The Electric-Eclectics Festival
Meaford, Ontario (see website for map to the camping grounds)
EE8 will feature an eclectic program of avant-garde music, a few rock bands, art installations, DJ's and films.! On Saturday evening there will be a special set from Look People. The last time Great Bob Scott (drums) Jaymz Bee (vox) Kevin Hearn (keys) Chris Gartner (bass) and Longo Hai (guitar) played together it was 19 years ago... but we can assure you they have not forgotten how to rock!
The festival takes place on a farm overlooking the rolling hills of Big Head Valley... gorgeous sunsets! Performance art on the hill... a dance club in the forest! If you are going to attend be certain to read through their site. There are helpful hints on what to bring, etc! There is limited space in the Shuttle Bus...make reservations now (via their site). It leaves from OCAD at 6:30pm Friday and 10:30am Saturday and costs $35. It will return Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. Same price.
*Info and tickets at: electric-eclectics.com
Can't make the festival? You can still participate by donating towards a documentary on the concert by acclaimed film maker Niki Belianina. Donate any amount here: indiegogo.com/projects/eccentric-eclectic
The JAZZ.FM91 World Music Series
2261 Dundas Street West
doors @ 6:30pm | show @ 8:30pm
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JAZZ.FM91 have had The Sound Of Jazz Concert Series for well over 30 years, and have recently added The Cabaret Series and a new Composers Series... but before those kick-off they will launch a brand new series that deals with jazz-influenced music from around the world.
The line-up covers music from Cuba, Venezuela, South Africa, France and India.
David Buchbinder's "Oddessa/Havana" featuring Hilario Duran (Tuesday August 6th); a double bill of Eric St. Laurent Trio and Eliana Cuevas Quartet (Wednesday August 7th); Bruce Cassidy's Tribute to Hugh Masekela (Thursday August 8th); Lyne Tremblay, Amy Mconnell, Drew Jureka and more in From Paris With Love (Friday August 9th) and finally Rez Abassi Trio playing their unique brand of jazz from India (Saturday August 10th).
This five-day series is bound to have many people wanting to come back more than once, so the station has arranged a special Three Show Pass. (Single tickets $39.50)
For tickets and more information visit hughsroom.com
The Markham Jazz Festival
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The Markham Jazz Festival celebrates its 16th year and once again it will feature international stars such as Maceo Parker, Lionel Loueke and Dave Douglas. The festival will also continue to showcase some of the finest local talent with artists such as Norman Marshall Villenueve, Barry Romberg, Phil Dwyer and Heillig Maoeuvre. The grand opening concert on Thursday August 15th is at The Varley Art Gallery and features Denzal Sinclaire and Elizabeth Shepherd. Aside from the gala, the outdoor stuff is all free! Please visit the festival website for more information.
Now on stage to AUGUST 25th!
Princess of Wales Theatre
300 King Street West
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Cole Porter's charming musical comedy has been extended and for good reason: Rachel York as Reno Sweeney has received rave reviews and she alone is worth the price of admission. The production won three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival as well as an award for Choreography by the shows director, Kathleen Marshall. Timeless songs include "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "You're The Top", "De-Lovely" and of course, "Anything Goes"!
Jazz Goes To The Movies: A Swing Dance Party!
1602 Lake Shore Blvd. West
doors @ 700pm | show @ 8:00pm
A night of swing dance music featuring "The Hollywood North Starlight Orchestra" under the music direction of Anthony Terpstra and starring Barbra Lica and Chris Norton, with special guests: Pam Hyatt, Sam Broverman, Don Francks, Amy McConnell, Colin Hunter and The Sparkettes. The emcee for the evening is Jaymz Bee and it is a benefit for Unison Benevolent Fund. (http://www.unisonfund.ca)
At 8pm Don Francks, Tony Quarrington and friends will perform on the outside patio. At 8:30 free swing dance lessons begin in the main ballroom and shortly after 9 the big band will perform two sets for drinking and dancing! You are encourage to dress in vintage attire, or dress as your favourite movie-star. Prizes will be award to the best look-a-likes!
Get your tickets in advance. The last Unison gala was sold out with 500 people attending!
Tickets $40 in advance | $50 at the door: ticketweb.ca