Friday 31 October: Fire Rock With Me: A Very Twin Peaks Halloween
October 28th, 2014 by admin

Saturday 31 October: Fire Rock With Me: A Very Twin Peaks Halloween

8pm, $6

The owls are not what they seem…nothing here is what it seems. Bob wants you to join us at the Black Lodge (The Tranzac Main Hall).

Dress like you live in the Peaks and you’re ready for our cherry pie treats. We’ll take you to the other place for some fire rocking themes.


After Hours Music-Chip-doom, synthgaze, post-rock

Ruby Cikada -Retro psychedelia with a touch of Vaudeville

And a special performance by…
THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM: a drone ensemble feat Patrick Grant, John Timmins, Stefan Banjevic, Daniela Gassi & Dale Norton

Sunday 2 November: Tranzac Fall Feast
October 28th, 2014 by admin


Sunday 2 November: Tranzac Fall Feast

7pm, $25 ($20 for members), includes dinner & a drink

Dinner and entertainment, featuring:

Lancashire hotpot: a rich and savoury vegetable stew topped with a scalloped potato crust served with a green salad and homemade beet and carrot pickles.  Dessert will be an old fashioned molasses gingerbread with lemon custard.  Prepared by talented vegan chef Emily Zimmerman.


Live music by unique contemporary bluegrass band The Unseen Strangers.

Thursday 30 October: Baroque + Beer: Halloween Madness Edition
October 18th, 2014 by admin



8pm.  $20 advance, $25 door

Tafelmusik presents a follow-up to last year’s sold-out Baroque + Beer performance. This time around, Tafelmusik musicians get up-close and personal with Baroque + Beer: Hallowe’en Madness Edition, an experimental, deconstructed concert event complete with beer tastings. This event is part of Tafelscene, Tafelmusik’s tremendously successful membership programme for concert-goers ages 35 and under that offers substantial discounts on ticket prices while enhancing the concert experience.

For more information and to purchase advance tickets visit:



Friday 10 October: Riverrun
October 7th, 2014 by admin

Friday 10 October: RIVERRUN
10pm, FREE/pwyc

Riverrun is a quartet made up of some of Toronto’s strongest musical personalities. Their sound has been described as “electro-chamber-jazz” and “minimalist-avant-garde-pop”. Cinematic, delving and disciplined, Riverrun cuts across stylistic boundaries and goes deep into the moment.

Tom Richards, leader, composer and keyboardist, has played with Engine, The Hidden Cameras, Dan Mangan, Spoon, and The Wooden Sky, among many others. In this project, he brings his cross-genre compositional style to the forefront – navigating through diverse worlds of sound using a combination of nimble technique and envelope-pushing electronics.

Wednesday 12 November: Corin Raymond: Record Lonesome Night 10th Anniversary
October 1st, 2014 by admin

On November 12th, 2004, Corin Raymond released his first album, Record Lonesome Night, in the Main Hall of The Tranzac.

On November 12th, 2014, ten years to the very night, Raymond celebrates this project which launched his present-day career, established his reputation as a songwriter, and has permeated through the world of roots fans by a decade-long, folk-music osmosis. This release of the repackaged record includes an 80-page booklet containing the chords to the songs, accompanied by reflections on first albums, the creative process, and anecdotes which piece together Corin’s development as a solo artist.

For an underground, independent release, Record Lonesome Night has enjoyed a rich life: Although the album was never toured or publicized, songs from its tracklist (“That’s Life (Loving You Right Back),” “One Fine Day,” “Give It April,” “Three Thousand Miles,” “Something To Lean On,” “Record Lonesome Night”) have been variously covered and recorded by other artists.

The evening of Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 will feature special guests Evalyn Parry (who opened the original release and whose song “Bucket of Time” Raymond included on his latest album Paper Nickels), as well as Jack Breakfast, Declan O’Donovan, and Angie Gunn, three powerful local artists whom Corin is excited to share with his audience.

Corin and his band The Sundowners (with a good chance of surprise guests) will perform Record Lonesome Night in its entirety.

Record Lonesome posters, plus Record Lonesome T-Shirts featuring lyrics from several songs, will be available. Killer night guaranteed.

By purchasing your ticket(s) in advance, you’re helping to make this project possible. The truth is, I can’t do it without you. Another way to ensure this release realizes its full magical potential (and it will be magical) is to purchase the album in advance, which can you do here:

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


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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


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