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November 2018

Ethan Ardelli – The Island of Form CD Release Tour!

Nov 2nd – Clinic at the University of Toronto – 3:15PM
Nov 3rd – Clinic at Humber College – 11AM
Nov 5th – Brandon University (Brandon, MB) – 8PM
Nov 6th – Clinic at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB) – 4PM
Nov 6th – Forth (Winnipeg, MB) – 7:30PM
Nov 7th – Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, AB) – 8PM
Nov 8th – The Nexus at First United (Salmon Arm, BC) – 7PM
Nov 10th – Clinic at Long & McQuade (Calgary, AB) – 12PM
Nov 10th – Jazz YYC: Ironwood Stage & Grill (Calgary, AB) – 7PM
Nov 11th – Frankie’s Jazz Club (Vancouver, BC) – 8PM
Nov 13th – Hermann’s Jazz Club (Victoria, BC) – 8PM
Nov 14th – Denman Island Community Hall (Denman Island, BC) – 7:30PM
November 15th – Avalanche Bar (Courtney, BC) – 7:30PM
Nov 16th – Lighthouse Bistro (Nanaimo, BC) – 6:30PM
Nov 17th – The Jazz Room (Waterloo, ON) – 8:30PM
Nov 19th & 20th – The Rex (Toronto, ON) – 9:30PM
November 21st – Obladee (Halifax, NS) – 8PM
November 22nd – Sydney Curling Club (Sydney, NS) – 9PM
Nov 23rd – Schwartz Auditorium – St. F.X. University (Antigonish, NS) – 8PM
November 24th – Gigspace (Ottawa, ON) – 7:30PM

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November 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - November 24, 2018 @ 11:00 pm
Cross-Canada Tour, Canada

Harry Vetro – Northern Ranger CD Release Tour!

Kaelin Murphy – Trumpet
Harrison Argatoff – Sax
Dan Pitt – Guitar
Noah Franche-Nolan – Piano
Victor Vrankulj – Bass
Harry Vetro – Drums

Piano Trio:
Sunday November 4th – Frankies Jazz Club (Vancouver, BC)

Thursday Nov 8th – Jazz YYC Winter Jazz Fest (Calgary, AB)
Friday Nov 9th – Yardbird Jazz Fest (Edmonton, AB)
Saturday Nov 10th – The Bassment (Saskatoon, SK)

Guitar Trio:
Tuesday Nov 13th – Pressed Cafe (Ottawa, Ont)
Wednesday Nov 14th – The Bus Stop Theatre (Halifax, NS)
Saturday Nov 17th – The Ship Pub (St. John’s, NL)

In 2017, as Canada celebrated 150 years of confederation, 23 year old Hamilton drummer Harry Vetro took to the road. He traveled coast to coast, visiting communities in Canada’s six indigenous cultural areas (Arctic, Subarctic, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Plains, and Eastern Woodlands) in an effort to connect with musicians and artists from different backgrounds, and to better understand the land’s long cultural history.

Northern Ranger – Vetro’s debut album – tells the story of his travels. A jazz musician by training, Harry melded his own style of improvised music with folk and classical influences to create a deeply personal statement, one that speaks to the country as a whole.

A recent graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz program, Vetro leads an active performing career, Past performances include the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival and Orillia Jazz Festival.

Proceeds from this album will assist in starting an outreach initiative for youth with limited access to music education. The program will be titled “Northern Ranger Outreach” and Vetro will be partnering with his father, who is an educator and musician with connections in the school system.

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November 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Cross-Canada Tour, Canada

Lawful Citizen – ‘Internal Combustion’ Album Release Party!

Evan Shay: tenor sax
Aime Duquet: guitar
Antoine Pelegrin: electric bass
Kyle Hutchins: drums

Featuring Special Guest John Hollenbeck, opening the show!

Internal Combustion is the first full-length record from the Montreal-based band, Lawful Citizen. Fueled by a fiery vision, the music takes a deep journey through the entire spectrum of human emotion. This album is influenced by the history of the internal combustion engine, particularly in the early days of motorcycle racing and land speed record attempts. The feeling of grit, brutality and rawness, along with the entire sensory experience surrounding the extreme danger were the largest inspirations for this music.

Fearlessly combining jazz, metal, electronic, and Americana, Lawful Citizen is an explosive force on the Canadian jazz scene. Formed in 2015 after meeting at McGill University, the band name reflects the discord felt by the common man, between remaining complacent and refusing to abide. The pendulum of their music swings from subtle beauty to relentless rage, driven by the musicality and sensitivity of the four musicians.

After developing the music over a course of a year, the tracks were recorded, mixed, and mastered in Montreal. The resulting journey weaves together the somber and the rough. The band’s signature sound is on full display with searing sax, erce guitar, guttural bass, and propulsive drums. Their raucous blend of musical brutality, heavy emotion, and forward momentum is perfect for this moment in time.


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November 8, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Casa del Popolo, 4873 St Laurent Blvd
Montreal, QC H2T 1R6 Canada
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
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