Tuesday 3 March: A Very Potter Musical
February 27th, 2015 by admin

Doors 7pm, show 7:30pm
Advance tickets available here.
Tickets selling fast.  Advance tickets strongly recommended.


It’s time to go back to Hogwarts! Join Harry and all his friends (and enemies) for this magical, musical concert adventure.

And don’t forget to take advantage of the magical themed drinks at the cash bar. The bar will be open until last call so…let’s party Wizard style.

This fan musical (created and originally performed by Starkid Productions) is produced and performed solely for the personal enjoyment of ourselves and other Harry Potter fans. It is in no way sponsored, approved, endorsed by or affiliated with JK Rowling or Warner Bros, or any of their affiliates. Book by: Matt Lang, Nick Lang and Brian Holden Music and Lyrics by: Darren Criss and AJ Holmes.

This production includes adult themes and crude humour, not suitable for children.
Updates and more on facebook.

Producer: Tess Barao
Director: Lea Kaplan
Musical genius extraordinaire: Emma Smit

Harry: Al Braatz
Ron: Graham Scott Fleming
Hermione: Kailea Banka
Draco: Tess Barao
Ginny: Leanne Miller
Snape: Kevin Vidal
Dumbledore: Jeffrey Jones
Voldemort: Jordan Campbell
Quirrell: Alex Dvorak
Cedric: Charles Austin Douglas
Goyle: Ben Kyte
Neville: Tal Shulman
Crabbe: Miranda Reynolds
Cho: Alex Dorward
Lavender: Phoebe Hu
Bellatrix: Lea Beauvais
Pansy: Samantha Piper
Molly: You’ll see :P

Saturday 28 February: Diane Roblin and Eric St-Laurent
February 23rd, 2015 by admin

9pm, $20.

Diane Roblin’s Reconnect & Eric St-Laurent Trio team up for a special one-time-only concert in the Tranzac Main Hall. Sparks will fly on this Wild Space-Age Jazz Odyssey.

The Eric St-Laurent Trio is a fresh and exciting trio that play the compositions of guitarist Eric St-Laurent and create new interpretations every night through the magic of improvisation.

Afro-Cuban rhythms combined with Jazz and Blues elements are the heart of the trio’s music. Lyrical melodies, infectious grooves and riffs, plenty of interaction and a good dose of humour round off the picture.

With the unique and highly virtuosic rhythm section of Jordan O’Connor (bass) and Michel DeQuevedo (percussion), this band creates joy, excitement – and a few other emotions that simply haven’t been named yet.

-”Eric St. Laurent and his trio have to be seen to be believed. One of the most unique, kick-ass bands in the country!”
Jaymz Bee – Jazz FM 91

-”A solid Canadian contribution to modern jazz”,
Matthew Parsons, The Gateway

Diane Roblin’s debut CD RECONNECT was on Jaymze Bee’s Top 3 List for 2014.

A mixture of original high energy, jazz-funk, Reconnect came together to explore Diane’s compositions: Jeff King, sax; Joel Haynes, drums; Mike Pelletier, bass; Howard Spring, guitar; Diane Robin, keys and composer.

“She is a facile and deeply emotional keyboardist who establishes her musical territory with a muscular performance on the Fender Rhodes and technical skill on the acoustic piano…..The Whole Note

“Reconnect from Diane Roblin is a spirited romp from a rock solid quintet we will hopefully hear from again! ”

Stellar!…..”The band happens to be A list, some of the sought after players in Canada. ” critical jazz.com


Wednesday 18 February: Astronomy On Tap
February 11th, 2015 by admin

Wednesday 18 February: ASTRONOMY ON TAP
FREE! 6:30pm.

Quench your thirst for astronomy at the next Astronomy on Tap T.O.!

It’ll be another fun evening of mind-expanding talks, games, prizes and conversation about the cosmos with astronomers from the University of Toronto. All while you enjoy your favourite pint. Plus, there’ll be plenty of time for you to talk to the astronomers in attendance to get all your cosmic questions answered.

Astronomy on Tap T.O. is sponsored by the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics and organized in collaboration with the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto.

This event is free and there is no cover charge. No tickets or advance registration are required. This event is intended for adults 19 years or older.

For more information, please contact us at info@universe.utoronto.ca. To stay up to date about future Astronomy on Tap T. O. events, please subscribe to our Event Horizon mailing list.

Feb. 13 – 15: Drunk Ado About Nothing
February 7th, 2015 by admin

Feb. 13 – 15: Dauntless Presents: DRUNK ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, doors 7pm. $20

Advance tickets available at brownpapertickets.com


From the folks who brought you Drunk Macbeth – we’re at it again!

The concept is the same, except this time we’ve doubled down on the danger. As our leads Beatrice and Benedick navigate their way through love and hate, they’ll also be boozing their way through every scene.

