Thursday 20 August: U of T Dunlap Institute Presents: Astronomy On Tap
Doors 6:30pm, FREE
Built up your thirst for more astronomy!?
Great! Because on Thursday, August 20th, we’ll be back at the Tranzac Club for another fun evening of pints, mind-expanding talks, games and prizes with astronomers from the University of Toronto.
Plus, following all the talks and games, there’ll be plenty of time and plenty of astronomers around to answer all your cosmic questions.
This month’s talk:
Have you figured out what message you would send to outer space? At this month’s “Tap”, we’re talking about Time Capsules to the Cosmos, so let us know what you’d #tweet_ET, or what work of art or song you’d send to an extraterrestrial civilization. We’ll talk about your most intriguing suggestions on the 20th. After all, what harm could come from sending a signal into space?
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We’ll see you there!
Tuesday 8 September: FOGHORN STRINGBAND
Doors 7pm, $20
Advance tickets available at brownpapertickets.com
Credited for igniting the Old Time Renaissance in Northwest, Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With their 8th album, Devil in the Seat in hand, thousands of shows and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise that this band, as proclaimed by Stuart Mason, The Fiddle Freak, “has blossomed into a full-blown force of nature that threatens world domination”. Through all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead Foghorn has been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.
Today Foghorn Stringband features the intertwining harmonies of founding members, Stephen “Sammy” Lind, Caleb Klauder along with powerhouse vocalists, Reeb Willms and Nadine Landry, all of whom bring a wealth of songs, instruments and traditions making them a festival favorite from coast to coast and around the globe.
“Many are called, but few are chosen. On their new recording Devil in the Seat, Foghorn Stringband proves once again that they are still the Chosen Ones when it comes to down-home, foot-stomping, ass-kickin’ old time music…The band has blossomed into a full-blown force of nature that threatens world domination.” – Stuart Mason, Fiddle Freak
“This is old-time American string band music that comes through as fresh as tomorrow’s sunrise and with equal sparkle.” – Tom Franks, Folk Words
“Talk about a band that deserves more due. The Foghorn Stringband has quietly become one of the country’s longest-tenured underground stringbands, releasing now 7 albums, playing thousands of shows…” –Saving Country Music
“[Foghorn Stringband} …is among the finest practitioners of American old-time music on the globe, a string band whose faithful renditions of songs from bygone decades are no less than living, breathing history.” –Ned Lannamann, The Portland Mercury
“Outshine the Sun is just about as authentic as it gets in terms of old time music. However, while the group sticks to traditional arrangements, the music still sounds fresh.” – John Goad, Bluegrass Today
“…exploring America’s blue highways and coming back with songs that have and will endure, some ever-present in our collective memory, some orphaned by time but always primed for adoption by loving practitioners such as these. Outshine the Sun? Could be an understatement.” –David McGee, Deep Roots
Saturday 8 August: GENERAL GENERAL, with special guests
Doors 8pm, $7.
After more than a year since their last show in Toronto, General General is finally back in town, hitting the stage with some friends at the Tranzac. Come on out for a night of music, dancing, and fun!
General General came together in Montreal in 2011. Hailing from across Canada and bringing together diverse musical influences, the band has developed a catchy, exciting brand of indie folk rock. Since forming, they have released two EPs, and have performed regular shows around the city. The band is now based out of Toronto and Ottawa.
Saturday 18 July, YOUNG INSPIRATIONS’ SHINE YOUR TALENT
Doors 6:30pm, $15
Young Inspirations, a grassroots organization assisting young independent artists, is hosting its fourth annual ‘Shine Your Talent’ music event on Saturday, July 18 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 as well as an audience choice award.
Emceed by local comedian, Nola Cooks, the night will also include special musical guests, The Studio K All-Stars.
Audience members will have a chance to win a variety of prizes from well-known sponsors, including numerous gift cards and in-demand event tickets. The Young Inspirations team asks those attending to bring extra money for silent auctions and raffle tickets.
Check out more at younginspirations.ca
Saturday 11 July: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS CD RELEASE
Doors 7pm, $16 advance, $20 door.
Tickets available at brownpapertickets.
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocan Ramblers have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.
Sunday 14 June: THE ANNEX FAMILY FESTIVAL
11am to 6pm, FREE!
Now in its 19th year, the Annex Family Festival (AFF) is a fun, one-day street festival that attracts over 20,000 people, making it one of Toronto’s premier summer events. The event offers local businesses, Torontonians and sponsors an opportunity to celebrate our unique local heritage through a variety of activities suited for families of all shapes and sizes.
Festival Main Stage
at Brunswick & Bloor
Curated and hosted by The Tranzac
Broadcast by CIUT 89.5FM
11:00am Marching Bands: Kensington Horns (Richard Underhill) & The Woodshed Orchestra (Dave Clark)
12:00pm Anna, Elsa and Kristoff (Frozen Characters)
12:30pm Randolph Academy Showcase
1:10pm Tio Chorinho (Brazilian)
2:00pm Spadina Station (vocal a cappella)
2:50pm Lido Pimienta (Colombian pop)
3:40pm The Chronicles Dub Trio (Reggae)
4:30pm Jaron Freeman-Fox (High intensity indie Folk)
5:20pm Jay Danley Jazz Quintet (Swing)
Monday 8 June: STEVE VAI’S ALIEN GUITAR SECRETS MASTER CLASS
Presented by Long & McQuade
Tickets available at Long & McQuade, Toronto
ALIEN GUITAR SECRETS is an unprecedented masterclass opportunity offered by Steve Vai to all music students and guitar enthusiasts.
This unique experience gives the attendee a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Steve, in person, discuss music theory, guitar technique, the music business, and most importantly, methods to discover and unlock your personal musical identity. It also includes a question and answer session and the opportunity for a few attendees to jam or personally interact with Steve during the class.
Availability is VERY limited.
Check out more at alienguitarsecrets.com
May 28, 29 & 30: Daisy Productions presents: FOUR PLAY
Doors 7:30pm, $20
Daisy Productions presents a series of four one-act plays:
Much Ado About Cooties, by Maddox Campbell
We all know Shakespeare was the greatest writer of all time, ever, in the whole universe, always. That’s why it is so lucky that a local theatre troupe has discovered his first, never before read, play. The one he wrote while he was still in kindergarten.
Sure Thing, by David Ives
Bill enters a crowded cafe to find beautiful Betty reading alone. Will they find love or do they have bad timing?
Dial L for Latch-Key, by Scott Fivelson
She dialed “M” for “Murder”. Damned auto-correct. Instead, she got “L” for “Latch-key”, Scott Fivelson’s irreverent, surreal, self-aware mash-up of Hitchcock’s classics where everything is just as it seems. Hitch would be spinning in his grave, if he wasn’t putting on his make-up. But where does the Inspector keep getting those keys…?
‘When I’m Gone, Will Anyone Notice? by Lisa Hagen
Two, old women, who talk like truckers, plan their escape from a retirement home. During the course of the conspiracy they explore what they’ve done with life and what there is left to do? In the end, does anyone notice?