Weaves Nominated for a JUNO

Earlier this month, Weaves was nominated for a JUNO for Alternative Album of the Year, for the second year in a row.

Shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in 2017, one of Canada’s most prestigious music awards, Weaves has had an impressive run since their debut just a few short years ago. From a collection of voice memos on an iPhone to establishing themselves as one of the most stridently individual acts to emerge from Toronto’s fertile and multifaceted DIY scene, Weaves has captivated audiences and critics alike.

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TD Discovery Series Special Projects - Winners Announced!

Highlighting outstanding contributions to the Toronto jazz scene by local artists, we're pleased to announce the four projects chosen for support through the TD Discovery Series Special Projects initiative: guitarist and composer Harley Card’s Sunset Ensemble; the Heavyweights Brass Band as they celebrate the release of their new CD, This City; new and previously unrecorded works from pianist Adrean Farrugia with saxophonist Joel Frahm for their new release, Blued Dharma; and The Smith Sessions Presents: Bitches Brew, Curated by Aline Homzy which showcases four women-improviser led groups.

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Adrean Farrugia/Joel Frahm: BLUED DHARMA CD Release

Venue: 
Gallery 345
TD Discovery Series Special Projects
Date: 
Fri Apr 27 8:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$25 adults; $15 students
Ticket Information: 
Tickets available at the door

Canadian pianist Adrean Farrugia and American saxophonist Joel Frahm celebrate the release of BLUED DHARMA, an album of duets recorded in New York City in August of 2017. The album features new and previously unrecorded works by Farrugia, as well as explorations of standard songs from the Great American Songbook.

A TD Discovery Series Special Project

Juno Award winning pianist Adrean Farrugia has been an active member of the Canadian jazz music scene since the late 1990’s. He has appeared on more than 40 recordings and performs locally with the Bob Brough Quartet, The Worst Pop Band Ever, Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop, Marito Marques, Jane Bunnett, Sophia Perlman, Kevin Turcotte, Heather Bambrick and Molly Johnson. He also tours internationally with vocalist Matt Dusk, American trumpeter Brad Goode, and recently, with saxophone legend Ernie Watts. Adrean also leads his own bands Ricochet (whose debut album was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz recording in 2011) and the Adrean Farrugia Trio. Adrean is on the faculties of Mohawk College and York University.

Joel Frahm was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1970. He attended the Stephen Bull Fine Arts School, where he began playing the tenor saxophone. At the age of 15 he and his family moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, where he attended William H. Hall High School. He met pianist Brad Mehldau at school, and the two had weekly gigs locally. After leaving high school in 1988, Frahm attended Rutgers University for a year before transferring to The Manhattan School of Music, and following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance he entered Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead workshop. His debut recording as a leader was Sorry, No Decaf, for Palmetto Records, in 1998. A 2001 recording, Don't Explain, was a series of duets with Mehldau. A regular on the New York City club circuit, Joel Frahm has appeared alongside musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap and Matt Wilson and has recorded with Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit and other top jazz artists. Fans know him for his big tenor sound - fluid, inventive and filled with passion. Downbeat Magazine's critics' poll has named him a rising star.

The Smith Sessions Presents: Bitches Brew

TD Discovery Series Special Projects
Date: 
Sat Apr 28 8:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$20
Ticket Information: 
Tickets also available at the door

Curated by Aline Homzy, The Smith Sessions Presents: Bitches Brew presents female-led groups performing original music in a listening room. The goal is the normalization of women in leadership roles, in the context of jazz and improvised music; naming the concert “The Smith Sessions Presents: Bitches Brew” is an acknowledgment of the ground-breaking work Emma Smith has done in Edinburgh (Scotland) to present a regular series of female-lead groups. From Emma Smith’s website, Bitches Brew is: “...

Aline Homzy is a classical and jazz award-winning violinist and composer. From Montreal but living in Toronto, Aline is in high-demand as an improvising violinist and as a session player in Canada. She co-leads a jazz-manouche group called Les Petits Nouveaux, which have found international success having performed at jazz festivals in Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada. She also composes music for big band, string quartet and pop ensembles. She is a recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and has received prizes and awards for her compositions, recordings, musicianship and for her project with the Homzy/Kesler Duo. Aline’s most important Toronto-based performances and collaborations have been with David Occhipinti, Michael Davidson and Andrew Downing. She has also performed or recorded with Guido Basso, Barry Harris, Ben Wendel, Danilo Perez and many more. Aline has recently spent some time in Europe studying with Aki Takase and Mairi Campbell. She has most recently played at the Daigu Jazz Festival in South Korea as a guest with the group Djül led by bassist Yongwon Cho. Aline has a small but humble violin studio where she teaches her pupils how to play the violin and improvise while getting the younger generation to think about social causes through music.

