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Volume 18 Issue 3 - November 2012

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SOUND ADVICE continued from page 31C. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)McDonald, a graduate of York University’s Jazz CompositionMaster’s program, is also a big fan of the Tranzac: “I love playing andseeing live music here. I think it’s one of the few places in Torontowhere music of all styles and levels of creative expression is welcomed.You can drop by any time not knowing exactly what you’regoing to see but knowing you’ll see something good.” The quartetis rounded off by Demetri Petsalakis on guitar, Paul Metcalfe onsaxes and Lowell Whitty on drums. Expect tunes that draw fromboth the modern and classic jazz traditions, both orchestrated andfreely structured.416 Festival: November 7 to 10, the Tranzac is also home tothe 12th annual 416 Festival, dubbed “the best music you’ve neverheard.” According to the press release that we received in a timelyfashion (presenters, please send all your listings by the 15th of themonth prior to your event to for ourFREE listings service!), the 416 Festival was created “in 2001 as acounterbalance to the lack of innovative music programming at localjazz festivals.” I asked the founder and director, Glen Hall, if he feelsthat anything has changed since 2001 on Toronto’s jazz scene regardingthis issue:“Local jazz festivals continue to feature mostly traditional-based,tonal, metrical music of the genre widely understood and called jazz.In addition, they have added popular music forms which have littlein common with the improvisationalcore of authentic jazz. However, theToronto Downtown Jazz Festival hasincluded some offerings by improvisersassociated with the Associationof Improvising Musicians Toronto(AIMToronto). But, to my knowledge,these are with little or no financialcommitment on the festival’s part: ahalf-hearted, qualified support. So,the ‘lack of innovative programming’has not changed appreciably since theinception of the 416 Festival. This doesnot apply in the case of the Guelph JazzDavid Story, Rakesh Thewariand Glen Hall will beperforming at the Tranzacon November 9 as part ofthe 416 Toronto CreativeImprovisers Festival.Festival, which has been bold and adventurous in its programmingchoices. (Non-tonal, arhythmic, sound-based improvisation byToronto improvisers is seldom heard outside of the 416 Festival.)”It’s fantastic that the 416 exists to showcase the incredibly richdiversity of non-traditional creative improvised music. Musiciansdo frequently wonder what an artistic director is looking for whenbooking, a question Glen is happy to answer:“Some selections are made according to who approaches us andwhat their goals are. Also, new groups form constantly and I keeptabs on who is doing what and try to give them opportunities to beheard in a supportive environment. Some musicians I know personally;others are recommended to me. For instance, last year anew music aficionado suggested the neither/nor collective. While Iwas aware of them, it previously hadn’t occurred to me to ask themto participate as improvisation is a part, not the entirety, of whatthey do (they were an audience favourite). Quartetto