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December 2018

Collective Order Vol. 3 CD Release!

Chris Adriaanse: bass
Julian Anderson-Bowes: bass
Jocelyn Barth: vocals
Mike Campbell: drums
Belinda Corpuz: vocals
Ewen Farncombe: keys
Jon Foster: drums
Marie Goudy: trumpet
Murray Heaton: saxophone
Joanna Majoko: vocals
Andrew McAnsh: trumpet
Andrew Miller: drums
Liam Stanley: guitar
Emily Steinwall: saxophone
Laura Swankey: vocals
Colin Story: guitar
Sarah Thawer: drums
Ethan Tilbury: bass
Joel Visentin: keys
Connor Walsh: bass
Nebyu Yohannes: trombone

Volume Three marks another important step in the evolution of Toronto’s Collective Order. Having released two volumes of music, they have solidified a vision for the future of the project: “Looking ahead, Collective Order plans to continue to become more inclusive and to better reflect the musical and cultural diversity of Toronto.”

With Volume Three, the band has created a collection of compositions inspired by individual band members’ cultural backgrounds and personal experiences. Toronto is a collection of incredibly diverse and culturally rich communities, and in this collaborative project, the band aims to eliminate imaginary boundaries and establish new musical traditions.

In keeping with the collaborative nature of Collective Order, the opening title is a composition written to accompany a traditional land acknowledgement by Indigenous artist Melanie Montour.

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December 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave #3
Toronto, ON M6R 2G5 Canada

Sam Broverman “A Jewish Boy’s Christmas” CD Release!

A holiday show for the “mishpocha” (and everyone else)
Featuring bassist Jordan O’Connor, pianist Peter Hill, special guest Whitney Ross-Barris plus members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

White Christmas. Let it Snow. Baby It’s Cold Outside. Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer. What do these popular Christmas songs have in common (aside from driving you crazy while you do your Christmas shopping)? Some of the most popular Christmas songs of all time (5 of the top 10, according to ASCAP) were written by Jewish songwriters like Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Frank Loesser, and Johnny Marks.

This holiday season, Toronto jazz singer Sam Broverman will again explore and celebrate what it means to be a “Jewish boy” at Christmas time (last year’s show was sold out). In A Jewish Boy’s Christmas, Sam recalls his own experiences as a Jewish boy in the very ethnically mixed north end of Winnipeg, and ties them to the Jewish influence on the Great American Christmas songbook in stories and songs, with a few surprises.

With Jordan O’Connor on bass, Peter Hill on piano, and guest singer Whitney Ross-Barris (of whom Sam will ask the musical question Can I Interest You In Hannukah?; be there to hear her answer), plus a special appearance by members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. A Jewish Boy’s Christmas promises to be a hilarious and touching holiday night out whether you celebrate Christmas or Hannukah…or none of the above! Here is a clip from last year’s show in which Sam explains, in song, how to speak Yiddish: You’re Speaking Yiddish.

More about Sam: Sam Broverman is a Toronto based jazz singer and songwriter, as well as a professor of Actuarial Mathematics at the University of Toronto. He has performed in Winnipeg, Vancouver, New York and Hong Kong, and he regularly performs in jazz venues around Toronto. He began his professional singing career in Winnipeg at the age of 19, appearing in theatre and cabaret productions as well as on nationally televised music and variety shows, including Hymn Sing and The Doug Crosley Show. Sam has sung with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir since moving to Toronto.

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December 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St.
Toronto, ON M5B 1T8 Canada
January 2019

Way North ‘Fearless and Kind’ CD Release Tour!

Rebecca Hennessy: trumpet
Petr Cancura: tenor saxophone
Michael Herring: bass
Richie Barshay: drums

Jan 6: Open Waters Festival (Halifax, NS)
Jan 14: The Emmet Ray (Toronto, ON)
Jan 15: Victoria, BC
Jan 16: Quadwrangle Music at the Lighthouse Bistro
Jan 17: Frankie’s Jazz Club (Vancouver, BC)
Jan 18: Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, AB)
Jan 19: The Bassment (Saskatoon, SK)

For details, visit waynorthband.com

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January 6 @ 8:00 am - January 19 @ 5:00 pm
Cross-Canada Tour, Canada
February 2019

Angela Verbrugge: ‘The Night We Couldn’t Say Good Night’ CD Release!

NYC pianist Ray Gallon joins a top Vancouver area rhythm section to help Angela Verbrugge celebrate her debut album release.

