Sunday 5 October: THE SHOELESS
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.
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 Album Fundraiser
“This is going to be an amazing record.” -Laurie Brown, CBC
Featuring live performances by:
and Michelle Willis
Check out more at michellewillis.ca
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.
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
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
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
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
8pm in the Tiki Room.
Learn more about Rich Foty at foty.ca
Thursday 14 August: JENNY BERKEL CD RELEASE
“…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, 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!