Graphica wasinteresting because they use graphic scores which demand improvisationalinterpretation. This year CCMC is featured because theyembody the essence of what the 416 Festival presents: fearless,risk-taking, improvised music making. We are always open to improvisation-basedartists wanting to perform at the 416.”Artists appearing at the festival this year include vocalist/pianistFern Lindzon’s trio featuring trombonist Heather Segger and drummerMark Segger; drummer Chris Cawthray’s improvised rootsduo with organist Simeon Abbott; electronic wave drummer BobVespaziani with vocalist Tena Palmer and guitarist Arthur Bull — andthat’s on opening night alone! See our listings section for completedetails and for more information visit’s to the best music you’ve never heard!Ori Dagan is a Toronto-based jazz vocalist and an associate editorat The WholeNote. He can be contacted at Yonge St. 416-481-6865 alleycatz.caEvery Mon 8pm Salsa Night w/ Frank Bischunand free lessons. Every Tue 8:30pm CarloBerardinucci Band. No Cover. Every Wed8:30pm City Soul Swinging Blues & VintageR&B. No Cover. Every Thu 9pm Soul and R&B(bands alternate weekly; Collateral Jammagefirst Thursday of every month). Every Fri/Sat 9:30pm Funk, Soul, R&B, Top 40. after 8:30pm. Nov 1 Collateral Jammage. Nov2 Ascension. Nov 3 Soular. Nov 8,22 MarkJoseph Band. Nov 9, 10, 30 Lady Kane. Nov15, 16, 17 James King. Nov 23, 24 Ascension.Nov 29 Run it For Marty.Artword Artbar15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. (full schedule)Azure Restaurant & Bar225 Front St. W. 416-597-3701azurerestaurant.caNov 1, 2, 3 5:30-10:30pm Dan Bodanis Trio w/Bernie Senensky & Steve Wallace.Bon Vivant Restaurant1924 Avenue Rd. 416-630-5153bonvivantdining.comEvery Thu 6-9pm Bill Naphan Solo Guitar.Every Fri 6-9pm Margaret Stowe Solo Guitar.Castro’s Lounge2116 Queen St. E. No Cover/PWYC.Every Sun 4pm Live jazz. Every Mon 9pmRockabilly Night w/ the Cosmotones. EveryTue 8pm Smokey Folk; 10:30pm blueVenus.Every Wed 8pm Mediterranean Stars. EveryThu 9pm Jerry Legere & the Situation. EveryFri 5pm Ronnie Heyward. Every Sat 4:30pmBig Rude Jake.Chalkers Pub, Billiards & Bistro247 Marlee Ave. 416-789-2531chalkerspub.comEvery Wed 8pm-midnight Girls Night Out JazzJam w/ host Lisa Particelli. PWYC. Nov 36-9pm Dave Young Quartet . Nov 10 6-9pmGNOJAZZ Fundraiser . Nov 17 6-9pm RobiBotos Trio . Nov 18 6-9pm Carter BrodkorbTrio ; free(under 16). Nov 24 6-9pm LorneLofsky Trio .Cherry Street Restaurant, The275 Cherry St. 416-461-5111 cherryst.caNov 1 8:30pm Ilana Waldston Trio . Nov8 7:30pm Julie Mahendran Trio . Nov 157:30pm The Spirit of Jazz . Nov 22 7:30pmWorst Pop Band Ever . Nov 29 7:30pmSophia Perlman Quartet .Classico Pizza & Pasta2457 Bloor St. W. 416-763-1313Every Thu 7pm Nate Renner. No Cover.Communist’s Daughter, The1149 Dundas St. W. 647-435-0103Every Sat 4-7pm Gypsy Jazz w MichaelJohnson & Red Rhythm. PWYC.DeSotos1079 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-651-2109Every Thu 8pm-midnight Open Mic Jazz Jam,hosted by Double A Jazz.Dominion on Queen500 Queen St. E. 416-368-6893dominiononqueen.comEvery Sat 4-7:30pm Ronnie Hayward.Every Sun 11am-3pm Rockabilly Brunch w/Alistair Christl. Every Tue 8:30pm Hot Clubof Corktown