Upcoming Events

Rallidae - album release show

Rallidae is an intimate and unconventional vocal group founded by composer and saxophonist Angela Morris. Combining songs and improvisation, Rallidae inhabits the increasingly populated sonic space between avant-indie and avant-jazz. Their 2014 EP “Paper Birds” was praised as “combining strong melodies and narratives… a genuinely distinctive, and entertaining, combination of sounds and words. “Paper Birds” is an exceptional debut from an exciting and innovative new band.” (All About Jazz) The mostly Brookyln-based group features guitarist Dustin Carlson, bassist Scott Colberg, Angela Morris on tenor saxophone and voice, and the Toronto-based vocalist Alex Samaras (Meredith Monk, Tanya Tagaq). This December they tour the east coast and Canada in support of their debut full-length album “Turned, and Was.”

Angela Morris - tenor saxophone // Alex Samaras - voice // Dustin Carlson - electric guitar // Scott Colberg - acoustic bass

Kalmunity Jazz Project

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Vocal #Electronic #Funk

Frédérique et amis

We will play some old folk songs in french and some original pieces in french as well.

Frédérique Roy - voice, piano

#Original #Vocal #Poetry #chansons en français

McCQ performing the music of The Claudia Quintet

McCQ is a McGill student ensemble lead by and including John Hollenbeck. They will be performing all original music composed by Hollenbeck for The Claudia Quintet. “John Hollenbeck continues to astound as a composer, prone to value accessibility as much he does adventure...” – John Murph, DOWNBEAT

SARAH ROSSY - voice // CHRISTOPHER EDMONDSON - alto sax // DANIEL ARTHUR - piano // ROMAN MUNOZ BUENO - guitar // ETHAN COHN - bass // JOHN HOLLENBECK - drums

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental #Vocal

Beyond the Concert Stage: Classical Piano Night

#Classical

Zanella/Francoeur/François/Alarie/Freud

Five friends meet for an evening of original compositions and jazz standards from the American Songbook. One-Night only, this is an event not to be missed!

Jean-Pierre Zanella - alto sax // Alex Francoeur - tenor sax // Pierre François - piano // Frédéric Alarie - bass // Noam Guerrier-Freud - drums

#Jazz #Original #Standards

Andre White Quartet

Andre and Joe play a collection of original and standard repertoire.

Andre White - piano // Joe Sullivan - trumpet // Mike De Masi - bass // Camil Belisle - drums

#Jazz

Downwind Quintet: SACRE DU PRiNTEMPS

Stravinsky’s iconic, raucous Rite of Spring – played by only 5 people, and minus the riot (we hope). The Downwind Quintet, Montreal’s newest hip chamber group, presents this and other vibrant repertoire in high-energy performance, joined by special guests.

Jaena Kim - flute // Carly Gordon - oboe // Nick Walshe - clarinet // Ryan Garbett - horn // Kristy Tucker - bassoon

#Classical #Experimental #Instrumental

Christmas Mixtape Matinee Launch Party

Shelby and Kaspy's Christmas Mixtape Second Edition!!! Come celebrate the release of our new mixtape, featuring some amazing musicians from Montreal, Toronto and New Orleans. Live performances by Brigitte Naggar, Corinna Rose, Michael Johancsik, and a special presentation of the Nutcracker Suite with the Taylor Donaldson Big Band.

#Jazz #Standards #Christmas Music

Erez/Mailloux/Graham trio (Israel/Vancouver/Montreal)