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February 7 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Frankie’s Jazz Club, 755 Beatty Sreet
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2M4 Canada
March 2019

Michael Davidson & Dan Fortin: Clock Radio CD Release

Michael Davidson: vibraphone
Dan Fortin: bass
Opening: Chris Pruden

Vibraphonist Michael Davidson (Hobson’s Choice, Otterville) and double bassist Dan Fortin (Myriad3, Bernice) are two of Toronto’s most in demand musicians. They have been playing together for over a decade: in the experimental jazz-rock band Stop Time; on Fortin’s 2015 album Brinks; and in groups lead by the likes of Tara Davidson and Allison Au. Having been hired so often as a team, it made perfect sense for the two to focus on the unique musical aesthetic they’ve cultivated over the years. Hence, the birth of a new duo and a new album: Clock Radio.

There is no musical setting more intimate than the duo. Each musical gesture is exposed, and without empathic listening on the part of both musicians, it cannot succeed. In the summer of 2017, Davidson traveled to Berlin to study with renowned mallet percussionist David Friedman. In the course of his two month trip, Davidson experimented with a variety of new compositional techniques, and returned to Canada with a new book of songs that he felt best suited the flexibility of the duo setting. These pieces blur the line between composition and improvisation, and draw equally from jazz, free music, and classical composition.

Clock Radio will be released on Elastic Recordings on Friday, March 22nd, 2019.

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March 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St Joseph St
Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9 Canada
April 2019

Friendly Rich Sings Frank Sinatra’s ‘Only The Lonely’ – Record Launch!

Friendly Rich is launching a new studio recording at The Burdock on the night of April 27th. It’s a complete re-imagining of Sinatra’s classic 1958 recording, Only the Lonely.

Friendly Rich Sings for Only the Lonely features: Dave Clark, drums; Julia Hambleton, clarinet; David French, sax; Nichol Robertson, electric guitar; Jon Meyer, double bass; Tania Gill, piano; Rich Marsella, voice.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear this incredible band bring these thoughtful David French arrangements to life, for one night only!

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April 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
June 2019

Audrey Ochoa Trio: 2019 Summer Jazz Festival Tour

Audrey Ochoa: trombone
Mike Lent: bass
Sandro Dominelli: drums

Trombonist Audrey Ochoa is a rising star on the Canadian jazz scene. After having completed studies in classical trombone at the University of Alberta, Audrey began performing professionally across Canada and abroad as a member of multiple ensembles. Though never having formally studied Jazz or contemporary music, Audrey has found a home in composing her own tunes that often have a Latin feel, and definitely convey her sense of humour.

PJ Perry describes Audrey as “a real talent,” and mentor and trombone aster Hugh Fraser describes her as “an inspired emerging artist that embodies the talent, inspiration and focus to make a major contribution at the highest level.” Having worked with or shared a stage with jazz legends like Hilario Duran, PJ Perry, and Tommy Banks, Audrey has also played with international musicians like Lew Tebackin, Dan Akroyd and the Temptations.

Audrey released her debut album “Trombone and Other Delights” in 2013, which spent consecutive weeks as the number one Jazz album on the Earshot charts and received excellent reviews.

Audrey’s second album “Afterthought,” is an extension of her compositional skill and talent on her instrument. The project includes collaborations with Electronica artist Battery Poacher.

Saturday, June 22nd
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Robson Stage (Robson St & Hornby St) @ 6:45pm

Sunday, June 23rd
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival
The Cube @ Old Market Square (124 King St) @ 4:15pm

Tuesday, June 25th
Rochester International Jazz Festival
Max of Eastman Place (25 Gibbs Street) @ 6:15pm and 10pm

Wednesday, June 26th 
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ontario Stage, Confederation Park @ 7:30pm

Thursday, June 27th
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Hazelton Ave Stage (Hazelton Ave & Scollard St) @ 6:45pm

Friday, June 28
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Club Jazz Casino de Montreal, Place SNC-Lavalin @ 6pm

Saturday, June 29th
TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival 
The Works Outdoor Mainstage, Capital Plaza (9820 107 St. NW) @ 12pm

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June 22 @ 6:30 pm - June 29 @ 5:00 pm
September 2019

Sam Kirmayer Trio feat. Ben Paterson – Canadian Tour

Montreal guitarist Sam Kirmayer started 2018 on a high note. 