Join us for a swingin’ 60s tiki beach party and see if Beatrice and Benedick can hold it together until the final bow.

Starring as Drunk Beatrice and Benedick:
February 13: Melanie Hrymak and Scott Emerson Moyle
February 14: Clare Blackwood and Matthew Lawrence
February 15: Julia Nish-Lapidus and James Wallis

And featuring the sober talents of:
Shawn Ahmed- Borachio/Messenger
Michael Booth- Leonato
Stevie Joffe- Claudio/Sexton
Ashleigh Kasaboski- Ursula
Leslie McBay- Hero/Verges
Christopher Mott- Don John/Dogberry/Friar Francis
Adrianna Prosser- Margaret
AJ Richardson- Don Pedro

Friday 6 February: Bass Piano III
February 3rd, 2015 by admin

Friday 6 February: BASS PIANO III
Doors 7pm, FREE/pwyc

Over the past week, Andrew Wedman has been working at the Tranzac to create a new instrument: a Bass Piano.

What is a Bass Piano?

The Bass Piano is a piano that has been tuned down a full octave to A220. Wedman developed the Bass Piano through his experimentations with various altered tunings. The result is reduced tension in the strings and a unique tonal quality similar to bells or steel drums. With slightly unstable tuning and long sustains, strange and wonderful anomalies occur within its harmonics.

As these extreme tunings can be difficult for pianos to adjust to, he detunes old pianos, more and more of which are headed to the dump, repurposing these instruments so that they can be playable again.

Bass Piano III is an old piano from the Tranzac collection that was slated for retirement. This show will see this piano reinvented and an auction will be held to save it from going to the landfill.

The show this Friday 6 February in the Tranzac Tiki Room will feature performances by Tania Gill, Ryan Driver, Andrew Wedman and more!

Wedman (creator of the Bass Piano) will be joined by BC3000 (a bass clarinet trio with Julia Hambleton, David French and Marcus Quin) and Montreal cellist Rebecca Foon (Constellation Records). This ensemble will be performing works by Toronto composer John Mark Sherlock. Tania Gill will be doing an improv Bass Piano set with John Oswald on saxophone and Victor Bateman on bass. Ryan Driver will be doing a solo set on Bass Piano and analog synth.

Find out more and hear a sneak peek of what a Bass Piano sounds like at wedmanpianotech.com.

Sunday 8 February: The Jadea Kelly Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction
February 2nd, 2015 by admin


8pm, $10 advance (tickets at darthjadea.com)

If you can imagine Patsy Cline writing songs with Feist you kind of have an idea of where Jadea Kelly resides within the musical spectrum”   Pop Stereo

On Sun Feb 8th, 2015 Jadea Kelly will literally and publicly MC and auction her friends – as well as members of the independent Toronto music scene – for romantic dates, songwriting sessions, concert tickets, Lake Ontario boat cruises, music lessons, yoga retreats and even a Protest the Hero pizza party… all in an effort to fundraise her new album – scheduled for a September 2015 release.

Auction contestants / dates include JUNO award winning songwriter Justin Rutledge, metal band Protest the Hero, Belle Starr, Scarlett Jane, Peter Katz, Emma Lee, Corin Raymond and even Jadea Kelly herself, who will offer a romantic date, stained glass class and Roncesvalles salon pedicure.

Attendees will also be treated to an exclusive performance by Jadea Kelly – showcasing old material and new songs to be featured on the new release. As part of the event, a silent auction will feature a plethora of nutritionist consultations, Jadea Kelly stained glass lamps, a Seven Seeds yoga class, Christine Chanter ‘Bush Country’ botanical oils, a Quinn West hair salon certificate, Envoy Printing services, Nolan Ryan / Hank Aaron signed baseballs, 6 Shooter Records / Tanya Tagaq VINYL sets, True North Records merch packages, Cameron House Records CD pack, Reiki treatment certificates and more…

Bachelor / Bachelorette dates will include a number of donated gift certificates / concert tickets from the likes of Hugh’s Room, the CBC Music Festival, Massey Hall, Mugshot Tavern, Opera Bob Ale House, Cabin Fever Collective, Outpost Coffee, Belljar Cafe and Humber Cinema.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the recording of Jadea’s third studio album, as well as the Regent Park School of Music. RPSM – located within the east end of Toronto – provides an affordable / highly subsidized musical education for Toronto youth. Providing a positive musical outlet for creative, personal, academic and emotional enrichment.

JADEA KELLY is a Canadian songwriter based out of Toronto, ON and returned in May 2013 with her second album ‘Clover’. A powerful new collection of songs which earned a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for ‘Contemporary Vocalist of the Year’ and a number of impressive worldwide reviews and radio play from the likes of BBC Radio, CBC, Vinyl Cafe, NPR, Exclaim, Elle Magazine, Globe & Mail & the Toronto Star.  Jadea has recently returned from a successful tour of the east coast in the United States and is about to embark on a tour of summer festivals across Canada and Europe. She is known also for her vocal work with Protest the Hero and Catherine MacLellan.