A dynamic trio of improvisers that blends influences to build musical bridges between different cultures. Jazz with many influences from Middle eastern, to asian and back to the americas by three virtuosistic musicians. A rare chance to catch Itamar in Montreal, the Israelien musician that now lives in Vancouver. The trio will perform Itamar's and Jean Félix's music.
Itamar Erez:
To capture the essence of Itamar's music is to be taken on a journey where different cultures meet in harmony. Itamar's music holds a depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply; It blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in Jazz and the passion of Flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own. Recipient of the 2014 ACUM Prize for Special Achievement in Jazz and the prestigious 2014 Landau Prize, Itamar Erez is an internationally renowned composer and guitarist who has shared the stage with such musicians as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tomatito, Avishai Cohen, Jean-Louis Matinier, Zohar Fresco, and others. Itamar has released two CDs with his quartet The Adama Ensemble, “Desert Song” (2006) and “Hommage” (2010). His most recent release, “New Dawn” (2013), is a duet collaboration with Yshai Afterman (percussion), with special guest Antonio Serrano (harmonica). Itamar performs internationally and gives workshops and masterclasses, teaching his unique approach to music and guitar playing. During 2014-15, Itamar performed in Canada, USA, Germany, Holland, Austria, Cyprus, Israel, India, Tunisia and Colombia. Itamar is currently working on new material for his next CD, and is on the guitar faculty at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra school of music.
Jean Félix Mailloux:
Jean Félix produces, composes, arranges and plays double bass on a variety of projects including Cordâme, wich produced three cds, the latest cd: Lieux imagines won an OPUS prize for best record: world music and has been awarded the Acces culture prize in 2016 wich consist in a extensive tour of Montreal' cultural centers, the Jean Félix Mailloux Trio which produced the cd Aurores Boréales and Bomata a trio that produced two acclaimed cd and toured a lot around Quebec and Ontario. Recently, Jean Félix is involved in the ensemble Solawa wich performs songs in 5 different languages, Solawa won 4 prizes at 2015 Vison diversité’s Vitrine des musiques locales métissées and recently released their first cd and toured in Quebec and Nova Scotia. Jean Félix also composed music for film, theatre and dance. He is a regular studio musician for composer Robert M. Lepage. Jean Felix is involved in a variety of other great projects. Jean Félix has performed with many established and renowned artists such as Karen Young, François Bourassa, Pierre Tanguay, Farida Mohamed Ali, Moe Clark, Rachid Zeroual, Michel Rivard, Yshai Afterman, Itamar Erez and many more.
Patrick Graham:
Over a two decade career based in Montreal, Canadian multi-percussionist Patrick Graham has been described as a “master improviser… on the border of several forms of traditional and creative music, embracing the world of rhythm as a whole” (Le Devoir). Patrick displays a talent for fusing an eclectic array of influences- ranging from Japanese percussion, through Indian and Irish rhythms, to Mediterranean frame drumming- as a well as a passion for new sounds and improvisation. This unique cross-genre approach is reflective of an extensive and ongoing study of the art of percussion, including a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montreal, as well as private training in several countries with Trichy Sankaran, Glen Velez, Carlo Rizzo, Zohar Fresco and Taichi Ozaki. In addition, Patrick has attended workshops and master classes at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, the Labyrinth centre in Crete and participated in the Taiko Koh-Kan workshops conducted by the group Kodō, on Sado Island in Japan. Patrick performs, tours and records regularly with the groups Trifolia, Small World Project, Thomas Carbou, On Ensemble, Kaoru Watanabe, and many more. Collaborations of note include projects with Constantinople, Autorickshaw, La Nef, Ganesh Anandan, the Penderecki String Quartet, Jesse Stewart, David Greenberg, Yves Lambert, Le Vent du Nord, Ramasutra, Tetsuro Naito, Kohei Nishikawa, Solorazaf, Peter Herbert, Carlo Rizzo, Pierre Hamon, Kudsi Erguner, Michel Baklouk Merhej, and Bob Brozman. Patrick has worked with dancer-choreographers Hideo Arai, Tomomi Morimoto, and Roger Sinha, recorded soundtracks for Michel Cusson, Ramachandra Borcar, and Benoit Charest, as well as contributing to productions by IMAX, Cirque du Soleil and Ubisoft Games. Alongside a busy performing and recording schedule, Patrick is also active as an instructor, teaching percussion and rhythm workshops in Canada, the USA, India, China and Japan, as well as for the Cirque du Soleil.

Itamar Erez - guitar & piano // Jean Félix Mailloux - bass // Patrick Graham - percussions

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Instrumental

A Sunday Afternoon with The Monday Night Choir: Show Teaser and Social

The Monday Night Choir will sing a teaser set of songs at this family friendly, afternoon event. All proceeds from pass-the-hat will go towards a worthy local organization (to be determined) and we encourage you to also bring a non-perishable food item for the Mile End Mission.

The Monday Night Choir - choir

#Vocal #Choral, a cappella

Kalmunity Jazz Project

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Vocal #Electronic #Funk

Trio Jonathan Turgeon + Frank Lozano

The Jonathan Turgeon trio presents two sets of new original modern jazz material. A personal approach to jazz where improvisation and interaction is at the center of each performance. Featuring Frank Lozano as an invited guest.

Jonathan Turgeon // Frank Lozano // Hugo Blouin // Jean-Philippe Godbout

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental

Felix & Friends with special guest Gabriel Trottier (Norway)

An evening of stretching, squashing, and experimenting on country songs, contemporary music, free improv, and christmas songs. Music by Luciano Berio, Heinz Holliger, Jimmy Stewart, Richard Jones, J.S. Bach, and Bartok. We will also be joined by a special guest from Norway: french hornist Gabriel Trottier.

