2, Elton John, Coldplay, Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding, and more!
For information and tickets, visit irishchoralsociety.com
Tuesday 1 April: COLLETTE SAVARD
Collette Savard is a multi-instrumentalist whose songs effortlessly blend traditional folk-music instrumentation with a modern pop sensibility. A native of North Bay, Ontario, growing up Collette was influenced by her traditional Franco-Ontarian family and the folk and bluegrass music they played. Now living in Toronto, “she has incorporated more urban jazz and pop-oriented sensibilities into her writing and composition, crafting what she calls ‘a soulful new style of folk music.’” (The WholeNote magazine)
“When I first spun Collette Savard’s third CD,Best Dress, I got a warm, familiar, early Cowboy Junkies rush. …A superb vocalist with terrific power and range, and one who appears to sing directly from her soul…“ -Roots Music Canada
Friday 4 April: STRUILEAG / SHORE TO SHORE
5:30pm / 8:30pm
Struileag is mapping the epic story of the Gael, a people scattered to the winds. An international arts project based in Scotland, we are going from shore to shore to collect your stories. Gaelic used to be spoken all over Scotland, and the descendants of its speakers are spread all across the world. Struileag are celebrating this diaspora on a grand scale!
Maybe your ancestors are from Scotland? Then we would love to know how you have ended up where you are. Tell us your family story! You don’t have to be a Gaelic speaker to get involved, in fact you don’t even have to be Scots! If you love the culture we would love to meet you.
There are two chances to come along and hear more about Struileag. Kicking off early at 17.30-20.00, there will be a short presentation about our aims and ambitions, and how you can get involved, then a chance to mix and mingle and share your story. Later at 20.30, there will be a repeat of the presentation, followed by the chance to learn a Gaelic song or two and a good old fashioned session of tunes, song and stories!
April 3 – April 12: NAGS PLAYERS PRESENT: MAGGIE’S GETTING MARRIED
by NORMAN FOSTER
Thursday, Friday, Saturday; showtime 7:30pm
In this touching romantic comedy, you’ll join the Duncan family as they prepare for the wedding of their daughter. It’s the night before the big day, and Maggie’s older sister discovers that she knows the groom a little better than Maggie would like her to…
“This is quite possibly Foster’s best play to date. The laughter never stops.” -The Guelph Mercury
Saturday 5 April: ARND JURGENSEN, with MICHAEL O’HARA, MARY MARGARET O’HARA, MATTHEW POULAKAKIS & DIANE ROBLIN
German born multi-instrumentalist (guitar, saz, marimachi, banjo, lap steel, trumpet…) Arnd Jürgensen began his musical career on the lower east side of Manhattan in the early eighties, performing in venues like the Pyramid Club and the Wah Wah Hut. He has been active in the Canadian improvised music scene since he relocated to Toronto in the mid eighties.
Catch Arnd performing a live improvised set this Saturday at Tranzac! With Michael O’Hara on drums, legendary singer/songwriter Mary Margaret O’Hara — hailed as a “national treasure” by Michael Stipe — performing improvised vocals, Michael Poulakakis on bass and Diane Roblin on piano.
Saturday 29 March: MATTHEW DE ZOETE, with JEFFERY STRAKER
Imagine Nick Drake cheering up and living long enough to work with Beck. That’s the vision conjured on Matthew’s third album Colour Film. Produced by Les Cooper, it calls for a dark room, good headphones, and a glass of single malt. Better yet, hear him live in the intimate Southern Cross Bar this Saturday.
Wednesday 26 March: MESS: THE HOSPITAL ANTHOLOGY: BOOK LAUNCH
Featuring readings from Robin Duke, Diane Flacks, Stacey May Fowles, Jacob Scheier, Micah Toub, Jijian Voronka, Carolyn Clink, and more.
In this compelling anthology of hospital-and medical-industry themed writing, essays explore various topical subjects, including health care, the aged, families, doctors, mortality, fatality, and the growing concern for safety, service, and well-being. Featuring contributors from a wide range of connections to medical drama—patients, loved ones, and providers being the most prominent—this collection will appeal to those in the medical profession as well as patients and their family members.
Julie Devaney is the author of My Leaky Body. She was named one of the Women Health Heroes by Best Health Magazine in 2011, has received national media attention on CBC’s White Coat Black Art, and has been profiled in Abilities Magazine, Chatelaine, and The Toronto Star.
Thursday 6 March: ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT FOLK SONGS OF CANADA
Here’s something straight out of a science fiction movie: an artificially intelligent being that composes music! LIVINGSTON has access to a database containing of all Canada’s folk creations and, having digested it, has produced transcriptions of original musical progressions and lyrics.
To celebrate the release of his first album—Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada—the Vol. 1 Band, Misha Bower, Marshall Bureau, and JJ Ipsen will be performing the computer-generated tracks in the Tranzac Main Hall on Thursday 6 March.