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Volume 23 Issue 4 - December 2017 / January 2018

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  • Toronto
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In this issue: composer Nicole Lizée talks about her love for analogue equipment, and the music that “glitching” evokes; Richard Rose, artistic director at the Tarragon Theatre, gives us insights into their a rock-and-roll Hamlet, now entering production; Toronto prepares for a mini-revival of Schoenberg’s music, with three upcoming shows at New Music Concerts; and the local music theatre community remembers and celebrates the life and work of Mi’kmaq playwright and performer Cathy Elliott . These and other stories, in our double-issue December/January edition of the magazine.

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McLaren /(adv). Dec 20 9pm Marie Goudy 12tet feat. Jocelyn Barth /(adv). Dec 21 9pm Origins /(adv). Dec 29 9pm The Hollowbodies /(adv). Dec 30 9pm Shirwan w/ Katelin Albert & Jordan Randall /(adv). Jan 7 9pm The Last Revel & The Slocan Ramblers /(adv). Jan 31 9pm Daniel Champagne /(adv). Feb 4 9pm Heavy Bell /(adv). Castro’s Lounge 2116 Queen St. E. 416-699-8272 (full schedule) All shows: No cover/PWYC Every Tue Every Fri 5:30pm The Straight Eights; 10pm I Hate You Rob. Every Sat 6pm Thelonious Hank. Every Sun 9pm Watch This Sound - Vintage Jamaican Music. C’est What 67 Front St. E. (416) 867-9499 (full schedule) Dec 1 10pm Metronome Chomsky. Dec 2 3pm The Boxcar Boys PWYC; 10pm Collective Arts Brewing Presents: Old.Soul.Rebel Suggested contribution . Dec 3 7pm Bob Wegner CD Release PWYC. Dec 7 10pm Garage Baby PWYC. Dec 8 10pm Felix’s Belt. Dec 9, 23, Jan 6, 20, Feb 3 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers PWYC. Dec 9 9pm Bring Your Own Vinyl Party Free. Dec 10 7pm Song Studio Open Mic Free. Dec 14 10pm Jessica Speziale with Emily Mac and Leaving Esmeralda PWYC. Dec 15 10pm The Responsables Suggested contribution . Dec 16 3pm Thelonious Hank PWYC; 9pm Bring Your Own Vinyl Party Free. Dec 17 7pm Women in Music Vol. 3 -. Dec 21 10 pm Jack Walker’s Festivus Miracle PWYC. Jan 4 10pm Blind Cats PWYC. Emmet Ray, The 924 College St. 416-792-4497 (full schedule) All shows: No cover/PWYC Gate 403 403 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-2930 (full schedule) All shows: PWYC. Every Mon 7pm Jazz Mondays with the Jim Hamel Trio and featured guests. Every Wed 7pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. Every Sat 5pm Bill Heffernan’s Saturday Sessions. Grossman’s Tavern 379 Spadina Ave. 416-977-7000 (full schedule) All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted). Every Sat 4.30 The Happy Pals Dixieland jazz jam. Every Sun 4pm New Orleans Connection All Star Band; 10pm Sunday Jam with Bill Hedefine. Every Wed 10pm Action Sound Band w/ Leo Valvassori. Hirut Cafe and Restaurant 2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560 Every Sun 3pm Hirut Sundays Open Mic. Dec 1 & Jan 5 8pm In the Round Master Singer/Songwriter Series PWYC. Dec 7 & Jan 4 8pm Franklin Ave Swingtet PWYC. Dec 5, 19, Jan 2, 16 8pm Finger Style Guitar Association PWYC. Dec 15 & Jan 12 8:30pm E=Jazz and Latin Jazz w/ Don Naduriak PWYC/by donation. Dec 28 & Jan 25 8pm The Daniel Barnes Low Stress Trio PWYC/ suggested . Dec 18 & Jan 29 8pm The D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) Tequila Mockingbirds Community Singalong Free. Dec 29 & Jan 26 9pm Hirut Hoot Cabaret . Dec 31 9pm Hirut New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, The Hugh’s Room 2261 Dundas St. W 416 533 5483 All shows: 