Wednesday 22 January: THIS IS AWESOME PRESENTS: PET SOUNDS SIDE A & B
Christine Bougie, Dafydd Hughes, Julia Hambleton & Andrew Downing will perform PET SOUNDS in its entirety.
Don’t miss it!
Doors 7pm. $12 – $20
The first Drunk Macbeth was a run-away hit, so we’re doing it again! Two brave new Macbeths take to the stage to try their hands (and their livers) at the experiment.
The concept is the same:
One of the greatest tragedies ever written.
A cast of nine highly skilled actors in beautiful costumes.
Eight ounces of booze poured into the title character during the show.
Let’s see what happens.
We’re staging the best Macbeth that we possibly can: a great cast, beautiful costumes, evocative music… and a Macbeth who drinks a bit of actual liquor on each of his fifteen entrances. Did we mention that the play ends with a sword fight?
*Night one (Friday, Jan 17): Geoffrey Armour
*Night two (Saturday, Jan 18): Peter Nicol
Duncan/Porter/Thane of Mentieth: Michael Booth
Lady Macbeth/Third Weird Sister: Tammy Everett
Malcolm/First Murderer: Melanie Hrymak
Bloody Sergeant/Macduff: Christopher Mott
Thane of Rosse/Second Murderer: Alexander Plouffe
Second Weird Sister/Thane of Lennox: Adrianna Prosser
Banquo/Doctor: Rob Westgate
First Weird Sister/Fleance/Lady Macduff/Gentlewoman: Louisa Zhu
Event Production by The Smashing Trio
Thusday 9 January, 7pm, $5
Presentation 1: “Sex and the Sick Bee”
Using the beloved and timeless characters of the HBO comedy series as our guide, we will explore the beautiful evolutionary journey from single egg-laying sawflies to honey bee orgies. But it’s not all sex and nectar drinking in our honeycomb city, and just as Samantha had her breast cancer (SPOILER!), so too must the honey bee deal with her Colony Collapse Disorder. It’s a story of sex, drugs, deception, exploding males, and zombies. Just like any other episode of Sex and the City, only with three times the shoes.
Ben Taylor is the Assistant Director of Education for the UW Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, but, even more so than jamming words into his job title, his real passion is for bees. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in entomology from the UW-Madison, Ben worked on a nine-month research project focusing on native bee pollination in Wisconsin’s apple orchards. Yes, he has been stung in the face. No, it was not a pleasant experience.
Presentation 2: “The Art and Science of Songwriting”
Songwriting is a black art – completely unteachable. Or is it? When Murray Foster was (accidentally) hired to teach songwriting at Trebas a year ago, he had to figure out how to teach it. Murray talks about that journey, and spells out a few tools that every songwriter should have in their “toolbox.” He may even sing you a song.
Murray Foster plays bass for Great Big Sea, and was a founding member of Moxy Fruvous. In 2012 he wrote and recorded 30 songs in 30 days as part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s “DARE” campaign. He’s also one of the lead singers of the fake British band The Cocksure Lads.
TRANZAC NEW YEAR’S EVE
10 BANDS, 3 ROOMS, 1 NIGHT!
UPDATE: SET TIMES ARE LISTED BELOW!
The Tranzac is excited to announce the lineup for our annual New Year’s Eve Concert Party!
Featuring a host of the very best bands from Toronto’s thriving Indie music scene, Tranzac’s New Year’s Eve Party is our biggest event of the year, and one of the most enjoyable — and affordable — New Year’s Eve parties in the city!
3 rooms of entertainment, featuring 10 excellent live acts, this year’s lineup includes:
In the Main Hall:
8:30pm THE WOODSHED ORCHESTRA
12am HOODED FANG
In the Tiki Room:
Tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes and Tranzac (292 Brunswick Ave.)
The Pickups Reunion Show
Wednesday 27 November, 10pm, FREE/pwyc
Is there such a thing as flaneur-pop? If not, you can thank The Pickups for inventing it on their latest release, Country Houses, City Streets. With its five songs about love and neighborhoods, produced by the legendary Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, Rheostatics), listening to the EP is like walking all afternoon with a new friend and learning everything about them.
