Loading Events
Find Events

Past Events

Events List Navigation

July 2018

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder – ‘This World of Dew’ CD Release: NYC

Aaron Shragge: Dragon Mouth Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Shakuhachi
Ben Monder: Guitar

This World of Dew is Aaron Shragge’s third release with Ben Monder.

The duo project, an exploratory, meditative collaboration, has been praised as “…lyrical and heartwarming…” (Jazz Times) and “thoroughly modern with a definitive sound…” (The Birmingham Times).

The album features guitarist Ben Monder’s otherworldly harmonic virtuosity in expansive sonic textures that highlight Shragge’s subtle and distinctive lyrical voice on the shakuhachi and dragon mouth trumpet (a custom microtonal instrument).

The fourteen new compositions by Shragge are inspired by the writings of both ancient and modern poets: Kobayashi Issa, Matsuo Bashō, Li Po, Nishiyama Sōin and Charles Bukowski.

Tracks 2-7 make up “This World of Dew Suite” which follows the emotional arc of poet Kobahashi Issa’s grief as he mourned the loss of his young daughter. What ties all these compositions together is how they explore themes of loneliness, perseverance and impermanence.

Find out more »
July 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway
New York, NY 10001 United States

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder – ‘This World of Dew’ CD Release: Montreal

Aaron Shragge: Dragon Mouth Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Shakuhachi
Ben Monder: Guitar

This World of Dew is Aaron Shragge’s third release with Ben Monder.

The duo project, an exploratory, meditative collaboration, has been praised as “…lyrical and heartwarming…” (Jazz Times) and “thoroughly modern with a definitive sound…” (The Birmingham Times).

The album features guitarist Ben Monder’s otherworldly harmonic virtuosity in expansive sonic textures that highlight Shragge’s subtle and distinctive lyrical voice on the shakuhachi and dragon mouth trumpet (a custom microtonal instrument).

The fourteen new compositions by Shragge are inspired by the writings of both ancient and modern poets: Kobayashi Issa, Matsuo Bashō, Li Po, Nishiyama Sōin and Charles Bukowski.

Tracks 2-7 make up “This World of Dew Suite” which follows the emotional arc of poet Kobahashi Issa’s grief as he mourned the loss of his young daughter. What ties all these compositions together is how they explore themes of loneliness, perseverance and impermanence.

Find out more »
July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
La Vitrola, 4602 Boul St-Laurent
Montreal, QC H2T 1R3 Canada
August 2018

The Tiki Collective: ‘Muse’ CD Album Release!

Muse is the debut album by The Tiki Collective: an all-star Toronto band featuring fifteen incredible guest vocalists.

The name Muse carries with it two meanings: Firstly as a noun, “to honour a person who is a source of artistic inspiration”, and secondly as a verb, because they “mused” over how to create a fresh new sound. The album is a blend of exotica, jazz, and pop music that will have you dreaming of beaches, palm trees, and wondrous sunsets. The melodies are timeless, while the production is modern and seamless.

The recording features new arrangements of popular songs including “Don’t Fear The Reaper” and “The Sweetest Taboo,” as well as exquisite classic rarities such as “All Too Soon” and “Chelsea Bridge.” Also featured are original compositions “Dreaming” and “The Wanderer”.

Find out more »
August 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Berkeley Church, 315 Queen St E
Toronto, ON M5A 1S7 Canada

John Pittman – ‘Kinship’ CD Release!

John Pittman: trumpet
Shirantha Beddage: baritone saxophone
Jeff McLeod: piano
Mike Downes: bass
Curtis Nowosad: drums

It has been said that a musician should “tell a story” when they play and storytelling, at its core, is really all about relationships. How characters interact, how they grow or change, and how the audience relates to, responds to or empathizes with those characters is essential. It is the relationships that bring meaning: to the story, its characters, its audience, its author. That is why Kinship is at the heart of this album; it tells the story of the relationships and experiences that inform the artist and bring meaning to the music.

Kinship is the debut solo release from Toronto- based trumpet player John Pittman (The Heavyweights Brass Band, Composer’s Collective Big Band), and features a stellar cast of musicians that were chosen in keeping with the overarching narrative of this record. Shirantha Beddage, Jeff McLeod, Mike Downes and Curtis Nowosad all share a history and a connection with John and, while they are all musical giants individually, their collective studio chemistry is palpable on this release.

Kinship is the story of the people and experiences that make us who we are; that which brings meaning to our narrative and communicates what matters most to us. Here’s hoping you find kinship with the artists through your experience of the music.