Felix Del Tredici - bass trombone // Joe Browne - electronics, accordion // Alex K.S. - double bass // Julie Houle - tuba // Gabriel Trottier - french horn

#Classical #Experimental #Electronic

Alder & Ash // Extended Family

Alder & Ash is a counterpoint of two extremes. The music lies in stillness, introversion, and penitence. It lies in violence, cacophony, and angst. Alder & Ash plays cello with loop pedal to create improvised minimal classical music, with influence of doom metal, ambient, post-rock and noise.
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Extended Family is a collective of improvisers brought together by Montreal piano and keyboard player, Gabriel Vinuela. The soaring melodies, inspired tinkering and contagious grooves are omnipresent. The ensemble focuses on creating live beats and grooves inspired by electro, jazz, hiphop and rock. Each session is 100% improvised.

Alder & Ash - cello // Gabriel Vinuela - keys + electronics

#Classical #Original #Experimental #Instrumental #Jazz #Electronic

GRHM BVRL & STEPHEN FULLER

GRHM BVRL will play some fingerstyle guitar pieces that gently ripple or cascade in waves, that wander freely or shift slowly through repetition. Quiet contemplation to soothe the anxious mind. if you want to add to that / change it / go with something completely different, feel free STEPHEN FULLER is a singer, kora player and bio-acoustic musician who shares his time between Montreal and Newmanville, Ontario. He will be showcasing material from his first full studio album of compositions for voice and kora, Colibri!, which is set to release in December 2016. Stephen’s warm, rooted voice resonates with honesty, his kora playing a mesmerizing weave of the present moment coloured by flurries of improvisation reminiscent of a hummingbird’s passing.

Graham Beverley - electric guitar // Stephen Fuller - kora & vocals

#Original #Experimental #Vocal #Folk

Andre White Quartet

Andre and Mike team together to perform some originals along with fresh interpretations of perennial standards

Andre White - piano // Mike Bruzzeze - guitar // Alec Walkington - bass // Valerie Lacombe - drums

#Jazz

Lex French Quintet

#Jazz #Original

Quinsin Nachoff's Flux CD Release featuring David Binney, Matt Mitchell and Kenny Wollesen

Nachoff’s writing is “bold, diverse and filled with compelling counterpoint.” – James Hale, DownBeat
NYC-based Canadian saxophonist and composer Quinsin Nachoff “is one of the truly bright younger jazz minds” (Globe and Mail). Nachoff has been colliding genres since his 2006 debut, Magic Numbers, which melded a jazz trio with a string quartet. He’s since composed music for a variety of ensembles, including the Penderecki String Quartet, the Turning Point Ensemble, and the Cecilia String Quartet, as well as his own Horizons Ensemble, Quiescence Quartet, the Pyramid Project and the FoMo quartet. As a sideman he’s performed and/or recorded with Kenny Werner, Howard Johnson, Tim Hagans, Kenny Wheeler and Don Thompson among others. He has coached at the Banff Centre for the Arts and taught at the University of Toronto and Humber College, as well as serving as artist-in-residence at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia. On his most recent recording Flux, Nachoff explores the elusive terrain between modern jazz and contemporary classical, between the cerebral and the organic. Flux creates a fervently original sound that evokes bold, incisive playing from a singularly innovative quartet. It’s “a pure, bracing through-provoking music… cliché- and convention-free,” says Peter Hum in the Ottawa Citizen of the group’s debut concert. Jazz Magazine in France gave the recording 4-stars, calling Quinsin “a brilliant virtuoso musician.” The music has “an intensity and modernity, a brashness and in-your-face confidence of delivery,” notes All About Jazz.
"Flux overflows with great resourcefulness, becoming a distinct echo of modernity and inspiration." - Jazz Trail

Quinsin Nachoff - tenor saxophone // David Binney - alto saxophone // Matt Mitchell - piano / keyboards // Kenny Wollesen - drums

#Jazz #Classical #Original #Experimental #Instrumental #Electronic #Funk #Postmodern Magic Realism

Kalmunity Jazz Project

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Vocal #Electronic #Funk

Pierre Hache Trio

Inspired by his background in classical guitar, Pierre's compositions are bluesy and expressive. Julien and Mathieu's tasty and sensitive playing bring these strong melodies to life with thrilling trio interaction and soulful solos. A set of our favorite standards will follow @ 10.