Anh Phung is a multi-genre instrumentalist based in Toronto, Ontario. With flute as her primary instrument, she received a BMus in Jazz Performance from McGill University in 2012 and has continued to tour, perform, and record in a number of different genres and areas. Her performances have ranged from being a soloist with L'Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec under Yoav Talmi, to playing with members of the AACM in tribute to Alice Coltrane on the Jay Pritzger Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park, to performing at Osheaga Festival in Montreal with electro-pop band, Propofol, to playing traditional Swedish polskas for Folk Marathon's big ball in Copenhagen. Phung has won numerous awards throughout her career, notably 1st place at the Canadian Music Competition and the Galaxy Rising Star Award for two consecutive years at MusicFest Canada. Phung continues to freelance as a performer and studio musician, as well as write music and tour with her latest project, HaiRbraIN.

Emma Smith studied double bass at the Royal College of Music where she was trained in classical double bass technique and repertoire. Building on the language of classical music, and exploring the story-telling aspect of folk music from different parts of the world, Emma has forged a career as a composer and improviser which has seen her headlining Glastonbury and playing Madison Square Gardens with the Gorillaz on the Plastic Beach World Tour, as well as touring extensively with Eliza Carthy. Emma now produces Bitches Brew, where she showcases the best in female instrumental improvising talent, runs the highly creative band of improvisers Kikazaru and composes, performs and improvises with her duo ma. In 2016 Emma joined Musicians without Borders, using music in post-conflict areas to “bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war”.

Hailing from Santiago de Cuba, drummer/percussionist Magdelys Savigne graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of The Arts. A JUNO-winner and GRAMMY nominated artist with Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Magdelys is also an integral part of The Battle of Santiago (2018 JUNO nominated) and Bill King's Rhythm Express.

The Heavyweights Brass Band "This City" CD Release

Venue: 
Lula Lounge
TD Discovery Series Special Projects
Date: 
Thu Mar 29 7:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$20 advance / $25 at the door / $15 for students
Ticket Information: 
All tickets include a copy of the new CD

The Heavyweights Brass Band celebrates the CD, digital, and vinyl release of their new album This City. The evening begins at 7:00pm with Street Brass, a community based project run by Chris Butcher; the Heavyweights then take the stage at 7:45 pm to perform This City in its entirety, with special guests Jackie Richardson and Kevin Breit.

Whether receiving props from The Roots on Twitter, jamming with puppets on CBC Kids' Mamma Yamma, recording with the legendary Giovanni Hidalgo or being championed by influential DJ and tastemaker Gilles Peterson, The Heavyweights Brass Band pack a one-two punch of crossover appeal and respect from music's elite. Inspired by the New Orleans brass band tradition, the Heavyweights' original stance keeps one foot firmly rooted in the rich legacy of jazz, while one foot steps forward into the future. Like the music's originators, the Heavyweights are unafraid to incorporate influences from disparate areas of the musical spectrum, from pop hits of the day to original compositions, from R&B and funk throwbacks to the infectious rhythms of Latin America, all woven together with the thread of adventuresome sophistication. The uppercut ascent of the Heavyweights' arc has been the result of relentless dedication. Touring across Canada and sharing the stage with such influential groups as The Roots, Trombone Shorty, Galactic and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble has helped build the group a loyal following. Now with their third release This City, the Heavyweights are offering a unique sound with emphasis on their original compositions. They delve deeper into the sound of the New Orleans brass band while still keeping the flavor that makes the band unique. This City reveals the band's music is stronger, bolder, funkier and more mature than ever before.

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ARETHA FRANKLIN CONCERT POSTPONED Rescheduled for June 28, 2018

The Aretha Franklin concert originally scheduled for July 1, 2017 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts has, unfortunately, been postponed. As per doctor’s orders, Aretha Franklin cannot make the trip to Toronto this week. However, we are pleased to announce that she will perform at the 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival on June 28, 2018. Ticketholders that purchased through Ticketmaster or through the Sony Centre Box Office will be contacted and will have the option of keeping their tickets and using them for the new date, or will receive a full refund of their ticket order.

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Pat LaCroix & Ted O'Reilly release photo collection of local jazz greats

Congratulations to Pat LaCroix and Ted O'Reilly on the publication of a exquisite collection of photos of local jazz luminaries with expert commentary by Ted O'Reilly. Toronto Jazz Treasures was the brainchild of Pat's late wife Naomi Patricia. She conceived it, named it and brought it to life. It is a celebration of the fantastic Jazz musicians who live, perform and teach the beautiful art of Jazz music in Toronto. The book consists of 100 black and white portraits Pat made of these musicians and the histories of their careers, beautifully written by Ted O'Reilly.

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The TD Toronto Jazz Festival moves to Yorkville and reopens the legendary Concert Hall

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is excited to announce it will be moving to Yorkville when it kicks off this summer from June 23 – July 2nd, 2017. With more than 100 free concerts being presented throughout stages in Yorkville, we invite everyone to experience the best jazz from Toronto, across the country and around the world. Shows start daily at noon and finish at 10 p.m.

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