Wednesday 14 January: Raconteurs Podcast Launch
January 12th, 2015 by admin


Doors 6:30pm, $7 advance, $10 door

Advance tickets available at

Raconteurs invites you to a VERY SPECIAL event on January 14th! We’ve been promising this for a long time but 2015 will see the launch of our very own Raconteurs Storytelling podcast. Come celebrate with us and hear some special new stories!

The theme is open — but all storytellers will be hosts of Toronto-based podcasts!

We want your story! Raconteurs’ stories should be true, have happened to you personally, and be 7-10 minutes in length.
Past stories can be viewed online at

If you have a story to share, please send a brief 3-4 sentence pitch to

The Tranzac features main-floor washrooms and is barrier-free.
Parking is available on street.

Raconteurs Storytelling has been producing monthly events featuring live storytelling for over four years. For more information visit

We acknowledge the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

Wednesday 31 December: TRANZAC NEW YEARS EVE
December 11th, 2014 by admin





Wednesday 31 December
8pm onwards

Tickets $15 advance at Rotate This, Soundscapes and Tranzac, $17 at the door

UPDATE: SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT: ZOO OWL has been added to the bill!

Update 2: SET TIMES are as follows:

9:30pm: Zoo Owl
10:45pm: Blonde Elvis
12am: Lido Pimienta

9pm: International Zombies of Love
10pm: Mas Aya
11pm: Tenderness
12am: Sexy Merlin
1am: New Fries

all night: DJ Gavin

Lido Pimienta
Known as “Colombian darling” and “Soundsister”, Lido Pimienta jumps back and forth from electronic beats, analog synths and Afro-Colombian rhythms to out-of-this-world chanting. The release of her first album Color LP opened the gate for several collaborations with artists in Canada and around the world, making her one of the most prolific song-writer, lyricist and an improv virtuoso of her generation.

Blonde Elvis
“It’s pop music as deftly realized as it is imaginatively conceived, and that is a rare thing indeed.” – Silent Shout
“Literate pop…A synth-specked lament for youthful idealism…A great new song from Toronto’s most sarcastically swaggering Anglophile.” – Chart Attack

Sexy Merlin
“mysterious…infectious…sexy as fuck.”
“…boasting waves of layered percussion—his tribal drumming is accented with cowbell, bongos, and more, before menacing synths wash away the good times—with his tracks warping from dancefloor scorchers, to deranged bangers, to arthouse disco.”


Zoo Owl
“[Zoo Owl]‘s thoughtful left-field compositions draw from a grab bag of stylistic influences including IDM, dancehall, house and hip-hop. The result is catchy musical collages that often eschew conventional verse/chorus structure – but get stuck in your head all the same.” -NOW

New Fries
“Hilarious and beautiful”
“The newly released, *Fresh Face Forward* is filled with driving, energetic post-something. Who cares what it’s post, it’s great.” -The Coast

International Zombies Of Love
IZOL is the ever-evolving music project of Mike Farrell (of Pariahs). IZOL has toured in support of Perfume Genius and shared bills with the likes of Howe Gelb, DD/MM/YYYY, Pinback and Limblifter.

“This is future rave, and Tenderness is one of the few acts that can pair chopped-up bangers alongside cat-meow samples.”

Mas Aya
“fuse[s] seemingly disparate styles, crossing cultural and chronological divides nearly effortlessly.” -Decoder magazine

DJ Gavin

He doesn’t take requests.  But he’s very cute.


And More!

Admission includes a champagne toast at midnight!

Coat check available.

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Weekends in December: The Artisans’ Gift Fair
December 1st, 2014 by admin

Saturdays & Sundays until Christmas: THE ARTISANS’ GIFT FAIR

Noon to 6pm, FREE


Every year during the holiday season, Tranzac is host to The Artisans’ Gift Fair, where you’ll find an extraordinary variety of one-of-a-kind, affordable, quality hand-crafted gifts.

Art, clothing, accessories, ceramics, edibles, botanicals, wall-mountables, and indescribables — it’s all here!

Whether you’re buying for a friend, a loved one, or for yourself, you’re guaranteed to find a treasure.

Please join us on any of the following dates:

Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21

12pm to 6pm.

Admission is FREE!

Check out more at

Monday 1 December & Tuesday 2 December: DOGFIGHT
November 30th, 2014 by admin


December 1 & 2: DOGFIGHT


$20 General Admission, $15 Arts Workers


DOGFIGHT, the hauntingly beautiful musical by Pasek and Paul (Edges, James and the Giant Peach, A Christmas Story) and Peter Duchan, will receive its Toronto debut in the form of a staged reading, produced by Kelly Holiff and Jason Spetter. Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers Film by Bob Comfort, DOGFIGHT takes audience on “a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance”.

“It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to the growing conflict in Vietnam, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.”

DOGFIGHT’s off-Broadway run was praised by countless critics and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical.

Kelly Holiff (The Charlottetown Festival) stars as Rose, the young waitress who is pursued by fresh-faced Vietnam-bound soldier Eddie Birdlace, played by Daniel Greenberg (We Will Rock You).

Darlene Spencer directs. With choreography by Stephanie Graham, and Musical Direction by Noah MacDougall.

The DOGFIGHT cast features Steffi DiDomenicantonio (Spring Awakening National Tour), and Michael Hughes (2013 New York City Bistro Award Winner), with Nathan Carroll (Mirvish’s Once), Michael De Rose (Avenue Q), Graham Scott Fleming (2014 Banks Prize Winner), Jessica Gallant (Anne of Green Gables), Clayton Labbe (Return to Grace), Andrew McAllister (Evangeline, world premiere), Eric Morin (City of Angels), and Sarah Strange (Tweed: The Musical).


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.



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