Find out more »
August 30, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St.
Toronto, ON M5B 1T8 Canada
$15
September 2018

The Tiki Collective @ Kensington Market Jazz Festival

@ El Gordo’s Empanadas
214 Augusta Ave, Toronto, Ontario

Find out more »
September 15, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON Canada

Carn Davidson 5+4 Fall Tour

William Carn: trombone
Tara Davidson: alto sax & flute
Alexander Brown: trumpet
Dan Fortin: bass
Ernesto Cervini: drums
Tues. Sept 18: Brandon University (Brandon, MB.) 8pm
Fri. Sept 21: Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, AB.) 8pm
Sat. Sept 22: The Bassment (Saskatoon, SK.) 8pm
Sun. Sept 23: Mayfair United Church (Saskatoon, SK.) 7:30pm (CD5 only)
Wed. Sept 26: Vic Juba Community Theatre (Lloydminster, AB.) 7:30pm
Fri. Sept 28: Le Bistro (Regina, SK.) 8pm

Featuring:

+ Brandon 4:

Greg Gatien: tenor sax
Dean McNeill: trumpet
Matt Steckler: baritone sax
Aaron Wilson: bass trombone
+ Edmonton & Lloydminster 4

Jim Brenan: tenor sax
Dan Davis: baritone sax
Doug Berner: trumpet
Craig Brenan: bass trombone
+ Saskatoon & Regina 3

Trent Reschny: tenor & soprano sax
Carter Powley: baritone sax
Spencer Krips: bass trombone

Find out more »
September 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - September 28, 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Cross-Canada Tour, Canada

Steven Taetz ‘Drink You In’ CD Release Celebration!

For his sophomore feature-length album, accomplished singer and composer/lyricist Steven Taetz presents cocktail of vintage-pop, jazz, and swing, backed by a sure shot band made up of several of Canada’s top jazz musicians. The album presents six new compositions sure to become popular additions to the American Songbook, and reinvents several classic standards.
Drink You In contains material co-written with award-winning artists including JUNO-winner Sonia Johnson, JUNO-nominee Barbra Lica, Tia Brazda, and producer Drew Jurecka.
As a lyricist and composer, Steven Taetz has written for many internationally renowned artists including Simone Denny (Love Inc.) and Billboard chart-topping Brazilian artist Amannda. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Rockwood Music Hall (NY), The Rogers Centre (Toronto), Blue Room (Korea), Capital Pride (Wash DC), Hotel Café (LA) and Koerner Hall Galleria for Sinatra’s 100th.
Drink You In will be released on Friday, September 28th, 2018 and distributed worldwide by Flatcar Records // Fontana North. The release will be celebrated with a performance on Sunday, September 30th at The Jazz Bistro in Toronto. This will be followed by a Canadian release tour.

Find out more »
September 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St.
Toronto, ON M5B 1T8 Canada
October 2018

The Marie Goudy 12tet feat. Jocelyn Barth – ‘The Bitter Suite’ CD Release!

Marie Goudy – Trumpet & Voice
Jocelyn Barth – Voice
Brad Eaton – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Matt Woroshyl – Alto & Soprano Saxophones
John Nicholson – Tenor Saxophone & Voice
Conrad Gluch – Baritone Saxophone
Charlotte Alexander – French Horn
Paul Tarussov – Trombone
Zach Smith – Trombone
Chris Platt – Guitar
Josh Smiley – Piano
Alex Lakusta – Bass
Keagan Eskritt – Drums
Andrés Gándara – Vihuela

Toronto trumpeter and composer Marie Goudy’s debut album The Bitter Suite is an ambitious and beautiful act of storytelling – a vivid depiction of young love as reflected in the distinct character of each of the year’s four seasons. This haunting, lyrical song cycle features her lifelong friend, vocalist Jocelyn Barth, and 10 of Toronto’s most exciting young instrumentalists.

In four movements, the lyrics express the excitement of new summer love; the warmth and comfort of a new partnership in autumn; the distinctive chill that only heartbreak in winter can bring; and the wistfulness of spring, when new growth brings a reminder of past loves now lost.

The Bitter Suite is an exciting addition to Canada’s large jazz ensemble tradition. Producer John MacLeod – one of Canada’s best known big band leaders and trumpeters – helps connect it to that storied history. In addition to jazz influences, The Bitter Suite is also heavily informed by mariachi music, a style in which Marie has worked for years – it features pieces written in the Son Jailciense and Huapango styles.

Find out more »
October 18, 2018 @ 9:30 pm - October 19, 2018 @ 12:00 am
The Rex Hotel, 194 Queen St W
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z1 Canada

Harry Vetro – Northern Ranger CD Release!

Emily Denison – Trumpet
Harrison Argatoff – Sax
Dan Pitt – Guitar
Noah Franche-Nolan – Piano
Andrew Downing – Bass
Harry Vetro – Drums

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.

Find out more »
October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave #3
Toronto, ON M6R 2G5 Canada
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

Find out more »
November 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - November 24, 2018 @ 11:00 pm
Cross-Canada Tour, Canada
+ Export Events