8:30pm unless otherwise noted Dec 1 John Sheard Vinyl Café Tribute /(adv). Dec 2 Tribute to Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf /(adv). Dec 3 Còig /(adv). Dec 4 7:30pm Soulville: An R&B Cabaret /(adv). Dec 6 Minor Empire - CD Launch / ((adv). Dec 7 The Bills 20th Anniversary Show /(adv. Dec 8 The Hogtown All-Stars /(adv). Dec 9 Carlos del Junco /(adv). Dec 13 A Quartette Christmas /(adv). Dec 15 Craig Cardiff /(adv). Dec 16 Anthony Gomes /(adv). Dec 17 matinee Ault Sisters /(adv); (12 & under). Dec 19 A Bluesy Christmas /(adv). Dec 20 Lazer Lloyd / adv). Dec 28 Don Ross /(adv). Dec 29 Suzie Vinnick /(adv). Dec 30 Wintergarten Orchestra /(adv). Dec 31 New Year’s Eve with Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite /(adv). Jan 5 James Taylor Tribute /(adv). Jan 13 The Jitters /(adv). Jan 18 Tété /(adv). Jan 19 Garnet Rogers /(adv). Jan 20 Paul Reddick /(adv). Jan 17 Jazz FM91 - President’s Choice Concert Series: Molly Johnson . Jan 27 Lori Cullen /(adv). Jan 31 The Fugitives /(adv). Feb 3 The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band: 30th Anniversary Concert /(adv) Jazz Bistro, The 251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299 Dec 1 9pm The Maureen Kennedy Quartet . Dec 2 9 pm Scott Hamilton and the Mark Eisenman Trio . Dec 8 9pm The Willows . Dec 9 7:30pm and 10pm Matt Dusk CD release event for “Old School Yule” , recording included with ticket purchase (**ticket required, purchase ticket online). Dec 10 7pm CD launch event for Adi Braun’s “Moderne Frau” . Dec 15 9pm Stu Mac . Dec 16 9pm Robert Scott’s “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” . Dec 17 7pm Sam Broverman “A Jewish Boy’s Christmas” . Dec 18 8:30pm Christopher Wilson’s “Cocktails and Candy Canes Cabaret” . Dec 20 6pm Faith Amour “Jazz for Christmas” . Dec 23 9pm Robi Botos and Hilario Duran . Dec 29 & 30 9pm Galen Weston “The Space Between” . Dec 31 5pm “Soul Stu” - Dinner and Show Package. Jazz Room, The Located in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N., Waterloo. 226-476-1565 (full schedule) All shows: 8:30pm-11:30pm unless otherwise indicated. Attendees must be 19+. Cover charge varies (generally -) Dec 1 New Vibes . Dec 2 Louis Simao Ensemble . Dec 8 8:30pm Elaine Riddock . Dec 9 8:30pm Yvette Tollar Group . FAITH AMOUR & Friends JAZZ FOR CHRISTMAS Wednesday Dec 20, 7pm Dec 15 8:30pm The Woodhouse with Barbra Lica . Dec 16 8:30pm Bob Brough Quartet . Dec 20 7pm Faith Amour & Friends. Dec 22 8:30pm Tom Nagy’s Christmas . Dec 23 8:30pm Lorne Lofsky Trio . Dec 29 8:30pm Rebecca Binnendyk . Dec 30 8:30pm Phoenix Jazz Group . Dec 31 8:30pm New Years Eve with Rufus & Guests. Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307 (full schedule) Every Fri 7:30pm Early Jazz & World Sessions free before 8pm; Every Fri 10:30pm Havana Club Cuba Libre Fridays ; Every Sat 10:30pm Salsa Saturdays . Dec 3 6:30pm Gregg Stafford - New Orleans Stomp. Dec 8 7:30pm Zim Zum . Dec 11 7pm Reunite the Moneka Family . Dec 13 8pm An Evening of Native Jazz: Songbirds & Nightingales of Turtle Island /(adv). Dec 17 7pm The Woodhouse featuring Barbra Lica /(adv). Dec 26 8pm Rebel Vibez Presents Stages . Dec 27 7pm Gary Morgan & PanAmericana . Dec 31 10:30pm New Year’s Eve Salsa Party with Cafe Cubano & DG Santiago Valazsquez (show); 0(dinner & show) Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club 951 Gordon St., Guelph 519-767-2440 (full schedule) All shows: PWYC. Every Tue Open Stage hosted by Paul, Pete & Ron. Mây Cafe 876 Dundas St. W. 647-607-2032 (full schedule) Dec 2 7:30pm Sounds of the City Holiday Food Drive hosted by T Dots Records at May Cafe! A night of live music, comedy, great food and drinks. Dec 15 Brownman Akoustic Quartet’s Xmas Jazz Concert Jan 13 & 26 8pm Sounds of the City. Mezzetta Restaurant 681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687 (full schedule) All shows: 9pm, (unless otherwise noted). Every Wed 9 & 10:15pm Wednesday Concert Series. Cover . Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St. 416-531-5833 (full schedule) Every Tues 9pm Vinyl Night ; Every Thu 10pm Monarch Karaoke . Dec 11 and Jan 8 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra . N’awlins Jazz Bar & Dining 299 King St. W. 416-595-1958 All shows: No cover/PWYC. Every Tue 6:30pm Stacie McGregor. Every Wed 7pm The Jim Heineman Trio. Every Thur 8pm Nothin’ But the Blues with Joe Bowden. Every Fri & Sat 8:30pm N’awlins All Star Band; Every Sun 7pm Brooke Blackburn. Nice Bistro, The 117 Brock St. N., Whitby. 905-668-8839 (full schedule) Old Mill, The 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641 The Home Smith Bar: No reservations. No cover. food/drink minimum. All shows: 7:30pm-10:30pm Every Tues, Thu, Fri, and Sat. Nov 30 Robin Banks with Ted Quinlan, Richard Whiteman. Dec 1 Canadian Jazz Quartet & Friends Celebrate First Fridays. Dec 2 Mike Downes with David Restivo, Larnell Lewis. Dec 5 In Concert and Conversation with Gene DiNovi. Dec 7 Genevieve Marentette Trio with Robert Scott, George Koller. Dec 8 Sean Bray’s Peach trio. Dec 9 Brian Blain’s Blues Campfire. Dec 14 John Sherwood Trio. Dec 15 Jordana Talsky. Dec 16 Barry Elmes Quartet. Dec 21 Alex Samaras Trio. Dec 22 Alison Young Quartet. Dec 23 Adrean Farrugia Trio. Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Jazz Party hosted by Alex Pangman and her Alleycates. 0 ticket (advance tickets only) includes buffet from 7:30pm music from 8pm and sparkling wine at 11:45. ALSO Dining Room - Dec 11 8pm JAZZFM.91 Sound of Jazz Concert Series: Matt Dusk’s Old School Yule reservations recommended. Only Café, The 972 Danforth Ave. 416-463-7843 (full schedule) All shows: 8pm unless otherwise indicated. Paintbox Bistro 555 Dundas St. E. 647-748-0555 (full schedule) Pilot Tavern, The 22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716 All shows: 3:30pm. No cover. Every Sat 3pm Saturday Jazz. Dec 2 Alex Dean Quartet. Dec 9 Jake Koffman Quartet. Dec 16 Sugar Daddies Sextet. Dec 23 Norman Marshall Villeneuve Quintet. Dec 30 Adrean Farrugia Quartet. Poetry Jazz Café 224 Augusta Ave. 416-599-5299 (full schedule) Reposado Bar & Lounge 136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474 (full schedule) 66 | December 1, 2017 - February 7, 2018

Reservoir Lounge, The 52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887 (full schedule). Every Tue, 8:45pm Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Every Wed 9pm The Digs. Every Thursday 9:45pm Mary McKay. Every Fri 9:45pm Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis. Every Sat 9:45pm Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Dec 7 pm Alex Pangman. Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The 194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475 (full schedule) Call for cover charge info. Every Wed 6:30pm Alex Coleman’s A/C Unit. Every Thu 6:30pm Worst Pop Band Ever. Every Fri 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Bugaloo Squad. Every Sat 12noon The Sinners Choir. Dec 1 9:45pm Chuck Jackson. Dec 2 3:30pm Neon Eagle;7pm Brecker Brothers; 9:45pm Alex & Her Alleycats. Dec 3 Club Django; 7pm Kelzkonnection; 9:30pm Ethiojazz. Dec 4 & 11 6:30pm University of Toronto Student Jazz Ensembles; Dec 4 9:30pm Off the Road