Django Jam w/ host WayneNakamura. PWYC. Every Wed 8pm CorktownUkelele Jam . Nov 1 9pm Havana to Torontowith host Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo . Nov5 Good Neighbours Open Mic Night. PWYC.Nov 6 8pm USA Election Night “Working ClassHero” Night of Protest Songs. Nov 9 9pm RobinBanks Birthday Party . Nov 11 4-7pmJazz Jam w/ Noah Leibel. Nov 16 9pm AimeeButcher Band . Nov 17 9pm Sonic BluesSeries: Dylan Wickens . Nov 23 9:30pmQue Isso? . Nov 29 9pm Shafton ThomasGroup . Nov 30 9pm Swamperella $TBA.Dovercourt House805 Dovercourt Rd. (full schedule)Every Sat 9pm-1am Saturday Night Swing:Dance featuring Live Swing Bands and dancelessons. Dance ; with one class, $18with both. Saturday Bands: Nov 3 JordanKlapman Swing Band. Nov 10 Swing Out toVictory: WWII Remembrance Day Party w/Toronto All-Star big Band ; with oneclass; with both. Nov 17 TBA. Nov 24Mike Daley Swing Band.EDO Sushi484 Eglinton Ave. W. 416-322-3033All shows: Thursday 7:30-10:30pm. No Cover.Nov 1 Sharon Smith Trio. Nov 8 SerafinLaRiviere Trio. Nov 15 Laura Fernandez Trio.Nov 22 Vincent Wolfe Trio. Nov 29 LaraSolnicki Trio.Ellington’s Music and Café805 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-652-9111.Every Mon, Every Wed 9am and Every Sat 2pmSunny Choi (piano).Emmet Ray, The924 College St. (full schedule)All shows: 9pm. PWYC.Nov 1 John Wayne Swingtet. Nov 4 GrahamPlayford. Nov 5 Parker/Abbott Duo. Nov 7Alistair Christil and the Lonely. Nov 8 Box Fullof Cash. Nov 11 Alan Soddy. Nov 12 JeffLaRochelle’s Original Ensemble. Nov 14 PeterBoyd & The Mutant Duo. Nov 15 Vokurka’sVicarious Virtuoso Violin. Nov 18 Union Duke.Nov 19 Will Fisher Coastal Quartet. Nov 21Alistair Christl and The Lonely. Nov 22 PatrickBrealey. Nov 25 Tropical Punch. Nov 26 JonMaharaj Trio. Nov 28 Alistair Christ and theLonely. Nov 29 Johnny Ferguson.Flying Beaver Pubaret, The488 Parliament St. (full schedule)Nov 1 7:30pm Ori Dagan’s Jazz JamCabaret. PWYC. Nov 2 9pm Chris TsujiuchiReturns! . Nov 3 7pm Ros Kindler Trio/(adv); 9pm Sarah Smith & LucasSilveira /(adv). Nov 4 7pm All StrungUp. suggested. Nov 7 7:30pm JohnAlcorn Trio /(adv). Nov 8 7:30pmTracey Dey Trio/(adv). Nov 9 7pmGeorge Evans /(adv); 9pm Adi Braun/(adv). Nov 14 7:30pm John Alcorn54 November 1 – December 7, 2012

Trio /(adv). Nov 16, 17 7pm BillMerryweather /(adv). Nov 17 9pmPeggy Jane Hope Quintet /(adv). Nov22 7:30pm Julie Michels /(adv). Nov 239pm John McGillis CD Launch /(adv).Nov 24 9pm Sonya Jezebel Côté /(adv).Gallery Studio, The2877 Lake Shore Blvd., Etobicoke.416-253-0285thegallerystudiocafe.caGate 403403 Roncesvalles Ave. All shows: PWYC.Nov 1 5pm Roberta Hunt; 9pm Mélanie Brûlée.Nov 2 5pm Mike Field; 9pm Max Senitt Y SusAmigos. Nov 3 5pm Bill Heffernan & Friends;9pm Melissa Boyce. Nov 4 5pm Joel Hartt;8pm Dave Martin. Nov 5 5pm Tom McGill; 9pmRichard Whiteman. Nov 6 5pm Kelsey McNulty;9pm Julian Fauth. Nov 7 5pm Brian Cober; 9pmKurt Nielsen & Richard Whiteman. Nov 8 5pmSarah Calvert; 9pm Kevin Laliberté. Nov 9 5pmKalya Ramu & Felix Wong; 9pm Fraser MevlinBlues. Nov 10 5pm Bill Heffernan & Friends;9pm Six Points Jazz Orchestra. Nov 11 5pmDarlene Stimson; 9pm Robin Banks. Nov 125pm Denis Schingh; 9pm Richard Whiteman.Nov 13 5pm Carol Oya; 9pm Julian Fauth. Nov14 5pm