Saturday 29 November: Rock Out! Presented by the Irish Choral Society
November 26th, 2014 by admin

Saturday 29 November: ROCK OUT! Presented by the Irish Choral Society

5:30pm onwards, $25 Adults, $20 Seniors & Students.

Irish dinner 5:30pm – 7pm, $10

Come and join the Irish Choral Society singers, soloists, and Irish Choral Society Rock Band for a rollicking night of classic favourites and new hits!

Thursday 27 November: Anvil Press Presents: Alexandra Leggat, Eric MacDonald, Jennifer Lovegrove, and special guests
November 24th, 2014 by admin


A book launch and literary event.

7pm, FREE


Anvil Press is an award-winning publisher of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.  Now in its twenty-second year of publishing, Anvil has firmly established itself as a publisher of progressive, contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban sensibility, know for its quality books and unconventional literary work.

Leggat will read from her novel, The Incomparables, Macdonald will read from his novel Atomic Storybook, and there will be a reading by Jennifer LoveGrove as well.

About the authors:

Alexandra Leggat is the author of the short story collections Animal (shortlisted for the Trillium Award), Meet Me in the Parking Lot, and Pull Gently, Tear Here (nominated for the Danuta Gleed First Fiction Award). She is also the author of the poetry collection This is me since yesterday. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in journals across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.

Ed Macdonald has written and produced many hours of television and has won three Gemini Awards for excellence in writing. He has been nominated numerous times. He has also won the prestigious Writers’ Guild of Canada Award and The Golden Sheaf Award. His novel Spat the Dummy was published in 2010 and was nominated for the QWF First Book award. A collection of his stage plays, Mutant Sex Party and Other Plays was published in 2012. Ed lives in Toronto.

Jennifer Lovegrove is the author of the Giller Prize-longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, as well as the poetry collections The Dagger Between Her Teeth and I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel.  Lovegrove’s writing has been published widely, and in 2010 she was shortlisted for the K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature.  She also produced and hosted the literary radio show “In Other Words” on CKLN 88.1, and edited and published the literary zine dig.

Sunday 23 November: Flying Cloud Folk Club Presents: Brian Pickell
November 22nd, 2014 by admin

Sunday 23 November: THE BRIAN PICKELL BAND
7pm, $20 / $18 for Tranzac Members

Brian Pickell has been playing and composing traditional music for over 25 years.  His compositions have been played and recorded around the world, by Tony McManus, arguably the greatest guitarist in Celtic music (Scotland), Liz Doherty (Ireland), The Halali Fiddle Band (USA), and numerous others.  Pickell’s style combines the contemporary and the traditional; it’s fresh, yet friendly to old-time and traditional music genres. The material ranges from driving and raucous, to warm and lyrical.

Brian, playing guitar, mandolin and banjo, is joined with the talents of Shane Cook, three-time Canadian Grand Masters fiddle champion; revered multi-instrumentalist James Stephens on fiddle, mandolin, bass, and viola; and Pat O’Gorman, an admired mainstay of the Canadian music scene, on flute, whistles, and pipes. Julie Schryer is widely considered to be one of the finest piano accompanists in Canada. Together, they are a musical force of nature.

Although all the players possess impressive individual skills, this effort is very much about the great joy of playing together.

Thursday – Saturday 15-17 November: 416 Festival
November 11th, 2014 by admin

Thursday, Friday, Saturday Night: 416 CREATIVE IMPROVISERS FESTIVAL
10pm, FREE/pwyc

The 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival is a yearly showcase for the vibrant Toronto improvised music scene.  The 416 area code’s finest improvising musicians, and sometimes visitors from farther afield, play in a wide variety of styles.  Their improvisations take the form of completely free-form spontaneous compositions, created entirely “in the moment, at the moment of performance, by the performers”.  At other times, a drawing, graphic, object, original musical chart or just the audience ‘vibe’, are used to inspire the music.

The 416 is a celebration of music-making on a tightrope.

Thursday 13 November
10pm:  King Weather, Steve Ward (trombone), and D. Alex Meeks (percussion)
11pm:  Nick Fraser/Rob Clutton/Brodie West
12am:  CA3, Alec Brady, (computer/synthesizers) Aubrey McGhee, (sax/effects) Pavan Brar, (electric guitar/effects) Noah Sherman, (drums/sounds)

Friday 14 November
10pm:  SonoRa (Glen Hall/Parmela Attariwalla/Kye Marshall/Nicole Rampersaud)
11pm:  Kyle Brenders Ensemble
12am:  Birth of Troubling Forms, Alan Bloor, (violin and metal), Branko Dzinovic (accordion), Ambrose Pottie (percussion) and Michael Lynn (bass)

Saturday, November 15
10pm:  Element Choir
11pm:  Colin Fisher/Mike Gennaro
12am:  Toronto Improvisers Orchestra

Wednesday 12 November: Corin Raymond: Record Lonesome Night 10th Anniversary
November 10th, 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:

November 6 – 15: Nags Players Present: Silver Dagger
November 4th, 2014 by admin

November 6 – 15: Nags Players Present: Silver Dagger

A play by David French

Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, 7pm, $12 – $20

Tickets available at:


Adultery, blackmail, murder, a figure lurking in the rain….

Steve Marsh is a mystery writer. Soon after his third novel is published, Marsh’s wife receives a series of phone calls and letters that threaten to destroy their marriage. All the elements of Marsh’s fiction become part of his life as the mystery’s twists and turns carry us to its surprising conclusion.


Sunday, November 23 – The Brian Pickell Band
November 2nd, 2014 by admin

The Flying Cloud at the TRANZAC presents:

The Brian Pickell Band

$20 / $18 for members Tranzac or Flying Cloud.

Doors open 7:00, Show at 7:30

The Brian Pickell Band

Pulled together by the magnetic, globe-trotting compositions of Brian Pickell and a love of traditional music, the group is both stunningly musical and energizing to listen to. The band combines the talents of Shane Cook; (multiple winner of the Canadian and Grand Masters Fiddle Contests and the American Grand National); renowned Ottawa multi-instrumentalist James Stephens on fiddle, mandolin and viola; and Pat O’Gorman, an admired mainstay of the Canadian music scene, on flute, whistles and pipes. Julie Schryer is widely considered to be one of the finest piano accompanists in Canada, and Brian is an accomplished composer, guitarist, and banjo and mandolin player. Together, they are a musical force of nature.


“Brian Pickell and his band are at the vanguard of a new living tradition. Brian’s original melodies have been instantly embraced by musicians both on the concert stage and in the kitchen. These tunes now rest easily with the traditional favourites on both sides of the ocean.”

Ian Bell, Artistic Director, Marine heritage Festival


“I have long been an admirer of Brian’s tunes, as they manage to be contemporary, but to fit so seamlessly into the fabric of traditional music.”

Warren Robinson, Artistic Director, Celtic Roots Festival



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.

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