Big Band. Dec 5 6:30pm Chris Gale Quartet; 9:30pm Edmar Colon. Dec 6 9:30 Uncertainty Principle. Dec 7 9:30pm Lauren Falls Five. Dec 8 9:45pm Bernie Senensky. Dec 9 7pm Brecker Brothers; 9:45pm Anti-Gravity Machine. Dec 10 & 17 12noon Excelsior Dixieland Jazz; 7pm Teri Parker Trio. Dec 10 9:30pm Barry Romberg. Dec 11 9:30pm Jake Wilkinson’s Be-Bop Christmas. Dec 12 & 19 6:30pm Brian de Lima Trio. Dec 12 9:30pm Classic Rex Jam. Dec 13 & 14 9:30pm Alec Dean Jazz Orchestra. Dec 15 9:45pm Walter Kemp 3oh Plus. Dec 16 3:30pm Chris Hunt Tentet + 2; 7pm Alec Trent’s Triple Bari; 9:45pm Dave Young Quintet. Dec 17 9:30pm Zimzum. Dec 18 6:30pm Peter Hill Quintet. Dec 18 & 19 9:30pm Jabfung. Dec 20 9:30pm Mike Field Quintet. Dec 21 9:30pm Freeman Dre. Dec 22 9:45pm Bob Brough Quartet. Dec 23 3:30pm Jerome Godboo; 7pm Alec Trent’s Triple Bari; 9:45pm Russ Nolan. Dec 26 8pm The Sinners Choir. Dec 27 9:30pm Mr. Marbelsz. Dec 28 9:30pm Frank Botos. Dec 29 9:45pm Kiki Misumi Sextet. Dec 30 3:30pm Laura Hubert Band; 7pm Alec Trent’s Triple Bari; 9:45pm Justin Bacchus Xmas. Dec 31 9:30pm New Year’s Grooveyard. Salty Dog Bar & Grill, The 1980 Queen St. E. 416-849-5064 (full schedule) Every Tue 7-10pm Jazz Night. Every Thu 8:30pm Karaoke. Every Fri 9:30pm Blues Jam - house band with weekly featured guest. Sauce on Danforth 1376 Danforth Ave. 647-748-1376 All shows: No cover. Every Mon 9pm Funky Mondays. Every Tue 6pm Julian Fauth Plays Barrel-House Jazz. Every Thursday 8pm An Evening of Music with Steven Koven and Artie Roth. Every Sat 4pm Saturday Matinees. Tranzac 292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137 3-4 shows daily, various styles, in four different performance spaces. Mostly PWYC. Every Mon 10pm Open Mic Mondays. Every Tuesday 8pm Annex Ukelele Jam Every Thursday 7:30pm Bluegrass Thursdays Every Fri 5pm The Friends of Hugh Oliver (folk). Every Sunday 7pm The Rhythmicaturgically Syncopated Social Hour Jazz Jam. Dec 10 10pm The Lina Allemano Four. Dec 12 10 pm Michael Davidson and guests. Dec 19 10pm The Ken McDonald Quartet. Dec 26 10pm Nick Fraser presents. Dec 27 10pm Galas and Fundraisers ●●Dec 15 7:30: Church of St. Peter and St. Simon-the-Apostle. A fundraiser presenting good music and a reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas featuring radio personality Tom Allen and Canadian actress Jayne Lewis. Save room for dessert. Refreshments included at intermission. All proceeds will benefit the refugee projects of the church. 525 Bloor St. E. 416-923- 8714. . GALA for MENTAL HEALTH LLOYD ROBERTSON, LUBA GOY & FRIENDS Feb 1, 2018 WE ALL HAVE A STORY 905.787.8811 ●●Feb 1 7:30: High Notes Avante. High Notes Gala for Mental Health. Join Luba Goy, Lloyd Robertson, Michael Landsberg, Orlando Da Silva, Giles Tomkins and others for this exciting evening in support of mental health initiatives. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 102868 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. Tickets at 905-787-8811 or -. Lectures, Salons and Symposia ●●Dec 3 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Love at First Sight! Guest Speaker: Iain Scott. Room 330, Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park Cr. W. 416-924-3940. . ●●Dec 7 7:30: Darchei Noam Synagogue. Four Jewish Musical Titans (Part 4: George Szell). Rick Phillips examines four master musicians and their music. A mix of lecture, music, and discussion. 