A few weeks into the new year, he won the Julian Award for Excellence for Emerging Canadian Artists, a prize given by Simon Fraser University’s CJSF 90.1FM to an album by a young Canadian jazz up-and-comer. Kirmayer’s 2017 debut disc, a quartet release called Opening Statement, richly deserved the recognition. For an encore, Kirmayer has climbed further still, with his new album High and Low, which finds the 28-year-old devotee of bop and swing assuredly leading an organ trio. 

Kirmayer chose wisely when he picked sidemen for his new project that casts his warm tone and lyrical focus in a different setting. On drums, it was a no-brainer to play again with veteran Montreal drummer Dave Laing, who laid down the unflinching, impeccable groove on Opening Statement. “Dave has been one of my favourite musicians for a while,” says Kirmayer. “I’ve learned a lot playing with him over the last few years and he brought so much to the first CD we made together that it was never a question for me that I wanted him on this record as well.” 

Hiring New York-based organist Ben Paterson on organ, a 35-year-old who demonstrates consummate taste and fire on High and Low, was more of a leap of faith. “I discovered Ben through his work with Bernstein and Bobby Broom,” Kirmayer explains. “He’s got such a great sense of swing and is a truly melodic improviser. When I found out he was a friend of a friend, I jumped at the chance to do some playing with him.” 

The band prepped by playing two nights at Montreal’s lynchpin jazz venue, the Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill, and then went into the studio for two days. They might have begun as two friends and an out-of-towner stranger, but the simpatico and eloquence that they’ve achieved on High and Low sound like the hallmarks of a seasoned band. 

Sam Kirmayer: guitar
Ben Paterson: organ
Dave Laing: drums

Sept 19: Avalanche Bar, Courtenay, BC – presented by the Georgia Straight Jazz Society. 7:30pm.

Sept 20: All Saints by the Sea, Salt Spring Island, BC – presented by Salt Spring Jazz & Blues. 7pm.

Sept 21: Hermann’s, Victoria, BC. 8pm.

Sept 22: Osborne Bay Pub, Crofton, BC – presented by Pat’s House of Jazz. 2pm.

Sept 22: Lighthouse Bistro, Nanaimo, BC. 7:30pm.

Sept 25: Frankie’s Jazz Club, Vancouver, BC – presented by Coastal Jazz. 8pm.

Sept 26: The Nexus, Salmon Arm, BC – presented by Salmon Arm Jazz Club. 7pm.

Sept 27: Lolita’s, Calgary, AB. 7pm.

Sept 28: Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, AB. 8pm.

Sept 29: The Artesian, Regina, SK. 7pm. (Double bill w/ the Trent Reschny Group.)

Oct 1: Mardi Jazz @ Centre Culturel Franco Manitobain, Winnipeg MB, 8pm 

Oct 2: Jazz Bistro, Toronto, ON. 8pm.

Oct 4: The Jazz Room, Waterloo, ON – presented by the Grand River Jazz Society. 8:30pm.

Oct 5: Dièse Onze, Montreal, QC – L’OFF JAZZ. 10pm.

Oct 6: Stewart Hall, Pointe-Claire, QC


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September 19 @ 8:00 am - October 10 @ 5:00 pm
Cross-Canada Tour, Canada

TuneTown – There From Here CD Release Tour!

Kelly Jefferson: saxophones
Artie Roth: acoustic bass
Ernesto Cervini: drums

Sept 19: Burdock Music Hall, Toronto, ON. 9pm.

Sept 20: Cafe Resonance, Montreal, QC. 6pm.

Sept 21: GigSpace, Ottawa, ON. 9pm.

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September 19 @ 9:00 pm - September 21 @ 11:30 pm
Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa,

Allison Au Quartet – California Tour 2019

Allison Au: alto saxophone
Todd Pentney: piano & keyboards
Dan Fortin: bass
Fabio Ragnelli: drums


Sept 21: SFJAZZ Center – The Joe Henderson Lab
San Francisco, CA. 2 shows: 7 & 8:30 pm

Sept 22: Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Half Moon Bay, CA. 4:30pm

Sept 23: West Valley College Theatre
San Jose, CA. Workshop: 12:30pm. Concert: 7pm.

Sept 24: Workshop: California State University
Sacramento, CA. 1:30-2:45 & 3-4:20pm

Sept 25: Workshop: Sonoma State University
Sonoma, CA. 9:20am-12:20pm.

Sept 27: Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA. 4:30pm

Sept 30: bluewhale
Los Angeles, CA. 9pm

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September 21 @ 8:00 am - September 30 @ 11:30 pm
San Franciso, Half Moon Bay, San Jose, Sacramento, Sonoma, Monterey, Los Angeles, CA United States
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