Thursday 29 May: Warm Electric Winter
May 29th, 2014 by admin

10pm, FREE/pwyc

Rachael Cardiello was born in Tornado Alley but raised between mountains outside of Helena, Montana. Trained as a classical violist at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, her music invites comparisons to many innovative songwriters and is rooted in a strong drive to mess with the boundaries between genres as diverse as pop, alternative folk, rock, country and soul.

Warm Electric Winter (a project of Cardiello’s) was born on an unusually warm January in an attic suite with an electric guitar.  The album, recorded in Brooklyn, NY, is an artistic collaboration with producer David Brandwein, and features Cardiello’s songs backed by an explosive band and a neon pallette.  Sonically, it’s a brassy, full-throttle dance party with the intimate counterpoint of chamber music, old time rock and roll, classic harmonies, and a wall of sound.

That paradoxical full-throttle/intimate sound will shine in the Tranzac’s Southern Cross bar this Thursday at 10pm.  Definitely don’t miss it!

Read more and have a listen at

Sunday 18 May: Frank Evans & Rosalyn Dennett CD Release
May 17th, 2014 by admin

Doors 7pm.  $10.

Advance tickets available at, or pay at the door.

Hellbound for Alabama is the first release by old-time duet Frank Evans & Rosalyn Dennett. On May 18th, they will be celebrating its release in the Tranzac Main Hall, with a rare solo set by the incomparable Kimberley Ann Clark Sedore to open the show, and then a full set of banjo, fiddle, voices and special guests with Frank & Rosalyn.

Fresh off their tour to the far corners of Canada and back, Frank & Rosalyn have a stellar show filled with old songs, new stories, obscure tunes in familiar settings, pared-down instrumentation, and lush harmonies. They will be joined by Mike Mezzatesta (Unseen Strangers) on guitar & mandolin, and Neal Evans (Kitgut Stringband) on the upright bass. Old timey dance party to follow. Hellbound for Alabama was recorded live in January 2014, by Brandon Wells at McGill Studios in Montreal and features Frank Evans on banjo & vocals, Rosalyn Dennett on fiddle & vocals, and Mike Mezzatesta on guitar & mandolin. Album design by Debbie Adams, and Photography by Sam Baardman.

Have a listen here:

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May 8th, 2014 by admin

Tafelmusik, Tranzac & McAuslan Brewery present:


Thursday 15 May
Doors 8pm, show 9pm.

$20 advance, $25 door.  Admission includes two beer samples.

Get up close and personal with Tafelmusik musicians in this behind the scenes look at one of the most famous baroque pieces ever written, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  In an effort to deconstruct the pieces, The Tranzac Club and McAuslan Brewery have teamed up with Tafelmusik to pair beer samples with “Spring” and “Summer” in this exclusive night out.  Admission includes 2 free beer samples!

For tickets and more information, visit

Monday 12 May: Sideways Hand
May 8th, 2014 by admin

Monday 12 May, 8pm.

All hail the quinquennial Sideways Hand show!  Come for a journey from outer space to the inner space of human beings. A place where prehistory meets post history and lands in the present. A haven where the Lizard King is re-immortalized in a way you’ve never heard before. A night where purrs become screams, boys become dinosaurs and infomercials transcend reality right before your eyes. It all comes together with a back by popular demand repeat performance by the Sideways Hand PHIL-harmonic Orchestra. Come out, if you dare, on Monday May 12, at 8pm.


April 15th, 2014 by admin

TRANZAC presents… 


Sunday 27 April
Daytime Workshops • Evening Performance

IMPROV:TRANZACTION is a workshop and concert focused on improvised music.

You’re invited to sign up for this exciting new workshop, where you’ll unravel the mysteries of improvised music and make beautiful and intriguing noise with your fellow explorers under the guiding hand of trained professionals.