864 Sheppard Ave. W. 416-638- 4783. per lecture. ●●Dec 10 2:00-5:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Beethoven 9. In some cultures, December is a month where Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is performed as often as Handel’s Messiah is in the English-speaking world. To celebrate this occasion, we will be examining recent recordings of this epic work. 416- 898-2549. Annual membership: (regular); Bellweather 4. Dec 29 10pm The Ryan Driver Sextet. Dec 30 8pm The Special Interest Group. Jan 2 10pm Peripheral Vision. Jan 6 10om Heavy Ethics Jan 7 7:30pm Harrington. Jan 9 10pm Michael Davidson and guests. Jan 12 7:30pm Tanya Gill Quartet; 10pm Harley Card. Jan 14 10pm The Lina Allemano Four. Jan 16 10pm The Ken McDonald Quartet. Jan 18 10pm The Special Interest Group. Jan 21 7:30pm Diane Roblin with guests. E. The ETCeteras (sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments. ●●Jan. 7 5:00: St. Olave’s Church. Giles Bryant: Cathedral and Parish Music. Epiphany Choral Evensong at 4pm followed by Epiphany Tea. Dr. Giles Bryant traces Anglican church music from just before the Prayer Book to the main forms now used in cathedrals and parish churches. His illustrated talk at the piano will focus on Tallis, Purcell, Maurice Greene, S.S. Wesley, Stanford, Howells and their parish contemporaries. St. Olave’s Church, Bloor and Windermere. Contributions appreciated. Information at 416-769-5686 or ●●Jan 14 2:00-5:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Romantic Cello Concertos. The lush tone of the cello has provided the inspiration for a number of 19th-century masterworks for this instrument combined with the growing virtuosity of the symphony orchestra. To commemorate this musical partnership, we will be examining recent audio and video recordings. 416-898-2549. Annual membership: (regular); (sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments. 10pm Makeshift Island (Rebecca Hennesey). Jan 23 7:30pm Fergus Hambleton and guests. Jan 24 10pm Bellweather 4. Jan 26 10pm The Ryan Driver Sextet. Jan 28 3pm Michael Laderoute; 5pm Steve Paul Simms and guests; 10pm Chris Adriaanse. Jan 30 10pm Nick Fraser Presents. Feb 2 10pm Heavy Ethics. Feb 4 7:30pm Harrington. Feb 6 10pm Peripheral Vision. ●●Jan 23 7:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Composers’ Forum with Nicole Lizée. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park Cr. 416-408-0208. Free. ●●Jan 24 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Baritone Bravado. Join Head of the COC Ensemble Studio Liz Upchurch and singers Samuel Chan, Bruno Roy and Neil Craighead as they explore the baritone voice in all its fascinating facets. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. Tickets at or 416- 363-8231. Registration opens Jan 9. Free. ●●Jan 25 7:00: Tafelmusik. The Listening Club: The Battle for Good Taste. The desire to possess good taste in music was an occupation of the 18th century, highlighted by an ongoing battle between the French and the Italians. Join BBC Radio host Dr. Hannah French and Tafelmusik violinist Christopher Verrette who examine both sides of this debate. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964- 6337. . ●●Jan 31 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Talks: The Trials of Teen Love – Rigoletto. Join Wayne Gooding in a multi-media YIP’S MUSIC FESTIVAL COMPETITION Celebrating Today’s Talent Nurturing Tomorrow’s Stars ,000 in trophies and prizes! Piano Violin Voice Musical Theatre Erhu Guzheng Traditional Chinese Music Ensemble Chamber Music Crystal Award Competition 2018 Competition Dates (Saturdays & Sundays): Apr 21/22, 28/29, May 5/6 Application Deadline: Tues, Feb 20, 2018 (905) 948-YIPS (9477) x2211 December 1, 2017 - February 7, 2018 | 67

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