Saturday 26 July: YOUNG INSPIRATIONS PRESENTS: SHINE YOUR TALENT
Doors 6:30pm, $15
Young Inspirations, a non-profit corporation promoting young independent music talent, is hosting its third annual Shine Your Talent event this Saturday 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. This year’s judges include 2014 JUNO-nominated Alysha Brilla, President of Lonestar Music Services Anne-Marie Smith, Little Creatures band members Chris Ioannou and Alison MacLean, and Music Vice Magazine editor and Homegrown Sound project leader Brian Banks.
Last year’s first place winner Christian Bridges will headline the event, while the talented and hilarious comedian Nola Cooks will emcee.
Audience members will also have the chance to win a variety of prizes from wellknown sponsors, including numerous gift baskets and restaurant gift cards.
Learn more at facebook.com/YoungInspirations
Sunday 20 July: TRANZAC SUMMER FEAST
Doors 7pm, dinner 7:30pm.
You’re invited to dinner and a show at Tranzac, featuring a vegan, gluten-free meal prepared by chef EMILY ZIMMERMAN, and the bluegrass/old-time music of UNSEEN STRANGERS.
$20, including dinner and one drink.
email email@example.com to reserve tickets or for more information.
Saturday 28 June: AKASHA FIVE
Akasha Five is a five piece world music fusion band. The mystical poetry of Rumi is sung in its language of origin – Farsi.
Parisa Eram’s traditional Persian voice floats over a musical landscape that fuses western and eastern styles and sounds.
Arabic & African percussive instruments played by Nicholas Stirling and Amir Samimi are fused with alto sax & clarinet of Behrouz Bakhtiari and the 5-string electric bass / classical guitar of Philippe Tasci.
Featuring Persian -Canadian musicians singing Farsi and English vocal melodies and interpretations of Persian poets such as Hafaz and Rumi, the accompaniments are arranged with daf, djembe, dumbek, cajon, clarinets, classical guitar and bass. A mixture of instumental and vocal songs abound in a growing suite of pieces to be premiered in an intimate concert setting with limited seating.
learn more at akashafive.com
NORTH BY NORTHEAST 2014
Tranzac is proud to be a part of NXNE 2014.
Check out the bands and comedians from around the world we’ve got lined up to play Tranzac’s Main Hall this week:
WEDNESDAY 18 June: NXNE COMEDY
9:40pm: Steve Patrick Adams
9:50pm: Hannah Hogan
10pm: Eric Andrews
10:10pm: Mark DeBonis
10:20pm: Peter Anthony
10:40pm: SCOTT THOMPSON
THURSDAY 19 JUNE: NXNE MUSIC
7pm: Gunner & Smith (Saskatoon)
8pm: Canailles (Montreal)
9pm: Laurent Bourque (Ottawa)
10pm: LORRAINE SEGATO (Toronto)
FRIDAY 20 JUNE: NXNE MUSIC
7pm: Shivering Timbers (Akron, OH)
8pm: Ketch Harbour Wolves (Toronto)
9pm: The Maladies of Adam Stokes (Toronto)
10pm: The Unquiet Dead (Windsor, ON)
SATURDAY 21 JUNE: NXNE MUSIC
7pm: The Morals (Barrie, ON)
8pm: Nuuk (Greenland)
9pm: The Jerry Cans (Iqaluit)
10pm: Lakes Of Canada (Montreal)
SUNDAY 22 JUNE: NXNE MUSIC
7pm: The Black Diamond Express (Edinburgh, Scotland)
8pm: WinnieBrave (Orillia, ON)
9pm: Grand Lark (Montreal)
10pm: Hospital (Moscow, Russia)
Friday 13 June: WORLD CUP: AUSTRALIA VS. CHILE
Come watch the Australia vs. Chile World Cup match at Tranzac this Friday. There will be Australian snacks on hand!