The Pickups’ blend of effortless pop craftsmanship and hint of lap steel twang will make you feel homesick for where you already are. It’s a reminder to bustling urbanites of what it’s like to amble down a side street or linger too long at a fruit stand. It’s a dose of fizzy pop for small-towners who need more than a bland double-double at the end of a long day. You won’t want to put down The Pickups.
Hannah Naiman CD Release Concert
Thursday 28 November, 7pm.
Hannah’s songs “are a little bit crooked, a little bit new.” Her sound is reminiscent of Gillian Welch and The Be Good Tanyas, and inspired by Ola Belle Reed and Hazel Dickens. While Hannah’s style is decidedly Appalachian folk, she’s also influenced by styles outside the genre, such as English and Irish ballads, African spirituals and gospel music, as well as the pop and indie music that inspired her early songwriting — Leslie Feist, Ani Difranco, and other strong female songwriters. “I think these inspirations come through in my lyrics, and in my chord changes, and my musical choices in general,” she says.
“Having seen Hannah grow up surrounded by old-time music, it doesn’t surprise me that she’s developed such a good command of the fiddle and banjo, but her ability to incorporate that trad foundation into her original music will be an unexpected treat for anyone willing to listen.” -Chris Coole, Foggy Hogtown Boys
Saturday 23 November: DRUNK MACBETH
Doors 7pm. $12 – $20
A timeless story.
A four hundred-year-old play.
Nine great actors.
Eight ounces of whiskey.
One very brave Macbeth.
Here’s the experiment: we’re staging the best Macbeth that we possibly can: a great cast, beautiful costumes, evocative music… and a Macbeth who drinks a bit of actual whiskey on each of his fifteen entrances. Did we mention that the play ends with a swordfight?
Duane Andrews & Craig Young: Charlie’s Boogie CD Release
Friday 22 November, 8:30pm
“Duane Andrews is a jazz guitar extraordinaire, famous for his devotion to the style of jazz legend Django Reinhardt. Craig Young is one of the best country pickers you’ll hear anywhere. Put them together in a studio, and you’ll get magic.” -CBC Radio
An evening with Duane Andrews and Craig Young will take you from the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador, down through the Appalachian mountains into the land of bluegrass and country music and across the ocean to French cabarets filled with gypsy and swing music. These two consummate guitar players complement their enchanting guitar styles with an occasional song from Craig’s rich repertoire.
Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble “Saskatoon” CD Release concert
Thursday 21 November, 10pm, FREE/pwyc (sugg. $10)
“Convergence is neither a jazz crew playing tunes nor a free-improv unit, slipping from one to another both within and between songs. While I am as addicted as anyone to energy music’s sugar high, Aldcroft’s formula leads to an ultimately more satisfying full-course banquet.” -Lawrence Joseph, Cult Montreal 2012
“Sneaky Pete — Slugs’ is an ambitious set of finely executed free jazz; it’s the next logical step in the continued refinement of this crew’s fresh and intoxicating sound.” -Bryon Hayes, Exclaim! 20012
This six-piece group, featuring the instrumentation of a fairly conventional modern jazz ensemble, is the primary conduit for Ken Aldcroft’s compositional and conceptual work. In performance, a set list serves less as a road map for the execution of Ken’s varied and dynamic pieces and more like a menu of possibilities; the group’s members can, individually or collectively, spontaneously arrange any of the available material. Employing a system of aural and gestural cues, the group playfully and creatively reshapes each piece in the spirit of free improvisation, the approach that underpins the ensemble’s composite musical experience. The current personnel of the Convergence Ensemble is the result of the amalgamation of various Aldcroft ensembles of and, with numerous recordings and national tours under their collective belt, the sextet is a thoroughly cohesive musical unit. Each player is as dynamic a soloist on his or her instrument as they come not only in Toronto’s lively creative music scene, but Canada-wide as well. Saskatoon is their fifth CD release, all on the Trio Records and Production label: Sneaky Pete-Slugs’ (2012) Our Hospitality (2009), Trolleys (2008) and The Great Divide (2006).
Thanks to the Toronto Arts Council for their support of this concert presentation.