Artist website: www.darthjadea.com

Regent Park School of Music: www.rpmusic.org


Jan 29 – Feb 7: Nags Players Present: Sleeping Beauty
January 28th, 2015 by admin

Thursday/Friday/Saturday, 7pm
Saturday Matinee, 1pm
$12 – $20, Advance tickets available at nagsplayers.com/tickets

A traditional English pantomime. Fun for the whole family!

Get ready to boo the baddies and cheer the goodies in the NAGs Players’ 2015 pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. Of course, it will feature a beautiful princess, a handsome prince, a not-beautiful dame, a two-person horse, plenty of other unlikely characters, and some REALLY bad jokes.

Check out more, and reserve tickets at nagsplayers.com

Saturday 25 January: Tranzac Winter Feast / Australia Day Party
January 15th, 2015 by admin



6pm, $25/$20 Tranzac Members.
Admission includes a three-course vegan dinner, live entertainment and an alcoholic beverage.
Tickets are limited.  RSVP to membership@tranzac.org


You’re invited to our third seasonal feast event!

This time we’ve invited some of the many talented artists who call the Tranzac home to perform. An impressive roster of acts will entertain you as you eat a delicious VEGAN meal prepared by talented chef Emily Zimmerman!

This event will be extra special as it lines up with Australia day!
Join us as we honour our Australian heritage with some special tunes and treats.

Most importantly though, come and support the Tranzac, YOUR community run arts organization, and learn how you can be a part of a the new energy that is taking root here.

Tickets are $25 or $20 for members and you even get a free drink!
We strongly urge you to rsvp at membership@tranzac.org as tickets are limited.

See poster for acts and menu!


Thursday 15 January: Nerd Nite
January 14th, 2015 by admin

Thursday 15 January: NERD NITE
8pm, $5

Presentation 1: “We’re on a Road to Nowhere” by Miku Linkruus

This is your opportunity to be fully educated as you whine about road and transit construction taking so long. And why the heck is that street closed and nobody’s working?? Miku explains.

Miku Linkruus is like Bob the Builder, only his tools don’t talk (most days). He’s got a Degree from Ryerson in Urban and Regional Planning and a Construction Engineering Technologist and Management Diploma from George Brown College. He’s Asphalt Paving Superintendent with Kiewit Infrastructure Group (Eastern Canada), and these days he’s working on the Viva Rapid Transit Project in York Region.

Presentation 2: “Hunting Meteorites at the End of the World” by Marianne Mader

Camping and working in the southernmost, coldest, highest, driest, windiest, least populated continent on Earth is no easy feat! Every year a team of meteorite hunters collects precious ‘space rocks’ along the base of the Transantarctic Mountains. How do these explorers survive? What’s so special about these rocks? And why go all the way to Antarctica to find them? Marianne will talk about her experience 2012-2013 ANSMET (Antarctic Search for Meteorites) Program. Then put yourself in her shoes by practicing a little meteorite hunting of your own!

Marianne Mader is a geologist and planetary scientist. She’s collaborated with UWO’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, the Canadian Space Agency, NASA, and MDA (Canada’s largest space company) working to develop robotic and human field strategies for planetary exploration. With over 10 years of field experience, she’s studied some of the oldest rocks on Earth in Greenland, explored impact craters across the globe, and collected meteorites in Antarctica. Marianne has a background and expertise in numerous fields including: field geology, space sciences, public engagement and youth outreach, human performance in remote environments, and non-profit management.

Plus!  Trivia by Virve (be only mildly afraid, and brush up on your 2014 news reels)….

Wednesday 14 January: Raconteurs Podcast Launch
January 12th, 2015 by admin


Doors 6:30pm, $7 advance, $10 door

Advance tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1093285

Raconteurs invites you to a VERY SPECIAL event on January 14th! We’ve been promising this for a long time but 2015 will see the launch of our very own Raconteurs Storytelling podcast. Come celebrate with us and hear some special new stories!

The theme is open — but all storytellers will be hosts of Toronto-based podcasts!

We want your story! Raconteurs’ stories should be true, have happened to you personally, and be 7-10 minutes in length.
Past stories can be viewed online at www.youtube.ca/raconteurstoronto

If you have a story to share, please send a brief 3-4 sentence pitch to submissions@raconteurs.ca

The Tranzac features main-floor washrooms and is barrier-free.
Parking is available on street.

Raconteurs Storytelling has been producing monthly events featuring live storytelling for over four years. For more information visit www.raconteurs.ca

We acknowledge the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.


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