Everyone is Welcome
From Novices to Professionals Alike
If You Play an Instrument, Bring it Along
If Not, No Sweat.  Come As You Are.
Learn New Musical Skills
Open Your Ears
For Fun, Fulfillment, and to Break Down Walls

And after a day of experiential learning, perform for friends and fans in an improvised concert featuring:

  • YOU
  • Lina Allemano
  • Victor Bateman
  • Anne Bourne
  • Ryan Driver
  • Nick Fraser
  • Tania Gill

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Friday 2 May & Saturday 3 May: The Irish Choral Society presents: Rock You!
April 13th, 2014 by admin


Friday 2 May & Saturday 3 May: ROCK YOU!  A Night of Classic & Modern Hits presented by the Irish Choral Society

Doors 6:30pm, show 7:30pm

Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $15

Get ready to sing and dance to your favourite classic and modern hits, featuring songs by Queen, The Rolling Stones, Adele, U2, Elton John, Coldplay, Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding, and more!

For information and tickets, visit


Tuesday 1 April: Collette Savard
April 1st, 2014 by admin

Tuesday 1 April: COLLETTE SAVARD
7:30pm, FREE/pwyc

Collette Savard is a multi-instrumentalist whose songs effortlessly blend traditional folk-music instrumentation with a modern pop sensibility.  A native of North Bay, Ontario, growing up Collette was influenced by her traditional Franco-Ontarian family and the folk and bluegrass music they played.  Now living in Toronto, “she has incorporated more urban jazz and pop-oriented sensibilities into her writing and composition, crafting what she calls ‘a soulful new style of folk music.’” (The WholeNote magazine)

When I first spun Collette Savard’s third CD,Best Dress, I got a warm, familiar, early Cowboy Junkies rush.  …A superb vocalist with terrific power and range, and one who appears to sing directly from her soul…“  -Roots Music Canada

Friday 4 April: Struileag / Shore To Shore
April 1st, 2014 by admin

5:30pm / 8:30pm

Struileag is mapping the epic story of the Gael, a people scattered to the winds. An international arts project based in Scotland, we are going from shore to shore to collect your stories. Gaelic used to be spoken all over Scotland, and the descendants of its speakers are spread all across the world. Struileag are celebrating this diaspora on a grand scale!

Maybe your ancestors are from Scotland? Then we would love to know how you have ended up where you are. Tell us your family story! You don’t have to be a Gaelic speaker to get involved, in fact you don’t even have to be Scots! If you love the culture we would love to meet you.

There are two chances to come along and hear more about Struileag. Kicking off early at 17.30-20.00, there will be a short presentation about our aims and ambitions, and how you can get involved, then a chance to mix and mingle and share your story. Later at 20.30, there will be a repeat of the presentation, followed by the chance to learn a Gaelic song or two and a good old fashioned session of tunes, song and stories!

April 3 – April 12: Nags Players Present: Maggie’s Getting Married, by Norman Foster
April 1st, 2014 by admin

Thursday, Friday, Saturday; showtime 7:30pm

In this touching romantic comedy, you’ll join the Duncan family as they prepare for the wedding of their daughter. It’s the night before the big day, and Maggie’s older sister discovers that she knows the groom a little better than Maggie would like her to…

“This is quite possibly Foster’s best play to date. The laughter never stops.”  -The Guelph Mercury

Saturday 5 April: Arnd Jurgensen, with Michael O’Hara, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Matthew Poulakakis & Diane Roblin
April 1st, 2014 by admin


10pm, FREE/pwyc

German born multi-instrumentalist (guitar, saz, marimachi, banjo, lap steel, trumpet…) Arnd Jürgensen began his musical career on the lower east side of Manhattan in the early eighties, performing in venues like the Pyramid Club and the Wah Wah Hut. He has been active in the Canadian improvised music scene since he relocated to Toronto in the mid eighties.

Catch Arnd performing a live improvised set this Saturday at Tranzac!  With Michael O’Hara on drums, legendary singer/songwriter Mary Margaret O’Hara — hailed as a “national treasure” by Michael Stipe — performing improvised vocals, Michael Poulakakis on bass and Diane Roblin on piano.


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