Lowell Whitty; 9pm Victor Monsivais.Nov 15 5pm Shae & Lorne; 9pm String Theory.Nov 16 5pm G Street Jazz; 9pm Sweet Derrick.Nov 17 5pm Bill Heffernan & Friends; 9pmPatrick Tevlin’s New Orleans Rhythm. Nov 185pm Cindy Urech; 9pm Andy De Campos. Nov19 5pm Erica Romero; 9pm Richard Whiteman.Nov 20 5pm Melissa Lauren; 9pm JulianFauth. Nov 21 5pm Patrick Hewan; 9pm LaraSolnicki. Nov 22 5pm Eric Lambier R&B Blues;9pm Elizabeth Martins. Nov 23 5pm SamBroverman; 9pm Denielle Bassels. Nov 24 5pmBill Heffernan & Friends; 9pm The Upside Trio.Nov 25 5pm Meagan de Lima; 9pm BrownmanAkoustic Trio. Nov 26 5pm Annie Bonsignore &Dunstan Morey; 9pm Richard Whiteman. Nov27 5pm Chris Reid; 9pm Julian Fauth. Nov 285pm Joe Amato; 9pm Teri Parker. Nov 29 5pmDonna Greenberg; 9pm Alex Samaras. Nov 305pm Ken Kawashima Sugar Brown Blues Band;9pm Gia & the Unpredictable Update Trio.Gladstone Hotel1214 Queen St. W. (full schedule)Every First Thu 9-11:30pm Toronto BluesSociety’s Blues Series. Free.Nov 8 8pm Amy McConnell & WilliamSperandei CD Release (includes CD). Nov25 8pm Ilana Waldston CD Release .Grossman’s Tavern“Toronto’s Home of the Blues”379 Spadina Ave. (full schedule)All shows: No Cover/PWYC.Every Sat 4-8pm The Happy Pals matinee.Every Sun 4:30-8:30pm New OrleansConnection Allstars; 9:30pm-2am TheNationals.Harlem Restaurant67 Richmond St. E. (full schedule)All shows: No Cover/PWYC.Every Mon 8pm-midnight Carolyn T’s OpenJam Night. Every Fri/Sat 7:30-11pm Jazz/Blues. No Cover. Nov 2 Reece. Nov 3 LuandaJones. Nov 6 Obama Party. Nov 8 AlmaQuartet. Nov 9 Jazz Lovers Society. Nov 10Aria. Nov 16 Shelley Hamilton. Nov 17 ChrisRouse. Nov 23 Shelley Hamilton. Nov 24Humble. Nov 30 Carl Bray.Harlem Underground Restaurant/Bar745 Queen St. W. Mon Daniel Gagnon. Every Tue JohnCampbell. Every Thu Carl Bray Trio. Every FriJake Wilkinson. Every Sat Carl Bray.Hirut Restaurant2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560Every Wed 8pm Open Mic with Gary 17.Every Sun 2:30pm Open Jam.Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, TheHugh’s Room2261 Dundas St. W. (full schedule)All shows: 8:30pm (unless otherwise noted).Nov 1 Susie Arioli .50/(adv). Nov3 Jory Nash CD Release /.50(adv).Nov 4 2pm Don Bray CD Release:.50/(adv). Nov 4 Ian Thomas CDRelease /.50(adv). Nov 5 Pam HyattCD Release .50/(adv). Nov 6 PeterKarp & Sue Foley .50/(adv). Nov7 The Dardanelles /(adv). Nov 8Gandalf Murphy & Slambovian Circus ofDreams .50/(adv). Nov 9 Dave YoungQuintet. Nov 10 Jimmy Webb /(adv).Nov 11 Children’s Beacon of Hope Fundraiser/(adv). Nov 12 International GuitarNight .50/(adv). Nov 13 Eilen Jewell.50/(adv). Nov 14 Jason Wilson &David Swarbrick .50/(adv). Nov 15Bowser & Blue .50/.50(adv). Nov 16Gregg Stafford /(adv). Nov 17 DianeLee-Clemons /.50(adv). Nov 18 JorgeMartiniez /(adv). Nov 19 André RoyTrio CD Release: DarkBright $18/(adv).Nov 20 Nathan Rogers /.50(adv) Nov21 Genticorum /.50(adv). Nov 22Tom Russell. .50/(adv). Nov 23 JullyBlack .50/(adv). Nov 24 Tom WaitsTribute /(adv). Nov 25 2pm KenWhiteley’s Gospel Matinee .50/(adv).Nov 27 Shaman Ayerhart CD Release. Nov30 The McFlies .50/(adv).Intersteer, The357 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-8054Nov 10, 17 4-7pm Laura Hubert Trio. NoCover/PWYC.Jazz