Pierre Hache - drums // Julien Sandiford - guitar // Mathieu McConnel-Enright - upright bass

#Jazz #Original #Standards #Instrumental

Saorsa Winter Tour (Feat. Raphael Foisey - Couture)

Saorsa is a project that explores improvising concepts and original material. Unified through the rhythms and sounds of the earth, they seek to evoke these sounds through different timbres. Tour Dates Include: Tuesday December 13th - The Rex Hotel (Toronto) - 9:30pm Friday December 16th - Silence (Guelph) - Time TBA Sunday December 18th - Emmet Ray (Toronto) - 8:30pm Monday December 19th - TBA (Gatineau ) - 9:00pm Tuesday December 20th - Resonance (Montreal) - 9:00pm Wednesday December 21st - Pressed Cafe (Ottawa) - 9:00pm

Patrick Smith - saxophone // Dan Pitt - guitar // Raphael Foisey-Couture - bass // Harry Vetro - drums

#Jazz #Improvised Music

Parc X and friends

Parc X and friends play your favorite standards for this special quartet gig.

Alex Lefaivre - bass // Gabriel Vinuela - piano // Marc Beland - drums // Erik Hove - sax

#Jazz

Valérie Lacombe Quartet

Straight ahead music and beautiful jazz standards played by really swinging musicians.

Andre White - piano // Sam Kirmayer - guitar // Mike De Masi - bass // Valerie Lacombe - drums

#Jazz #Standards

Olivier Hébert-Bouchard en duo avec Émilie Fortin et Camille Fauvet

Emerging musicians, Olivier Hébert-Bouchard on the piano, Émilie Fortin on the trumpet and Camille Fauvet on the clarinet try to get out of the standard concert frameworks and approach the solo repertoire with curiosity and enthusiasm!

Olivier Hébert-Bouchard, Émilie Fortin, Camille Fauvet - piano, trumpet, clarinet

#Classical

Félix Tellier Pouliot «Cosmos Quintet»

The Cosmos Quintet will be performing some modern jazz original as well as some favorite standard tunes.

Félix Tellier Pouliot - guitar // Julien Fillion - alto sax // Michael Marcotte - trombone // Alex Le Blanc - bass // Noam Guerrier-Freud - drums

#Jazz #Original

Betty & Veronica//Mixylodian

Mixylodian- Originally Montreal musician Mikey Bwickers’ solo side project, MIXYLODIAN has evolved through a one-man band, to a nine-piece horn and string collective, to a five piece boy-girl pop ensemble, to a two-piece chiptunes dance duo, and everywhere in between. Mikey will be playing a special set of new original piano compositions. Betty & Veronica- In a dance hall at the bottom of the ocean, two lovers embrace under a disco ball and realize that life ain't so bad under the sea. Underwater prom music.

Betty & Veronica - synth 5 piece // Mixylodian - solo piano set

#Original #Experimental #Vocal #Electronic #Indie Synth Pop

NDG3 feat. Kevin Dean

Evan Shay - sax // Jonny Chapman - bass // Aaron Dolman - drums // Kevin Dean - trumpet

#Jazz #Instrumental

Carbou/Graham : IMPULSE + The VISIT

Thomas and Patrick share an almost telepathic rapport, blending spontaneous improvisation, electronic looping, Brazilian and Indian musical influences, to create both ecstatic groove pieces and dream-like soundscapes. The duo uses an array of instruments, including custom 8-string guitar, cuatro, bouzouki, cajon, frame drums, berimbau, udu and metal percussion that are augmented by hypnotic vocals & samplers. The Visit, comprised of cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and vocalist Heather Sita Black, is a musical dialogue that transcends genres and idioms. Combining the structures and instrumentation of classical chamber music with the emotional and rhythmic weight of metal, their lengthy, through-composed pieces conjure sonic worlds in which listeners can immerse themselves. The duo has garnered virtually unanimous praise for their debut album Through Darkness Into Light, an almost impossibly beautiful release [...] that should appeal to fans of both metal and classical music.” Their performances at esteemed festivals such as Wave-Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, Nouvelle Prague in Prague, Czech Republic, and the 21C Festival in Toronto’s Koerner Hall have been met with overwhelmingly positive responses. With a rare combination of virtuosity, emotional intensity, and genre-defying innovation, The Visit is making their mark on the international stage as they forge a musical path all their own.

Thomas Carbou - 8-string guitar, vocal, loops & effects // Patrick Graham - frame drums & percussions // Raphael Weinroth-Browne - cello // Heather Sita Black - vocal

#Original #Experimental #Vocal