Friday 6 June: VEDA HILLE, with JOHN SOUTHWORTH & THOMAS
Vancouver-based Veda Hille can put the world into words — she is one of the most poetic women in music in the late 1990s. Her musical influences include Glenn Gould, the Rheostatics, Thelonius Monk, Robin Holcomb and writer Annie Dillard.
Lucky for us, she’s in town! And she’s going to play us a set of songs accompanied by Peggy Lee!
Plus, John Southworth will summon the deep inner classics, joined by Thom Gill, Andrew Downing and Jean Martin. and THOMAS will dabble in some blob-juggling.
Check out more on Facebook.
Sunday 8 June: THE ANNEX FESTIVAL ON BLOOR
11am – 6pm, FREE!
The 18th annual Annex Festival On Bloor arrives this Sunday 8 June!
For 18 years this fun, one-day Festival has offered the Annex neighborhood a fantastic opportunity to gather together on Bloor Street (from Bathurst to Spadina) and celebrate its unique local heritage with a wide variety of activities for young and old:
- live music
- over 115 craft and specialty food vendors
- a variety of adult and children’s activities and attractions, including a children’s village
- fitness demonstrations
- street buskers
- and lots, lots more!
The live music stage at Bloor and Brunswick Ave., hosted by Tranzac and CIUT, will showcase great musical talent from 1pm until 6pm, featuring:
- Maracatu Mar Aberto
- Quique Escamilla
- Friendy Rich & The Lollipop People
- Run With The Kittens
- Ronley Teper’s Lipliners
- The Living Daylight String Band
Plus marching bands Buck’s Brass and The Heavyweights will be making their way along Bloor St!
June 5-7 & 12-14: QUEEN’S PLAYERS PRESENT: ORANGE IS THE NEW BURGUNDY
Doors 7:30pm. Tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door.
1/3 Comedy, 1/3 Rock Show, 1/3 Beer = 1 Full QPT Show!
Orange Is The New Burgundy is like Anchorman in prison, except,well, no that’s exactly what it is!
Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team are back on the Toronto news scene. Only one problem, hobnobbing with Rob Ford and Justin Trudeau has its risks and they get caught smoking the pot by the po-po. With Harper’s ‘tough on crime’ agenda, this minor offence lands them in the slammer. What’s more… Harper budget cuts and his fear of a Canadian ‘Pussy Riot’ have led to the world’s first co-ed kind-of-like-res-but-in-lockdown federal prison. Will they discover the extent of Warden Harper’s plan before it threatens the lives of every clean air loving, green party voting, marijuana smoking, left-leaning pinko in Canada? Tune in to the Prison News to find out.
Tickets available now at: www.queensplayerstoronto.com
Saturday 31 May: HOLIDAY RAMBLER 7-INCH RELEASE, with HURRICANES OF LOVE, THE KEYS, PLAYER 2
Holiday Rambler, a.k.a., D. Alex Meeks (of Hooded Fang) celebrates the release of his new 7-inch record.
Bouncing guitar notes roll like tumbleweeds as Mr. Meeks spins folk songs drenched with the spirit of the American South. His lyrics — smart; cautious; full of unbridled honesty — are like a Flannery O’Connor novel: religion, family and the future of the world as we know it are stitched together like a great sonic quilt.
Boston singer, songwriter & finger-picker Hurricanes Of Love spouts his universal yarns with cosmic positivity. He’s been called one of the most charismatic & engaging performers of our time. Come dip into the psych river; come be part of a tale; come make a new friend!
Toronto-via-France singer/songwriter Boris Paillard — a.k.a., The Keys – finds his home among tropically-inflected & relaxed folk song structures and absent-minded guitar chords, strummed for the sheer comfort and pleasure they exude.
Providence, Rhode Island technical guitar noodler Player 2 dips into the math zone, with hints of, erm…, “fusion bubble,” in this “maze of repeated notes & minor growths.” He charmingly quips that this will “stoke your inner ponytail (or your outer one if you dare!)”
Listen & read more!
Thursday 29 May: WARM ELECTRIC WINTER
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 rachaelcardiello.com