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!
Sunday 10 August: ZINE DREAM
12pm – 5pm.
The 7th annual Zine Dream festival of Zines and Zine culture features more than 60 exhibitors of self published art books, comics, crafts, music, zines and much more!
Friday 25 July: That Swing! Thing
8pm, $20 advance, $25 door.
Tickets available at thatswing.ca
“You’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!”
- 42nd Street (1933)
Join us for a raucous & rollin’ vaudeville show and dance supporting THAT SWING!’s quest to go to the International Lindy Hop Championships! We’re packing our bags, lacing our shoes, and hoping to be the first team from Toronto to compete at the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington, DC.
Featuring dynamic performances by Toronto’s THAT SWING! dance troupe and other special guests, including the official premiere of THAT SWING!’s ILHC troupe routine.
Check out more at thatswing.ca
Saturday 26 July: YOUNG INSPIRATIONS PRESENTS: SHINE YOUR TALENT
Doors 6:30pm, $15
Young Inspirations, a non-profit corporation promoting young independent music talent, is hosting its third annual Shine Your Talent event this Saturday at Tranzac.
This year’s event will feature fifteen of Toronto’s best young artists showcasing their talents to audience members, judges and music industry professionals for a chance to win one of three top prizes. This year’s judges include 2014 JUNO-nominated Alysha Brilla, President of Lonestar Music Services Anne-Marie Smith, Little Creatures band members Chris Ioannou and Alison MacLean, and Music Vice Magazine editor and Homegrown Sound project leader Brian Banks.
Last year’s first place winner Christian Bridges will headline the event, while the talented and hilarious comedian Nola Cooks will emcee.
Audience members will also have the chance to win a variety of prizes from wellknown sponsors, including numerous gift baskets and restaurant gift cards.
Learn more at facebook.com/YoungInspirations
Sunday 20 July: TRANZAC SUMMER FEAST
Doors 7pm, dinner 7:30pm.
You’re invited to dinner and a show at Tranzac, featuring a vegan, gluten-free meal prepared by chef EMILY ZIMMERMAN, and the bluegrass/old-time music of UNSEEN STRANGERS.
$20, including dinner and one drink.
email email@example.com to reserve tickets or for more information.
Saturday 28 June: AKASHA FIVE
Akasha Five is a five piece world music fusion band. The mystical poetry of Rumi is sung in its language of origin – Farsi.
Parisa Eram’s traditional Persian voice floats over a musical landscape that fuses western and eastern styles and sounds.
Arabic & African percussive instruments played by Nicholas Stirling and Amir Samimi are fused with alto sax & clarinet of Behrouz Bakhtiari and the 5-string electric bass / classical guitar of Philippe Tasci.
Featuring Persian -Canadian musicians singing Farsi and English vocal melodies and interpretations of Persian poets such as Hafaz and Rumi, the accompaniments are arranged with daf, djembe, dumbek, cajon, clarinets, classical guitar and bass. A mixture of instumental and vocal songs abound in a growing suite of pieces to be premiered in an intimate concert setting with limited seating.
learn more at akashafive.com