Room, TheLocated in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N.,Waterloo. (full schedule)All shows: 8:30pm; attendees must be 19+Nov 2 rinsethealgorithm $18. Nov 3 Jazz andSpoken Word . Nov 9 Jason Raso Quintet:Head Hunter Tribute . Nov 10 TrevorGiancola Quartet $18. Nov 16 Greg PriorQuartet . Nov 17 Melissa Stylianou $18.Nov 23 Ron McClure Quartet . Nov 24Rebecca Binnendyk Quintet $18. Nov 30 NewVibes Quartet .Joe Mama’s317 King St. W. 416-340-6469Live music every night; All shows: No Cover.Every Sun 7-11pm Organic Quartet. EveryMon 7:30-11:30pm Soul Mondays. EveryTue 7-11pm Blue Angels. Every Wed 8pm-12am Blackburn. Every Thu 8:30pm-12:30amBlackburn. Every Fri 10pm-2am The Grind.Every Sat 10pm-2am Shugga.Lula Lounge1585 Dundas St. W. (full schedule)Nov 1 8pm Love Letters Cabaret: Bacchanal/(adv). Nov 2 8pm JP Saxe Trio ;10:30pm Salsa Dance Party w/ ChanguiHavana . Nov 3 10:30pm Salsa Saturdayw/ Salsotika. Nov 9 8pm Maria Farinha Trio;Salsa Dance Party w/ Son Ache. Nov 10 SalsaSaturday w/ Ricky Franco. Nov 11 Notes fromBrazil w/ TORQ Percussion Quartet. Nov 168pm Roberto Riveron Trio; Salsa Dance Partyw/ Yani Borrell and the Clave Kings. Nov 17Salsa Saturday w/ Café Cubano. Nov 18 Israel-Alien. Nov 21 8pm Jorge Miguel 10pm CaféCon Pan. Nov 22 Lido Pimienta and HectorBuitrago. Nov 23 8pm Laura Fernandez Trio;9:45pm Salsa Dance Party w/ Changui Havana.Nov 24 Salsa Saturday w/ Confunto Lacalu.Nov 28 Alain Perez: Direct from Madrid. Nov30 8pm Alexander Brown Trio; Salsa Saturdayw/ Roberto Linares Brown Orchestra.Mezzetta Restaurant681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687mezzettarestaurant.comEvery Wed Sets at 9pm and 10:15pm. JazzSeries. Cover -.Nov 7 Vida Flamenca . Nov 14 Hartzdike-Lieder. Nov 21 Klezmer Meets Free Improv.Monarchs PubAt the Delta Chelsea Hotel33 Gerrard St. W. 416-585-4352monarchspub.caEvery Wed Live Jazz. Every Thu Live Blues.Nawlins Jazz Bar & Dining299 King St. W. 416-595-1958nawlins.caEvery Tue Stacie McGregor; Every Wed JimHeineman Trio. Every Thu Blues Night w GuestVocalists. Every Fri/Sat All Star Bourbon St.Band; Every Sun Brooke Blackburn.Nice Bistro, The117 Brock St. N., Whitby. 905-668-8839nicebistro.comNov 21 San Murata .99 (includes dinner).Old Mill, The21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641oldmilltoronto.comThe Home Smith Bar: No Reservations. NoCover. minimum. All shows: 7:30-10:30pm.Every Thu Thursday Night Jazz Party. EveryFri Something to Sing About Series. EverySat Jazz Masters Series. Nov 1 Jazz Partyw/ Lenny Solomon and guests. Nov 2 PeggyMahon Trio. Nov 3 Terry Promane Trio. Nov 8Jazz Party w/ Gord Sheard and guests. Nov 9Margot Roi Trio. Nov 10 Tara Davidson Duo.Nov 15 Terra Hazelton Trio. Nov 16 RobinBanks Trio. Nov 17 Fred Duligal Trio. Nov22 Jazz Party w/ Debbie Fleming and guests.Nov 23 Sheree Jeacocke Cerqua Trio. Nov 24Amanda Tosoff Trio. Nov 29 Mike Murley TrioNov 30 Ros Kindler Trio.Pantages Martini Bar & Lounge200 Victoria St. 416-362-1777Every Fri, Every Sat 9:30pm-12:30am SoloPiano. No Cover/PWYC. Nov 2, 3 Steve Koven.Nov 9, 10 Richard Whiteman. Nov 16, 17Mark Eisenman. Nov 23, 24 Steve Koven. Nov30 Steve Koven.November 1 – December 7, 2012 55

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